around town today

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
fences. moore playground (harlem). >>
moana. williamsbridge oval (bronx). >>
the lion king. russell sage playground (rego park). >>

11am-2pm (thru 6/28): last stop, free food! enjoy samples from a rotating lineup of 10 grand central terminal food vendors at the annual taste of the terminal. vanderbilt hall at grand central terminal (midtown east), free admission. >>

6pm doors (tues-sat thru 7/14): dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. tonight: sisterhood of swing; weds: joe quijano y su conjunto cachana; thurs: disco party with joe mcginty + the loser’s lounge; fri: gerard carelli and his orchestra; sat: the glenn crytzer orchestra. dance lesson at 6:30pm, live music at 7:30pm. damrosch park at lincoln center (uws), $17 admission, but there’s usually room to watch/dance outside the main space for free. >>

just added 6pm doors, 7pm show: grammy-nominated violist jonah sirota celebrates his debut solo album strong sad, performing new works by nico muhly, valgeir sigurðsson, eve beglarian, paola prestini, and more at national sawdust (williamsburg). $10 adv with promo code ‘strongsad15’ (reg. $25). >>

sponsored 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: the voice finalist wé mcdonald (‘there’s never going to be another person on this planet with a voice like wé’ – alicia keys) performs songs from her new ep at a special night at gramercy theatre. $20. >>

7pm doors (monthly): sienna fekete and tsige tafesse guest host this month’s edition of the final fantasy reading series, featuring readings by more than a dozen poc writers. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5-7 suggested donation. >>

7:30pm: nyc nightlife event producer, and ‘mother of avant-garde self-expression’ susanne bartsch will be in person for q+a following a screening of susanne bartsch: on top, anthony caronna and alexander smith’s new documentary on her. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors >>

7:30pm (+ 7/10, 7/17, 7/31): the naumberg orchestral concert series continues a summer tradition that’s been going since 1905, presenting free music concerts in central park. tonight: orpheus chamber orchestra performs mendelssohn, schoeck, and beethoven. can’t make it? you can listen live to a live broadcast on wqxr well. naumburg bandshell (central park), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: this is it with chris + chris, a new variety show hosted by chris calogero + chris donahue, makes its debut with performances by ophira eisenberg (ask me another), emmy blotnick (the president show), sam evans , pedro gonzales, and more. union hall (park slope), $5 adv/$8 dos. >>

8pm: got a gem of a story to tell? molly cameron and sharon spell co-host the gems storytelling show + mic, with jamie brickhouse (the moth) natalie wall (awkward sex and the city), and maybe you! the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

8pm (ends today): the 60th annual washington square music festival wraps the season with a concert featuring the frank lacy concert jazz ensemble. washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by aasif mandvi (the daily show), john viener (family guy), giulia rozzi (chelsea lately), ayanna dookie (gotham comedy live), and dana alexander. the slipper room (les), $10. >>

coming up

sponsored: whitewater rafting day trip from nyc: join sourced adventures for a full day of rafting with lunch by the river in the lehigh valley. round-trip coach bus from 2 manhattan pick-up locations, rafting, lunch, and guide included. every saturday + sunday thru 9/2. save 10% with code raft10. >>

6/27-8/18: new ohio theatre’s 25th annual ice factory festival presents eight unique new theater works over the next seven weeks. new ohio theatre (west village), $20 general, $16 students. >>

6/27-8/3: the racial imaginary institute presents on whiteness, a series questioning and checking whiteness through a group art exhibition, performances, residencies and a symposium. the kitchen (chelsea), free admission. >>

6/27-7/1: the metrograph’s nine-film gus van sant retrospective includes a sneak peek of his latest, don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot (with van sant in-person for q+a), plus drugstore cowboy, my own private idaho, to die for (with an in-person introduction by van sant), and more. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

6/27-30: contemporary music collective ensemble mise-en’s fifth annual music festival presents the work of 25 composers from 15 countries, including 24 premieres. various locations, free-$20. >>

6/27 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. hunts point recreation center (bronx). >>
dangerous documentaries with pre-screening music by poppies. metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn). >>
jumanji: welcome to the jungle. poe park (fordham manor) and flushing meadows corona park (queens).
marshall. st. nicholas park (harlem). >>
rumble: the indians who rocked the world. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
the greatest showman. j. hood wright park (washington heights). >>
the mirror. hauser + wirth gallery rooftop (chelsea). >>

6/27 11am-7pm (thru 9/9): just in time for the warm weekend, the city’s 54 free outdoor pools open for the summer season today. >>

6/27 6pm (+ 8/28, 9/17): new york city opera visits bryant park to perform hour-long previews of its upcoming productions. tonight: ‘pride in the park,’ featuring performances by cast members in the opera’s pride series productions of brokeback mountain and angels in america, plus librettist and pulitzer prize-winner mark campbell (silent night) and chair of the stonewall 50 consortium eric marcus. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6/27 6-8pm: life in the big city can be pretty ruff, so take a break from it all and surround yourself with therapy dogs, courtesy of the good dog foundation. boris + horton (east village/alphabet city), $5 suggested donation. >>

6/27 6-8pm (+ 7/25, 8/22): unwind with a glass of wine and explore the 50 pieces of art from kiki smith’s ‘below the horizon’ exhibition at the museum at eldridge street’s twilight open house. museum at eldridge street (les), free (donations accepted). >>

6/27 6-8pm (runs thru 7/14): sva mfa photography, video and related media students display artworks at the program’s annual thesis exhibition. opening reception tonight. sva (gramercy), free. >>

6/27 6-8:30pm: it’s showtime! the new york transit museum presents: platform, an evening of art installations, interactive music-making, dance performances, improv scenes, and more. the new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn), $10 with promo code ‘nyc5’ (reg. $15). >>

6/27 6:30pm: journalist and author steven brill presents his new book, tailspin: the people and forces behind america’s fifty-year fall – and those fighting to reverse it, with civic leader and author philip howard (the rule of nobody: saving america from dead laws and broken government). nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), free (rsvp). >>

6/27 7pm: in a talk on her debut collection, dead girls: essays on surviving an american obsession, alice bolin discusses america’s cultural obsession with dead women depicted in tv dramas, true crime books, podcasts, and more, and its impact on living women. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($15.99) required for admission. >>

6/27 7pm (monthly): lgbtqia comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase greetings, from queer mountain returns with tonight’s theme ‘don’t stop me now,’ featuring guests george civeris, muna mire, david goldberg, jay jurden, shannon matesky, and nico tortorella. hosted by micheal foulk and ralphie hardesty. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

6/27 7pm (monthly): b-i-n-g-oh yeah! pop!: a pop-culture bingo party is going back in time and celebrating all things bitchin’ with this month’s ’80s theme, filled with tubular video clips, radical mini games, and righteous chances to win food, drinks, and more. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson. bonus: $5 well drinks all night. parklife (gowanus), free admission, $2 bingo cards. >>

6/27 7pm (monthly thru 9/26): experience sci-fi classics on the big screen – all on 35mm – at village east cinema’s sci-fest. tonight: the director’s cut of terry gilliam’s brazil (1985). $15. >>

6/27 7pm: cellist and composer julia kent gives a free in-store performance at rough trade (williamsburg). >>

6/27 7pm (+ 6/29): the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series brings six free outdoor concerts to parks in every borough. tonight: jackie robinson park in harlem. >>

6/27 7pm: first timers and emerging artists (and maybe even you?) strip down at the house of yes amateur burlesque night. house of yes (bushwick), free (donations accepted for the performers). >>

6/27 7pm doors, 8pm show: feelings: a talk show mixes elements of daytime talk and late night comedy with host giulia rozzi and dj therap-e (aka real-life therapist elena pellegrino) interviewing guest authors, experts, comedians and musicians. tonight’s show is a fundraiser for the florence project’s efforts with detained immigrants in arizona. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

6/27 7:30pm: poet, director, actress, and feminist amber tamblyn discusses the themes in her debut novel about a woman serial rapist, any man, with author morgan jerkins (this will be my undoing). a signing, q + a, and wine reception follows. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

6/27 7:30pm: 8 emerging + established choreographers of various dance forms showcase new works at the quarterly ‘8 in show’ dance series, curated by sangeeta yesley. dixon place (les), $15-18 general, $12-15 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

6/27 8pm: all female reboot sketch show: in a world… of movies… with no men. an ensemble of women comedians presents their take on the all-female reboots of popular, male-dominated films. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

6/27 8pm (monthly): hot box comedy is blazing with another night of laughs from shane torres (conan), dulce sloan (daily show), chanel ali (girl code), jatty robinson (aka wyatt cenac), and clark jones (comedy at the knitting factory). hosted by marie faustin (girl code) and sydnee washington (the unofficial expert). et al. (les), free. >>

6/27 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features roy wood jr. (daily show), mark normand (comedy central), mark jigarjian (impractical jokers), chloe radcliffe, and myka fox. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

6/27 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 rojo perez (conan), jenny zigrino (conan), kevin mccaffrey (letterman), alison leiby (comedy central), and sam jay (snl). hosted by michael joyce. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

6/27 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: sam jay (snl), evan williams (comedy central), akaash singh (mtv), kendall farrell, jess salomon, and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

6/27 9pm (bi-monthly): whip it real good with some help from $5 pink pussycat cocktails at copycat cover song night’s 10th annual tribute to devo. bonus: free jumpsuits for the first 25 folks. otto’s shrunken head (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

6/27 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: npr’s this american life gets an improv-ment, thanks to comedian matt gehring’s improvised this american life comedy show. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: run your way to happy hour with a nyrr’s 5k night run at prospect park, monday, july 16 at 6:45pm! >>

eat all the cheese at the cheesemonger invitational, 6/30 at brooklyn expo center. $40+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $80). >>

get tickets to see styx and joan jett + the blackhearts at long island’s northwell health at jones beach theater 6/29 for $20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $41.25). >>

get tickets to the play nyc video game convention at hammerstein ballroom 8/11-12 for free-$16.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $33). >>

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