around town today

thru 8/12: the annual lincoln center out of doors festival returns for its 48th year of free music, dance, film, and more. weds: raphael saadiq and tamar-kali; thurs: selena for sanctuary; friday: hal willner’s amarcord nino rota; sat: family day and faramarz aslani; sun: jonathan wilson and lucy dacus. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

thru 8/4: the 41st asian american international film festival, the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about asians and asian americans, returns with 11 days of screenings, panel discussions and screenplay readings. various locations, $16 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
canceled due to rain alice in wonderland (1951) with pre-show music by morricone youth. prospect park’s long meadow north. >>
bye bye birdie. greenbelt recreation center (staten island). >>
despicable me 3. tremont park (bronx). >>
ghostbusters and the birdcage. stuyvesant oval (stuyvesant town). >>
jumanji: welcome to the jungle. pier 63 (chelsea). >>
love + basketball. mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>
mulan 2. homecrest playground (gravesend). >>
the lego batman movie. st nicholas playground south (harlem). >>
the young girls of rochefort. socrates sculpture park (lic). >>
toy story 3. pier i (uws). >>
trainwreck. pier 17 (south street seaport). >>
wag the dog. nowadays (ridgewood). >>

5:30pm (wednesdays thru 8/8, + 8/10): carnegie hall citywide presents a series of free concerts at bryant park, continuing tonight with ensemble decoda performing selections from ennio morricone’s cinema paradiso film score, rimsky-korsakov’s scheherazade, piazzolla’s libertango, and more. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6pm: how do i get paid to be who i am? author and career coach michelle pyram tackles life and how to make money by being your best you. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

6pm: the newfilmmakers new york screening series presents a night of shorts, two features, and trash empire, a documentary on dumpster diving and providing more nutritious food with less waste. anthology film archives (east village), $7. >>

6pm (wednesdays thru 8/15): the annual madison square park summer nights music series continues on this season with a performance by ‘indie hindie’ songstress falu. madison square park (flatiron), free. >>

6-8pm (runs thru 8/26): the new york studio school of drawing, painting and sculpture presents ‘x marks the spot,’ its inaugural all-female and female-identifying alumni art show. opening reception tonight. new york studio school (greenwich village), free. >>

6-8pm (+ 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). >>

6-9pm (runs thru 8/12): the storefront project gallery (les) presents ‘store front: the disappearing face of new york,’ an exhibition of photographs of mom-and-pop stores by karla and james murray. opening reception tonight. free. >>

6-9pm (wednesdays thru 8/15): jump around at the uptown bounce, the museum of the city of new york and el museo del barrio‘s summer block party series featuring music, dance lessons, gallery tours, and local food, plus free museum admission. tonight’s theme: ‘rhythm + power,’ a celebration of the cultural infusion of new york salsa and disco. the front terraces of both museums, free admission (rsvp required).

6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 8/12): tonight’s bric celebrate brooklyn! festival concert at the prospect park bandshell with courtney barnett, julien baker, and vagabon is a benefit ($39.50-45, sorry), but many folks on a budget tend to throw down a picnic blanket and listen/hang outside the venue. >>

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: ‘the last mambo king of the bronx,’ orlando marin. free. >>

6:45pm: videology (williamsburg) hosts an advance screening of nico, 1988, susanna nicchiarelli’s interpretation of the famed warhol superstar and velvet underground vocalist as she approaches 50. free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): lgbtqia comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase greetings, from queer mountain returns with tonight’s theme ‘do not enter,’ featuring guests bowen yang (broad city), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), francisco márquez (the offing), jon wan (asian af), and peter donnelly. hosted by micheal foulk, kyle dacuyan, and lorena russi. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm (monthly): b-i-n-g-oh yeah! pop!: a pop-culture bingo party makes a rainbow connection with this month’s muppet edition, filled with video clips, mini games, and chances to win food, drinks, and more. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson. 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 original invasion of the body snatchers (1956).  $15. >>

7pm: the george gee swing orchestra plays a free concert at waterside plaza (kips bay). >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: alonzo king lines ballet. free. >>

7:30pm: author and lgbt essayist edmund white (the farewell symphony) reflects on the books and stories that shaped his life in his latest collection of essays, the unpunished vice: a life of reading, in conversation with author michael carroll (little reef). books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

8pm (monthly): word weavers adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), halle kiefer (vulture), ashley brooke roberts (fresh out!), and matt dennie (ucb) share stories of and relating to fathers at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (thru 7/28): afropunk battle of the bands: 16 bands compete for a chance to play the mainstage at august’s festival. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): hot box comedy is blazing with another night of laughs from leonard ouzts (comedy central), erin jackson (conan), nore davis (mtv), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), carmen lagala (colbert), and more. 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 joe zimmerman (comedy central), kendra cunningham (gotham live), jordan temple (conan), dina hashem (conan), mara marek, and mike abrusci. 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 joyelle johnson (seth meyers), joe pera (adult swim), kerry coddett (wyatt cenac’s problem areas), jim tews (last comic standing), brendan eyre (comedy central), and peter revello. hosted by chloe radcliffe (comics to watch). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: dc benny (comedy central), neel nanda (comedy central), dulce sloan (the daily show), robby slowik (conan), gena gephart (reductress), and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

coming up

7/26-9/9: four film series for the season:
7/26-29: animation block party: the largest animation fest on the east coast. bam cinématek and littlefield, free-$15. >>
7/26-8/2: the future of film is female: contemporary films directed by women early in their careers. the museum of modern art, $8-12. >>
7/26-8/9: the female gaze: 36 films shot by 23 female cinematographers. film society of lincoln center, $12-15. >>
7/26-9/9: see it big! 70mm: 2001: a space odyssey, the sound of music, west side story, and more. the museum of the moving image, $15-20. >>

7/26-8/26: hip to hip theatre company’s 12th annual shakespeare in the parks season brings king lear and all’s well that ends well to 13 parks throughout the five boroughs, jersey city, and southampton. free. >>

7/26 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. wyckoff farmhouse museum (east flatbush). >>
back to the future. bonus: free popcorn. fosun plaza (fidi). >>
enter the dragon. sunset park (sunset park). >>
ghana. queens museum (flushing meadows corona park). >>
jurassic park. willowbrook park (staten island). >>
loving vincent. asser levy playground (stuy town). >>
paris is burning. brooklyn bridge park (brooklyn heights). >>
star wars: the last jedi. hunts point recreation center (bronx). >>
the lion king. tony dapolito recreation center (greenwich village). >>
vertigo. stuyvesant square north lawn (stuy town). >>
zootopia. alley pond park (oakland gardens). >>

7/26 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 award-winning trumpeter and spike lee film composer terence blanchard and his electric funk quintet, e-collective. metrotech commons at metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

7/26 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. today: come from away, kinky boots, the band’s visit, and this ain’t no disco. the lawn at bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

7/26 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: combo chimbita. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

7/26 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: ‘rising choreographers’ presented by white wave dance company, and art by marney fuller. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

7/26 6-8pm, 7-9pm: 50-70 artists exhibit works at annual small works shows at carter burden gallery (chelsea) and trestle gallery (sunset park). opening receptions tonight. free.

7/26 6-9pm (thursdays thru 8/9): cocktails at cooper hewitt: the museum’s terrace and garden summer performance series continues with a performance by drew ‘thatviolakid’ forde and friends. arrive at 5pm if you’d like to also get in an hour of gallery viewing. cooper hewitt (ues), $13 adv, $15 general. >>

7/26 6pm, 7pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. today: old crow medicine show (6pm, central park, $39.50-45) and judy torres, tka, and grandwizzard theodore (saint mary’s park in the bronx, free). >>

7/26 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: a drinking game nyc casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved 80s or 90s movie and turns the whole thing into– you guessed it, a drinking game. tonight, stumble with them through the goonies. industry city courtyard 1/2, $15. >>

7/26 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by brandi carlile and ruthie foster. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7/26 6:45pm: how much keanu kean-u handle? the incomparable keanu tribute and trivia night lets you show your love for the one with trivia, games, a costume and impression contest, and clips + montages. videology (williamsburg), $15. >>

7/26 7pm (+ 8/2): the annual river + blues concert series at robert f. wagner, jr. park continues with hurray for the riff raff. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free. >>

7/26 7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by berben and wolff’s vegan delicatessen will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit encompass. bonus: $5 well drinks happy hour. solas (east village), free admission. >>

7/26 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): your wallet doesn’t need to be full for the runnin’ on empty stand-up comedy show, which features a mix of pros and up-and-comers. performers tonight include josh sharp (the opposition with jordan klepper), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), andrea simons (refinery29), moss perricone, pat regan, and chelsea fernando. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $3. >>

7/26 7pm doors, 8pm show: astronomy + physics professor janna levin (how the universe got its spots) hosts the scientific controversies series at red hook’s pioneer works. tonight’s topic is black holes with yale professor and astrophysicist priyamvada natarajan and the university of arizona professor and astrophysicist feryal özel. stargazing in the garden will follow. free (rsvp). >>

7/26 7:30pm: argentinian dancehall artist alika blends blends roots, reggae, hip-hop, and socially engaged lyrics at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7/26 7:30pm: motor city revue takes a trip back to the days of motown at astoria park lawn (astoria). free. >>

7/26 8pm: instead of making your own way awkwardly through a blind date, watch and laugh as someone else does it. on stage. at the in a world: the dating show, celebrating its first anniversary tonight, host emma vernon sets two pairs of single folks up on blind dates in an environment created by a group of improvisors. the pit (flatiron), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7/26 8pm: bunt cake a monthly comedy zine by female-identifying, trans and nonbinary contributors, puts on a comedy showcase to launch their new issue. molasses bookstore (bushwick), free. >>

7/26 8 pm (monthly): the new vortex of shame comedy show makes its debut with standup by khalid rahmaan (conan), emma willmann (crazy ex-girlfriend), kendra cunningham (gotham live), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), and pedro gonzalez. hosted by margaret dodge. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

7/26 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by gideon hambright (mtv), josh comers (conan), ashley hamilton, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

7/26 9pm: jaws… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added in to spice things up. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

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