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around town today

free outdoor movies: >>
amélie (france), south street seaport food fest. bonus: free food samples (limited qty).
ghostbusters, central park
ken burns’ the roosevelts: an intimate history (sneak preview), pier 46 @ charles st.
the birds, brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 harbor view lawn
strictly ballroom, long island city (43-29 crescent street)
willy wonka and the chocolate factory, nj’s asbury park

free opening reception:
group show: ‘food for thought’ @ 440 gallery (park slope, thru 9/14) >>

7am-7pm (thru 8/22): picnic in grand central: grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall is transformed to an indoor picnic area, complete with an astroturf floor, picnic tables, food for purchase (11am-4pm), and daily entertainment (11am-2pm, 4pm-7pm) from broadway performers, musicians, and more. but because this is indoors, you can also take advantage of the air conditioning and free wi-fi. free admission. >>

3-8pm: sections of the monument quilt, a crowd-sourced collection of stories of survivors of rape and abuse, will be displayed outdoors at the queens museum. spoken word performances and remarks are scheduled 5-6pm. free. >>

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

6-9pm: the dorothy parker society celebrates the writer’s 121st birthday at the new york distilling company’s shanty bar with dorothy parker american gin drink specials and readings. free admission. >>

6-9pm (ends today): the meatpacking summer series is four-nights of live music, comedy and improv outdoors on gansevoort plaza. tonight: an evening of jazz and improv, with brian chase (yeah yeah yeahs), string noise, 75 dollar bill, and karlie bruce + chris parrello. gansevoort st. bet. hudson st. + ninth ave, free admission. >>

6:30pm: leslie goshko’s brings her ‘sideshow goshko’ storytelling showto new america nyc for ‘hot child in the city: true tales of sticky situations’, with speakers giulia rozzi (girl code, ‘dive comedy’ co-host), michele carlo (fish out of agua), and jim o’grady (this american life). free (rsvp). >>

7pm:  the ‘shut up!’ all-female storytelling show at the pit features ‘true stories with feelings… so many feelings’ from hosts caitlin brodnick (moth storyslam winner) and lisa kleinman (ucb), plus guests tba. $10 adv, $12 door, $1 students. >>

7pm: the moth storyslam: 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. tonight’s theme: ‘deception’. housing works, $8. >>

7pm: jiji lee hosts the weekly split personality storytelling and character open mic show at williamsburg’s over the eight. tonight’s guests: michael hartney (‘characters welcome’ co-host) and joel kim booster. free. >>

7pm (thursdays thru 9/25): bow tie cinemas screens jennie livingston’sparis is burning (1991) as part of its ‘chelsea classics’ series. $8. >>

7pm-midnight: new myths continues a residency at pianos with support from prayers, teen commandments, 10 million, and control group. $8.>>

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

7:30pm: the new york no limits film series screens five short independent films ranging from documentary to narrative at the wild project. $7 adv, $10 door. >>

7:30pm: jazz banjoist/vocalist and founding member of woody allen’s jazz band, cynthia sayer performs at this week’s target free thursday at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center. >>

7:30pm: twintapes, okapi sun, swf, and wyatt play the bowery electric. $8. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: former harvey danger lead singer sean nelson performs at union hall with support from shenandoah davis, prairie empire, and small houses. $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

8pm: gowanus art + production’s ‘first look’ series is a quarterly live art showcase featuring artists selected from submissions. tonight’s dance program includes donna salgado’s continuum contemporary/ballet, emma judkins, jules bakshi, mana kawamura, rocha dance theater, and suzanne beahrs. the green building, $15. >>

8pm: author and documentary maker jon ronson (the men who stare at goats, the psychopath test) kicks off a monthly series of screenings and talks at the morbid anatomy museum with david icke, the lizards and the jews. $15. >>

8pm: see sharknado 2: the second one in all it’s terribleness on the big screen. union square 14, $12.50. >>

8pm: the ugly club, elliott and the ghost, wand, and long faces play union pool. $8. >>

8pm: she keeps bees, eddi front and raccoon fighter play cameo. $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 is ‘trash’, with guests erik bergstrom (new yorker, ‘live from outer space’ host), lukas kaiser (spike tv senior writer), nat towsen (‘downtown variety hour’ host), naomi karavani (‘bitches brew’ and ‘summer camp’ co-host), julie sharbutt + liz wisan (ucb), 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 talk show series presents: the kevin corrigan show with guests sarah silverman, chuck klosterman, and damien echols. capacity is limited to 40, and tickets will be available starting at 6pm. over the eight, free. >>

8:30pm: the weekly fresh out stand-up comedy show at ucbeast features guests tba. $5. >>

8:30pm (thursdays thru 9/11): grab some free popcorn at the graham’s summer movies series. tonight: adventureland. free admission. >>

9pm: ‘the tarantino’: improvisers create a quentin tarantino-style movie on the fly at the pit. $8 adv, $10 door. >>

9pm: jd samson (le tigre, men) guest djs at the friends and lovers starlight dance party. free (rsvp). >>

10pm: watch a fully improvised episode of vh1’s behind the music at the pit. $8 adv, $10 door, $5 students. >>

thru 8/22: 128 men and 128 women compete for $1.5 million in prize money at the annual us open qualifying tournament in flushing, queens. free. >>

thru 8/24: 18 teams compete to win a cash prize at the inaugural down under improv festival. under st. marks, $7. >>

thru 8/24: the annual brooklyn comedy festival continues with an evening of shows at the rock shop ($5), the gutter ($5), the grand (free). >>

thru 8/31: the annual dark festival at the tank theater features stories, plays, magic, and more that utilize only self-sufficient and alternative energy sources. $15. >>

check our website for ongoing events.

coming up

8/22: free outdoor movies: >>
moonstruck, lincoln center plaza
rear window, central park
the wizard of oz, hudson river park’s pier 46

8/22 5-7pm (ends today): improve your beach volleyball skillz at this free clinic at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 6. >>

8/22 7pm (+ 8/29): the 13th annual seaport music festival continues with dead gaze and the mystery lights. fulton and water streets, free.>>

8/22 7-9:30pm: the second worldhack evening of performances exploring the intersection of language and technology features code poetry, digital literarture, e-lit, devart, and an open projector. babycastles, $5. >>

8/22 7:30-11pm: the monthly brooklyn contra dance party returns to park slope’s camp friendship with ron blechner and live music by black river ironworks. coordination and partner not necessary, beginner’s lesson @ 7:30pm. $15 general, $12 students. >>

8/22 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: forty-six candles: an evening of fiction in which john hughes characters grow the f*ck upthe onion’s joe garden hosts a night of non-fiction based on the characters from john hughes films 30 years later. guest readers include illustrator emily flake, author rupinder gill (on the outside looking indian), todd hanson (the onion), comedian liam mceneaney (‘tell your friends), and writer/sex educator lux alptraum. union hall, $8. >>

8/22 8-10pm (+ 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 livin’ on a prayer party celebrates hair rock bands. $15 admission includes skate rental. >>

8/22 8:30pm (monthly): classic music video shuffle: music video historian stephen pitalo brings three hours of classic music videos to the royal palms shuffleboard club, with chances to win 80’s swag like buttons, t-shirts, metal trading cards, and more. free. >>

8/22 9pm: dj steve reynolds’s party like it’s 1984 dance party brings the hits of the summer of 1984 to the bell house’s front bar. think purple rain, ghostbusters, the boss, new edition, and more. free. >>

8/22 9:55pm, 12:05am: producer james franco and director christina voros will do q+a following a screening of their new bdsm documentary,kink, at 9:55pm and will introduce it at 12:05am. ifc, $14. >>

thru 8/24: the free summerstage city parks concert series wraps up the season with the 22nd annual charlie parker jazz festival, the seventh annual tropical fest, and a fania records showcase. free. >>

8/22-28: the ’strange lands: international sci-fi’ series’ at fslc features rare screenings on 35mm, including include cult classics and work by auteurs from 1958-1988. $13. >>

sales, deals, freebies

thru 9/1: barneys warehouse sale>>

stream new albums from ty segall, the wytches, merchandise, cymbals eat guitars, and more on npr. >>

ticket deals

get orchestra tickets to a distinguished concerts internationalperformance at lincoln center’s alice tully hall 11/9 for free-$50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $100). >>

get free tickets to see guided by voices at the paramount in huntington on 8/22 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

take a cruise up the hudson to bear mountain for oktoberfest, hiking, and more on weekends 9/13-10/26 for $30 (plus ticket fees, reg $60).>>

get free tickets to surreal icelandic rock musical revolution in the elbow of ragnar agnarsson furniture painter at the minetta lane theatre 8/22-30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $68.50). >>

get tickets to matt + ben, a parody co-written by mindy kaling (the mindy project, the office), at the producer’s club thru 8/24 for free-$10 (plus ticket fees, reg $28). >>

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

get free admission to a tipsy crafts bar event, from acrylic and water-color painting to jewelry making and knitting 8/23-31 (various locations, plus ticket fees, reg. $60). >>

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

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