around town today

thru 6/24: more than 50 artist-painted refurbished pianos will be placed in parks and public spaces across the boroughs for all to play for free for the annual sing for hope pianos program. every piano will be on display at 28 liberty plaza (fidi) for today only before being placed in their new locations for the rest of the month.

thru 6/28: a stick of moustached butter finding its voice is just one example of the 27 new theater, comedy, music, burlesque, magic, and drag shows you’ll find at the 12th annual ant fest. ars nova (hell’s kitchen), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

thru 7/13 11am-8pm (closed sundays): the seasonal urbanspace garment district pop-up outdoor food market returns with 14 specialty vendors. broadway bet 40th + 41st sts. >>

thru 9/3: take your pick of broadway dance, zumba, yoga, and other outdoor fitness classes offered during brooklyn bridge park’s waterfront workouts series. free. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
dirty dancing (1987). our wicked lady rooftop (east williamsburg). >>
get out. parklife (gowanus). >>
swing time. gaelic field at inwood hill park (inwood). >>

5-9pm: sample dishes from 40 local restaurants at the annual taste of times square outdoor food and music festival. rain or shine. 46th st between broadway and 9th ave, pay-as-you-go with ‘tastes’ ranging $1-6 each (save 20% on advance tickets with promo code ‘crossroads18’ until 3pm). >>

6:30pm (mondays thru 7/30): get healthy on the hudson with free outdoor tai chi classes held at hudson river park’s pier 84 (midtown west). free (rsvp required) >>

7pm: bryony cole talks sex, tech, and consent at a live taping of the future of sex podcast, featuring make love not porn founder cindy gallop, jezebel culture editor clover hope, and artist emma sulkowicz (‘mattress performance’ at columbia university). the greene space at wnyc (south village), $15. >>

7pm: paris-based chamber group ensemble almaviva makes their nyc debut with a program of works by ravel, daniel d’adamo, iván solano, and more. americas society (ues), free (rsvp). >>

7pm, 8:30pm (monthly): shotz: six groups of actors, writers, and directors present new 10-minute plays inspired by the subject of cryptocurrency. the kraine theater (east village), $13 adv (includes a beer), $15 door. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): human bird comedy night returns with guests dulcé sloan (the daily show), mike finoia (trutv), andy haynes (comedy central), casey balsham (gotham live), sam evans (siriusxm), and jeff kreisler (cnn). bonus: the first 20 folks get a free jack daniel’s cocktail. drexler’s (east village/alphabet city), free admission. drexler’s (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

moved to 6/11 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): queer writers and performers ‘out’ the films that  helped them define themselves at the queer film theory 101 show. house of wax bar at alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): nat towsen’s downtown variety hour features performers, music, a downtown history segment, and trivia with prizes from two boots pizza and comic book/toy store forbidden planet. tonight’s show includes aasif mandvi (the daily show), michael kupperman (new yorker comics), seth lind (this american life), and more. ucb (east village), $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the butterboy comedy show, helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins, returns with stand up by todd barry (comedy central), hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), subhah agarwal (gotham comedy live, kenny deforest (seth meyers), morgan miller, and kwasi mensah. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series hosts non-fiction readings by mary h.k. choi (wired), aatish taseer (vanity fair), piper weiss (you all grow up and leave me), thaddeus rutkowski (the new york times), and tomi obaro (buzzfeed). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by hannah boone (adult swim), saurin choksi (brown privilege), jennie sutton (comedy central), dekunle somade (laughing horse comedy), and kendall farrell. 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 rebecca vigil (the week of), brendan fitzgibbons (comedy central), abby feldman (netflix), anya volz, and tan. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

11pm (weekly): comics do standup, characters, and other weirdness at the dirty laundry comedy show, this week featuring roy wood jr. (the daily show), frank contiff (mst3k), emma willmann (colbert), annie bernstein (pbs), joe pera (seth meyers), and country music comedy duo reformed whores. hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

coming up

6/5-8: nasty women unite fest: artists of various disciplines and background come together to show support for intersectional feminism, with each night focusing on a different topic. theaterlab (midtown west) and stonestreet studios (flatiron), $15 admission benefits the aclu. >>

6/5 8:30am (tuesdays thru 9/11): take a free outdoor tai chi class at washington square park’s garibaldi plaza (greenwich village). >>

6/5 5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 6/12): the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre continues the spring season with spektral quartet performing the new york premieres of works by david fulmer and eliza brown, as well as new music written for the quartet by columbia faculty member george lewis. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

scheduled for 6/6 6/5 6-9pm (+ 7/5, 8/1): orlando marin (‘the last mambo king of the bronx’) and his band once again kicks off the high line’s annual outdoor ¡arriba! dance party series. on the high line at w 16th st., free. >>

6/5 6:30pm (tuesdays thru 7/25): take a free outdoor pilates class at riverside park south’s plaza at 66th st. bring your own mat. >>

6/5 6:30pm: author porochista khakpour discusses her new memoir, sick, which recounts her lifetime of misdiagnoses while battling lyme disease, with poet and writer eileen myles. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), free (rsvp). >>

6/5 6:30pm doors, 8pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival opens its 41st season with rapper common. expect long lines at the gate. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

6/5 7pm (monthly): the new comedy gold show, presented by aimee rose ranger, conor delehanty and danny stratton, makes its debut tonight with emmy blotnick (the president show), martin urbano (kimmel), joe rumrill (the chris gethard show), chanel ali (girl code), and sam evans. gold sounds (bushwick), free. >>

6/5 7pm (thru 7/29): new york classical theatre brings outdoor productions of shakespeare’s romeo + juliet, with six actors playing all of the parts, to central park (6/5-24), nelson a. rockefeller park (6/27-30), the battery (7/2-15), carl schurz park (7/17-22), and brooklyn bridge park (7/24-25, 7/27-29). free. >>

6/5 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 jo and fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

6/5 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider magazine/podcast presents five personal stories about abortion from patients and doctors. hosted by neuroscientist paula croxson and writer erin barker. caveat (les), $12. >>

6/5 7:30pm doors, 8pm 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 alex english (bet), kendra cunningham (snl), rachael parenta (sketchpod) and emma willmann (colbert). dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

6/5 8pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): lady bird. st. nicholas park 135 lawn (harlem). >>

6/5 8pm (tuesdays thru 6/26): the 60th annual washington square music festival starts the season with a concert featuring music by richard strauss, johann strauss ii, and beethoven. washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

6/5 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 hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), jono zalay (comedy central), catherine cohen (difficult people), and stavros halkias. hosted by dan licata (adult swim), joe pera (seth meyers) and charles gould (kimmel). free. >>

6/5 8:30pm (monthly): comedian christian finnegan (chappelle’s show) hosts a live taping of the audio spackle podcast with some help from mark douglas (the key of awesome) and more. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

6/5 9pm (monthly): let comedians school you at the woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests perform comedy about social issues they’re passionate about. tonight’s lineup features hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), dewayne perkins (the break with michelle wolf), jen kwok (hbo), aileen clark, and improv group white privilege, black power. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $7. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: enter to win an eight-week package of booze music lessons with bantam studios! choose from violin, cello, guitar, electric bass, mandolin or ukulele lessons. free wine + beer served at every class! >>

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

get tickets to the popsugar play/ground festival, featuring mindy kaling, kate hudson, tiffany haddish, kayla itsines, alunageorge, and more at pier 94 6/9-10 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $70). >>

get tickets to the eighth annual short play festival at players theatre in the west village 6/7-10 $15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

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