THURS, 8/22: SOUL TRAIN TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN, BK WOMEN’S FILM FEST, HARRY + THE POTTERS, + 22 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 9/1: the annual festa di santa rosalia brings food, carnival games, rides, music and more to bensonhurst. free admission. >>

thru 8/25: who films the world? girls: the annual brooklyn women’s film festival returns with 50 shorts made by female-identifying filmmakers from 22 countries. wythe hotel (williamsburg), $15. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
anbessa. industry city. >>
bill and ted’s bogus journey. dyker beach park. >>
captain marvel. haffen park (bronx). >>
selma. brooklyn bridge park pier 1. >>
soul train tribute to aretha franklin featuring amazing grace and a longest soul train line world-record attempt. marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
the lego movie 2: the second part. pena herrera playground (sunset park). >>

5:30pm (ends today): the annual battery park strings-on-hudson concert series wraps for the season with trio the string queens. belvedere plaza (battery park), free. >>

5:30pm (+ 8/29): live at the archway, dumbo’s annual outdoor music and art series, continues with a family jam featuring puppetsburg, followed by music by say she she and dj rashad ringo smith, plus art by emily caisip. the archway under the manhattan bridge (dumbo), free admission. >>

6pm, 8:45pm (thursdays thru 9/11): in honor of its 50th anniversary, film at lincoln center presents 50th mixtape, a series of free double features. tonight: demonlover and elle. film at lincoln center (uws), free (rsvp). >>

6pm (thru 9/1): barefoot shakespeare company presents lady capulet, a new play by melissa bell. summit rock in central park (near w 83rd st + cpw), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: provided you don’t encounter too many delays, find out why your train is f*cked at meg pierson and justin williams’s love/hate comedy show about our city’s transit system. this time, they’ll be digging into all things summer that make your subway trips miserable. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

7pm (monthly): one comedian will be pulled from the lineup to chat with host savannah desormeaux about a time they ghosted or were ghosted at the ghost town show. tonight’s edition features performers martin urbano (comedy central), abby feldman (netflix), marcia decotis, milly tamarez, and lea’h sampson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm: actor/filmmaker john turturro presents a screening of romance + cigarettes, his 2005 film starring james gandolfini, susan sarandon, and kate winslet. part of ifc’s actors direct series. ifc center (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

7:30pm: director benny boom and producer kareem johnson screen and discuss their work for artists like nas, 50 cent, nicki minaj, and others at the third anniversary of mass appeal’s music video night. nitehawk (williamsburg), $18. >>

7:30pm: monica lewinsky sings your heart out: comedian amanda hunt’s cabaret tribute to lewinsky features characters from american history, song parodies, and wigs. kraine theater (east village), $10 adv with promo code ‘monicaforskint’ (reg. $20). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): scream… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember from watching it once last week, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added in to spice things up. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: indie singer-songwriter lina tullgren plays an album release show at rough trade (williamsburg). carlos truly and .michael. open. $13 adv, $15 dos. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by lawrence deloach, casey mcgowan, ali macofsky, alison klemp, and carolyn riley. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: wizard rock band harry and the potters and casiotone shredder glockabelle play knitting factory (williamsburg). $18-$20. >>

9pm: comedians dish on the ups and downs of living in nyc at the boyz in the woods stand-up comedy show, featuring talib babb (colbert), erica spera (comics to watch), napoleon emill, and bassam shawl. hosted by tawanda gona, gabe stoddard, and nick chambers. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories the tellers never thought they’d share in public at the risk! podcast’s live show. tonight’s installment includes rosemary cipriano, matthew homenick, daralyse lyons, sarah hartshorne, and host kevin allison. caveat (les), $15. >>

9:30pm: baby rose, lexxy, and darling chuck play a free show at baby’s all right (williamsburg). >>

10pm: get your freak on with missy, ciara, janet, and more at tonight’s women of r+b edition of the dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 60 ongoing events. >>

coming up

8/23-9/3: film at lincoln center presents make my day: american movies in the age of reagan, a series of 80s double features selected by critic j. hoberman for the release of his new book. highlights include first blood, pee-wee’s big adventure, risky business, river’s edge, and the terminator. film at lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

8/23-26: miles davis: birth of the cool, a new documentary on the jazz pioneer, screens at film forum with q+a by filmmaker stanley nelson and guests at select screenings. film forum (south village), $15. >>

8/23 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
adventureland. bushwick inlet pop-up park (williamsburg). >>
aquaman. pelham bay park (bronx). >>
avengers: endgame. francis lewis park (whitestone). >>
avengers: infinity war. midland field (staten island). >>
clueless. southpoint park (roosevelt island). >>
decade of fire. st. nicholas park (west harlem). >>
incredibles 2. tremont park (bronx). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. glover street community garden (bronx). >>
the greatest showman. morris-jumel mansion (washington heights). >>
the hate u give. hansborough recreation center (harlem). >>
trolls. pier 46 (greenwich village). >>

8/23 7am (line forms much earlier): force of nature lizzo performs at the today show’s citi concert series. rockefeller plaza (midtown west), free. >>

8/23 6pm (+ 8/24): eight on-the-rise indie rock, folk, singer-songwriter, and soul bands bands perform at bryant park’s annual emerging music festival, including remember sports, sammy rae + the friends, the muckers, and more. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

8/23 6-9pm: fashion and record label maison kitsuné and new museum team up for sunset series, an evening of drinks and djs in the museum’s sky room. tonight: young franco and penguin prison. new museum (les), $10. >>

8/23 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: comedians give their best take on what a famous piece of art means before being schooled by a professional expert on what it truly stands for at modern whitney: a comedy panel show about art. caveat (les), $10. >>

8/23 7pm: slankets and night cheese at the ready: a group of comedians portraying liz lemon and co will make their way through an improvised episode of 30 rock based on an audience suggestion and with live musical accompaniment. the pit (flatiron), $12. >>

8/23 7pm: hudson river park’s annual sunset on the hudson concert series ends the season with high + mighty brass band. pier 45 (west village), free. >>

8/23 7-10pm: arts gowanus presents ‘the tower,’ a group exhibition of water tower-inspired art, with all pieces priced at $120. shapeshifter lab (gowanus), free admission. >>

8/23 7:30pm (monthly): raise a glass at keanu rosé, an intimate comedy show guest hosted by real-life couple natalie wall and aaron benoit, and featuring a lineup of guest comedians including perri gross, lucas connolly, and more. branded saloon (prospect heights), free. >>

8/23 7:30pm: vimeo staff picks curator meghan oretsky shares her favorite short films by women from her ‘ladies with lenses’ channel, followed by filmmaker q+a. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 general, $11 students/seniors admission includes same-day admission to the museum. >>

8/23 7:30pm (fridays thru october): lola star’s dreamland roller disco parties return to prospect park with a different theme/focus every friday night through mid-october. tonight: beyoncé vs jay-z. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $20-22 admission includes skate rental. >>

8/23 7:45pm doors (ends tonight): the annual rooftop films series closes the season with a program of short films, plus q+a, live music, and an after party with free drinks. green-wood cemetery, $16. >>

8/23 8pm (thru 9/2):: see larger than life performances during the metropolitan opera’s 11th annual summer hd festival, an outdoor screening series held in the the opera house’s shadow at lincoln center plaza. this year’s fest highlights 10 filmed opera performances, and kicks off with a pre-fest showing of funny face (1957) starring fred astaire and audrey hepburn. lincoln center plaza (midtown west), free. >>

8/23 8pm: grammy-award winning lost bayou ramblers celebrate their 20th anniversary with a documentary screening followed by a concert with the band and including poguetry feat. spider stacy and cait o’riordan. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $15. >>

8/23 8pm doors: lost boy ?, beeef, and the wilful boys play the broadway (bushwick/bed-stuy). $12. >>

8/23 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by shalewa sharpe (hbo), michael rowland (comedy central), ryan beck (the daily show), julia shiplett (tbs), kristen manna, lance pauker, and janet hyde. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

8/23 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features joyelle johnson (seth meyers), nore davis (conan), petey deabreu (comedy central), kerryn feehan (trutv), rob cantrell (last comic standing), and jake head (laughs). hosted by tyler fischer. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

8/23 9:30pm: didi, mallrat, and gobbinjr play the footlight (ridgewood). $10. >>

8/23 10pm: chicago-based experimental electronic artist hieroglyphic being plays a four-hour set at public records (gowanus). $16.50. >>

ticket deals

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