TUES, 7/22: JOHN LITHGOW + ANNETTE BENNING IN KING LEAR, NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL (SORT OF), THE KNIGHTS, SECRET SCIENCE CLUB

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Posted: 22 Jul 2014 09:46 AM PDT
around town today

free opening reception:
group show: ‘family style’ @ formerly pocket utopia (thru 8/24, les) >>

free outdoor movies tonight: >>
hotel transylvania, red hook’s valentino pier
the odd life of timothy green, bronx terminal market garage roof deck wattstax, putnam triangle plaza

5pm (tuesdays thru 8/26): samba artist rogê plays the sixth annual hudson square music and wine festival at the courtyard behind city winery as part of brasil summerfest. free. >>

6pm: actress alyssa milano signs copies of the new hacktivist graphic novel at b+n tribeca. >>

6pm: brooklyn artist amelia marzec hosts the second installment of ‘women in art and technology,’ an evening of presentations,
discussion, and exhibitions at dumbo’s a.i.r. gallery. free (suggested donation). >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show (+ 7/29): ‘the drafts’: the first 25 pages of two new plays are read for audience members who then vote for their pick to be produced in 2015. under st. marks theater, $3 suggested donation. >>

6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 8/9): neutral milk hotel and circulatory system are playing tonight’s sold out celebrate brooklyn! benefit show at prospect park’s bandshell, but don’t let that stop you from throwing down a blanket and listening to the concert with others outside the fenced-off area for free. >>

6:30pm: new york historian and mapmaker john tauranac discusses the new edition of his book the empire state building: the making of a landmark at the skyscraper museum. free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: nyu environmental studies and philosophy professor dale w. jamieson gives an illustrated lecture on his book reason in a dark time: why the struggle against climate change failed – and what it means for our future. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: beverages and snacks are provided at green drinks, a mixer and discussion about environmental issues. today’s event focuses on plastic pollution and environmental advocacy. the moderns (500 broadway, bet. broome + spring, suite 202), $15. >>

6:30, 8pm (thru 8/10): the 44th annual lincoln center out of doors festival features three weeks of free music, dance, and more. tonight: passinho dance off: the movie (6:30pm) and a dance party (8pm) at the david rubenstein atrium. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: cali punk band joyce manor play an in-store show at rough trade. purchase the new album starting at 11am to get two wristbands for entry. >>

7pm: dogs are welcome at the book launch of travels with casey, which tells the stories of a cross-country rv trip of a moody labrador and his owner, benoit denizet-lewis. powerhouse arena, free. >>

7pm: ‘delve: food + art’ showcases artists, thinkers, and makers who use food as their medium. bonus: reception sponsored by one girl cookies and brooklyn brewery. made in ny media center, $10. >>

7:15pm (+ 7/25, 29): go on a 90-minute sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht for $31.20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $52). >>

7:30pm (+ 8/5, 12): the free naumburg orchestral concert series returns to central park’s naumburg bandshell for the season. tonight: the knights, who have collaborated with artists including cellist yo-yo ma and violinist itzhak perlman, perform a program of new and classical music by sufjan stevens, stravinsky, bartók, ligeti, and ljova. can’t make it? the event will be livestreamed on wqxr.org. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: marine biologist and national geographic explorer david gruber recounts his high-tech journeys to the ocean depths in search of biofluorescent creatures at this month’s secret science club. the bell house, free. >>

8pm: hip-hop artist common signs his new album nobody’s smiling at rough trade. purchase the album starting at 11am to receive a wristband for entry. >>

8pm: tv trivia options: test your knowledge of the tanner family at full house trivia night at copia (307 e. 53rd st, bet. 1st + 2nd aves), or dunder mifflin at the office trivia night at promenade bar and grill (344 3rd ave @ 26th st). free.

8pm: magic hat provides some free beer at the amazingtown comedy show at chelsea’s bunga’s den, featuring stand-up by dan soder, aparna nancherla, sam evans, and hosts jf harris, lukas kaiser and john szeluga. >>

8pm: tim ellis and mo fathelbab host the free weekly manifesto! comedy show at people’s republic of brooklyn with guests emmy blotnick, carrie gravenson, stephanie holmes, ben kronberg, thomas attila lewis, jason sáenz, brad steuernagel and sam grittner. >>

8pm (thru 8/17): the second half of shakespeare in the park’s 52nd season at central park’s delacorte theater opens tonight with king lear starring tony + emmy winner john lithgow and annette bening. score free tickets in-person at the park starting @ 12pm, via online lottery, or at various locations in each borough on specific dates. check their facebook and twitter for weather cancellation notices. >>

8pm: lavachild, andra, and rap team play union pool. $8. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: seth herzog’s sweet comedy show at the slipper room features guests tba. $7. >>

8pm doors: onwe, scherzo, chimes and wvfrms play palisades. $5. >>

8:30pm doors: #1 kid, and the kids, and tropic of pisces play glasslands. $10. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: 6-piece french/latin/american jazz ensemble carte blanche plays vintage standards at drom, $10. >>

9:15pm: fireworks! look towards ellis island. >>

9:30pm: comedians myq kaplan (letterman, comedy central), jared logan (comedy central) and nick vatterott (conan, comedy central) explore deep topics at ucbeast. $5. >>

check our website for more free outdoor movies and ongoing events.

coming up

7/23: free outdoor movies tonight: >>
cry-baby, mccarren park
e.t. the extra-terrestrial, south street seaport
the hunger games: catching fire, hoboken’s pier a park
this is the end, hudson river park’s pier 63
umberto d. (italy), socrates sculpture park

7/23: batman day: celebrate 75 years of the caped crusader with free copies of detective comics #27 and free anniversary bags, plus commemorative masks, capes and more available for purchase (while supplies last). forbidden planet and midtown comics.

7/23 12:30pm (wednesdays thru 8/20): the annual ’word for word’ author series at bryant park continues with piper kerman (orange is the new black: my year in a women’s prison), hosted by the new yorker tv critic emily nussbaum. the bryant park reading room (under the trees/umbrellas on the 42nd st. side of the park), free. >>

7/23 3pm: learn about researching the monetary value of your books at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building’s south court classroom a. free. >>

7/23 6pm: learn the skills needed to interview with confidence so you can land your dream job. nypl sibl, free. >>

7/23 6-6:54pm: the east village’s veselka rolls back prices to 1954 levels to celebrate 60 years of business: 10-cent coffee, 25-cent egg creams, 60-cent soup, $1.50 pirogis, more. >>

7/23 6:30pm: share the stories behind your scars, tattoos and piercings at a special themed show + tell. madame x, free. >>

7/23 6:30pm: former nyt ‘ethicist’ randy cohen interviews author jonathan ames (bored to death) for his person place thing podcast at the brooklyn historical society. $5. >>

7/23 7pm: cocktail enthusiasts lesley and david solmonson present their book the 12 bottle bar, which details how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks, using just a dozen bottles. bonjus: samples will be served. word bookstore, free. >>

7/23 7-9pm (+ 8/27): the free, outdoor ¡arriba! community dance parties at the high line continue the season with sonido costeño’. chelsea market passage on the high line at w. 16th st. >>

7/23 7pm doors, 8pm show: harry potter and his friends find themselves in the home for wayward girls and fallen women in hotsy totsy burlesque’s harry potter and the boobies of fire. $10. >>

sales, deals, freebies

get two dozen krispy kreme doughnuts for $8.50 ($16.98 value) >>

take $100 off a kindle fire hdx on amazon today. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to the governors island music + seafood beach party 9/6 for free-$35 (plus ticket fees, reg. $39-65). >>

get tickets to see the marchfourth marching band in a mardi gras-style celebration with stilt-walkers, acrobats and more at the south street seaport’s watermark bar 7/31 for free-$10 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

get free tickets to the onomatopoeia theatre company’s new twist on shakespeare — let’s play: a midsummer night’s dream — at the gene frankel theatre in noho 7/31-8/23 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

get tickets to the new artist’s festival at the 13th street repertory company 7/24-8/10 for $12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

get tickets to see chicago and reo speedwagon at the nikon at jones beach theater 8/17 for $20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $54.35) >>

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