around town today

thru 8/26: choose from a variety of yoga, pilates, zumba, dance, and other outdoor fitness classes offered during brooklyn bridge park’s waterfront workouts series. free. >>

thru 6/27: 28 indie theater makers present works at ars nova’s annual ant (all new talent) fest. ars nova (hell’s kitchen), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

thru 6/23: 54 refurbished, artist-painted pianos will be placed in parks and public spaces in every borough for all to play and enjoy for the annual sing for hope pianos program. the whole collection will be on display at 28 liberty street (fidi) 6/3 until 6pm before being moved to their new locations for the rest of the month. >>

thru 6/8: imagine a better future for the seas at the explorers club’s third annual world oceans week programming. the explorers club (ues), free 9:45am-5:30pm, $35 after 6pm ($5 for students). >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
42nd street. gaelic field at inwood hill park. >>
gross pointe blank. our wicked lady (east williamsburg). >>
ralph breaks the internet. russell sage playground (rego park). >>

5pm: stars madeline brewer and amanda brugel discuss their work on the new season of the handmaid’s tale at a taping of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

5-9pm: dozens of restaurants will be serving up tastes of their signature dishes at the annual taste of times square outdoor food and music festival. ‘taste’ tickets are $1 each, which can be redeemed for dishes that range $1-6 9 (save 20% on advance taste tickets with promo code ‘crossroads19’ until 3pm). free admission, 46th st. between broadway and 9th ave. >>

6:30pm (mondays thru 9/9): practice tai chi outdoors at hudson river park’s pier 84 (midtown west). free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm (+ 6/5 at the mysterious bookshop): crime fiction writer james ellroy (l.a. confidential, the black dahlia) presents his new novel, this storm, in conversation with black chalk author christopher j. yates at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown). free admission. >>

6:30pm: lgbtq coming-of-age comics: a panel of comic book artists explore the medium’s power to tell nuanced stories about youth, sexuality and gender identity at a discussion at nypl mid-manhattan library. free. >>

7pm (monthly): the enclave reading series closes out its spring season with authors laura sims (the looker), luc sante (low life: lures and snares of old new york), john wray (godsend), and kristen alvanson, plus music by d. treut. club cumming (east village), free. >>

7pm (monthly): have a musical monday at village east cinema’s series of musical screenings. tonight: a star is born (1954). city cinemas village east cinema (east village), $15. >>

7:30pm: be there or be chair: rsvp to play/compete in the annual massive game of musical chairs in bryant park. bonus: free t-shirt for the first 400 attendees to check in. >>

7:30pm (monthly): learn about white dwarfs, neutron stars, and other ‘degenerate objects’ in space 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 doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider podcast presents personal stories about ‘being normal’ as told by researcher taylor beck, poet alyssa d’amico, spark for autism scientific director pamela feliciano, comedian anders lee, and neuroscientist stephanie rogers. hosted by paula croxson and zach stovall. caveat (les), $12. >>

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 molly austin (comedy central), erik bergstrom (comedy central), kendall farrell (just come! comedy), shazia mirza (the kardashians made me do it), and mohanad elshieky. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series hosts readings by pooja makhijani (the new york times), chelsea hodson (tonight i’m someone else), melissa dahl (cringeworthy), and daniela galarza (new york). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>

8pm (monthly): queer writers and performers ‘out’ the films that helped them define themselves at the queer film theory 101 show, hosted by veronica garza and sarah kennedy. house of wax bar at alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

8pm: enjoy stand-up in the basement gallery of an italian restaurant at the future forms comedy show, hosted by mary houlihan (the best show), joe rumrill (the chris gethard show), and sam taggart (comedy central). serafina ludlow (les), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show brings stand-up to a cozy lounge setting, complete with leather couches and a fireplace. tonight: jordan temple (marvelous mrs. maisel writer), maddy smith (wild ‘n out), tracy mcclendon (funny or die), darian lusk, and kyle turner. 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 admission. >>

9pm: the lap dance saloon comedy show returns with laughs from andy sandford (conan), mohanad elshieky (team coco ‘comic to watch’), dana moon (mtv), mike speirs (showtime), and pallavi gunalan. hosted by jeffrey emerson and jill weiner. bonus: free pizza. upstairs at 2a (east village), free admission. >>

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

coming up

sponsored: grab your dancing shoes and join us for an epic battle of the big bands under the stars on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier intrepid as we celebrate the dancing, style and music of the swing era with three of the best big bands in the land on two dance floors (on deck and below), plus dance performances, beginner swing dance lessons, a barbershop quartet, a vintage fashion show, and more! saturday, june 8 at 8pm. tickets are going fast and sells out every year, so buy yours today! >>

6/4-7: gooooaaaaallls! this year’s kicking + screening soccer film festival goes to 11(th annual). scandinavia house (midtown east), $18. >>

6/4 8:30am (tuesdays thru 9/10):  take a free tai chi class in washington squre park. >>

6/4 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 6/11): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the spring season continues tonight with piano/percussion team bent duo. bonus: free drink. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6/4 5pm doors, 6pm show: tonight’s central park summerstage concert, one nation under a groove farewell tour: george clinton + parliament funkadelic with galactic fishbone, dumpstaphunk, and miss velvet, is ticketed ($85+), but many folks on a budget tend to throw down a picnic blanket and listen/hang outside the venue. >>

6/4 6:30pm (tuesdays thru 8/13): take a free outdoor pilates class at riverside park south’s plaza at 66th street. bring your own mat. >>

6/4 6:30pm: pulitzer prize-nominated author suketu mehta chats with artist and writer molly crabapple about his new book, this land is our land: an immigrant’s manifesto, at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown). free. >>

6/4 6:30pm: prep for your summer romance with a talk on the science of falling in love, presented by psychology professor marisa t. cohen. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $11. >>

6/4 6:30pm doors, 8pm show (thru 8/10): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival kicks off its 42nd season with multiple grammy award-winning r+b and soul artist patti labelle. expect long lines. prospect park bandshell, free admission ($5 suggested donation). >>

6/4 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring chris gethard (the chris gethard show), shalewa sharpe (comedy central), brian parise (john oliver), dana moon (netflix), and lawrence deloach. bonus: $3 beer happy hour 6:45-7:45pm. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

6/4 7pm: photographer ira resnick shares recollections of his celebrity photos presented in his new book, the seventies: a photographic journey, in conversation with film/tv critic jeffrey lyons at rizzoli bookstore (flatiron). free admission. >>

6/4 7pm: the newfest lgbt film festival and vimeo present a series of queer short documentary and narrative films at cinépolis chelsea. $14. >>

6/4 7pm: facs, russian baths, and hubble play saint vitus (greenpoint). $10. >>

6/4 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): let your word nerd flag fly at the raucous punderdome 3000 pun competition, where you can compete or just cheer on your favorites. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

6/4 7:30pm: t.s. eliot prize-winning poet ocean vuong presents his first novel, on earth we’re briefly gorgeous, in conversation with author alexander chee (how to write an autobiographical novel) at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

6/4 7:30 (monthly): it’s all shoulda coulda woulda at the take two storytelling show, where guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things could’ve turned out differently. hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5-15 suggested admission (no one turned away for lack of funds). >>

6/4 8pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): fantastic beasts: the crimes of grindelwald. samuel n. bennerson 2nd playground (lincoln center). >>

6/4 8pm (monhtly): emmy blotnick (colbert) and matt koff (the daily show writer) host the crown jewels comedy show at the palace. tonight’s show celebrates the release of blotnick’s new album and includes joe firestone (fallon), shane torres (conan), stavros halkias (comedy central), and more. the palace (greenpoint), free. >>

6/4 8pm (tuesdays thru 6/25): the 61st annual washington square music festival kicks off the season with a concert featuring music by rossini, brahams, and mozart performed by the festival chamber orchestra and and guests. garibaldi plaza in washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

6/4 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (quarterly): the am i write, ladies? variety show showcases new storytelling, comedy, burlesque, theater, and more by women and gender non-conforming artists. tonight’s theme: ‘internet connection’ (chat rooms, catfishing, tinder, memes, and more). hosted by cassidy graves. the footlight (ridgewood), $10. >>

6/4 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with stand-up by sal vulcano (impractical jokers), sam jay (snl), matthew broussard (fallon), and rosebud baker (comedy central). 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). >>

6/4 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): stand up set lengths follow the fibonacci sequence (5, 8, 13, and 21 minutes) at the golden spiral comedy show, hosted by katie compa and mindy raf and including guests claudia cogan (last comic standing), jay jurden (nbc), and the el salomons (jess salomon and eman el-husseini). dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free (rsvp to enter a raffle for a free drink). >>

6/4 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by rachel feinstein (netflix), katie hannigan (colbert), fareeha khan (comedy central), eddie della siepe (hulu), ashley brooke roberts (national geographic), and sam evans. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

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registration is now open for the annual solstice in times square free outdoor yoga event, with seven times to choose from 7:30am-7:30pm on 6/21. >>

get admission + roller skate rental at lakeside brooklyn thru 10/12 for free-$8.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $13-17). >>

get tickets to the ninth annual nyc short play festival at players theatre in the west village 6/13-30 $15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

sample small batch spirits at the ny indie spirits expo at the penn club 6/10 for $32.50-45 (plus ticket fees, reg. $65-90). >>

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