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thru 8/11: the second half of the famed shakespeare in the park season returns to central park’s delacorte theater with an outdoor production of coriolanus. four ways to get free tickets each day: in-person at the theater in the park (starting at 12pm, but the line forms much earlier), at an in-person lottery at the public theater in noho (sign-up begins at 11am, drawing at 12pm), via a digital lottery on the todaytix app (before 12pm), and at select distribution points in the five boroughs on specific dates (starting at 12pm). >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
major league. valentino pier (red hook). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. brower park (crown heights). >>
the emoji movie. marx brothers playground (yorkville). >>

7am-7pm: to celebrate its founding in 1958, ihop offers 58¢ short stacks of pancakes at participating locations today. >>

5-7pm (tuesdays thru september): broadway actors and composers give free, outdoor performances at the broadway buskers concert series. tonight: stereo dawn ft. will van dyke (pretty woman) + chris dwan (finding neverland) and the bones ft. alison luff (waitress) + matt magnusson. hosted by ben cameron. times square market, free. >>

5:30-9pm: outdoor apparel and pack brand topo designs opens a pop-up shop in nolita with free backpacks for the first 25 customers, plus free beer, wine, sweet treats, and swag for all. >>

6pm (tuesdays thru 7/30): the brooklyn botanic garden’s twilight tuesdays series presents six special music and dance events, continuing tonight with a botanical world of harry potter tour followed by eryc taylor dance. included with regular admission ($15 general, $8 students/seniors). >>

6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 7/18): the annual wingate concert series returns with five nights of live r+b, soul, afro-caribbean, and gospel music. tonight: baby cham, third world, spragga benz, and more; weds: avant, pj morton, and raheem devaughn; thurs: get up! mornigns with erica campbell anniversary celebration. wingate park (prospect-lefferts gardens), free. >>

6:30-9pm (tuesdays thru 7/23): brooklyn public library’s plaza swing series brings live bands and dance lessons to central library’s plaza (prospect heights). tonight: spanglish fly. free. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring aparna nancherla (comedy central), liza treyger (netflix), ian karmel (james corden), brendan fitzgibbons (alternatino), jared goldstein (abc), jeff simmermon (the moth storyslam grandslam winner), and guy montgomery. bonus: $3 beer happy hour 6:45-7:45pm. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

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: claudia valentina. free. >>

7pm doors ( + 8/21, 9/10): museum of the city of new york hosts a series of outdoor screenings on the terrace. tonight: en el séptimo día (2017) with pre-screening music by the guataca roots trio. museum of the city of new york (east harlem), $15 admission includes a drink. >>

7:30pm (+ 8/13 at barnes + noble 82nd + broadway): pulitzer prize and national book award winner colson whitehead presents his new novel, the nickel boys, at barnes + noble union square. priority entry with purchase of the book. >>

7:30pm: pom pom squad, groupie, mean siders, and bad kiss play the rooftop at our wicked lady (east williamsburg). $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): ocean researcher vicki ferrini shares her passion for mapping the ocean floor at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: sacred paws, public practice, and air waves play rough trade (williamsburg). $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

8pm: elsz, leverage models, and wendy eisenberg play union pool (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with stand-up by jaboukie young-white (the daily show), ian karmel (james corden), drew michael (hbo), chanel ali (girl code), and mary beth barone (comedy central). hosted by ryan donahue, kate willett, and ismael loutfi. bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-10 (advance purchase required). >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by josh gondelman (last week tonight), rojo perez (conan), marie faustin (comedy central), melissa stokoski (trutv), ben katzner (keith + the girl), dan perlman, and norlex belma. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm (monthly): tonight’s full moon means it’s time again for gathering the coven, lauren maul’s comedic talk show that features magical comedians, practicing witches, and musicians. tonight’s show features comedian/musician tahlia robinson, artist and fortune teller holy crow, illustrators ae kieren and colin verdi plus poet ivan lett. the pit underground (gramercy), $10. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): embrace the nostalgia at the on this day… comedy show, where comedians recall memories from this day in history. featuring nathan min (fallon), dan silver (mtv), catherine chao, nicole sylianten, and carly hoodgendyk. hosted by angel yau and ross brunetti. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

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


coming up

sponsored: 7/20 8pm: join us at the intrepid sea, air + space museum’s space shuttle pavilion as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic apollo 11 moon landing with to the moon, a night of comedy, history and science with the upright citizens brigade touring co. featuring lauren adams (the unbreakable kimmy schmidt), former nasa astronaut mike massimino, and nasa’s noah petro, deputy project scientist for the lunar reconnaissance orbiter, who’ll discuss the science and history behind this outrageous undertaking. the comedy team will then launch into an apollo 11-inspired improv set, bringing to life what they learned in their conversation about this ambitious endeavor. wine and beer will be available for purchase. $15. >>

7/17-8/9: type directors club’s the world’s best typography exhibition includes over 250 selections of winning work from the tdc’s annual international typeface design and communication design competitions, including books, posters, film and tv titles, web graphics, logos, and more. opening reception 7/17 6-9pm ($15). 41 cooper gallery at the cooper union (east village). >>

7/17 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. henry hudson park (bronx). >>
anbessa. socrates sculpture park (lic). >>
big fish. hauser + wirth gallery rooftop (chelsea). >>
brave. prospect park long meadow north. >>
dumbo (2019). osborn playground (brownsville). >>
edge of tomorrow with a round of pre-show trivia. parklife (gowanus). >>
guardians of the galaxy. wolfe’s pond park (staten island). >>
incredibles 2. maria hernandez park (bushwick). >>
mary poppins returns. flushing meadows corona park unisphere. >>
my little pony: the movie. inwood hill park. >>
the darjeeling limited. pier i in riverside park south (uws). >>
the grinch and elf. stuyvesant oval (stuyvesant town). >>
when harry met sally. pier 63 (chelsea). >>

7/17 6am: levain bakery’s new ues location will offer a free cookie to each of the first 100 customers. >>

7/17 12-2pm (wednesdays thru 8/28): the lincoln square bid’s lunchtime concert series presents free concerts and restorative yoga sessions every wednesday thru the summer. today: raices group and parada vallenata. richard tucker park (uws), free. >>

7/17 6pm: violist nadia sirota hosts a live episode of her living music with nadia sirota podcast, featuring composers missy mazzoli and marcos balter with house band acme (american contemporary music ensemble). le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $5 suggested donation. >>

7/17 6pm (wednesdays thru 8/14): the annual madison square park music on the green series continues with martha redbone roots project. beer, wine, and ice cream sandwiches will be available for purchase. madison square park (flatiron), free. >>

7/17 6-8pm (on view thru 8/15): over 100 whitney museum of american art employees who are artists themselves get an exhibition of their own at the fourth annual whitney staff art show. opening reception tonight. westbeth gallery (west village), free. >>

7/17 6-8pm: 30 art galleries stay open late for the second annual art dealers association of america chelsea gallery walk. free. >>

7/17 6-9pm: the international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) annual open studios features live performances plus open studios of 35 artists and curators from 23 countries. iscp (bushwick), free. >>

7/17 6:30pm: professor and author clarence taylor explores the movements to end police abuse against people of color from the 1940s to today in a talk on his new book, fight the power: african americans and the long history of police brutality in new york city. in conversation with the appeal senior reporter aaron morrison. nypl mid-manhattan library, free. >>

7/17 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the society for the advancement of social studies (sass) explores manhattan history with an evening of informal lectures on the history of manhattan newspapers, manhattan’s worst deals, and gilded age gossip. presented by the society for the advancement of social studies. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7/17 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: family ghosts, a storytelling podcast about family ghosts and secrets, presents an evening of live storytelling and music inspired by the show at the bell house (gowanus). hosted by moth grandslam winner sam dingman. $15. >>

7/17 7pm doors, 8pm show: with more than 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in 18 parks across nyc, there’s something for everyone at the annual summerstage event series. tonight: a merce cunningham dance centennial celebration at central park’s rumsey playfield. free. >>

7/17 7:30pm (wednesdays thru 7/31)-31: two dozen dance companies present short works followed by courtyard receptions at triskelion arts’s annual summerfest. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $18 adv, $22 door. >>

7/17 7:30pm doors: desert sharks, the warhawks, treads, and queue play the rooftop at our wicked lady (east williamsburg). $10. >>

7/17 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the hack city comedy show returns with stand-up by harrison greenbaum (america’s got talent), chike robinson (ucb), x mayo(the daily show), and aparna nancherla (corporate). hosted by fumi abe (mtv) and michael nguyen (someecards). canal street market (soho), free admission. >>

7/17 8pm (monthly): financial security welcome at the sugar babies! comedy show, hosted by kimberly dinaro and sally ann hall. tonight’s show features khalid rahmaan (conan), gianmarco soresi (funny or die), jericho davidson, courtney bledsoe, and ethan simmons-patterson. the lantern (greenwich village), free admission (one item minimum). >>

7/17 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features christian finnegan (comedy central), marie faustin (comedy central), matt koff (the daily show), and rebecca robinson (ucb). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

7/17 8pm (+ 7/21 3pm): audience members are cast in small roles alongside the actors at brooklyn theatre club’s immersive reading of the wedding singer. the front bar at knitting factory (williamsburg), $16. >>

7/17 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer, $15 buckets and free drink giveaways are a good sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at the fancy show stand-up comedy show. tonight’s show features marcia belsky (handmaid’s tale: the musical), ahri findling (bravo), josh johnson (fallon), auggie lutz (ucb), liza treyger (the degenerates), and kate willett (this is not happening). hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

7/17 8:30pm doors, 8:45pm show: the weird but nice stand-up comedy show celebrates its two-year anniversary with aparna nancherla (corporate), harrison greenbaum (comedy central), rachel sennott (high maintenance), angela sharp, and more. hosted by wendy steiner. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

7/17 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: jaboukie young-white (the daily show), sean patton (comedy central), sam jay (snl), ester steinburg (the marvelous mrs. maisel), billy wayne davis (conan), and ian karmel (james corden). hosted by mike lebovitz. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to see ‘weird al’ yankovic and the queens symphony orchestra at forest hills stadium 7/20 for $25+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $51+). >>

get tickets to the annual play nyc game convention at metropolitan pavilion 8/10-11 for free-$25 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25-50). >>

get tickets to see the play that goes wrong at new world stages thru 9/1 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $97. >>

go on a sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 8/29 for $34.80+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $58+). >>

go on a sunset sail aboard the city’s only tall ship, clipper city, thru 10/31 for $28-30 (plus ticket fees, reg $55). >>

get admission + roller skate rental at lakeside brooklyn thru 10/12 for $6.50-$8.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $13-17). >>

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Hear stirring repertoire stunningly rendered by masterful artists across a variety of genres when Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles take to the stage. From the Parquet to the Balcony, orchestral masterpieces to jazz standards, all tickets are $25.


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Sean Jones, Artist Director, Bandleader, and Trumpet
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Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive and Anya Gillinson, Jean Eric Salata and Baring Private Equity Asia, and MBK Partners.
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Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.
With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, and Ernst & Young LLP.
Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
NYO-USA Sponsor: United Airlines®, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.
Major funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.
Additional funding has been provided by Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation.
Public funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

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