THURS, 7/12: MANHATTANHENGE, BOGO ICE CREAM, FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS, + 23 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 7/15: buy-one-get-one free at the williamsburg grand opening of taiyaki nyc, the ice cream shop with adorable fish-shaped waffle cones. >>

thru 7/15: tales of all types will be told at storyfest, an annual storytelling festival helmed by harmon leon (meet the deplorables) and featuring more 20 different story-filled shows, live podcast recordings, and solo performances. the pit (flatiron), $10/show, $25/pass. >>

thru 7/14: dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. thurs: orquesta akokán; fri: the james hunter six; sat: lc kids dance with dancing classrooms (3pm, free) and harlem renaissance orchestra/lindy hop dance contest (6pm, regular admission). doors 6pm, 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. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
beauty and the beast (2017). clove lakes park (staten island). >>
desperately seeking susan. brooklyn bridge park. >>
jumanji: welcome to the jungle. williamsbridge oval (bronx). >>
snow white and the seven dwarfs. tony dapolito recreation center (west village). >>
some like it hot. stuyvesant square park (gramercy). >>
the lion king. brevoort playground. (bed-stuy). >>
the space between us. tecumseh playground (uws). >>
when harry met sally. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>

5-8pm: make your own smell at a natural perfume workshop, where you’ll learn how to utilize ingredients like herbs, floral water, and oils to create your own personalized scent. participants will get to take home their concoctions. earth speaks (brooklyn heights), $20 . >>

5:30pm doors, 6:30pm show (thursdays thru 8/30): the annual museum of modern art summer thursday performance series brings a diverse range of nyc musicians to its sculpture garden. tonight: nkumu katalay + the life long project band. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

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 world roots music group brown rice family, and art by samuel jablon. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/9): cocktails at cooper hewitt: the museum’s terrace and garden summer performance series continues with djs and former prince dancers coco + breezy, with zak leever. arrive at 5pm if you’d like to also get in an hour of gallery viewing. cooper hewitt (ues), $13 adv, $15 general. >>

6:30pm (+ 8/9): the return of the annual jazz at socrates concerts strike a chord honoring sonny rollins in july and louis armstrong in august. tonight: eric wyatt, saxophonist and rollins’s godson. socrates sculpture park (lic), free admission. >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by antibalas, combo chimbita, and dj nickodemus. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7pm (+ 7/28, 8/4): members of the 90-piece columbia summer winds band perform a series of concerts in parks around nyc. tonight: washington square park. free. >>

7pm (thursdays thru 8/2): the annual river + blues concert series at robert f. wagner, jr. park continues with toshi reagon and biglovely. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free. >>

7pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: systema solar, very be careful, and el freaky at queensbridge park (queens). free. >>

7-10pm (thrusdays thru 7/26): in the city’s most diverse borough, the queens museum’s passport thursdays outdoor international film series transports you to another land. this week focuses on india, with a screening of road, movie (2010) and a pre-show bollywood dance workout class by masala bhangra. queens museum (flushing meadows corona park), 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. >>

7:30pm (runs thru 10/20): assemble for ‘the art of the avengers and other heroes,‘ an exhibition of original comic artwork showcasing characters from the marvel universe including the avengers and other heroes. opening reception tonight. society of illustrators (ues), free admission (donations appreciated). >>

7:30pm: afro-futurist duo gato preto 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 selena coppock, molly cameron, jen keefe, candyce musinski, and more. hosted by angela perrone and natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm: howl with laughter at the good dog show, a dog-friendly comedy show featuring human comedians aparna nancherla (corporate), yedoye travis (colbert), jess salomon (sirusxm), tim barnes (vice), and alon elian. hosted by jonathan zeller. dsk kaffee (fort greene), $5. >>

8pm (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show, serving up complimentary pasta with sausage and peppers alongside stand up by josh gondelman (seth meyers), sonia denis (hbo), liz miele (gotham live), calvin cato, and joe alfano. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

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

8pm-late (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring more than a dozen live electronic music and visual artists on indoor and outdoor stages. bonus: $2 burgers and $1 hot dogs (veggie option available). the keep (ridgewood), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by claudia cogan, peggy o’brien, brian allen mitchell, and katie boyle. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:20pm (+ 7/13 8:21pm): see the sun set in alignment with the manhattan street grid during the twice-annual manhattanhenge celestial event. best viewed from the far east ends of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th sts. >>

8:30pm (monthly): liz barrett’s punnerifically named grin and barrett comedy show celebrates its fifth anniversary with a night of stand up by mark normand (conan), neel nanda (kimmel), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), sharon paul (ifc), sheba mason (comedy central), christian polanco (knockin’ boots), and sallyann hall (left breast comedy hour). bonus: girl scout cookies raffle! beauty bar (gramercy/east village), free. >>

9pm: couldn’t score radiohead tickets? radiohead tribute band there, there throws a fan party so you won’t be left high and dry. arlene’s grocery (les), $8. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: see ‘sup at the ‘sup show, spotlighting the best acts from the weekly open mic of the same name for women, queer, and gender non-conforming performers. tonight: jo firestone (fallon), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), pooja reddy, caroline doyle, and maggie crane. hosted by juliet prather, maddie fischer, fareeha khan, jesse roth, and stephanie pace. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

10pm: go gaga at a ‘born this way’ themed dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

coming up

7/13-15: the annual inked magazine new york empire state tattoo expo returns to the new york hilton midtown. $30. >>

7/13-15: film society of lincoln center presents a complete retrospective of cinema’s dancing duo, fred astaire and ginger rogers. presented chronologically in 16mm and 35mm, the 10-film series includes shall we dance, the story of vernon and irene castle, the barkleys of broadway, and more. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors, free friday at 12:30pm. >>

7/13 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
cars 3. bloomingdale park (staten island). >>
coco. pelham bay park (bronx) and east elmhurst playground (queens).
desperately seeking susan. governors island. >>
friday the 13th. the flight deck of the intrepid (midtown west). >>
hook. baber park (staten island). >>
inside out. wnyc transmitter park (greenpoint). >>
men in black 3. hancock park (harlem). >>
moonstruck. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
queen of katwe. frederick johnson park (harlem). >>
romantics anonymous. tompkins square park (east village/alphabet city). >>
star wars: the last jedi. crocheron park (bayside). >>
the lion king. narrows botanical gardens (bay ridge). >>
wonder woman. macombs dam park (concourse village). >>

7/13 12pm (+ 7/27): performers from current broadway productions entertain the lunchtime crowds at free broadway in the boros concerts. today: the band’s visit and wicked at lighthouse point plaza (staten island). free admission, plus free admission to the museum of the moving image following the show. >>

7/13 12-2pm: happy fryday! in honor of national french fry day, score some free french fries from frygys in the east village. >>

7/13 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm: see and hear hundreds of tapping feet at the annual tap it out, the annual tap city festival’s closing performance. father duffy square (times square), free. >>

7/13 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: diva dance studio, bryn cohn + artists, kinetic cabaret productions, kate weare company, and tina croll + company. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

7/13 6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by mala rodriguez, ana tijoux’s roja y negro, and girl ultra. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sponsored 7/13 7pm: party time! excellent! 25 years after wayne campbell and garth algar’s epic waynestock musicfest, bbq films invites you to garthapalooza​, featuring a screening of 1992’s rockin’ comedy, wayne’s world, and a killer lineup of female-fronted bands who really wail. music hall of williamsburg, use promo code ‘nostairway’ to save $5 on general admission and $10 on vip tickets. >>

7/13 7pm: coauthors mark andersen and ralph heibutzki launch we are the clash: regan, thatcher, and the last stand of a band that mattered, their chronicle of the influential band’s final years. word bookstore (greenpoint). free. >>

7/13 7pm (fridays thru 8/24): hudson river park’s 20th annual sunset on the hudson free concert series continues with baby soda jazz band. pier 45 (greenwich village), free. >>

7/13 7pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: calpulli mexican dance company at queensbridge park and tito rojas and andy montañez at coney island’s ford amphitheater. free. >>

7/13 7-10pm (runs thru 8/12): members of robots will kill art collective and their friends host their third annual group exhibition of street art, illustrations, toys, and more opening tonight. bonus: the first 50 attendees will receive a swag bag. myplasticheart (les), free. >>

7/13 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): sometimes what goes around comes around: lola star throws a justin vs britney-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

7/13 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 ayanna dookie, calvin cato, sarah kennedy, 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). >>

7/13 8pm: mom and dad find the funny at the parental approval comedy show, where comedians perform sets aimed to please host emily winter’s parents, who’ll be judging the fun. tonight: mary mack (conan), pedro gonzalez (standup nbc), martin urbano (kimmel), caitlin peluffo (siriusxm), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), and ahri findling. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7/13 8pm: artist and experimental musician julia santoli continues her 2018 issue project room residency the premiere of a new work staged within a sculptural landscape. issue project room (downtown brooklyn), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

7/13 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by aparna nancherla (corporate), nimesh patel (snl), alington mitra (conan), courtney maginnis (npr), crystian ramirez, and chris donahue. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

7/13 9pm, midnight: touch the fear at a screening of friday the 13th part 3: 3d (9pm, $12) and/or at a friday the 13th: the final chapter drinking game (midnight, $12). videology (williamsburg). >>

7/13 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 dos. >>

7/13 10pm: gives the boys a hand when an all-male cirquelesque revue comes to coney island usa. $15. >>

7/13 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by tom thakkar (conan) and jess salomon, storytelling by anita flores (party of two), and burlesque by dottie dynamo and vada james. ucb (east village), $9. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: trade the blazing sun for ac, velvet seats, and an incredible performance by nyo2 at carnegie hall on july 24, just $20 today only (up to a $50 value). >>

rsvp for free passes to an advance screening of mission: impossible – fallout at amc loews lincoln square 7/23 at 6:30pm. (rsvp does not guarantee entry. first-come, first-served admission. limited number available.) >>

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