around town today

thru 8/4: it’s not the length, but the quality of the show that matters at the annual lic one-act festival, where 48 short plays will compete against each other for audience votes and cash prizes. the secret theatre (lic), $9 plus ticket fees here (reg. $18 adv, $20 door). >>

thru 7/19: bamcinématek and the racial imaginary institute team up to open a dialogue with their ’on whiteness’ screening series, an exploration of how being white in well-known american films is constructed, ignored and challenged. the 16-film series includes rocky, ferris bueller’s day off, the virgin suicides, get out, and more. bam (fort greene), $15. >>

thru 7/15: things are about to get prehistoric with artist jason hackenwerth’s ‘animal soul,’ an installation featuring larger-than-life inflatable sculptures of ancient creatures and wearable pieces worn by performers. get even closer at a quiet clubbing dance party on thursday night. brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

thru 7/14: dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. weds: brianna thomas band with frank senior; thurs: orquesta akokán; fri: the james hunter six; sat: lc kids dance with dancing classrooms (3pm, free) and harlem renaissance orchestra/lindy hop dance contest (6pm, regular admission). doors 6pm, 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. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a man escaped. hauser + wirth gallery rooftop (chelsea). >>
daddy’s home 2. cedar playground (bronx). >>
get out. pier 63 (chelsea). >>
jawbreaker. mccarren park (williamsburg). >>
jaws. fdr boardwalk and beach (staten island). >>
la la land. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
moana and legally blonde. the oval at stuyvesant town. >>
monsoon wedding. socrates sculpture park (lic). >>
sing. mcgolrick park (greenpoint). >>
star wars: the last jedi. seton park (bronx) >>
the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie. j. hood wright park (washington heights). >>
the secret life of pets. cherry tree park (east harlem). >>
victory. nowadays (ridgewood). >>
who framed roger rabbit. pier i (uws). >>
zootopia. tudor park (ozone park, queens). >>

11am-7pm: beat the summer heat with a free small slurpee, courtesy of participating 7-eleven locations celebrating 7/11. >>

4pm, 7pm (monthly): calculated movements: the surprising connections between math and dance: choreographer and mathematician karl schaffer demonstrates how the disciplines of dance and math inspire each other through performance excerpts and audience interaction at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free (rsvp). >>

5pm doors, 6pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. today: gabriel garzón-montano, tomasa del real, nicola cruz, and latin bitman at central park. free. >>

6pm (wednesdays thru 8/15): the annual madison square park summer nights music series kicks off the season with the 11-piece williamsburg salsa orchestra. madison square park (flatiron), free. >>

6-9pm (runs thru 8/1): ‘defining form,’ a group show of sculpture features the work of over 50 artists exploring progressive themes found in contemporary sculpture. opening reception tonight. untitled space (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

6:30-9pm (wednesdays thru 8/8): brooklyn public library’s plaza swing series brings live bands and dance lessons to central library’s plaza (prospect heights). tonight: swingtime big band. free. >>

7pm: author and activist darnell l. moore presents his new memoir, no ashes in the fire: coming of age black and free in america at barnes + noble 82nd + broadway (uws). free. >>

7pm: anja dance company blend classical indian and folk dance with bollywood and other contemporary movement at waterside plaza (kips bay). free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (quarterly): yee-haw! the bitchcraft variety show returns with a 90s country-themed glitter-tastic evening of music, comedy, storytelling, and leotards with guests rachel lenihan (the chris gethard show), steve o’brien (funny or die), michelle onufrak (the moth), rallo boykins (wine before nine), jessica rowboat (the voice), and more. hosted by selena coppock (red oaks) and lauren maul (brooklyn magazine‘s ’50 funniest people in brooklyn’). sid gold’s request room (chelsea), $5. >>

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-hosts: john fugelsang (tell me everything) and melissa stokoski (elite daily). q.e.d. (astoria), $5 to riff, $8 to watch. >>

7:30pm (+ 7/16, 18): 25 dance companies present short works followed by courtyard receptions at triskelion arts’ summerfest. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $18 adv, $22 door. >>

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 ‘cougar’ edition includes comedian/actor john fugelsang (tell me everything), tony-winning costume designer clint ramos (once on this island), and writer/actor jenn harris (new york is dead). hosted by amanda duarte. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation benefits raices. >>

8pm (monthly): it’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll have fun at the hyperbole! comedy show. tonight’s lineup: krystyna hutchinson (guys we f***ed), raanan hershberg (laughs), charlie bardey (mtvu), marissa goldman, and geoffrey asmus. 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 jacqueline novak (conan), chris laker (kimmel), kevin iso (comedy central), ashley hesseltine (girls gotta eat), and paul schissler (steve harvey show). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm: say hi to ari and uzi at a screening of the royal tenenbaums (2001). brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), 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 neel nanda (kimmel), matt goldich (seth meyers), jess salomon (ifc), rob haze (fallon), and robert dean (comedy central). hosted by chanel ali. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: chris gethard (the chris gethard show), casey balsham (gotham comedy live), petey deabreu (petey’s world), caitlin peluffo (nbc), danny delcolle, and david drake. hosted by mike lebovitz (last comic standing). 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 carmen lynch (colbert), chris laker (kimmel), rob haze (fallon), evan williams (comedy central), julia solomon (ucb), and alex dragicevich. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

10pm: it’ll be a hot mess drag competition at house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

coming up

7/12-15: buy-one-get-one free at the williamsburg grand opening of taiyaki nyc, the ice cream shop with adorable fish-shaped waffle cones. >>

7/12-15: tales of all types will be told at storyfest, an annual storytelling festival helmed by harmon leon (meet the deplorables) and featuring more 20 different story-filled shows, live podcast recordings, and solo performances. the pit (flatiron), $10/show, $25/pass. >>

7/12 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
beauty and the beast (2017). clove lakes park (staten island). >>
desperately seeking susan. brooklyn bridge park. >>
jumanji: welcome to the jungle. williamsbridge oval (bronx). >>
snow white and the seven dwarfs. tony dapolito recreation center (west village). >>
some like it hot. stuyvesant square park (gramercy). >>
the lion king. brevoort playground. (bed-stuy). >>
the space between us. tecumseh playground (uws). >>
when harry met sally. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>

7/12 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: grammy-winning drummer terri lyne carrington with pianist kris davis and composer/percussionist/turntablist val jeanty. metrotech commons at metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

7/12 12:30pm (thursdays thru 8/16): you don’t need to pay big bucks to see the stars of the stage at broadway in bryant park, an annual series offering free performances by broadway and off-broadway cast members over six weeks. tonight: chicago, spongebob squarepants, stomp, and waitress. the lawn at bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

7/12 5-8pm: make your own smell at a natural perfume workshop, where you’ll learn how to utilize ingredients like herbs, floral water, and oils to create your own personalized scent. participants will get to take home their concoctions. earth speaks (brooklyn heights), $20 . >>

7/12 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm show (thursdays thru 8/30): the annual museum of modern art summer thursday performance series brings a diverse range of nyc musicians to its sculpture garden. tonight: nkumu katalay + the life long project band. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

7/12 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 world roots music group brown rice family, and art by samuel jablon. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

7/12 6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/9): cocktails at cooper hewitt: the museum’s terrace and garden summer performance series continues with djs and former prince dancers coco + breezy, with zak leveer. arrive at 5pm if you’d like to also get in an hour of gallery viewing. cooper hewitt (ues), $13 adv, $15 general. >>

7/12 6:30pm (+ 8/9): the return of the annual jazz at socrates concerts strike a chord honoring sonny rollins in july and louis armstrong in august. tonight: eric wyatt, saxophonist and rollins’s godson. socrates sculpture park (lic), free admission. >>

7/12 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by antibalas, combo chimbita, and dj nickodemus. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7/12 7pm (+ 7/28, 8/4): members of the 90-piece columbia summer winds band perform a series of concerts in parks around nyc. tonight: washington square park. free. >>

7/12 7pm (thursdays thru 8/2): the annual river + blues concert series at robert f. wagner, jr. park continues with toshi reagon and biglovely. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free. >>

7/12 7pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: systema solar, very be careful, and el freaky at queensbridge park (queens). free. >>

7/12 7-10pm (thrusdays thru 7/26): in the city’s most diverse borough, the queens museum’s passport thursdays outdoor international film series transports you to another land. this week focuses on india, with a screening of road, movie (2010) and a pre-show bollywood dance workout class by masala bhangra. queens museum (flushing meadows corona park), free. >>

7/12 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. >>

7/12 7:30pm (runs thru 10/20): assemble for ‘the art of the avengers and other heroes,‘ an exhibition of original comic artwork showcasing characters from the marvel universe including the avengers and other heroes. opening reception tonight. society of illustrators (ues), free admission (donations appreciated). >>

7/12 7:30pm: afro-futurist duo gato preto performs at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7/12 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 selena coppock, molly cameron, jen keefe, candyce musinski, and more. hosted by angela perrone and natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

7/12 8pm: howl with laughter at the good dog show, a dog-friendly comedy show featuring human comedians aparna nancherla (corporate), yedoye travis (colbert), jess salomon (sirusxm), tim barnes (vice), and alon elian. hosted by jonathan zeller. dsk kaffee (fort greene), $5. >>

7/12 8pm (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show, serving up complimentary pasta with sausage and peppers alongside stand up by josh gondelman (seth meyers), sonia denis (hbo), liz miele (gotham live), calvin cato, and joe alfano. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

7/12 8pm: clip show carnage: bad movie fans steven desiena and steve whalen share clips from their favorite b movies with some help from guest comedians. vital joint (williamsburg), $5. >>

7/12 8pm-late (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring more than a dozen live electronic music and visual artists on indoor and outdoor stages. bonus: $2 burgers and $1 hot dogs (veggie option available). the keep (ridgewood), free admission. >>

7/12 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by claudia cogan, peggy o’brien, brian allen mitchell, and katie boyle. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

7/12 8:20pm (+ 7/13 8:21pm): see the sun set in alignment with the manhattan street grid during the twice-annual manhattanhenge celestial event. best viewed from the far east ends of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th sts. >>

7/12 8:30pm (monthly): liz barrett’s punnerifically named grin and barrett comedy show celebrates its fifth anniversary with a night of stand up by mark normand (conan), neel nanda (kimmel), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), sharon paul (ifc), sheba mason (comedy central), christian polanco (knockin’ boots), and sallyann hall (left breast comedy hour). bonus: girl scout cookies raffle! beauty bar (gramercy/east village), free. >>

7/12 9pm: couldn’t score radiohead tickets? radiohead tribute band there, there throws a fan party so you won’t be left high and dry. arlene’s grocery (les), $8. >>

7/12 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: see ‘sup at the ‘sup show, spotlighting the best acts from the weekly open mic of the same name for women, queer, and gender non-conforming performers. tonight: jo firestone (fallon), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), pooja reddy, caroline doyle, and maggie crane. hosted by juliet prather, maddie fischer, fareeha khan, jesse roth, and stephanie pace. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7/12 10pm: go gaga at a ‘born this way’ themed dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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