Thursday: CUNY IBM Watson Case Competition, Baruch College.Open house and information session for CUNY students interested in participating in the IBM Watson Case Competition. Representatives from the IBM Watson team, along with Baruch Faculty, will answer questions about the competition. http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/calendar/EventList.aspx?eventidn=11622&view=EventDetails&information_id=29731. Friday: Smorgasburg at SummerStage: the city’s favorite food vendors will come together in Central Park, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sample some of the best food in the city, while strolling the park on a late summer evening at the Rumsey Playfield near the Band shell 72nd Street in mid park. http://www.smorgasburg.com/2014/08/smorgasburg-at-central-park-september-19/. http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/. Washington Square Dances 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Using the power of dance to create community, Dances For a Variable Population, will present its annual performance Performed by a multi-generational cast of dancers, spanning ages 25-85, the performance highlights the company’s mission to promote strong and creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. 1.5 hours of amplified sound. Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park, Manhattan.
Past the weekend: Jazz at Lincoln Center, September 18–June 13, 2015. Starting in the fall, Jazz at Lincoln Center takes a season-long journey through the music of North, South and Central America. Highlights include the premiere of a new work composed by Cuban jazz legends Chucho Valdés and Pedrito Martinez along with JALC artistic director (and trumpeter extraordinaire) Wynton Marsalis, as well as the Roots of Americana series, curated by Bill Frisell. Michael Feinstein will be paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, and plenty of top talents like Wayne Shorter, Rubén Blades and the inimitable Dianne Reeves are on the calendar. jalc.org. Coney Island Film Festival till the 21st. In Coney Island’s fight to retain its crusty, freaky soul amid high-rise development and gentrification, this film fest is on the front lines. Three days of innovative shorts, campy classic features and wild parties await, all at the heart of the boardwalk. coneyislandfilmfestival.com. Photoville for many days. United Photo Industries turns shipping containers into pop-up galleries, housing over 60 photography exhibits, plus talks and panels, workshops, and multimedia storytelling events. Pier 5, NYC’s premier photo destination is a modular venue built from repurposed shipping containers. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Furman and Joralemon Streets, http://www.photoville.com.