MON-WEDS, 4/26-28: OUTDOOR YOGA + TAI CHI, CELEBRITY BIRDS OF NYC, THE OEDIPUS PROJECT, AND MORE

monday

mon thru 5/2: randall’s island park cherry blossom celebration week: randall’s island park celebrates spring blooms with a bouquet of in-person and virtual activities, including walking and biking tours, dance performances, crafts + activities, and more. free. >>

mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations visits the ‘city of light,’ highlighting operas set in paris including puccini’s la bohème, giordano’s andrea chénier, cilea’s adriana lecouvreur, and more. online, free. >>

mon 5:30pm: olmsted and america’s urban parks: to celebrate the 199th birthday of frederick law olmsted, the 19th-century landscape architect and urban planner behind central park, prospect park, yosemite valley, and countless others, a panel of journalists, scholars, and park directors will discuss rebecca messner’s 2011 documentary, olmsted and america’s urban parks. a link to watch the documentary for free will be provided with registration. online, free. >>

mon 8pm (monthly): please give a f$%k!: a comedy show benefiting the ali forney center: meg felling and john fox serve up comedy for a cause at this monthly outdoor show, featuring jay jurden (comedy central), maddy smith (wild’n out), usama siddiquee (america’s got talent), barak ziv, and adam murphy. crystal lake brooklyn (williamsburg), $5-10. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): the big weird: comedians casey james salengo (comedy central), ryan beck (comedy central), and will winner (the good, the dad, and the ugly podcast) host the big weird stand-up comedy show, returning with performances by shane torres (conan), kenice mobley (fallon), ethan simmons patterson (comedy central), and courtney maginnis (filth comedy show). littlefield (gowanus), $5 (online), $17 (in-person. covid-19 safety guidelines will be in place.). >>

mon 8:30pm, 10pm (weekly): monday night travel with rick steves: hit the (virtual) road with iconic travel expert rick steves, who’ll host a travel happy hour from his living room, complete with behind-the-scenes tales and an audience q+a session. tonight’s theme: ‘an irreverent history of rick steves.’ online, free. >>

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tuesday

tues-weds: international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) annual open studios: browse the latest works by iscp’s 29 resident artists from 23 countries during a two-day program of talks, screenings, performances, studio tours, interviews, and more. contemporary art writer aruna d’souza, co-curator of the lorraine o’grady retrospective currently on view at the brooklyn museum, will give opening remarks. online, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

tues 7:30am (tuesdays and thursdays thru 8/31): bryant park tai chi: join morning meditation in motion classes taught outdoors at bryant park’s fountain terrace (midtown west). free. >>

tues 8am-7pm (ends today): taste of grand central market: eat on the cheap while enjoying full-size items from grand central market merchants for just $2 each. grand central terminal market (midtown east). >>

tues 2pm (monthly): music on the brain: in the ‘music on the brain’ performance and conversation series, jazz musicians and scientists come together to investigate how music affects our brains and bodies. today’s ‘contemplation + interrogation’ edition features performances and dialogue between pianist helen sung and columbia neuroscience professor and jazz guitarist dr. michael shadlen, who’ll discuss how cognition happens in our brains and the role of decision-making in jazz improvisation, musical collaboration, and artistry. presented by the jazz museum in harlem and columbia university’s zuckerman institute. online, free. >>

tues 3:30pm: theater of war’s the oedipus project: nobel prize summit: actors bill murray, corey hawkins, frances mcdormand, jeffrey wright, frankie faison, david strathairn, and nobel prize-winning scientists dr. elizabeth blackburn and dr. harold varmus perform dramatic readings of scenes from sophocles’ oedipus the king as a means of initiating conversation about climate change, ecological disaster, and environmental justice. online, free. >>

tues 6pm: history happy hour: happily never after: get caught in a bad romance as you hear some of green-wood cemetery’s most enthralling stories–from tales of the lovesick and the heartbroken to the dirty details of dramatic (and doomed) affairs. online, $9. >>

tues 6:30pm (tuesdays thru 9/14): yoga in randall’s island park: take a breather from the city and find your flow in the athletic oasis of randall’s island park. byo mat + water. free. >>

tues 6:30pm (monthly): brooklyn poetry slam: brooklyn slam poets gather for a night of words and wisdom. hosted by mahogany l. browne and jive poetic. presented by bric. free. >>

tues 7pm: celebrity birds of nyc: take a walk on the wild side with author thomas hynes (wild city: a brief history of new york city in 40 animals), who’ll introduce you to nyc’s motley assortment of non-human citizens. tonight, let hynes be your wingman as he delves into new york city’s long standing love affair with legendary birds, and its surprising status as a top birding destination. presented by untapped new york. online, $10. >>

tues 7:30pm (weekly): glass houses comedy show: comedians throw standup stones at rebecca kaplan’s comedy show, featuring carmen lagala (colbert), amanda gail (reductress), sheria mattis, chelsea pope, and josh simon. online, free (donations welcome). >>

wednesday

weds thru 9/12 (closed mondays + tuesdays): born in flames: feminist futures: in a new exhibition inspired by artist and activist lizzie borden’s 1983 film born in flames, the bronx museum of the arts highlights 14 female-identifying and non-binary artists from the past whose works reflect the current struggle for social justice and envision a more just, equal future. free. >>

weds thru 5/8: new directors/new films: spot cinema’s latest up-and-comers at film at lincoln center and the museum of modern art’s 50th annual new directors/new films festival, screening 27 feature films and 11 shorts selected as standouts from the international festival circuit. in honor of the festival’s 50th anniversary, moma and flc will also present a free virtual retrospective of the festival’s history, featuring early works from filmmakers like lee chang-dong, chantal akerman, charles burnett, and christopher nolan. $12 online, $17 in-theater. >>

weds 5pm: cinema chats: jewish women on tv: from unorthodox to broad city and beyond, new yorker staff writer and pulitzer prize-winning critic emily nussbaum explores how depictions of jewish women on television have changed in recent years in a conversation with lucy shahar. presented by the museum at eldridge street. online, $12 suggested donation. >>

weds 5:30pm (wednesdays thru 5/19): zumba at metrotech: boost your heart rate and your mood as you dance your way through a one-hour high impact zumba class. metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

weds 8pm: names of new york: discovering the city’s past, present, and future through its place-names: what’s in a name? find out how native lenape, the dutch settlers, the british invaders, and subsequent waves of immigrants influenced the names of new york city’s streets, parks, and neighborhoods as author joshua jelly-shapiro (island people, nonstop metropolis) discusses his latest book, names of new york. online, free (donations welcome). >>

weds 8pm (bimonthly): the secret science club lecture series: peer into the future and humanity itself with geneticist and author christopher mason (the next 500 years: engineering life to reach new worlds) and bioethicist and author matthew liao (ethics of artificial intelligence), who’ll discuss human bioengineering, space travel, and the future of earth during tonight’s edition of the secret science club. online, free. >>

weds 8pm: secretformula’s 80s + 90s tv party: learn the facts of life from pete, pete, punky, and more as secretformula’s streaming party revisits classic sitcoms from the 80s and 90s. online, $8. >>

weds 9pm (monthly): at home film festival: ‘spring awakening’ edition: comics and creators share homemade shorts inspired by the theme ‘spring awakening’ during an evening curated and hosted by comedians ashley brooke roberts and sarah tollemache. online, donation based admission (proceeds will benefit color of change). >>

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sponsored: thurs 6pm evicted: poverty and profit in the american city: join princeton sociologist and macarthur ‘genius’ dr. matthew desmond and trinity’s theologian in residence, the very rev. dr. kelly brown douglas, as they discuss one of the most devastating crises facing our city and our country: eviction. their conversation will center on desmond’s pulitzer prize-winning book, evicted: poverty and profit in the american city, which follows eight families as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation, provides fresh ideas for solving this critical problem, and reminds us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. free. >>

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