around town today

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
dr. strangelove or: how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. valentino pier (red hook). >>
fame. the plaza at 300 ashland (fort greene). >>
isle of dogs. sol lain playground (les). >>
the lego ninjago movie. paerdegat park (east flatbush). >>
toy story. waterside plaza (kips bay). >>
x-men. essex street community garden (cypress hills). >>

6pm (+ 9/17): new york city opera visits bryant park to perform hour-long previews of its upcoming productions. tonight: verdi’s la traviata. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: voices of a people’s history. central park, free. >>

7pm (+ 8/30): 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: supermambo presents a vibes tribute to tito puente. free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), mike kelton (vh1), halle kiefer (vulture), and ashley brooke roberts (fresh out!) share stories about going back to school at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. new venue: ucb east village, $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): paleontologist phillip barden discusses amber fossils, prehistoric ‘vampire ants from hell,’ and the evolution of social insects at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: laugh cry about our flaws, fears, and issues at the so many problems comedy show. hosted by becca beberaggi and including sets by sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), bobby hankinson (kweendom), molly austin (trutv), doug smith (conan), usama siddiquee, and melissa rocha. union hall (park slope), $5 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm 9pm (quarterly): the am i write, ladies? variety show celebrates its fourth birthday of showcasing new prose, storytelling, comedy, burlesque, theater, and more by women and gender non-conforming artists. tonight’s theme: birthdays, parties, growing older, changes, and discoveries. hosted by cassidy graves. the footlight (ridgewood), $10. >>

8pm (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. >>

8:30pm (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + hotdog show, this week including performances by melissa villaseñor (snl), julio torres (snl), jared logan (comedy central), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), alexis guerreros (sirius xm), and sallie smith-fitch. hosted by dan licata (adult swim) and joe pera (seth meyers). free. >>

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8/29 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. van cortlandt park (bronx). >>
bringing up baby. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
coco. grover cleveland park (maspeth). >>
despicable me. col. david marcus playground (midwood). >>
minions. pier 17 (south street seaport). >>
romy and michele’s high school reunion (audience choice winner). mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>
the gang’s all here. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
the little mermaid. westervelt community garden (staten island). >>
the passionate thief. socrates sculpture park (lic). >>
the secret life of pets and top gun. stuyvesant oval (stuyvesant town). >>

8/29 5:30pm (wednesdays thru 9/12, + 9/14): the annual accordions around the world series brings more than 60 accordionists, as well as bandoneón, bayan, concertina, and harmonium-players to bryant park (midtown west) for weekly concerts, culminating in a five-hour festival on 9/14. free. >>

8/29 7pm (monthly thru 9/26): experience sci-fi classics on the big screen – all on 35mm – at village east cinema’s sci-fest. tonight: john carpenter’s the thing (1982). $15. >>

8/29 7pm (monthly): b-i-n-g-oh yeah! pop!: a pop-culture bingo party jumps into the ring with this month’s wwe-themed edition, filled with video clips, mini games, and chances to win food, drinks, and more. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson. parklife (gowanus), free admission, $2 bingo cards. >>

8/29 7pm: baseball at the beach: brooklyn cyclones baseball season continues with a breast cancer awareness pink cyclones trucker cap giveaway promo night. mcu park (coney island), $12-15. >>

8/29 7:30pm: artist laura anderson barbata and the brooklyn jumbies present: intervention: ocean blues, a performance piece geared toward protecting the oceans that combines stilt dancing, procession, ritual, improvisation, and audience interaction. brooklyn bridge park, main street section, free. >>

8/29 7:30pm: drunken masters, a celebration of the best and worst action flicks, presents a screening and discussion of the legend of drunken master (1994). the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

8/29 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): jenny’s birthday variety show: comedian jenny gorelick (improv everywhere’s subway sweet sixteen video) throws herself a birthday party and variety show every month, and tonight’s shindig of a show includes mary kate doherty (mtv), sam taggart (colbert), dewayne perkins (the break with michelle wolf), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), shantira jackson (50 central), community dance corps, and more. co-hosted by addie weyrich. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8/29 8pm (monthly): hot box comedy is blazing with another night of laughs from janelle james (netflix), jon laster (gotham comedy live), sam jay (comedy central), katie hannigan (colbert), and ethan simmons-patterson. hosted by marie faustin (girl code) and sydnee washington (the unofficial expert). et al. (les), free. >>

8/29 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features matteo lane (netflix), dave merheje (netflix), grant gordon (comedy central), mary cella (the new york times), and katie boyle (transplants). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8/29 8pm: tijuana’s mint field and brooklyn’s no swoon bring shoegaze/dream pop sounds to baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8/29 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 calvin cato (gsn), kara klenk (comedy central), jared logan (james corden), matt mcclowry (gotham comedy live), raanan hershberg (laughs), and lillian devane (risk!). guest hosted by tommy mcnamara (stand by your band). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8/29 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: dan licata (adult swim), molly austin (comedy central), fumi abe (mtv), dan st. germain (comedy central), mike lebovitz (hbo), and nina daniels (maron). hosted by saurin choksi (brown privilege). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

8/29 9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from yamaneika saunders (netflix), sarah tollemache (colbert), alexis guerreros (the cooligans), grant gordon (comedy central), julia shiplett (hbo), and kevin saucier. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

8/29 10pm: get funked at the house of yes funk you dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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