THURS, 7/13: FREE SHAKE SHACK FROZEN CUSTARD, HARRY POTTER BURLESQUE, FREE CONCERTS + 26 FRI EVENTS

around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
20 feet from stardom (2013), putnam triangle plaza (clinton hill) >>
2001: a space odyssey (1968), hunters point south park (lic) >>
back to the future part ii (1989), midland field (staten island) >>
chicago (2002), pier 95 (midtown west). bonus: free popcorn! >>
face/off (1997), tony dapolito recreation center (west village) >>
pariah (2011), brooklyn bridge park, pier 1 harbor view lawn (brooklyn heights) >>
zootopia (2016), stuyvesant square north lawn (stuytown) >>

6pm: sociologist victor p. corona launches his first book, night class: a downtown memoir about fame, nightlife, club kids, lady gaga, and more, with cultural critic and author wednesday martin (primates of park avenue). rizzoli bookstore (flatiron), free. >>

6pm: get to know the nooks and crannies of kings county at the book launch party for untapped cities’s secret brooklyn, featuring a presentation + book signing by authors michelle young and augustin pasquet. brooklyn superhero supply co. (park slope), free (rsvp). >>

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 multinational 8-piece brown rice family, havana-based dj jigüe, and interactive art by jaimie walker. free. >>

6pm (thursdays + saturdays thru 8/31): the seaport summer stage hosts live concerts and a garden bar through the summer. tonight: salt cathedral. the corner of fulton + front streets (south street seaport), free admission. >>

6pm doors (tues-sat thru 7/15): dance to live music under the stars at lincoln center’s annual midsummer night swing outdoor dance parties. tonight: the aces of rhythm: hardcore tango; tomorrow: texas dance hall tour with dale watson + ray benson. dance lesson 6:30pm, live music 7:30pm. damrosch park (uws), $17 adv, $20 dos admission gets you entrance to the dance floor with the best view of the band, but there’s usually a good amount of room to watch/dance from outside for free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: georgetown university law center professor and former federal prosecutor paul butler discusses his book chokehold: policing black men at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). $5. >>

6:30pm (thursdays thru 8/31): the museum of modern art’s annual summer thursday performance series in the sculpture garden returns with a focus on artists with a ‘borderless musical vocabulary.’ tonight: ‘jarocho punk’ group ¡aparato!. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: free summerstage shows tonight: mon laferte, princess nokia, and ìfé (6pm, central park) and ladies of hip hop festival with guest amirah sackett (8pm, queensbridge park). >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the 40th annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival brings andrew bird, esperanza spalding, chronixx, youssou n’dour, and many others to the prospect park bandshell stage this season. tonight: robert randolph + the family band and eric krasno. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7pm: shard cinema author and bard college teacher evan calder williams discusses his book about the impacts of changes in moving images over the last 30 years. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

7pm (thursdays thru 7/27): the annual outdoor river + blues concert series presents blues music from around the world with a view of the hudson. tonight: rebirth brass band. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free. >>

7-10pm (thursdays thru 8/3): the queens museum’s annual outdoor passport thursday international dance, music, and film series returns. tonight: the philippines. 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. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: clothing will magically disappear at hotsy totsy burlesque’s tribute to harry potter and the cursed pastie. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7:30pm: hetty mckinnon, owner of arthur street kitchen, launches her second cookbook, neighborhood: hearty salads and plant-based recipes from home and abroad, with martha stewart living founding food editor susan spungen and some sample dishes and wine. books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

7:30pm: inquisitive minds are welcome to ask comedians whatever they like at the press conference comedy show, featuring katie-ellen humphries, alex fossella, jay welch, phil stamato, and chris calogero. hosted by kevin froleiks and sam bourne. q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

7:30pm (weekly thru 8/17): the astoria waterfront concert series offers six free evenings of music outdoor, beginning tonight with beatles tribute band strawberry fields. astoria park great lawn (astoria), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show’s two-year anniversary show, serving up complimentary homemade lasagna alongside stand up by aparna nancherla (master of none), rob haze (comedy central), mehran khagani (mtv), myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome), and pat brown (colbert). hosted by brian parise. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

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 katie haller, karolena theresa, suni reyes, lauren maul, rachael parenta, kat burdick, and gregory hall. hosted by natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm: willy wonka + the chocolate factory.… entirely from memory: eight performers attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

8pm-midnight: night at the museum: moma ps1 (lic) opens its doors for after-hours viewings of its exhibitions, temporary interactive installations, performances, and music. food and drinks will be available for purchase. $15 >>

8:21pm: see the sun align with the nyc street grid during the annual manhattanhenge celestial event. best viewed from the far east ends of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th sts. free (it’s the sun!). >>

8:30pm (monthly): liz barrett’s puntastically named grin + barrett comedy show returns, celebrating its fourth anniversary with standup by josh gondelman (last week tonight), kerry coddett (mtv), dan perlman (trutv), frank liotti (gotham live), tito garza (funny or die), katie hannigan (the comedienne project), and ashlee voorsanger. beauty bar (gramercy), free. >>

8:30pm (+ 7/14 7pm, 9pm): some strings attached. at the latest edition of the sinking ship productions puppet playlist series, puppeteers and musicians create original interpretations inspired by the songs of whitney houston. the tank (theater district), $13-15. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): country music comedy duo reformed whores host a night of comedy and variety at their up n’ coming show. tonight, they’ll be previewing their ‘grand ole cuntry’ show that will premiere at the edinburgh fringe festival, along with guests mindy raf, david carl, and jena friedman. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

9pm: inspired by topics discussed on ricki lake’s 90’s-era talk show, the go ricki! comedy show celebrates its first anniversary tonight with the topic ‘i’m sick and tired of hearing about your baby, shut up and get a life.’ guests include myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome), christi chiello (roast battle), sydnee washington (the warm up), robyn schall (live at gotham), and oscar aydin. hosted by matt mccormick. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

10pm: freestyle bingo: rappers and comedians freestyle the bingo numbers while you play. hosted by ben kronberg. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 to play, free to watch. >>

thru 7/15: what does the shifting political climate mean for arts, culture, and its funding? the we are the people we’ve been waiting for festival explores this inquiry through performance, discussion, and audience q+a’s. new york live arts, the 8th floor, and queens museum, free-$5. >>

thru 7/16: you too can score, via 20% off sex toys, free booze tastings, and more, during babeland’s customer appreciation sale. soho, les, and park slope locations. >>

thru 7/18: japan cuts, north america’s largest festival of new japanese film, returns for an 11th year with blockbusters, documentaries, animations, restored classics and avant-garde selections, plus post-show q+a’s, parties, and more. japan society (midtown east), $14 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

thru 8/10 (thursdays): play giant games and cornhole at flatiron north public plaza’s annual throwback thursdays series. bonus: free frozen custard from shake shack 7/13 6pm. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

7/14 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
inside out (2015), transmitter park (greenpoint) >>
moana (2016), beach at 59th street (rockaway beach) >>
port of shadows (1938), tompkins square park (east village/alphabet city) >>
the godfather (1972), hotel hugo’s azul on the rooftop bar (soho/south village) >>
trolls (2016), bloomingdale park (staten island) >>
trolls (2016), hudson river park’s pier 46 (greenwich village). bonus: free popcorn! >>

7/14: buy a dozen krispy kreme doughnuts of any variety, get a second dozen original glazed for just 80¢ in honor of their 80th birthday (at participating locations). >>

7/14 12-5pm: try a free slice of the new new mint chocolate chip polar pizza at participating baskin-robbins locations. >>

7/14 1-2pm: get a free teavana shaken iced tea infusion at participating starbucks locations today. >>

7/14 2:30pm: broadway’s patti lupone and christine ebersole discuss their tony-nominated performances in war paint with composer scott frankel  at a cd release/signing of the original broadway cast recording. barnes + noble 86th + lexington ave, priority seating with purchase of the cd starting at 9am. >>

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

7/14 6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 8/12): the 40th annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival brings andrew bird, esperanza spalding, chronixx, youssou n’dour, and many others to the prospect park bandshell stage this season. tonight: quantic, tei shi, and alex anwandter. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7/14 6:30pm: 500 stripped-down runners compete in the annual underwear run, a 1.7-mile fun run in advance of sunday’s nyc triathlon. central park, free to watch (runner registration is full). >>

7/14 6:30pm: chef showdown: four chefs will create unique appetizers, and you’ll get to taste and judge who’s best. admission includes drinks. the food arts center at fedcap (midtown east), $20 with promo code ‘skintkomeeda (reg. $30). >>

7/14 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: family astronomy night at the intrepid: hear nasa astrophysicist amber straughn give a presentation on the search for galaxies and the makeup of atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars using the next-generation james webb space telescope, set to launch in 2018, followed by stargazing on the flight deck. free admission (rsvp required). >>

7/14 7pm: cult filmmaker alejandro jodorowsky will do q+a following tonight’s opening screening of his new film, endless poetry, at landmark sunshine theatre (les). $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

7/14 7-10pm (thru 8/13): members of robots will kill art collective and their friends will display street art, graffiti, toys, and illustrations at a group exhibition opening tonight. bonus: the first 40 attendees will receive a swag bag. myplasticheart (les), free. >>

7/14 7:30-10pm (fridays thru 10/13): lola star’s dreamland roller disco party returns to prospect park’s lefrak center with a fight for your right to party – 80’s hip hop theme tonight. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

7/14 8pm (quarterly): get intimate with local poets (through their work, of course) at the next installment of the cozy roots poetry series, featuring readings by natalya sukhonos, diannely antigua, nathan mcclain, and maya pindyck. donation-based beer and wine will be as free-flowing as the verse. roots cafe (south slope), free admission. >>

7/14 8pm doors: the annual rooftop films series continues with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. tonight: the strange ones, with pre-show live music, post-show filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. the old american can factory (gowanus), $15. >>

7/14 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by nore davis (comedy central), mike cannon (comedy central), naomi karavani (redacted tonight), dan shaki (gotham live), mike lebovitz (last comic standing), and carmen lagala. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

7/14 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the camouflage comedy show returns with free pizza from two boots and a lineup including liza treyger (comedy cetnral), langston kerman (hbo), joe pera (seth meyers), noah gardenswartz (comedy central), krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), rob cantrell (last comic standing), and nick vatterott (conan). hosted by lucas connolly. big irv’s (williamsburg), free-$10. >>

7/14 9pm: punk rock karaoke to benefit certain days: freedom for political prisoners calendar. the silent barn (bushwick), $10 donation. >>

7/14 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. tonight’s guests include jo firestone, selena coppock, sam grittner, and erin chan. hosted by morgan pielli and lynn bixenspan. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7/14 9:45pm doors, 10pm 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 ana fabrega, tim platt, sudi green, alexis pereira and tim barnes. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7/14 10pm: dj rekha and dj petra combine the sounds of bhangra, hip-hop, and dancehall music for the bhang bhang bhangra dance party. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7/14 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with stand-up by sarah tollemache (colbert) and joel walkowski (comedy central), storytelling by selena coppock (amazon’s red oaks), contortionist burlesque by lilin lace, and boylesque by matt knife. ucb (east village), $7. >>

7/14-16: the annual inked magazine new york empire state tattoo expo returns with tattoo artists, competitions, music, burlesque, vendors and more. new york hilton midtown, $30. >>

7/14-16: more than 10 local comedy storytelling shows convene under one roof over three days for the annual storyfest. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

7/14-16: the 13th annual rural route film festival, screening films set outside of the city, is centered around the theme ‘singer-songwriters (…in suspense)’ and includes live music each day. museum of the moving image (astoria) and brooklyn grange rooftop farm (lic), $15+. >>

7/14-16: go nightclubbing in 1977-80 downtown new york via screenings of video selections from pat ivers and emily armstrong’s cable tv show that documented the burgeoning punk and no wave scenes of the time. ivers, armstrong, suicide’s martin rev, the patti smith group’s jay dee daugherty, and the dead boys’s jeff magnum will be in attendance at various screenings. anthology film archives (east village), $11 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

7/14-20: get spooked out of your seat at the 10th edition of the scary movies festival, showcasing 17 frightful premieres and vintage slashers with special appearances. opening night’s terrifier will be followed by a ‘cake, clowns, + corpses’-themed party. film society of lincoln center (uws), $14+ general, $11+ students/seniors. >>

ticket deals

rsvp for free passes to the nyc premiere screening of christopher nolan’s dunkirk at amc lowes lincoln square on 7/18 at 7pm. first-come, first-served admission. limited number available. >>

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