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Posted: 10 Jul 2014 09:58 AM PDT

around town today

free outdoor movies tonight>>
chaplin shorts with a live piano and string score, abrons amphitheater
duck soup, brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 harbor view lawn
ferris bueller’s day off, nj’s asbury park
independence day, the intrepid

free opening receptions:
group show: frozen karaoke @ outlet brooklyn (bushwick, thru 8/17) >>
josh ‘luvvy’ harris @ ami li projects (les) >>
ben fractenberg: ‘layered city’ @ mark miller gallery (les, thru 8/10) >>

5, 6pm: apple soho hosts filmmakers talking about their new projects: mike cahill and michael pitt talk about i origins at 5pm, then richard linklater discussesboyhood at 6pm. free (rsvp required). >>

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 computer magic. free with $25 museum admission. >>

6pm (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. tonight: salsa singer domingo quiñones at st. mary’s park. >>

6-8:30pm: the brooklyn historical society continues its summer ’tales from the vault’ series with ‘boom, bust, and back: maps of 20th century brooklyn’, followed by a beer garden social. $5 drink tickets and $2 food tickets will be available for purchase. free admission (rsvp). >>

6pm doors (+ 7/24, 8/7): hudson river park’s annual riverrocks concert festival hosts free outdoor performances by wild beasts, mutual benefit and dj bill pearis on pier 84 at w. 44th st. rain or shine. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm dance lesson, 7:30pm live music (thru 7/12): lincoln center’s annual midsummer night swing outdoor dance series returns for the season: tonight: the octavio brunetti tango orchestra. $17 (there is usually plenty of room to hear/watch the music outside of the dance floor for free). >>

6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 8/9): celebrate brooklyn!, the 36th annual outdoor performance series at prospect park’s bandshell, continues the season with illya kuryaki + the valderramas, choc quib town, and rvsb. rain or shine (check their website/facebook/twitter for hazardous weather cancellation notices). free ($3 suggested donation). >>

6:30 pm doors, 7:30pm show: local startup farmigo hosts five local food entrepreneurs at the gowanus industrial arts complex for a storytelling session with free food and beer. free (rsvp). update: sold out >>

7pm: powerhouse arena hosts the launch of beneath the streets: the hidden relics of new york’s subway system, a new photo book of our underground by matt litwack and jurne. >>

7pm: jiji lee hosts the weekly split personality storytelling and character open mic show at williamsburg’s over the eight. tonight’s guests: tom shillue (fallon, ‘funny story’ host) and calvin cato. free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (thursdays thru 8/21): jcc manhattan kicks off ‘up on the roof’, a series of music and movies on the roof terrace, with the moshav band. kosher beer and wine will be available for purchase. $15 adv, $20 door. >>

7pm doors, 8pm film (+ 8/14): tribeca cinemas continues its ‘screen teens’ themed summer cinema series with joel schumacher’s the lost boys. coming up: clueless. $15 admission includes fangs and a one-hour open vodka bar before the film. >>

7pm doors: gorilla biscuits, bouncing soul and turnstile play the free vans house party. update: rsvp list is full >>

7pm (ends today): the annual metropolitan opera free summer recital series brings performances to parks in all five boroughs. tonight: socrates sculpture park in astoria. >>

7:30pm: bang on a can all-stars’ vicky chow (piano) and david cossin (percussion), along with dither quartet guitarists taylor levine and james moore perform works by minimalist composers philip glass, john zorn, louis andriessen, and michael gordon at the jewish museum. $18 ($15 students and seniors) admission includes access to the galleries prior to the performance. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the muppet vault series presents classic, rare and unreleased muppet, sesame street + jim henson works at union hall. tonight’s theme: ‘sci-fi’. plus, trivia and prizes. $8 >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the weekly myrtle comedy show at clinton hill’s splitty features jon glaser (delocated, conan), jessi klein (comedy central, inside amy schumer) and giulia rozzi (girl code, ‘dive comedy’ co-host) joining hosts greg johnson + larry murphy. $5. >>

8pm (every thurs-sat thru 7/19): the piper theatre company presents a production of bloody bloody andrew jackson outdoors at park slope’s washington park. free. >>

8pm (every thurs-sun thru 7/26): shakespeare in the park(ing) lot: the drilling company performs twelfth night in an actual municipal parking lot on the corner of ludlow and broome streets in the les. free. >>

8pm (every thursday-saturday thru 8/9. previews start tonight, opening night 7/17): new light theater project presents the world premiere of picture ourselves in latvia by british playwright ross howard. access theater, free ($10 suggested donation). >>

8pm (thru 7/15): concerts in the parks: the new york philharmonic performs free outdoor concerts in each borough followed by fireworks in brooklyn, manhattan, and the bronx. tonight: cunningham park in queens. >>

8pm doors: bambara, life size maps, baby acid, turnip king and haybaby play shea stadium. $8. >>

8pm: xenia rubinos, shilpa ray, northern arms, the jon spencer blues explosion play baby’s all right. $12. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm music, 9pm film: rooftop films continues its 18th season of outdoor screenings with happy christmas, plus music by yellerkin. in the event of rain, this event will be rescheduled. solar one (kips bay), $13. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: diiv, lordo, and regal degal play mhow. $15. >>

8:30pm: the weekly fresh out stand-up comedy show at ucbeast features brooks wheelan (snl), sheng wang (comedy central), nick vatterott (comedy central) and hosts ashley brooke roberts and jim tews. $5. >>

9pm: random acts of undress: burlesque meets improv with the spin of a wheel picking one of six performers, songs, and props. coney island usa, $12. >>

9pm: opera on tap brings its home brew opera program (with a beach theme) to freddy’s back room. followed by live band karaoke. free. >>

9pm: early 1900’s jazz and swing band jessy carolina + the hot mess perform at radegast hall and biergarten. free. >>

9pm-2am: brooklyn bowl celebrates its 5th anniversary with a 5-hour bowltrain party with dj ?uestlove and $5 brooklyn brew. $5 admission. >>

ends today: ifc commemorates the opening of richard linklater’s boyhood with ‘time regained: cinema’s present perfect’. tonight: double play: james benning and richard linklater, rashomon, rope, and the set-up. $14. >>

thru 7/12: the 10th annual brooklyn hip-hop festival features performances by raekwon, jay electronica, cj fly, and more, plus panel discussions and parties. various locations, $5+. >>

thru 7/13: the inaugural prospect heights music festival features 31 brooklyn-based bands of all genres performing at branded saloon and the way station. $5 suggested donation. >>

thru 7/20: 28 contemporary japanese films from are screened during the ‘japan cuts’ screening series at japan society. $13. >>

thru 7/20: the 12th annual fresh fruit festival celebrates lgbtq art, film, theater, dance, music and spoken word with 35 events at the wild project, nuyorican poets café, and the leslie-lohman museum of gay + lesbian art. $18. >>

thru 7/27: east to edinburgh festival: catch 15 new shows before they premiere at the edinburgh festival fringe in august. 59e50 theaters, $15-20. >>

thru 8/2: the brick theater hosts the annual game play festival, a theater festival with short plays and experiences inspired by board games and gaming. free opening night preview cabaret tonight, $5-20 others. get discounted tickets to select shows here>>

check our website for our roundup of free outdoor movies, and ongoing events.

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coming up

rsvp now for the free vans house parties 8/7 and 8/14 with music by future islands, omar souleyman, operators, mas ysa, holy ghost!, kim ann foxmann, and dave p. 25 franklin st., greenpoint. >>

tickets are now on sale for ‘sound + vision’ (7/31-8/6), the film society of lincoln center’s music documentary series. highlights include beautiful noise (cocteau twins, the jesus and mary chain, my bloody valentine), pulp (pulp), and stop making sense (talking heads). $13. >>

make your reservations for summer restaurant week (7/21-8/15), with 300 restaurants offering $25 lunches and $38 dinners. >>

7/11 5-7pm (+ 7/25, 8/8, 8/22): improve your beach volleyball skillz at this free clinic at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 6. >>

7/11 7pm: astrophysicist jackie faherty lectures on the astronomical significance of manhattanhenge, which occurs today and tomorrow. amnh’s hayden planetarium. $15. >>

7/11 7-9pm (fridays thru 8/29): the 13th annual seaport music festival kicks off with protomartyr and alvvays. upcoming performers include calvin love, las rosas, torres, high highs, and more. fulton and water streets, free. >>

7/11 8:24pm (+ 7/12 8:25pm): manhattanhenge: the sun aligns spectacularly with the nyc street grid. best viewed from the far east ends of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th sts. >>

7/12 1-8pm: the fourth annual village voice 4knots music festival returns to the south street seaport with two stages of bands including dinosaur jr., mac demarco, those darlins, speedy ortiz, radkey, juan wauters, dead stars, and more. rain or shine, free. >>

7/12 3-5pm: french bulldog party: surround yourself with adorable pups at the by brooklyn fine goods annual fundraiser. $5 for those with doggies of any breed, $10 without. admission includes drinks and snacks and supports brooklyn animal action. >>

7/12 3-6:30pm: mary tyler moore and bernadette peters host the 16th annual broadway barks dog and cat adopt-a-thon/fundraiser with the help of 50 of broadway stars, including zach braff, audra mcdonald, lena hall, bebe neuwirth, jim norton, and more. shubert alley, free admission. >>

sales, deals, freebies

thru 7/12: prices start at $2 at chelsea concept store story’s first-ever sample sale: men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, plus beauty products, jewelry, home goods, and fixtures. >>

thru 7/14: 24 restaurants offer $17.89 and $35.78 lunch and dinner specials during french restaurant week>>

thru 7/31: save up to 70% on vintage designer clothing, accessories, jewelry, and shoes for men and women at the resurrection vintage sale>>

tea time for two for $25 ($45 value) or $40 to spend for $20 at harney + sons in soho >>

prix fixe vegetarian indian dinner for two at ayurveda cafe in the ues for $15 ($27 value). >>

$30 to spend on food and drink at crepes on columbus in the uws for $15. >>

5 groupons, each good for one frozen yogurt popsicle at frozen peaks in the village for $12 ($22.50 value) >>

stream new albums from morrissey, slow club, luluc, little daylight, and more on npr, and anand wilder, honeyblood, landlady, melted toys and more on pitchfork.

ticket deals

get tickets to see louis ck and sarah silvereman headline funny or die’s oddball comedy fest at nikon at jones beach theater 8/22 for $20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $63.75) >>

get tickets to see the mostly mozart festival orchestra at lincoln center 8/1-16 for $32.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $65). >>

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