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around town today

free outdoor movies tonight:
finding nemo, asbury park (nj)
the big lebowski, tompkins square park
willy wonka + the chocolate factory (1971), brooklyn bridge park


5-8pm: chelsea galleries and art spaces host receptions, artist talks and open studios during the 4rd annual chelsea art walk, free >>

5:30 doors, 6:30pm show: brooklyn's ducktails play the moma nights indie music series in abby aldrich rockefeller sculpture garden. free with regular $25 museum admission. >>

6pm: free self defense classes for lgbt adults, various locations >>

6pm: actors miles teller + shailene woodley and director james ponsoldt sit down to talk about their latest film, the spectacular now, at apple soho. free. >>

6-8pm (+ 8/22): 'drinks to die for': the annual beer garden at the brooklyn historical society moves to the open meadow at green-wood cemetery. tonight, enjoy music by plastic cannons. $5 drink tickets, free admission. >>

6pm gates (+ 8/8): hudson river park’s riverrocks concert festival hosts free outdoor performances by foxygen, thao + the get down stay down and the aves on pier 84 (w. 44th st) >>

6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/10): the 35th annual celebrate brooklyn! performance series at prospect park's bandshell continues with bebe winans and alicia olatuja. rain or shine. free ($3 suggested). check website for weather cancellation notices. >>

7pm: author michael walker discusses his latest book what you want is in the limo, a detailed account of his experience touring with alice cooper, the who and led zeppelin in 1973. book court, free. >>

7pm: storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at leslie goshko's 'sideshow goshko'. tonight: sam dingman, andrew linderman ('local stories'), steven berkowitz and music by dr. leona godin. kgb, free. >>

7-10pm: meet like-minded veggies at the monthly vegan drinks social networking event. soy-free, homemade vegan hot dogs from yeah dawg will be available for purchase, and a raffle will benefit farm sanctuary. fontana's, free admission. >>

7-10pm: bodylocal's 'fit drinks' on the mercedes club rooftop promises an open bar, healthy snacks, vegan desserts, local vendors, free mini-wellness treatments, more. 550 w. 54th st., $10 with code 'theseed' (reg $20). >>

7pm: slideluck potshow: bring a dish to share (homemade ones get you 2 free raffle tickets) and stick around for the slideshow. free drinks courtesy of brooklyn brewery, tito’s vodka, and perrier. sandbox studio (154 morgan ave, bushwick). >>

7pm: dominique pruitt performs a free show at chez andré @ the standard (25 cooper square). rsvp. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (ends today): the summernights series at the jewish museum features live bands and an open bar with wine and light refreshments. tonight: isle of klezbos. $15. >>

7pm: brooklyn museum's audiophile concert series hosts emerging brooklyn musicians. tonight: heliotropes and the suzan. free with $12 suggested museum admission. >>

7pm (thru 8/1): the annual metropolitan opera free summer recital series brings performances to parks in all five boroughs. tonight: staten island's clove lakes park. >>

7:30pm: the 'lasers in the jungle' comedy show features baratunde thurston (how to be black), jamie lee (girl code), subhah agarwal and matt ruby. ucbeast, $5. >>

7:30pm: mona and nude beach play the studio at webster hall, $12 >>

7:30pm (thru 7/25): the 43rd lincoln center out of doors festival features three weeks of free music, dance, more. tonight: my brightest diamond, emily wells, the kronos quartet and mariana sadovska. damrosch park bandshell. >>

7:30pm (weekly thru 8/21): the 35th annual summer seaside concert series at coney island continues with smokey robinson. w 21 st @ surf ave, free. >>

8pm: writer-comedian catie lazarus hosts 'employee of the month', a talk show featuring people who love their jobs. tonight: the view's joy behar, what not to wear's stacy london, the new yorker tv critic emily nussbaum, and comedian janeane garofalo. ucb, $5. >>

8pm; the super fun variety show's 'good music, bad advice' interactive game show at the gershwin hotel's back room features performances from sweet soubrette, doppelskope, mistress b and matthew silver. $10. >>

9pm: 100% of the proceeds from the 'whistleblow your mind' comedy show will go the bradley manning defense fund. hosts kerryn feehan, frank liotti and victoria varney welcome comedians emma willmann, kendra cunningham, leo martin, the lucas bros and civil rights attorney/author chase madar (the passion of bradley manning: the story behind the wikileaks whistleblower). over the eight (williamsburg), $5 suggested donation includes a beer. >>

9pm doors: williamsburg music venue glasslands celebrates its seventh b-day with music from bear in heaven, beverly, quinn walker, lemonade (dj set) and arron pfenning (dj set). $5. >>

10:30pm: julia easterlin plays the manderley bar at the mckittrick hotel, free >>


check our website for a list of free outdoor summer movies and ongoing events


coming up

7/26 5-7pm (+ 8/2, 16): learn beach volleyball skillz at this free clinic at brooklyn bridge park's pier 6 >>

7/26 6pm: the book launch party for afros: a celebration of natural hair by photographer michael july includes a photo exhibition, free wine + beer, music, and signing. powerhouse arena, free. >>

7/26 6pm (fridays thru 8/30): the inaugural season of new music in bryant park continues on the upper terrace with the jack quartet. free. >>

7/26 9pm doors: rsvp for to see small black, american royalty, joywave and more at the free 'school night!' party at the bowery hotel >>

7/26 8pm (+ 7/27): 'king of the surf guitar' dick dale plays brooklyn bowl ($20), followed by an after party with djs, go-go, and a limbo contest fri ($5) >>

7/26 9pm: so-cal's the muffs play the bell house main event hall, $15 >>

7/26 10pm: the schlep sisters serve up comedy + burlesque at the 'hilarious hussy show'. sideshows by the seashore, $15. >>

7/26 10pm-3am: last time: 10pm: the 'head on' dj battle/dance party pits punk against glam. two djs enter, one dj leaves, and you determine the winner. the bell house frontier room, free. >>

7/26-28: pogopalooza: pro pogo athletes (it's a real thing) hold exhibitions throughout the city and compete for world records, best tricks, more. various locations and tompkins + union square parks, free. >>

7/26-8/1: fslc's 'sound + vision' series presents music docs from various genres and artists including charles bradley, billie joe armstrong, mumford + sons, james booker, low, more. filmmakers and subjects in person at several screenings. $13/film, $30 for 3. >>

7/26-8/2: prepare for breaking bad's final season with a marathon screening of every episode (7/26-30, free), plus creator/executive producer vince gilligan and cast members present and discuss their favorite episodes (8/1-2, $15). fslc.

7/27 10am-7pm: there'll be local grub and beer from 20+ microbreweries at the new york state food + beer expo. biba of williamsburg (110 kent ave, brooklyn), general admission for two with two beer tickets for $16 here ($32 value), additional 10oz beer tickets are $6/each, $20/4. >>

7/27 11am-3pm: get yourself a free fitted bike helmet at rockaway beach's firehouse 59, courtesy of the dot >>

7/27-28 11am-5pm: the 3rd annual nyc poetry festival at governor's island features 200+ poets, 3 stages, vendors, writing areas, more. free ($10 suggested donation). >>

7/27-28 11am-5pm (monthly): vendors sell clothing + accessories, collectibles, art, handmade goods, food, booze, and more at the ridgewood market. new location: the greater ridgewood youth council (59-03 summerfield st., queens). >>

7/27 12-11pm: 4th annual all-day bushwick block party features live music on multiple stages (action bronson, pictureplane, tiki disco, more), food vendors (roberta's, redhook lobster, brooklyn star, crif dogs, more), skate demos, double dutch, a bikini kegstand contest, and a kagillion peeps goin'. moore street bet. bogart + white, free admission. >>

7/27 2-9pm: 3rd ward's 6th annual pig roast offers roasted pork sammiches + tasty sides from fitzcarraldo plus music from friend roulette, kntrlr and djs, '3d doodling', street art demos, double dutch, pinatas, more. free admission. >>

7/27 7:30pm (tickets distributed at 10am): check out a free preview concert of the annual mostly mozart festival at lincoln center's avery fisher hall >>

7/27 10pm: electropper penguin prison djs with live vocals at the wall with dj alex english and guests. rsvp for free admission until midnight, $10 until 1am, $20 after. $20 without rsvp. >>

7/27-29: bamcinématek's annual animation weekend includes award-winning international, experimental, and family-oriented animated films, plus a free art + animation trade show 7/28. $12/program, $40/festival pass. >>

7/28 3-9pm, (saturdays thru 9/7): ps1's 16th annual warmup outdoor music parties continue with a guy called gerald, ben ufo (london), majical cloudz (montreal), daniel avery (london) and roosevelt (cologne). $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

7/28 7pm doors, 8pm show (ends today): moma's abby aldrich rockefeller sculpture garden opens for the free summergarden jazz and classical music series. tonight: the aaron diehl trio. >>

7/28 9pm-12am: it's todd terry (dj set) vs. le1f (live) at the gangs of new york record label battle at the w times square, free (rsvp) >>


sales, deals, freebies

two general admission tickets and two beers at the new york state food and beer expo 7/27 for $16 ($32 value) >>


group deals

hot dog meal for two including two hot dogs (beef, chicken, veggie), two sides and two beers at asiadog in nolita for $12.49 (25 value) >>

$80-120 credit at babeland online for $40-60 >>

one month of unlimited classes at stanton street yoga in the l.e.s. for $35 ($125 value) >>

one month of unlimited classes at bikram yoga herald square for $57 ($95 value) >>


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