THURS, 5/23: FREE YOGA, FILM FESTS, GET YOUR FREAK ON, + 22 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 6/9: the 26th annual new york african film festival showcases over fifty classic and contemporary films, with a number of filmmaker discussions, performances, and public talks presented at lincoln center, the brooklyn academy of music, maysles cinema, and the africa center. various prices. >>

6-10pm: check out more than 50 new and unreleased arcade games created by graduate and undergraduate students at the annual nyu game center end-of-year showcase. 2 metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm (thursdays thru 10/31): take a free outdoor yoga class on the lawn at 74th street in riverside park south (uws). bring your own mat. >>

6:30pm (thursdays thru 9/26): take a free outdoor yoga classon the elevated boardwalk of the naval cemetery landscape (south east williamsburg). bring your own mat. >>

6:30-8:30pm (on view thru 6/6): community organization neighbors in action hosts its ninth annual arts to end violence group gallery show at ron taylor gallery (crown heights). opening reception tonight. free admission. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: provided you don’t encounter too many delays, find out why your train is f*cked at meg pierson and justin williams’s love/hate comedy show about our city’s transit system. this time, they’ll be digging into nj transit and path. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: spring fling bingo: drag queen linda simpson and friends host a special night of bingo in the main space at le poisson rouge (greenwich village). free admission, $10 bingo card is good for the whole night. >>

7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at sideshow goshko, hosted by award-winning storyteller leslie goshko. tonight’s show includes guests gail thomas (beavis and butthead), rory scholl (artprov), and jon demastri. bonus: one winner of a trivia challenge will each receive a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine). kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm (monthly): one comedian will be pulled from the lineup to chat with host savannah desormeaux about a time they ghosted or were ghosted at the ghost town show. with performers christi chiello (comedy central), fumi abe (mtv), gabby bryan (jiggy with it), stef dag (nostalgia!), and abby govindan (samantha bee). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm (+ 5/24): the new school’s documentary media studies program presents two evenings of original student documentary shorts for its 13th annual truth be told documentary film festival. a reception follows thursday’s screening. the auditorium at the new school’s johnson/kaplan hall (union square), free. >>

7pm: get to know wolfie’s father at an evening of leopold mozart, performed by the st. patrick’s cathedral choir and orchestra on the 300th anniversary of his birth. st. patrick’s cathedral (midtown east), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with caroline doyle (reductress), dru johnston (the new yorker), and taylor kay philips (mcsweeney’s). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: laugh in multiple mediums at the cans comedy show, featuring stand-up and short comedy videos from ronny chieng (the daily show), the lucas brothers (netflix), jordan temple (hidden fences), and more. hosted by tyler fischer. murmrr ballroom (prospect heights), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 dos). >>

8pm: nothing is off-limits at the tampons, tears, and triumphs improv and storytelling show, where women performers openly engage in taboo topics. the pit (flatiron), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by anthony devito (colbert), jay jurden (time out ‘comedian to watch’), yoshiko watson (roast battle), derek humphrey, dylan adler, and norlex belma. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm (+ 5/24): catch two nights of new performance for a cause at danspace project’s artist-as-curator series, ‘food for thought.’ danspace project (east village), $5 + two cans of food to benefit the momentum project, or $10 with no cans (cash only). >>

8pm: the dove + the wolf and michele blades play union pool (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories the tellers never thought they’d share in public at the risk! podcast’s live show. tonight’s installment features edith gonzalez, michaela murphy, jon cotrocois, ollie gillett, and host kevin allison. caveat (les), $15. >>

10pm: hundred watt heart (the roots’ ‘captain’ kirk douglas) performs at baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

10pm: get your freak on with missy, ciara, janet, and more at tonight’s women of r+b edition of the dirty thursday 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

5/24-26: theater for the new city’s 24th annual lower east side festival of the arts features over 250 performances by 70 groups in four theater spaces, including theater, dance, music, art, video, film, aerial arts, and poetry. free admission. >>

5/24-26: your mission, should you choose to accept it, is the museum of the moving image’s mission: impossible weekend, screening all six mission: impossible films over three days. museum of the moving image (astoria), $11-15 admission includes same-day admission to the museum. >>

5/24-9/22: ‘stonewall 50’ at new-york historical society: new-york historical society (uws) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement with two exhibitions and a special installation, as well as public programs. $21 general, $16 seniors, $13 students, pay-as-you-wish fridays 6-8pm. >>

5/24 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
incredibles 2. field 81 at randall’s island. >>
mary poppins returns. j. hood wright park (washington heights). >>
ralph breaks the internet. cherry tree park (east harlem). >>
the lego movie 2: the second part. kissena corridor park (flushing). >>
the lego ninjago movie. ocean breeze park (staten island). >>
top gun. the flight deck of the intrepid museum (hell’s kitchen). >>

5/24 6:30pm: from bitsy burgers and minuscule handbags to furniture no larger than a quarter, explore the world of the tiniest creations at a release event for kate esme ünver and john saponara’s the book of mini: inside the big world of tiny things. book culture lic, free admission. >>

5/24 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: it’s all a gamble at the powerpoint roulette variety show, where comedians, actors, and musicians improvise presentations from slides they’ve never seen before. tonight’s guests include aparna nancherla (seth meyers), shalewa sharpe (comedy central), jon bershad (ucb), and musical guest loren berí. hosted by nat towsen and darren solomon. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

5/24 7pm: left bank magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary with a rooftop party featuring bands poppies, vamanos, new myths, animal show, and fat heaven. our wicked lady (bushwick), $10. >>

5/24 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedians, writers, and performers nominate their favorite queer icons for sainthood at hail mary: our queer saints (‘the kennedy center honors for divas and deviants’). hosted by tim kov and david perez. the footlight (ridgewood), $5 >>

5/24 7pm doors, 8pm show: a drinking game nyc casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved 80s or 90s movie and turns the whole thing into– you guessed it, a drinking game. tonight, stumble with them through romy and michele’s high school reunion. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

5/24 7:30pm: carly ann filbin hosts let me break you up: an anti-dating game show, where a series of games will test the strength of real couples’ partnerships and the losing couple ‘has’ to break up. inside lululemon (flatiron), $15 admission includes beer/wine/margs and a nacho bar. >>

5/24 7:30pm (monthly): raise a glass at keanu rosé, an intimate comedy show hosted by real-life couple natalie wall and aaron benoit, and featuring a lineup of guest comedians including glo shantae butler, melissa rocha, and more. branded saloon (prospect heights), free. >>

5/24 7:30pm: comedians and storytellers gastor almonte (this is not happening, stories from the stage) and jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) will each perform half-hour sets at q.e.d. (astoria). hosted by lauren hope krass. $10. >>

5/24 7:30pm (fridays thru october): lola star’s dreamland roller disco parties return to prospect park with a different theme/focus every friday night through mid-october. tonight: beyoncé. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $20-22 admission includes skate rental. >>

sponsored: 5/24 8pm (+ 5/25): after sold out parodies of ghostbusters and road house, the usual rejects are back with hey bub: x-men! join your favorite mutants for a staged reading/parody/drinking game of the first x-men movie and ’90s cartoon mash-up at the chain theater. your $15 ticket gets you 2 free beers and a raffle ticket! >>

5/24 8pm (+ 5/31): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by betsy hernandez on gravitational waves, black holes, and neutron stars, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

5/24 8pm: memes and moves collide for dancify that!, an elimination dance battle where choreographers create sequences based on viral videos and a panel of comedic judges award scores. the pit (gramercy), $15. >>

5/24 8pm: it’s your chance to rhyme at hip hop karaoke, where you’ll be backed up by beats, a dj and even a hypeman. bonus: mention ‘bowling special’ for half off bowling. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

5/24 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by kenny deforest (james corden), xazmin garza (siriusxm), mike speirs (showtime), tito garza, ross benoit, and abby rosenquist. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

5/24 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the live from outer space comedy show at the cobra club in bushwick features stand-up by emmy blotnick (colbert), matthew broussard (conan), eman el husseini (siriusxm), joe zimmerman (fallon), shane torres (last comic standing), and rosebud baker (roast battle). hosted by erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (trutv), and max bruno. free admission. >>

5/24 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features khalid rahmaan (conan), petey deabreu (comedy central), ian fidance (gotham comedy live), jordan jensen, aminah imani, and david del rosario. hosted by tyler fischer. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

5/24 9pm: seven-piece dirty waltz band borrows from balkan, irish, jazz, blues, and american folk traditions. jalopy (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), $10. >>

5/24 10pm: music video time machine presents ‘it takes two,’ a music video party featuring duos and duets from the 80s + 90s including erasure, kris kross, salt-n-pepa, wham, and many more on the bell house front bar’s big screen. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: selected shorts: stonewall at 50 with nancy podcast, kate bornstein, john benjamin hickey, and more! 5/29 at symphony space. just $10 with promo code ‘stonewall’ (plus ticket fees). >>

rsvps are open for the shed’s ‘open call’ series, presenting new works by nyc-based emerging artists and collectives 5/30-7/6. >>

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