around town today

thru 6/29: pilobolus dance company returns to the joyce theater with two programs of rep favorites from 1975-2017. joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

thru 6/28: university open air: immigrant teachers and professors will give outdoor lectures on topics ranging from urban anthropology to data science to contemporary taiwanese poetry at the rose garden in prospect park. free. >>

thru 6/16: the 19th annual bicycle film festival celebrates all things bike through film, art and music. kick off party with free beer and vegan bbq weds. various locations and prices. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
barbershop. albee square (downtown brooklyn). >>
green book. playground 89 (uws). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. bronx terminal market (bronx). >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (ends today): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the spring season wraps up tonight with contemporary music quintet ensemble échappé. bonus: free drink. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6pm: get an elevated view of the city at a book discussion and signing for author leslie adatto and photographer clay williams’s 111 rooftops in new york that you must not miss. rizzoli bookstore (flatiron). free admission. >>

6-9pm: fifth avenue will close to traffic and become a cultural block party for the 41st annual museum mile festival, where seven cultural institutions offer free admission: the metropolitan museum of art, the guggenheim, cooper hewitt, neue galerie, museum of the city of new york, the jewish museum, el museo del barrio. the africa center, which is always free, is participating for the first time this year as well. rain or shine. fifth avenue between 82–110th streets. >>

6:30-9pm (+ 6/18): dance to bollywood and bhangra music in hudson river park with nyc bhangra and dance parade new york. dance lesson starts at 6:30pm. pier 45 (west village), free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: uncover walt whitman’s queer private life as demonstrated in his previously unpublished poetry collection, live oak, with moss, presented by illustrator brian selznick, whitman scholar karen karbiener, and executive director of brooklyn poets jason koo. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10 general admission, $5 for members. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring liza treyger (netflix), matty ryan (mtv), alex kumin, and a half-hour set from mcnamara. bonus: $3 beer happy hour 6:45-7:45pm. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

7pm: author paul auster (4 3 2 1, smoke) presents his new essay collection, talking to strangers: selected essays, prefaces, and other writings, 1967-2017, at mcnally jackson (soho). free. >>

7pm: cnn white house correspondent jim acosta, in conversation with news veteran dan rather, presents his new book enemy of the people: a dangerous time to tell the truth in america at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location beginning at 9am. >>

7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and guests at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine theater (east village), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

7pm doors (thru august): the annual rooftop films series continues with petra costa’s the edge of democracy, plus live music from regional de ny, filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. the william vale (williamsburg), $16. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: snapped! queer storytelling with a twist: fellows from lambda literary will write true-life tales, then trade scripts with a partner to present each other’s story at the lounge at dixon place (les). free. >>

7:30pm: linda hershman, historian of social movements, shares the sweeping story of the struggle leading up to the #metoo movement in a talk on her new book, reckoning: the epic battle against sexual abuse and harassment. in conversation with the washington post media columnist margaret sullivan. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($27) required for admission. >>

7:30pm: bojack horseman creator raphael bob-waksberg presents his collection of short stories about love, someone who will love you in all your damaged glory, with new york times tv critic margaret lyons at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring robby hoffman (the chris gethard show), mindy raf (girl code), melody kamali, sabrina wu, and sami schwaeber. hosted by sophie santos. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of kathleen alcott (america was hard to find), ryan chapman (riots i have known), and jordy rosenberg (confessions of the fox) at tonight’s edition of the monthly lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

8pm (+ 6/25): the 61st annual washington square music festival continues with a concert featuring music by brahms, fairouz, dukovski, and schnyder performed by the festival chamber orchestra and and guests. garibaldi plaza in washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

8pm (thru 6/16): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 54th season with free outdoor performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. the program will include works by rossini, copland, rachmaninoff, and very young composers of new work city. tues: van cortlandt park (bronx); weds: central park (manhattan); thurs: cunningham park (fresh meadows); fri: prospect park (brooklyn); sun: staten island (indoors. no fireworks.) >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by dina hashem (conan), hanna dickinson (comedy central), madison shephard (comedy central), jim tews (last comic standing), david drake (siriusxm), james hamilton (funny or die), and glo butler (glo in the city). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

10pm (monthly): shake things up at the shake-up, jenny gorelick’s stand-up comedy show at freehand hotel’s broken shaker rooftop bar (flatiron). featuring dave mizzoni, zach teague, josh sharp, aida osman, and ruby fox. free admission. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>


Wednesday night Outdoor Cinema – your chance to enjoy cocktails, tacos, and movies in the great outdoors (weather permitting). This week: Cool Hand Luke with a round of John Trivialta Movie Trivia 30 minutes before the film.

coming up

6/12-10/12: the society of illustrators pays tribute to the artists behind the dark knight with three exhibitions: illustrating batman: eighty years of comics and pop culture, batman collected: chip kidd’s batman obsession, and bat-manga!: the secret history of batman in japan. opening reception 6/21 ($10). $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free tuesdays 5-8pm. >>

6/12-23: the 11th annual bamcinemafest celebrates 22 american independent feature films over 12 days, including screenings and filmmaker q+a sessions. bam (fort greene), $20+. >>

6/12-16: chelsea repertory lab and the acting studio present their annual one-act play festival, director’s choice: springfest, featuring nine plays across three programs. shetler theatre 54 (midtown west), $20 each/$30 pass. >>

6/12 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
ant-man and the wasp. poor richard’s playground (east harlem). >>
babylon. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
cool hand luke with a round of pre-show trivia. parklife (gowanus). >>
web series wednesday. crispus attucks playground (clinton hill). >>

6/12 5-7pm (on view thru 7/31. closed weekends): artists play with water as a connective substance at the overflow exhibition at nyu’s gallatin galleries (greenwich village). opening reception tonight. free. >>

6/12 5-9pm: shopera! shop designer, vintage, and one-of-a-kind pieces at new york city opera’s annual divas shop for opera event, featuring refreshments provided by the butcher’s daughter and free gift bags for the first 50 customers. 100% of the net profits directly support new york city opera. city opera thrift shop (chelsea), free admission. >>

6/12 6pm (+ 8/26): new york city opera presents free hour-long performances in bryant park, including a special pride in the park presentation with a sneak preview of their upcoming stonewall world premiere tonight and carmen on 8/26. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6/12 6-10pm: indulge in $5 culinary delights along harlem’s restaurant row at the frederick douglass boulevard alliance’s eight annual food and drink boulevard event. rsvp for required wristband. >>

6/12 6pm doors, 7pm show (+ 6/13): the bric celebrate brooklyn! festival concerts with the national and courtney barnett tonight and tomorrow are benefits ($59.50-65), but many folks on a budget tend to throw down a picnic blanket and listen/hang outside the venue. >>

6/12 7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 6/13, 6/15, 6/17, 6/19): arias and duets fill the air as the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series returns with six free outdoor concerts in every borough. tonight: brooklyn bridge park, pier 1; thursday: jackie robinson park (harlem). >>

6/12 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: ophira + adira: ask me another host ophira eisenberg and bedazzled and bedazzling music/dance trio adira amram + the experience team up for a variety show featuring comedy, music, and magic. tonight’s guest performers: josh gondelman (desus and mero), matthew holtzclaw (penn + teller: fool us), and kendra cunningham (last comic standing). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

6/12 7:30pm (monthly): the biology on tap series brings short science talks and trivia to a bar each month. tonight’s theme: forests. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

6/12 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features sean donnelly (colbert), calise hawkins (fallon), brendan fitzgibbons (alternatino). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

6/12 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand-up from ashton womack (viceland), mike drucker (full frontal with samantha bee), matty ryan (comedy central), lily schulder, and alex kumin. hosted by ben wasserman, friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

6/12 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer, $15 buckets and free drink giveaways are a good sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at the fancy show stand-up comedy show. tonight’s show features aparna nancherla (corporate), subhah agarwal (the jim jeffries show), adam mamawala (comedy central), conner mcnutt (comedy central), tommy mcnamara (stand by your band), shane torres (conan), and liza treyger (the degenerates). hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

6/12 8:30pm (monthly): youngmi mayer and blair dawson host the u up? comedy show, featuring stand up and a half-time storytelling portion where audience members can share an anecdote to compete for a prize from babeland. tonight’s show includes shane torres (conan), jocelyn chia (the moth storyslam winner), pranav behari (mad magazine), chloe mcgovern (roastmasters), madison shepard (comedy central), and dylan adler (the pit). the corners (bed-stuy), free. >>

6/12 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: nathan macintosh (conan), paris sashay (bet), matty ryan (comedy central), alex kumin (nbc), saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), and tushar singh. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

6/12 9:30pm: go from zero to hero at live band disney karaoke. bonus: one hour open ilegal mezcal bar. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

6/12 11:30pm: seduce the summer at the house of yes summer sagra. bonus: complimentary amaro cocktails until 2am. house of yes (bushwick), free admission. >>

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