MON, 6/11: ED HELMS, FREE MET OPERA IN THE PARK, MASSIVE MUSICAL CHAIRS, DEMOCRACY LAB AT THE SPACEBUSTER, + 17 TUES EVENTS

around town today

thru 6/17: enter into an inflatable pavilion as democracy lab at the spacebuster hosts 50 free programs over seven days focused on civic engagement, social justice, public space, utopia and democracy. soldier + sailors memorial arch, (grand army plaza in prospect heights), free. >>

thru 6/17: women in the outdoors week: adventure guides discover outdoors hosts a series of classes, panels, films, and social events ranging from morning meditation to navigation and expedition planning. various locations and prices (many are $15 and under). >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
galaxy quest. our wicked lady rooftop (east williamsburg). >>
point break. our wicked lady rooftop (east williamsburg). >>

6pm: artist philip ashforth coppola and editors ezra bookstein and jeremy workman talk about coppola’s forty years spent creating pen-and-ink drawings of the nyc subway, now featured in his new book one track mind: drawing the new york subway. rizzoli bookstore (flatiron), free admission. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: them executive editor meredith talusan leads a discussion on the #metoo movement in lgbtq communities with black lives matter co-founder elle hearns, media host and activist aaryn lang, and food for thot co-host joseph osmundson. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>

6:30pm: a pop music breakdown of queen’s ‘bohemian rhapsody’: analyze what makes a classic song great while diving into its songwriting, lyrics, production, arrangement, and more. no music theory experience needed. brooklyn brainery (windsor terrace), $12. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: the office actor ed helms is tonight’s guest at a taping of the ask me another podcast, hosted by ophira eisenberg. the bell house (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

7pm: editor frank lowe (@gayathomedad) reads from and discusses his new anthology, raised by unicorns: stories from people with lgbtq+ parents, at a book launch event at barnes + noble upper west side (uws). priority seating with purchase of the book. >>

7pm (monthly): at bamcinématek’s screen epiphanies series, an artistic or cultural figure talks about the film that inspired their passion for cinema, followed by a screening of the movie. tonight, documentary filmmaker and cinematographer kirsten johnson (cameraperson, citizenfour) presents djibril diop mambéty’s touki bouki (1973). bam (fort greene), $16. >>

7pm: attend a free screening of documentary filmmaker eugene jarecki’s new the king, preceded by an interview/podcast taping with person place thing host randy cohen. the landmark at 57 west (midtown west), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (+ 6/18, 6/24): meg mondays: watch psychedelic re-edits of meg ryan/nora ephron romantic comedies in a kaleidoscopic, circular format, followed by panel discussions of their underlying mythologies. tonight: sally waits for harry. abrons arts center (les), $10. >>

7pm, 7:30pm: sing your heart out at the new york choral consortium’s seventh annual big sing at the cathedral of st. john the divine in morningside heights (7pm, free) or the west village chorale’s weekly summer sings series at judson church in greenwich village (7:30pm $15 general, $10 students).

7pm doors, 8pm show (thru 6/29): the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series brings six free outdoor concerts to parks in every borough. tonight: an evening of arias and duets at central park’s rumsey playfield. >>

moved from 6/4 7:30pm: be there or be chair: rsvp to play/compete in the seventh annual massive game of musical chairs in bryant park. >>

7:30pm (monthly): explore mercury close up at tonight’s frontiers lecture at the american museum of natural history’s hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 students, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm: uptown showdown: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in a battle of wits about which is better, being wired or unplugged. tonight’s guests: ziwe fumudoh (above average), judy gold (i’m dying up here), josh gondelman (last week tonight), mehran khaghani (last comic standing), matt koff (the daily show), and lane moore (tinder live). hosted by matthew love. symphony space (uws), $16. >>

7:30pm (monthly thru 12/10): have a musical monday at village east cinema’s series of musical screenings. tonight: hairspray (2007). city cinemas village east cinema (east village), $15. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the audience decides which performers go to hell at the see you in hell comedy show, featuring guests chris gethard (the chris gethard show), joe pera (adult swim), katie hannigan (collegehumor), and chanel ali (girl code). hosted by doug smith and matt wayne. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with stand up by dulce sloan (the daily show), joe pera (conan), liza treyger (this is not happening), jim tews (last comic standing), leclerc andre (laughs), and anya volz (the hard times). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (+ 6/18 at rough trade): seymour stein, sire records co-founder and signer of the ramones, talking heads, madonna, the smiths, depeche mode, and more discusses his memoir siren song: my life in music with cabaret performer billy hough at mcnally jackson (nolita). free. >>

8pm (monthly): the franklin park reading series showcases a musical/literary performance by mary gaitskill (somebody with a little hammer) with multi-instrumentalist peg simone and readings by chelsea hodson (tonight i’m someone else), safiya sinclair (cannibal), and bethany c. morrow (mem). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by casey james salengo (comedy central), molly ruben-long (viceland), andy ostroff (kimmel), becca beberaggi (paste magazine), will abeles (regrets of my father), and rachel mccartney. hosted by lizzie martinez (funny or die), hoff matthews (comedy central), and brandon scott wolf (best time ever with neil patrick harris). bonus: chances to win free drinks and local show tickets with email rsvp. fawkner (cobble hill/boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by erik bergstrom (comedy central), kevin sean (exist plan), jordan jensen (sirius x,), michelle de swarte, and lauren vino. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome) hosts an evening of stand up by kate willett, rebecca vigil and sarah hennessy, plus beatboxing by shockwave. q.e.d. (astoria), $6. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), roy wood jr. (the daily show), mike drucker (samantha bee), ana fabrega (the chris gethard show), carmen lagala (creek bros), and lauren duca (teen vogue). hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

sponsored: escape the city with a sourced adventures kayak + wine day trip! enjoy a relaxing paddle down the delaware followed by a wine tasting at a local vineyard. luxury round-trip bus from 2 nyc locations, kayak, lunch, and wine tasting included. select saturdays thru 10/13. >>

6/12 11am-10pm: score yourself a free gourmet hot dog at a dog haus pop-up inside chefs club counter (nolita). >>

6/12 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (ends today): the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre wraps up the spring season with violinist olivia de prato and guests performing new virtuosic works. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6/12 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with tales from bridget o’neill, jackie gordon, marilyn torres, and stephanie summerville, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. hosted by michele carlo. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6/12 6-9pm: 36th annual museum mile festival: walk more than 20 blocks of a car-free fifth avenue while visiting six museums, which are are offering free admission throughout the evening. participating museums include the metropolitan museum of art, the guggenheim, cooper hewitt, the jewish museum, museum of the city of new york, and el museo del barrio. rain or shine. >>

6/12 7pm (+ 6/14 at books are magic): young adult fiction double feature: actor and travel writer andrew mccarthy presents his debut ya novel just fly away in conjunction with fellow author adele griffin presenting her book tell me no lies. barnes + noble 86th + lexington, free admission. >>

6/12 7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade, paula carter, and robin gelfenbien at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine theater (east village), $5 with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

6/12 7:30pm (monthly): double down on the hand of comedy, a stand-up and sketch comedy show hosted by claudia cogan (last comic standing). tonight’s performers include emmy blotnick (the president show), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), christian polanco (knockin’ boots), tim girrbach, and cartoonist gabrielle bell (everything is flammable). cobra club (bushwick), $5. >>

6/12 7:30pm (weekly): the 90’s are alive at the as if! comedy show, with 90’s themed raffles and trivia between sets by leif enoksen, catherine cohen, napoleon emill, karmen naidoo, and robert dean. hosted by anya volz, claire parker, and blair dawson. rebecca’s bar (bushwick), free. >>

6/12 7:30pm (+ 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/31): the naumberg orchestral concert series continues a summer tradition that’s been going since 1905, presenting free music concerts in central park. tonight’s season premiere: ensemble lpr performs music by tchaikovsky, debussy, handler, musgrave, and corigliano. can’t make it? you can listen live to a live broadcast on wqxr well. naumburg bandshell (central park), free. >>

6/12 8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of rumaan alam (that kind of mother), hala alyan (salt houses), and porochista khakpour (sick) at tonight’s edition of the lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

6/12 8pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): black panther. samuel n. bennerson 2nd playground (uws). >>

6/12 8pm: the public theater presents a free encore performance of elizabeth swados’ runaways at central park’s delacorte theater. free tickets will be available in-person at the park starting at 12pm, at an in-person lottery at the public theater (sign-up begins at 11am, drawing at 12pm), and via an online lottery. >>

6/12 8pm (tuesdays thru 6/26): the 60th annual washington square music festival continues the season with a concert featuring music by debussy, prokofiev, and rota. washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

6/12 8pm (thru 6/15 + 6/17): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 53rd season with free performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. tues: van cortlandt park (bronx); weds: central park (manhattan). >>

6/12 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, this week including performances by janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), janelle james (netflix), sarah tollemache (colbert), robert dean (comedy central), and nick mullen. free. >>

6/12 8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), gary gulman (last comic standing), nore davis (comedy central), krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), and carmen lagala (creek bros). the slipper room (les), $10. >>

6/12 9pm doors, 9:15pm show: face your recurring high school nightmares head-on by tackling real standardized test questions at the sloshed sats trivia/drinking game/comedy show. hosted by michael wolf. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

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