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around town today

thru 8/29: 200+ companies perform at more than 20 venues: there’s no excuse not to catch a show @ this year’s fringe festival. $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

gates @ 5pm, film @ sunset: the hbo bryant park film festival on the lawn comes to an end with bonnie and clyde, free >>

4-7pm (thru 8/27): put on a hard hat and check out yoshitomo nara + yng’s open studio as they ready upcoming exhibition yoshitomo nara: nobody’s fool for asia society 9/9-1/2. park ave armory, free. >>

7:30pm (thru 8/27): the jazzmobile drives free outdoor summer concerts around town. tonight's stop features gregory generet @ 106th st btwn central park west + manhattan ave. free. >>

7:30pm: french indie poppers hold your horses! play along with el diablo robotico + sunny ali and the kid @ bell house, $10 >>

9:30pm (+8/30): lichtman's brain cloud perform western swing tunes @ banjo jim's, free (1 drink min) >>

coming up

8/24-28: the central park conservancy film festival brings new york-centric films to north of sheep meadow: king kong, manhattan, saturday night fever, more. free. >>

8/25 8pm: berlin-based stereo total mix synth-pop, punk, french chanson, and everything else that strikes their fancy... and put on one helluva fun show. faux french rockers les sans culottes open. lpr, $12. >>

9/5 7pm: button your collars and clean your specs, 'i heart nerds' speed dating returns to union hall, $10 >>

sales, deals, freebies

thru 8/29: the first grand central terminal dining week features prix fixe menus, take out deals + discounts @ restaurants and food shops in the terminal incl. metrazur, zocalo + magnolia cupcakes, more >>

sufjan stevens' new 8-track ep is streaming on bandcamp (and is available for $5 download) >>

31-track new orleans benefit album for $2.99 features ok go, laura veirs, the wrens, indigo girls, nellie mckay, my morning jacket, more >>

free mp3: stereo total 'baby ouh' >>

group deals

get a half-dozen muffins at any of connecticut muffin's 6 brooklyn locations for $7 ($15 value) >>

take a craft-beer tasting sail around manhattan for $55 ($100 value) >>

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