around town today

thru 7/22: the annual trans theatre festival returns to the brick theater (williamsburg) with 10 productions by trans artists. the brick theater (williamsburg), $20. >>

thru 7/15: the 16th annual fresh fruit festival presents more than 20 musicals, short plays, solo shows, and more by lgbt artists at the wild project (east village). $18. >>

thru 7/14: the 14th annual brooklyn hip-hop festival celebrates hip-hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change with a week of live music, dj sets, panel discussions, an exhibition, parties, and a family-friendly block party. various locations, $12-$75. >>

reservations are now open for the annual summer restaurant week (7/23-8/17), with 380 restaurants offering prix-fixe dinners for $42 and lunches/brunches for $26. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
despicable me. kaiser park (coney island). >>
goodfellas. hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop bar (soho/south village). >>
inception. parklife (gowanus). >>
little miss sunshine. bryant park (midtown west). >>
the dark crystal. gaelic field at inwood hill park. >>
the greatest showman. coney island beach at w 12th street. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. today: oh wonder and sasha sloan at central park. free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: no director. only one rehearsal. in a bar. the back room shakespeare project presents much ado about nothing at soda bar (prospect heights). free. >>

7pm (mondays thru 8/13): six authors, representing brooklyn independent bookstores, give outdoor readings with a view of the manhattan skyline at the sixth annual books beneath the bridge literary series. tonight: chelsea hodson (tonight i’m someone else) and julie buntin (marlena). a q+a session and book signing follow. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 granite prospect steps, free admission. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): human bird comedy night returns with guests andy haynes (conan), martin urbano (kimmel), caitlin peluffo (nbc), jeff kreisler (siriusxm), brendan sagalow, and kevin gootee. bonus: the first 20 folks get a free jack daniel’s cocktail. drexler’s (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

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 myq kaplan (comedy central), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), gabriel pacheco (sirius xm), and more. ucb (east village), $9. >>

7:30pm (+ 7/11, 16, 18): 25 dance companies present short works followed by courtyard receptions at triskelion arts’ summerfest. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $18 adv, $22 door. >>

7:30pm (monthly thru 12/10): have a musical monday at village east cinema’s series of musical screenings. tonight: moulin rouge (2001). city cinemas village east cinema (east village), $15. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: at the hell yeah comedy show, ‘former comedian’ james cross will have a first date on stage and ask her questions between stand-up sets from nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), joe pera (adult swim), mary houlihan (comedy central), alise morales (the chris gethard show), and mroe. 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 sam jay (snl), sean patton (comedy central), jordan temple (hidden fences), doug smith (conan), and deanne smith (last comic standing). littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (monthly): this month’s installment of the franklin park reading series features fiction writers alissa nutting (made for love), rumaan alam (that kind of mother), jamel brinkley (a lucky man), julia dixon evans (how to set yourself on fire), and malcolm boyd (mann walker trilogy). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by ryan beck (comedy central), ruby mccollister (the special without brett davis), ian goldstein (new york magazine), raghav mehta, and lindsay boling. 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 josh johnson (the daily show), atheer yacoub (gotham comedy live), madelein smith (siriusxm), kyle turner, and will tilghman. hosted by chelsea taylor. 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 jared goldstein, jacqueline novak, eman el-husseini, and james creelman, 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 kenny deforest (crashing), christie cheillo (girl code), khalid rahmaan (impractical jokers), evan williams (roast battle), and ally spier (reductress). hosted by morgan miller. ucb hell’s kitchen (hell’s kitchen), free. >>


BBQ Films Presents:

Party time! Excellent! 25 years after Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar’s epic Waynestock musicfest, BBQ Films invites you to GARTHAPALOOZA​, featuring a screening of 1992’s rockin’comedy, Wayne’s World, and a killer lineup of female-fronted bands who really wail.

On Friday, July 13, BBQ Films will bring the film’s iconic Gasworks concert venue to life for a night of music, comedy, and full-on ‘90s immersion. Think: rocking out to rad bands, enjoying themed drinks, stepping into the basement studio, and plenty of “Bohemian” headbanging. But absolutely no “Stairway!”

As a mega bonus, a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a nonprofit music education and mentoring program that empowers girls, women and/orgender non-binary folks through arts and music. Way!

Friday, July 13 at 7pm
Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Tickets: use promo code NOSTAIRWAY to save $5 on GA and $10 on VIP

coming up

sponsored: the puntastically named grin and barrett comedy, a free monthly comedy show with liz barrett, celebrates its 5th anniversary at beauty bar this thursday, july 12. the line up has more than just dudes (think comedians you’ve seen on comedy central, conan, the late show with stephen colbert, and ones who are up and coming), the vibe is fun, and there are raffles… girl scout cookies, anyone? reserve your seat today! >>

7/10-29: check out 13 new theater works before they premiere at the edinburgh festival fringe in scotland during 59e59 theaters’ annual east to edinburgh festival. 59e59 theaters (ues), $15. >>

7/10-14: dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. tues: orquesta el macabeo; weds: brianna thomas band with frank senior; thurs: orquesta akokán; fri: the james hunter six; sat: lc kids dance with dancing classrooms (3pm, free) and harlem renaissance orchestra/lindy hop dance contest (6pm, regular admission). doors 6pm, dance lesson at 6:30pm, live music at 7:30pm. damrosch park at lincoln center (uws), $17 admission, but there’s usually room to watch/dance outside the main space for free. >>

7/10 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
harold and kumar go to white castle. valentino pier (red hook). >>
hidden figures. paradise on earth community garden (bronx). >>
hotel transylvania 2. asser levy playground (stuyvesant town). >>
lilo + stitch. sherman creek park (inwood). >>
paddington 2. west bronx recreation center. >>
pitch perfect. conference house park (staten island). >>
romy and michele’s high school reunion. the william vale (williamsburg). >>
smurfs: the lost village. heckscher playground (bushwick). >>

7/10 6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with tales from becca beberaggi, elana lancaster, thomas r. pryor, and gail thomas. hosted by nicole ferraro. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

7/10 6-8pm (tuesdays thru 9/18): no partner or experience needed at strictly tango nyc dance school’s tango night in washington square park (greenwich village). free. >>

7/10 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: mother jones senior reporter ari berman discusses race, redistricting, and voting rights ahead of the midterm elections in a talk on his book, give us the ballot: the modern struggle for voting rights in america. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>

7/10 6:30pm (tuesdays thru 8/28): get your sunset salsa on at hudson river park. beginner lesson 6:30-7:15pm, dj at 7:15pm. pier 45 (greenwich village), free. >>

7/10 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the ho-hum becomes hi-larious at the monotony! variety show, where comedians and storytellers maeve higgins (star talk), jo firestone (fallon), karen chee (colbert), and sean wilkinson (steve wilkos show) entertain you with presentations on subjects typically considered boring. hosted by jeopardy! runner-up and ph.d scientist raj sivaraman. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7/10 7pm (tuesdays thru 8/28): kupferberg center for the arts at queens college presents the annual live at the gantries summer concert series, held at gantry plaza state park (lic). tonight: lady and the vamps perform jazz, blues, and pop. free. >>

7/10 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. >>

7/10 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 boris khaykin (funny or die), ayanna dookie (gotham comedy live), andy ross (the onion), alex english (bet), and katie hartman (netflix). cobra club (bushwick), $5. >>

7/10 7:30pm (thru 7/22): the batsheva – the young ensemble performs phad naharin’s bessie award-winning dance, naharin’s virus, at the joyce theater (chelsea). $10+. >>

7/10 7:30pm (+ 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: self-conducted chamber orchestra a far cry performs mozart, bartók, golijov, and glass. can’t make it? you can listen live to a live broadcast on wqxr well. naumburg bandshell (central park), free. >>

7/10 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 kerry coddett (bet), rebecca o’neal (vanity fair), christian finnegan (comedy central), bobby hankinson (kweendom), and kat burdick. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7/10 8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of chelsea hodson (tonight i’m someone else), allie rowbottom (jell-o girls), and amanda stern (little panic) at tonight’s edition of the monthly lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

7/10 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 nick vatterott (comedy central), chris thayer (comedy central), jacqueline novak (fallon), ana fabrega (hbo), and martin urbano (kimmel). free. >>

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