around town today

thru 8/30: roll on over to rock ‘n’ film, a screening series based on david e. james’s book of the same name exploring the history of rock music in cinema. the 24 highlighted films include a hard day’s night, gimme shelter, super fly, viva las vegas, ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars, and more. anthology film archives (east village), $11 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

thru 8/12: the annual lincoln center out of doors festival returns for its 48th year of free music, dance, film, and more. thurs: okay africa’s mzansi heat + naija beats; fri: peter wolf and super soul banned; sat: la casita and dance theatre of harlem; sun: made in nyc: celebrating the 50th anniversary of the center for traditional music and dance, dj rekha, and yoruba remixed. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

thru 8/4: see what actors do in the shadows at the dark fest, an annual theatre festival-meets-environmental initiative featuring performances lit by alternative means like flashlights and glow-in-the-dark mouth guards. the tank (midtown west), $3-15. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
bend it like beckham. brooklyn bridge park (brooklyn heights). >>
ferris bueller’s day off. union square park. >>
justice league. highbridge park (washington heights). >>
marshall. restoration plaza (bed-stuy). >>
the wind journeys / los viajes del viento. queens museum (flushing meadows corona park). >>
when harry met sally. bonus: free popcorn. fosun plaza (fidi). >>

12-2pm: celebrate national ice cream sandwich day by getting a free one from ben + jerry’s at sony square nyc (flatiron). >>

12-6pm (thursdays thru 8/30): round and round: ride the prospect park carousel for free every thursday this month. (reg. $2.50) >>

12:30pm (thursdays thru 8/16): you don’t need to pay big bucks to see the stars of the stage at broadway in bryant park, an annual series offering free performances by broadway and off-broadway cast members over six weeks. today: aladdin, frozen, and the lion king. the lawn at bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

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: oshun. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

6pm (+ 8/3, 8/6-7, 8/9-10): american thymele theatre’s annual new york euripides summer festival presents free outdoor productions of suppliants at john v. lindsay east river park, marcus garvey park, and herbert von king park, plus indoors at columbia university. free. >>

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 haitian-colombian group strings n skins, and art by pasqualina azzarello. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6-8:30pm: get nostalgic for better mta days at the new york transit museum’s camp wanna-catcha-train, an adults-only summer camp-themed party including ‘bug juice’ (beer), arts + crafts, scavenger hunts, vintage train car tours, and more. $10 with promo code ‘skint5’ (reg. $15) includes a brooklyn brewery beer. >>

6-9pm (+ 8/9): cocktails at cooper hewitt: the museum’s terrace and garden summer performance series continues with a performance by swedish pop singer-songwriter clara mae. arrive at 5pm if you’d like to also get in an hour of gallery viewing. cooper hewitt (ues), $13 adv, $15 general. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: author and activist darnell l. moore presents his new memoir, no ashes in the fire: coming of age black and free in america, at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). $5. >>

6:30pm (thurs-sun, thru 8/26): hudson warehouse theater company presents an outdoor production of shakespeare’s hamlet at the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (w 89th st. + riverside drive). pay-what-you-can admission. >>

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

7pm (ends today): the annual river + blues concert series at robert f. wagner, jr. park wraps the season with seattle-based soul collective delvon lamarr organ trio. 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: the movement: messiah, lito kirino, brray, joyce santana, el sosa, and nelly nelz. crotona park (bronx), free. >>

7-9pm (saturdays 1-5pm, thursdays 4-8pm, thru 9/16): artist wes modes’ ‘a secret history of american river people,’ an exhibition on his traveling, recreated 1940s-era shantyboat, presents oral histories of people who live and work on american rivers. artist reception 8/2 7-9pm. the waterfront museum (red hook), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with guests david guzman (the onion), miranda kronfeld (reductress), mia mercado (the new yorker), and sasha stewart (mcsweeney’s). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free. >>

7:30pm: bargain, the who tribute band, plays astoria park lawn (astoria). free. >>

8pm (thru 8/4): south brooklyn shakespeare company presents an outdoor production of the winter’s tale at park slope’s old stone house. free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by patrick schroeder (roast battle), dave bergmann, jess lane, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: 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 catherine cohen, karen chee, zach dilanzo, sebastian dinatale, chrissy shackelford, and actual pulitzer prize-winning journalist jesse eisinger. hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). caveat (les), $8 adv, $12 door. >>

coming up

8/3-5: make some permanent memories at the brooklyn tattoo expo, featuring 100+ tattoo artists and vendors, including many accepting walk-up appointments. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $15. >>

8/3 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. west side community garden. >>
black panther. southpoint park (roosevelt island). >>
guardians of the galaxy 2. wnyc transmitter park (greenpoint). >>
justice league. crocheron park (bayside). >>
paddington 2. pier 46 (greenwich village). >>
the jackie robinson story. jackie robinson park (harlem). >>

8/3 6pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: ultimate break beats: breakbeat lou, special ed, nice and smooth, and lord finesse. crotona park (bronx), free. >>

8/3 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by noname, topaz jones, and jazze belle. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8/3 7pm (fridays thru 8/24): hudson river park’s 20th annual sunset on the hudson free concert series continues with the chuck braman jazz band. pier 45 (greenwich village), free. >>

8/3 7-11pm (+ 8/4 12-11pm): go indie at this year’s press play fair, gathering independent print and digital publishers, labels, and musicians for two days of concerts, panels, an exhibitor fair, and more. pioneer works (red hook), $10 suggested donation. >>

8/3 7:30pm: laugh cry at epic, a storytelling and standup show dedicated to making a big deal out of nothing, featuring comedy and dramatic retellings of everyday, trivial problems set to live classical music. hosted by amamah sardar and laura merli. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

8/3 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): fall in love with music’s power couple at lola star’s jay-z vs beyoncé-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

8/3 7:30pm doors: feel all the feels at live band pop punk/emo karaoke. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $10. >>

8/3 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): speak american: a comedy show with an accent celebrates everyone that’s come here from a different place. tonight; tom thakkar, marie faustin, gibran saleem, fumi abe, and kwasi mensah. hosted by noa osheroff and isabel hagen. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8/3 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): writers of comedic punk news site the hard times and their friends present a stand-up comedy showcase at tender trap (greenpoint). $5. >>

8/3 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by josh gondelman (last week tonight), jordan mendoza (comedy central), noah gardenswartz (conan), julia claire, and more. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

8/3 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), judah friedlander (30 rock), kevin iso (comedy central), and samantha ruddy (comedy central), plus music by rebecca vigil (your love, our musical). hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

8/3 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians become authors real and imaginary and read selections from made up books at literati: a comedy show about books and the idiots who write them. hosted by colin o’brien + michael wolf, and featuring bowen yang (las culturistas), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), matt barats + anthony oberbeck (the postmen), and brendan james, matt christman, will menaker, and virgil texas (chapo trap house). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

8/3 9pm (monthly thru december): dmxx, nyc’s first all female hip-hop improv comedy group, brings the noise and laughs to the pit (flatiron). $10. >>

8/3 9:30pm (fridays thru 8/31): light up your night with fireworks at coney island, every friday through the summer. >>

8/3 11pm: celebrate the sensual world at a kate bush dance party, spun by dj bright light bright light. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

8/3 midnight (+ 8/4): dune (friday) and the matrix (saturday) drinking games! videology (williamsburg). $12. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: just $15 for an unromantic comedy, less than 50%, written by and starring stand-up comedian gianmarco soresi, at 59e59 theaters. (reg. $25). >>

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