around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
back to the future (1985), flight deck of the intrepid (hell’s kitchen) >>
creed (2015), sara d. roosevelt park (les) >>
ghost dog: the way of the samurai (1999), valentino pier (red hook) >>

12-7pm (ends today): join in ‘laser guided painting,’ a participatory performance art installation where anyone can ‘paint’ on one of seven large canvases using a laser pointer. anita’s way (midtown west), free. >>

5pm: actor and director bryan cranston (breaking bad) discusses his memoir, a life in parts, with acting teacher penny templeton at the drama book shop (theater district), free. >>

6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with comedian vanessa valerio (the moth storyslam winner), mike cho, ilsa jule, and jimmy wohl, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

sponsored 6-9pm: hair + co bklyn grand opening party! come check us out and enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres, a braid bar, and styling lessons… all free. plus, save 20% off products. bonus: swag for the first 100 attendees. 477 bergen street, brooklyn. >>

7pm: cereal killer misterkrisp (jessica siskin) launches her cookbook of visually stunning crispy rice treats, treat yourself! how to make 93 ridiculously fun no-bake crispy rice treats, with spoon university’s lauren magenta and youtuber lucie fink at strand books (union square). purchase of the signed book ($14.95) or a $15 gift card required for entry. >>

7pm: flatiron apparel store lou + grey and amy woodside of okreal team up for the creative women: real stories speaker series, this month hosting the founders of mimi cheng’s dumplings, hannah + marian cheng. lou + grey (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

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 for your favorites from the sidelines. hosted by jo and fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm: i am having so much fun here without you author courtney maum launches her new novel touch with tastings of an exclusive blue marble ice cream flavor and discussion. blue marble ice cream (prospect heights), free. >>

7:30pm: how many hot dogs do they sell at citi field? and just what is astroturf? author rafi kohan discusses what goes on behind the scenes at american sports stadiums in his book, the arena: inside the tailgating, ticket-scalping, mascot-racing, dubiously funded, and possibly haunted monuments of american sport, with volume 1 brooklyn founder jason diamond. books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

7:30pm: apparently we’re all covered in space dust. in search of stardust author and photographer jon larsen and nasa’s dr. michael zolensky discuss the most recent discoveries of extraterrestrial materials here on earth and the implications of these findings at an event including a photo showcase, hors d’oeuvres, and tastings of elysian brewing’s space dust ipa. white space at agora gallery (chelsea), $10 admission benefits new york cares. >>

9pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. tonight’s topics: sex with robots: our future, canada: more than maple syrup, and more. hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $7. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>


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coming up

8/9 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
beetlejuice (1988) with pre-show music by sad13, mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint) >>
(2017), harlem art park (harlem) >>
in transit (2015), nowadays (ridgewood) >>
la la land (2016), hudson river park’s pier 63 (chelsea). bonus: free popcorn. >>
sing (2016) and la la land (2016), the oval at stuyvesant town >>
spy kids (2001), pena herrera park (sunset park) >>
the big lebowski (1998), pier i at riverside park south (uws) >>
the boss baby (2017), pier a park (hoboken) >>
the silence before bach (2007), socrates sculpture park (lic) >>
zootopia (2016) with pre-show music by brooklyn united marching band, prospect park’s long meadow (park slope) >>

8/9 12-11pm (thru summer): flatiron italian restaurant sottosuolo serves up eight different boozy gelato and sorbet flavors, putting some spike in your summer for $6. look for the pushcart outside the restaurant or inside the entrance. >>

8/9 6pm: radio hosts and now-authors harry rosenblum and michael harlan turkell celebrate the release of their respective books about vinegar, vinegar revival: artisanal recipes for brightening dishes and drinks with homemade vinegars and acid trip: travels in the world of vinegar, at heritage radio network’s volumes and vinegars edition of books + brews. bonus: free lagunitas beer. the brooklyn kitchen, free (rsvp). >>

8/9 6-9pm (ends today): uptown bounce: two neighboring museums host this summer’s last free block party 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: latin disco. free admission. >>

8/9 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (wednesdays thru 8/23): join in a performance of highlights from haydn’s creation at this week’s edition of the new york choral society’s summer sing series. a party with drinks and snacks follows. church of the holy trinity, draesel hall (ues), $15. >>

8/9 7pm: get supremely informed about the most pivotal law cases our nation’s highest court has seen at a discussion of with author michael g. trachtman (the supremes’ greatest hits: the supreme court cases that most directly affect your life). bryant park reading room (midtown west), free. >>

8/9 7pm: actor jennifer jason leigh does q+a following a screening of george armitage’s miami blues (1990), as part of the ‘now: films that inspired the safdie brothers’ good time series at the metrograph (les). $15. >>

8/9 7pm: brooklyn band andy suzuki + the method perform music from their newest album at waterside plaza (kips bay). free. >>

8/9 7pm, 8pm: free summerstage shows tonight: nuyorican poets cafe: stacyann chin, ntozake shange, and sarah kay (7pm, east river park) and malpaso dance company, daymé arocena, and nickodemus (8pm, central park’s rumsey playfield).

8/9 7-10pm: artists from both new york and abroad put their own spin on record cover designs at the vinyl vandals art exhibit, opening tonight with music from dj pablo77 and friends. max fish (les), free. >>

8/9 7:30pm (monthly): prep for the upcoming eclipse in totality at the next astronomy on tap discussion series, featuring trivia and expert presentations on eclipse safety, cosmic photobombing, and more. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

8/9 7:30pm: vice correspondent gianna toboni and panelists from hbo’s trans youth discuss the issues surrounding the timing of transition for trans kids. lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws), free. >>

8/9 7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with the two-time grammy award-winning spanish harlem orchestra and colombian jazz harpist edmar castañeda. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

8/9 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monhtly): roast battle meets debate club for whitney houston vs. mariah carey: a battle of the divas, where comedians and pop culture experts square off via debates, screaming matches, and drag performances. hosted by christi chiello and matteo lane. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8/9 8pm: rats, bats, and laughs. comedians joe rumrill and andrew tisher host a night of exclusively critter-based material at an evening of comedy about rats and bats and that’s all!. babycastles (chelsea), $5. >>

8/9 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features sal vulcano (impractical jokers), aparna nancherla (conan), rob cantrell (last comic standing), matt mcclowry (gotham live), and gabe pacheco (funhouse comedy). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8/9 8pm (monthly): animation nights new york presents a program of cardiff animation nights short films and virtual reality animated experiences. beer and wine will be available for purchase. 180 maiden lane (south street seaport), free admission. >>

8/9 8pm (weekly): brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint) hosts a free screening of the crush (1993). >>

8/9 8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): smart people discuss things they’re passionate about while wasted at the drunk education show. tonight’s theme: ‘reality tv’. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8/9 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): get in the loop at the comedians you should know show. tonight: nathan macintosh (conan), beth stelling (comedy central), liz miele (comedy central), mike lebovitz (last comic standing), guitler raphael, and jake head. hosted by saurin choksi. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

ticket deals

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the metropolitan pavilion 9/14-17 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18) >>

take a cruise up the hudson river to bear mountain 9/23-11/12 for $37 (plus ticket fees, reg $65). >>

get tickets to the annual unfringed festival at the secret theatre (lic) 8/9-9/2 for $9 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18). >>

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