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around town today

free outdoor movies tonight: >>
smurfs 2, hudson river park’s pier 46

free opening receptions: 
brooklyn collage collective @ armature (thru 8/23, bushwick) >> 
group show: ‘moving sale: an exhibition in an nyc apartment’ (thru 8/23, uws) >> 
group show: the new york tibetan art studio’s ‘new voices’ @ the active space (thru 9/7, bushwick) >>

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. >>

3-8pm: 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). >>

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). >>

7pm: storytellers and performers read their favorite sci-fi and fantasy stories at the ‘lust for genre’ reading series at dumbo’s singularity + co bookstore. tonight: kate greathead (five-time moth storyslam winner), michelle onufrak (ucb) and george lopercio (the tank, ears + elbows theatre co.) bonus: free drinks! free admission. >>

7pm: aimee herman hosts inspired word’s monthly ‘titillating tongues: nyc erotica in poetry + prose’, featuring ny-based erotic writers plus an open mic where 20 folks can spew their own filthy, naughty words. bonus: free drink for the first 10 who sign up to read. lpr’s gallery, $10.>>

7pm (ends today): comedian jim tews (last comic standing) tests out new material at the creek and the cave. free. >>

7pm: bakwas at soapbox: (‘backwas’ is hindi slang for ‘rubbish’… we learned something today!) performers celebrate india’s independence day with a clash of modern and traditional india through music, comedy, stories, dance and art by sameer gupta + neel murgai (brooklyn raga massive), nimesh patel (‘broken comedy’ host), kavita das (writer), parul verma (performance and visual artist), anisha muni (kathak dancer), jimmy wohl (storyteller), and big baby gandhi (musician). soapbox gallery, $5 suggested donation. >>

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 (ends today): south brooklyn shakespeare performs romeo + julieton a south slope street as part of summer strolls. fifth ave. at dean st., free. >>

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

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: the harlem dance caravan (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). >>

7-10pm: stargazing + film: discuss scientific fact vs. fiction and check out the stars, following a screening of mission to mars at columbia university’s pupin hall. free. >>

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. >>

7pm-1am (fridays-sundays thru 8/23): san francisco artist-scientist colin bowring’s light art exhibit spectrum and william tucci’s sound montageserett sessions 1–5 take over gowanus ballroom. free. >>

7pm-1am (fri-sat, ongoing): the weekly brooklyn night bazaar night 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. >>

7:30pm: arms and conveyor play mercury lounge. $12. >>

7:30pm doors: slonk donkerson, the gradients, sharpless and the nuclears play the studio at webster hall. $12. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: tonight at the monthly cranky pants comedy hour at the east village’s one + one bar, hosts ben conrad + lucas connolly welcome guests nick turner (seth meyers), janine brito (totally biased), miguel dalmau (gotham comedy live), katie hannigan (‘comedy at double wide’ co-host), aaron glaser (‘slow dance’ host) and steve whalen (‘you + the screen’ co-host). free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: aaron glaser’s weekly slow dance comedy show at the east village’s niagara feature stand-up from aparna nancgerla (conan), charla lauriston (‘free cable’ and ‘school night’ host), giulia rozzi (stripped stories, ‘dive comedy’ host), ahri findling and eric neumann. no drink minimum. 1/2 off well drinks, margaritas + draught beer happy hour until 8pm. free admission. >>

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. >>

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: white laces, the yum dee days, heaven and christines play baby’s all right. $10. >>

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

8pm doors: wild ones, my body, and psychic twin play glasslands. $10.>>

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. >>

8:30pm (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: the weekly live from outer space comedy show at the cobra club in bushwick features guests nick vatterott (conan, comedy central), adam newman (letterman, comedy central), janine brito (totally biased) and hosts john f. o’donnell (comedy central), ben kronberg (comedy central) and erik bergstrom (the new yorker illustrator). free.>>

9pm: the 17-piece ‘disco orchestra’ escort joins the rub’s monthly classic hip hop dance party at the bell house. $15. >>

9:30pm: the rubin museum of art screens john cromwell’s of human bondage (1934), starring bette davis and introduced by psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist harvey roy greenberg, md. free with $10 bar/cafe min. >>

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

10pm: kita st cyr and mike amato host burlesque gone riot at sideshows by the seashore, featuring aerial performances by ivory fox, burlesque by delysia lachatte, trick roping by cowboy chris mcdaniel, and sideshow stunts by stitch the geek and trick the bastard. $15. >>

10pm: ward 6: djs father jeff, jose and wren spin new wave, post-punk, synthpop, goth and industrial in lpr’s gallery. $7. >>

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. >>

11pm: daikaiju, bound + buried, and round eye play the knitting factory’s free friday series. >>

11pm doors, 11:30pm show: laura prangley’s ‘uncorked comedy’ showreturns to its beautifully boozy setting, city winery’s winery room. tonight: adrienne iapalucci, brendan mclaughlin, chris distefano and charla lauriston. $5 adv, $10 door. >>

midnight: everyone’s favorite game show! = a live monthly comedy game show in which two comedians and an audience member compete for the chance to win 20 bucks. ucbeast, $5. >>

midnight: ucb performers connor ratliff and shaun diston star in the george lucas talk show, with guests sal gentile (seth meyers producer), comedian frank garcia hejl, and a ‘max rebo’ band. ucb, $5. >>

midnight: xeno + oaklander, cloudland canyon and dj frankie teardrop play baby’s allright. $12. >>

midnight-ish movies: 
desperate target @ spectacle. $5. >> 
indiana jones and the last crusade @ landmark sunshine. $10. >> 
near dark @ nitehawk. $11. >> 
the shining @ ifc. $14. >>

thru 8/21: todd douglas miller’s documentary dinosaur 13 recounts the story of peter larson and kristin donnan’s 1990 discovery of the largest, most complete t. rex ever found, and the battles that followed. angelica, $14. also available on demand. >>

thru 8/21: red hollywood and the blacklist: in conjunction with the opening of thom andersen and noël burch’s documentary red hollywood, the film society of lincoln center features nine blacklist casualties. andersen will do q+a following the fri 6:30pm and sat 6:15pm screenings. $14. >>

thru 8/21: held over from film forum’s femmes noirs series, the killing(1956, stanley kubrick) and gun crazy (1949, joseph k. lewis) double feature. $13. >>

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

thru 8/24: 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. >>

thru 8/28: 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. >>

check our website for ongoing events, including shakespeare in the park, ‘self-taught genius’ exhibition, swoon’s ‘submerged motherlands’, free red hook ferry rides, free outdoor pools + public beaches, and more.

sales, deals, freebies

12-6pm: the tommy bahama truck is giving out free ice cream for national relaxation day. check twitter for locations. >>

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

1-7pm (+ 8/16): the dumbo studio of mode marteau, a brooklyn-based online vintage clothing and accessories shop, hosts a sale with 30-70% off everything and prices starting at $20. 68 jay st., bet. front and water sts. >>

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

dnainfo names 10 unpretentious rooftop bars in the city >>

ticket deals

admission for two for $11 ($20 value) or annual membership for one or two to the morbid anatomy museum for $25-45 ($50-100 value). >>

get tickets for two to taste williamsburg greenpoint, including four tastings and two drinks each, 9/7 for $25 ($54.74 value). >>

get tickets to the summer classic charity basketball game 8/21 at barclays center for $18-75 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35.50-107.50) >>

get tickets to see louis c.k. 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). >>

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

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). >>

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 8/16-9/7 (plus ticket fees, reg. $48). >>

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