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around town today

free outdoor movie tonight: >>
anchors aweigh, riverside park south’s pier i
despicable me 2, hoboken’s pier a park
forest of the dancing spirits (central africa/sweden), socrates sculpture park
lone survivor, hudson river park’s pier 63
the big lebowski, mccarren park
the croods, south street seaport
the sound of music, the oval at stuyvesant town

9am-7pm (mon-fri thru 8/26): two exhibitions open at dumbo’s made in ny media center: ‘the truth box’ is an interactive video confessional booth where you’re invited to tell the truth about a lie. created by behavioral economist dan ariely and filmmaker yael melamede, recorded confessions may be used in an upcoming documentary(dis)honesty – the truth about lies‘stop telling women to smile’ is an art series by painter and illustrator tatyana fazlalizadeh that addresses gender-based street harassment. 30 john st., dumbo, free admission. >>

5:30: writer and photographer yoav litvin discusses outdoor gallery: new york city, a book featuring work by 46 artists working on the streets of nyc. bonus: free drinks (donations suggested). the bronx museum, free admission. >>

6pm: journalist and historian rick perlstein discusses his book,nixonland: the rise of a president and the fracturing of america. roosevelt house at hunter college, free (rsvp). >>

6-11pm: fort green restaurant martha celebrates its one-year anniversary with $1 narragansett beer and $1 general tso glazed wings>>

6pm doors: indie pop duo capital cities plays a free concert/’underwareness’ social media fundraiser at pier 97 (west side highway at 57th st.). >>

7pm: at the book launch of powers of two, author joshua wolf shenk and editor eamon dolan discuss the role that creative duos have played in shaping our culture, from john lennon + paul mccartney, to trey parker + matt stone, sheryl sandberg + mark zuckerberg, and more. powerhouse arena, 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: a mobile mondays dance party (7pm, east river park) and spectrum dance theater and sidra bell dance ny (8pm, central park). >>

7pm doors (first wednesdays): bailout theater: enjoy a free potluck dinner (donations welcome, but not required) and music + dance performances at judson church. free admission. >>

7:30pm (thru 8/10): the 44th annual lincoln center out of doors festival features three weeks of free music, dance, and more. tonight:emmylou harris + rodney crowell and robert ellis perform americana music at the damrosch park bandshell. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm event: learn how to prepare an indian feast with the folks from edible magazine at brooklyn brewery. $5. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: there’ll be free pizza at tonight’s edition of the monthly summer camp comedy show at cobble hill’s camp. performers include joe zimmerman (comedy central), calvin s. cato (the alcoholic gamer), coree spencer, howard polikoff, stacy kendro, kathryn dunn, naomi karavani (‘bitches’ brew’ co-host) and hosts eliana horeczko and meghan o’keefe. free admission. >>

8pm (first + third wednesdays): gary levitt and matt schwartzer host thei don’t get it comedy show at revision lounge with guests sean donnelly, amber nelson, max cohen, missy baker, anthony p. devito, dan perlman, gary levitt, matt schwartzer, teen cousin, and mayr’s players. 219 ave. b (bet. 13th + 14th sts), free. >>

8pm (+ 8/7): old 97’s and madison king play brooklyn bowl. $17. >>

8:30pm: journalist joseph alexiou learns us on the history of the gowanus canal, brooklyn’s most infamous toxic waste site. brooklyn brainery, $10. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show: this month’s wild at heart comedy show at muchmore’s features carmen lynch (letterman, comedy central), alexis guerreros, oni perez, julio torres, gabe pacheco, bob palos, and host kat toledo. free. >>

9pm: french blues hip hop band scarecrow play rockwood music hall’s stage ii. free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

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

coming up

rsvp now to see sky ferreira perform a free concert at williamsburg’s verboten on 8/9. >>

8/7 free outdoor movies tonight: >>
cat on a hot tin roof, brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 harbor view lawn
jaws, nj’s asbury park
labyrinth, tompkins square park
spaceballs, the intrepid

8/7 12pm (ends today): bam’s 20th annual free outdoor r+b festival at metrotech ends the season with vocalist lisa fischer. corner of flatbush + myrtle (downtown brooklyn). >>

8/7 12:30-1:30pm (+ 8/14): the biggest broadway and off-broadway shows perform numbers from their productions at the annual broadway in bryant park series. today: 50 shades the musical, holler if ya hear me, jersey boys, and cabaret. free. >>

8/7 5pm: get your photo taken with grumpy cat when you purchase the grumpy guide to life: observations from grumpy cat at b+n union square. >>

8/7 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm show (thursdays thru 8/28): the annualmoma nights music series continues a season of performances in the sculpture garden with l.a. lo-fi, dream-pop trio tashaki miyaki. free with $25 museum admission. >>

8/7 6pm: sought-after book cover designer peter mendelsund (the girl with the dragon tattoo) launches his books on art direction cover andwhat we see when we read with founder will schwalbe. powerhouse arena, free. >>

8/7 6pm (wednesdays thru 8/6): sister sparrow + the dirty birds perform at the weekly mad. sq. music series of free outdoor concerts in madison square park. >>

8/7 6pm doors (ends today): hudson river park’s annual riverrocks concert festival hosts free outdoor performances by temples, here we go magic, and spires on pier 84 at w. 44th st. rain or shine. >>

8/7 6-9pm: galleries stay open late during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free. >>

8/7 6pm doors, 8pm show (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: chop shop (2008). 43-29 crescent street, free admission. >>

8/7 6:30pm (+ 8/13): close encounters of the spielberg kind: the museum of jewish heritage pays homage to director steven spielberg with free screenings (with a suggested donation). tonight: jaws (1975). tickets available starting at 4pm. >>

8/7 7pm (ends today): the battery park city parks conservancy’s freeriver + blues outdoor music series at robert f. wagner, jr. park ends the season with the sun ra arkestra>>

8/7 7, 10pm: dj rekha’s monthly basement bhangra dance party takes over lpr’s gallery (7pm) and main room (10pm). free dance lesson at 10pm. free admission before 8pm, $10 adv, $15 door. >>

8/7 7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 8/11, 14, 21): the bard’s tale is performed as a drinking game at shotspeare’s romeo and juliet. the slipper room, $15. >>

8/7 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: play to win drinks, show tickets and cash at the park slope bingo club with bingo masters dick swizzle and perry comb-over. union hall, free admission, $5/card pack to play. >>

8/7 8pm: demonically possessed cats! dr. paul koudounaris (the empire of death, heavenly bodies) gives an illustrated lecture on frightening felines. the morbid anatomy museum. $8. >>

8/7 8pm doors, 8:30 music, 9pm film: rooftop films continues its 18th season of outdoor screenings with pulp: a film about life, death and supermarkets, plus djs from mondo, q+a with filmmaker florian habicht and star jarvis cocker, and an after party sponsored by new amsterdam spirits and sixpoint brewery with a karaoke contest judged by cocker and habicht. in the event of rain, this event will move indoors at the same location. industry city (sunset park), $20. >>

8/7 9pm: did you get your free tickets to see the roots play the best buy theater? >>

8/7 9pm (monthly thru 12/4): guests share journal entries, poetry, original songs and art from their adolescence on stage at lyssa mandel’sbitch seat: therapy comedy talk show. the pit, $8 adv, $10 door (just $1 for students). >>

8/8 8pm doors, 9pm show: dig out your neon crop tops and checkered vans for the cruel summer 80s dance party, featuring live 80s band the engagements covering the classics and dj steve reynolds of party like it’s 1999 breaking out even more hits and taking your requests. the bell house, $5 advance with promo code ‘theskint’, $10 door >>

ticket deals

get tickets to 50 shades: the musical! at the elektra theatre 8/7-31 for $29.50-39.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $79). >>

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