WEDS, 7/12: FREE ICE CREAM + PIZZA, MANHATTANHENGE, GET GEEKED, 12 FREE MOVIES, + 29 THURS EVENTS

around town today

various times (around sunset): free outdoor movie screenings:
dr. strangelove (1964), riverside park south’s pier i (uws) >>
easy money (2010), socrates sculpture park (lic) >>
finding dory (2016), metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn) >>
gimme shelter (1970), nowadays (ridgewood) >>
keanu (2016), hudson river park’s pier 63 (chelsea) >>
la la land (2016), pier a park (hoboken) >>
moana and fantastic beasts and where to find them, the oval at stuyvesant town >>
office space (1999) with pre-screening music by gobbinjr, mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint) >>
the sandlot (1993), father macris park (staten island) >>
the science of sleep (2006), j. hood wright park (washington heights) >>
zootopia (2016), bloomingdale playground (manhattan valley) >>

12-8pm: pups and their owners can both enjoy free ice cream, courtesy of petsmart, at washington square park (12-4pm) and madison square park (4:30-8pm). >>

12-8pm (wednesdays thru 8/2): you’ll never get ‘board’ at the fourth annual game on! block party series, which brings an array of active games to manhattan’s financial district including shuffleboard, arcade basketball, ping pong, mini golf and more, plus djs, two beer gardens and a photobooth. coenties slip and water street (fidi), free admission. >>

5-8pm: join the dork side at the getgeeked tech expo, a trade show for techies where you can test new gadgets from over 70 companies, chat with startups, and take home a swag bag. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), free. >>

6pm: u.s. goodwill cultural ambassador ronald rand and guests including actor brian cox present rand’s new book, create! how extraordinary people live to create and create to live, a collection of over 100 interviews with actors, dancers, musicians, directors, writers, and artists exploring the creative process and the importance of the arts. barnes + noble union square, free. >>

6pm: documentarian and lower east side mainstay clayton patterson presents photographs of drag performers taken at nyc’s pyramid club in the 1980s, in conversation about the era with esopus editor tod lippy. nypl tompkins square library (east village), free. >>

6pm, 7pm: free summerstage shows tonight: mon laferte, princess nokia, and ìfé (6pm, central park) and ladies of hip hop festival with guest amirah sackett (8pm, queensbridge park). >>

sponsored 6-8pm: pick up a free savings card and a slice of pizza at the grand street savings card launch party at forcella (485 lorimer st, williamsburg). hosted by the grand street bid. >>

6-8pm (wednesdays thru 7/19): more than 100 accordionists of different styles perform during the annual accordions around the world music fest. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6pm doors (tues-sat thru 7/15): dance to live music under the stars at lincoln center’s annual midsummer night swing outdoor dance parties. tonight: michael gamble and the rhythm serenaders; tomorrow: the aces of rhythm: hardcore tango. dance lesson 6:30pm, live music 7:30pm. damrosch park (uws), $17 adv, $20 dos admission gets you entrance to the dance floor with the best view of the band, but there’s usually a good amount of room to watch/dance from outside for free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: tradition, schmadition: new york jewish food moguls from rick’s picks, kossar’s and the jewish food society talk about changing the recipes for success as part of essex street market’s talk + taste panel discussion series. bonus: free nosh. free admission (rsvp required). >>

7pm (wednesdays thru 7/26): fix your hump day blues with sunset yoga on the beach + a coney island brew. coney island brewery (coney island), $5 admission includes yoga class + a pint of beer. >>

7pm: andy suzuki + the method play a free outdoor concert at waterside plaza (kips bay). >>

7-11pm (thru 7/14) (opening reception 7/12): peruse gender-bending portraits of politicians and celebrities inspired by alexander tsvetkov’s banned portrait at the putin in drag group art show. opening reception tonight. con artist collective + gallery (les), free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the bitchcraft variety show returns to sid gold’s request room (chelsea) for a glitter-tastic evening of music, comedy, storytelling, and leotard karaoke with guests josh gondelman (last week tonight), jen kwok (hbo), will miles (comedy central), sharron paul (lady parts justice), and more. hosted by selena coppock (amazon’s red oaks) and lauren maul (dudes bein’ dudes bein’ dudes). $5. >>

7pm doors, 8:05pm show: wit beats grit at literary death match, a comedy and game show that pits smart writers against one another in a battle of novel proportions. tonight’s guests include lauren duca (teen vogue), jamie brickhouse (three-time moth storyslam winner), rakesh satyal (blue boy) and more, with judges aparna nancherla (seth meyers), kashana cauley (the daily show), loryn brantz (feminist baby), and damien lemon (broad city). the bell house (gowanus), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

7pm 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider magazine/podcast moves to a new location this month with five personal stories about science and pain as told by interesting science-y folks and storytellers. hosted by erin barker (the moth storyslam champion) and paula croxson (neuroscientist). kraine theater (east village), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features chloe hilliard (last comic standing), noah gardenswartz (comedy central), alexis guerreros (gotham live), and carmen legala. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (thru 8/13): the second half of the annual shakespeare in the park season at central park’s delacorte theater resumes with a production of a midsummer night’s dream starring annaleigh ashford, de’andre aziza, danny burstein, kristine nielsen, phylicia rashad, and more. free tickets are available each day in-person at the park (starting @ 12pm, but the line forms much earlier), at an in-person lottery at the public theater (sign-up begins at 11am, drawing at 12pm), via online lottery, and at various locations in each borough on specific dates. >>

8pm (monthly): animation nights new york presents a program of curated indie animated short films and virtual reality animated experiences from around the world. beer and wine will be available for purchase. 180 maiden lane (south street seaport), free admission. >>

8pm (weekly): brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint) hosts a free screening of steven spielberg’s jaws (1975). >>

8:20pm (+ 7/13 8:21pm): see the sun align with the nyc street grid during the annual manhattanhenge celestial event. best viewed from the far east ends of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th sts. free (it’s the sun!). >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): discover funny folks at the comedians you should know show. tonight: josh gondelman (last week tonight), ronny chieng (the daily show), marie faustin (the warm up), drew michael (snl) and david drake (laughs). hosted by mike lebovitz. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

thru 7/18: relive the dream (or nightmare) of summer camp at bam’s notes on camp screening series, featuring 10 camp flicks of all kinds, from sleeper classics to sleepaway slashers: meatballs, wet hot american summer, friday the 13th and more. bam rose cinemas (fort greene), $15. >>

thru 9/23: two new group exhibitions open at the center for book arts (flatiron): ‘protest≠ profest: global burdens’ and ‘animation + printing.’ free admission. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

7/13 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
20 feet from stardom (2013), putnam triangle plaza (clinton hill) >>
2001: a space odyssey (1968), hunters point south park (lic) >>
back to the future part ii (1989), midland field (staten island) >>
chicago (2002), pier 95 (midtown west). bonus: free popcorn! >>
face/off (1997), tony dapolito recreation center (west village) >>
pariah (2011), brooklyn bridge park, pier 1 harbor view lawn (brooklyn heights) >>
zootopia (2016), stuyvesant square north lawn (stuytown) >>

7/13 11am-2pm (ends today): next stop, free food! enjoy free samples from 10 grand central terminal food vendors and perhaps enjoy a cocktail at the fifth annual taste of the terminal. vanderbilt hall at grand central terminal (midtown east), free admission. >>

7/13 12:30pm (thursdays thru 8/10): get a taste of the great white way for free during the annual broadway in bryant park, where cast members from shows perform excerpts outdoors. today: kinky boots, beautiful: the carole king musical, school of rock, and soulpepper on 42nd street. the lawn at bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

7/13 6pm: sociologist victor p. corona launches his first book, night class: a downtown memoir about fame, nightlife, club kids, lady gaga, and more, with cultural critic and author wednesday martin (primates of park avenue). rizzoli bookstore (flatiron), free. >>

7/13 6pm: get to know the nooks and crannies of kings county at the book launch party for untapped cities’s secret brooklyn, featuring a presentation + book signing by authors michelle young and augustin pasquet. brooklyn superhero supply co. (park slope), free (rsvp). >>

7/13 6pm (thursdays thru 9/28): music under the manhattan bridge: dumbo’s third annual live at the archway series continues a season of free outdoor musical performances, dj sets, dance classes, interactive art, pop-up galleries, and more with beer + wine available for purchase. tonight’s program includes performances by multinational 8-piece brown rice family, havana-based dj jigüe, and interactive art by jaimie walker. free. >>

7/13 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: georgetown university law center professor and former federal prosecutor paul butler discusses his book chokehold: policing black men at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). $5. >>

7/13 6:30pm (thursdays thru 8/31): the museum of modern art’s annual summer thursday performance series in the sculpture garden returns with a focus on artists with a ‘borderless musical vocabulary.’ tonight: ‘jarocho punk’ group ¡aparato!. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

7/13 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the 40th annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival brings andrew bird, esperanza spalding, chronixx, youssou n’dour, and many others to the prospect park bandshell stage this season. tonight: robert randolph + the family band and eric krasno. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

7/13 7pm: shard cinema author and bard college teacher evan calder williams discusses his book about the impacts of changes in moving images over the last 30 years. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

7/13 7pm (thursdays thru 7/27): the annual outdoor river + blues concert series presents blues music from around the world with a view of the hudson. tonight: rebirth brass band. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free. >>

7/13 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), $10. >>

7/13 7pm doors, 8pm show: clothing will magically disappear at hotsy totsy burlesque’s tribute to harry potter and the cursed pastie. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7/13 7:30pm: hetty mckinnon, owner of arthur street kitchen, launches her second cookbook, neighborhood: hearty salads and plant-based recipes from home and abroad, with martha stewart living founding food editor susan spungen and some sample dishes and wine. books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

7/13 7:30pm: inquisitive minds are welcome to ask comedians whatever they like at the press conference comedy show, featuring katie-ellen humphries, alex fossella, jay welch, phil stamato, and chris calogero. hosted by kevin froleiks and sam bourne. q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

7/13 7:30pm (weekly thru 8/17): the astoria waterfront concert series offers six free evenings of music outdoor, beginning tonight with beatles tribute band strawberry fields. astoria park great lawn (astoria), free. >>

7/13 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show’s two-year anniversary show, serving up complimentary homemade lasagna alongside stand up by aparna nancherla (master of none), rob haze (comedy central), mehran khagani (mtv), myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome), and pat brown (colbert). hosted by brian parise. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

7/13 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 katie haller, karolena theresa, suni reyes, lauren maul, rachael parenta, kat burdick, and gregory hall. hosted by natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

7/13 8pm: willy wonka + the chocolate factory.… entirely from memory: eight performers 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. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

7/13 8pm-midnight: night at the museum: moma ps1 (lic) opens its doors for after-hours viewings of its exhibitions, temporary interactive installations, performances, and music. food and drinks will be available for purchase. $15 >>

7/13 8:30pm (monthly): liz barrett’s puntastically named grin + barrett comedy show returns, celebrating its fourth anniversary with standup by josh gondelman (last week tonight), kerry coddett (mtv), dan perlman (trutv), frank liotti (gotham live), tito garza (funny or die), katie hannigan (the comedienne project), and ashlee voorsanger. beauty bar (gramercy), free. >>

7/13 8:30pm (+ 7/14 7pm, 9pm): some strings attached. at the latest edition of the sinking ship productions puppet playlist series, puppeteers and musicians create original interpretations inspired by the songs of whitney houston. the tank (theater district), $13-15. >>

7/13 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): country music comedy duo reformed whores host a night of comedy and variety at their up n’ coming show. tonight, they’ll be previewing their ‘grand ole cuntry’ show that will premiere at the edinburgh fringe festival, along with guests mindy raf, david carl, and jena friedman. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

7/13 9pm: inspired by topics discussed on ricki lake’s 90’s-era talk show, the go ricki! comedy show celebrates its first anniversary tonight with the topic ‘i’m sick and tired of hearing about your baby, shut up and get a life.’ guests include myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome), christi chiello (roast battle), sydnee washington (the warm up), robyn schall (live at gotham), and oscar aydin. hosted by matt mccormick. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

7/13 10pm: freestyle bingo: rappers and comedians freestyle the bingo numbers while you play. hosted by ben kronberg. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 to play, free to watch. >>

7/13-15: what does the shifting political climate mean for arts, culture, and its funding? the we are the people we’ve been waiting for festival explores this inquiry through performance, discussion, and audience q+a’s. new york live arts, the 8th floor, and queens museum, free-$5. >>

7/13-16: you too can score, via 20% off sex toys, free booze tastings, and more, during babeland’s customer appreciation sale. soho, les, and park slope locations. >>

7/13-18: japan cuts, north america’s largest festival of new japanese film, returns for an 11th year with blockbusters, documentaries, animations, restored classics and avant-garde selections, plus post-show q+a’s, parties, and more. japan society (midtown east), $14 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

7/13-8/10 (thursdays): play giant games and cornhole at flatiron north public plaza’s annual throwback thursdays series. bonus: free frozen custard from shake shack 7/13 6pm. >>

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