8/14: MIRA SORVINO, GHOST DOG, INTERGALACTIC TRAVEL BUREAU, ARTPROV, BICYCLISTS’ BALL

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around town today

free outdoor movies tonight: >>
au revoir taipei (taiwan), south street seaport food fest. bonus: free food samples (limited qty).
capitan philips, the intrepid
ghost dog: the way of the samurai, brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 harbor view lawn
goonies, nj’s asbury park
midnight cowboy, tompkins square park
polyester, long island city (43-29 crescent street)

free opening reception: 
group show: ‘a/wake in the water’ @ mocada >>

11am-3am (thru 8/17): cookies! get yerself a free cookie at the new insomnia cookies location in the financial district (76 pearl street). printable coupon required. >>

12-8pm (thru 8/16): imagine yourself going on a faraway trip at theintergalactic travel bureau, an interactive exhibit at chashama gallery where you can, plan your trip with ‘space travel agents’, ask an actual astrophysicist your questions about space travel, send a free postcard from space, take a picture on the moon, and more. 266 w. 37th st. (bet. 7th + 8th aves), free admission. >>

3-11pm: the silent barn pays tribute to robin williams with screenings of aladdin, the birdcage, jumanji, hook and one hour photo. free. >>

5pm: actress mira sorvino talks about intruders, her new bbc series. apple soho, free (rsvp required). >>

5-10pm: output’s rooftop hosts the ‘bang tidy’ burning man warmup pop-up shopping event: djs, 20 vendors, dresses, jewelry, more. free admission. >>

5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45pm (+ 8/21, 9/25): rsvp for ‘classes on the cobbles’, a series of free outdoor yoga, krav maga, strength, and bootcamp classes at the meatpacking district’s gansevoort plaza. mats provided.>>

5:30pm doors, 6:30pm show (thursdays thru 8/28): the annual moma nights music series continues a season of performances in the sculpture garden with frankie cosmos. free with $25 museum admission. >>

6:30pm: score the fountain: musicians were asked to create an original score to accompany the actions of the brooklyn museum’s jane and david walentas fountain. see and hear the results tonight. >>

7pm: astronomy on tap = galactic lectures + chats in a bar. tonight’s topics: galaxy clusters, supercomputer simulations and more with speakers from columbia, yale, princeton and rutgers. the way station, free. >>

7pm: notorious photographer ron galella (andy warhol’s fave photographer, and subject of smash his camera) presents his new book of celebrities in new york during the 1970s and 80s with socialiteanthony haden-guest. strand books, purchase of the book or a $20 gift card required for entry. >>

7pm: artist/trend consultant emily segal and anthropologist/science historian nicolas langlitz talk about mainstreaming psychedelia: the revival of hallucinogen research since the ‘decade of the brain’. swiss institute, free (rsvp). >>

7pm: pitchfork celebrates the release of the third issue of its new print quarterly, the pitchfork review, with a live solo set by dee dee from dum dum girls, deejaying by richard pretty, and with readings by editor-in-chief mark richardson, writer jenn pelly, and associate editor lindsay zoladz. housing works, free. >>

7pm: brave adults share their diaries, poems, letters and more from their humiliating teenage years at the monthly ‘cringe’ reading series. freddy’s back room, free. >>

7pm: jiji lee hosts the weekly split personality storytelling and character open mic show at williamsburg’s over the eight. tonight’s guests: david crabb (the moth host) and carl foreman (ucb, college humor). free. >>

7pm: artprov: a cast of comics create improvised scenes and musicals based on the gallery of a guest artist, who will create a new piece at the same time. the pit, $10 adv, $12 door, $1 students. >>

7pm (+ 8/15): comedian jim tews (last comic standing) tests out new material at the creek and the cave. free. >>

7pm (every thurs-sat thru 8/30): boomerang theater company brings shakespeare’s love’s labour’s lost to bryant park’s upper terrace steps. free. >>

7pm (thursdays thru 9/25): bow tie cinemas screens christopher guest’swaiting for guffman as part of its ‘chelsea classics’ series. $7. >>

7pm (thru 8/31): get your minor league baseball fix for a fraction of the cost of the majors during the brooklyn cyclones season. tonight’s game against the lowell spinners includes a free gil hodges jersey. $12-18. >>

7pm: holy ghost!, kim ann foxman, and dave p.play the free vans house party. update: rsvp list is full>>

7, 8pm (thru 8/24): the free summerstage city parks concert seriesbrings 100 free music, dance, film, comedy, family and theater performances to 14 parks throughout the five boroughs. tonight: byron cage, jason rodger + alc, and the allen ame choir (7pm, marcus garvey park), and the new york neo-futurists’ 30 plays in 60 minutes show ‘too much light makes the baby go blind’ (8pm, east river park). >>

7-8:30pm (thru 8/16): kickoff party (free drinks!) at the dumbo studio of mode marteau, a brooklyn-based online vintage clothing and accessories shop. the sale continues thru saturday with 30-70% off everything and prices starting at $20. 68 jay st., bet. front and water sts. >>

7-10: at the inaugural transportation alternatives bicyclists’ ball and pedestrian prom, guests can dance the night away while enjoying unlimited beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music from ikebe shakedown, and a silent auction of bicycles and accessories. bike-friendly dress code. roulette, $25. >>

7pm-1am: new myths continues a residency at pianos with support from skymatic, two seconds to midnight, little anchor, tutlie and frealane. $8. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 8/21): the bard’s tale is performed as a drinking game at shotspeare’s romeo and juliet. the slipper room, $15.>>

7pm doors, 8pm film (ends today): tribeca cinemas wraps up its ‘screen teens’ themed summer cinema series with amy heckerling’s clueless. $15 admission includes a one-hour open vodka bar before the film. >>

7:30pm: the abemixture comedy and music show, hosted by deepak ananthapadmanabha and hiram becker, features aparna nancherla, claudia cogan, brendan mclaughlin, asie mohtarez, anita flores and koshin egal. legion bar, free. >>

7:30pm: cardinal sons play this week’s target free thursday at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: jamie kilstein (conan, ‘citizen radio’ co-host), chris gethard (the chris gethard show, conan) and matty blake (30 rock, orange is the new black) share stories for katharine heller’s ‘tell the bartender’ podcast recording at union hall. $10 >>

8pm: at the monthly low standards show, guests perform stand-up and discuss their favorite underappreciated films. tonight: casey jost (comedy central ‘central’ host), brooke van poppelen (ferguson, ‘dive comedy’ host) and naomi ekperigin (broad city, totally biased) join hosts john murray and matt fisher. $3 pints 7-8pm. videology, free. >>

8pm (every thurs-sun thru 9/7): gorilla rep’s presentation of william shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream starts in the southwest corner of washington square park, then the action moves to other locations within the park. free. >>

8pm (thru 8/16): shakespeare in the park(ing) lot: the drilling company closes the summer season with a production of othello performed in an actual municipal parking lot on the corner of ludlow and broome streets in the les. free. >>

8pm (thru 8/17): composer and vocalist lisa bielawa curates and performs in a series of eight concerts at the stone. $15. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: twin peaks, the lemons and winstons play baby’s all right. $12. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: weeknight, boot blacks and youth worship play rough trade. $12. >>

8:15pm: the weekly ’emily’ show celebrates the worst of the worst submitted poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, sketches and essays. tonight’s theme: ‘the humor of our fathers’, with guests peter radomski, sachi ezura, emily fleming, lauren ireland, tim racine, and hosts lizzie martinez, tim racine and emily bogue. want to submit something to the show? bring your 200-word submission with you or email it in advance to: [email protected] upstairs at 2a, free. >>

8:30pm: the weekly fresh out stand-up comedy show at ucbeast features guests michelle wolf  (seth meyers), chris duffy ( ‘you’re the expert!’ and ‘taste test comedy’ host), jason nash (jason nash is married), gary vider (conan), scott chaplain, nick maritato and hosts ashley brooke roberts and jim tews. $5. >>

8:30pm (thursdays thru 9/11): grab some free popcorn at the graham’s summer movies series. tonight: don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead. free admission. >>

8:30pm (thru 8/16): theatre 4the people’s unsex me here is a dance theatre piece showcasing the wicked ladies from shakespeare’s plays. here, $15. >>

9pm: burlesque/game show ‘grab my junk’ (‘the world’s most touching game show’), comes to coney island usa. $12. >>

9:30pm: the midnight hollow, fielded and reni lane play mercury lounge. $12. >>

reminder (thru 8/24): with 200 shows over 16 days at 20 venues, the 18th annual new york international fringe festival has new theater for all tastes. bonus: fringenyteasers and fringeal fresco performances provide free short previews on select dates. $18. >>

check our website for more free outdoor movies and ongoing events.

coming up

8/15: national thrift store day: 50+ non-profit stores, including film biz recycling, recycle-a-bicycle, housing works, and more, offer 15-50% off merchandise. >>

8/15 3-8pm: korea day takes over laguardia place from w. 3rd to w. 4th streets and nyu’s skirball center with food and info on tourism, health, beauty and entertainment (3-6pm) and a k-pop festival (6pm, get a wristband for admission at the corner of w. 3rd st and laguardia place starting at 3pm). >>

8/15 6-9pm: the frick collection opens its doors for free after hours tonight for gallery talks, sketching, music and more. free admission (reg $20 or pay-what-you-wish sundays 11am-1pm). >>

8/15 7-9pm (fridays thru 8/29): the 13th annual seaport music festivalcontinues with boogarins and jacco gardner. fulton and water streets, free. >>

8/15 7-11pm: the east village’s cure thrift shop’s sixth birthday party/fundraiser features an open bar, free snacks, raffles, live music, and shopping. $15 advance/$20 door admission benefits juvenile diabetes research. >>

8/15 7pm-1am (fri-sat, ongoing): the weekly brooklyn night bazaarnight market brings bands, food, breweries + wineries, vendors, light installations, and mini golf, ping pong + skeeball to a 24,000 sq ft warehouse. this week’s music comes from the men, purling hiss, honey, friend, hypnotic brass ensemble, jambalaya brass band and oska faro. free admission. >>

8/15 8pm: jamaica’s first and only certified ashtanga yoga instructor, shakira williams talks about her journey at harlem’s land yoga during a caribbean-themed evening including food, rum punch and music. $7 admission includes food and drinks. >>

8/15 8pm: the soul rebels featuring prodigy of mobb deep, jean grae, skyzoo + torae, and subset play brooklyn bowl. $15. >>

8/15 8-10pm (fridays thru 8/29): lola star’s dreamland roller rink rises from the ashes at prospect park’s le frak center at lakeside with themed roller disco parties. tonight’s theme: saturday night fever. $15 admission includes skate rental. >>

8/15 8pm doors, 8:30 music, 9pm film (series ends 8/16): rooftop filmscontinues its 18th season of outdoor screenings with a sneak preview ofshe’s lost control, plus live music by uxvie, and an after party sponsored by new amsterdam spirits. in the event of rain, this event will move indoors at the same location. industry city (sunset park), $13. >>

8/15 9:30pm (fridays thru 8/29): reminder: fireworks every friday night at coney island! >>

8/15 10:30pm: science + improv: scientists to give short lectures on their fields of study, followed by the thank you, robot improv comedy team giving its twisted take on it. under st. marks, $5. >>

8/15-24: the museum of the moving image highlights nine films of hong kong director patrick lung kong (a better tomorrow, yesterday, today, tomorrow), with lung kong and filmmaker tsui hark in person at select screenings. free with $12 museum admission. >>

8/15-28: bamcinématek pays tribute to influential french filmmaker chris marker (la jetée, a grin without a cat, sans soleil) with a comprehensive retrospective that features the north american theatrical premiere of level five (1997). $14. >>


sales, deals, freebies

8/14-?: save up to 80% on men’s and women’s apparel at the scoop closet clean-up sale. soho and meatpacking district locations. >>

get two artisanal pretzels with dips and two craft beers at sigmund pretzel shop in the east village for $10 ($22 value). >>

stream new albums from imogen heap, kimbra, bebel gilberto, benjamin booker, and more on npr. >>


ticket deals

get tickets to see louis ck and sarah silverman headline funny or die’soddball comedy fest at the nikon at jones beach theater 8/22 for $35 (plus ticket fees, reg. $63.75). >>

get an all-inclusive brooklyn boulders day pass with a climbing orientation and equipment rental for $19 ($45 value). >>

go on a guided kayak or hiking day trip with wilderness rocks for $49-64 $(99-129 value). >>

go on a food foraging tour with ‘wildman’ steve brill 8/16-9/27 for $10 (plus ticket fees, $20 value). >>

get free tickets to see the red poppy ladies, china’s first all-female percussion group, performing mulan at the ellen stewart theatre in the east village 8/15-9/7 (plus ticket fees, reg. $48). >>

attend a tipsy crafts bar event, from acrylic and water-color painting to jewelry making and knitting, 8/17-27 for $24-$30 (various locations, plus ticket fees, reg. $60). >>

get tickets to the eastville hoedown: beer, bourbon, bacon and bbq at webster hall 8/16 for $22.50-29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50). >>

go on a 90-minute daytime or two hour evening sail aboard the city’s largest sailing vessel, clipper city, 8/16-31 for $19.50-22.50 (plus ticket fees, reg $39-45). >>

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