around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
begin again (2013), stuyvesant square north lawn (stuytown) >>
chicago (2002) sing-along (rescheduled from 7/13), pier 95 (midtown west). bonus: free popcorn. >>
dreamgirls (2006), putnam triangle plaza (clinton hill) >>
forrest gump (1994), 28 liberty plaza (fidi). bonus: free popcorn. >>
ghostbusters (1984), morris-jumel mansion (washington heights). bonus: free popcorn. >>
maciste all’inferno (1925) with live score by sexmob and pre-show by reverend billy + the stop shopping choir, prospect park bandshell >>
singin’ in the rain (1952), corlears hook park baseball field (les) >>
the lego movie (2014), brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 harbor view lawn >>
the matrix (1999), tony dapolito recreation center (west village) >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: regina spektor plays a summerstage benefit show that’s priced out of the skint’s range ($55), but you can still throw down a blanket and listen with others outside central park’s rumsey playfield for free. >>

6-8pm (thru 8/27): opening reception and awards night for the new york studio school’s annual alumni exhibition (greenwich village). free. >>

6-8pm (thru 8/17): carter burden gallery in chelsea opens two exhibitions tonight: anna h. walter’s ‘on the wall,’ plus ’12×12,’ a group show featuring 12×12 works from 50+ artists priced at $200 each. opening reception tonight. carter burden gallery (chelsea), free admission. >>

6-10pm (+ 6/28 11am-7pm): ‘hungry,’ kelsey s. brewer’s art installation featuring jeremy penn, uses performance, sculpture, film, and erotica to explore the feeling of desire for something unattainable. opening reception and performance thursday 6-10pm, exhibition friday 11am-7pm. fat free art (les), free. >>

6:30pm: 1 minute meal: stories of food and community in new york, filmmaker james boo’s pop-up exhibition at the museum of food and drink lab (williamsburg), opens tonight with a reception including panel discussions, tastings, beer + wine, and a curated selection of films about how new yorkers relate to food. $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm: learn about the inner workings of the american intelligence community at former cia senior analyst melvin a. goodman’s lecture based on his new book, whistleblower at the cia: an insider’s account of the politics of intelligence. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm (thurs-sun, thru 8/20): hudson warehouse theater company presents an outdoor production of shakespeare’s henry v at the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (w 89th st. + riverside drive). pay-what-you-can admission. >>

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: ghanaian electro-afrobeat artist jojo abot. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

7pm (+ 8/3 at powerhouse arena): lamenting a gentrifying city? so is jeremiah moss, who has a release + signing event for his new book, vanishing new york: how a great city lost its soul, based on his popular local blog. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm: save the epa! familiarize yourself with the latest threats to our environment and how to combat them at a discussion with former epa regional administrator judith enck. new york society for ethical culture (upper west side), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at sideshow goshko, hosted by leslie goshko. tonight’s guests include thomas pryor (the new york times), jiji lee (reductress), mark pagan (risk!), and drew prochaska (the moth). bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm (thursdays-saturdays thru 8/12): free outdoor shakespeare season takes many forms, as evidenced by the drilling company’s adaptation of henry vi, part 3, set in the clemente parking lot (les). free. >>

7pm (thru 8/13): re-live the real horror of ‘ghosting’ with unpacking: a ghost story told in the dark, a new play (lit by flashlights in the audience!) that follows a couple who starts seeing the ghosts of their past failed relationships after moving in together. here arts center (south village), $18 thru 7/30 with promo code ‘firstweek’ (reg. $25). >>

7pm (ends today): the annual outdoor river + blues concert series presents blues music from around the world with a view of the hudson. tonight: malian singer and guitarist vieux farka touré. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free. >>

7pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues a three-week series of free outdoor concerts, parties and family-friendly events with the nosotros festival, featuring music by hurray for the riff raff, las cafeteras, helado negro and xenia rubinos, plus poets felipe luciano, la bruja, and bonafide rojas. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

7-10pm (thursdays thru 8/3): the queens museum’s annual outdoor passport thursday international dance, music, and film series returns. tonight: north africa, with music + dance by zikrayat and a screening of alexandra sicotte-levesque’s the longest kiss (2013). flushing meadows corona park, free. >>

7-10pm: independent intersectional zine susie magazine celebrates their inaugural print issue with a pop-up market including vendors, an art exhibition, a panel discussion, and a ‘modern love workshop.’ new women space (east williamsburg), $5-10. >>

7pm doors, 8pm 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. tonight’s guests include noah prestwich (clickhole associate editor), josh gondelman (last week tonight), claudia cogan (last comic standing), rob haze (adam devine’s house party), catherine cohen (it’s a guy thing), and chelsea fernando. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. le poisson rouge’s gallery bar (greenwich village), $3. >>

8pm (monthly): challenge your attention span at the ‘like me!’ smartphone interactive comedy show, where comedians vie for your attention using tweets, games, polls and more. the creek + the cave (long island city), free. >>

8pm (thru 7/29): afropunk battle of the bands: 16 bands compete for a chance to go to the finals on 8/11 and then on to the annual festival. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by brendan mclaughlan (mtv), steve whalen (hbo), george gordon (seeso), and rachel lenihan (comic strip live). hosted by emmy blotnick (@midnight) and matt koff (the daily show). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9pm: steven tyler’s ipad, an animated series from general interest studio, premieres alongside comedy by mary houlihan, noah garfinkel, and josh gondelman, plus music by miracle sweepstakes. hosted by bob walles. our wicked lady (bushwick), $5 suggested donation benefits the center for reproductive rights. >>

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 7/30: let virtual reality become your reality at the taiwan excellence product showcase, where you’re free to check out and try new vr experiences, gaming computers, alternative transportation methods, and more. the second floor of time warner center (columbus circle), free. >>

thru 7/30: when the lights go off, darkfest begins. the annual performance festival raises awareness of sustainable ways to do theater tech, with five shows lit using flashlights, glow-in-the-dark objects, and more. the tank (midtown), $10-15. >>

thru 8/5: the 40th asian american international film festival (aaiff) features 11 days of world premiere films, shorts, panel discussions and screenplay readings by and about asians and asian-americans across three manhattan and queens venues. $15 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

our next event!

On Friday, August 11, go Back in Time for a night of Dancing in the Dark set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. We’ll be taking over two rooms of The Bell House with 80s anthems performed by kick-ass 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by Party Like It’s 1999’s DJ Steve Reynolds, music video Sing-Alongs by SecretFormula, and 80s + 90s music videos from Music Video Time Machine.

the skint presents:
Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party
Featuring The Engagements and Party Like It’s 1999’s Steve Reynolds
Friday, August 11 8pm doors
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn (directions)
F, G or R to 4th Avenue/9th Street
Tickets are just $5 in advance with promo code “summertime” here (reg. $10).
Facebook event page:

coming up

7/28 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
buddy (1997), narrows botanical gardens (bay ridge) >>
elena and her men  (1956) and the trip to the moon  (1902), riverside park’s pier i (uws) >>
finding dory (2016), crocheron park (bayside) >>
kubo and the two strings (2016), hudson river park’s pier 46 (greenwich village). bonus: free popcorn. >>
moana (2016), transmitter park (greenpoint) >>
the good dinosaur (2015), white park playground (east harlem) >>

7/28 11am-8pm (thru 7/30): the 50th annual loiza festival in el barrio celebrates african influence of the puerto rican and latino communities in the city’s east harlem neighborhood through traditional costumes, dance, live music, djs, handcrafts, food, children’s activities, and more. east 109th street between 2nd and 3rd avenues (east harlem), free. >>

7/28 6-10pm: bqes and betas: sample a new brooklyn quarterly experiment (bqe) beer and play seven new nyu game center games (betas) at brooklyn brewery (williamsburg). free admission. >>

7/28 6pm doors, 7pm show: free summerstage show tonight: la india at st. mary’s park (bronx). >>

7/28 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): andrew bird and esperanza spalding play a bric celebrate brooklyn! festival show at prospect park bandshell. early arrival recommended. free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7/28 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: family astronomy night at the intrepid: robotic glove developers give a presentation and demonstration of the latest prototypes, followed by stargazing on the flight deck. free admission (rsvp required). >>

7/28 7pm (thru 7/30): duende theater group + playful substance’s ’that’s what.’ she said, a megaphone for female voices presents five short plays written by women, followed by a panel discussion on women’s representation in the arts. the city reliquary (williamsburg), $10 suggested donation. >>

7/28 7pm (+ 7/29 7pm, 7/30 3pm): drilling company shakespeare presents a production of twelfth night at bryant park (midtown west). free. >>

7/28 7pm, 7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with the paul taylor dance company performing to live music by vocal trio duchess at damrosch park (7:30pm), plus a tribute to composer pauline oliveros by international contemporary ensemble at hearst plaza (7pm). arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. free. >>

7/28 7-10pm (+ 7/29 12-5pm + 7-10pm, sun 12-5pm): the 39th annual thunderbird american-indian mid-summer pow wow features three days of dance competitions from more than 40 indian nations. crafts, jewelry, food, and more will be available for purchase. queens county farm museum (little neck, queens), $10. >>

7/28 7-9pm reception, 9-10:15pm screenings (+ 7/29 7-8:30pm reception, 8:30-10:45pm screenings): surf’s up for the fifth annual women’s surf film festival, featuring two-nights of outdoor screenings of short + mid-length women’s surfing films, plus an underwater photography exhibition. drinks and tacos from the tacoway taco truck will be available for purchase. rockaway beach surf club, free admission. >>

7/28 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which will actually get submitted at the pulitzer surprises show. tonight’s guests include john reynolds (search party), jason o. gilbert (mcsweeney’s), ziwe fumudoh (above average), cassidy routh (visual artist), and an actual pulitzer prize winner. hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos >>

7/28 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, this month featuring episodes of family matters and who’s the boss?. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

7/28 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the backfat comedy/variety show returns with performances by rob cantrell (colbert), mike brown (mtv), chanel ali (seeso), dewey lovett (standup showdown winner) and andrew casertano. hosted by emily winter and larry mancini. 61 local (boerum hill), free (donation-based). >>

7/28 8pm doors: the annual rooftop films series continues with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. tonight: amman abbasi’s dayveon, with pre-show live music by honeychild coleman, post-show filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. the courtyard of industry city (sunset park), pay-what-you-can ($15 suggested donation). >>

7/28-30: animation block party, the largest animation festival on the east coast, returns for its 14th year with independent, professional and student animation including 2007’s bee movie, an evening of bojack horseman,  sneak peeks of new cartoon network pilots, and more. industry city (sunset park) and bam (fort greene), $15. >>

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