Catch a performance during Alvin Ailey's two-week stint at Lincoln Center. Credit: Provided
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Through June 22 David H. Koch Theater 20 Lincoln Center Plaza $25-$135, 212-870-5570 www.alvinailey.org
The renowned modern dance and ballet company has returned to Lincoln Center for a 15-performance engagement. Highlights include “The Pleasure of the Lesson,” choreographed by Robert Moses, “Chroma,” featuring orchestration by Jack White of The White Stripes, and “Pas de Duke,” a ballet celebrating the music of jazz composer Duke Ellington. Friday is the premiere of “Awassa Astrige/Ostrich” by Sierra Leone-born Asadata Dafora, who blends traditional African dance with Western staging.
Clown Bar Saturdays through July 5, 7:30 p.m. The Box 189 Chrystie St. $25, 212-982-9301 www.theboxnyc.com
If you suffer from coulrophobia – an intense fear of clowns – you may want to stay away from this one. Otherwise step into a world of clown mobsters, strippers, crooners and addicts, and watch as Happy Mahoney attempts to solve his beloved brother Timmy’s murder. It’s a clown whodunit that’ll keep you on your toes – even if you’re wearing clown shoes.
HBO Summer Film Festival: "Saturday Night Fever" June 16, 5 p.m. Bryant Park 40 W. 40th St. Free, 212-512-5700 www.bryantpark.org
See John Travolta in all his glory as Tony Manero, disco-dancing the night away to the sweet soundtrack of the Bee Gees. Will becoming king of the dancefloor be Manero’s escape from his humdrum Brooklyn life? Set up your blanket and picnic at 5; movie screens at sunset.
Say it to My Face: Confronting the Comments June 18, 7 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore Café 126 Crosby St. Free, 212-334-3324 www.housingworks.org
Because haters are gonna hate, anonymous trollers will always hide behind their avatars and leave offensive comments on your pieces. Ever wanted to confront them face-to-face? Well they hide, so you really can’t, but you can join writers Mikala Bierma, Jessica Coen, Foster Kamer and more, as they share some of the meanest and most ridiculous comments they’ve been subjected to, and have a good laugh about it.
Dave Chappelle June 18-26, 8 p.m. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Avenue of the Americas $59-$125, www.radiocity.com
Dave Chappelle is back in NYC and taking over Radio City Music Hall with a few friends – you know, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, just to name a few. While the first few shows sold out very quickly, he’s adding on a few more and tickets are going fast! It’s like Dave Chappelle’s Block Party all over again!
Celebrate Brooklyn! — The National June 19, 6 p.m. Prospect Park Bandshell Ninth Street and Prospect Park West $49.50, www.bricartsmedia.org
Local indie band The National return to their hometown for a night of melancholy and misery — well, that really only describes their music, we’re all guaranteed to have a good time, we’ve enjoyed Morrissey for years, right? Join the band in the park, rain or shine.
Let the pros show you how it's done on the grill in Bryant Park. Credit: Provided
Bryant Park BBQ June 25, 7 p.m. Bryant Park 41 W. 40th St. $60, www.ediblemanhattan.com Celebrate summer’s arrival with BBQ and ‘wichcraft. Not the kind that got people all crazy about Harry Potter, the kind that’s going to supply you with pork ribs, BBQ chicken, baked beans, green bean salad and salt potatoes. Plus plenty of cocktails, beer, soda and good times right in the center of the city.