THURS, 6/13: FREE DANCE + FITNESS CLASSES, FREE AXE THROWING, FREE CONCERTS, + 22 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 8/8: citi summer in the square, presented by the union square partnership, hosts a mix of free community programs including outdoor fitness classes, live performances, family friendly activities, movie nights, and more. >>

thru 7/6 (thursdays thru sundays): witness resistance at the criminal queerness festival, a showcase of queer playwrights to raise awareness about laws criminalizing homosexuality that still exist around the world. irt theater (greenwich village), $20. >>

thru 6/30 (thursdays thru sundays): the players theater’s ninth annual short play festival brings 15 new productions to the west village. $15 plus ticket fees here (reg. $30). >>

thru 6/22 register to take free dance, fitness and wellness classes at 15 studios during the annual dance week. >>

thru 6/20: the 30th annual human rights watch film festival presents 13 films that shine a light on bravery and resilience in challenging times. film at lincoln center and ifc center, $15-16 general, $12-13 students/seniors. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
drumline. richard rogers amphitheater in marcus garvey park (east harlem). >>
rebels on pointe. washington square park (greenwich village). >>
too wong foo, thanks for everything! julie newmar. tony dapolito recreation center (greenwich village). >>
well groomed. fort greene park (fort greene). >>

various times: you axed for it. celebrate international axe throwing day with free sessions at bury the hatchet (greenpoint) and 2-for-1 at kick axe (gowanus).

4pm: musician perry farrell discusses kind heaven, his first album of new music in a decade, at a taping of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

5-9pm (thursdays thru 8/29): live at the archway, dumbo’s annual outdoor music and art series, opens the season with congolese music from nkumu katalay + the ‘life long project’ band, plus all-women brazilian samba reggae drum line fogo azul, ps307 + dock street school students, dj kai song, and art by rose nestler. the archway under the manhattan bridge (dumbo), free admission. >>

6pm: absorb some sweet knowledge at a history of domino sugar factory walking tour, led by the rise and fall of the sugar king author geoffrey cobb. gantry cranes at domino park (williamsburg), free. >>

6pm: historian hugh ryan brings brooklyn’s lgbtq history to life in a talk about his new book, when brooklyn was queer. nypl grand central library (midtown east), free. >>

6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/15): the summer cocktails at cooper hewitt performance series returns to museum’s terrace and garden, starting tonight with music from tippet rise art center. cooper hewitt (ues), $14 adv, $16 door includes museum admission starting at 5pm. >>

6pm doors, 7pm 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: big freedia, mikeq x qween beat, and batekoo at rumsey playfield in central park. free. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: the bric celebrate brooklyn! festival concert with the national and courtney barnett tonight are benefits ($59.50-65), but many folks on a budget tend to throw down a picnic blanket and listen/hang outside the venue. >>

6:30pm (thru 6/23: thursdays thru sundays): shakespeare downtown presents an outdoor production of hamlet at castle clinton national monument (battery park). free tickets will be available starting at 6pm. >>

6:30pm (+ 7/11, 8/8): jazz and stargazing: the annual jazz at socrates series, presented by the jazz foundation of america, kicks off with the danny mixon quartet featuring antoinette montague, plus stargazing with students and astronomy faculty from la guardia community college. socrates sculpture park (lic), free admission. >>

7pm (+ 6/20): with a little luck, you could yell bingo! in bryant park. free. >>

7pm: npr journalist jacki lyden moderates a discussion on the political, social, and financial challenges of mental illness and treatment in america, featuring authors mary cregan (the scar: a personal history of depression and recovery), amanda stern (little panic: dispatches from an anxious life), and marin sardy (the edge of every day: sketches of schizophrenia). the center for fiction (fort greene). $10 admission includes a $10 bookstore voucher. >>

7pm (+ 7/11, 8/8, 9/12): the annual jazz at pier 84 outdoor music series, curated by the jazz foundation of america, continues the season with a performance by robin barnes and the jfa musicians. hudson river park’s pier 84 (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

7pm (+ 6/15, 6/17, 6/19): arias and duets fill the air as the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series returns with six free outdoor concerts in every borough. tonight: jackie robinson park (harlem). >>

7-10pm: art history happy hour: mona chromatic hosts an evening of entertaining and informative lectures commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the stonewall uprising and the exhibition nobody promised you tomorrow: art 50 years after stonewall at the brooklyn museum (prospect heights). a cash bar will be available. free admission (rsvp). >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get your dose of schadenfreude at mortified, a tribute to teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) shared by their original authors. littlefield (gowanus), $12. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the clothes strike back at hotsy totsy’s annual burlesque tribute to star wars. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7:30pm: as part of the france rocks festival, malik djoudi and halo maud will perform at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm + 10pm: comedian tommy mcnamara records his debut comedy album at union hall (park slope), with some support from openers tom thakkar (comedy central) and mary houlihan (tutv). $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the pasta show, celebrating its fourth anniversary with homemade cacio e pepe and stand-up by hari kondabolu (netflix), liz miele (gotham comedy live), myq kaplan (fallon), joanna briley (lifetime), and ashley gavin (mtv). hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $10. >>

8pm: laugh in multiple mediums at cans: a comedy show, featuring stand-up and/or short comedy videos from daniel simonsen (colbert), subhah agarwal (comedy central), brendan fitzgibbons (comedy central), mary beth barone (comedy central), and more. hosted by leclerc andre (fallon). the gutter (williamsburg), $8. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by samantha ruddy (colbert), pamela ross (just come! comedy), napoleon emil, and lily schulder. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: johanne swanson’s dream pop project yohuna plays a record release show at baby’s all right (williamsburg). rachel levy and emily yacina open. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm (thru 6/16): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 54th season with free outdoor performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. the program will include works by rossini, copland, rachmaninoff, and very young composers of new work city. thurs: cunningham park (fresh meadows); fri: prospect park (brooklyn); sun: staten island (indoors. no fireworks.) >>

8pm-3am (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. >>

9pm: (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from mark normand (conan), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), amy shanker (sirius xm), samantha ruddy (colbert), petey deabreu (comedy central), luke touma, and trey galyon. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

11pm: put on your party helmet and dance to daft punk, justice, hot chip, and more at the one more time dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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

coming up

6/14 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
ant-man and the wasp. joyce kilmer park (bronx). >>
fantastic beasts: the crimes of grindelwald. pelham bay park (bronx). >>
how to train your dragon: the hidden world. playground ninety (jackson heights). >>
in safe hands (pupille). washington square park (greenwich village). >>
mama mia! here we go again. clove lakes park (staten island). >>
school of rock. governors island parade ground. >>
take the l: short documentaries lost on nyc transit. domino park (williamsburg). >>
the professor: tai chi’s journey west. columbus park (chinatown). >>
woman on fire. mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg/greenpioint). >>

6/14 12pm (+ 6/28, 7/12, 7/26): hear songs from eight broadway musicals at the annual broadway in the boros. today: cast members and musicians from hadestown and mean girls at restoration plaza (bed-stuy). free admission. >>

6/14 1-10pm: socks for suds: singlecut’s solstice sock drive grants a free beer to those who bring a new pair of socks to be donated to nonprofit take two nyc. singlecut beersmiths (astoria). >>

6/14 4-10pm (+ 6/15 10:30am-10pm): the heart and mind festival presents the sacred woman, a two-day festival celebrating the summer solstice and the divine feminine through rituals, discussions, music, meditation, lectures, and more led by a variety of elders, teachers, philosophers, and indigenous wisdom keepers. church of st. paul + st. andrew (uws), free (donations). >>

6/14 6pm (weekly thru 7/5): 16 contemporary dance companies give outdoor performances for the contemporary dance at bryant park series. tonight: jennifer muller / the works, patrick o’brien dance project, talissa bavaresco / bava dance, and steps on broadway conservatory. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6/14 6-9pm (+ 6/15 12-6pm): there’ll be plenty of pages to turn at the third annual brooklyn art book fair, showcasing 45+ independent, artist-run presses and organizations, plus workshops, readings, and music. mccarren park play center (williamsburg), free admission. >>

6/14 6-9pm (+ 7/12, 8/23): fashion and record label maison kitsuné and new museum team up for sunset series, a monthly evening of drinks and djs in the museum’s sky room. new museum (les), $10. >>

6/14 6-10pm: switch between three djs and control your own dance party at quiet clubbing’s outdoor silent disco at astor place (greenwich village). free admission (note: a credit or debit card is required for the check in process to use the headphones). >>

6/14 7pm (thru 9/2): brooklyn cyclones baseball season returns coney island thru the summer. special promo events include post-game fireworks, swag giveaways, and theme nights celebrating seinfeld, parks and recreation, marvel super heroes, star wars, rocky, and more. $10-17. >>

6/14 7pm (select fridays thru 8/23): hudson river park’s annual sunset on the hudson concert series starts the season with knickerbocker chamber orchestra. pier 45 (west village), free. >>

6/14 7:30pm: wil cope and courtney maginnis of self-obsessed pop culture podcast the narcisistas host actress first: an education in beyoncé’s cinema, an in-depth exploration of queen bey’s movie roles from goldmember to dreamgirls. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

6/14 7:30pm: christian finnegan’s ‘world’s 2nd best taste in music’ trivia contest: to celebrate the release of his new stand-up album 60% joking, comedian christian finnegan hosts a pub-style trivia event based on his personal taste in music. q.e.d. (astoria), $7-12. >>

6/14 7:30pm (monthly): zoom in on laughs at get reel, a comedy show where performers dub over movies live. tonight’s theme: ‘reel love.’ hosted by joe castle baker and max wittert. byob. spectacle theater (williamsburg), $5. >>

6/14 7:30pm: the melody and company chamber series presents an evening of mozart and beethoven with the fader-gendron-haas trio, followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception. greenwich house music school concert hall (west village), $15-20 adv (save $5 at the door if you mention the skint). >>

6/14 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: saved by the bell – 90’s pop. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $20-22 admission includes skate rental. >>

6/14 7:45pm doors (thru august): the annual rooftop films series continues with a program of new york-centric non-fiction shorts, plus filmmaker q+a, live music from rahrah gabor, and an after party with free drinks. green-wood cemetery (greenwood heights), $16. >>

6/14 8pm: greenpoint gallery hosts another people’s choice open call salon show, with $200 and a solo show going to the winner. free admission. >>

6/14 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the live from outer space comedy show at the cobra club in bushwick features stand-up by matthew broussard (conan), doug smith (conan), samantha ruddy (colbert), subhah agarwal (comedy central), and anthony devito (comedy central). hosted by erik bergstrom (colbert), myka fox (trutv), and max bruno. free admission. >>

6/14 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by gary vider (america’s got talent), doug smith (conan), madison sheppard (comedy central), tom delgado (travel channel), and francesca fiorentini. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

6/14 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 samantha ruddy (colbert), seth herzog (fallon), robert dean (comedy central), teddy smith (gotham comedy live, maddy smith, and dan perlman. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

6/14 9:30pm: sing it out to songs of the summer at secretformula’s 90’s summer jams sing-along, a communal karaoke where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos, participate in a dance-off, drink themed drinks, and score some sweet 90’s swag. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

6/14 10pm doors: at random access theatre’s the drunk texts, thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games, improvisation and audience participation. tonight: the merry busters of ghosts, andrew sandford’s classical update of ghostbusters. the players theatre (west village), $10 with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg. $12) includes a drink. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: just $20 for ‘irresistible’ cabaret honoring julie andrews, julie madly deeply at 59e59 theaters thru 6/30. >>

get tickets to a raisin in the sun at the harlem repertory theatre thru 1/25 free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15-30). >>

get tickets to paul winter’s 24th annual summer solstice celebration at the cathedral church of st. john the divine 6/22 for $15-20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25-40). >>

get tickets to the lost ’80s live tour at the ford amphitheater at the coney island boardwalk, featuring a flock of seagulls, bow wow wow, the motels, real life, and more 8/2 for $10-20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $33-59). >>

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