around town today

thru 8/9 (thursdays): union square park’s annual summer in the square programming series offers free fitness classes, live music + dance performances, movie screenings, and family-friendly activities. >>

thru 7/15: world cup viewing parties, screenings, and specials from am new york and the new york times.

thru 6/24: nyc’s annual pride week returns with 11 days of discussions, movies, parties, the rally (6/22), march and festival (6/24), and much more. various locations + prices. >>

thru 6/24: and just in time for pride, the fourth annual my true colors festival presents musicals, dance performance, film screenings, and other works by lgbtqia+ artists at the brick (williamsburg). $15. >>

thru 6/23: register to take free dance, fitness and wellness classes at 25 studios during the annual dance week. >>

thru 6/21: get new pictures of the condition of the world at the 29th annual human rights watch film festival, which this year features 15 social change and justice-seeking international films, most of which were directed by women, plus post-show discussions and q+a. film society of lincoln center’s walter reade theater and ifc center, $15 general, $11-12 students/seniors. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
kárhozat, (damnation). hauser + wirth gallery rooftop (chelsea). >>
la la land. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
men in black. albee square (downtown brooklyn). >>
she’s gotta have it. fort greene park (fort greene). >>
stonewall. tony dapolito recreation center (west village). >>
the shape of water. marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
transformers: the last knight. lozada playfround (mott haven). >>
west side story. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
zootopia. hallet’s cove (lic). >>

6pm (thursdays thru 9/20): music under the manhattan bridge: dumbo’s fourth annual live at the archway performance series brings free outdoor musical performances, interactive art, and more to under the manhattan bridge archway in dumbo. tonight: music by ljova and the kontraband and all-female brazilian drumline fogulazul nyc, and art by katie hector. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6:30pm (+ 6/15-17, 6/21-24): shakespeare downtown presents an outdoor production of a midsummer night’s dream at castle clinton national monument in battery park. 200 free tickets will be available starting at 6pm. >>

6:30pm (+ 7/12, 8/9): the return of the annual jazz at socrates concerts strike a chord honoring sonny rollins in june and july and louis armstrong in august. tonight: rollins’s nephew, trombonist clifton anderson, and band. socrates sculpture park (lic), free admission. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the ho-hum becomes hi-larious at the monotony! variety show, where comedians and storytellers alex english (the rundown with robin thede), yedoye travis (colbert), katie hartman (skinny b*tch jesus meeting), and john rosenberger (you’ll have fun) entertain you with presentations on subjects typically considered boring. hosted by jeopardy! runner-up and scientist raj sivaraman. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (thursdays thru 7/19): young jazz musicians, singers, and composers from different nordic countries shake things up at scandinavia house’s summer jazz series. tonight: helle henning. bonus: pre-concert reception with free wine at 6:30pm. scandinavia house (murray hill), $5 adv with promo code ‘jazzlovers’ (reg. $15). >>

7pm (+ 6/21): join in a giant game of outdoor bingo at bryant park. free. >>

7pm: titus andronicus frontman patrick stickles presents a screening of a productive cough, a documentary about the making of his latest album, followed by q+a with director ray concepcion, this band could be your life author michael azerrad, and stickles. rough trade (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm: sprint your way to a screening of tom tykwer’s run lola run with a live electronic score by adrianna ‘gooddroid’ moschides in place of the regular audio. videology (williamsburg), $16. >>

just added 7pm (+ fridays 6/29-8/24): hudson river park’s 20th annual sunset on the hudson free concert series kicks off with knickerbocker chamber orchestra. pier 45 (greenwich village), free. >>

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), $10. >>

7pm doors 7:30pm show (monthly): relax your funny bone at the loose comedy show, hosted by liza treyger (comedy central). this month’s installment features roy wood jr. (the daily show), janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), gary gulman (last comic standing), and marina franklin (crashing). housing works bookstore cafe (soho), $12 admission includes a drink. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: see who’s scruffy looking at totsy hotsy’s solo-themed burlesque tribute to star wars. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7:30pm: young adult fiction double feature: actor and travel writer andrew mccarthy presents his debut ya novel just fly away in conjunction with fellow author adele griffin presenting her book tell me no lies. books are magic (cobble hill), free admission. >>

7:30pm: as part of the france rocks festival, singer-songwriter piers faccini performs at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

8pm (monthly): storytellers and comedians just can’t hold it in at the awkward poop… and the city storytelling show. tonight’s ill-timed tales come from jaycee holmes, andy kleiman, sharon spell, and candyce musinski. hosted by angela perrone and natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm: clip show carnage: bad movie fans steven desiena and stephen whalen share clips from their favorite b movies with some help from guest comedians. vital joint (williamsburg), $5. >>

8pm (+ 6/19 7:30pm): 1988 sci-fi stinker space mutiny gets skewered by the funny folks of rifftrax during a live simulcast riff sesh tonight, and a rebroadcast 6/19. various movie theaters, $12.50. >>

8pm (thru 6/15 + 6/17): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 53rd season with free performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. thurs 8pm: cunningham park (fresh meadows); fri 8pm: prospect park (brooklyn); sun 3pm: staten island (indoors). >>

8pm: emerging new music promoter hypnocraft throws a relaunch party with a diverse lineup of bands including kaleta + super yamba band, ladama, and the illustrious blacks. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $10. >>

8pm-late (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring 15 live electronic music and visual artists across two floors. the keep (ridgewood), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by matt goldich (seth meyers), melissa stokoski (trutv), charla lauriston (comedy central), and will abeles. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm (monthly): liz barrett’s punnerifically named grin and barrett comedy show returns for a night of stand up by adrienne iapalucci (last comic standing), monroe martin (comedy central), jaye mcbride, atheer yacoub, fredric goldstein, dan abraham, and gianmarco soresi. bonus: girl scout cookies raffle! beauty bar (gramercy/east village), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by hanna dickinson (comedy central), ryan donahue (kimmel), tyler fischer (america’s got talent), brendan eyre (seth meyers), monroe martin iii (fallon), and lindsay boling. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>


The Klunch’s acclaimed cult comedy “Laura Bush Killed a Guy” comes to NYC for a strictly limited engagement at The Flea Theater!

Laura Bush is an enigma wrapped in another enigma. She’s shy, beautiful, bookish, and in 1963, she blew through a stop sign and killed a guy. It was probably just an accident. Or maybe, just maybe… it was murder.

“Delectably wicked satire. Lisa Hodsoll’s performance is one to relish. Anarchically funny.”
-The Washington Post

“This Laura Bush should not be missed! As portrayed by Lisa Hodsoll, she’s funny, she’s demented, and she’s downright sympathetic.”
–DC Metro Theater Arts

“I haven’t laughed this hard in a play in a long time! Darkly hilarious, and at times deeply touching.”
–DC Theater Scene

Performances thru July 8.

Special offer for skint readers: use code LBSK20 to get $20 tickets to any performance here.

coming up

sponsored 6/16 7pm: party to protect our lives, for moms demand action: help support gun law reform at night of live music, burlesque, art, raffles, and flash tattoos, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting moms demand action. littlefield (gowanus), $10 with promo code ‘enough’ (reg. $15). >>

6/15-24: dance, musical performances, visual art, movement workshops, and other events fill 40 lower manhattan sites and venues during the 17th annual river to river festival. free (some events require rsvp). >>

6/15-17: father’s day film series at the metrograph (les): indiana jones and the last crusade, fly away home, and the long riders. $12-15. >>

6/15: in honor of ‘canadian lobster day,’ luke’s lobster is giving a free lobster roll to the first 15 guests who arrive wearing a canadian tuxedo at each location. top and bottom colors must match! seven nyc locations. >>

6/15 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. corporal thompson park (staten island). >>
book of life. playground ninety xc (jackson heights). >>
chef. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
grease (drive-in, but a sitting area will be available). astoria park. >>
guardians of the galaxy 2. sunset park. >>
moonstuck. hunter’s point south park (lic). >>
pacific rim: uprising. marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
pariah. mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg). >>
the lego ninjago movie. columbus park (chinatown). >>
the rules of the game. washington square park (greenwich village). >>
transformers: the last knight. midland field (staten island). >>

6/15 12pm (+ 6/29, 7/13, 7/27): performers from current broadway productions entertain the lunchtime crowds at free broadway in the boros concerts. today: a bronx tale and come from away at the plaza at 300 ashland (downtown brooklyn). free admission. >>

6/15 5-10pm (+ 6/16-17 1-10pm): 23 bands, including belle mare, new myths, nihiloceros, the midnight hollow, and more play the fifth annual color me bushwick fest, set inside pickthorn hair salon. free admission. >>

6/15 5:30pm doors, 6pm show: nels cline trio, joan as police woman, toshi reagon, and more take over take over the main space and gallery of le poisson rouge (greenwich village) for a special 10th anniversary show. $10. >>

6/15 6pm (weekly): female cinematographers, directors, and makeup artists set up stations at a women in film-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

6/15 6pm (fridays thru 6/29): contemporary roots musical duos take to a waterfront stage to perform acoustic, outdoor sets in anticipation of the upcoming brooklyn americana music festival. tonight: the chapin sisters. rain or shine. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 3 granite terrace (brooklyn heights), free. >>

6/15 6-10pm: no noise complaints here: a silent disco turns astor place into an outdoor club, with three djs spinning simultaneously and headphones that give you the power to change between them as you like. free (credit or debit card required to borrow headphones). >>

6/15 6:30pm, 7pm (+ 6/16): narrator/producer natalie portman and director christopher quinn will do q+a following select screenings of their new documentary, eating animals, based on the book by jonathan safran foer. the landmark at 57 west (midtown west), $18.50 general, $16 seniors. >>

6/15 7pm: take a break from the keyboard at a casual evening of letter writing, presented in conjunction with the exhibition ‘the magic of handwriting: the pedro corrêa do lago collection’ at the morgan library + museum, where the stationery and stamps are free, and the rest is up to you. wine and other beverages will be available for purchase. the morgan library + museum (midtown east), free. >>

6/15 7pm: bushwick’s traditional okinawan karate of brooklyn (east williamsburg) offers free women’s and lgbtq self-defense classes, with refreshments to follow. rsvp required. >>

6/15 7pm: espn senior writer and npr correspondent howard bryant discusses his new book the heritage: black athletes, a divided america, and the politics of patriotism at revolution books (harlem). free. >>

6/15 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by calvin s. cato (oxygen), samantha ruddy (comedy central), jay jurden (the new yorker), justin zirilli, and tan hoang. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and will benefit the audre lorde project). >>

6/15 7pm, 9pm (thru 6/17): ensemble pamplemousse’s chance + circumstance festival features musicians putting their own experimental spin on cellos, modular synths, and more. jack (clinton hill), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

6/15 7-11pm: the bronx museum of the arts celebrates pride month and bronx pride week with fierce friday! strike a pose, a night of conversation, performances and a vogue-ing inspired drink-n-draw. free admission. >>

6/15 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: space out with learning, drinks and stargazing at the astro café lecture series. tonight, learn about the reality of funding space entrepreneurs from investor stephan reckie. intrepid sea, air + space museum (pier 86), free (rsvp). >>

6/15 7:30pm doors (thru 8/25): the annual rooftop films series returns with more than 45 indie film screenings, live music performances, q+a, and after parties at outdoor venues across the city. tonight: love is short: short films about hasty, lusty, slightly awkward encounters, live music by tba, q+a, and an after party with free drinks. new design high school (les), $16. >>

6/15 7:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): spin around to selena, katy, taylor and more at lola star’s contemporary girl-pop themed dreamland roller disco party at prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

6/15 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 larry owens, jeffery marx, ashley brooke roberts, 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). >>

6/15 8pm: jam out at secretformula’s 90’s hip-hop and r+b music video sing-along, a dance-off, themed drink specials, and 90’s swag. slate ny (flatiron), $10. >>

6/15 8pm: the 16 musicians of the atomic funk project have gathered here today to remember the time and pay tribute to prince and michael jackson. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

6/15 8pm doors, 9pm show: transviolet, magic bronson, and 8 graves play rough trade (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 door. >>

6/15 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by chloe hilliard (last comic standing), scott chaplain (comedy central), eli sairs (comedy central), melissa stokoski (sirius xm), caitlin peluffo, and patrick schroeder.. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

6/15 9pm doors, 10pm show: secret stand-up show live @ the apt celebrates its fifth anniversary with an outdoor show set at a farm on the williamsburg waterfront. north brooklyn farms (williamsburg), $10. >>

6/15 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of birdemic: shock and terror (2010), at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck and freddy g. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

ticket deals

registration is now open for the annual solstice in times square free outdoor yoga event, with seven times to choose from 7:30am-7:30pm on 6/21. >>

get tickets to theatre of the mind’s immersive hip-hop dance performance of shakespeare’s othello, including a dinner and dancing reception, at teatro latea (les) thru 6/17 for $25 with promo code ‘iamskint’ (reg. $80). >>

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