Haägen-Dazs is sponsoring the kind of educational event we can all get behind: an ice cream lecture with free samples before, during and after class. Tonight at the Museum of Food and Drink, historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman (Four Pounds Flour) will lay out the sordid tale of ice cream, from a status symbol made with whale excrement (still a delicacy!) to the summer treat we all know. In addition to its first five classic flavors, the Haägen-Dazs ice cream bar will feature its newest churns like sweet cream coffee caramel and toasted sesame brittle.
July 14, 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Food and Drink,62 Bayard St.
As the world turns its eyes to Rio for the Summer Olympics, get a close-up look at the history behind the defining sporting event at this exhibit. It’s also a chance to see career-defining photos of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and more.
July 14-Aug. 31
Soho Contemporary Art,259 Bowery
The animated film with the catchiest main tune is coming to Celebrate Brooklyn!, where a nine-piece orchestra will perform the original score led by the film’s composer, Benoît Charest.
July 14, 8 p.m.
Prospect Park Bandshell
You can have it all — an exercise class that flows straight into a party. Get to Caribbean Flow Friday at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a yoga class hosted by Meena Anandi and accompanied by live steel pan percussion. It’s followed by a soca dance class with Nathifa Becky Cox. Once you’re feeling completely zen, it’s time for the after-party with DJ Kwiss.
July 15, 6-11 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X. Blvd.
Haven’t humans always had emojis in one form or another? Ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17, Pepsi is creating a two-day pop-up in SoHo that examines the evolution of emojis, from hieroglyphs to smileys. The free, interactive exhibit will explore the theme of connectivity; catch special guests like artist Shinji Murakami, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, DJs Lion Babe and more.
July 15-16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pop-Up Exhibit, 433 Broadway
This sci-fi dance party is making the perfect future right here in the present for one night at House of Yes, with sets from Walker & Royce, Illich Mujica and Neil Nice. The theme is intergalactic, and anyone in costume gets to skip the line. There will be an aerial show and “out of this world” performances.
July 15, 9 p.m.
House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave.
Free before 11, then $15
Central Park’s SummerStage series brings the first Taiwanese Waves concert to the city, highlighting the country’s artists. The lineup features esoteric songstress Anpu, the genre-bending and fun-focused group Wonfu and popular rock band Sunset Rollercoaster. It’s the rare chance to hear these unique and whimsical sounds all in one night right here at home — and it’s totally free.
July 16, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
William Niblo was an eccentric 19th-century entertainer who used his own mausoleum as a “pleasure garden” for parties. Today he is laid to rest there, inside Green-Wood Cemetery, but his legacy (and his parties) live on. Take part this weekend with “A Night at Niblo’s Garden,” hosted by historian Ben Feldman. The event begins with a picnic on the water (bring a blanket, food and drinks). Then you’ll explore the cemetery while the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs daring feats like fire-eating and contortionism while enacting theatrical Victorian-inspired fantasies.
July 16, 7-10 p.m.
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St.
The backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios welcomes back its annual bazaar starting this weekend. Spanning just three Saturdays, the bazaar will offer antiques, jewelry, art, fashion, furniture and eclectic collectibles. And, yes, as the name suggests, there will be plenty of the ethnically diverse bites from around Astoria, including samples from Oconomi, Dutch Kills and Jae NYC Eats. Plus a beer garden!
July 16, 23 & 30, 7 p.m.-midnight
Kaufman Astoria Studios,34-12 36th St.
Now in its third year off-Broadway, this play is getting a whole new look this summer when it’s joined by musical comedy duo The Skivvies for three weeks. Broadway’s Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, known for stripping down to their undies while playing stripped-down tunes, join the cast as the straight woman and the gay man (respectively) and will perform after each of the two shows each Saturday night.
Saturdays, July 16-30, 7 p.m. &9:30 p.m.
The 777 Theatre, 777 Eighth Ave.
Enjoy the gorgeous costumes and dainty party props of the 1800s at Gemini and Scorpio’s Grand Victorian Garden Tea. For $40 (plus whatever it takes to assemble a period costume, which is required), you’ll spend an idyllic afternoon munching on finger sandwiches, scones and an array of teas by Tea & Sympathy while getting your portrait drawn, assembling an herb satchel from the garden, playing Victorian lawn games and more.
July 17, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Mount Vernon Museum & Garden, 421 E. 62st St.
Offering live performances and free activities with an international twist, the Rubin Museum is hosting its annual block party on Sunday. This year’s theme is inspired by the current exhibit, “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual,” and offers themed music, dance, a dress demonstration, henna tattoos and educational talks. Admission to the museum is free, too, and there will be Himalayan street food and artisanal ice cream for sale.
July 17, 1-4 p.m.
Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.
We’re not sure what took so long to launch the first “Hamilton” parody, but it’s great to know that the creative team is the one that invented the mother of musical parodies: “Forbidden Broadway.” Safe in the hands of masters, “Spamilton” will likely be as knowledgeable about its subject and audience as it is willing to crucify them. It’s only around for 18 shows, with guest stars like impressionist Christine Pedi.
July 19-Aug. 23
The Triad, 158 W. 72nd St.
$49 (plus a two-drink minimum)