around town today

thru 10/12: the society of illustrators pays tribute to the artists behind the dark knight with three exhibitions: illustrating batman: eighty years of comics and pop culture, batman collected: chip kidd’s batman obsession, and bat-manga!: the secret history of batman in japan. opening reception 6/21 ($10). $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free tuesdays 5-8pm. >>

thru 6/23: the 11th annual bamcinemafest celebrates 22 american independent feature films over 12 days, including screenings and filmmaker q+a sessions. bam (fort greene), $20+. >>

thru 6/16: chelsea repertory lab and the acting studio present their annual one-act play festival, director’s choice: springfest, featuring nine plays across three programs. shetler theatre 54 (midtown west), $20 each/$30 pass. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
ant-man and the wasp. poor richard’s playground (east harlem). >>
babylon. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
cool hand luke with a round of pre-show trivia. parklife (gowanus). >>
web series wednesday. crispus attucks playground (clinton hill). >>

5-7pm (on view thru 7/31. closed weekends): artists play with water as a connective substance at the overflow exhibition at nyu’s gallatin galleries (greenwich village). opening reception tonight. free. >>

5-9pm: shopera! shop designer, vintage, and one-of-a-kind pieces at new york city opera’s annual divas shop for opera event, featuring refreshments provided by the butcher’s daughter and free gift bags for the first 50 customers. 100% of the net profits directly support new york city opera. city opera thrift shop (chelsea), free admission. >>

6pm (+ 8/26): new york city opera presents free hour-long performances in bryant park, including a special pride in the park presentation with a sneak preview of their upcoming stonewall world premiere tonight and carmen on 8/26. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6-10pm: indulge in $5 culinary delights along harlem’s restaurant row at the frederick douglass boulevard alliance’s eight annual food and drink boulevard event. rsvp for required wristband. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show (+ 6/13): the bric celebrate brooklyn! festival concerts with the national and courtney barnett tonight and tomorrow are benefits ($59.50-65), but many folks on a budget tend to throw down a picnic blanket and listen/hang outside the venue. >>

7pm (+ 6/13, 6/15, 6/17, 6/19): arias and duets fill the air as the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series returns with six free outdoor concerts in every borough. tonight: brooklyn bridge park, pier 1; thursday: jackie robinson park (harlem). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: ophira + adira: ask me another host ophira eisenberg and bedazzled and bedazzling music/dance trio adira amram + the experience team up for a variety show featuring comedy, music, and magic. tonight’s guest performers: josh gondelman (desus and mero), matthew holtzclaw (penn + teller: fool us), and kendra cunningham (last comic standing). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm (monthly): the biology on tap series brings short science talks and trivia to a bar each month. tonight’s theme: forests. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features sean donnelly (colbert), calise hawkins (fallon), brendan fitzgibbons (alternatino). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand-up from ashton womack (viceland), mike drucker (full frontal with samantha bee), matty ryan (comedy central), lily schulder, and alex kumin. hosted by ben wasserman, friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm (thru 6/16): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 54th season with free outdoor performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. the program will include works by rossini, copland, rachmaninoff, and very young composers of new work city. weds: central park (manhattan); thurs: cunningham park (fresh meadows); fri: prospect park (brooklyn); sun: staten island (indoors. no fireworks.) >>

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 aparna nancherla (corporate), subhah agarwal (the jim jeffries show), adam mamawala (comedy central), conner mcnutt (comedy central), tommy mcnamara (stand by your band), shane torres (conan), and liza treyger (the degenerates). hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm (monthly): youngmi mayer and blair dawson host the u up? comedy show, featuring stand up and a half-time storytelling portion where audience members can share an anecdote to compete for a prize from babeland. tonight’s show includes shane torres (conan), jocelyn chia (the moth storyslam winner), pranav behari (mad magazine), chloe mcgovern (roastmasters), madison shepard (comedy central), and dylan adler (the pit). the corners (bed-stuy), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: nathan macintosh (conan), paris sashay (bet), matty ryan (comedy central), alex kumin (nbc), saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), and tushar singh. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

9:30pm: go from zero to hero at live band disney karaoke. bonus: one hour open ilegal mezcal bar. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

11:30pm: seduce the summer at the house of yes summer sagra. bonus: complimentary amaro cocktails until 2am. house of yes (bushwick), free admission. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>

coming up

6/13-8/8: citi summer in the square, presented by the union square partnership, hosts a mix of free community programs including outdoor fitness classes, live performances, family friendly activities, movie nights, and more. >>

6/13-7/6 (thursdays thru sundays): witness resistance at the criminal queerness festival, a showcase of queer playwrights to raise awareness about laws criminalizing homosexuality that still exist around the world. irt theater (greenwich village), $20. >>

6/13-30 (thursdays thru sundays): the players theater’s ninth annual short play festival brings 15 new productions to the west village. $15 plus ticket fees here (reg. $30). >>

6/13-22 register to take free dance, fitness and wellness classes at 15 studios during the annual dance week. >>

6/13-20: the 30th annual human rights watch film festival presents 13 films that shine a light on bravery and resilience in challenging times. film at lincoln center and ifc center, $15-16 general, $12-13 students/seniors. >>

6/13 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
drumline. richard rogers amphitheater in marcus garvey park (east harlem). >>
rebels on pointe. washington square park (greenwich village). >>
too wong foo, thanks for everything! julie newmar. tony dapolito recreation center (greenwich village). >>
well groomed. fort greene park (fort greene). >>

6/13 various times: you axed for it. celebrate international axe throwing day with free sessions at bury the hatchet (greenpoint) and 2-for-1 at kick axe (gowanus).

6/13 12pm (thursdays thru 8/15): the brooklyn academy of music’s 25th annual r+b festival at metrotech brings 10 free outdoor concerts to downtown brooklyn. today: ghost note. metrotech commons at metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free admission. >>

6/13 4pm: musician perry farrell discusses kind heaven, his first album of new music in a decade, at a taping of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

6/13 5-9pm (thursdays thru 8/29): live at the archway, dumbo’s annual outdoor music and art series, opens the season with congolese music from nkumu katalay + the ‘life long project’ band, plus all-women brazilian samba reggae drum line fogo azul, ps307 + dock street school students, dj kai song, and art by rose nestler. the archway under the manhattan bridge (dumbo), free admission. >>

6/13 6pm: absorb some sweet knowledge at a history of domino sugar factory walking tour, led by the rise and fall of the sugar king author geoffrey cobb. gantry cranes at domino park (williamsburg), free. >>

6/13 6pm: historian hugh ryan brings brooklyn’s lgbtq history to life in a talk about his new book, when brooklyn was queer. nypl grand central library (midtown east), free. >>

6/13 6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/15): the summer cocktails at cooper hewitt performance series returns to museum’s terrace and garden, starting tonight with music from tippet rise art center. cooper hewitt (ues), $14 adv, $16 door includes museum admission starting at 5pm. >>

6/13 6pm doors, 7pm show: with more than 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in 18 parks across nyc, there’s something for everyone at the annual summerstage event series. tonight: big freedia, mikeq x qween beat, and batekoo at rumsey playfield in central park. free. >>

6/13 6:30pm (thru 6/23: thursdays thru sundays): shakespeare downtown presents an outdoor production of hamlet at castle clinton national monument (battery park). free tickets will be available starting at 6pm. >>

6/13 6:30pm (+ 7/11, 8/8): jazz and stargazing: the annual jazz at socrates series, presented by the jazz foundation of america, kicks off with the danny mixon quartet featuring antoinette montague, plus stargazing with students and astronomy faculty from la guardia community college. socrates sculpture park (lic), free admission. >>

6/13 7pm (+ 6/20): with a little luck, you could yell bingo! in bryant park. free. >>

6/13 7pm: npr journalist jacki lyden moderates a discussion on the political, social, and financial challenges of mental illness and treatment in america, featuring authors mary cregan (the scar: a personal history of depression and recovery), amanda stern (little panic: dispatches from an anxious life), and marin sardy (the edge of every day: sketches of schizophrenia). the center for fiction (fort greene). $10 admission includes a $10 bookstore voucher. >>

6/13 7pm (+ 7/11, 8/8, 9/12): the annual jazz at pier 84 outdoor music series, curated by the jazz foundation of america, continues the season with a performance by robin barnes and the jfa musicians. hudson river park’s pier 84 (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

6/13 7-10pm: art history happy hour: mona chromatic hosts an evening of entertaining and informative lectures commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the stonewall uprising and the exhibition nobody promised you tomorrow: art 50 years after stonewall at the brooklyn museum (prospect heights). a cash bar will be available. free admission (rsvp). >>

6/13 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get your dose of schadenfreude at mortified, a tribute to teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) shared by their original authors. littlefield (gowanus), $12. >>

6/13 7pm doors, 8pm show: the clothes strike back at hotsy totsy’s annual burlesque tribute to star wars. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

6/13 7:30pm: as part of the france rocks festival, malik djoudi and halo maud will perform at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

6/13 7:30pm + 10pm: comedian tommy mcnamara records his debut comedy album at union hall (park slope), with some support from openers tom thakkar (comedy central) and mary houlihan (tutv). $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

6/13 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the pasta show, celebrating its fourth anniversary with homemade cacio e pepe and stand-up by hari kondabolu (netflix), liz miele (gotham comedy live), myq kaplan (fallon), joanna briley (lifetime), and ashley gavin (mtv). hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $10. >>

6/13 8pm: laugh in multiple mediums at cans: a comedy show, featuring stand-up and/or short comedy videos from daniel simonsen (colbert), subhah agarwal (comedy central), brendan fitzgibbons (comedy central), mary beth barone (comedy central), and more. hosted by leclerc andre (fallon). the gutter (williamsburg), $8. >>

6/13 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by samantha ruddy (colbert), pamela ross (ust come! comedy), napoleon emil, and lily schulder. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

6/13 8pm: johanne swanson’s dream pop project yohuna plays a record release show at baby’s all right (williamsburg). rachel levy and emily yacina open. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

6/13 8pm-3am (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring more than 25 live electronic music and visual artists in two rooms. the deep end (ridgewood), free. >>

6/13 9pm: (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from mark normand (conan), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), amy shanker (sirius xm), samantha ruddy (colbert), petey deabreu (comedy central), luke touma, and trey galyon. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

6/13 11pm: put on your party helmet and dance to daft punk, justice, hot chip, and more at the one more time dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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