Burlesque and the X-Men? We're there. Credit: If You Fall Photography
A 70’s Summer Night Friday, 6:30 p.m. The Green Building 452 Union St., Gowanus $35, 347-529-6473
Party like it’s summer in the 1970s with Third Rail Projects’ Roadside Attraction – a dance piece with six performers and a vintage pop-up camper. After the initial performance sold out quickly, this second show was added. Enjoy dinner from Dinosaur BBQ, dessert from Luca & Bosco Ice Cream and a post-show dance party.
Nearly Naked Nerds and Lefty Lucy present a night to satisfy every nerd’s craving for comics and nearly naked superheroes with an X-Men-themed burlesque and rap show. Nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock will bust out the rhymes while Lefty Lucy (as Kitty Pryde), Fem Appeal (as Storm), Matt Knife (as Wolverine) and more do some dancing and shed some clothing.
Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a craft cider tasting is gonna keep you healthy … or something. Not only are you getting your fill of apples and alcohol but you’re also getting an education – the night doubles as a release party for author Jeff Musillo’s new novel, "Snapshot Americana." Read and drink and indulge in SoCo Creamery Ice Cream cocktails while you’re at it –only $5 a pop while supplies last.
For two nights this summer you can get crabby, Baltimore style, without leaving the confines of our very own city. And by crabby we mean indulging in steamed crabs prepared in Sixpoint Apollo and Old Bay with corn on the cob, roasted potato wedges and fresh watermelon. Each night will have two seatings, and crab expert Ellen Letcher will be on hand for tutorials.
Check out a free screening of shorts along the Hudson River. Credit: Provided
Hang out on the waterfront of Brookfield Place for three days of Rooftop Films. First up is the 11th annual Animation Block Party featuring a night of animated shorts and live music from Franny & Zooey. Night two will be NY Shorts featuring short films like “Unlocking the Truth” about the eighth-grade metal band of the same name that just scored a Sony Records contract. And night three wraps things up with a sneak peek at Adam Kahan’s documentary “The Case of the Three-Sided Dream” about Rahsaan Roland Kirk, a jazz musician who overcame blindness and paralysis.
NewFest 2014 Thursday-July 29, various times Walter Reade Theater 165 W. 65th St. $13, 212-875-5610
New York’s premier LGBT film festival turns 26 this year, and to celebrate they’ve curated a diverse selection of shorts, documentaries, narratives and more for your viewing pleasure. See “Age of Consent,” about London’s only gay fetish bar and the evolution of the city’s LGBT community, and the supernatural “Jamie Marks Is Dead,” about a bullied teenager’s ghost befriending one of his former classmates. Many of the films will be screening in NYC for the first time and some will include Q&As.
A festival of shorts from emerging and award-winning NYC filmmakers, competing for prizes and a chance to enter the Katra Film Series Grand Finale in January. Films include “Out of the Ash” starring Jorge Garcia (Hurley from “Lost”) “Kung Fu Bum,” about a fighter seeking vengeance after his clan is wiped out, and “Las Mañanitas,” about a girl who’s visited by the Virgin Mary -— in a frying pan.
Join DJ Ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film "Purple Rain." It’s all Prince jams, all night. Do you know what it sounds like when doves cry? Have you ever taken a ride in a little red corvette? Wear a raspberry beret? You get it, now don your favorite purple garb and get ready to dance.
This is what summer afternoons were made for: an all-day block party full of craft wine and beer tastings, DJs and live bands. Check out Lot 45, AP Café and Union Pizza for the tastings, and enjoy the sounds of the all-female band Mariachi Flor de Toloache and R&B duo Julia & Terrance. Your ticket comes with 10 — yes, you read that correctly — 10 drink tickets.
Snootchie bootchies! Jay and Silent Bob make a rare appearance to discuss their new illustrated book, “Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything.” Get your signed copy of the art of destruction.