THURS, 5/16: HAMLET: PRINCESS OF DENMARK, STATUE OF LIBERTY MUSEUM, ART SHOWS, + 26 FRI EVENTS

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opens today: the new statue of liberty museum opens on liberty island today. the 26,000 square-foot space, which includes the original torch, celebrates the statue of liberty’s history, influence, and legacy in the world. free admission with the purchase of a ferry ticket to liberty and ellis islands ($18 general, $14 seniors). >>

thru 6/1: radiotheatre’s fourth annual edgar allan poe festival returns with 14 classic tales told with an original score and visual and sound effects. st. john’s sanctuary (west village), $12 plus ticket fees here, reg. $24. >>

thru 5/20: columbia mfa film students show their work at the 32nd annual columbia university film festival, featuring film screenings, screenplay and teleplay readings, and an awards ceremony. various locations, free-$15. >>

thru 5/19: thousands of hirsute men and their admirers take over manhattan with bar crawls, dance parties, performances, a street fair, and more for the 11th annual urban bear fest. various locations, free-$30. >>

thru 5/19: the 14th annual harlem international film festival highlights films from around the world, as well as ones about harlem, made in harlem, or produced or directed by harlem residents. amc magic johnson, dwyer cultural center, $10+. >>

thru 5/19: the sixth between the seas festival of mediterranean performing arts returns with four days of dance, theater, and readings from the middle east, balkans, southern europe and nyc. theaterlab (midtown west) $20 general, $15 students. >>

just added: thru 5/18: over 140 lgbt cartoonists, scholars, publishers, and librarians convene for queers + comics, a two-day conference showcasing and analyzing queer comics and the craft of cartooning. free slideshow reading and reception thursday at 7pm. school of visual arts (gramercy), $20 for friday-saturday. >>

5-7pm (on view thru 5/25): view works by more than 50 artists at the new york academy of art’s mfa thesis exhibition. new york academy of art (tribeca), free. >>

6-9pm: 20 emerging and mid-career photographers expose their work to the public at a camera of the month club showcase. 526 w 26th st, suite 1001 (chelsea), free. >>

6:30pm: seeing in the dark: move through space and play various instruments in darkness at a workshop facilitated by blind pianist and composer ivan dalia. part of the talk back exhibition, which features work by disabled artists and organizers. flux factory (lic), free. >>

just added: 6:30pm (+ 5/17): 16 works by sva’s mps directing class of 2019 screen at the annual masters in directing short film fest. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: pop-punk band charly bliss will do an in-store performance in support of their latest album at rough trade (williamsburg). purchase the album ($14.99-19.99) for admission. >>

7pm: former editor and cartoonist for the new yorker john donohue presents all the restaurants in new york, a new book of illustrations including everywhere from hot spots to pizza joints, in conversation with eater editor-in-chief amanda kludt. powerhouse at the archway (dumbo). free. >>

7pm: emmy award-winning documentarian deeyah khan, director of jihad and white right: meeting the enemy, discusses her work and how we can forge a path forward to combat extremism. 9/11 memorial + museum (financial district), free. >>

7pm: jerry torre, groundskeeper of grey gardens and author of the marble faun, his memoir of life with the beales, and co-writer tony maietta will be in person for a q+a and book signing following a screening of albert and david maysles’s 1976 documentary grey gardens at ifc center (greenwich village). $16 general, $13 seniors (book extra). >>

7pm: the craic festival of new irish film hosts an evening of award winning lgbtq short films, followed by a queer ireland project panel and a reception. irish arts center (midtown west), free (rsvp) >>

7pm (thurs, fri, and sat thru 5/25): the drilling company casts shakespeare’s hamlet as a woman in hamlet: princess of denmark, presented for six nights outdoors at bryant park (midtown west). free. >>

7-9pm: guy hepner contemporary art gallery hosts warhol: from outsider to insider, a closer look at andy warhol’s earlier commercial drawings and famed screen prints. opening reception tonight. guy hepner contemporary art gallery (chelsea), free admission. >>

7-10pm: byob(enjamins) to the $100.00 art show, a one-night-only exhibition of more than 50 artists where everything is on sale for a hundred bucks a pop. judson memorial church (greenwich village). >>

7:30pm: infinite home author kathleen alcott discusses her new novel, america was hard to find, with the tiger’s wife author téa obreht at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

7:30pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): mary poppins returns. booker t. washington playground (manhattan valley). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fail better with some help from quitters, a comedy and storytelling show that features tales of walking away and performances of abandoned material. tonight, they celebrate their two-year anniversary (proving they don’t quit everything) with guests shalewa sharpe (2 dope queens), rachel kaly (clickhole), rachel pegram (the week of), and chris donahue (the chris gethard show). bonus: you could be chosen to share your own story and get a free drink. hosted by self-proclaimed quitters ian goldstein (splitsider) and sam corbin (the new yorker). c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $8 adv, $10 door (10% of the proceeds will be donated to the aclu). >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by sonia denis (netflix), taj osorio (sirius xm), james nichols, andrew durso, and jordan jensen. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: ensemble mise-en performs a concert of works by danish composer pelle gudmundsen-holmgreen at scandinavia house (murray hill). $15. >>

8pm: brooklyn punk band grim streaker plays a record release show at alphaville (bushwick), with support from cold fronts, big bliss, and flexi. $10. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: the pink room burlesque presents a twin peaks costume party and burlesque show at bedlam (alphabet city). $15+ adv, $20+ door. >>

8:30pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by aparna nancherla (corporate), sonia denis (comedy central), ali clayton (standup nbc), zain sherif (adult swim), rufat agayev, and ethan simmons-patterson. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

10pm: get lit at the dirty thursday blacklight dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>

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coming up

5/17-9/22: the whitney biennial features 75 contemporary artists and collectives working in painting, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, sound, film and video. whitney museum of american art (meatpacking district), $25 general, $18 students/seniors, pay-what-you-wish fridays 7-9:30pm. >>

5/17-23: five resident artists of experimental theater collective mabou mines present their works in progress to the public. mabou mines (east village), free (rsvp). >>

5/17-19: add to your bookshelf and save 20% on your entire purchase at book culture’s annual sale, taking place at three of the store’s locations. >>

5/17-19: the 43rd annual saint george ukrainian festival takes over e 7th street bet. 2nd + 3rd aves with traditional food, music, dance, and more. free admission. >>

5/17-19 (+ 5/31-6/2): the urbanspace meet the makers market returns to bryant park (midtown west). free admission. >>

5/17-19: ambitious artist christo and filmmaker andrey m. paounov will do a+q following select screenings of walking on water, their documentary chronicling christo’s effort to create the effect of walking on water via a three-kilometer walkway over lake iseo in northern italy. film forum (south village), $15. >>

5/17-19: elsewhere kicks off its rooftop party and performance season with roy ayers, love injection, neon indian (dj set), tiki disco, and more. elsewhere (east williamsburg/bushwick), various prices. >>

5/17-18: for the inaugural manhattan concours, approximately 25 collector automobiles will be showcased along brookfield place’s waterfront plaza (battery park). free. >>

5/17 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
mary poppins returns. john golden parking lot in john golden park (bayside). >>
mary poppins returns. frank d. o’connor playground (elmhurst). >>
paris to pittsburg at kingsland wildflowers green roof + community center (greenpoint). >>
ralph breaks the internet. stroud playground (crown heights). >>
smallfoot. ballfields in de witt clinton park (hell’s kitchen). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. bush clinton park in red hook recreation area (red hook). >>
the incredibles 2. wolfe’s pond park (staten island). >>

5/17 5pm-midnight: get the beach ball rolling at brooklyn brewery’s annual party tartly day, a beach-themed celebration with yacht rock, burlesque, kinetic sand to play with, outfit contests, pizza, and raffles. bonus: the first 100 guests get a free can of bel air sour beer and a beer-infused cupcake. the brooklyn brewery (williamsburg), free admission. >>

5/17 7pm: lambda-award-winning author and editor tom cardamone and a selection of queer writers will read selections from crashing cathedrals, a new collection of essays honoring author and lgbt essayist edmund white. mcnally jackson (williamsburg), free. >>

5/17 7pm (on view thru 6/9): trestle gallery’s annual group exhibition features artwork by current studio members, artists-in-residence, and staff. opening reception and silent auction tonight. trestle gallery (sunset park), free admission. >>

5/17 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by alex song (fallon), alex english (viceland), sophie santos (the lesbian agenda), drew tessier (yaaas fest), and kendall farrell (sirius xm). hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations are welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

5/17 7pm: jump around at secretformula’s 90’s vs 00’s hip-hop and rnb sing-along, a communal karaoke where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos. schimanski (williamsburg), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

5/17 7:45pm doors (thru august): the annual rooftop films series returns with more than 45 indie film screenings, plus filmmaker appearances, live music, and after parties at a dozen outdoor venues across the city. tonight: a collection of short films, live music by nadah el shazly, q+a, and an after party with free kettle one vodka and corona. green-wood cemetery, $16. >>

5/17 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at the awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex shop. tonight’s edition features ian goldstein, ayanna dookie, dionne thornton, and host natalie wall. bonus: free beer + wine, plus save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’ or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

5/17 8pm (monthly): an all-lady lineup of storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show. tonight: sydnee washington, irene fagan merrow, christine pineiro, laura zablotsky, and heart2heart. the pit (flatiron), $11 ($1 of each ticket sold will go to moms demand action). >>

5/17 8pm: barrow’s intense tasting room in industry city hosts the holy hand grenade stand-up comedy show, featuring khalid rahmaan (conan), katie hannigan (colbert), mark normand (fallon), jill weiner (lap dance saloon), raj belani, and alex koltchak. free. >>

5/17 8pm-midnight: night at the museum: moma ps1 opens its doors for after-hours viewing of its exhibitions, a dj set by jadalareign, outdoor screenings, and a beer garden with suds from queens-based breweries. moma ps1 (lic), $15. >>

5/17 8pm-2am (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring more than 25 live electronic music and visual artists in two rooms. the deep end (ridgewood), free. >>

5/17 8pm doors, 9pm show: seattle indie-pop punk band tacocat plays music hall of williamsburg. sammi lanzetta, and control top open. $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

5/17 8:30pm: comics compete to come up with the worst new money-themed tv show ideas in front of a panel of ‘network execs’ at the bad pitches show. in honor of game of thrones, tonight’s theme is fantasy. crystal lake brooklyn (east williamsburg), free. >>

5/17 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), anthony moore (comedy central), david drake (comedians you should know), julia solomon, and matt bachus, plus music by douglas widick. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

5/17 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the live from outer space comedy show at the cobra club in bushwick features stand-up by tom thakkar (comedy central), mike brown (adult swim), leah bonnema (trutv), greg stone (netflix), greg barris (heart of darkness), and zilla vodnas. hosted by erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (trutv), and max bruno. free admission. >>

5/17 9pm: gemini + scorpio’s annual swing house party brings ‘a 1920’s speakeasy, remixed’ to gowanus, with music by svetlana + the delancey five and electro-swing djs, a free dance class at 9:30pm, and free bubly 9-10pm. gemini + scorpio loft (gowanus), $20 until 12:30am, $10 after. >>

5/17 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of 1990’s captain america at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

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