around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
napoleon dynamite (2004), valentino pier (red hook) >>
the martian (2015), flight deck of the intrepid (hell’s kitchen) >>

5-9pm: need a bike helmet? get a free one at one of many opportunities provided by the department of transportation throughout the season. today’s giveaway is at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 5. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show (+ 8/2): fleet foxes and (sandy) alex g play a pair of celebrate brooklyn! benefit shows that are priced out of the skint’s range, but you can still throw down a blanket and listen with others outside the prospect park bandshell’s fenced-off area for free. >>

7pm: take a simulated flight around the red planet with live musical accompaniment from the marsband at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7pm doors: the annual rooftop films series continues with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. tonight: dmitrii kalashnikov’s dash-cam doc the road movie, with pre-show live music, post-show filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. the william vale (williamsburg), $15. >>

7:30pm (ends today): naumburg orchestral concert series: the oldest continuous free outdoor western classical music concert series in the world (112 seasons!) returns to central park’s 1,000 seat naumburg bandshell. tonight: ecco (east coast chamber orchestra) performs bach, holst, shostakovich, grieg, and diamond. can’t make it? you can listen live to a live broadcast as well. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): comedians explore new a scientific topic each month at the scientists comedy show, hosted by blythe robinson (the new yorker) and madelyn freed (the annoyance). this month’s topic: dead bodies. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 door. >>

8pm: why would a comedian run for senate? senator al franken is joined by seth meyers to discuss doing just that in a talk on his new memoir, al franken: giant of the senate. the great hall at cooper union (east village), $32 admission includes the book. >>

thru 8/6: meet astronauts, check out nasa technology, and watch films during the space + science festival at the intrepid sea, air + space museum. free-$33 ($19 for nyc residents with valid id). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

sponsored: be a part of the world’s largest marathon! volunteer for the 2017 tcs new york city marathon with new york road runners on 11/5. registration closes 8/31. >>

8/2 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
hidden figures (2016), hudson river park’s pier 63 (chelsea). bonus: free popcorn. >>
i know what you did last summer (1997) with pre-show music by sammus, mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint) >>
making do the right thing (1989), nowadays (ridgewood) >>
moonrise kingdom (2012) with pre-show music by morricone youth, prospect park’s long meadow (park slope) >>
queen of katwe, flushing meadows corona park unisphere (corona) >>
the challenge (2016), socrates sculpture park (lic) >>
the muppets movie (1979), riverside park south (uws) >>
trolls (2016), pier a park (hoboken) >>
wall-e (2008) and passengers (2016), the oval at stuyvesant town >>

8/2 7:30-9am: 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. >>

8/2 12pm: former vice president al gore signs copies of his newest book, an inconvenient sequel: truth to power, at barnes + noble fifth ave. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book starting at 9am. >>

8/2 12pm, 6pm: today’s madison square park music series features rhythm-driven ensemble brown rice family (12pm) and indie folk band the wild reeds (6pm). free. >>

8/2 6pm, 7pm: free summerstage shows tonight: ultimate break and beats anniversary with breakbeat lou, special ed, camp lo, and lord finesse (6pm doors, crotona park) and rennie harris puremovement + philadanco present: straight outta’ philly (7pm doors, central park). >>

8/2 6-8pm (thru 9/5): ‘a becoming resemblance,’ a collaborative exhibition between artist heather dewey-hagborg + whistleblower and transgender activist chelsea manning that features life-sized 3d prints generated from manning’s dna samples, opens tonight at the fridman gallery (soho). free. >>

8/2 6-9pm (ends today): williamsburg salsa orchestra plays tonight’s finale of the annual outdoor ¡arriba! dance party series on the high line. dance lesson at 6pm, band at 7pm. on the high line at w 16th st., free. >>

8/2 6-9pm (wednesdays thru 8/9): uptown bounce: two neighboring museums host free summer block parties in a joint series between the museum of the city of new york and el museo del barrio, featuring musical performances, djs, dance lessons, gallery talks, and art workshops, plus free museum admission and extended hours. tonight’s theme: ‘icons of the 80s.’ free admission. >>

8/2 7pm: read dating > speed dating at strand books (union square), where you can look for your love match in the rare books room. tonight’s edition is women seeking women, with events scheduled later in the month for m4m (8/9) and w4m/m4w (8/16). $10 admission includes wine + pizza, and also gets you a $10 strand gift card. >>

8/2 7pm: civil rights activist and writer shaun king speaks at the launch event for woke folks, the parent organization of the injustice boycott and other grassroots initiatives. star academy – ps 63 (east village), free. >>

8/2 7pm (monthly): mathemagician persi diaconis uses deep math, physics, and chocolate to demonstrate principles of combinatorics and probability at this month’s math encounters lecture, with an introduction by cuny chancellor emeritus matthew goldstein. national museum of mathematics (flatiron), free (rsvp recommended). >>

8/2 7pm: ace hotel (flatiron) will display new york relics from city reliquary museum’s permanent collection, including terracotta fragments of landmark skyscrapers, geological specimens from the 2nd avenue subway, an artifact from one of the last surviving coal-fired pizza ovens, and more through the month. opening reception with free wine and music tonight. free. >>

8/2 7pm (thru 9/7): brooklyn cyclones baseball season, a far less expensive option than the majors, continues at coney island’s mcu park. tonight’s special promo event: ‘squints’ (the sandlot) appearance. $10 ($20 for a sandlot package). >>

8/2 7pm, 9pm (monthly): catch site-specific theater at a local watering hole, courtesy of our bar theater group. tonight’s theme: ‘the musical.’ failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

8/2 7-10pm (thru 8/4): check out some sweet art at the ’candylands’ gallery show, featuring artists’ works inspired by sugary treats. opening reception tonight. con artist collective + gallery (les), free. >>

8/2 7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with grammy award–winning singer-songwriter angélique kidjo reimagining talking heads’ album remain in light. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

8/2 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features sean donnelly (comedy central), mike feeney (gotham live), joyelle johnson, mara marek, and jarret berenstein. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8/2 8pm (thru 8/5): south brooklyn shakespeare company presents an outdoor production of macbeth at park slope’s old stone house. free. >>

8/2 8pm (weekly): brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint) hosts a free screening of the warriors (1979). >>

8/2 8:30pm: hosts ree ree soko and carmen mendoza teach you how to fake it till you make it at their comedic lifestyle seminar, with helps from guests melissa villaseñor (snl), joe pera (adult swim), casey james salengo (comedy central), greg barris (heart of darkness), kristy belich, and adira amram. the pit underground (flatiron), $7. >>

8/2 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): get in the loop at the comedians you should know show. tonight: sam morril (comedy central), ramy youssef (colbert), ryan reiss (seth meyers), khalid raahman (nbc), samantha ruddy (collegehumor), and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

8/2 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): the tale storytelling show returns with seasoned stories spun by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), gianmarco soresi, ji ji lee, and susan kent. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, vice). kgb bar (east village), $7. >>

8/2-26: had enough sweaty outdoor shows? the annual shakespeare in the theater festival brings 11 of the bard’s plays to (gasp!) an indoor theater space with a/c. the brick theater (williamsburg), $20. >>

ticket deals

try your luck getting free tickets to a saturday night live taping via the show’s lottery, open through the end of the month. >>

stevie wonder, green day, the killers, the lumineers, and the chainsmokers play the sixth annual global citizen festival in central park on 9/23. get free tickets by earning points through a series of socially-geared actions. >>

get tickets to the skint’s cruel summer 80s + 90s dance party 8/11, featuring music by 10-piece band the engagements and dj steve reynolds of party like it’s 1999, plus music videos and a sing-along by secretformula and music video time machine, a costume contest, drink specials, and more for just $5 with promo code ‘summertime’ (reg. $10). >>

go on a friday night sunset happy hour cruise 8/4-25 for $8-15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

get tickets to the annual nyc craft coffee festival at villain in williamsburg 9/30 for $19+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $35+). >>

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