THURS, 6/28: BRYANT PARK SPELLING BEE, JR EXHIBITION, FREE CONCERTS, + 30 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 9/3: neue galerie opens the season with two new exhibitions: ’gustav klimt and egon schiele: 1918 centenary’ and ‘highlights of german art from the collection. $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, free first fridays 6-9pm. >>

thru 8/18: new ohio theatre’s 25th annual ice factory festival presents eight unique new theater works over the next seven weeks. new ohio theatre (west village), $20 general, $16 students. >>

thru 8/3: the racial imaginary institute presents on whiteness, a series questioning and checking whiteness through a group art exhibition, performances, residencies and a symposium. the kitchen (chelsea), free admission. >>

thru 7/1: the metrograph’s nine-film gus van sant retrospective includes a sneak peek of his latest, don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot, plus drugstore cowboy, my own private idaho, to die for, and more. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

thru 6/30: contemporary music collective ensemble mise-en’s fifth annual music festival presents the work of 25 composers from 15 countries, including 24 premieres. various locations, free-$20. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting): < captain underpants. chelsea park (chelsea). >>
chicago. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
ferdinand. conch playground (rockaway beach). >>
gravity. albee square (downtown brooklyn). >>
power rangers. pena herrera park (sunset park). >>
saturday church with live gospel choirs pre-show. tony dapolito recreation center (west village). >>
star wars: the last jedi. beach 17th st + seagirt blvd (rockaway beach). >>

5-8pm (runs thru 8/17): french street artist jr launches ‘horizontal,’ a solo exhibition of new mixed-media works, photographic caricatures, and large-scale installations at galerie perrotin (les). opening reception tonight. >>

6pm reception, 7pm show: the 26th annual poets house showcase, an exhibition of new poetry publications from the past year, opens with readings by kaveh akbar, tarfia faizullah, and brenda hillman. poets house (battery park), free. >>

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 afro-colombian ensemble grupo rebolu, dj dan edinberg, and art by catherine haggarty. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6-8pm (runs thru 8/10): artists peter and sally saul team up for ‘out of control,’ a group exhibition featuring 37 artists hand-picked by the curators, including notables from kaws to r.crumb. opening reception tonight. venus over manhattan gallery (ues), free. >>

6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/9): cocktails at cooper hewitt: the museum’s terrace and garden summer performance series continues with musician-poet milck and dj swami. arrive at 5pm if you’d like to also get in an hour of gallery viewing. cooper hewitt (ues), $13 adv, $15 general. >>

6-9:30pm (runs thru 7/19): brooklyn visual artist n carlos j presents ‘destroy your icons’ at 212 arts (east village). opening reception tonight. free. >>

6pm doors (tues-sat thru 7/14): dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. tonight: disco party with joe mcginty + the loser’s lounge; fri: gerard carelli and his orchestra; sat: the glenn crytzer orchestra. dance lesson at 6:30pm, live music at 7:30pm. damrosch park at lincoln center (uws), $17 admission, but there’s usually room to watch/dance outside the main space for free. >>

7pm: contestants put their spelling knowledge to the test at bryant park’s fourth annual spelling bee. free (registration required to compete). >>

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), drew prochaska (two-time moth storyslam winner), brad lawrence (moth grandslam champion), and cyndi freeman (colbert). bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm (monthly): necromancers of the public domain: theater of the apes pluck a long-forgotten book from the shelves of the new york society library and resurrect it as a low-budget variety show. tonight: pictorial photography in america (1922). the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

7pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: duck down records’ bbq featuring black moon and smif n wessun. betsy head park (brownsville), free. >>

7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by riverdel and ocka treats will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit darwin animal doctors. bonus: $5 well drinks happy hour. solas (east village), free admission. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with the blues project featuring dorrance dance with toshi reagon + biglovely. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7pm, 7:30pm: the bronx tourism council and the central astoria local development coalition’s annual new york salutes america and independence day celebrations bring an early taste of the 4th to boroughs, including fireworks shows by grucci. free admission.

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): jenny’s birthday variety show: comedian jenny gorelick (improv everywhere’s subway sweet sixteen video) throws herself a birthday party and variety show every month, and tonight’s shindig of a show welcomes guests addie weyrich (adult swim), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), karen chee (the new yorker), ziwe fumudoh (the rundown with robin thede), sabrina imbler (wirecutter), pat regan (ucb), and duo jack + melissa. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm (monthly thru 12/22): the full moon means it’s time for gathering the coven, lauren maul’s new comedic talk show that features magical comedians, musicians, and practicing witches. tonight’s debut show features liz pressman (ny post), selena coppock (red oaks), elena simon (kiss me, i’m jewitch), gabe morales, jen kwok, and alyson greenfield. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

8pm (+ 6/29): catch two nights of new choreography 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 doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by michael kosta (the daily show), liz miele (gotham live), ria lin ah, raanan hershberg, and james creelman. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm: wheel on over to a screening of ovarian psycos, a 2016 documentary following a feminist women of color bike crew in east los angeles. part of the series ‘mujeres rebeldes: radical women on film.’ brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $10 admission includes museum general admission. >>

9pm (+ 7/1 2pm): audience members are cast in small roles alongside the actors at brooklyn theatre club’s boozy, participatory production of seussical. muchmore’s (williamsburg), $15 adv, $18 door. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories the tellers never thought they’d share in public at the risk! podcast live show. tonight’s installment features speakers dave hill, jude treder-wolff, rojo perez, glace chase, and host kevin allison. caveat (les), $15. >>

9:30pm (monthly): shake off all the bad at the good vibes comedy show, where all attendees will receive a healing stone. tonight’s lineup includes tito garza, becca steinhoff, diego lopez, maria wojciechowski, and jennie sutton. hosted by kristin manna, sue smith, and jared wilder. the tank (midtown west), $8. >>

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6/29-7/19: the new york woman retrospective at the quad highlights the female protagonist’s experience in the big apple over the years, with a series of 50 films including baby face, breakfast at tiffany’s, gloria, just another girl on the i.r.t., manhandled, moonstruck, rosemary’s baby, and many more. quad cinema (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

6/29-7/12: the ‘savage seventeenth’ annual new york asian film festival features 50+ contemporary and classic films of all types from east asia, plus in-person appearances and q+as with filmmakers + actors. walter reade theater at lincoln center (uws) and sva theatre (chelsea), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

6/29-7/1 various times: playing thru the weekend at the roxy cinema (tribeca): the red shoes, tron, and  miami blues. $12. >>

6/29 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
baadassss! marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
e.t. the extra terrestrial. mckinley park (dyker heights). >>
garçon. wny transmitter park (greenpoint). >>
smiles of a summer night. mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>
spider-man: homecoming. concrete plant park (bronx) and willowbrook park (staten island).
the last dragon. columbus park (chinatown). >>
wonder. paul raimonda playground (ditmars steinway). >>
wonder woman. the flight deck of the intrepid (midtown west). >>

6/29 6am doors, 7am show: the annual good morning america summer concert series returns to central park’s rumsey playfield with florence + the machine. free. >>

6/29 12pm (+ 7/13, 7/27): performers from current broadway productions entertain the lunchtime crowds at free broadway in the boros concerts. today: once on this island and beautiful: the carole king musical at the backlot at kaufman astoria studios (astoria). free admission, plus free admission to the museum of the moving image following the show. >>

6/29 12-8pm (+ 6/30 12-6pm): 47 art galleries from around the world temporarily exhibit works in 21 manhattan art spaces for the annual condo new york collaborative exhibition. free admission. >>

6/29 3-5pm: thinking about a career change? it’s not too late. assess your interests, values, and skills from your past jobs at a workshop designed to help you determine a new path. nyp sibl (midtown east), free. >>

6/29 4pm until sunday 11pm: the largest improv festival in the world, the annual del close marathon, celebrates the legacy of the father of improv with more than 50 hours of non-stop shows across 11 stages. $12-25/show, $45/pass. >>

6/29 6pm (thru 7/1): use your nerdy knowledge for good at the third annual immigrant heritage month hackathon, where developers, data scientists, web designers, and others will brainstorm for 48 to create solutions that make it easier for immigrants and advocates to communicate quickly. nyu magnet (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

6/29 6pm (fridays weekly thru 7/20): the annual contemporary dance series brings movement of all styles from more than 20 companies to the bryant park stage. tonight: peridance contemporary dance company, now dance project, mindy dancin jackson, and clifton brown dance. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6/29 6pm (ends today): contemporary roots musical duos take to a waterfront stage to perform acoustic, outdoor sets in anticipation of the upcoming brooklyn americana music festival. tonight: will scott and charlie burnham. rain or shine. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 3 granite terrace (brooklyn heights), free. >>

6/29 6-8pm (runs thru 7/2): the leslie-lohman museum of gay and lesbian art presents ‘alternate routes,’ a group exhibition featuring the work of 11 artists from their inaugural queer artist fellowship. leslie-lohman museum of gay and lesbian art’s prince street project (soho), free admission. >>

6/29 6:30pm check-in: leading up to sunday’s new york city triathlon, 500 athletes strip down for the annual 1.7-mile underwear run in central park. $5 to participate, free to watch (don’t be a creep). >>

6/29 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with branford marsalis and frederick douglass now, roger guenveur smith’s one-man show. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

6/29 7pm: l.a. trio automatic performs at rough trade (williamsburg), with an appearance from kevin haskins, drummer of bauhaus, love and rockets, and poptone, to celebrate the release of his new book bauhaus – undead: the visual history and legacy of bauhaus to follow. free admission. >>

6/29 7pm (fridays thru 8/24): hudson river park’s 20th annual sunset on the hudson free concert series continues with high + mighty brass band. pier 45 (greenwich village), free. >>

6/29 7pm (ends today): the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series brings six free outdoor concerts to parks in every borough. tonight: socrates sculpture park (lic). >>

6/29 7pm doors: 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: family, introduced by star taylor schilling and writer/director laura steinel, and an after party with a performance by insane clown posse. the well (bushwick), $16. >>

6/29 7-10pm (+ 7/1 12-6pm): 3 dot zine’s second annual brown paper zine + small press fair spotlights more than 20 zine makers and artists of color who work in self-publishing and printed mediums. launch party with performances and installations at the langston hughes house (harlem) on friday, fair at barnard hall (morningside heights) sat + sun. free admission. >>

6/29 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): sad skate at lola star’s emo prom-themed dreamland roller disco party at prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

6/29 8pm (monthly): the character assassination series returns with the roast of martin scorsese, where comedians will take on the roles of famous scorsese film characters and make fun of the director, who’ll be portrayed by eli sairs. hosted by raanan hershberg as jake lamotta from raging bull. the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

6/29 8pm: choral chameleon vocal ensemble premieres new pieces developed over seven days by 10 students of various musical backgrounds and career stages. bonus: free cake, prosecco and beer. st paul’s episcopal church (carroll gardens), free (donations accepted). >>

6/29 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by anthony devito (comedy central), gordon baker bone (brooklyn magazine’s ’50 funniest in brooklyn’), chloe radcliff (comics to watch), james creelman, caitlin peluffo, and will winner. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

6/29 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 brian parise (last week tonight), jennie sutton (trutv), reggie conquest (roast battle), nathan macintosh (conan), emma willmann (colbert), jared freid (mtv), and mark normand (fallon). hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

6/29 9:30pm (monthly): the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

6/29 9:30pm: singer-songwriter sondre lerche plays an intimate show at pete’s candy store (williamsburg). free (rsvp). >>

6/29 9:30pm (fridays thru 8/31): light up your night with fireworks at coney island, every friday through the summer. >>

6/29 11:30pm: dance to justice, mstrkrft, chromeo, and more electronic music from 2007-2009 spun by alex english, flying horse, and computer magic at d.a.n.c.e. blog haus night. knitting factory (williamsburg), free before midnight with rsvp, $10 otherwise. >>

6/29 midnight (+ 6/30): fly high at drinking game screenings of con air (1997) and independence day (1996). $5 beer + shot specials will be available. videology (williamsburg), $12.

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