"Orange Is the New Black" is beloved by critics and fans. This week, meet the woman who started it all. Credit: Getty Images
Hip Hop Karaoke Saturday, 9 p.m. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg $5-$8, 718-963-3369 Put the microphone where your mouth is and do your best Jay-Z – just don’t get a beating from Solange. You’ve got moves? Can you rhyme? It doesn’t matter, all you have to do is read the lyrics off the screen and show some swagger. Bonus points if you know the words by heart.
Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake July 21, 7 p.m. (Le) Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St. $20-$25, 212-505-3474 Over 15 Broadway stars take the stage backed by a full jazz band performing the songs of Justin Timberlake. Will the set list include classic 'NSYNC hits like “Bye Bye Bye”? We don’t know but we do know Lena Hall ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), Ben Fankhauser ("Newsies") and Shaleah Adkisson ("Rent") are among the talent, and we’re dying to know who’s going to do the beatboxing in “Rock Your Body.”
Get Wet at Mount Airy's Ultra Pool. Credit: Provided
Get Wet the Ultra Pool Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Mount Airy Casino Resort 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono, PA; 1-877-MTAIRY-1
Get Wet the Ultra Pool is the hottest new club in the Poconos. Located within Mount Airy Casino Resort, the heated four-season indoor/outdoor pool heats up with Thunder From Down Under every Friday and Saturday Night. And don’t forget to put an excla--m-ation point on the weekend with Get Wet Sundays featuring a different DJ each Sunday from 1 p.m to 6 p.m. Visit www.MountAiryCasino.com for DJ listings and ticket information.
'Fortune' Saturday, 5 p.m. June Havoc Theater 312 W. 36th St. $18, 212-868-2055 It’s 1774 and Rose Fortune, a Virginia slave girl, has been saved from bondage when her father secrets his family behind British lines in Philadelphia. He fights for the British, but as it becomes clear the war is lost the Fortune family is shipped with other loyalists to the British sanctuary of Nova Scotia. After her father dies, Rose must care for her mother amid learning how to deal with her newfound freedom in a land of resentful locals and desperate neighbors, all struggling to make ends meet. This is the opening night of a five-show run.
Between the Seas Festival July 21-27 Wild Project 195 E. Third St. $15-$20, 212-228-1195 Learn about Mediterranean culture and identity from contemporary performers over seven days of dance, art and music. Highlights include the world premiere of SCHIAP, art by performance and visual artist Elias Wakeem (aka Madam Tayoush) and music from Juan Antonio Simarro.
Explore how baseball can go beyond the stadium. Credit: Provided
TALKS & READINGS
'Baseball As Good Medicine' Tonight, 7 p.m. Bergino Baseball Clubhouse 67 E. 11th St. $50, 212-226-7150 An umpire, an immortal artist, a magazine editor-in-chief, a renaissance man, a doctor, and a rabbi walk into a clubhouse. Each has five minutes to tell a story relating to the “Baseball as Good Medicine” theme, and panel of judges will pick a winner. Not much of a punchline, but a heck of a good time! Sit in the Clubhouse bleachers, enjoy ballpark fare and know your money is going to a great cause: the Photo ID Foundation to help children and young adults battling life-threatening illnesses.
Word for Word: Piper Kerman July 23, 12:30 p.m. Bryant Park Reading Room 42nd Street at Fifth Avenue Free, 212-768-4242 Meet the real Piper Kerman – author of "Orange is the New Black," the memoir that inspired the popular Netflix series. She’ll be chatting with New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum about the show’s second season as well as the memoir that started it all.
Kickstarter Film Fest Friday, 7 p.m. Fort Greene Park Free, 212-639-9675 If it's cinema and funded by Kickstarter, it's being screened here. Selections include “Obvious Child,” the action-packed ‘80s-style comedy “Kung Fury,” and "First to Fall," a documentary about two Libyan rebels living in Canada who join the fight to overthrow Gaddafi. Plus food, drink and live performances from Asphalt Orchestra and Kaki King.
Retreat to Hyde Park Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Meet at Grand Central 89 E. 42nd St., $165-$185 Every now and then it’s important to get away from the hustle and bustle of NYC and breathe fresh air. It also doesn’t hurt to enjoy a private tour of the FDR estate, eat at Uncle Sam’s Canteen, hang out at the Vanderbilt Mansion and enjoy a three-course meal at one of the world’s top culinary institutes while you’re at it.
Get some art and food in ya at Slideluck. Credit: Lindsay Comstock
Slideluck Staten Island Saturday, 7 p.m. Alice Austen House 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island Free, 718-816-4506 An art show at Alice Austen’s (1886-1952) Victorian Gothic cottage celebrates her independent spirit with the works of female artists exploring the current state of women’s lives around the world, followed by a potluck dinner!
New Museum Block Party Saturday, Noon Sara D. Roosevelt Park Free, 212-219-1222 Admission is waived, but the party moves outside with a day of interactive projects and performances each inspired by an exhibit at the museum, like “Creature Trading Cards” inspired by the exhibition “Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me” and “Postcard America” inspired by the “Llyn Foulkes” exhibit.
FOOD & DRINK
Downtown Summer Night Market Tonight, 4 p.m., Free Coenties Slip, Water Street between Broad & Old Slip GrowNYC/Greenmarket and the Downtown Alliance present this pop-up night market featuring farmers selling their fresh produce, meats and cheeses alongside cooked fare from restaurants including Adrienne’s Pizza Bar and Ulysses’. Plus live music and a beer/hard cider/wine garden.
'Christmas in July' July 20, 5 p.m. Covenhoven 730 Classon Ave., Crown Heights Free, 917-449-6793 Beerded Ladies wants to bring out the big bearded fella in all of us – you know who, Santa Claus! Enjoy an evening of rare winter ales from some of the best craft breweries in the world while basking in the hot sun. And this isn’t called Christmas in July for nothing — bring an unwrapped toy for a child aged 0-3 to donate to the Room to Grow charity and receive a free drink ticket for each gift.
The BigApps Block Party Saturday, Noon Industry City 274 36th St., Sunset Park Free, 347-417-8455 Big ups to the BigApps Block Party for bringing out the food trucks, live music, games, tech market and more for the BigApps competition, in which 150 teams will battle it out to solve some of NYC’s toughest issues.