THURS, 5/18: $1 ICE CREAM, ART MUSEUM DAY, DIGABLE PLANETS, FREE GAMING, + 29 FRI EVENTS

around town today

various times: 10 local museums offer free or discounted admission and special programming for the eighth annual international museum day/art museum day, including the morgan library and museum (free), the noguchi museum (free), museum of modern art (half-price admission for online tickets), and more. >>

12-10pm (thru 5/19): test your endurance at a three day brooklyn half-marathon pre-party in brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2. open to runners and non-runners alike, the hub features live music, djs, food vendors, beer + wine, free coffee, recreational activities and more. free admission. >>

1-3pm, 6-9pm: get schwifty with adult swim’s traveling rick and morty rickmobile shop parks outside williamsburg’s vinnie’s pizzeria (1-3pm) and barcade (6-9pm). >>

6-9pm (thru 5/31): see 60 new watercolor paintings by street artist jay shells (rap quotes, subway etiquette) at an exhibition opening tonight at 212 arts (east village). free. >>

6-9pm (thru 6/13): the national academy museum + school’s sixth annual ‘creative mischief’ exhibition takes over the turn-of-the-century beaux-arts townhouse with over 100 works by faculty, alumni, and students. opening reception tonight. national academy museum + school (ues), free. >>

6-10pm: guy social kicks off its season of curated events for gay men with a big gay roller skate and cocktail hour at lefrak center at lakeside (prospect park). $20 adv, $25 door (includes skate rental). >>

6-11pm: play more than 50 new and unreleased arcade party games created by mfa and bfa students at the nyu game center end of year show. bonus: open bar and light bites starting at 6pm. 2 metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free (rsvp). >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: london contemporary orchestra makes its new york debut with ensemble lpr and conductor robert ames. le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $10-$15. >>

6:30pm (thursdays thru 9/28): take a free outdoor yoga flow class at riverside park’s north lawn at w 78th street. bring your own mat. >>

6:30-8pm: you’ll want to scoop this deal up: $1 scoops of oregon-based salt + straw ice cream at daily provisions (gramercy) in three unique flavors: double fold vanilla, salted caraway rye with strawberry cheesecake, and joe coffee + freckled chocolate.  all proceeds benefit the union square partnership. >>

7pm: wnyc’s andrea bernstein moderates a discussion on the future of investigative reporting with pulitzer prize winner sarah ryley (the trace), sarah gonzalez (wnyc), and professor of journalism paul moses. roosevelt house at hunter college (ues), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): philosophers based in and around brooklyn discuss their work at the brooklyn public philosophers speaker series. at this month’s talk, yale university assistant professor chris lebron asks, is love important for a racially just society?. brooklyn public library’s dweck center (prospect heights), free. >>

7pm: maybe the walking dead isn’t so far-fetched after all? learn about preparing for the next pandemic with tips from experts including a pulitzer prize-winning science journalist, medical professionals, and a parasitologist. american museum of natural history (uws), $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7pm (thru 6/8): the annual new york guitar festival returns with performances and talks including sharon isbin (5/18), an all-day raga marathon/screening/dance party (5/19), trixie whitley + marc ribot (6/1), lee ranaldo (6/8), and more. various locations, free-$15. >>

7-10pm (thru 6/18): 20 artists put their own playful spin on the 1980s-era toy ‘madballs’ at the madballs all-star art jam and exhibition, sponsored by the original company. opening reception tonight. myplasticheart (les), free. >>

7pm doors: digable planets and joey purp play a free house of vans party (greenpoint). rsvp required. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): at the take two storytelling show, guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things turn out differently. try to guess the truth with tales by marc abbot (moth storyslam winner), dawn fraser (barbershop stories), gabby shea (the moth), tommy o’malley (big city stories), and rupert eyles (perfect liar’s club). hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bedford stuyvesant), free ($5 suggested). >>

7:30pm: emma cline celebrates the paperback release of her new york times bestseller the girls with a launch event and discussion with the virgin suicides and middlesex author jeffrey eugenides. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm: this is not a film, a 2011 documentary on iranian director jafar panahi’s six-year house arrest and 20-year filmmaking ban for alleged anti-government propaganda, screens at film society of lincoln center (uws) with an introduction by the seventh art stand’s mohammed naeem. free (tickets become available at the box office one hour prior to the event). >>

8pm (first + third thursdays): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by jacqueline novak (corden), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), kenny deforest (comedy at the knit), and becky yamamoto (uninspired). hosted by matt koff (the daily show). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free admission (one drink or food item minimum). >>

8pm: the secret’s out at the secret meeting comedy show, hosted by eli yudin and casey james salengo, and including stand up by dan st. germain (conan), mike recine (comedy central), courtney maginnis (let’s see, what else?), and wanjiko eke. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

8pm: the brooklyn gaze, a new series of projection mapped artwork, turns the brooklyn public library’s facade into an ‘animated canvas’ and includes a musical score by paul brill and a performance by grammy-nominated duo les nubians. free. >>

8pm (+ 5/19 5/21): the 16th annual look + listen festival returns with live contemporary music performances staged in art spaces: violinist/violist miranda cuckson, ymusic ensemble, and tenor sax qartet battle trance (thurs at pratt manhattan gallery), sō percussion, yarn/wire, enseble échappé, and jen shyu (fri at bric), and carman moore’s skymusic ensemble and craig harris and the saints and aint’s brass choir (sun at the studio museum in harlem). free (rsvp). >>

9pm (monthly): comedians and native new yorkers ilana michelle rubin (reductress) and lana schwartz (the toast) invite friends and performers to talk about where they grew up at the my hometown show. muchmore’s (williamsburg), free. >>

9pm: the green fairy returns to this annual moulin rouge dance + costume party, commemorating the 16th anniversary of the baz luhrmann film. maple (located in the night hotel times square), $9 adv, $15 door. >>

9:30pm: the tale storytelling show returns with seasoned stories spun by jena friedman (the daily show), boris khaykin (vice), adam selbst (the moth), vanessa valario (singeling), and music by elana simon. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, vice). kgb bar (east village), $7. >>

sponsored 9:30pm: divas resurrected: there’s only room for one musical-improvising, washed-up, bitter diva in this town! louisa and natalia go head-to head in an improvised musical sing-off to the death. the duplex cabaret and piano bar (west village), $10-15 with a two drink minimum. >>

thru 5/21: out of the den and into the wild, urban bear nyc is back, bringing four days of dance parties, afternoon excursions, and a street fair all curated for the large ‘n’ hirsute men who love men out there. various locations, free-$20. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

5/19: treadwell park opens a new location with a waterfront beer garden in battery park today. >>

5/19 7am (fridays thru 9/1): the annual good morning america summer concert series returns to central park’s rumsey playfield with season opener green day. free. >>

5/19 8:30am-5:30pm: a twin peaks food truck serves up free cherry pie and damn good coffee at four locations throughout the day. >>

5/19 11am-7pm (+ 5/20 11am-6pm): the annual nyc road bike expo rolls up to penn plaza pavilion (midtown west). free admission. >>

5/19 12-6pm: brooklyn historical society opens a new museum and gift shop in dumbo’s empire stores. free admission thru 5/21 (reg. $10 general, $6 seniors, free for students). >>

5/19 12-9pm: japan society celebrates its 110th anniversary with free gallery admission, tea and sake tastings, live jazz, and more. japan society (midtown east), free. >>

5/19 12:30-4:30pm (+ 5/20 12-3:30pm): need a bike helmet? get a free one at one of many opportunities provided by the department of transportation throughout the season. this weekend’s giveaways are at de hostos playground in south williamsburg (fri 12:30-4:30pm) and riverbank state park cultural center in hamilton heights (sat 12-3:30pm).

5/19 2-8pm: creativity cubed: as part of the ongoing 50th anniversary of the astor place cube celebrations, you can make and decorate your own mini spinning cube with iconic east village images from the past 50 years. 1 astor place, free. >>

5/19 6-8pm (+ 5/20-22 1-6pm): you won’t need to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way through the 25 tribeca artist’s spaces featured in the annual toast art walk. free. >>

5/19 6-9pm (+ 5/20 2-9pm): the clemente soto velez cultural and educational center’s open studios includes access to more than 40 artist’s studios across three floors as well as performance, dance and music events. the clemente (les), free. >>

5/19 6-10pm: did you bike to work today? congratulate yourself at transportation alternatives’s bike home from work party, featuring 30 food and drink vendors, a beer garden, music, tattoos, and (of course) a complimentary bike valet. dumbo triangle (dumbo), free admission. >>

5/19 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: space out with learning, drinks and stargazing at the intrepid sea, air + space museum’s astro café lecture series. tonight, learn about investing in a lunar future from entrepreneur james wolf. free (rsvp required). >>

5/19 7pm: the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by emma willmann (colbert), dave mizzoni, eman el husseini, jess salomon, and jaboukie young-white. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and benefit trans women of color collective). >>

5/19 7pm (fridays + saturdays thru 6/3): free outdoor shakespeare season takes many forms, as evidenced by the drilling company’s production of the merry wives of windsor set in an upper west side co-op. bryant park’s upper terrace, free. >>

5/19 7pm, 9pm (thru 5/21): with titles like vegetarian zombie, computer man, hall monitors, and more, the fifth annual bad film fest does its best to live up to its tongue-in-cheek name. cloud city (williamsburg), $8. >>

5/19 7-9pm, 9:45pm (+ 5/20, 12-6pm): the inaugural brooklyn art book fair features more than 40 local artists + presses, plus readings and performances in an outdoors setting. friday night’s preview includes performance art, comedy, and an after party. mccarren park play center (williamsburg), free admission. >>

5/19 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 6/13): the pop-up concert series continues the spring season with new york polyphony, violinist rahel maria rilling, and organist silvius von kessel performing works by bach, de la rue, des prez, and willaert. church of st vincent ferrer (ues), free. >>

5/19 7pm doors, 8pm show: he-yump! the season two premiere screening of adult swim’s neon joe werewolf hunter includes two episodes, special performances, giveaways, and q+a with director john lee and star jon glaser. the bell house (gowanus), free (rsvp). >>

5/19 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): real-life couples + friends do stand-up sets together at  the couples therapy show, hosted by naomi ekperigin (broad city writer, comedy central’s ‘the half hour’) and andy beckerman (the pete holmes show, beginnings). new location: union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

5/19 8pm: free outdoor movie screening: hunter + game at bushwick inlet park (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>

5/19 8pm (+ 5/20): the choir of trinity wall street, downtown voices, and novus ny come together to perform philip glass’s symphony no. 5 at trinity church (fidi). free. >>

5/19 8pm doors (+ 5/20, thru 8/19): the annual rooftop films series returns with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. opening the season fri + sat: a program of short films, live music by innov gnawa, and after party with free beer (fri 8pm doors, the old american can factory, $15), and band aid, filmmaker q+a, and live music from joe lister-jones + adam pally (sat 7pm doors, house of vans, free). >>

5/19 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by dave temple (gotham comedy live), david tveite (last comic standing), daniel simonsen (bbc), caitlin peluffo, melissa diaz, and scotland green. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

5/19 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the new roaming camouflage comedy show continues with free pizza and a lineup including dc benney (comedy central), josh johnson (fallon), adrienne iapalucci (last comic standing), sarah tollemache (adam devine’s house party), scott chaplain (roast battle), and lucas connolly (sirius xm). big irv’s (williamsburg), free. >>

5/19 9:30pm: embrace the heat at secretformula’s 90’s summer jams sing-along, where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos, participate in a dance-off, drink themed drinks, and take home some 90’s swag. themed attire encouraged. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

5/19 10pm: drag + burlesque collective switch n’ play presents ‘creature feature,’ a night of queer performance inspired by campy b-movies. coney island usa, $15. >>

5/19 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of 1996’s space jam at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

5/19-21: the 41st annual saint george ukrainian festival takes over e 7th street bet. 2nd + 3rd aves with food, music, and performances. free admission. >>

5/19-6/1: a shiny new 25th anniversary 35mm print of quentin tarantino’s reservoir dogs screens at film forum. $14. >>

ticket deals

ends today: take an additional $5-30 off your groupon purchase of $20-100 with promo code ‘off’ >>

go on a lower manhattan and statue of liberty cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 9/30 for $27.60 (plus ticket fees, reg. $46). >>

go on an evening city lights cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 9/30 for $33.60 (plus ticket fees, reg. $56). >>

get tickets to the harlem gospel choir sings the songs of whitney + beyoncé at b.b. king blues club 5/23 for free-$25 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20-50). >>

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