around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
fight club (1999), our wicked lady rooftop (east williamsburg) >>
green white green (2016), morningside park (morningside heights) >>
la la land (2016), coney island beach at west 10th street (coney island) >>
the breakfast club (1985), astoria park lawn (astoria) >>
the godfather: part iii (1990), hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop bar (soho/south village) >>
the hustler (1961), bryant park (midtown west) >>
the secret life of pets (2016), saratoga square park (bedford-stuyvesant) >>

all day: today’s the 31st, so baskin-robbins offers $1.50 scoops at participating locations. >>

5:30pm: a potter in the park: a harry potter tournament: celebrate harry potter’s birthday at a meet up with other enthusiasts by competing in physical and mental challenges based on the movies. central park tennis center area (uws), free. >>

6pm (thru 8/6): american thymele theatre’s annual new york euripides summer festival presents free outdoor performances of the madness of hercules at east river park amphitheatre (7/31-8/1), the richard rodgers amphitheatre (8/2-3) and the almira kennedy coursey aphitheatre (8/5), plus indoors at stage ii theatre (8/6). free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: newsday’s rafer guzman and slate’s kristen meinzer introduce a screening of bill and ted’s excellent adventure (1989), kicking off the hollywood does history… poorly film series at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). free. >>

7pm (+ 8/7): h.i.p. lit brings writers amna ahmad (adbusters), scott cheshire (high as the horses’ bridles), tanwi nandini islam (bright lines), anu jindal (the new quarterly), quentin vennie (strong in the broken places), and jenny williamson (collection of flaws in a black dress) to its outdoor reading series at nowadays (ridgewood). 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 word bookstore and authors lisa ko (the leavers) and rakesh satyal (no one can pronounce my name) reading and discussing their works. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 granite prospect steps, free. >>

7pm (thru 8/27, excluding thursdays): new york classical theatre brings an outdoor production of shakespeare’s macbeth to castle clinton (thru 8/20, excluding thursdays) and brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 (8/22-23, 8/25-27). free. >>

7pm (rescheduled from 7/20 due to rain): the broadway in the boros series ends 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 duruflé’s requiem. judson church (greenwich village), $15 general, $10 students. >>

7:30pm (monthly): at ‘the two beers in’ tipsy political roundtable show, hosts cody lindquist and charlie todd welcome discussion from guests soledad o’brien (matter of fact with soledad o’brien), john reynolds (the president show), and evan shapiro (seeso). ucb east village, $7. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: asperger’s are us, a boston sketch comedy troupe made up of four comedians on the autism spectrum, perform original material with guest joe pera (adult swim) at union hall (park slope). $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): wyatt cenac (seeso) hosts the night train comedy show, with stand-up performances by john early (wet hot american summer), judah friedlander (30 rock), samantha ruddy (collegehumor), erica spera (gotham comedy live), and sagar bhatt (last comic standing). littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show includes stand up by abbi crutchfield (vh1), brandon scott wolf (best time ever with neil patrick harris writer), kerry overfab coddett (mtv), justin herman (trutv), harry terjanian (andy kaufman award winner), lizzie martinez (someecards), and kyle turner (phoning it in). fawkner (boerum hill), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up by selena coppock (amazon’s red oaks), victor varnado (adult swim), luke touma (sirius xm), and salma zaky. hosted by chelsea taylor. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm, 10pm: actors perform a live shadowcast during buffy the vampire slayer’s ‘once more with feeling’ musical episode at the way station (prospect heights). free. >>

9pm-midnight: score free stuff, get rid of your old stuff, and jam to tunes at the ‘thrift on!’ clothing and stuff swap party. the keep (bushwick), free admission. >>

thru 8/6 various times: bushwick’s syndicated celebrates your fave boy wizard’s birthday with harry potter screenings all week, plus trivia tuesday. $4/film, free for trivia. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

8/1 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
napoleon dynamite (2004), valentino pier (red hook) >>
the martian (2015), flight deck of the intrepid (hell’s kitchen) >>

8/1 6pm doors, 7pm show (+ 8/2): fleet foxes and (sandy) alex g play a pair of celebrate brooklyn! benefit shows that are priced out of the skint’s range, but you can still throw down a blanket and listen with others outside the prospect park bandshell’s fenced-off area for free. >>

8/1 7pm: take a simulated flight around the red planet with live musical accompaniment from the marsband at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

8/1 7pm doors: the annual rooftop films series continues with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. tonight: dmitrii kalashnikov’s dash-cam doc the road movie, with pre-show live music, post-show filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. the william vale (williamsburg), $15. >>

8/1 7:30pm (ends today): naumburg orchestral concert series: the oldest continuous free outdoor western classical music concert series in the world (112 seasons!) returns to central park’s 1,000 seat naumburg bandshell. tonight: ecco (east coast chamber orchestra) performs bach, holst, shostakovich, grieg, and diamond. can’t make it? you can listen live to a live broadcast as well. >>

8/1 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): comedians explore new a scientific topic each month at the scientists comedy show, hosted by blythe robinson (the new yorker) and madelyn freed (the annoyance). this month’s topic: dead bodies. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 door. >>

8/1 8pm: why would a comedian run for senate? senator al franken is joined by seth meyers to discuss doing just that in a talk on his new memoir, al franken: giant of the senate. the great hall at cooper union (east village), $32 admission includes the book. >>

8/1-6: meet astronauts, check out nasa technology, and watch films during the space + science festival at the intrepid sea, air + space museum. free-$33 ($19 for nyc residents with valid id). >>

ticket deals

go on a friday night sunset happy hour cruise 8/4-25 for $8-15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

get tickets to the annual nyc craft coffee festival at villain in williamsburg 9/30 for $19+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $35+). >>

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