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free outdoor movie: >>
pitch perfect, south street seaport

7am-1pm (ends today): no cars allowed at the seventh annual summer streets, where seven miles of streets from the brooklyn bridge to central park along park avenue and connecting streets are open for pedestrians to bike, walk, and participate. everything is free, including a 160′ zip line, 25′ rock wall, bike rentals, bike helmet giveaways, yoga + fitness classes, a seven-block-long sound installation in the park ave tunnel, more. >>

10am-2pm: jam, preserving, and mixology demos, urban gardening tips,  ball jar crafting, and more await at the international can-it-forward day live webcast taping, hosted by top chef judge hugh acheson. brooklyn borough hall, free. >>

11am-4pm: sunny and windy august is a wonderful time for the flynyc festival. free, pier i (w. 70th st. @ the hudson river). >>

12-5pm: watch or compete for cash prizes at the 24th annual coney island sand sculpting contest. beach between w. 10th + w. 12th sts, free. >>

12-6pm: 25 cruelty-free vendors sell donuts, ice cream sammies, burgers, hot dogs, and more at the monthly vegan shop-up pop-up market. bushwick’s pine box rock shop, free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). >>

12-8pm (ends today): 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. >>

1-7pm (ends today): 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. >>

2-6pm (saturdays thru 8/30): union pool’s annual summer thunder concert series continues with har the double, elisa ambrogio, bill nace and dj ryan sawyer. free. >>

2-8pm: the 2nd annual tap+cork brooklyn beer and wine festivalincludes beer (even ginger beer), wine, food and music from bad boy and roc-a-fella records. $20 adv includes 15 drink tickets (but it’s not clear how many tickets it takes to get you a drink), restoration plaza.>>

2-8pm: surf, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll bands with names like king stork, slim rayt and the bakersfield breakers play the ninth annual deno’s wonder wheel music marathon at coney island. free. >>

2:30pm: get tickets to the eastville hoedown: beer, bourbon, bacon and bbq at webster hall for $22.50-29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50). >>

3-10pm: $10 adv, $15 door gets you beats to dance to and a free tacos from a pig roast at the first annual level bbq. brooklyn location given with rsvp. >>

3-7pm: dance party under the archway of the manhattan bridge: the family-friendly tunnelvision:dumbo launches with the help of emcee sahr ngaujah (broadway’s fela!). free. >>

3-9pm (thurs and sat thru 9/20): long island city’s ‘the lot lic’ music + film series features films on thursdays and music on saturdays. tonight: taylor mcferrin, jenna bell and rich medina. 43-29 crescent street, free admission. >>

3-9pm, (saturdays thru 9/6): the 17th annual moma ps1 warm up outdoor music parties continue with dj sets by supa dups and willy chin (miami), dubbel dutch (ny), visionist (london) and blazer sound system (ny). $18 adv, $20 dos. >>

5pm: cool down with complimentary melt bakery ice cream sandwiches and bubbly while shopping for things that make you hot at the east village’s babeland. >>

5pm-10pm (new time): empire salon continues its weekly summer jazz party at level r (formerly the empire hotel rooftop) with live music by the grand street stompers, plus burlesque by gal friday, and sexy trivia. no minimum, free admission. >>

6, 8, 10pm: sarah alden, mamie minch and jack grace play barbes. $10 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-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. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: brooklyn post rock, neo-psychedelic chamber prog band the knells play subculture with composer/violinist christopher tignor and afro-pop inspired band empyrean atlas. $15. >>

7pm doors, 8:30pm films: the second annual women of the seven seas women’s surf film festival takes over rockaway beach surf club with shorts, music and raffles. free. >>

7:30pm (+ 8/23, 9/6, 13, 20): the disastrous tale of vera + linus is an outdoor theatrical experience  with three stories occurring in different public spaces. get ‘intimate track’ interactive tickets for $18 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $25), ‘panoramic track’ voyeur tickets are $5.>>

7:30pm: cinema stories, a storytelling show inspired by film genres, takes on romance movies with tales from helen kim (kill bill: vol. 2, death proof), megan mccoy, frankie dick, amber drea, steven berkowitz, camille theobald, charley hopkins, and featuring romantic theremin sounds by sarah chandler. hosted by amy dixon. videology, free. >>

8pm: lizzie martinez hosts the weekly showcasey jones show + tell and comedy show with performances by kendra cunningham, gary richardson, joel walkowski, brandon scott wolf, jo firestone, jeff seal and lukas kaiser. optional: bring something to show + talk about for a chance to win drink tickets, odd prizes, and $25 cash. over the eight, 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 (ends today): shakespeare in the park(ing) lot: the drilling company closes the summer season with a production of othelloperformed in an actual municipal parking lot on the corner of ludlow and broome streets in the les. free. >>

8pm: the monthly concerts on the slope series at st. john’s episcopal church in park slope kicks off the season with the world premiere of composer in residence robert sirota’s ‘canticle/cantilena/canzona’ for solo guitar performed by jordan dodson, plus beethoven’s string trio in d major, gershwin’s lullaby for string quartet, and boccherini’s ‘fandango’ for guitar and string quartet. free (donations accepted). >>

8pm: the string orchestra of brooklyn presents violinist reiko watanabe and pianist ikuyo nagata performing the new york premiere of eugène ysaÿe’s transcription of chopin’s ballade no. 1 at lafayette avenue presbyterian church in fort greene. ray iwazumi, a leading expert on ysaÿe’s music, will give a short lecture and will also perform a number of selections. $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. >>

8pm: natalie lurie, werewitch, unicycle loves you and pete lanctot and the stray dogs play pete’s candy store. free. >>

8pm: jacco gardner, eztv and nick garrie play baby’s all right. $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm: big booty judy records brings a club night to cake shop with music by shorts, fascinator and vivienne eastwood. $10. >>

8pm: madonnathon! dress in your favorite madonna look for a chance to win prizes while tons of musicians perform tributes at the 11th annual celebration of all things madge. >>

8pm doors, 8:30 music, 9pm film (ends today): rooftop films wraps up its 18th season of outdoor screenings with a series of shorts, plus live music by arms, and an after party. in the event of rain, this event will move indoors at the same location. industry city (sunset park), $13. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: bobby long, dawn landes and bird dog play rough trade. $15. >>

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

8:30pm doors, 9pm show: elvis + the blues: seth kessel sings elvis presley hits covering his 25-year career, from his early sun studio recordings to his vegas-era excess chart-toppers, and your ex-girlfriends, an all-girl, all-blonde county cover band, sing the blues and honky tonk. union hall, $10. >>

9:30pm: ‘comedyology’ at videology = a mix of nyc film shorts and stand-up comedy with hosts ross parsons and daralyn kelleher, and guests gary vider (conan), nate fernald (pete holmes show), nick vatterott (fallon, comedy central), brad austin, natalie shure and eli yudin. bonus: $4 cans of sixpoint apollo rad. free. >>

10pm: the ‘maximum risk!’ show at coney’s sideshows by the seashore features the great throwdini (‘the world’s fastest and most accurate knife thrower’) and target girl badass lynn, trick roper and bullwhip artist chris mcdaniel, and burlesque performer rosie 151. $15. >>

10pm: ‘what i did for love’: ucb improvisers interview an audience member about their love life, and then spin their stories. ucbeast, $10.>>

11pm: delorean plays baby’s all right. $15. >>

11pm-late: the hey queen! multi-gender, queer dance party takes over littlefield. $5 before 11:30pm, $7 after. >>

11pm-4am: the monthly feeling gloomy dance party (‘the world’s only dance party devoted to sad music’) celebrates the glorious ladies of gloom (glogs) with danceable songs by and about women. the grand victory, $4 adv, $5 if a lady or dressed as one, $6 door. >>

midnight: miniature tigers and the griswolds play brooklyn bowl. $10.>>

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


free outdoor movies: >>
caddyshack, canal bar
west side story, habana outpost

11am-5pm (every 1st and 3rd sunday thru 10/19): the bi-monthly food truck rally returns to prospect park’s grand army plaza. expect around 15 trucks. pay-as-you-go. >>

1:10pm, film forum screens georges franju’s eyes without a face (les yeux sans visage) (1960). $13. >>

12-3pm: the 34th india day parade and festival (‘the world’s largest’) takes place on madison ave from 39th street down to madison square park >>

2pm: wear your finest outfit and head to the beach for improv everywhere’s fifth annual black tie beach mission. location tba, free.>>

2-4pm: food culturist + pelzer’s pretzel pop-up: complimentary root beer + pelzer’s pretzels floats (while they last) and a chance to win swag at the crown heights pelzer’s pretzels. >>

3-6pm: bike through brooklyn to governors island as an inflatable piece of art for 10th annual aeolian ride + bike parade. $5-10 to participate.>>

3-9pm (sundays): the weekly mister sunday outdoor dance party with djs justin carter and eamon harkin returns to the courtyard between warehouses in sunset park’s industry city. tacos + booze will be available for purchase. all ages. $10 before 6pm with rsvp, $15 otherwise. >>

4pm (+ 8/19-27): attend a tipsy crafts bar event, from acrylic and water-color painting to jewelry making and knitting, for $24-$30 (various locations, plus ticket fees, reg. $60). >>

5pm (thru 8/31): take a 90-minute lower manhattan architecture tour aboard a 1920’s-style yacht (drink included) for $27.60 (plus ticket fees, reg $46). >>

5, 7, 10pm: spend the evening at the way station: a concert showcasing the music of doctor who composer (5pm), ‘i got a bad feeling about this’ comedy show two-year anniversary show (7pm), and nerd karaoke (10pm). $5 suggested donation. >>

5-8pm: the claque arts and performance conglomerate’s fourth annual‘some like it cold’ and season kickoff party hosts chefs vying to make the best version of a cold summer soup while you enjoy a complimentary ketel one vodka cocktail. huckleberry bar, $10 adv, $15 door. >>

6pm: bite-sized food portions get paired with comedy bits at chris duffy’s taste test comedy night, featuring comedians aparna nancherla (conan), jared logan (comedy central), phil hanley (comedy central), anna drezen (mtvu), and music by take care, brush your hair. no drink minimum. cielo at the mayfair (242 w. 49th st., bet. broadway + 8th ave.), $10 includes the comedy and the grub. >>

6-8pm (thru 8/21): the 33rd annual downtown dance festival features free performances from 20 international dance companies at robert f. wagner, jr. park. >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: no boys allowed at the monthly sunday night sex talks storytelling show. tonight: leslie goshko (‘sideshow goshko’ host), lori baird (‘talk therapy’ host), johanna gohmann and michelle buteau (best week ever). lpr’s gallery, $5 adv, $7 door. >>

7pm: bergen street comics hosts a discussion, signing and party for cartoonist ed piskor’s hip hop family tree volume 2, with guest reggie ossé. free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the free monthly ‘presentation party night’celebrates four years features 5-6 short presentations followed by q+a and free food (bring snacks to share) and beer (while it lasts). tonight’s topics: an anti-social media guide, parking sign redesign + urban intervention, the benign plights of being bald, and more. new location: brooklyn desks (49 wyckoff ave, bushwick). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the muppet vault series presents a muppets most wanted dvd release party at union hall. $8. >>

8pm: this week’s ‘if you build it’ comedy show with host kara klenk features stand-up by sheng wang (comedy central, john oliver), pete davidson (guy code), sabrina jalees (last comic standing), monroe martin (last comic standing), mike cannon, adam mamawala and juloa solomon. ucbeast, $5. >>

sunday thru 9/7: theater for the new city’s fifth annual dream up festival showcases 24 premiere performances from drama to musicals + dance. $12-20. >>

all weekend

robin williams tributes 
12:15-4:30 sat-sun: the paley center, free with $10 admission. >> 
4pm-close sun: halyards, free. >>
9pm sun: lola brooklyn, free. >>

10am-7pm sat, 10am-5pm sun: the annual bike cult hand-built bicycle show features 20+ builders and their two-wheeled creations, plus an exhibit and after-party. the knockdown center (maspeth, queens), $10.>>

12-9pm sat, 1-5pm sun (thru 8/24): bronx salsa fest: the lively month-long celebration of salsa music continues with bands along the morrison avenue street festival, a screening of el cantante, more. free. >>

12pm-3am (ends sun): cookies! get yerself a free cookie at the new insomnia cookies location in the financial district (76 pearl street). printable coupon required. >>

8, 10pm sat, 8pm sun (ends sun): composer and vocalist lisa bielawa curates and performs in a series of eight concerts at the stone. $15. >>

various times: the weekly daylife dance party goes down at williamsburg’s the woods and bed-stuy’s project parlor. bonus: get a free drink ticket with rsvp. free admission. >>

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 free summerstage city parks concert series brings 100 free music, dance, film, comedy, family and theater performances to 14 parks throughout the five boroughs. >>

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

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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