TUES, 8/26: CAFFEINE, COCAINE, + THE SODA OF A NATION, STEIN CARRYING CONTEST, POLYPHONIC SPREE

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around town today

free outdoor movies: >>
on the waterfront (neighborhood choice winner), red hook’s valentino pier
vampire’s kiss, the crown victoria

5-7:30pm (ends today): cynthia sayer’s 2nd annual hot strings festival brings strings, jazz, and bluegrass to the finale of the sixth annualhudson square music and wine festival at the courtyard behind city winery. free. >>

6:30pm: learn about the search for life on other worlds during tonight’s ‘astronomy live!’ lecture at the hayden planetarium space theater. $15. >>

7pm (tuesdays): play classic snes street fighter 2 on the roof bar of whole foods brooklyn with ‘our princess is in another castle’ hosts steve heisler (story pirates, onion av club) and rob blatt (wrestling mania). a beer, wine and food menu (including veggie options) is available. free admission, free to play. >>

7pm: belle + sebastian’s stuart murdoch talks about his musical filmgod help the girl. apple soho, free (rsvp required). >>

7pm (thru 9/14): symphony space continues a series of classic movies in hd with alfred hitchcock’s psycho (1960). $7 plus ticket fees here (reg. $14 general, $12 students/seniors). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the annie o music series presents an intimate show with french electro pop singer owlle at the penthouse at the standard hotel. 25 cooper square, free (rsvp required to [email protected]). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: robin gelfenbien’s monthly ‘yum’s the word’ storytelling event celebrates its third anniversary by throwing a party for three audience members complete with mad libs, nostalgic candy, and three different homemade ice cream cakes for all to share. tonight’s guests include desiree burch (comedy central, vh1), andy christie (new york times, the moth radio hour), david crabb (the moth host), and dawn j. fraser. lpr’s gallery, $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

7:30pm: put your beer muscles to the test at houston hall’s stein carrying contest and compete for $25-75 gift cards in men’s and women’s categories. free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm (thru 9/3): my mañana comes, an off-broadway show about busboys struggling to survive on limited income, opens at the peter jay sharp theater. tickets to performances are only $1-5 thru 8/30, $15 8/31-9/3 (with a $7 ‘rest7’ promo code for restaurant workers 8/31), then go up to $35 9/4-20. >>

7:30, 9:30pm (+ 8/27): puppet playlist: puppets act out songs from sgt. pepper’s lonely hearts club band with live-musical accompaniment at the connelly theater. $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the masters of social gastronomy (‘msg’) investigate caffeine, cocaine, and the soda of a nation during tonight’s lecture at littlefield. free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: heeb magazine co-presents ‘save our schmuck’, a bone marrow benefit and show for comics creator seth kushner: live comics readings, music, and comedy from molly crabapple, douglas rushkoff, dean haspiel, akim funk buddha, jahfurry, and josh neufeld. union hall, $15. >>

8pm: ‘lizard mummies + giant squid tentacles’: american museum of natural history new media specialist erin chapman gives an illustrated about what’s behind the scenes at the amnh. morbid anatomy museum, $8. >>

8pm: comedian and musician shonali bhowmik hosts a night of ‘show and tell’ at hifi bar in the les with jason trachtenburg (trachtenburg family slideshow players), starlee kine (this american life), duane harriott (wfmu), katina corrao (broad city, ‘lasers in the jungle’ co-host), as well as show and tell items from the audience. free. >>

8pm: tim ellis and mo fathelbab host the free weekly manifesto! comedy show at people’s republic of brooklyn with guests lynn bixenspan, matt donaher, aparna nancherla, nimesh patel, lou perez, and sam grittner. >>

8pm (thru 9/1): the free met opera annual summer hd festival returns to lincoln center plaza with screenings of ten productions from the emmy award-winning live in hd series, including four new productions from the 2013-14 season. tonight: verdi’s simon boccanegra>>

8pm: cymbals eat guitars and grooms play baby’s all right. $5. >>

8pm: the 22-member psychophonic ensemble the polyphonic spreeplays the brooklyn bowl. $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: tonight at the weekly ‘hot soup’ comedy show: carmen lynch (letterman), mike lawrence (conan), alingon mitra (last comic standing), byron bowers and meghan hanley. irish exit, free admission (optional open bar for $15). >>

9:30pm: comedian/writer phoebe robinson hosts the monthly blaria live! stand-up show with guest co-host jessica williams (the daily show) and guests nikki glaser (conan, comedy central), sabrina jalees (last comic standing) and nore davis. ucbeast, $5. >>

check our website for ongoing events.


coming up

8/27: free outdoor movies: >>
frozen, south street seaport
umberto d. (italy) + pussy riot: a punk prayer (russia, uk), socrates sculpture park

8/27: berg’n, a brooklyn beer hall from the founders of the brooklyn flea and smorgasurg, opens with food from asia dog, mighty quinn’s bbq, pizza moto, and ramen burger. 899 bergen st., bet. classon + franklin aves. >>

8/27 6pm: hear tips on how to launch your career on broadway from working professionals who attended nyc schools. apple soho, free (rsvp required). >>

8/27 6-8pm (ends today): enjoy a 5-cent owl’s brew cocktail at bfb on the highline burger restaurant (55 gansevoort st.). >>

8/27 6:30pm: historian and author donald l. miller discusses his book,supreme city: how jazz age manhattan gave birth to modern america. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

8/27 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: attend a live taping of ‘ask me another’, npr’s radio show of puzzles, games, and trivia hosted by ophira eisenberg and featuring music by jonathan coulton. tonight’s guest: actor, writer and director john cameron mitchell (hedwig and the angry inch, rabbit hole). the bell house, $15 adv, $20 door. >>

8/27 7-9pm (ends today): the free, outdoor ¡arriba! community dance parties at the high line concludes the season with funky salsa band nu d’lux. chelsea market passage on the high line at w. 16th st. >>

8/27 7pm doors, 8pm show:hotsy totsy burlesque presents a mad mentribute show at the slipper room. $10. >>

8/27 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: hear stories about mixtapes, music idols, first concerts and more at this month’s ‘how i learned’ series from speakers mike doughty (musician, the book of drugs), beth lisick (everybody into the pool), scott rogowsky (‘running late’ host), cassie j. sneider (fine fine music), lauretta charlton (the awl), and host blaise allysen kearsley. union hall, $6 adv, $10 dos. >>

8/27 8pm: get behind the bar and learn to master mixology and make drinks with longtime st. regis bartender kwaku nyampong at his new williamsburg bar, kión (568 union ave @ frost st). bonus: all cocktails are $5 (reg. $10). >>

8/27 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: folks relive their most embarrassing sexual experiences at natalie wall’s ‘awkward sex… and the city’ storytelling show. tonight’s one-year anniversary show features nikki glaser (leno, conan, comedy central), michael che (the daily show, letterman) and jen keefe (ucb, the moth). littlefield, $8 adv, $10 dos.>>

8/27 9pm: copycat cover song night at ottos shrunken head celebrates seven years and pays tribute to the kinks with live bands, remixes, and $5 destroyer cocktails all night. free admission. >>


sales, deals, freebies

ends today: take an extra 15% off groupon’s ‘things to do’ selections.>>


ticket deals

sponsored: get $15 tickets for new play, it’s only kickball, stupid, 8/28-9/14 at hartley house. >>

see a pre-release screening of a thousand times goodnight, followed by in-person q+a with star juliette binoche at amc empire 25 on 10/7 for $16.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $37.49). >>

get free tickets to surreal icelandic rock musical revolution in the elbow of ragnar agnarsson furniture painter at the minetta lane theatre 8/26-30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $68.50). >>

get tickets to donkey punch at soho playhouse 8/27-31 for $7.50-22 (plus ticket fees, reg. $45). >>

get tickets to see michael cera, kieran culkin and tavi gevinson in this is our youth 8/29-9/10 at the cort theatre for $45-89 (plus ticket fees, reg. $79-135). >>

get tickets to see play/date at fat baby 8/26-27 for $18-24 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30-50). >>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the tunnel 9/26-29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15). >>

take a 90-minute nighttime city lights cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht 8/26-29 for $26-31.20 (plus ticket fees, reg $52). >>

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