Weekend events

Saturday, Aug. 19: FlyNYC Kite Fest, Summer on the Hudson: FlyNYC, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Celebrate simple fun with live music and free kite-making for children (kites while supplies last). Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70th Street, Manhattan.
Bike to the Beach. Take a bike tour through Prospect Park and then along the Ocean Parkway Bike path — the oldest in America — to Coney Island. Bartel-Pritchard Square, 15th Street at Prospect Park West,10 am, 14+, $20, Contact: outreach@bike.nyc.
Annual Artichoke Pizza Eating Contest. Hosted by Artichoke Pizza’s owners – pizzaiolos, cousins and best friends, Francis Garcia and Sal Basille – the epic eating event will take place on an elevated stage in the street as part of Park Slope Fifth Avenue’s Summer Stroll, 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place. http://www.artichoke​pizza.com
Blues BBQ, Pier 97 at W. 59 St., Manhattan. Artists: The Campbell Brothers, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Eric Gales, Terrie Odabi, Dumpstaphunk. Restaurants: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Pig Beach , Monk’s Meats.
—————————————————————————————————————————————–Sunday, Aug. 20: Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. Open to amateurs and semi-professional sand sculpting artists of all ages. Surf Avenue at W. 11th Street. 12-4 pm.
Calling all Makers. Tinker, test, and learn at Hudson River Park’s outdoor Maker Space for weekly workshops where participants get hands-on experience designing and constructing innovative solutions to marine-focused challenges. 4 – 5:30pm on Pier 84 at W44 St, Manhattan. Registration recommended. 

(update due to the rain) Thursday and Friday events

Puerto Rican Alliance wrote to check out these courses being offered by the PRLS department. They each have plenty of room and Dr. Aja can help give permissions/get you enrolled in these classes. Just be sure to do so quickly as we don’t want these classes to be canceled.
 Afro-Latin@s in the U.S.: Black, Latino or Both? (PRLS 2320)
Instructor: Prof. Aja
Day/Time: Wed, 9:30am-12:15pm
Women in Latin America (PRLS 3205)
Instructor: Prof. Irene Sosa
Day/Time: Wed, 3:40-6:10pm
Justice & Puerto Rican/Latinx Community (PRLS 2505)
Instructor: Prof. Ortiz Minaya
Day/Time: Tues, 3:40-6:10pm
Mexican Migration/Chicano Experience in the US (PRLS 3215)
Instructor: Prof. Ortiz Minaya
Day/Time: Tues/Thurs, 2:15-3:30pm 
Thursday, Aug. 17:
Mad Max: Frury Road screening of the movie, 6 pm, set to the backdrop of the New York City skyline.  Music and food vendors and the movie begins at sundown. Habor View Lawn, Pier 1, Furman Street at Old Fulton Street.
Marine Park oldies concert Londin Fogg, British oldies rock, 7:15 pm, Filmore Ave and Marine Parkway.
Live at the Archway
Spend your Thursday nights this summer underneath the Manhattan Bridge archway listening to music from across the world. These free performances and dance classes paired with interactive visual art components are fun for the whole family.
Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza
Water Street and Pearl Street
Contact: Tel: (718) 237–8700
When: Thursdays, 6 pm until Thursday, Sept. 28
Journey to the Stars.
Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds with Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. On Thursday nights in July and August, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public. Weather permitting.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier One
Old Fulton Street at Furman Street
Contact: Tel: (718) 222–9939
Web site: http://www.brooklynb​ridgepark.off. Thursdays, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm until Thursday, Aug. 24
Friday, Aug. 18:
 Face of Fifth Avenue Weekend Walk
Enjoy live music, diverse dining, original artwork, and children’s entertainment along Fifth Avenue, which will close to vehicle traffic for the night.
Fifth Avenue between 73rd and 84th Steeets.
Friday, Aug. 18, 5–10 pm.

The Work screening, 8:30 pm. Due to the rain it is moved indoors to the Industry City Factory Floor, 274 36 Street Sunset Park.


Trivia, Science, Events

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Trivia: Someone on Earth reports seeing a UFO every three minutes.
Sumo wrestling is the national sport in Japan.
Lights we can’t see from the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC Radio. (Topics: ultaviolet, infrared, microwave, x rays, also discussed is photopic vision and the advantage of 20 minutes of sunlight and stayng till just before you burn).

All events are free and in Brooklyn unless noted.
Tuesday, Aug. 15: Sunset Salsa with Talia, beginner Salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:15 pm, DJs start the party at 7:15pm. Pier 45 at Christopher St, Hudson River Park, Manhattan. Bags will be checked at the entrance.

Honey Workshop & Tasting, 7 pm, $35. Enjoy a fun wildflower honey evening awakening your palate comparing two different east coast honeys — NYC (Brooklyn Grange) vs. Western Massachusetts (C&C Orchards) — with beekeeper and educator Carin Zinter. With cocktails, of course. The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Rd. between Stratford and Westminster Roads. http://www.thefarmonadderley.com

Wednesday, Aug. 16: Logan screening, R rated, dusk, generally around 8:30 pm, Pier 63 at W23rd St, Manhattan.

Marine Park oldies concert,
7:15 pm, Filmore Ave and Marine Parkway.
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Beetlejuice screening (’88). When a recently-deceased couple finds their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them. Seating at 6:30pm, film at dusk (~8:30pm) – Pier I @ 70th St, riverside Park South, Manhattan.

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weekend events

All events are free and in Brooklyn unless noted.

Mary J. Blige – Strength of A Woman Live, Friday August 18th, 8 pm, Ford Amphitheater. Special guest Lala Hathaway will be in attendance.

Dave Chappelle with Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Colin Jost, tickets over $125 at Radio City Music Hall. August 12. Dave Chappelle and Chance the Rapper, Radio City Music Hall on August 17.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Movies in the Parks: Sully, Max Steel, Finding Dory, Moana, Back to the Future III, Fences, Yogi Bear, Secret Life of Pets, and Ava DuVernay’s 13th Documentary featuring a Soul Train Tribute. Summer Streets:  On Saturday August 5, 12, and 19, 7 am-1 pm. nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike. I think it is on Park Ave but check. Foley Square & Paine Park (in Thomas Paine Park), Manhattan.  Youssou N’Dour, Yacouba Sissoko, 7:30 pm. Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. Coney Island Music Festival, 2-9 pm. Bands, solo artists, and disc jockeys will play at the three stages, games, vendors, face painting. Stillwell Avenue at Surf Avenue.

A Taste of Shakespeare, 3 and 6 pm. Three zany, short Shakespeare plays in one hour: “Tiny Tempest,” “One-Twelfth Night,” and “Midsummer: Tedious and Brief.” Prospect Park’s Concert Grove, 153 E. Drive between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue, voluntary donations.

Book Club Comedy Show, 8 pm, 21+, $8 ($6 in advance). Comedians read books so you don’t have to. This month they discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale.” With hosts Colin Stokes and Blythe Roberson, Jaboukie Young-White, Monica Heisey, and more. Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue.

MABCBK Annual Community Block Party, spiritual, 1 am, face painting, games, bounce houses, family friendly music from one of New York’s top DJ’s, giveaways and so much more. Mount Ararat Church, 425 Howard Ave.

Tap and Cork Fest, 2-8 pm, 21 and up, $25 ($60 VIP). Bedford-Stuyvesant’s beer and wine fest takes over Restoration Plaza for a day-long celebration, with live performances DJ CEO. Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. at Marcy Avenue.

TromaDance Film Festival, various times.  They got the idea for the fest from Trey Parker, of South Park fame and subscribes to an appealing ethos of artistic equality. While the major indie film festivals tend to be inaccessible to the average-joe filmmaker, whether because of high submission fees or an aversion to no-budget projects, TromaDance takes the opposite tack: It provides a platform for anyone who’s ever picked up a camera to show off their work. Peoples Improv Theater.

Warm Up at MOMA, 12 pm, $18. Spot Bushwick artists and Murray Hill finance bros mingling happily in beat-driven bliss on the bleeding edge of every subgenre of electronic sound. Selections are a mixture of high, low, heady, and fun; artists hail from around the world and across the music spectrum. MOMA P.S.1.

Madonnathon, 8:30 pm, $15-$18. The Village Voice says Madonna is as provocative, colorful, energetic, and outspoken as ever. Judging by her controversial comments at the Women’s March, and the holstered, camouflage gown (complete with canteen) she wore to the Met Gala, we can rest assured that the icon is still capable of making us feel like virgins. Costumes are a must, so come dressed as your favorite incarnation, whether it’s sexy bride, cone bra, cowgirl, or just Will and Grace cameo. If you haven’t got time beforehand, you can still get all done up in the four-minute “Madonna Makeover” booth. Cathy Cervenka and Rupert Noffs host a cast of dedicated performers, backed by the Material Band, and DJ Chauncey D will spin Madonna of all eras, including remixes and rare tracks. Brooklyn Bowl.

Saturday and Sunday: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, 9 am with more than one hundred dragon boats. Surrounding the main event are music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations from Shaolin masters, and food stands serving rice dumplings, pork belly buns, and more. Drivers should park at Citi Field; a special shuttle bus will run from there to the park between eight in the morning and six in the evening. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens.

Sunday, Aug. 13: Bike Brownstone Brooklyn, 10 am, $20. Take a bike tour through Brooklyn’s most idyllic neighborhoods, with a trip from Park Slope to Red Hook and back. The Old Stone House, 336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

Hunt for Wild Elderberries, 11:45 am, $20 ($10 children under 12).  Join naturalist “Wildman” Steve Brill for a walk through the park to search for edibles including wild elderberries, summer mushrooms including gourmet two-color bolete, chestnut bolete, chanterelles, meadow mushrooms, and chicken mushrooms. You will also be on the lookout for tart, juicy blackberries and thornless purple-flowering rasberries. The walk will take about 4 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Call at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a place. Meet at the stone benches across from the library, not under the traffic circle. Prospect Park (Grand Army Plaza entrance), Eastern Parkway and Plaza Street East.

Back to the Future Movie Night, 6-10 pm. Face painters, a balloon clown, a giant slide and a bounce house await you along with a screening of the 1985 classic. Visit the Midwood Movie History Pop-up Museum. Stroll along Ave. M from East 13th to East 17th streets for a night of magic in Midwood, Avenue M and East 13th Street.

Wednesday to Friday events

All events are free and in Brooklyn unless noted.

Wednesday, Aug 9: BIG HIT WEDNESDAYS, La La Land PG-13,
Pier 63 at W23rd St., Dusk, generally around 8:30pm

Thursday, Aug. 10: Liv Warfield, Judith Hill, and Shelby J, 12 pm.
MetroTech Commons, Flatbush Ave and Myrtle Ave.

Live at the Archway: Brasil SummerFest: the Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Damon May Design — All night!
The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, , 6pm,
Water St. between Adams St and Anchorage Place. Recheck time at

“42”, Enjoy a screening of the movie, set to the backdrop of the New York City skyline! Music and food vendors open at 6 pm, and the movie begins at sundown.Habor View Lawn, Pier 1, Furman Street at Old Fulton Street
Web site: http://www.brooklynb​ridgepark.org

“Selma” with live score. Jazz luminary Jason Moran joins Wordless Music Orchestra to provide an original live score for 2014’s “Selma.” 7:30 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell,
Prospect Park West and Ninth Street

Journey to the Stars, gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds with Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. On Thursday nights in July and August, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier One, Old Fulton Street at Furman Street. Thursdays, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm until Thursday, Aug. 24

Friday, Aug. 11: “Rogue One” 7 pm. A free outdoor screening of the latest Star Wars flick in Owl’s Head Park, presented by Councilman Gentile. Owl’s Head Park Playground
Colonial Road at 67th Street.
Whitney, Moses Sumney, Weyes Blood, Dr. Ashley Jackson, 7 pm.
Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street.

Weekend events

Events are in Brooklyn and free unless noted.

Movies in the park

Three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be car-free for you to explore, run, bike, zip line, and more.


Saturday, Aug. 5: Nels Cline, 7:30 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. A Decade of Excellence and Jamaica 55th Jamboree, 8 pm. The D’Oro Dance Ensemble celebrates Jamaican culture through dance, storytelling, drumming, music and poetry. Kumble Theater at Long Island University, DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues. March and Vigil to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 1:30 pm. Peace Action Bay Ridge will lead a silent march from Fourth Avenue and between 96th street to John Paul Jones Park, and Fourth Avenue and 101st Street, followed by a one-hour silent vigil. Fourth Avenue at 96th Street. Press Play Fair, 2-7 pm. A day-long exhibition of small presses, music labels, zines, and artist books. With live performances and a tape and zine exchange. Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St. between Imlay and Conover Streets. Astronomy, 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Owl’s Head Park/Bliss Park, 68th St. and Narrows Avenue. Hindu Lamp Ceremony, 4-8 pm. Decorate your own palm leaf lamp and release it in the East River as part of the traditional Aarti ceremony for peace and harmony. Presented with Brooklyn Arts Council. Main Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park Accessible. 9th Annual Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert, 12:30-4 pm. Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust, NYC Parks, and the Michels family in honoring the late Council Member Stan Michels at the ninth annual Memorial Jazz Concert. Enjoy live jazz by local impresario Marjorie Eliot and her ensemble underneath the majestic elms on the promenade, alongside the beautiful Heather Garden and overlooking the Hudson River. Stan Michels represented Northern Manhattan in the City Council for 24 years from 1978 through 2001. He was chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, and his legislative record was notable for his work fighting on behalf of tenants for the expansion of the city’s recycling program, for the protection of our water supply and cleaner air, and against childhood lead poisoning, smoking in public places, and unreasonable noise. He was also a steadfast advocate for parks, allocating over $50 million for park improvements in Washington Heights, Inwood, and Harlem, including virtually every playground in his district. Stan Michels Promenade in Fort Tryon Park

Saturday and Sunday: Stoops Arts Crawl, a two-day outdoor arts experience with artists performing on stoops and storefronts. Macon Library, 361 Lewis Ave. at Macon Street. Saturday, 1-6 pm, Sunday, 2:30-7:30 pm.

Sunday, Aug. 6: Art Island Outpost, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm until Saturday, Sept. 30. Make art during the summer with hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences. The open outdoor space of the Free Arts Island Outpost beckons you to come collaboratively create! Young artists will be inspired and challenged to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums. This is a space to invent, adapt, and transform your relationship to art and the art making process. Hosted by the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Governors Island, New York Harbor.

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