around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings (weather permitting):
finding dory (2016), coney island beach at west 10th street (coney island) >>
pillow talk (1959), bryant park (midtown west) >>
rock and roll high school (1979), our wicked lady rooftop (east williamsburg) >>
the godfather: part ii (1974), hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop bar (soho/south village) >>
whose streets? (2017), jackie robinson park bandshell (sugar hill) >>

6:30pm: science journalist dave levitan discusses the political tricks that subvert scientific progress in an illustrated lecture about his new book, not a scientist: how politicians mistake, misrepresent, and utterly mangle science.. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: author rafe bartholomew talks about growing up in nyc’s oldest irish bar, mcsorley’s ale house, and his memoir two and two: mcsorley’s, my dad, and me. nuyorican poets café (east village/alphabet city), free (rsvp required). >>

7pm: music critic and author john corbett (downbeat magazine) discusses his latest book, vinyl freak: love letters to a dying medium, with composer and author david grubbs (records ruin the landscape: john cage, the sixties, and sound recording). mcnally jackson books (nolita), free. >>

7pm (monthly): fail better with some help from quitters, a comedy show that features tales of walking away from something and performances of abandoned material. this month’s guests: ikechukwu ufomadu (ike at night host) and daniel kibblesmith (colbert writer). hosted by sam corbin (reductress, the new yorker) and ian goldstein (splitsider, doin’ it with mike sacks). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm (mondays thru 8/14): six local indie bookstores curate outdoor readings with a view of the manhattan skyline for the fifth annual books beneath the bridge literary series, continuing tonight with greenlight bookstore presenting a special edition of their quarterly greenlight poetry salon. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 granite prospect steps, free. >>

7pm (+ 7/28 12pm): broadway in the boros continues to bring performances from current productions to local neighborhoods with an interactive screening of the newsies live broadway musical, plus guest performers and a dance lesson. williamsbridge oval park (bronx), free. >>

7:15pm (mondays thru 8/21): want an excuse to sing your heart out? anyone can join the west village chorale’s weekly summer sings series, tonight featuring vivaldi’s gloria and faure’s requiem. judson church (greenwich village), $15 general, $10 students. >>

7:30pm: fierce women in fiction: jeanne mcculloch (the paris review, tin house books) moderates a panel discussion about writing in a man’s world, with karen rinaldi (the end of men), sarah gerard (sunshine state), camille perri (the assistants), and tanwi nandini islam (bright lines). books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

7:30pm: the night shift theater’s drunken shakespeare = shakespeare readings, karaoke-style, in a bar. bar nine (hell’s kitchen), free to watch and to participate. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the kondabolu brothers guest host the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by melissa villaseñor (snl), charla lauriston (people of earth), joe zimmerman (fallon), ashar usman (npr), omar shaukat, and andrew collin. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with guests elissa bassist (the new yorker), karen chee (reductress), and bob vulfov (mcsweeney’s). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. hifi bar (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by melissa villaseñor (snl), will watkins (seeso), nick naney (comedy central), amy miller (last comic standing), and jacky beren. hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by mike recine (comedy central), ian fidance (above average), courtney maginnis (collegehumor), and jessica watkins (walked across america). hosted by becky yamamoto. fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

thru 8/18: almost 400 restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe dinners ($42) and lunches ($29) during the annual summer restaurant week. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

our next event!

On Friday, August 11, go Back in Time for a night of Dancing in the Dark set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. We’ll be taking over two rooms of The Bell House with 80s anthems performed by kick-ass 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by Party Like It’s 1999’s DJ Steve Reynolds, music video Sing-Alongs by SecretFormula, and 80s + 90s music videos from Music Video Time Machine.

the skint presents:
Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party
Featuring The Engagements and Party Like It’s 1999’s Steve Reynolds
Friday, August 11 8pm doors
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn (directions)
F, G or R to 4th Avenue/9th Street
Tickets are $10 at the door or just $5 in advance with promo code “summertime” here.
Facebook event page:

coming up

7/25 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
cocktail (1988), flight deck of the intrepid (hell’s kitchen) >>
fantastic beasts and where to find them (2016), main park house in cunningham park (fresh meadows) >>
pee-wee’s big adventure (1985), pier 13 (hoboken) >>
snow white and the seven dwarfs (1937), 103rd st community garden (east harlem) >>
the hunger games: catching fire (2013), willowbrook park archery range (staten island) >>
zootopia (2016), valentino pier (red hook) >>

7/25 4:30 doors 5:30-8:30pm event: the #getorganizedbk civic festival highlights the work of local activists with performances, testimonials, tabling, and more. prospect park bandshell, free. >>

7/25 6pm: mathematician and author coralie colmez revisits mistakes made during historical trials in a discussion of her book coauthored with leila schneps, math on trial: how numbers get used and abused in the courtroom. national museum of mathematics (flatiron), $10. >>

7/25 6:30pm: food52 co-founder amanda hesser and impatient foodie founder elettra wiedemann discuss marrying a fast-paced, urban life with slow food ideals. story (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

7/25 7pm: guests share tales of being ghosted, ghosting, and other ‘scary’ dating stories at a live recording of the ghosted stories podcast. hosted by chelsea white and erin leafe. the pit (chelsea), $7. >>

7/25 7pm: assistant professor of philosophy ben abelson explores how comic books illuminate real world issues about personal identity in a discussion at nowadays (ridgewood). $12. >>

7/25 7pm (tuesdays thru 8/29): queens-based musicians perform near-sunset sets at the live at the gantries summer concert series. tonight: conjunto guantanamo plays afro-cuban jazz. gantry plaza state park (lic), free. >>

7/25 8pm: authors reflect on time travel for the one-year anniversary gathering of the final fantasy reading series. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5 suggested donation. >>

7/25 8:30pm (monthly): drunken masters, a celebration of the best and worst action flicks, presents a screening and discussion of jet li’s meltdown (1995). knitting factory (williamsburg), free. >>

7/25-8/20: hip to hip theatre company brings shakespeare’s measure for measure and henry iv, part 1 to a dozen parks throughout the five boroughs, jersey city, and southampton. free. >>

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