WEDS, 6/13: FIREWORKS, OPERAS IN THE PARKS, OPEN RIFFING, + 30 THURS EVENTS

around town today

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
despicable me 3. st. catherine’s park (lenox hill). >>
the cup. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
the emoji movie. slattery playground (fordham heights). >>

5-10pm: shop high-end vintage and designer pieces while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music and at the same time benefiting the new york city opera at this year’s divas shop for opera event. city opera thrift shop (gramercy), free. >>

5:30pm (wednesdays thru 8/29): take a free outdoor yoga class at metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn). bring your own mat. >>

6pm: monuments as history / art / power: a panel of historians, artists, and community activists discusses the controversial removal and historical impact behind central park’s j. marion sims monument, including cuny graduate center professor of art history harriet senie, founder and president of east harlem preservation marina ortiz, and others. martin e. segal theatre at the cuny graduate center (midtown east), free. >>

6pm (+ 8/28, 9/17): new york city opera visits bryant park to perform hour-long previews of its upcoming productions. tonight: puccini’s madame butterfly. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6:30pm: rolling stone contributing editor and author anthony decurtis explores the complex life and career of influential alternative rock music icon lou reed in his tribute biography, lou reed: a life. copies will also be available for purchase. the bahá’i center (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): be of one mind at the inaugural same page reading series, a writer’s variety show featuring readings and performances by elissa bassist (the rumpus), precious okoyomon (ajebota), ziwe fumudoh (the rundown with robin thede), krisanne madaus (vanity fair), hafizah geter (the new yorker), and sean speers (paul violi prize in poetry winner). hosted by mickie meinhardt and sarah madges. the red room at kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm (+ 6/21, 6/21, 6/27, 6/29): the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series brings six free outdoor concerts to parks in every borough. tonight: an evening of arias and duets at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 harbor lawn. >>

7-11pm: con artist collective presents their battle royale: summer art slam, where a group of 10 artists will live paint in the space while competing for a month of studio access. gallery party tonight. con artist collective + gallery (les), free admission. >>

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-host: janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer, romy and michele’s high school reunion). q.e.d. (astoria), $5 to riff, $8 to watch. >>

7:30pm: vice media presents a pair of screenings: ‘printing tomorrow’ + ‘are we alone?’, where correspondents krishna andavolu and taylor wilson will explore the potential of 3d-printing and the possibility of life beyond earth, followed by a talk-back with guests subrata de (vice executive producer), matthew horowitz (vice producer), and janna levin (director of sciences at pioneer works). david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center (uws). free. >>

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 ‘daddy’ edition includes lauren duca (teen vogue), joe dator (the new yorker), and diana oh ({my lingerie play}). hosted by amanda duarte. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation benefits the ali forney center. >>

8pm (monthly): it’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll have fun at the hyperbole! comedy show. tonight’s lineup: myq kaplan (netflix), kenny deforest (seth meyers), stavros halkias (adult swim), clare o’kane (the special without brett davis), and sam evans. hosted by stu melton, caroline doyle, and charlie dektar. bonus: win free beer with your trivia smarts. the creek and the cave (lic), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features dulce sloan (the daily show), alison leiby (comedy central), carmen lagala (creek bros), david tveite (last comic standing), and rohan padhye. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (thru 6/15 + 6/17): the annual new york philharmonic concerts in the parks series returns for a 53rd season with free performances in each borough followed by a fireworks display. weds: central park (manhattan); thurs: cunningham park (fresh meadows). weather cancellation updates will be posted here. >>

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 roy wood jr. (the daily show), daniel simonsen (bbc), shelby taylor (bitches brew), and tyler richardson. hosted by liza treyger (seth meyers). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: matteo lane (comedy central), emma willmann (colbert), yedoye travis (mtv), jeremy pinsly (funny or die), david drake (sirius xm), and sam evans. hosted by saurin choksi (brown privilege). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from dan st. germain (comedy central), katie hannigan (collegehumor), john moses (gotham comedy live), hannah boone (tbs), jay light (comedy central), and george civeris. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

just added 9pm (bi-monthly): copycat cover song night hosts a tribute to nyc 2000 (yeah yeah yeahs, interpol, etc.) with bands, djs, and $5 hexxxed cocktails all night. otto’s shrunken head (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

coming up

6/14-8/9 (thursdays): union square park’s annual summer in the square programming series offers free fitness classes, live music + dance performances, movie screenings, and family-friendly activities. >>

6/14-7/15: world cup viewing parties, screenings, and specials from am new york and the new york times.

6/14-24: nyc’s annual pride week returns with 11 days of discussions, movies, parties, the rally (6/22), march and festival (6/24), and much more. various locations + prices. >>

6/14-24: and just in time for pride, the fourth annual my true colors festival presents musicals, dance performance, film screenings, and other works by lgbtqia+ artists at the brick (williamsburg). $15. >>

6/14-23: register to take free dance, fitness and wellness classes at 25 studios during the annual dance week. >>

6/14-21: get new pictures of the condition of the world at the 29th annual human rights watch film festival, which this year features 15 social change and justice-seeking international films, most of which were directed by women, plus post-show discussions and q+a. film society of lincoln center’s walter reade theater and ifc center, $15 general, $11-12 students/seniors. >>

6/14 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
kárhozat, (damnation). hauser + wirth gallery rooftop (chelsea). >>
la la land. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
men in black. albe square (downtown brooklyn). >>
she’s gotta have it. fort greene park (fort greene). >>
stonewall. tony dapolito recreation center (west village). >>
the shape of water. marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
transformers: the last knight. lozada playfround (mott haven). >>
west side story. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
zootopia. hallet’s cove (lic). >>

6/14 12pm (thursdays thru 8/9): the brooklyn academy of music’s annual r+b festival at metrotech brings 10 free lunchtime concerts to downtown brooklyn for a 24th year. today: tap dancer savion glover with drummer marcus gilmore. metrotech commons at metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

6/14 6pm (thursdays thru 9/20): music under the manhattan bridge: dumbo’s fourth annual live at the archway performance series brings free outdoor musical performances, interactive art, and more to under the manhattan bridge archway in dumbo. tonight: music by ljova and the kontraband and all-female brazilian drumline fogulazul nyc, and art by katie hector. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6/14 6:30pm (+ 6/15-17, 6/21-24): shakespeare downtown presents an outdoor production of a midsummer night’s dream at castle clinton national monument in battery park. 200 free tickets will be available starting at 6pm. >>

6/14 6:30pm (+ 7/12, 8/9): the return of the annual jazz at socrates concerts strike a chord honoring sonny rollins in june and july and louis armstrong in august. tonight: rollins’s nephew, trombonist clifton anderson, and band. socrates sculpture park (lic), free admission. >>

6/14 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the ho-hum becomes hi-larious at the monotony! variety show, where comedians and storytellers alex english (the rundown with robin thede), yedoye travis (colbert), katie hartman (skinny b*tch jesus meeting), and john rosenberger (you’ll have fun) entertain you with presentations on subjects typically considered boring. hosted by jeopardy! runner-up and scientist raj sivaraman. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

6/14 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (thursdays thru 7/19): young jazz musicians, singers, and composers from different nordic countries shake things up at scandinavia house’s summer jazz series. tonight: helle henning. bonus: pre-concert reception with free wine at 6:30pm. scandinavia house (murray hill), $5 adv with promo code ‘jazzlovers’ (reg. $15). >>

6/14 7pm (+ 6/21): join in a giant game of outdoor bingo at bryant park. free. >>

6/14 7pm: titus andronicus frontman patrick stickles presents a screening of a productive cough, a documentary about the making of his latest album, followed by q+a with director ray concepcion, this band could be your life author michael azerrad, and stickles. rough trade (williamsburg), free. >>

6/14 7pm: sprint your way to a screening of tom tykwer’s run lola run with a live electronic score by adrianna ‘gooddroid’ moschides in place of the regular audio. videology (williamsburg), $16. >>

6/15 7pm, 9pm (thru 6/17): ensemble pamplemousse’s chance + circumstance festival features musicians putting their own experimental spin on cellos, modular synths, and more. jack (clinton hill), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

6/14 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), $10. >>

6/14 7pm doors 7:30pm show (monthly): relax your funny bone at the loose comedy show, hosted by liza treyger (comedy central). this month’s installment features roy wood jr. (the daily show), janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), gary gulman (last comic standing), and marina franklin (crashing). housing works bookstore cafe (soho), $12 admission includes a drink. >>

6/14 7pm doors, 8pm show: see who’s scruffy looking at totsy hotsy’s solo-themed burlesque tribute to star wars. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

6/14 7:30pm: young adult fiction double feature: actor and travel writer andrew mccarthy presents his debut ya novel just fly away in conjunction with fellow author adele griffin presenting her book tell me no lies. books are magic (cobble hill), free admission. >>

6/14 7:30pm: as part of the france rocks festival, singer-songwriter piers faccini performs at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

6/14 8pm (monthly): storytellers and comedians just can’t hold it in at the awkward poop… and the city storytelling show. tonight’s ill-timed tales come from jaycee holmes, andy kleiman, sharon spell, and candyce musinski. hosted by angela perrone and natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

6/14 8pm: clip show carnage: bad movie fans steven desiena and stephen whalen share clips from their favorite b movies with some help from guest comedians. vital joint (williamsburg), $5. >>

6/14 8pm (+ 6/19 7:30pm): 1988 sci-fi stinker space mutiny gets skewered by the funny folks of rifftrax during a live simulcast riff sesh tonight, and a rebroadcast 6/19. various movie theaters, $12.50. >>

6/14 8pm: emerging new music promoter hypnocraft throws a relaunch party with a diverse lineup of bands including kaleta + super yamba band, ladama, and the illustrious blacks. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $10. >>

6/14 8pm-late (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring 15 live electronic music and visual artists across two floors. the keep (ridgewood), free. >>

6/14 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by matt goldich (seth meyers), melissa stokoski (trutv), charla lauriston (comedy central), and will abeles. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

6/14 8:30pm (monthly): liz barrett’s punnerifically named grin and barrett comedy show returns for a night of stand up by adrienne iapalucci (last comic standing), monroe martin (comedy central), jaye mcbride, atheer yacoub, fredric goldstein, dan abraham, and gianmarco soresi. bonus: girl scout cookies raffle! beauty bar (gramercy/east village), free. >>

6/14 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by hanna dickinson (comedy central), ryan donahue (kimmel), tyler fischer (america’s got talent), brendan eyre (seth meyers), monroe martin iii (fallon), and lindsay boling. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

ticket deals

get tickets to theatre of the mind’s immersive hip-hop dance performance of shakespeare’s othello, including a dinner and dancing reception, at teatro latea (les) thru 6/17 for $25 with promo code ‘iamskint’ (reg. $80). >>

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