THURS, 6/15: FREE FITNESS CLASSES, COCKTAILS AT THE COOPER HEWITT, 4 OUTDOOR MOVIES, + 22 FRI EVENTS

around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
amy, mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg/ greenpoint) >>
back to the future, morris-jumel mansion (washington heights) >>
bee movie, sol bloom playground (uws) >>
ricki and the flash, mcgolrick park (greenpoint) >>

4pm, 6pm, 8pm: the sva short film fest showcases 13 cinematic works made by students from the school of visual arts’s mps directing program. bonus: popcorn, beer and wine will be served. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

5-7pm: brooklyn brew shop happy hour + father’s day pop-up shop: drive dad to drink (and eat) with the help of beer and cheese-making kits from brooklyn brew shop and farm steady. sample the goods and pick some up for your pop or yourself for 20% off at their dumbo pop-up shop today. >>

6pm: three trans women of color, kiara st. james, tanya asapansa johnson walker, and nicole bowles, discuss stories of trans resilience from the front lines and life before the ‘transgender tipping point.’ tompkins square library (east village), free. >>

6pm (+ fri 6pm, sat 4pm, sun 3pm + 6pm): barefoot shakespeare company presents outdoor productions of a midsummer night’s dream and macbeth set in san francisco and vietnam during the summer of love. summit rock in central park (near 82nd st. + cpw). free. >>

6pm (thursdays thru 9/28): music under the manhattan bridge: dumbo’s third annual live at the archway series continues a season of free outdoor musical performances, dj sets, dance classes, interactive art, pop-up galleries, and more with beer + wine available for purchase. tonight’s program includes performances by psych-rock-americana-inspired musician rodes rollins, dj ducttape, and interactive art by melanie hope greenberg. free. >>

6-8pm (tues-fri, thru 8/11): the voice=survival‘ exhibition examines the voice used by artists and activists confronting oppression amid the ongoing hiv/aids epidemic with work and archival materials including posters, drawings, and text. opening reception tonight. the 8th floor event space (flatiron), free. >>

6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/24): cocktails at cooper hewitt: take in the scenery and performances at the cooper hewitt’s terrace and garden series. arrive at 6pm to get in an hour of gallery viewing. $13 adv, $15 door includes a drink. >>

6-9pm (monthly): check out some art after-hours during the lic gallery nights series, where 10 galleries and unconventional art spaces will keep their doors open late. free. >>

6:30pm: black men/soul music: soul revolution, a panel discussion led by writer + journalist herb boyd, delves into the musicians who brought civil rights into popular music in the 70s and 80s, including stevie wonder, gil scott heron, the isley brothers, and more. apollo theater (harlem), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm (wed-sun thru 6/25, free tickets available starting at 6pm): new yorkers never seem to get bored of the bard. shakespeare downtown presents richard iii for 200 audience members per show at battery park’s castle clinton national monument. >>

7pm: author rafe bartholomew talks about growing up in nyc’s oldest irish bar, mcsorley’s ale house, and his memoir two and two: mcsorley’s, my dad, and me. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway, free. >>

7pm: salad for president author julia sherman and illustrator joana avillez discuss and sign their book at space ninety 8 (williamsburg). bonus: free small bites and cocktails from the book will be served. free admission (rsvp). >>

7pm (+ 6/22): bingo! join in a massive game of outdoor bingo for prizes at bryant park. free. >>

7pm: one man’s trash is another man’s art at monument, a one-night installation and music event where artists constructed installations out of e-waste, musicians will perform using discarded electronic instruments, and attendees are welcome to interact with the materials. gowanus e-waste warehouse (gowanus), free. >>

7pm, 7:30pm: elvis costello + the imposters (7:30pm, central park, $55) and the shins and tennis (7pm, prospect park, $40) are playing benefit shows that are priced out of the skint’s range, but you can still throw down a blanket and listen with others outside the fenced-off area for free.

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: show of your knowledge of all things schwifty at a night of rick and morty trivia, followed by an afterparty. the deep end (ridgewood/bushwick), free ($5-10 after 9pm). >>

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 turned out differently. try to guess the truth with tales by kelli dunham (queer memoir), mx. tiffany leigh (match game nyc), finn schubert (moth storyslam winner), and more. hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bedford stuyvesant), free ($5 suggested). >>

7:30pm: 29 authors waxed poetic about their favorite beatles songs for the anthology, in their lives: great writers on great beatles songs, launching tonight with readings and discussions from contributors touré (i would die 4 u: why prince became an icon), elissa schappell (blueprints for building better girls), rebecca mead (my life in middlemarch), and editor andrew blauner. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm: swordraiser mutiny! dress sharp, because you could win a sword at lom theater company’s fundraiser performance party, featuring a live radio show, music, prizes, and more. gemini + scorpio loft (gowanus), free with rsvp, $10 door. >>

7:30pm: indie singer-songwriter larkin grimm plays a record release show at the san damiano mission (greenpoint). $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the infamous black metal dialogues, a series of emails between comedian dave hill (posing as a 19-year old metalhead) and a norwegian record label in 2004-2005, will be read live by hill and musician phil costello, along with a live performance by hill’s fictional black metal band ‘witch taint.’ union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm: literary humor magazine american bystander holds its first live event with readings by steve young (letterman), tim harrod (the onion), evan waite (the president show), river douglas clegg (the new yorker), james folta (the new yorker), and more. hifi bar east village), free. >>

8pm: see two learning-themed comedy shows for just $7: colin o’brien + michael wolf’s how to write a book: the play, and mark vigeant’s let’s make a website. ucb chelsea, $7. >>

8pm, the pit (flatiron): female storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show. tonight: stand up from kendra cunningham, jesse roth and nick wright, storytelling from jolenta greenberg, characters from kerstin porter, and improv from sad moms comedy. hosted by improv team darling satan. the pit (flatiron), $5. >>

8pm (thru 6/18): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 52nd season with free performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. new this year: a dvořák pre-show performance by you, the audience. tonight: cunningham park (queens). >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by sasheer zamata (snl), josh comers (conan), peggy o’brien (twitterati), and bill stiteler. hosted by matt koff (the daily show) and emmy blotnick (@midnight). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free admission (one drink or food item minimum). >>

9pm: friend roulette plays an album release show with supporting acts gobbinjr, potted plant, and woodpainting. silent barn (bushwick), $8. >>

9:02-9:44pm: climb aboard a docked tanker at nautical twilight for ‘existential navigational math,’ a lecture with projections by french artist laurent derobert exploring the relationship between navigation, astronomy, poetry, and math, followed by a ‘culinary performance’ by artist lei saito. mary a. whalen (red hook), free. >>

10pm: dance yourself clean at the dirty thursday new wave night dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

thru 6/24: register to take free dance, fitness and wellness classes at 30 studios during the annual dance week. >>

thru 6/25: 25+ american independent films premiere at the ninth annual bamcinemafest, with screenings and q+a sessions including works by aaron katz, jim mckay, and gillian robespierre, and featuring actors lola kirke, zoë kravitz, jenny slate, and jason schwartzman, among plenty of others. bam harvey theatre and bam rose cinemas (fort greene), various prices. >>

thru 6/25: 100+ performances and art installations span lower manhattan and governors island for the 16th annual river to river festival. free (some events require rsvp). >>

thru 8/10 (thursdays): union square park’s annual summer in the square series includes free fitness classes, family-friendly activities, and live music + dance performances. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

6/16 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
a thousand years of good prayers, columbus park (chinatown) >>
appropriate behavior, mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg/greenpoint) >>
la traversée de paris, washington square park (greenwich village) >>
moonlight, marcus garvey park (east harlem) >>
the maribor uprisings, metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn) >>

6/16 various times (thru 6/18): grand budapest hotel, the basketball diaries, showgirls, some like it hot, pink flamingos, brokeback mountain, but i’m a cheerleader, and more… the roxy cinema (tribeca). $10 (free midnights). >>

6/16 11am-7pm (thru 6/18): interact with the best of the worst 140-character statements at the donald j. trump presidential twitter library, presented by the daily show with trevor noah. 3 w 57th street (around the corner from trump tower), free admission. >>

6/16 3-7pm (every other friday thru summer): the south street seaport museum offers free admission to its exhibitions, historic ship tours, as well as educational and programmatic activities, artisan demonstrations, and more. south street seaport museum (financial district), free. >>

6/16 5-11pm: socks for suds: singlecut tap room’s summer solstice sock drive grants a free beer or $10 off a case to those who bring a new pair of socks to be donated to take two nyc. singlecut tap room (astoria), free admission. >>

6/16 6pm (fridays thru 7/14): a changing lineup of several contemporary dance companies perform outdoors at bryant park each friday for five weeks. free. >>

6/16 6-8pm (+ sat-sun 12-6pm): browse and shop from more than 200 books and a selection of artwork from emerging artists at the seventh annual zine + self-published photo book fair. opening reception friday 6-8pm. the camera club of new york (chinatown/little italy), free admission. >>

6/16 7pm: psychiatrist laura ericksson-schroth and psychiatrist laura a. jacobs launch and discuss their timely new book, you’re in the wrong bathroom: debunking 21 misconceptions about transgender and gender nonconforming people. bureau of general services-queer division (west village), $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). >>

6/16 7pm: the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by danny artese (three-time moth storyslam winner), samantha ruddy, rebecca rush, desmond thorne, and gloria shantae butler. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and benefit southerners on new ground). >>

6/16 7pm: la’s hey violet host an in-store signing for their new record at rough trade (williamsburg). >>

6/16 7pm (+ 6/17, 6/23-24): the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series offers six free outdoor concerts in all five boroughs. tonight: clove lakes park in staten island. free admission. >>

6/16 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedians become faux authors and read selections from their ‘latest’ books at literati: a comedy show about the greatest american novels never written. hosted by colin o’brien + michael wolf, and featuring emmy blotnick, chris duffy, yoni lotan, liz noth, and fareeha khan. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

6/16 7:30pm (monthly): deflower your virgin ears at the ‘my first time’ show, where comedians and storytellers recount tales of their first sexual experiences. hosted by angela cobb. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

6/16 7:30-10pm (fridays thru 10/13): lola star’s dreamland roller disco party returns to prospect park’s lefrak center with a let’s get physical 80’s workout music theme tonight. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

6/16 8pm (+ 6/18): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 52nd season with free performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. new this year: a dvořák pre-show performance by you, the audience. tonight: prospect park’s long meadow ballfields, brooklyn. >>

6/16 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by robert dean (comedy central), lafayette wright (comedy central), matt koff (the daily show), sally brooks (seeso), jessy morner-ritt (funny or die), and shelby taylor (like me comedy). hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

6/16 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly thru 6/30): visuals visuals, a new weekly pairing of musicians and video artists, continues tonight with music by george clanton, pictureplane, nicky sparkles, and visuals, and projections by kathryn chadason. knockdown center (maspeth), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

6/16 9pm: kick some serious brass at 19-piece brass band what cheer brigade‘s album release show, with supporting acts raya brass band and dj joro boro. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

6/16 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of 1980’s xanadu at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

6/16 11pm doors, midnight show: clash tribute group straight to hell and djs twig the wonderkid and james david play a birthday show for nightlife’s astro erle at gold sounds (bushwick). free admission. >>

6/16-18: don’t taste the rainbow, laugh it. the annual queercom festival brings three days of stand-up, sketch, storytelling, screenings, and more by lgbtq artists to the pit (flatiron). $10/show, $30/pass. >>

6/16-25: nyc’s annual lgbtq pride week returns with 10 days of rallies (friday), movies, parties, the march and festival (sunday), and much more. various locations + prices, many free. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: carnegie hall tickets for just $7 (all seats)! new york city chamber orchestra and the masterworks festival chorus perform kirke mechem’s songs of the slave and much more 6/24 at 8pm. $110 value. >>

rsvp for a free house of vans party featuring battles and protomartyr on 6/20. >>

go on a 90-minute daytime or two-hour evening sail aboard the city’s largest sailing vessel, clipper city, thru 10/9 for $23.40-27.30 (plus ticket fees, reg $39). >>

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