around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
back to the future (1985), union square park’s north plaza >>
beauty and the beast (1991), morris-jumel mansion (washington heights). bonus: free popcorn. >>
brown sugar (2002), coffey park (red hook) >>
catch me if you can (2002), 28 liberty plaza (fidi) >>
42 (2013), brooklyn bridge park, pier 1 harbor view lawn (brooklyn heights) >>
mamma mia sing-along (2008), pier 95 (midtown west). bonus: free popcorn. >>
selma (2014) with live score by jason moran and the wordless music orchestra, prospect park bandshell >>
starship troopers (1997), tony dapolito recreation center (west village) >>
2001: a space odyssey (1968), lic landing events space at hunter’s point south park (lic) >>

5:30pm (8/10-12 5:30pm, 8/13 2pm, + 9/7-8 5pm in central park): prospects are high that you’ll see some skin at torn out theater’s all-nude, all-male production of shakespeare’s hamlet, being staged in prospect park’s music pagoda. free. >>

5:30pm (thursdays thru 8/24): music flows during strings on the hudson, an outdoor classical music series on the hudson riverfront, continuing this evening with foxtrot music by knickerbocker chamber orchestra. north cove yacht harbor (battery park), free. >>

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 is presented with brasil summerfest, and includes performances by percussion-based musical trio batuque da lan lanh and interactive art by damon may. free. >>

6-11pm (thru 8/13): east harlem’s annual giglio festival returns with food vendors, rides, games, music, and the group lifting of a five-ton religious statue (sun). pleasant avenue between 114th + 116th streets. >>

6:30pm: put your palate to work at essex olive + spice house, essex street market’s newest vendor, who’ll be hosting a tasting of 12 infused olive oils and 6 infused vinegars. bonus: free spice samples to take home. essex street market (les), $5. >>

6:30pm: nick rockwell, chief technology officer of the new york times, discusses the challenges and new technologies in digital media. includes a pre-event happy hour and post-event reception. alley (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

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: east african retro-pop group alsarah and the nubatones. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: how did indian food become part of fine dining in america? historic gastronomists sarah lohman and mit scholar vivek bald dig into the impact that ‘original celebrity chef’ j. ranji smile (‘the king of curry cooks’) had on american cuisine in 1899. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

7pm: aclu women’s rights project attorney gillian thomas discusses title vii civil rights battles and her book, because of sex: one law, ten cases, and fifty years that changed american women’s lives at work with columnist and notorious rbg author irin carmon. strand books (union square), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: where the poets grow, printbyprint group’s new bushwick monthly poetry/spoken word series centered on community engagement, kicks off with readings by local poets abdul fattah ismail, bonafide rojas, collette brown, david roberts, madi dangerously, naja, rae leone allen, and tayllor johnson. starr bar (bushwick), $10. >>

7pm: get a taste of shakespeare when hedgepig ensemble theatre pairs three quick shakespeare plays with a beer at the outdoor stage at the well (bushwick). free admission, beer extra (donations welcome). >>

7pm: female frequency and the creators collective present an interactive music production workshop and live performance with psychic twin (electronic musician erin fein). amplify (east williamsburg), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7-9pm: enjoy complimentary drinks and vegan sweets at the launch party for got a girl crush magazine’s latest issue. space ninety 8 (williamsburg), 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, 7pm show: free summerstage show tonight: company sbb with burnt sugar arkestra at the amphitheater at east river park. >>

7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with okayafrica’s riddim + beats, d’banj, sister nancy, and the compozers. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show, serving up complimentary homemade cheesy cavatappi with cauliflower and optional bacon alongside stand up by luke mones (elite daily), randy syphax (fallon), joyelle johnson (seeso),  dan boulger (james corden), and paris sashay (dc improv). hosted by brian parise + courtney fearrington. 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 angela perrone, sandi marx, andrew mcgill, and brian six. hosted by natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm: david bowie tribute group the band from mars performs the rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars in its entirety, plus additional bowie hits. michael t spins. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $10. >>

9pm: inspired by topics discussed on ricki lake’s 90’s-era talk show, the go ricki! comedy show delves into the world of one-night stands with the theme ‘i just want to hit it + quit it… let me know if you’re with it!’ guests include becca beberaggi, bobby hankinson, carolyn bergier, gregory w. hall, and christi chiello. hosted by matt mccormick. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

9pm: the nerdy, dirty dark show asks comedians to do sets with a nerdy joke in the beginning, a dirty joke in the middle, and a dark joke at the end. featuring jo firestone (fallon), drew michael (snl), jessa reed (this is not happening), and usama siddiquee (fusion tv). hosted by david piccolomini. bonus: $3 tecates and $6 sangria. cantina royale (williamsburg), $5. >>

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8/11 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
a bug’s life (1998), crocheron park (bayside) >>
central intelligence (2016), courtney callender playground (harlem) >>
daughters of the dust (1991), brower park (crown heights) >>
fantastic beasts and where to find them (2016), hudson river park’s pier 46 (greenwich village). bonus: free popcorn. >>
feral love (2016), 72nd track and lawn (riverside park) >>
get out (2017), knockdown center (maspeth) >>
grease (1978), transmitter park (greenpoint) >>
lion (2016), west side community garden (uws) >>
power rangers (2017), owl’s head park (bay ridge) >>

8/11 8am-1pm, 4-8pm (thru 8/13): art is going to the dogs. literally. ‘dogumenta,’ which claims to be the first american art exhibit for dogs, features 10 works from nyc artists created to appeal to canine sensibilities. owners, of course, are welcome. brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

8/11 5:30-10pm (+ 8/18): governors island stays open late for a rare chance to catch the sunset from our city’s oasis. food + drinks will be available for purchase. free admission, $2 round-trip ferry ride. >>

8/11 6pm (+ 8/25): relax with some free yoga in sunset park, hosted by nyc yoga project and atlas: diy. byo mat or borrow one there. open to all levels. sunset park, free. >>

8/11 6pm: free summerstage show tonight: andy montañez (‘el godfather de la salsa’ at the amphitheater at east river park (les). >>

8/11 6-10:30pm (+ 8/12 12-10:30pm): the 18th annual tromadance film festival, hosted by troma president and the toxic avenger creator lloyd kaufman, returns with 25+ shorts, 3 features, animations, a panel on how to succeed as an indie, raffles, and after-parties. the pit (flatiron), free admission. >>

8/11 6pm doors, 7pm show: whitney, moses sumney, weyes blood, and dr. ashley jackson play tonight’s celebrate brooklyn! festival show. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8/11 7-10pm: life’s a beach, and so is love at photographer erica reade’s ‘beach lovers’ exhibition, depicting romantic moments between couples at nyc beaches. a portion of print sales will be donated to the surfrider foundation. picture farm gallery (williamsburg), free admission. >>

8/11 7pm doors, 8pm show: afropunk battle of the bands: five finalists compete for a chance to perform at the annual festival at the end of the month. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

8/11 7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with natalia lafourcade and vagabon. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

8/11 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: 50 comedians take one minute each to go off on culture at i don’t think so, honey!, a live taping of the las culturistas podcast. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8/11 8pm doors: you won’t need ice, ice, baby to stay cool at the skint’s cruel summer 80s + 90s dance party, a two-room extravaganza with throwback hits played by 10-piece cover band the engagements and party like it’s 1999’s dj steve reynolds, music video sing-alongs by secret formula and music video time machine, drink specials, and more. and don’t be a karma chameleon if you want to stand out for the costume contest. the bell house (gowanus), $5 adv online with promo code ‘summertime’ (until 5pm friday), or $8 when you mention ‘jump’ at the ticket booth. $10 otherwise. >>

8/11 8:30pm doors: free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at the secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight: jennie sutton (comedy central), andy sandford (conan), aimee rose ranger (the ranger zone), rob haze (last comic standing), will watkins (seeso), pat brown (colbert), and sam morril (colbert). hosted by gabe pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-15 (advance purchase required). >>

8/11 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 jolenta greenberg and jenn tisdale. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8/11 9:30pm (select fridays thru 10/27): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series features flicks with notable soundtracks. tonight: the coen brothers’s barton fink (1991), selected and introduced by writer and director pamela romanowsky. $10. >>

8/11 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 josh johnson (fallon, comedy central), storytelling by marie faustin (the unofficial expert, tall tales in the city) and ginny leise (sj + ginny), and burlesque by puss n boots and gogo incognito.. ucb (east village), $7. >>

8/11 midnight: a cubicle becomes a boozicle at an office space drinking game, where mentions of staplers, tps reports, and michael bolton will get you in the business of imbibing. $5 beer + shot specials will be available. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>

8/11-9/5: get a double dose of cinema (and air conditioning) at film forum’s second annual summer festival of double features, a 56-film series of classic films playing over 26 days. all films are two for the price of one. film forum (west village), $14. >>

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