WEDS, 8/2: READ DATING, 10 OUTDOOR MOVIES, FREE CONCERTS, + 32 THURS EVENTS

around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
hidden figures (2016), hudson river park’s pier 63 (chelsea). bonus: free popcorn. >>
i know what you did last summer (1997) with pre-show music by sammus, mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint) >>
making do the right thing (1989), nowadays (ridgewood) >>
moonrise kingdom (2012) with pre-show music by morricone youth, prospect park’s long meadow (park slope) >>
queen of katwe, flushing meadows corona park unisphere (corona) >>
the challenge (2016), socrates sculpture park (lic) >>
the muppets movie (1979), riverside park south (uws) >>
trolls (2016), pier a park (hoboken) >>
wall-e (2008) and passengers (2016), the oval at stuyvesant town >>

6pm, 7pm: free summerstage shows tonight: ultimate break and beats anniversary with breakbeat lou, special ed, camp lo, and lord finesse (6pm doors, crotona park) and rennie harris puremovement + philadanco present: straight outta’ philly (7pm doors, central park). >>

6pm, 8pm: civil rights activist and writer shaun king speaks at the launch event for woke folks, the parent organization of the injustice boycott and other grassroots initiatives. star academy – ps 63 (east village), free. >>

6-8pm (thru 9/5): ‘a becoming resemblance,’ a collaborative exhibition between artist heather dewey-hagborg + whistleblower and transgender activist chelsea manning that features life-sized 3d prints generated from manning’s dna samples, opens tonight at the fridman gallery (soho). free. >>

6-9pm (ends today): williamsburg salsa orchestra plays tonight’s finale of the annual outdoor ¡arriba! dance party series on the high line. dance lesson at 6pm, band at 7pm. on the high line at w 16th st., free. >>

6-9pm (wednesdays thru 8/9): uptown bounce: two neighboring museums host free summer block parties in a joint series between the museum of the city of new york and el museo del barrio, featuring musical performances, djs, dance lessons, gallery talks, and art workshops, plus free museum admission and extended hours. tonight’s theme: ‘icons of the 80s.’ free admission. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: fleet foxes and (sandy) alex g play a celebrate brooklyn! benefit show that’s priced out of the skint’s range, but you can still throw down a blanket and listen with others outside the prospect park bandshell’s fenced-off area for free. >>

7pm: read dating > speed dating at strand books (union square), where you can look for your love match in the rare books room. tonight’s edition is women seeking women, with events scheduled later in the month for m4m (8/9) and w4m/m4w (8/16). $10 admission includes wine + pizza, and also gets you a $10 strand gift card. >>

7pm (monthly): mathemagician persi diaconis uses deep math, physics, and chocolate to demonstrate principles of combinatorics and probability at this month’s math encounters lecture, with an introduction by cuny chancellor emeritus matthew goldstein. national museum of mathematics (flatiron), free (rsvp recommended). >>

7pm: ace hotel (flatiron) will display new york relics from city reliquary museum’s permanent collection, including terracotta fragments of landmark skyscrapers, geological specimens from the 2nd avenue subway, an artifact from one of the last surviving coal-fired pizza ovens, and more through the month. opening reception with free wine and music tonight. free. >>

7pm (thru 9/7): brooklyn cyclones baseball season, a far less expensive option than the majors, continues at coney island’s mcu park. tonight’s special promo event: ‘squints’ (the sandlot) appearance. $10 ($20 for a sandlot package). >>

7pm: today’s madison square park music series features indie folk band the wild reeds. free. >>

7pm, 9pm (monthly): catch site-specific theater at a local watering hole, courtesy of our bar theater group. tonight’s theme: ‘the musical.’ failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

7-10pm (thru 8/4): check out some sweet art at the ’candylands’ gallery show, featuring artists’ works inspired by sugary treats. opening reception tonight. con artist collective + gallery (les), free. >>

7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with grammy award–winning singer-songwriter angélique kidjo reimagining talking heads’ album remain in light. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features sean donnelly (comedy central), mike feeney (gotham live), joyelle johnson, mara marek, and jarret berenstein. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (thru 8/5): south brooklyn shakespeare company presents an outdoor production of macbeth at park slope’s old stone house. free. >>

8pm (weekly): brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint) hosts a free screening of the warriors (1979). >>

8:30pm: hosts ree ree soko and carmen mendoza teach you how to fake it till you make it at their comedic lifestyle seminar, with helps from guests melissa villaseñor (snl), joe pera (adult swim), casey james salengo (comedy central), greg barris (heart of darkness), kristy belich, and adira amram. the pit underground (flatiron), $7. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): get in the loop at the comedians you should know show. tonight: sam morril (comedy central), ramy youssef (colbert), ryan reiss (seth meyers), khalid rahmaan (nbc), samantha ruddy (collegehumor), and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): the tale storytelling show returns with seasoned stories spun by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), gianmarco soresi, ji ji lee, and susan kent. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, vice). kgb bar (east village), $7. >>

thru 8/26: had enough sweaty outdoor shows? the annual shakespeare in the theater festival brings 11 of the bard’s plays to (gasp!) an indoor theater space with a/c. the brick theater (williamsburg), $20. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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8/3 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
footloose (1984), heckscher playground (bushwick) >>
9 to 5 (1980), brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 harbor view lawn >>
poetic justice (1993), herbert von king park (bedford-stuyvesant) >>
rogue one: a star wars story (2016), highbridge park (washington heights). >>
splash (1984), 28 liberty plaza (fidi). bonus: free popcorn. >>
the karate kid (1984), union square park’s north plaza >>
toy story (1995), tony dapolito recreation center (west village) >>

8/3 12:30pm (+ 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: miss saigon, chicago, broadway dreams, and natasha, pierre, and the great comet of 1812. the lawn at bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

8/3 2-5pm (thru 8/7): buy one macchiato, get one free at participating starbucks locations. >>

8/3 5:30pm (thursdays thru 8/24): music flows during strings on the hudson, an outdoor classical music series on the hudson riverfront, beginning this evening with tango music by knickerbocker chamber orchestra. north cove yacht harbor (battery park), free. >>

8/3 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 big band ensemble ghost train orchestra, a swing dance class with paolo pasta lana, and interactive art by dale kaplan. free. >>

8/3 6-8pm (thru 9/23): group exhibition, ‘screaming in the streets: aids, art, activism,’ highlights artistic responses and ‘safe zone’ venues during the aids crisis in the 80s and 90s. opening reception tonight. clampart gallery (chelsea), free. >>

8/3 6-8pm (monthly): 14 art galleries stay open late for special events and opening receptions during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free. >>

8/3 6-8pm (+ 8/5-6 12:15-5pm, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3): the paley center for media (midtown west) presents tv noir: let there be darks, a screening series featuring a dozen show episodes from 1952 to 2015 including dagnet, naked city, the twilight zone, twin peaks, the x-files, veronica mars, hannibal, and more. free. >>

8/3 6-9pm: glassnotes records curates tonight’s second part of the seaport summer concert series, with performances by robert delong, baio (vampire weekend), and snny. free. >>

8/3 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: ‘bollywood punk’ group the kominas. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

8/3 6:30pm (ends today): the annual outdoor jazz series in socrates sculpture park (lic) ends tonight with trumpeter ’hot lips’ joey morant playing a tribute to louis armstrong on the occasion of what would’ve been the jazz great’s 116th birthday. food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

8/3 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: béla fleck + the flecktones and nellie mckay play a celebrate brooklyn! festival show at prospect park bandshell. free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8/3 7pm: three two-wheeled experts discuss urban cycling in new york city and how to do it safely for commuting, work, and sport. complimentary cocktails provided, but don’t drink too many if you’re biking home. shimano bike nyc (soho), free (rsvp required). >>

8/3 7pm: lamenting a gentrifying city? so is jeremiah moss, who has a release + signing event for his new book, vanishing new york: how a great city lost its soul, based on his popular local blog. powerhouse arena (dumbo), free. >>

8/3 7pm: get some bad advice from bad women (authors) as they read from their works: ruby brunton (the 4 poets), clio chang (new republic), yessenia funes (colorlines), kay gabriel (impropria persona), sophie robinson (n+1), connie wang (refinery29), and charlotte shane (tigerbee press). word bookstore (greenpoint), free. >>

8/3 7pm: writer, journalist, and activist laurie penny launches her latest book, bitch doctrine: essays for dissenting adults, at strand books (union square). purchase of the signed book ($27) or a $15 gift card required for entry. >>

8/3 7pm (ends today): the monthly jazz at pier 84 outdoor music series concludes the season with a performance by the gregory lewis organ monk trio. hudson river park’s pier 84 (midtown west), free. >>

8/3 7-10pm (ends today): the queens museum’s annual outdoor passport thursday international dance, music, and film series ends the season with a focus on west africa, including dance by the seewe african dance company and a screening of christopher kirkley’s tribute to purple rain, rain the color blue with a little red in it (2015). flushing meadows corona park, free. >>

8/3 7pm doors: dj rehka’s basement bhangra, the bhangra-hip-hop fusion dance party that’s been going on for 20+ years, celebrates one last dance at sob’s (south village) before ending at summerstage on sunday. bonus: free mojitos before 8pm. $15 adv/$20 dos otherwise. >>

8/3 7:30pm (monthly): early birds vs night owls, street rats vs bodega cats, super mario bros vs the coen bros, and cash vs credit are the topics up for discussion at the arguments + grievances comedy debate series and podcast show. hosted by kevin white and kevin o’brien. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

8/3 7:30pm: there’s no such thing as love at a stand up and storytelling show about love, loss, and hopelessness hosted by claire burns and jessie jolles. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

8/3 7:30pm (weekly thru 8/17): the astoria waterfront concert series offers six free evenings of music outdoor, continuing tonight with 1940s jazz + swing band fleur seule. astoria park great lawn (astoria), free. >>

8/3 7:30pm: guitarist and living colour founder vernon reid and his electro-acoustic project hexadecimal gris gris (an underground railroad of the mind) perform a musical tribute to writer and social critic james baldwin at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

8/3 7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with bollywood boulevard: a journey through hindi cinema. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

8/3 8pm (monthly): your guess is as good as any at match game nyc, a game-show-turned-bar-affair where participants (i.e. you) compete to match answers to fill-in-the-blank questions with a rotating cast of ‘celebrity’ guests. tonight’s spielberg edition features burlesque performers anja keister, fem appeal and iris explosion. hosted by tiffany leigh. sidewalk cafe (east village), free admission, one drink or food item minimum. >>

8/3 8pm: laugh more than two times at two back-to-back comedy shows at ucb chelsea: ‘how to write a book: the play’ and ‘mom’s night out.’ $7. >>

8/3 8pm doors: the annual rooftop films series continues with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. tonight: antonio santini and dan sickles’ dina, with pre-show live music, post-show filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. courtyard of industry city, $15. >>

8/3 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by roy wood, jr. (the daily show, doing a 30-minute set), sarah tollemache (colbert), mara marek (kimmel), and noah garfinkel (the president show). hosted by emmy blotnick (@midnight) and matt koff (the daily show). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8/3 10pm (monthly): comedian and actress abby feldman (netflix, redacted tonight) dispenses audience advice from a bathtub in between stand up sets at the moist comedy show. this month, soak in the jokes of molly austin (trutv), mike brown (mtv), marie faustin (vh1), martin urbano (ifc), maria wojciechowski (seeso), and kaytlin bailey (cake comedy). the creek and the cave (lic), free. >>

8/3 10:30pm (+ 8/4 8pm): lebowski fest returns with a free ‘silent movie’ screening (thurs, damrosch park) and a bowling party including a costume contest, trivia, and more (fri, lucky strike manhattan, $30-35). >>

8/3 11pm (monthly): let comedians school you at woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests michael cruz kayne (asssscat), alex song (fallon), alex haynes (puffs), and dance duo the dysfunctional swingers perform about social issues they’re passionate about. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $5. >>

8/3-20: the tank’s ladyfest returns for a second year, featuring theater, film, comedy, and more crafted by all-female creative teams. the tank (midtown west), $5-15. >>

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