around town today

thru 9/2: bindlestiff family cirkus’s annual nyc unicycle festival returns with four days of one-wheeled fun including group rides from battery park to central park (thurs) and over the brooklyn bridge to coney island (fri), and races, competitions, exhibitions, unicycle sports, lessons, and more on governors island (sat-sun). free. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
autumn sonata. washington square park (greenwich village). >>
avengers: infinity war. parkside playground (prospect lefferts gardens). >>
big (audience choice winner). brooklyn bridge park. >>
the life aquatic with steve zissou. beach 94th street plaza (rockaway beach). >>
the wizard of oz. fdr boardwalk and beach (staten island). >>

5:30pm (ends today): the annual strings-on-hudson outdoor music series returns to battery park with grammy-winning harlem quartet pairing debussy and schubert with brazilian, cuban, jazz, and ragtime selections. belvedere plaza (battery park), free. >>

5:30pm doors, 6:30pm show (ends today): the annual museum of modern art summer thursday performance series brings a diverse range of nyc musicians to its sculpture garden. tonight: mutual benefit. 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 hip-hop artist jswiss, and art by patricia brace. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

just added: 6-8pm (on view thru 9/9): due process, an exhibition that explores the role of the artist in relation to urgent political questions, notably criminal justice and the penal system, opens tonight at ludlow 38 gallery (les). free. >>

7pm (monthly): lgbtqia comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase greetings, from queer mountain returns with tonight’s theme ‘should  stay or should i go now,’ featuring guests hafizah geter (the new yorker), gabe gonzalez (mtv), bobby hankinson (kweendom), aldrin valdez (foundational sharing), and erin taylor (pushcart prize nominee). hosted by kyle dacuyan and lorena russi. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm (ends today): kupferberg center for the arts at queens college presents the annual live at the gantries summer performance series, held at gantry plaza state park (lic). tonight: the bartlett band with the next generation sound perform the hits from bebop to hip hop. free. >>

7pm: baseball at the beach: brooklyn cyclones baseball promo season continues with a tribute to the office featuring an appearance from creed bratton. mcu park (coney island), $12-15 ($30 includes a creed bobblehead). >>

7:30pm: activism-oriented cuban hip-hop duo krudas cubensi and dominican singer-songwriter carolina camacho perform as part of ‘womxn’s voices of the caribbean’ at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): comedy at rose gold returns with comedians janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), rebecca o’neal (netflix), casey balsham (gotham comedy live), and lindsay boling. hosted by emily winter and caitlin peluffo. rose gold cocktail lounge (bushwick), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

7:45pm (thru 9/3): see larger than life performances during metropolitan opera’s 10th annual summer hd festival, an outdoor screening series held in lincoln center plaza with the opera house in the background. this year’s fest highlights 10 filmed operas from the last seven years, and kicks off with a pre-fest showing of the marx brother’s a night at the opera on friday. lincoln center plaza (midtown west), free. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by matthew broussard (conan), mary cella (comedy central), maria wojciechowski (comedywire), usama siddiquee (50 central), and jeff wesselschmidt. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: cover band atomic funk project has gathered here today to remember the time and pay tribute to prince and michael jackson. bonus: mention ‘bowling special’ for half off bowling all night. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by subhah agarwal (the jim jefferies show), jarret berenstein, dan pyatetsky, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

just added: 8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): tyler fischer hosts the fish bowl comedy show, a new after hours stand up show at gotham market. tonight: janelle james (@midnight), mark normand (fallon), khalid rahmaan (conan), julia johns (mtv), and derek humphrey (abc). gotham market (fort greene), $5 with rsvp (reg. $10). >>

9:30pm: pink mexico, grlwood, half-wet play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10. >>

10pm (monthly): the character assassination series returns with the roast of mister rogers, where comedians will take on the roles of kermit the frog, wee-wee herman, bill nye the science guy, and others to make fun of the beloved tv host, who’ll be portrayed by eli sairs. hosted by raanan hershberg as oscar the grouch. the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

10pm: summer days drifting away… make the most of the season before it comes to an end at the dirty thursday summer lovin’ dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

10pm doors, 10:30pm show: snl writer and self-proclaimed space prince julio torres performs a night of comedy and other surprises alongside special guests to benefit the aclu’s immigrants’ rights work. the bell house (gowanus), $16. >>

coming up

8/31-9/9: 150+ performers take over nine indoor and outdoor venues for 10 days of music, art, multimedia presentations, discussions, and more for the sixth annual diy brooklyn wildlife summer festival. free-$10. >>

8/31: today’s the 31st of the month, which means baskin-robbins will flaunt its 31 flavors with $1.50 ice cream scoops at participating locations. >>

8/31 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. fordham plaza (bronx). >>
black panther. hansborough recreation center (harlem). >>
coco. williamsbridge oval (bronx). >>
dunkirk (rescheduled from 7/27). intrepid museum (midtown west). >>
sherlock gnomes. j. hood wright park (washington heights). >>
star wars: the force awakens. bloomingdale park (staten island). >>
teenage mutant ninja turtles: out of the shadows. maria hernadez park (sunset park). >>
yogi bear. faber park (staten island). >>

8/31 10am-10pm (fri 10am-10pm thru 9/14, sat 10am-11pm thru 9/1): catch the sunset at governors island, which stays open late every friday and saturday thru summer. >>

8/31 7:30pm (monthly): laugh till you’re an ally at here + queer, an all-queer improv show featuring a rotating cast of lgbtqia+ improvisers and guest storytellers. tonight, they’re joined by betches star and everyone’s gay podcast co-host chris burns. ucb hell’s kitchen, $12. >>

8/31 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): wheel around in a raspberry beret at lola star’s prince purple rain-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

8/31 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 ophira eisenberg (ask me another), jes tom (reductress), paris sashay, 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). >>

8/31 8pm (thru 9/2): classical chamber music, theatre, and dance merge at the inaugural creartmusic festival. the plaxall gallery (lic), $5 suggested donation. >>

8/31 8pm: catchy japanese pop punk band shonen knife play brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). bonus: mention ‘bowling special’ for half off bowling all night. $15. >>

8/31 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by naomi karavani (redacted tonight), maria wojciechowski (comedywire), chris milhouse (comedy central), paris sashay, jeff scheen, and nicole conlan. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

8/31 9:30pm (ends today): last chance to see friday fireworks at coney island this summer. >>

8/31 9:30pm (monthly): lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence will perform harry the first, the knave who hath liv’d, a shakespearean retelling of harry potter’s first year at hogwarts, while the audience plays drinking games. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8/31 10pm: nyc dj collective working women is joined by vanccouver’s d. tiffany for a night of beats at nowadays (ridgewood). free before midnight with rsvp, $10-15 otherwise. >>

8/31 10:30pm: the arkham gothic dark dance party celebrates its eighth year with djs spinning nyc goth club classics from 1980-2000 (with an emphasis on the 1990s), a performance by metamorph, 90’s horror projections, absinthe cocktails, and more. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), free admission. >>

8/31 11pm: dance yourself clean at the dance party named after an lcd soundsystem song and dedicated to indie pop and the likes of chvrches, charli xcx, purity ring, french horn rebellion, cut copy and more. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8/31 11pm: london-based party r + she: the queens of hip hop and r+b returns to brooklyn for a night of dancing to fierce jams, just in time for beyoncé’s birthday. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

8/31 11:30pm: join in the black parade, and emo, pop-punk, and 2000s alternative party at knitting factory (williamsburg). free before midnight with rsvp, $10-15 otherwise. >>

ticket deals

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get tickets to the big apple circus at lincoln center 10/20-11/4 for $15-50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $48-103). >>

get tickets to escher: the exhibition + experience at industry city thru 2/3 for $20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35). >>

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