around town today

thru 8/18: new ohio theatre’s 25th annual ice factory festival presents eight unique new theater works over the next seven weeks. new ohio theatre (west village), $20 general, $16 students. >>

thru 8/3: the racial imaginary institute presents on whiteness, a series questioning and checking whiteness through a group art exhibition, performances, residencies and a symposium. the kitchen (chelsea), free admission. >>

thru 7/1: the metrograph’s nine-film gus van sant retrospective includes a sneak peek of his latest, don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot (with van sant in-person for q+a), plus drugstore cowboy, my own private idaho, to die for (with an in-person introduction by van sant), and more. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

thru 6/30: contemporary music collective ensemble mise-en’s fifth annual music festival presents the work of 25 composers from 15 countries, including 24 premieres. various locations, free-$20. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. hunts point recreation center (bronx). >>
dangerous documentaries with pre-screening music by poppies. metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn). >>
jumanji: welcome to the jungle. poe park (fordham manor) and flushing meadows corona park (queens).
marshall. st. nicholas park (harlem). >>
rumble: the indians who rocked the world. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
the greatest showman. j. hood wright park (washington heights). >>
the mirror. hauser + wirth gallery rooftop (chelsea). >>

just added: 9am-10pm: occurring only once every 10 years, a corpse flower (amorphophallus titanum) at the new york botanical garden has reached peak bloom, releasing an odor that’s been compared to rotting flesh. smell it soon, because this phenomenon normally lasts only about 24-36 hours. can’t make it? you can at least see it via the garden’s live cam. included with regular admission ($23 general, $20 students/seniors). >>

11am-7pm (thru 9/9): just in time for the warm weekend, the city’s 54 free outdoor pools open for the summer season today. >>

6pm (+ 8/28, 9/17): new york city opera visits bryant park to perform hour-long previews of its upcoming productions. tonight: ‘pride in the park,’ featuring performances by cast members in the opera’s pride series productions of brokeback mountain and angels in america, plus librettist and pulitzer prize-winner mark campbell (silent night) and chair of the stonewall 50 consortium eric marcus. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6-8pm: life in the big city can be pretty ruff, so take a break from it all and surround yourself with therapy dogs, courtesy of the good dog foundation. boris + horton (east village/alphabet city), $5 suggested donation. >>

6-8pm (+ 7/25, 8/22): unwind with a glass of wine and explore the 50 pieces of art from kiki smith’s ‘below the horizon’ exhibition at the museum at eldridge street’s twilight open house. museum at eldridge street (les), free (donations accepted). >>

6-8pm (runs thru 7/14): sva mfa photography, video and related media students display artworks at the program’s annual thesis exhibition. opening reception tonight. sva (gramercy), free. >>

6-8:30pm: it’s showtime! the new york transit museum presents: platform, an evening of art installations, interactive music-making, dance performances, improv scenes, and more. the new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn), $10 with promo code ‘nyc5’ (reg. $15). >>

6pm doors (tues-sat thru 7/14): dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. tonight: joe quijano y su conjunto cachana; thurs: disco party with joe mcginty + the loser’s lounge; fri: gerard carelli and his orchestra; sat: the glenn crytzer orchestra. dance lesson at 6:30pm, live music at 7:30pm. damrosch park at lincoln center (uws), $17 admission, but there’s usually room to watch/dance outside the main space for free. >>

6:30pm: journalist and author steven brill presents his new book, tailspin: the people and forces behind america’s fifty-year fall – and those fighting to reverse it, with civic leader and author philip howard (the rule of nobody: saving america from dead laws and broken government). nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: in a talk on her debut collection, dead girls: essays on surviving an american obsession, alice bolin discusses america’s cultural obsession with dead women depicted in tv dramas, true crime books, podcasts, and more, and its impact on living women. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($15.99) required for admission. >>

6/27 7pm (monthly): lgbtqia comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase greetings, from queer mountain returns with tonight’s theme ‘don’t stop me now,’ featuring guests george civeris, muna mire, david goldberg, jay jurden, shannon matesky, and nico tortorella. hosted by micheal foulk and ralphie hardesty. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm (monthly): b-i-n-g-oh yeah! pop!: a pop-culture bingo party is going back in time and celebrating all things bitchin’ with this month’s ’80s theme, filled with tubular video clips, radical mini games, and righteous chances to win food, drinks, and more. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson. bonus: $5 well drinks all night. parklife (gowanus), free admission, $2 bingo cards. >>

7pm (monthly thru 9/26): experience sci-fi classics on the big screen – all on 35mm – at village east cinema’s sci-fest. tonight: the director’s cut of terry gilliam’s brazil (1985). $15. >>

7pm: cellist and composer julia kent gives a free in-store performance at rough trade (williamsburg). >>

7pm (+ 6/29): the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series brings six free outdoor concerts to parks in every borough. tonight: jackie robinson park in harlem. >>

7pm: first timers and emerging artists (and maybe even you?) strip down at the house of yes amateur burlesque night. house of yes (bushwick), free (donations accepted for the performers). >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: feelings: a talk show mixes elements of daytime talk and late night comedy with host giulia rozzi and dj therap-e (aka real-life therapist elena pellegrino) interviewing guest authors, experts, comedians and musicians. tonight’s show is a fundraiser for the florence project’s efforts with detained immigrants in arizona. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm: poet, director, actress, and feminist amber tamblyn discusses the themes in her debut novel about a woman serial rapist, any man, with author morgan jerkins (this will be my undoing). a signing, q + a, and wine reception follows. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm: 8 emerging + established choreographers of various dance forms showcase new works at the quarterly ‘8 in show’ dance series, curated by sangeeta yesley. dixon place (les), $15-18 general, $12-15 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

8pm: all female reboot sketch show: in a world… of movies… with no men. an ensemble of women comedians presents their take on the all-female reboots of popular, male-dominated films. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (monthly): hot box comedy is blazing with another night of laughs from shane torres (conan), dulce sloan (daily show), chanel ali (girl code), jatty robinson (aka wyatt cenac), and clark jones (comedy at the knitting factory). hosted by marie faustin (girl code) and sydnee washington (the unofficial expert). et al. (les), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features roy wood jr. (daily show), mark normand (comedy central), mark jigarjian (impractical jokers), chloe radcliffe, and myka fox. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

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 rojo perez (conan), jenny zigrino (conan), kevin mccaffrey (letterman), alison leiby (comedy central), and sam jay (snl). hosted by michael joyce. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: sam jay (snl), evan williams (comedy central), akaash singh (mtv), kendall farrell, jess salomon, and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

9pm (bi-monthly): whip it real good with some help from $5 pink pussycat cocktails at copycat cover song night’s 10th annual tribute to devo. bonus: free jumpsuits for the first 25 folks. otto’s shrunken head (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: npr’s this american life gets an improv-ment, thanks to comedian matt gehring’s improvised this american life comedy show. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

coming up

sponsored: brooklyn brewery and captured tracks present brooklyn sound: a night of beer and live music by b boys, wax chattels, and gel set at williamsburg’s rough trade on saturday at 9pm. more than your average concert, brooklyn sound features games, new tech, and prizes, plus the b boys set will be recorded and pressed on limited-edition vinyl, available for pre-order saturday only! >>

6/28-9/3: neue galerie opens the season with two new exhibitions: ’gustav klimt and egon schiele: 1918 centenary’ and ‘highlights of german art from the collection. $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, free first fridays 6-9pm. >>

6/28 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting): < captain underpants. chelsea park (chelsea). >>
chicago. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
ferdinand. conch playground (rockaway beach). >>
gravity. albee square (downtown brooklyn). >>
power rangers. pena herrera park (sunset park). >>
saturday church with live gospel choirs pre-show. tony dapolito recreation center (west village). >>
star wars: the last jedi. beach 17th st + seagirt blvd (rockaway beach). >>

6/28 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: r+b artist vivian green. metrotech commons at metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

6/28 5-8pm (runs thru 8/17): french street artist jr launches ‘horizontal,’ a solo exhibition of new mixed-media works, photographic caricatures, and large-scale installations at galerie perrotin (les). opening reception tonight. >>

6/28 6pm reception, 7pm show: the 26th annual poets house showcase, an exhibition of new poetry publications from the past year, opens with readings by kaveh akbar, tarfia faizullah, and brenda hillman. poets house (battery park), free. >>

6/28 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 afro-colombian ensemble grupo rebolu, dj dan edinberg, and art by catherine haggarty. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6/28 6-8pm (runs thru 8/10): artists peter and sally saul team up for ‘out of control,’ a group exhibition featuring 37 artists hand-picked by the curators, including notables from kaws to r.crumb. opening reception tonight. venus over manhattan gallery (ues), free. >>

6/28 6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/9): cocktails at cooper hewitt: the museum’s terrace and garden summer performance series continues with musician-poet milck and dj swami. arrive at 5pm if you’d like to also get in an hour of gallery viewing. cooper hewitt (ues), $13 adv, $15 general. >>

6/28 6-9:30pm (runs thru 7/19): brooklyn visual artist n carlos j presents ‘destroy your icons’ at 212 arts (east village). opening reception tonight. free. >>

6/28 7pm: contestants put their spelling knowledge to the test at bryant park’s fourth annual spelling bee. free (registration required to compete). >>

6/28 7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at sideshow goshko, hosted by award-winning storyteller leslie goshko. tonight’s show includes guests gail thomas (beavis and butthead), drew prochaska (two-time moth storyslam winner), brad lawrence (moth grandslam champion), and cyndi freeman (colbert). bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

6/28 7pm (monthly): necromancers of the public domain: theater of the apes pluck a long-forgotten book from the shelves of the new york society library and resurrect it as a low-budget variety show. tonight: pictorial photography in america (1922). the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

6/28 7pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: duck down records’ bbq featuring black moon and smif n wessun. betsy head park (brownsville), free. >>

6/28 7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by riverdel and ocka treats will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit darwin animal doctors. bonus: $5 well drinks happy hour. solas (east village), free admission. >>

6/28 7pm doors, 8pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with the blues project featuring dorrance dance with toshi reagon + biglovely. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

6/28 7pm, 7:30pm: the bronx tourism council and the central astoria local development coalition’s annual new york salutes america and independence day celebrations bring an early taste of the 4th to boroughs, including fireworks shows by grucci. free admission.

6/28 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 welcomes guests addie weyrich (adult swim), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), karen chee (the new yorker), ziwe fumudoh (the rundown with robin thede), sabrina imbler (wirecutter), pat regan (ucb), and duo jack + melissa. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

6/28 8pm (monthly thru 12/22): the full moon means it’s time for gathering the coven, lauren maul’s new comedic talk show that features magical comedians, musicians, and practicing witches. tonight’s debut show features liz pressman (ny post), selena coppock (red oaks), elena simon (kiss me, i’m jewitch), gabe morales, jen kwok, and alyson greenfield. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

6/28 8pm (+ 6/29): catch two nights of new choreography for a cause at danspace project’s artist-as-curator series, ‘food for thought.’ danspace project (east village), $5 + two cans of food to benefit the momentum project, or $10 with no cans (cash only). >>

6/28 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by michael kosta (the daily show), liz miele (gotham live), ria lin ah, raanan hershberg, and james creelman. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

6/28 8:30pm: wheel on over to a screening of ovarian psycos, a 2016 documentary following a feminist women of color bike crew in east los angeles. part of the series ‘mujeres rebeldes: radical women on film.’ brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $10 admission includes museum general admission. >>

6/28 9pm (+ 7/1 2pm): audience members are cast in small roles alongside the actors at brooklyn theatre club’s boozy, participatory production of seussical. muchmore’s (williamsburg), $15 adv, $18 door. >>

6/28 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories the tellers never thought they’d share in public at the risk! podcast live show. tonight’s installment features speakers dave hill, jude treder-wolff, rojo perez, glace chase, and host kevin allison. caveat (les), $15. >>

6/28 9:30pm (monthly): shake off all the bad at the good vibes comedy show, where all attendees will receive a healing stone. tonight’s lineup includes tito garza, becca steinhoff, diego lopez, maria wojciechowski, and jennie sutton. hosted by kristin manna, sue smith, and jared wilder. the tank (midtown west), $8. >>

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