Wednesday, June 5

TODAY: RAKIM, CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! WITH PATTY GRIFFIN, RALPH NADER, AIR GUITAR

around town today

5-10pm: $20 adv gets you all you can drink craft beer cans ($25 day of. $4 each for you slow sippers) at idle hands's 'summer of cans' kick off >>

6:30pm (thru 8/22): shape up nyc offers a free outdoor fitness classes all summer long: nia on pier 64 (wednesdays starting today) and pilates on pier 46 (thursdays starting 7/11) >>

6:30pm: second ave. sagas blogger ben kabak sits down with joseph nugent, the interagency liaison between the nypd and nyct, to discuss public transit, safety and security in nyc in the latest installment of 'problem solvers'. new york transit museum, free. >>

6:30pm doors, 8:15pm show (thru 8/10): the 35th annual celebrate brooklyn! performance series at prospect park's bandshell kicks off with singer/songwriter patty griffin. rain or shine. free ($3 suggested). >>

7pm: author lauren weisberger reads from and discusses revenge wears prada: the devil returns with today's hoda kotb at bryant park's word for word author series. the bryant park reading room (under the trees at the 42nd st side of the park), free. >>

7pm: daniel bergner reads from his new--and extensively researched--book what do women want?: adventures in the science of female desires. q+a, book signing, more. book court, free. >>

7pm: mtv co-founder and current clear channel ceo bob pittman chats with the museum of the moving image's executive director, carl goodman. free (rsvp). >>

7pm: political activist ralph nader discusses his latest book told you so: the big book of weekly columns. b+n union square, free. >>

7pm: musician and surgeon charles limb learns us on the neuroscience of creativity at this month’s ‘sci cafe’ at amnh, free >>

7pm (thru 8/29): the free summerstage city parks performance series continues at red hook park with rakim. other events this week include fuzz and comedy central live with christela alonzo and mark normand. rain or shine. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (+ 6/6): comedian liam mceneaney records his debut live album at union hall with support from guests rob paravonian, janeane garofalo, and myq kaplan. $8. >>

7:30pm (thru 6/9): lava dance company presents 'the rocks', featuring six new pieces with music by mamie minch, lee free, chris cochrane and dj tikka masala. bam fisher, $10 preview tonight (reg $25). >>

8pm: chicago's michael sanchez and monte lamonte bring their bodily function-centric storytelling series 'i sh!t you not' to nyc with local guests kevin allison ('risk!', the state), emily heller (comedy central), shannon cason (the moth), robin gelfenbien ('yum’s the word'), victor varnado (jimmy kimmel) and nick vatterott (conan o’brien). lpr's gallery, $5. >>

8pm: the 'big terrific' comedy show at cameo features host max silvestri and guests eliza skinner, karl hess, emily heller, rojo perez, and adam lustick. free. >>

8pm: showcase your cleverness or cheer for your favorites at this month's punderdome 3000 pun competition. littlefield, $7. >>

8pm: the u.s. air guitar championships (qualifying competition) rock like the wind at st. vitus, $10 >>

8pm: pretty greens, leda, potty mouth, and hard nips play cake shop, $10 >>

9:30pm: world's end press and selebrities play mercury lounge, $12 >>

thru 6/8: the deli's best of emerging artists festival (b.e.a.f.) brings 30+ bands including cultfever, modern rivals, st. claire, the stationary set, spirit family reunion, more to three williamsburg venues, $5-15 >>


coming up

6/6 10am-7pm: the history channel brings a slice of mountain men to union square's north plaza with two rock climbing walls, boot camp and survival skills demos, hiking tips, more. free. >>

6/6 12pm (thursdays thru 8/8): bam's annual free outdoor r+b festival at metrotech kicks off with minnesota's mint condition. upcoming shows include sheila e., sly and robbie,  shuggie otis, more. corner of flatbush + myrtle (downtown brooklyn). >>

6/6 6pm (thursdays @6pm, tuesdays @ 10am thru 9/19): free outdoor yoga classes in bryant park return for the season. mats will be provided. >>

6/6 6pm doors, 8pm lecture: the drunken botanist: the plants that create the world's great drinks author amy stewart discusses mixology, botany and how to combine the two. select cocktails will be served. the horticulture society of ny, free (rsvp). >>

6/6 6pm doors, film at sunset (thursdays thru 8/8): free outdoor movie season at the east village's tompkins square park kicks off with baz luhrmann's romeo + juliet (1996), with live music by sweet street symphony before the film >>

6/6-30 6:30pm (thurs-sun): 'the other free shakespeare in the park': back for its tenth season, hudson warehouse theater company presents the complete works of william shakespeare (abridged). three actors will cover all 37 plays in just 97 minutes, and hamlet in less than one. the north patio of the soldiers' and sailors' monument in riverside park (w. 89th st + riverside drive), free. >>

6/6 8pm: author eric g. wilson explores the origins of our morbid fascinations in an illustrated lecture on his new book, everyone loves a good train wreck: why we can't look away. observatory, $5. >>

6/6 8-11:30pm: don't worry about too much about hiding your thunder at brokelyn and broke-ass stuart's first ever jorts-off dance-off. expect $3 tecates all night, drink specials, a best jorts contest and summer jams. bedford hill, free. >>

6/6 9pm: a cast of eight performers present the improvised high school-themed burlesque stage play, 'fast times at burlyq high', at coney island usa, $12 >>


sales, deals, freebies

22 ice-cream spots debuting new flavors this summer >>

after-work happy hour cruise 6/6-8/30 for free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg $25-30) >>

saturday night party cruise down the hudson 6/8-29 for free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg $30) >>

get orchestra tickets to the world civic orchestra performing brahms, dvořák, more 6/9 at lincoln center's alice tully hall for $5-10 (plus ticket fees, reg $30-40) >>


group deals

three deals at the commons chelsea: $20 to spend on coffee, tea and snacks for $10, or bar bites and beers for two for $24 ($52 value), or brunch for two for $30 (67 value) >>


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