THURS, 6/7: BEACH VOLLEYBALL, HUDSON RIVER DANCE FEST, NICK CAVE’S ‘LET GO,’ + 19 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 7/1: interdisciplinary artist nick cave’s installation ‘let go’ creates a dance-based town hall—part installation, part performance—to which visitors are invited to ‘let go’ while immersed in a multi-colored, 100-foot-long mylar sculpture. park avenue armory (ues), $17 admission to visit the installation, $35 for performances. >>

thru 6/13: indie is in at the annual lower east side film festival, a showcase of noteworthy independent films, from a local burlesque documentary to a 10th anniversary screening of nick + norah’s infinite playlist, shorts and more. various locations, $18.50+. >>

thru 6/10: the annual astoria park carnival returns to the waterfront area with rides, games, and food. astoria park, free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

thru 6/10: more than 300 bands and 150 speakers come together across 30 brooklyn venues for the annual northside festival. various locations + prices. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
close encounters of the third kind. albee square (downtown brooklyn). >>
moonlight. tony dapolito recreation center (west village). >>
three billboards outside ebbing, missouri. corporal john a. seravalli playground (west village). >>

8am-6pm (+ 6/8-10 10am-6pm): parts of rockaway beach may be closed, so why not enjoy some sandy excitement in manhattan? the annual association of volleyball professionals new york city beach volleyball open returns with players spiking their way to the top. hudson river park’s pier 25 + 26 (tribeca), free. >>

6pm (+6/8-9, 6/14-17): barefoot shakespeare company and occupy verona team up for ‘she doth persist,’ a season celebrating feminism and activism. first up: all one forest, a new play that explores what happens when famous characters from shakespeare’s plays meet each other outside of their stories. summit rock in central park (near w 83rd st + cpw), free. >>

6-10pm (monthly): art galleries stay open late (6-8pm) for special events and opening receptions while video art is projected onto the manhattan bridge (7-10pm) during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free. >>

6:30pm (thurs-sun thru 7/1): hudson warehouse theater company presents an outdoor production of shakespeare’s romeo + juliet at the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (w 89th st. + riverside drive). pay-what-you-can admission. >>

6:30pm (ends today): the annual new york japan cinefest returns with two nights highlighting short films from emerging japanese and japanese-american filmmakers. asia society (ues), $12 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

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: northbound trio. bonus: pre-concert reception with free wine at 6:30pm. scandinavia house (murray hill), $5 adv with promo code ‘jazzlovers’ (reg. $15). >>

7pm (thursdays thru 8/30): take a free outdoor yoga class at prospect park’s long meadow. all levels welcome. bring your own mat. rsvp required for your first class. >>

7pm: f*ck! i’m in my twenties creator emma koenig launches moan: anonymous essays on female orgasm, a new collection of women writing on achieving sexual pleasure adapted from her tumblr. mcnally jackson (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm (monthly): at the videotale show, performers incorporate a video element into their stories and an improv group creates new scenes inspired by them. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, meet the deplorables). the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

7pm (+ 6/14, 6/21): to accompany the acclaimed exhibition, brooklyn museum’s mini david bowie is on film series demonstrates the varied contributions bowie made to cinema. tonight: tony scott’s the hunger (1987). $16-25 admission includes museum general admission (note: does not include admission to the ticketed ‘david bowie is’ exhibition). >>

just added! 7pm (+ 6/8 7pm, 6/9 1:30pm): director/co-writer brett haley and stars nick offerman and kiersey clemons will do q+a following select screenings of their new film, hearts beat loud. the landmark at 57 west (midtown west), $18.50 general, $16 seniors. >>

7pm (+ 6/8): caution: dancers may appear to walk on water at the fourth annual outdoor hudson river dance festival, featuring acclaimed dance companies showcasing styles ranging from tap to modern and even genderbent ballet. pier 63 at hudson river park (west village), free. >>

7pm, 8pm (thru 6/10): see an array of dance styles at the 32nd annual performance mix festival, presented by new dance alliance. university settlement (les), $15-20. >>

7pm, 9pm (thru 7/10): chelsea repertory lab and the directing workshop present their annual one-act play festival, director’s choice: springfest, featuring seven plays on two bills at shetler theatre 54 (midtown west). $15 suggested donation. >>

7pm-2am: wear your diamonds and pearls to tribute parties celebrating 60 years of prince with dj sets of your favorite prince and prince-related tracks. littlefield in gowanus (7pm-1am, $6) and nowadays in ridgewood (8pm-2am, free).

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): your wallet doesn’t need to be full for the runnin’ on empty stand-up comedy show, which features a mix of pros and up-and-comers. performers tonight include matteo lane, ana fabrega, gabe gonzalez, darian lusk, nadia pinder, and hann cowger. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $3. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by chris laker (kimmel), jamie lee (hbo), pedro gonzalez, and dominic fogarty. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer), tony zaret, and tom delgado. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm: uncover the stories behind everything from ancient theft to today’s black market at a lecture on the history of art crime. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $10. >>

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coming up

6/8-2/3: escher: the exhibition + experience: a traveling exhibit featuring more than 200 works by artist m.c. escher comes to nyc, along with interactive installations, immersive photo booths, relativity and infinity rooms, and more. industry city, $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

6/8-16: inspired by johann sebastian bach’s 333rd birthday, the chelsea music festival delves into the composer’s legacy through performances, walking tours, discussions, and more. various locations and prices, including free. >>

6/8-10: brace yourself for ‘weird, eclectic and outlandish’ shorts at the bad film fest. cloud city (williamsburg), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

6/8 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. old stone house (park slope). >>
bruce! fort greene park (fort greene). >>
captain underpants. the painter’s playground (rego park). >>
escape from new york. governors island. >>
fences. clove lakes park (staten island). >>
ferdinand. paul raimonda playground (ditmars steinway). >>
mulan. columbus park (chinatown). >>
saturday church. mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg). >>
the lego batman movie. bonus: free popcorn. paradise on earth community garden (bronx). >>
the scent of green papaya. washington square park arch (greenwich village). >>
wonder woman. bonus: free popcorn. the great lawn at astoria park (astoria). >>
wrestle. metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn). >>

6/8 5-10pm (ends today): dance to salsa, swing, bachata, bhangra and more with live music at bryant park’s annual dance party series. tonight’s latin festival season finale features live music performed by grammy-nominated new swing sextet and percussionist luisito quintero. bryant park’s fountain terrace (midtown west), free. >>

6/8 6pm (weekly): members of lady parts justice league set up stations at a reproductive rights-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). tonight’s edition also features burlesque, sketch comedy, and music. free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

6/8 6-8pm (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: pete lanctot and ginger dolden. rain or shine. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 3 granite terrace (brooklyn heights), free. >>

6/8 6-9pm (+ sat 12-6pm, sun 12-5pm): nars open studios: the 66+ artists of the new york art residency and studios (nars) foundation open their studios to the public thru the weekend. nars foundation (sunset park), free. >>

6/8 7pm (+ 6/9 11am-7pm): the 12th annual anarchist book fair spotlights anarchist artists on friday, and publishers, filmmakers, and more on saturday. judson memorial church (greenwich village), free admission. >>

6/8 7:30pm: actors steve buscemi and john leguizamo plus producers amy lo and michelle cameron will do q+a following a screening of their new film, nancy, at the landmark at 57 west (midtown west). $18.50. >>

6/8 7:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): go crazy at lola star’s purple rain-themed dreamland roller disco party at prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

6/8 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): comedians and ‘experts’ explore a new scientific topic each month at the scientists comedy show, hosted by blythe robinson (the new yorker) and madelyn freed (the annoyance). tonight’s theme: ‘contraception.’ union hall (park slope), $10. >>

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6/8 8pm (monthly): hosts betsy kenney and dara katz round up some of their favorite performers for everybody hates us (but not tonight, baby!), a comedy variety show born out of one question: what would you do on this stage if you stopped caring about how other people felt about you? tonight: alise morales (the roast of your 15 year-old self), marti gould cummings (shade queens of nyc), devin bockrath (comedy crib), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), shannon coffey, and sandy honig. the mockingbird (alphabet city), $10. >>

6/8 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by joe pera (adult swim), kareem green (comedy central), george civeris, carmen lagala, eman el-husseini, donnie sengstack, and katie que. hosted by naomi karavani (redacted tonight). the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

6/8 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 erik bergstrom (comedy central), leonard ouzts (conan), adrienne iapalucci (last comic standing), chanel ali, anya volz, and norlex belma. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

6/8 9pm (+ 6/9-10, 6/15-17): the motor company theater company presents laundryfest, a series of four new site-responsive/site-specific works performed in a laundromat. the soap box (bed-stuy), free (donations welcome). >>

6/8 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by greg stone (the break with michelle wolf), and eman el-husseini, storytelling by anita flores (arty of two), and burlesque by ember flame and fem appeal. ucb (east village), $9. >>

6/8 midnight (+ 6/9): quench your thirst for blood and booze at vampire-themed drinking game screenings of blade (friday) and the lost boys (saturday). videology (williamsburg), $12.

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