thru 6/25: takashi murakami: an arrow through history: virtual and physical reality mix in this exhibition of new works by contemporary artist takashi murakami. spread across gagosian gallery’s 976 and 980 madison avenue locations, the exhibition includes augmented reality activations, paintings, sculptures, and more, and can also be viewed anywhere through an immersive vr rendering of the galleries on the gagosian website. free admission. >>

thru 5/25: molière in the park – the misanthrope: to celebrate the french playwright’s 400th birthday, the molière in the park series presents a fully-staged outdoor production of richard wilbur’s translation of the misanthrope, directed by lucie tiberghien and starring tony and obie-award winner gabriel ebert (dickinson, broadway’s pass over). prospect park’s lefrak center, free (rsvp). >>

thru 5/20: nycxdesign festival: nycxdesign’s multidisciplinary series of events returns with open studios, exhibitions, talks, and more. >>

thru sun: swamp in the city: a cajun + creole music festival: dust off your dancing shoes, fetch your fiddle, and gather ‘round for a four-day celebration of southwest louisiana’s music, food, and culture, featuring live music performances, jam sessions (b.y.o. instruments), dance lessons, cajun and creole food, and more. various locations and prices, including a free day at governors island on saturday. >>

fri (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
dating + new york at bennett park (washington heights) >>
encanto at clove lakes park (staten island) >>

fri 6-10pm (fridays thru 5/27): k2 friday nights series at the rubin museum of art: the rubin museum (chelsea) offers a series of free admission nights featuring exhibition tours, a sound bath experience, dj sets, and drink specials. reservations recommended. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): vocabaret: speechless: everything’s coming up proses at this monthly variety show for language lovers, where the city’s best wordsmiths present slideshows, games, and other raucous entertainment inspired by a theme. tonight’s theme: ‘speechless.’ caveat (les), $10 with promo code ‘speechless’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

fri 7pm (weekly): cuba libre comedy show: oh buoy! held in the gowanus dredgers canoe club boathouse, the cuba libre comedy show stirs up something funny along the gowanus canal. tonight’s lineup: eitan levine, atheer yacoub, lissa lenis, and chris scopo. hosted by evan hernandez and paul valdes-rodriguez. drinks available for donation. free-$5. >>

fri 7:30pm: the dance floor: k-pop with dj kdotlim: the korean cultural center new york continues its series of k-pop dance parties with an night spun by dj kdotlim dedicated to the influences that have shaped the genre at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free admission. >>

fri 8pm: nyc master chorale: nyc master chorale presents: ‘go, song of mine,’ a concert featuring works by elgar, coleridge-taylor, price and bruckner at holy trinity church (uws). $5+ sliding scale admission. >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): the chelsea symphony: journey: the chelsea symphony ‘plumbs the depths of human expression’ with a program that includes tchaikovsky’s pathétique symphony, aaron dai’s lullaby, and jennifer higdon’s oboe concerto. st. paul’s german lutheran church (chelsea), $25 adv, $20 suggested donation at the door. >>

fri 8pm: titanic drink-along: a drinking game nyc casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved movie and turns the whole thing into a drinking game. join them tonight as they stumble through clue. the bell house (gowanus), $18 adv, $20 day of. >>

fri 8pm: north coast presents the pop-up: hip-hop improv team north coast brings their new on-the-spot music and comedy show to littlefield (gowanus), with guest performances by comedians mary beth barone (fallon) and moss perricone (patriot act). $15 adv, $20 day of (save 20% with promo code ‘skint’). >>

fri 8pm (monthly): the lab: a very black experimental comedy show: find out what hosts kenice mobley and nick chambers are mixing up at the lab, a comedy show spotlighting black performers doing new and experimental material. tonight: monroe martin (comedy central), ethan simmons-patterson (comedy central), karmen naidoo (gimme the light comedy), and christiana jackson. friends and lovers (crown heights), $5. >>

fri 8pm (weekly): comedy at cloe’s: get your friday dose of funny (and free sangria and popcorn, while they last) at comedy at cloe’s, featuring standup by jeffrey emerson (netflix), usama siddiquee (america’s got talent), nick hopping (amazon), pranav behari (mad magazine), and jill weiner (wikifreakz). note: byob. cloe’s corner (boerum hill), $10. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): bitches brew comedy show: see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at this women-produced and hosted comedy show, returning to the back room at halyards (gowanus) with stand-up by drew michael (hbo), nick nemeroff (conan), ronnie lordi (amazon), lizabanks campagna (the washington post), kyle turner (helium), and diego lopez (a little time). free admission (a tip jar will be passed around at the end of the show). >>

fri 10pm: music video time machine presents: where were you in ’92?: dance, sing, and rock out to music videos of arrested development, en vogue, nirvana, pearl jam, red hot chili peppers, and more at music video time machine’s bash. the front bar of the bell house (gowanus), free admission >>


Limited Run Through May 28!
Use code SESAME2 for $20 off weekday performances.

One Night is a nine-hour theatrical event concluding multi-Obie Award winner Target Margin Theater’s five-year exploration of oral storytelling and The One Thousand and One Nights. In One Night, TMT leads audiences through the frame of Scheherazade’s tale of survival into a celebration of oral storytelling in all its forms. We touch on classics, like Ali Baba and Aladdin, and introduce you to tales you may not know, like Julnar of the Sea and Baucis and Philemon.

This extravagant performance surrounds storytelling with food, drink, and musical diversions.

Directed by David Herskovits, One Night has been collaboratively developed and devised by more than 60 artists over the past five years, from various translations and versions of The 1,001 Nights and other material.



sat thru 9/5: life of a neuron: walk into a real-life 3d model of a human prefrontal cortex neuron — the ‘thinking cell’ of the brain — and see it grow from birth through death at artechouse’s latest immersive exhibit. artechouse (chelsea market), $25 general, $20 students/seniors. >>

sat thru 8/14: lincoln center’s summer for the city: lincoln center’s season of free outdoor programming returns with more than 300 events (most free), including dance parties, performances, film screenings, an underground ‘speakeasy,’ and more. >>

sat thru 7/30 (8am saturdays): summer fitness at top of the rock: get high with high-energy dance cardio classes and sweeping views of manhattan at rockefeller center’s top of the rock observation deck. $15. >>

sat thru 6/21: biophony concert festival: metropolis ensemble presents a series of free pop-up concerts in dozens of pedestrian plazas, open-streets, parks, and public squares throughout the city. saturday’s kick off at brooklyn botanical garden (12-4pm) will feature 20 groupings of musicians performing the world premiere of 15 newly commissioned works. $18 general, $12 students/seniors, free community tickets available. >>

sat thru 5/22: regina opera – la bohème: regina opera brings a fully-staged production of puccini’s la bohème, performed in italian with english supertitles, to our lady of perpetual help academy (sunset park). $25 general, $20 students/seniors. >>

sat thru tues: the american art fair: peruse more than 400 north and central american landscapes, portraits, still lifes, studies, and sculptures created in the 19th and 20th century at the 15th annual american art fair. bohemian national hall (ues), free admission. >>

sat + sun various times: outdoor fests: explore the cultural and culinary offerings at these nine outdoor fests:
• sat + sun (10am-6pm): ninth avenue international food festival. ninth avenue between 42nd + 57th streets. >>
• sat 10am-5pm: viking fest. owl’s head park (bay ridge). >>
• sat 10am-6pm: graham avenue fiesta. grand avenue/ave of puerto rico from broadway to boerum st (williamsburg). >>
• sat 1-4:30pm: japan parade and street fair. parade route: central park west from 81st street to 68th street. street fair: 69th street between central park west + columbus ave. >>
• sun 10am-6pm: fabulous fifth avenue fair. fifth avenue from sterling street to 12th street (park slope). >>
• sun 12-6pm: bayfest. emmons ave + e 27 street (sheepshead bay). >>
• sun 12-6pm: bronx week food and arts street fair. mosholu parkway, bet van cortlandt ave east + bainbridge ave. >>
• sun 12-6pm: greek jewish festival. broome street bet allen street + eldridge street (les). >>
• sun 1:30pm: 17th of may norwegian day parade. bay ridge. >>

sat + sun (9am-10pm): the cliffs grand opening weekend: a new climbing space opens in gowanus with a weekend of free climbing, competitions, live music, and free beer from local breweries. >>

sat + sun (11am-2:30pm): free bike helmets: the department of transportation is resuming its bike helmet distribution program starting this weekend, with opportunities to get one fitted to your noggin at williamsbridge oval park in the bronx (sat) and gravesend park in mapleton (sun). while supplies last. masks required during the fitting. can’t make it? more dates should be announced weekly through early fall. >>

sat + mon (sat 7pm, mon 7pm): ginny hogan: nyc-based writer and stand-up comic ginny hogan has a pair of events this weekend: ‘i finished my 20s and all i got was this lousy sobriety,’ a stand-up comedy show that follows her journey from drunk-software-engineer, to drunker-stand-up-comedian-living-with-her-parents, to less-drunk-sex-writer, to sober human (sat 7pm at caveat) and a launch event for her new humor book on the ups and downs of modern love, i’m more dateable than a plate of refried beans: and other romantic observations (mon at powerhouse @ the archway). various prices.

sat (various times): eurovision song contest viewing parties: watch as musical groups from 25 countries battle it out in the final round of the world’s largest–and campiest–songwriting competition.
• footlight underground at the windjammer (ridgewood) >>
• hardware bar (hell’s kitchen) >>
• rise bar (hell’s kitchen) >>
• the liberty nyc (midtown west) >>

sat (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
luca at owl’s head park (bay ridge) >>
spider-man: no way home at eugene mccabe field (harlem) >>

sat 10am (+ 5/21, 6/11): outdoor yoga on the brooklyn museum’s stoop: start your saturday off centered at a yoga and meditation class held on the plaza steps of brooklyn museum. all levels welcome. $16 ticket includes general museum admission, $25 ticket includes access to andy warhol: revelation. >>

sat 10am-5pm (+ 5/23 at fort greene location): greenlight bookstore sidewalk sale: prospect lefferts gardens location: stock up on summer reads when you shop discounted, slightly shelf-worn books at greenlight bookstore’s annual sidewalk sale. >>

sat 10am-6pm: madison avenue gallery walk: more than 60+ participating art galleries open their doors for artist and curator-led talks and tours of their exhibitions during the sixth annual madison avenue gallery walk, which runs from east 57th street to east 83rd street. the day also includes an outdoor sketch session in front of the frick madison that’s open to all experience levels. free. >>

sat 11am: building the brooklyn bridge: take in the view of the brooklyn bridge from empire fulton ferry lawn while learning about how the iconic structure came into being at a talk by historian jeff richman, author of the recently-published building the brooklyn bridge, 1869-1883: an illustrated history with images in 3d. free. >>

sat 11am-5pm: ecological city: procession for climate solutions: a procession of costumed performers and giant puppets makes its way to 20 community gardens and the les waterfront in the name of celebrating climate solutions. free. >>

sat 11am-6pm (select saturdays through the season): hester street fair at the seaport: the outdoor market returns to the seaport with vendors selling fashion, food, crafts, and more. free admission. >>

sat 12pm: bans off our bodies: planned parenthood and 100+ organizations will lead marches in all 50 states and d.c. to defend abortion access. new york’s march will make its way from cadman plaza in brooklyn to foley square in manhattan via the brooklyn bridge. >>

sat 12-4pm: arcade swap meet: buy, sell, trade and donate your video and board games, parts, computers, tools, screens, and more at wonderville’s arcade swap meet. all leftover equipment will be donated to death by audio arcade or brought to the e-waste recycling center. wonderville (bushwick), free admission. >>

sat 2-6pm: brass bands festival: brooklyn bridge park conservancy kicks off its season of outdoor events with an afternoon of roving and stationary musical sets by five nola-style brass bands spread out across four lawns and plazas. free. >>

sat 2:45pm: the panic in needle park with talkback: new plaza cinema (uws) presents a 50th anniversary screening of jerry schatzberg’s the panic in needle park, starring al pacino and kitty winn (in their first film lead roles), hosted by film critic and author jason bailey (fun city cinema: new york city and the movies that made it). bailey will be on hand to introduce the film and participate in a talk back with q+a after the screening. $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

sat 3-11:30pm: wall to wall quincy jones: stay as long (or short) as you’d like at an all-day celebration of the music of quincy jones, featuring more than 85 musicians, dancers, and creators performing soul, jazz, r+b, hip-hop, dj sets, and more from jones’s expansive career. the entire day is free and open to the public at symphony space’s peter jay sharp theatre (uws), or stream it online. >>

sat 4pm: the story collider podcast’s science storytelling show: four professional tale spinners share true, personal stories about fresh starts and new ideas at today’s ‘spring awakening’ edition of the science storytelling show. hosted by tracy rowland and paula croxson. caveat (les), $10 with promo code ‘spring’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

sat 5pm-midnight (saturdays thru the season): queens night market returns for the season: explore a world of food at the queens night market, where you can sample global cuisine from 50+ food vendors for $6 or less, shop for art and merch from local makers, and enjoy live music and performances. new york hall of science at flushing meadows corona park, free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sat 6:30pm: sing in solidarity presents clamor popular: socialist choir sing in solidarity will deliver a rabble-rousing concert of songs from la nueva canción, a latin american cultural movement from the 60s and 70s that blended folk music and radical left-wing political initiatives. the choir will be accompanied by chilean folk ensemble a desalambrar, with an opening performance by ruben gonzalez and handmade. the people’s forum (garment district), $25 suggested donation. >>

sat 7pm: bad trip with eric andré in person: comedian and actor will be on hand to do q+a following a screening of his hidden-camera comedy, bad trip, at the paris theater (midtown). $16 general, $14 students/seniors. >>

sat 7:30pm: people’ symphony concerts classical music series: a quartet of musicians from the chamber music society of lincoln center will perform a program of beethoven, babajanian, and schumann at tonight’s installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $17. >>

sat 7:30pm: jes tom: less lonely: nonbinary transgender actor, writer, and comic jes tom presents an hour of stand-up comedy on ‘sex in the face of death, gender transition on the brink of oblivion, and the search for love at the end of the world’ at the bell house (gowanus). hosted by drag artist and comedian kiko soirée. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): tinder live! with lane moore: comedian and writer lane moore (how to be alone: if you want to and even if you don’t) takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious improvised chatting. tonight’s show at littlefield (gowanus) includes commentary from guests joyelle johnson (broad city) and jared freid (u up?). $20. >>

sat 10pm (monthly): party like it’s 1999: 25 years of mmmbop and 90s teen idols edition: mmmbop your way into summer at this month’s edition of dj steve reynolds’s 90s dance party, celebrating the 25th anniversary of hanson’s massive hit along with a full night of other ‘90s teen solo artist and band favorites. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>


sun 8am sign-in opens (walk at 10am): aids walk new york: the largest single-day aids fundraising event in the world returns to central park with proceeds benefiting gmhc and other area aids service organizations. free to register, and there’s no fundraising minimum to participate. >>

sun 10:45am: asian american pacific islander heritage parade: in response to the rise in hate crimes against the community, a new annual aapi parade will march up sixth ave and west 44th street to west 55th street in manhattan. >>

sun 12-6pm: paradice palase open studios: check out the work of 10 studio members of bushwick’s paradice palase at the space’s first open studios of the year. drinks and snacks will be served. free. >>

sun 2pm (season ends today): schneider concerts chamber music series: 2019 chamber music america visionary award and grammy nominee publiquartet will perform works by vijay iyer, dvořák, ornette coleman, publiquartet, and more at today’s season finale of the new school’s schneider concerts chamber music series. new school auditorium (union square), $20 general, $17 seniors. >>

sun 5pm: the broad squad: wear a caftan, get a free drink at kendra cunningham’s early evening of comedy, music, and tarot readings. young ethel’s (park slope), free admission. >>

sun 7pm: beanie babe comedy: the standups and the stuffed animals are full of beans at rebecca kaplan’s comedy show, where a donation will get you a vintage beanie baby to take home. featuring matthew broussard (comedy central), jacob williams (wild n out), carmen lagala (colbert), vanessa jackson (snl), aubrey bercy, and kayt hester. young ethel’s (park slope), free admission (donations optional). >>

sun 8pm: good god comedy show: anonymously share your craziest, cringiest secrets for the hosts to read aloud at this stand-up comedy variety show hosted by caitlin cook, shane torres, and tom thakkar. tonight’s lineup: the lucas brothers (netflix), moses storm (conan), jay jurden (the problem with jon stewart), lindsay boling (off limits), and tim mclaughlin. union hall (park slope), $12 adv, $15 day-of. >>

sun 8:15pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): spider-man: no way home at bill brown playground (sheepshead bay). >>


mon thru 9/11 (11am-6:50pm. closed tuesdays.): jane’s carousel summer hours: overlooking the east river with views of the brooklyn and manhattan bridges, historic jane’s carousel is now open six days a week thru the season. $2/ride. >>

mon thru the season: climate change-themed mini-golf course: putting green, a mini-golf course that made its debut on the williamsburg waterfront last summer, returns with 18 climate change-themed holes designed by local environmental advocacy organizations, artists, and community and school groups. river street + north 1st street (williamsburg). $5-10 general, $2-5 seniors and children (a portion of proceeds will be donated to local organizations addressing climate change in nyc). >>

mon thru 5/24 (mondays + tuesdays at 5:30pm): live chamber music at bryant park: american symphony orchestra returns to bryant park’s upper terrace for a series of intimate concerts featuring a string quartet, a percussion ensemble, and a jazz ensemble. free. >>

mon 6pm: new york: an illustrated history: documentary filmmakers ric burns and james sanders, creators of the pbs series new york: a documentary film, present the newly expanded edition of the series’ companion book at rizzoli bookstore (flatiron). free admission. >>

mon 6-8pm (on view thru 6/4): pratt fine arts mfa alumni 2020 exhibition: pratt institute presents ‘chromotherapy in an age of doubt,’ an exhibition of works by 28 artists who completed the graduate fine arts program in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. pratt manhattan gallery (chelsea), free. >>

mon 7:30pm: book launch: it was all a dream: biggie and the world that made him: on the week of what would’ve been the brooklyn-born rapper’s 50th birthday, journalist justin tinsley presents his new biography of christopher wallace in a conversation with journalist and musician rob markman. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free admission. >>

mon 8pm (monthly) disasterpiece movie night: from the wondrous to the weird, disasterpiece unearths forgotten gems of the vhs years for a watch party complete with arcade games, trivia, pizza, and more. tonight’s flick: captain america (1990 version). wonderville (bushwick), free admission. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): butterboy comedy: the comedy show helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill returns with stand-up by sasheer zamata (snl), nick rutherford (snl), kenny deforest (comedy central), liza dye (q-force), hoodo hersi (cbc), and ben katzner (buzzfeed). littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 day of. >>


our roundup of 60+ ongoing events: cherry blossoms, outdoor roller skating, screenings, art, tours, and more. >>

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– the skint