around town today

thru 7/29: check out 13 new theater works before they premiere at the edinburgh festival fringe in scotland during 59e59 theaters’ annual east to edinburgh festival. 59e59 theaters (ues), $15. >>

thru 7/14: dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. tues: orquesta el macabeo; weds: brianna thomas band with frank senior; thurs: orquesta akokán; fri: the james hunter six; sat: lc kids dance with dancing classrooms (3pm, free) and harlem renaissance orchestra/lindy hop dance contest (6pm, regular admission). doors 6pm, 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. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
harold and kumar go to white castle. valentino pier (red hook). >>
hidden figures. paradise on earth community garden (bronx). >>
hotel transylvania 2. asser levy playground (stuyvesant town). >>
lilo + stitch. sherman creek park (inwood). >>
paddington 2. west bronx recreation center. >>
pitch perfect. conference house park (staten island). >>
romy and michele’s high school reunion. the william vale (williamsburg). >>
smurfs: the lost village. heckscher playground (bushwick). >>

2:30-6:30pm: van leeuwen celebrates its 10th anniversary with free ice cream given out from its truck at union square 2:30-4pm, and brooklyn bridge park 5-6:30pm. >>

6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with tales from becca beberaggi, elana lancaster, thomas r. pryor, and gail thomas. hosted by nicole ferraro. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6-8pm (tuesdays thru 9/18): no partner or experience needed at strictly tango nyc dance school’s tango night in washington square park (greenwich village). free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: mother jones senior reporter ari berman discusses race, redistricting, and voting rights ahead of the midterm elections in a talk on his book, give us the ballot: the modern struggle for voting rights in america. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>

6:30pm (tuesdays thru 8/28): get your sunset salsa on at hudson river park. beginner lesson 6:30-7:15pm, dj at 7:15pm. pier 45 (greenwich village), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the ho-hum becomes hi-larious at the monotony! variety show, where comedians and storytellers maeve higgins (star talk), jo firestone (fallon), karen chee (colbert), and sean wilkinson (steve wilkos show) entertain you with presentations on subjects typically considered boring. hosted by jeopardy! runner-up and ph.d scientist raj sivaraman. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7pm (tuesdays thru 8/28): kupferberg center for the arts at queens college presents the annual live at the gantries summer concert series, held at gantry plaza state park (lic). tonight: lady and the vamps perform jazz, blues, and pop. free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): let your word nerd flag fly at the raucous punderdome 3000 pun competition, where you can compete or just cheer on your favorites. hosted by jo and fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm (monthly): double down on the hand of comedy, a stand-up and sketch comedy show hosted by claudia cogan (last comic standing). tonight’s performers include boris khaykin (funny or die), ayanna dookie (gotham comedy live), andy ross (the onion), alex english (bet), and katie hartman (netflix). cobra club (bushwick), $5. >>

7:30pm (thru 7/22): the batsheva – the young ensemble performs phad naharin’s bessie award-winning dance, naharin’s virus, at the joyce theater (chelsea). $10+. >>

7:30pm (+ 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: self-conducted chamber orchestra a far cry performs mozart, bartók, golijov, and glass. 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 (monthly): stand up set lengths follow the fibonacci sequence (5, 8, 13, and 21 minutes) at the golden spiral comedy show, hosted by katie compa and mindy raf and including guests kerry coddett (bet), rebecca o’neal (vanity fair), christian finnegan (comedy central), bobby hankinson (kweendom), and kat burdick. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of chelsea hodson (tonight i’m someone else), allie rowbottom (jell-o girls), and amanda stern (little panic) at tonight’s edition of the monthly lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, this week including performances by nick vatterott (comedy central), chris thayer (comedy central), jacqueline novak (fallon), ana fabrega (hbo), and martin urbano (kimmel). free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by ronny chieng (the daily show), jackie tohn (glow), chris thayer (comedy central), ben kronberg (comedy central), mike dicenzo (fallon), and lucas connolly (camouflage comedy). the slipper room (les), $10. >>

coming up

7/11-8/4: it’s not the length, but the quality of the show that matters at the annual lic one-act festival, where 48 short plays will compete against each other for audience votes and cash prizes. the secret theatre (lic), $9 plus ticket fees here (reg. $18 adv, $20 door). >>

7/11-19: bamcinématek and the racial imaginary institute team up to open a dialogue with their ’on whiteness’ screening series, an exploration of how being white in well-known american films is constructed, ignored and challenged. the 16-film series includes rocky, ferris bueller’s day off, the virgin suicides, get out, and more. bam (fort greene), $15. >>

7/11-15: things are about to get prehistoric with artist jason hackenwerth’s ‘animal soul,’ an installation featuring larger-than-life inflatable sculptures of ancient creatures and wearable pieces worn by performers. get even closer at a quiet clubbing dance party on thursday night. brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

7/11 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a man escaped. hauser + wirth gallery rooftop (chelsea). >>
daddy’s home 2. cedar playground (bronx). >>
get out. pier 63 (chelsea). >>
jawbreaker. mccarren park (williamsburg). >>
jaws. fdr boardwalk and beach (staten island). >>
la la land. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
moana and legally blonde. the oval at stuyvesant town. >>
monsoon wedding. socrates sculpture park (lic). >>
sing. mcgolrick park (greenpoint). >>
star wars: the last jedi. seton park (bronx) >>
the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie. j. hood wright park (washington heights). >>
the secret life of pets. cherry tree park (east harlem). >>
victory. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
who framed roger rabbit. pier i (uws). >>
zootopia. tudor park (ozone park, queens). >>

7/11 7:30-9am (monthly): enjoy art and guided meditation in a serene environment during quiet mornings at the museum of modern art (midtown west). $15 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. >>

7/11 11am-7pm: beat the summer heat with a free small slurpee, courtesy of participating 7-eleven locations celebrating 7/11. >>

7/11 4pm, 7pm (monthly): calculated movements: the surprising connections between math and dance: choreographer and mathematician karl schaffer demonstrates how the disciplines of dance and math inspire each other through performance excerpts and audience interaction at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free (rsvp). >>

7/11 5pm doors, 6pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. today: gabriel garzón-montano, tomasa del real, nicola cruz, and latin bitman at central park. free. >>

7/11 6pm (wednesdays thru 8/15): the annual madison square park summer nights music series kicks off the season with the 11-piece williamsburg salsa orchestra. madison square park (flatiron), free. >>

7/11 6-9pm (runs thru 8/1): ‘defining form,’ a group show of sculpture features the work of over 50 artists exploring progressive themes found in contemporary sculpture. opening reception tonight. untitled space (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

7/11 6:30-9pm (wednesdays thru 8/8): brooklyn public library’s plaza swing series brings live bands and dance lessons to central library’s plaza (prospect heights). tonight: swingtime big band. free. >>

7/11 7pm: author and activist darnell l. moore presents his new memoir, no ashes in the fire: coming of age black and free in america at barnes + noble 82nd + broadway (uws). free. >>

7/11 7pm: anja dance company blend classical indian and folk dance with bollywood and other contemporary movement at waterside plaza (kips bay). free. >>

7/11 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (quarterly): yee-haw! the bitchcraft variety show returns with a 90s country-themed glitter-tastic evening of music, comedy, storytelling, and leotards with guests rachel lenihan (the chris gethard show), steve o’brien (funny or die), michelle onufrak (the moth), rallo boykins (wine before nine), jessica rowboat (the voice), and more. hosted by selena coppock (red oaks) and lauren maul (brooklyn magazine‘s ’50 funniest people in brooklyn’). sid gold’s request room (chelsea), $5. >>

7/11 7:30pm: it’s a good ol’ fashioned riff-off at mystery science theater 3000’s frank conniff’s open riff night, where participants can sign up and riff over clips of awful movies for a chance to go head-to-head with conniff at the end of the night. tonight’s guest co-hosts: john fugelsang (tell me everything) and melissa stokoski (elite daily). q.e.d. (astoria), $5 to riff, $8 to watch. >>

7/11 7:30pm (+ 7/16, 18): 25 dance companies present short works followed by courtyard receptions at triskelion arts’ summerfest. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $18 adv, $22 door. >>

7/11 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): writers, artists, and performers resurrect material they’ve cut from past works at the dead darlings show. this month’s ‘cougar’ edition includes comedian/actor john fugelsang (tell me everything), tony-winning costume designer clint ramos (once on this island), and writer/actor jenn harris (new york is dead). hosted by amanda duarte. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation benefits raices. >>

7/11 8pm (monthly): it’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll have fun at the hyperbole! comedy show. tonight’s lineup: krystyna hutchinson (guys we f***ed), raanan hershberg (laughs), charlie bardey (mtvu), marissa goldman, and geoffrey asmus. hosted by stu melton, caroline doyle, and charlie dektar. bonus: win free beer with your trivia smarts. the creek and the cave (lic), free. >>

7/11 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features jacqueline novak (conan), chris laker (kimmel), kevin iso (comedy central), ashley hesseltine (girls gotta eat), and paul schissler (steve harvey show). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

7/11 8pm: say hi to ari and uzi at a screening of the royal tenenbaums (2001). brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), free. >>

7/11 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 neel nanda (kimmel), matt goldich (seth meyers), jess salomon (ifc), rob haze (fallon), and robert dean (comedy central). hosted by chanel ali. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

7/11 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: chris gethard (the chris gethard show), casey balsham (gotham comedy live), petey deabreu (petey’s world), caitlin peluffo (nbc), danny delcolle, and david drake. hosted by mike lebovitz (last comic standing). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

7/11 9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from carmen lynch (colbert), chris laker (kimmel), rob haze (fallon), evan williams (comedy central), julia solomon (ucb), and alex dragicevich. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

7/11 10pm: it’ll be a hot mess drag competition at house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

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