around town today

various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
beetlejuice (1988) with pre-show music by sad13, mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint) >>
hairspray (2017), harlem art park (harlem) >>
in transit (2015), nowadays (ridgewood) >>
la la land (2016), hudson river park’s pier 63 (chelsea). bonus: free popcorn. >>
sing (2016) and la la land (2016), the oval at stuyvesant town >>
spy kids (2001), pena herrera park (sunset park) >>
the big lebowski (1998), pier i at riverside park south (uws) >>
the boss baby (2017), pier a park (hoboken) >>
the silence before bach (2007), socrates sculpture park (lic) >>
zootopia (2016) with pre-show music by brooklyn united marching band, prospect park’s long meadow (park slope) >>

12-11pm (thru summer): flatiron italian restaurant sottosuolo serves up eight different boozy gelato and sorbet flavors, putting some spike in your summer for $6. look for the pushcart outside the restaurant or inside the entrance. >>

6pm: radio hosts and now-authors harry rosenblum and michael harlan turkell celebrate the release of their respective books about vinegar, vinegar revival: artisanal recipes for brightening dishes and drinks with homemade vinegars and acid trip: travels in the world of vinegar, at heritage radio network’s volumes and vinegars edition of books + brews. bonus: free lagunitas beer. the brooklyn kitchen, free (rsvp). >>

6-9pm (ends today): uptown bounce: two neighboring museums host this summer’s last free block party 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: latin disco. free admission. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (wednesdays thru 8/23): join in a performance of highlights from haydn’s creation at this week’s edition of the new york choral society’s summer sing series. a party with drinks and snacks follows. church of the holy trinity, draesel hall (ues), $15. >>

7pm: get supremely informed about the most pivotal law cases our nation’s highest court has seen at a discussion of with author michael g. trachtman (the supremes’ greatest hits: the supreme court cases that most directly affect your life). bryant park reading room (midtown west), free. >>

7pm: actor jennifer jason leigh does q+a following a screening of george armitage’s miami blues (1990), as part of the ‘now: films that inspired the safdie brothers’ good time series at the metrograph (les). $15. >>

7pm: brooklyn band andy suzuki + the method perform music from their newest album at waterside plaza (kips bay). free. >>

7pm, 8pm: free summerstage shows tonight: nuyorican poets cafe: staceyann chin, ntozake shange, and sarah kay (7pm, east river park) and malpaso dance company, daymé arocena, and nickodemus (8pm, central park’s rumsey playfield).

7-10pm: artists from both new york and abroad put their own spin on record cover designs at the vinyl vandals art exhibit, opening tonight with music from dj pablo77 and friends. max fish (les), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): prep for the upcoming eclipse in totality at the next astronomy on tap discussion series, featuring trivia and expert presentations on eclipse safety, cosmic photobombing, and more. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

7:30pm: vice correspondent gianna toboni and panelists from hbo’s trans youth discuss the issues surrounding the timing of transition for trans kids. lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws), free. >>

7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with the two-time grammy award-winning spanish harlem orchestra and colombian jazz harpist edmar castañeda. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): roast battle meets debate club for whitney houston vs. mariah carey: a battle of the divas, where comedians and pop culture experts square off via debates, screaming matches, and drag performances. hosted by christi chiello and matteo lane. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm: scott adsit (30 rock, adult swim) improvises with members of the audience at ucb chelsea. $7. >>

8pm: rats, bats, and laughs. comedians joe rumrill and andrew tisher host a night of exclusively critter-based material at an evening of comedy about rats and bats and that’s all!. babycastles (chelsea), $5. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features sal vulcano (impractical jokers), aparna nancherla (conan), rob cantrell (last comic standing), matt mcclowry (gotham live), and gabe pacheco (funhouse comedy). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (monthly): animation nights new york presents a program of cardiff animation nights short films and virtual reality animated experiences. 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 the crush (1993). >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): smart people discuss things they’re passionate about while wasted at the drunk education show. tonight’s theme: ‘reality tv’. littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): get in the loop at the comedians you should know show. tonight: nathan macintosh (conan), beth stelling (comedy central), liz miele (comedy central), mike lebovitz (last comic standing), guitler raphael, and jake head. hosted by saurin choksi. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

our next event!

On Friday, August 11, go Back in Time for a night of Dancing in the Dark set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. We’ll be taking over two rooms of The Bell House with 80s anthems performed by kick-ass 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by Party Like It’s 1999’s DJ Steve Reynolds, music video Sing-Alongs by SecretFormula, and 80s + 90s music videos from Music Video Time Machine.

the skint presents:
Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party
Featuring The Engagements and Party Like It’s 1999’s Steve Reynolds
Friday, August 11 8pm doors
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn (directions)
F, G or R to 4th Avenue/9th Street
Tickets are just $5 in advance with promo code “summertime” here (reg. $10).
Facebook event page:

coming up

8/10 various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
back to the future (1985), union square park’s north plaza >>
beauty and the beast (1991), morris-jumel mansion (washington heights). bonus: free popcorn. >>
brown sugar (2002), coffey park (red hook) >>
catch me if you can (2002), 28 liberty plaza (fidi) >>
42 (2013), brooklyn bridge park, pier 1 harbor view lawn (brooklyn heights) >>
mamma mia sing-along (2008), pier 95 (midtown west). bonus: free popcorn. >>
selma (2014) with live score by jason moran and the wordless music orchestra, prospect park bandshell >>
starship troopers (1997), tony dapolito recreation center (west village) >>
2001: a space odyssey (1968), lic landing events space at hunter’s point south park (lic) >>

8/10 12pm (ends today): take a musical lunch break at the r+b festival at metrotech, the brooklyn academy of music’s free outdoor concert series returning for a 23rd year. today’s finale: prince protégés liv warfield, judith hill, and shelby j: love 4 one another. metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

8/10 12:30pm (ends today): 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’s final show of the summer features come from away, charlie and the chocolate factory, bandstand, curvy widow, and woody sez. the lawn at bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

8/10 5:30pm (8/10-12 5:30pm, 8/13 2pm, + 9/7-8 5pm in central park): prospects are high that you’ll see some skin at torn out theater’s all-nude, all-male production of shakespeare’s hamlet, being staged in prospect park’s music pagoda. free. >>

8/10 5:30pm (thursdays thru 8/24): music flows during strings on the hudson, an outdoor classical music series on the hudson riverfront, continuing this evening with foxtrot music by knickerbocker chamber orchestra. north cove yacht harbor (battery park), free. >>

8/10 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 is presented with brasil summerfest, and includes performances by batuque da lan lanh’s percussion-based musical trio and interactive art by damon may. free. >>

8/10 6-11pm (thru 8/13): east harlem’s annual giglio festival returns with food vendors, rides, games, music, and the group lifting of a five-ton religious statue (sun). pleasant avenue between 114th + 116th streets. >>

8/10 6:30pm: put your palate to work at essex olive + spice house, essex street market’s newest vendor, who’ll be hosting a tasting of 12 infused olive oils and 6 infused vinegars. bonus: free spice samples to take home. essex street market (les), $5. >>

8/10 6:30pm: nick rockwell, chief technology officer of the new york times, discusses the challenges and new technologies in digital media. includes a pre-event happy hour and post-event reception. alley (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

8/10 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: east african retro-pop group alsarah and the nubatones. included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students). >>

8/10 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: how did indian food become part of fine dining in america? historic gastronomists sarah lohman and mit scholar vivek bald dig into the impact that ‘original celebrity chef’ j. ranji smile (‘the king of curry cooks’) had on american cuisine in 1899. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

8/10 7pm: aclu women’s rights project attorney gillian thomas discusses title vii civil rights battles and her book, because of sex: one law, ten cases, and fifty years that changed american women’s lives at work with columnist and notorious rbg author irin carmon. strand books (union square), free (rsvp). >>

8/10 7pm: where the poets grow, printbyprint group’s new bushwick monthly poetry/spoken word series centered on community engagement, kicks off with readings by local poets abdul fattah ismail, bonafide rojas, collette brown, david roberts, madi dangerously, naja, rae leone allen, and tayllor johnson. starr bar (bushwick), $10. >>

8/10 7pm: get a taste of shakespeare when hedgepig ensemble theatre pairs three quick shakespeare plays with a beer at the outdoor stage at the well (bushwick). free admission, beer extra (donations welcome). >>

8/10 7pm: female frequency and the creators collective present an interactive music production workshop and live performance with psychic twin (electronic musician erin fein). amplify (east williamsburg), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

8/10 7-9pm: enjoy complimentary drinks and vegan sweets at the launch party for got a girl crush magazine’s latest issue. space ninety 8 (williamsburg), free. >>

8/10 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. >>

8/10 7pm doors, 7pm show: free summerstage show tonight: company sbb with burnt sugar arkestra at the amphiteater at east river park. >>

8/10 7:30pm (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with okayafrica’s riddim + beats, d’banj, sister nancy, and the compozers. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

8/10 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show, serving up complimentary homemade cheesy cavatappi with cauliflower and optional bacon alongside stand up by luke mones (elite daily), randy syphax (fallon), joyelle johnson (seeso),  dan boulger (james corden), and paris sashay (dc improv). hosted by brian parise + courtney fearrington. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

8/10 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 angela perrone, sandi marx, andrew mcgill, and brian six. hosted by natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8/10 8pm: david bowie tribute group the band from mars performs the rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars in its entrirety, plus additional bowie hits. michael t spins. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $10. >>

8/10 9pm: the nerdy, dirty dark show asks comedians to do sets with a nerdy joke in the beginning, a dirty joke in the middle, and a dark joke at the end. featuring jo firestone (fallon), drew michael (snl), jessa reed (this is not happening), and usama siddiquee (fusion tv). hosted by david piccolomini. bonus: $3 tecates and $6 sangria. cantina royale (williamsburg), $5. >>

ticket deals

take a cruise up the hudson river to bear mountain 9/23-11/12 for $37 (plus ticket fees, reg $65). >>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the metropolitan pavilion 9/14-17 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18) >>

get tickets to the annual nyc craft coffee festival at villain in williamsburg 9/30 for $19+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $35+). >>

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