MON, 5/20: FREE BOBA TEA, OPERA IN BRYANT PARK, OLIVIA WILDE + KATIE SILBERMAN, TRACY CLAYTON, + 20 TUES EVENTS

around town today

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
call of the forest. matthews-palmer playground (midtown west). >>
run lola run. our wicked lady (bushwick). >>

12-5pm: get a free boba tea at the new rabbit rabbit tea location opening inside of xiang xiang noodle (110-112 e 23rd st, flatiron). >>

5-9pm (on view thru 6/9): student exhibition: classrooms, hallways and studios of the cooper union will be transformed into galleries showcasing works from the schools of architecture, art, and engineering. opening reception tonight. the foundation building (east village), free. >>

6pm (+ 6/12, 8/26): new york city opera presents free hour-long performances in bryant park, including la bohème (tonight), carmen (8/26), and a special pride in the park presentation with a sneak preview of their upcoming world premiere, stonewall (6/12). bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6:30pm (monthly): at this month’s speaking of science series lecture at the new york society for ethical culture, cycling activist david vassar lays out the physical, psychological, social, and environmental benefits of urban cycling. new york society for ethical culture (uws), $5. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (rescheduled from 5/16): pop-punk band charly bliss will do an in-store performance and signing in support of their latest album at rough trade (williamsburg). purchase the album ($14.99-19.99) for admission. >>

7pm: author evan friss maps out 200 years of cycling in new york city in a talk on his new book on bicycles, presented in conversation with jody rosen (the new york times). mcnally jackson (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm: at tonight’s installment of the black icons of podcasting series, another round and strong black legends host tracy clayton sits down with wnyc’s rebecca carroll to discuss her journey into podcasting, her return to the mic, and what lies ahead in the industry. the greene space at wnyc (south village), $15. >>

7:30pm: director olivia wilde and writer/producer katie silberman join at liberty podcast host and aclu first amendment attorney emerson sykes to discuss storytelling, activism and their new women-led teen comedy booksmart. brooklyn public library – central library (prospect heights), free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm (weekly): brendan gay and charles engle battle with topics chosen by the audience to see who gets to host the freestyle comedy show, featuring comics jacob williams (colbert), ali kolbert (fallon), marie faustin (comedy central), jourdain fisher (viceland), and geoffrey asmus, plus beats by santiago angel. the bowery electric (east village), free with rsvp, $5 without. >>

7:30pm (ends today): white wave presents its fourth annual soloduo dance festival, featuring solos and duets by 29 local + international choreographers. dixon place (les), $20-25 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill, returns with stand-up by janelle james (seth meyers), hari kondabolu (netflix), jean grae (marvel live!), dave hill (@midnight), and adam cayton-holland (those who can’t). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the night shift theater company’s drunken shakespeare = shakespeare readings, karaoke-style, in a bar. tonight’s ‘school’s out’ edition edition includes raffles to benefit the company. bar nine (hell’s kitchen), free to watch and to participate. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show brings stand-up to a cozy lounge setting, complete with leather couches and a fireplace. tonight: alex ptak (adult swim), courtney fearrington (the new yorker), kenice mobley (2 dope queens), lauren hope krass, and matt reiser. hosted by hoff matthews, lizzie martinez, aimee rose ranger, and melissa rocha. bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. fawkner (cobble hill/boerum hill), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): enjoy an evening of stand-up in a retro-styled basement of a lower east side restaurant/bar at the flower shop comedy show. tonight’s show features guests mark normand, mary beth barone, sydnee washington, and ian fidance. hosted by h. foley, kevin ryan, and reggie conquest. the flower shop (les), free admission (one drink minimum). >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns to chelsea music hall with guests aasif mandvi (the daily show), janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), anthony atamanuik (the president show), harrison greenbaum (conan), and greg barris (heaert of darkness). arrive at 7pm for a reading from josh frank’s graphic novel giraffes on horseback salad, about a script salvador dalí wrote for the marx brothers ($5 extra admission). chelsea music hall (chelsea), $13 adv, $15 door. >>

9pm (monthly): twins max and nicky weinbach’s vintage basement with max + nicky variety show features performers julio torres (snl), bowen yang (snl), andrew michaan (adam ruins everything), paco romane (comedy central), and more. under st. marks theater (east village), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>

coming up

5/21-6/23 (+ 7/16-8/11): the famed shakespeare in the park season returns to central park’s delacorte theater with outdoor productions of much ado about nothing (5/21-6/23) and coriolanus (7/16-8/11). four ways to get free tickets each day: in-person at the theater in the park (starting at 12pm, but the line forms much earlier), at an in-person lottery at the public theater in noho (sign-up begins at 11am, drawing at 12pm), via a digital lottery on the todaytix app (before 12pm), and at select distribution points in the five boroughs on specific dates (starting at 12pm). >>

5/21 7am-7pm: visit your local participating ihop restaurant to enjoy a $1 short stack of buttermilk pancakes, with all proceeds going to the children of fallen patriots foundation. >>

5/21 11am-3pm: 37 lower manhattan restaurants will serve up menu items for just $3-7 each at the annual dine around downtown lunch event. 28 liberty plaza (fidi), free admission. >>

5/21 2pm, 4pm: directors rachel lears (knock down the house) and david modigliani (running with beto) will discuss their grassroots political films at separate tapings of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp).

5/21 5:30pm: stop the bans rally: planned parenthood and partner organizations gather at foley square to speak out about the most recent attacks on roe v. wade. >>

5/21 6pm, 7pm, 8pm (most tuesdays thru 9/10): the sweat sessions: take free outdoor fitness classes (yoga, bootcamp, dance cardio, boxing, pilates and more) at hudson river park’s 14th street park. rsvps become live one week before each class. >>

5/21 6pm-2am: decompress at a rooftop wellness and music mini-fest, including sunset yoga, a sound bath, a cacao ceremony, psychedelic talk, astrology readings, music, and more. the williamsburg hotel rooftop (williamsburg), $20 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $25). >>

5/21 6:30pm (tuesdays thru 10/1): take an outdoor sunset yoga class at north brooklyn farms (williamsburg). donation-based (cash only). >>

5/21 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring clark jones (hbo), natasha vaynblat (comedy central), robby slowik (conan), adam friedland, rachel mccartney, and rufat agayev. bonus: $3 beer happy hour 6:45-7:45pm. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

5/21 7pm (tuesdays thru 9/10): be mindful at free sunset meditation sessions, held weekly at socrates sculpture park (lic). >>

5/21 7pm: renaissance person presents fix it, a meetup where you can learn apparel mending (bring something to mend) and basic tool selection and use. solas bar (east village), $10 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $20). >>

5/21 7pm: cult filmmaker john waters shares his new book mr. know-it-all: the tarnished wisdom of a filth elder in conversation with vanity fair’s mike sacks. barnes + noble (union square), wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location. >>

5/21 7pm (+ 5/22): tcm big screen classics presents 30th anniversary screenings of steel magnolias at select theaters. various prices. >>

5/21 7:30pm: the editors of humor site little old lady comedy host a live podcast recording with readings and stand-up comedy at greenlight bookstore (prospect lefferts gardens). a wine reception follows. hosted by mary cella. free admission. >>

5/21 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: black mayo: comedians janeane garofalo, sal vulcano, shane torres, and dina hashem perform a night of comedy benefiting arts gowanus. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

5/21 8pm (monthly): the funny sexy sad literary/storytelling/comedy series presents works that are just that by carolyn busa (side ponytail), lucy cottrell (eat pray judge), gabriel pacheco (reductress), and lily miller. hosted by nate waggoner and melissa rocha. branch ofc. (crown heights), free. >>

5/21 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): wild things comedy show returns with stand-up by emmy blotnick (conan), tim dillon (netflix), clark jones (comedy central), and marie faustin (mtv). hosted by ryan donahue, kate willett, and ismael loutfi. bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-10 (advance purchase required). >>

5/21 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by casey james salengo (comedy central), nore davis (conan), randall otis (the daily show), matt goldich (seth meyers), jordan kleine (thrillist), and lizzie martinez (funny or die). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

5/21 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): embrace the nostalgia at the on this day… comedy show, where comedians recall memories from this day in history. featuring julio torres (snl), gastor almonte (comedy central), sharron paul (now this), divya anantharaman (gotham taxidermy), aditi natasha kini (lithub), and adira amram (and the experience). hosted by angel yau and ross brunetti. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

5/21 10pm (monthly): shake things up at the shake-up, jenny gorelick’s new stand-up comedy show at freehand hotel’s broken shaker rooftop bar (flatiron). featuring charlie bardey, mary beth barone, marie faustin, drew lausch, and usama siddiquee. free admission. >>

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