The weekend starts here.
Free Summer Movies
May 26-Sept. 15
They’re back! You know it’s officially summer when free movies return to the parks and public spaces of NYC. Kicking off tonight with “Jaws” at the Williamsbridge Oval in Brooklyn, the Free Summer Movies series continues through Sept. 15’s finale of “Ghost” in Hunter’s Point South Park in Queens. Additional offerings range from classic romances like “Dirty Dancing” to modern blockbusters like “Jurassic World.” Some events include talkbacks, and the website helps families choose which screenings are best for kids.
May 26, 9:30 p.m.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
Speaking of Prince, no one said we had to move on yet from the sudden loss of David Bowie. Tonight’s the final night (of a limited, three-show run) to catch Dutch-German pop star Ratzke at Joe’s Pub performing an original musical dedicated to the late rock legend. “Starman” blends Bowie’s hits with original music in a meta mind-trip (as if Ratzke is Bowie is Ziggy Stardust), all from the mind of one of the world’s most enigmatic cabaret impresarios. It’s worth every penny of $20, plus a two-drink minimum.
May 26, 6-9 p.m.
Edible Brooklyn, 26 Bridge St., Brooklyn
You don’t need to be a Brooklynite or a wino to get behind Brooklyn Uncorked. The festival not only showcases dozens of New York state wineries, it also features tastes from restaurants across NYC, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Orwashers Bakery, Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, and more. Presented by Edible Brooklyn, Brooklyn Uncorked is now celebrating its 10th year—which means an even bigger party that you can continue at home, thanks to your favorite bottles being for sale onsite.
Coney Art Walls
May 27-October, 12-10 p.m.
3050 Stillwell Ave., Coney Island
Instead of dodging police and nosy neighbors, street artists are invited to create their murals at Coney Island. The outdoor gallery returns on Friday with 21 new works, with aspiring artists from a local community center pitching in their own works; browse them while snacking on Boardwalk eats, or grab something from new vendors Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Calexico and Table 87.
Mad Max Weekend
"Mad Max: Fury Road" — Friday, 7 p.m.
"Mad Max" — Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
"Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" — Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
"Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" — Sunday, 2 p.m.
"Mad Max: Fury Road" — Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria
The first "Mad Max" was already a classic, launching the directing career of George Miller in 1979, but "Mad Max: Fury Road" took it to a whole new, multiple Oscar-winning level. The museum pays tribute to the entire series this weekend, bookended by screenings of "Fury Road."
“Arrested Development” Party
May 27, 9:30 p.m.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave.
Videology Bar and Cinema is known for its pop culture-themed parties and events. But for some reason, its TV Hangover series is just getting around to cult classic “Arrested Development.” It almost makes sense for the sitcom that was never loved enough in its time--a sentiment shared by most of the Bluth children, we imagine. But your cries have been heard, and the “Arrested Development” party arrives Friday, showing top episodes (prepare to debate), trivia and drinking games. Costumes are encouraged.
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
May 28-30, noon-6 p.m.
Washington Square Park
One of the city’s oldest annual art fairs, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit returns this weekend to celebrate 85 years. The sidewalk show, which traces its origins back to Jackson Pollock’s Depression-era residence in Greenwich Village, features primarily New York artists but also welcomes talent from all over the world. It also offers a range of mixed media, from jewelry and glass to paintings and photography. If you can’t make it out this weekend, there will be an encore of the fest on June 4-5.
Umami: A Yummy Tour of Little Tokyo
May 28, 12-1:30 or 2:30-4 p.m.
101 Astor Place
Take a bite out of the Japanese food trends that are coloring the East Village this weekend during UMAMI: A Yummy Tour of Little Tokyo. Hosted by “historic gastronomist” Sarah Lohman, this walking tour educates while exploring an area that’s only recently come into its own as an authentic Asian outpost. Participants meet up at 101 Astor Place. Your ticket includes four tastings, ranging from sweet desserts to salty ramen, and Lohman will likely hook you up with the best of the area’s bubble teas.
Dinner and a Movie: “Purple Rain”
May 28, 7-9:30 p.m.
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
It will be impossible to forget Prince, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to memorialize the music legend for the foreseeable future—especially if those tributes include a screening of “Purple Rain” at City Winery. Part of a special dinner-and-a-movie event, attendees will dine from a three-course prix fixe menu and have the option to purchase beverages while watching the 1984 film inspired by the landmark album of the same name. Unlike most City Winery events, all seats are the same rate at $40.
Sweet Spot Nation
May 28-29, 7 p.m.
Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.
Busy adding sizzle to the other 30 cities worldwide where this party travels, Sweet Spot Nation finally returns to NYC in time to spice up your Memorial Day Weekend. Part performance, part dance party, this pop erotica event mixes burlesque, fashion, music, body art, comedy and more in an eclectic atmosphere with an emphasis on the sensual. This weekend brings us the “Make It Rain Edition” at Santos Party House in SoHo. We’re not sure what that means, but we can’t wait to find out.
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The Moth: “Making Waves”
June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway
The Moth brings a special edition world-famous live storytelling series to Lincoln Center as part of the 2016 World Science Festival. Essayist Adam Gropnik, of the “New Yorker,” hosts as six speakers take the stage to tell stories based on a given prompt—with next Thursday’s show mysteriously titled “Making Waves.” Two rules apply: The stories must be true, and they must be told without notecards. In honor of the World Science Festival, upcoming participants will include a mix of artists, scientists and innovators.