TUES-THURS, 8/2-4: BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK, OPERA AT WOLLMAN RINK, DO THE WORK, AND MORE

tuesday

tues thru 8/10 (tuesdays + wednesdays at 6pm): dancing around the world’s boro: the queensboro dance festival presents a four-class series highlighting the diverse dance cultures of queens, starting this week with classical indian and african diaspora workshops open to all ages and experience levels. socrates sculpture park (lic), free. >>

tues (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
rockers at nowadays (ridgewood) >>
spider-man: no way home at j. owen grundy pier (jersey city) >>

tues 7pm: next slide please: a powerpoint comedy show: five comedians bring laughter to the lecture hall as they deliver powerpoint presentations on any topic they want. hosted by reed kavner. caveat (les), $13 with promo code ‘slide5’ (reg. $18 adv, $20 door). >>

tues 7pm (+ 8/15, 9/12): opera’s greatest moments at central park’s wollman rink: enjoy bizet, mozart, puccini, verdi, and other opera favorites performed by artists from the new york city opera at central park’s wollman rink. note: this is not a skating event! $15. >>

tues 7pm (ends today): columbia summer winds: the nyc-based community wind ensemble plays through a repertoire of great american songbook classics, john williams masterpieces, songs from the greatest showman and encanto, and more at this annual series of free, outdoor concerts in manhattan parks. tonight: battery park. free. >>

tues 7pm (tuesdays thru 8/16): live at the gantries: the annual waterfront concert series returns to gantry plaza state park (lic), offering audiences views of the manhattan skyline and sounds from a diverse array of queens-based artists. tonight: balkan brass funk band slavic soul party. presented by kupferberg center for the arts. free. >>

tues 7:30pm (+ 8/16): ‘imagine i’m someone else’ – an evening with isabel hagen: comedian and juilliard-trained violist isabel hagen (fallon) explores ‘self-doubt, consciousness, and a little sexuality’ in her one-woman comedy and viola variety show. union hall (park slope), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

tues 7:30pm (ends today): naumburg orchestral concert series: the 117th season of live, outdoor classical music concerts at central park’s historic naumburg bandshell concludes with east coast chamber orchestra (ecco), who’ll play a program of works by adolph adolphus hailstork, pedro guerrero, josquin des prez, and franz schubert. free admission. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): i made you a playlist: stand-up meets after-party at this weekly comedy show and dance party hosted by kelly bachman and dylan adler. tonight’s show features youngmi meyer, bassam shawl, alison klemp, brandon garner, and tracy mcclendon. the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

wednesday

weds thru 8/31 (wednesdays): cinépolis handpicked: cinépolis chelsea takes you on an adventure with screenings of casablanca, lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring, lord of the rings: the two towers, lord of the rings: the return of the king, and batman for just $5 each. >>

weds thru 8/13: 45th annual asian american international film festival: the country’s first and longest-running showcase of contemporary asian and asian-american cinema is back with a hybrid in-person and online program of narrative and documentary features and shorts representing 24 countries and 20 languages. asia society (ues) and online, $10-16. >>

weds + thurs: summer for the city at lincoln center: lincoln center’s free programming this week includes a performance by afro-cuban dance company oyu oro (weds 6pm), ‘jubilee for jimmy,’ a celebration of james baldwin featuring live performances, readings, and panel discussions (weds 8pm), a salsa music and dance party with the spanish harlem orchestra (thurs 6pm), and a steelpan drumming concert by the elite pan consortium that commemorates the 60th anniversary of trinidad and tobago’s independence (thurs 7:30pm). >>

weds (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
babe at carl schurz park (yorkville) >>
back to the future at prospect park long meadow (brooklyn) >>
frozen 2 at 7th and jackson park (hoboken) >>
ghostbusters: afterlife at the unisphere in flushing meadows corona park >>
hail, caesar! at pier i in riverside park south (uws) >>
mija with performances by helado negro, silvana estrada, doris anahi, and jacks haupt at rumsey playfield (central park) >>
paris is burning at parklife (gowanus). note: food/drink purchase required. >>
teen beach movie at beach 122nd (rockaway) >>
venom: let there be carnage at marx brothers playground (yorkville) >>

weds 12:30pm: crafting the city: rumaan alam, threa almontaser, and emily st. john mandel: nypl and the national book foundation present a panel discussion with national book award-honored writers rumaan alam (leave the world behind), threa almontaser (the wild fox of yemen: poems), and emily st. john mandel (sea of tranquility), who’ll discuss writing and reading inspired by new york city. moderated by poet and author idra novey (those who knew). the outdoor bryant park reading room (midtown west), free. >>

weds 6pm (ends today): free outdoor concert series at hudson yards: up-and-coming artists take the stage at hudson yards’ public square + gardens for ten weeks of live, outdoor concerts programmed by the bowery presents. tonight: michaël brun. >>

weds 7pm (every other wednesday thru 8/31): jazz at hudson river park’s pier 84: summer is in full swing at the jazz foundation of america’s live, outdoor concert series. tonight: annette a. aguilar + stringbeans. pier 84 (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

weds 7pm (+ 8/10): st. ann’s warehouse: get back! summer concerts: world-class musicians bring live music to brooklyn bridge park for the third iteration of st. ann’s warehouse’s outdoor concert series. tonight: melanie charles + zacchae’us paul. empire fulton ferry lawn, next to jane’s carousel, free. >>

weds 7pm (ends today): sunset wednesdays at wave hill: riverdale’s 28-acre public garden, located on the hudson river with sweeping views of the new jersey palisades, sets the scene for this series of outdoor concerts. tonight: stringwise duo, featuring latin grammy-winning venezuelan cuatro player jorge glem and latin grammy-nominated cuban-venezuelan jazz pianist césar orozco. note: folding chairs are permitted, but picnic blankets are not. free with regular garden admission ($12 general, $8 students/seniors). >>

weds 7:30pm (weekly): ambush comedy show – with free beer: josh johnson, lucas connolly, and brittany cardwell serve up slices of standup at two boots pizza (williamsburg), where they’ll be joined by subhah agarwal (comedy central), erik bergstrom (comedy central), isabel hagen (fallon), and katie boyle (the shift). bonus: free beer from 7:30-8pm. free admission (rsvp to enter the pizza raffle). >>

weds 7:30pm (weekly): we have fun: a stand-up show: hosts zach sims and dan wilbur bring the fun-ny to young ethel’s (park slope), with stand-up by comedians abbi crutchfield (comedy central), eitan levine (the new york times), andrew michael tavin (collegehumor), and chelsea perry. free admission. >>

weds 8pm (monthly): punderdome: pun-masters have a war of the words at tonight’s edition of the beloved pun competition, hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $12 adv, $15 day-of. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): savage comedy show: lizzie martinez and melissa rocha’s stand-up show comes roaring back with sets by nataly aukur (comedy central), rachel lenihan (the chris gethard show), shakir standley (last comic standing), james hamilton (vice), shakir standley (bet), rachel lenihan (the chris gethard show), and colleen genevieve (rent money). bonus: rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. logan’s run (park slope), free. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): good girl comedy show: good girls laura merli (reductress), molly brenner (molly brenner: i’m coming), and guest host luis galilei bring their standup show back to friends and lovers (crown heights), with performers maddie wiener (comedy central), carmen lagala (colbert), danish maqbool (ramy), jared waters (pbs), and maddie peck (last drop comedy). $5. >>

weds 8pm (bi-weekly): endless laughs comedy show: laughs and lager mix at endless life brewing (crown heights), where blair dawson and michael hirsch host an evening of stand-up by martin urbano (kimmel), harper-rose drummond (trutv), lili michelle (buzzfeed), and shayne smith. free. >>

thursday

thurs thru sun: east harlem giglio festival: the annual east harlem tradition established in 1908 returns with four days of food, games, music, and the traditional group lifting of an 80-foot, four-ton statue. pleasant avenue between 114th + 116th streets (east harlem), free admission. >>

thurs (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black joy film fest: the sun rises in the east at restoration west plaza (bed-stuy) >>
dark toons at brooklyn commons park (downtown brooklyn) >>
jurassic park at brooklyn bridge park pier 1 >>

thurs 12:30pm (thursdays thru 8/25): broadway in bryant park: lite fm’s annual outdoor concert series brings the best of broadway to bryant park (midtown west), where cast members will perform their shows’ greatest hits. today: stomp, aladdin, and the lion king. free. >>

thurs 2pm, 4pm, 6pm (+ 8/6 4pm in ditmas park): new camerata opera’s summer concert series: principal soloists from the new camerata opera will perform a selection of operatic masterpieces in a series of pop-up performances at anita’s way, a pedestrian walk-through near bryant park. free admission (donations welcome). >>

thurs 5pm: summerstage: the beloved summer performing arts festival continues with a concert featuring budos band, rogê, and dj vernon reid in staten island’s corporal thompson park. free. >>

thurs 5-8pm: fogo azul + capoeira terreiro da lua: nyc-based, all-women/tgnc brazilian-american drumline fogo azul will perform a brazilian samba reggae concert, followed by a capoeira performance and workshop led by capoeira terreiro da lua at socrates sculpture park (lic). free admission. >>

thurs 6-8pm (thursdays thru 9/1): live at the archway: for 13 nights this summer, you can catch live, outdoor performances and local artists’ gallery exhibitions at the public plaza underneath the manhattan bridge in dumbo. tonight’s program is co-presented by the cuban arts center, and includes music by the feeling messengers and a retrospective of art, music, and political posters from the cuban arts center’s collection. rain or shine. free admission. >>

thurs 6-9pm (ends today): uptown bounce: museum of the city of new york and el museo del barrio’s annual summer block party series returns to east harlem with three themed nights featuring dj sets, live performances, artmaking activities, local eats available for purchase, and free museum admission. tonight’s theme: ‘diva night.’ >>

thurs thru 8/25 (thursdays at 6:30pm): fifth avenue fitness: work out with the lions on the nypl terrace lawn in midtown. b.y.o. mat, towel, and water. free admission. >>

thurs 6:30pm (thursdays thru 8/11): summer music in bushwick inlet park series: bop along to live music and watch the sun setting over the east river at bushwick inlet park’s summer music series. tonight: guitarist gerry eastman and his sextet. bushwick inlet park (williamsburg), free. >>

thurs 7pm (ends today): astoria waterfront concert series: bring a blanket or chair and your dancing shoes for an evening of live music on the astoria park great lawn. tonight: the motorcity revue (motown). free. >>

thurs 7:45pm (monthly): boyz in the woods comedy: tawanda gona, gabe pereira, and nick chambers host this standup-meets-trivia show, where audience members can win free drinks by answering pop culture and hip-hop questions in between sets by kasaun wilson (the problem with jon stewart), max fine (sirius xm), sam ike (sirius xm), nolawee mengist (just come comedy), and danielle clarke-fisher. friends and lovers (crown heights), $10. >>

thurs 8pm: w. kamau bell + kate schatz: do the work! with jamilah king: want to join the fight against racial injustice but don’t know where to start? comedian and author w. kamau bell (united shades of america) and author kate schatz (rad american women a-z) provide a primer with do the work!: an antiracist activity book, which they’ll discuss tonight with writer and podcaster jamilah king at the bell house (gowanus). $10 admission, $22.95 ticket includes a copy of the book. >>

thurs 8pm: young hot sluts: a matchmaking show for sexy people: comedian carly ann filbin makes love connections while making you laugh at this irl matchmaking show. littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

thurs 8pm: landline comedy: get hoppy at the barrel cellar at wild east brewing co. (gowanus), where comedians alexis guerreros (bojack horseman), danish maqbool (ramy), nomie baker (lavender laughs), vernon payne, and sophia marmalade are on tap for a night of laughs. bonus: rsvp for a chance to win a free drink. free admission. >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): laf dance saloon: jeffrey emerson and jill weiner save the best for laughs the laf dance saloon comedy show (jeffrey’s birthday edition), returning with an evening of standup by menuhin hart (comedy central), connor creagan (comedy central), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), liz glazer (cbs), mia faith hammond (chris gethard presents), mark benjamin (the new york times), and ashlynn salzano (that time of the week). the backyard of basik (williamsburg), free admission. >>

ongoing

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