around town today

thru 8/31: right in the middle of outdoor performance season, the brick’s shakespeare in the theater festival brings five shakespeare plays and adaptations indoors. the brick theater (williamsburg), $20. >>

thru 8/25: 15 east williamsburg restaurants offer $12-$35 three-course dinners for the annual grand street summer restaurant week. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
aquaman. highland park (cypress hills). >>
doctor strange. leif ericson park (dyker heights). >>
jurassic park. bryant park (midtown west). >>
labyrinth. our wicked lady (east williamsburg). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. gaelic field at inwood hill park. >>
incredibles 2. astoria park lawn in astoria park (astoria). >>
the boss baby. cunningham park (fresh meadows). >>
the last song. the rooftop at pier 17 (south street seaport). >>
the muppets take manhattan. waterside plaza (kips bay). >>

7pm (ends today): the seventh annual books beneath the bridge series at brooklyn bridge park concludes the season with translator damion searls and others reading uwe johnson’s anniversaries. a q+a session and book signing follow. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 granite prospect steps, free admission. >>

7pm (monthly): the farm reading series highlights satirical and critical writing with authors nadia owusu (the new york times), christopher boucher (big giant floating head), and candace williams (spells for black wizards). starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

7:30pm: poetry of the perseids: hear space-inspired poems before watching a live stream of the perseid meteor shower at berl’s brooklyn poetry shop (dumbo). free. >>

7:30pm (weekly): brendan gay and charles engle battle with topics chosen by the audience to see who gets to host the freestyle comedy show, featuring comics anthony devito (comedy central), paula elia (conan), chanel ali (mtv), reggie kush (wild ‘n out), and freddy g (siriusxm), plus beats by santiago angel. bonus: free pizza. the bowery electric (east village), free with rsvp, $5 without. >>

7:30pm (+ 8/19): sing your heart out at the west village chorale’s weekly summer sings series, tonight featuring fauré’s requiem and cantique de jean racine. judson church in greenwich village ($15 general, $10 students). >>

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 matt koff (the daily show), zainab johnson (seth meyers), nimesh patel (snl), bethany van delft (2 dope queens), and janae burris. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (monthly): the summer finale of the franklin park reading series features fiction from writers angie cruz (dominicana), xuan juliana wang (home remedies), julia phillips (disappearing earth), leland cheuk (no good very bad asian), and annabel graham (no tokens). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the savage comedy show brings stand-up to a cozy lounge setting, complete with leather couches and a fireplace. tonight: casey james salengo (comedy central), matt koff (the daily show), kenice mobley (2 dope queens), jess reed (keith and the girl), brian bahe, and davidson boswell. 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. >>

8:30pm (monthly): comedian myq kaplan (comedy central) hosts myq kaplan and friends, with benefits, an evening of stand-up to support a different charity each month. tonight’s performers include giulia rozzi, pardis parker, sara hennessy, brittany carney, and richard bowen. q.e.d. (astoria), $6 admission benefits the yellowhammer fund. >>

8:30pm: the waystation companions presents the bat man of gotham, a dark knight adaptation of shakespeare’s timon of athens. the way station bar (prospect heights), free. >>

9pm (monthly): word weavers ophira eisenberg (ask me another), gianmarco soresi (stories from the stage), and more share true stories at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 60 ongoing events. >>


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8/13 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
back to the future. central park. >>
decade of fire. willis avenue community garden (bronx). >>
incredibles 2. bronx terminal market (bronx). >>
poetic justice. st. nicholas park (harlem). >>
spider-man: homecoming. moore playground (harlem). >>
the dark crystal. valentino pier (red hook). >>
the outsiders. lemon creek park (staten island). >>

8/13 7am-2pm: coffee central: 12 coffee merchants will be selling regular cups of coffee for just $1 and flights for $5 at grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall today. flight proceeds will benefit action against hunger. >>

8/13 6:30pm (tuesdays): learn the basics of bike repair and maintenance at time’s up’s series of outdoor bike repair classes, held at carmen’s garden (alphabet city). free. >>

8/13 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: a lineup of female storytellers, comedians, and historians join forces to share the stories of some of the greatest women the world has ever known (but history erased) at the nevertheless she existed show. tonight’s theme: whores, sluts, and she-devils. hosted by molly gaebe. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

8/13 7pm (ongoing): the moving city: transportation infrastructures of new york, open house new york’s yearlong series of tours, talks, and other events designed to deepen public understanding about the future of transportation in nyc, presents a discussion about the impacts of congestion pricing, vision zero, and new technologies with sustainable transportation advocate veronica vanterpool and nyu’s sarah kaufman. lmhq (financial district), $15. >>

8/13 7pm: the tiger’s wife author téa obreht presents her new novel, inland, at barnes + noble 86th + lexington. free admission. >>

8/13 7pm: pulitzer prize and national book award winner colson whitehead presents his new novel, the nickel boys, at barnes + noble 82nd + broadway. free admission. >>

8/13 7pm: enjoy chill outdoor vibes and backyard readings from john paul brammer, cara blue adams, scott hess, and angela qian at tonight’s edition of the h.i.p. lit summer series. nowadays (ridgewood), free. >>

8/13 7pm: filmmaker richard linklater and producer ginger sledge discuss their new film where’d you go, bernadette, at a film comment free talk held at the amphitheater at lincoln center’s elinor bunin munroe film center (uws). >>

8/13 7pm (tuesdays thru 8/27): queens theatre and kupferberg center for the arts present the annual live at the gantries summer performance series, held at gantry plaza state park (lic). tonight: cumbia river band. free. >>

8/13 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring leanne pittsford (lesbians who tech founder), sydnee washington (comedy central), kate sisk (ucb), and celeste yim (vice). hosted by sophie santos. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8/13 8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns to chelsea music hall with guests chris redd (snl), tone bell (nbc’s fam), drew michael (hbo), giulia rozzi (girl code), and musician julian velard. chelsea music hall (chelsea), $13 adv, $15 door. >>

8/13 8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by rachel feinstein (netflix), brendan fitzgibbons (alternatino), lisa curry (comedy central), and richard bowen. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8/13 9pm (monthly): allison o’conor invites her comedy friends to perform at the we go way back stand-up show. tonight’s bffs include yedoye travis (comedy central), kyle gordon (the truth), francesca d’uva, and brittany carney. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

ticket deals

preview new fall tv shows including batwoman, nancy drew, mad about you, and more at the paley center for media 9/6-8. free (rsvp). >>

get tickets for the new york cocktail expo at melrose ballroom in long island city 8/18 for free-$32.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $65). >>

get tickets to the usa today wine + food experience at lakeside prospect park 9/7 for $32.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $65). >>

get tickets to the broadway bound theatre festival at theatre row 8/14-24 for $14.75 (plus ticket fees, reg. $27.25). >>

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