scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including nycxdesign, pop-up markets, bwac’s spring art show, and more.


fri various times: free outdoor movies: ferdinand at carl schurz park (yorkville), lady bird at mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint), and shorts from the art of brooklyn film festival at owl’s head park (bay ridge).

fri 6pm (weekly): members of women in science at rockefeller (wiser) set up stations at a women in science-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

fri 6-9pm (+ 5/12 1-8pm): get a look into the artistic process when 16 lower manhattan cultural council workspace artists-in-residence open their studios for public viewings, readings, and performances. 101 greenwich street (fidi), free. >>

fri 6:30pm: hear behind-the-scenes stories about how iconic pop songs became cinematic at a talk on the golden age of music videos (1976-1993) by writer and music video historian stephen pitalo. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $12. >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with a ‘groundbreakers and underdogs’ theme. tonight: cool runnings (1993). bonus: free snacks! free admission. >>

fri 7-9pm: hofbräu bierhaus’s maifest celebration of spring gets things started with a free round of freshly-tapped bier, and keeps the party going with a bier stein holding contest, a traditional maipole, and live music. hofbräu bierhaus’s (midtown east), free admission. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: follow the yellow brick road to wasabassco burlesque’s wonderful wizard of oz tribute show. littlefield (gowanus), $15+. >>

fri 7:30pm (+ 5/16, 5/27): nyc-based filmmaker and photographer katrina del mar’s gang girl trilogy, three 30-minute films depicting ‘dangerous and foxy’ lesbian gangs in a man-free manhattan, screens at spectacle theatre with del mar in-person at select screenings. spectacle theater (williamsburg), $5-10. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence perform a reading of ian doescher’s the empire striketh back while the audience plays drinking games. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

fri 7:30pm: icelandic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist jófríður ákadóttir brings her solo project jfdr, a blend cyclical guitar parts, minimal soundscapes, and folky lyrics, to scandinavia house (murray hill). $10 adv with promo code ‘skintnyc’ (reg. $15). >>

fri 7:30pm + 9:30pm (season ends today): saxophonist and composer dayna stephens performs at tonight’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): hosts betsy kenney and dara katz round up some of their favorite performers for everybody hates us (but not tonight, baby!), a comedy variety show born out of one question: what would you do on this stage if you stopped caring about how other people felt about you? tonight: amy jo jackson (broadway’s kinky boots), maddie fischer (the sup show), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), farah brook (mtv). the mockingbird (alphabet city), $7 adv, $9 door >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by matt goldich (seth meyers), joel kim booster (conan), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), courtney fearrington (thug passion presents), merril davis, and tyler snodgrass. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features kate willett (this is not happening), anthony devito (colbert), martin urbano (kimmel), paris sashay (bet), kevin sean, and caitlin peluffo. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9:30pm (monthly): the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. tonight’s four-year anniversary show features a lineup tba. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 9:30pm (fridays thru 6/22): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series takes its cue from the ‘face of the future’ exhibition. tonight: ishiro honda’s godzilla (gojira) (1954), introduced by artist tammy nguyen. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $10. >>

fri midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by rebecca v. o’neal, chanel ali, and shane torres, storytelling by gastor almonte, and burlesque by le grand chaton. ucb (east village), $9. >>


sat various times: free outdoor movies: sparkle at fort greene park, deep at samuel seabury playground (ues), despicable me 3 at harry maze playground (east flatbush).

sat various times: catch the kitsch at these eurovision song contest viewing parties:
hardware bar (hell’s kitchen) >>
hibernia bar (hell’s kitchen) >>
rise bar (hell’s kitchen) >>
the liberty nyc (midtown west) >>
tonic bar (times square) >>

sat 10am-4pm: get some new or used wheels at the brooklyn bike jumble, a seasonal outdoor bicycle flea market for all things bike-related. the old stone house at washington square park (park slope), free admission. >>

sat 11am-2:30pm: safety first! the department of transportation will once again be distributing free bike helmets to anyone who needs one at brooklyn new school (carroll gardens). can’t make it? there’ll be plenty of other giveaways throughout nyc during the next several months. >>

sat 11am-3pm: the art students league of new york celebrates the 125th anniversary of its american fine arts building with an open house and open studio where anyone can make art. $15. >>

sat 12-3pm: stop ’n’ swap: bring your clean, reusable, portable items, and leave with something new (to you) at grow nyc’s community reuse event. bklyn commons (bed-stuy), free admission. >>

sat 12-6pm: see how high you can go at the cliffs at dumbo, opening for the season today. 99 plymouth st (dumbo), $10. >>

sat 12-7pm: nyc bhangra presents the holi hai indian festival of colors, an annual all-day celebration of spring with live music, dance, food, and more. rain or shine. the play lawn at governors island, free admission (color packs extra). >>

sat 3-8pm: swing out at a dance party with music by charles turner + uptown swing and dj nessdigital. dance lessons will occur throughout the event. harlem stage gatehouse, $10. >>

sat 5-10pm: move from room to room while experiencing readings, music, films, and an art exhibit at the second annual european literature night at czech center new york (ues). free. >>

sat 6pm (monthly): happy hour gets happier at the bowery comedy show, an earlier comedy show to start your night off with a few laughs. tonight’s lineup includes stand up by mike drucker (full frontal with samantha bee), camille theobald (healthy af), carmen lagala, petey deabreu, and hannah boone hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. the bowery electric (east village), free. >>

sat 6:45pm: sick jokes, yo! no, literally. performers at the sick comedy show share the humor found in some of the most difficult times of their lives. hosted by ilana michelle rubin. legion bar (williamsburg), free (one drink minimum). >>

sat 7pm: poet paul legault launches his new book, lunch poems 2, an homage to frank o’hara’s lunch poems, written during his lunch breaks. legault will be joined by eileen myles, alex dimitrov, cathy park hong, dorothea lasky, and gregory pardlo. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

sat 7pm: chip in for a cause at books through bars bingo, where you’ll have the chance to win prizes from local businesses while raising funds to send books to incarcerated people. mayday space (bushwick), $3 for one bingo card, $5 for two. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): laugh and wince knowingly at someone else’s dating experiences at the party of two storytelling and comedy show. tonight’s show features chloe hillard (last comic standing), tami gatta (singleling), sam morrison, and mark pagàn. hosted by anita flores and vanessa valerio. the pleasure chest (ues), $8 adv, $10 door admission includes wine. >>

sat 7:30pm (ends today): brahms all-star sextet closes out this season’s peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $14. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring shane torres (conan), martin urbano (kimmel), andy haynes (comedy central), myka fox, and jess salomon. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 8pm: jurassic park… entirely from memory: eight performers will attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added in to spice things up. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

sat 8pm: the dreamhouse is: the arcade, a combination pop-up indie arcade and queer party, will press all the right buttons. the spectrum (bushwick), $10 before 12:30am, $15-20 after. >>

sat 10:30pm: drunk jedi: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot remake series takes a movie script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. tonight, the group takes on the force awakens. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 11:45pm: fireworks! keep your eyes on the skies near the statue of liberty. >>


sun mother’s day-related events:

mother-themed movies (some screenings occur saturday only):
brave at the museum of the moving image (astoria). $15 includes admission to the museum. >>
imitation of life and postcards from the edge at the roxy cinema (tribeca). $12. >>
mommie dearest, postcards from the edge, and psycho at nitehawk (williamsburg). $12 >>
mermaids, mildred pierce, and ponyo at the metrograph (les). $12. >>

► 2pm: wicked mothers, a lecture delving into some of the worst maternal figures throughout history. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

► 2pm: a family-themed day with ballet hispánico at united palace (washington heights). $15. >>

► 6pm: improvisers and their moms live on stage at magnet theater (midtown west). $7. >>

sun 8am run, 9:30am-4pm festival: celebrate japanese culture at the 12th annual japan day, an outdoor festival with traditional and contemporary performances, family-friendly activities, food, and a four-mile run to kick things off. the bandshell area at central park, free admission. >>

sun 12-10pm: the annual bang on a can marathon returns with 10 hours of live multi-genre music performed by bang on a can all-stars, maya baiser, vicky chow, stephin merritt, terry riley, xenia rubinos, and more. nyu skirball center (greenwich village), free. >>

sun 2-10pm: outdoor dance parties return! tiki disco at bushwick’s the well (2-10pm, $10+) and mister sunday at ridgewood’s nowadays (3-9pm, $15-20). >>

sun 4-10:30pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, performance art, poetry, music by felt + known, diamond terrifier cipher, and dj acemo, solar and stargazing with the amateur astronomers association, and more. free with rsvp ($10 suggested donation). >>

sun 6-8pm (runs thru 6/10): zeitgeist: the art scene of teenage basquiat, a group exhibition focusing on the artists and scene around jean-michel basquiat’s teen-aged, pre-fame years, transports you back to the grittier days of the east village. opening reception tonight. howl! happening (east village), free. >>

sun 7pm: eleven steps to breaking up a hart won’t break yours, but rather fill it with classical music and poetry by women, presented by the moirae ensemble and sandcastle new music collective. church of the advent hope (ues), free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with myq kaplan (last comic standing), kate willett (netflix), and dave piccolomini (tinder tales. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 7:30pm + 9:30pm: laugh for posterity at comedian george gordon’s debut album recording. union hall (park slope), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): sasheer zamata’s party time! variety show, hosted by former snl cast member sasheer zamata, features stand-up sets by nico santos (superstore), eliza skinner (james corden), and solomon georgio (conan), plus music by madison mcferrin and dj donwill. bonus: $1 off brooklyn brewery pints. the bell house (gowanus), $10. >>

sun 8pm: slankets and night cheese at the ready: a group of comedians portraying liz lemon and co will ‘yes and’ their way through an improvised episode of 30 rock based on an audience suggestion and with live musical accompaniment. the pit loft (chelsea), $9. >>

sun 8pm: free outdoor movie: steel magnolias at habana outpost (fort greene). >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: need a new beach read? save 20% on your entire purchase at book culture’s annual sale, taking place at three of the store’s locations. >>

fri thru 5/14: mfa film student show their work at the 31st annual columbia university film festival, featuring film screenings, screenplay + teleplay readings, and an awards ceremony. various locations, $15. >>

fri thru 5/19: built for collapse theater company presents danger signals, ‘a multi-disciplinary fantasia that questions the cost of ambition.’ new ohio theatre (west village), $18 with code ‘dangerskint’ (reg. $25). >>

fri thru 5/20: get wild with nature during the 10th annual nyc wildflower week: guided botanical walks, garden and green roof tours, planting events, eco-salons, and children’s events. various locations. free. >>

fri thru 5/23: nycxdesign, an annual celebration of of design, showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events in all five boroughs. >>

fri thru 5/24: don your zissou caps for an eight-film wes anderson retrospective, including the grand budapest hotel, the royal tenenbaums, rushmore, fantastic mr. fox, and more, plus a special night of themed trivia on 5/22. syndicated (bushwick), $4. >>

fri thru 5/27: filmworker, a new documentary on leon vitali, former assistant to stanley kubrick, screens at the metrograph with q+a with vitali and director tony zierra moderated by alec baldwin 5/11 at 7pm, and moderated by the encyclopedia of stanley kubrick co-author dr. rodney hill ib 5/12. ‘kubrick x 8,’ an eight-film kubrick retrospective, also screens. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

sat +sun: five markets for you to browse + shop this weekend:
► sat 11am-6pm: knitty city’s moms and makers market. w83 ministry center (uws), free admission. >>
► sat 11am-7pm: bust craftacular at industry city. free admission to the market, $15+ for classes. >>
► sat + sun 11am-6pm: the lic flea + food market’s opening weekend. free admission. >>
► sat + sun 12-6pm: a current affair pop-up vintage marketplace. industry city (sunset park), $12 adv, $15 door. >>
► sun only 12-5pm (monthly): the vegan shop-up pop-up market at pine box rock shop (bushwick). free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). >>

sat + sun 1-6pm: brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s (bwac) 40th spring art show opens with original works of painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, and mixed media by 250 artists in a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront. opening reception saturday. bwac gallery (red hook), free ($5 suggested). >>

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