Boom box party, the '20s return to Governors Island and more things to do in NYC - Metro US

Boom box party, the ’20s return to Governors Island and more things to do in NYC


“Romeo & Juliet”

Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo & Juliet” is the last free outdoor movie of the season in Tompkins Square Park, and the neighborhood is turning out to send it off properly. On Thursday, the Eastville Restaurant Collective adds a food fair featuring Boulton & Watt, Huertas, GG’s, Goodnight Sonny’s, Virginia’s and more serving small plates from $2.50 to $9. Gates open at 5, with food booths open until 9, and the movie starts at sundown. There will also be live music by Faith before the film. Aug. 11, 5 p.m., Tompkins Square Park, free


Summer DJ Boom Box

The Brooklyn Museum’s “Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2006” is closing this week, but not without one last dance party. The exhibition highlights street music culture with sculptures of boom boxes made from common materials that pump out curated playlists, but on Aug. 11 it’s catch a free Summer DJ Boom Box Residency with live sets played on the exhibit’s boom boxes “spun” by Jasmine Solano, Zach Witness, Joe Hova and Busquelo from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Exhibit through Aug. 14, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, free with admission



You couldn’t pay most people to revisit humiliating teen diary entries or watch old home movies. However, there are a few brave souls willing to get onstage and do just that – and we are definitely willing to pay to watch them. At “Mortified,” entertainers read aloud from the most embarrassing chapters of their lives, exposing their darkest moments, silliest crushes and floweriest poems. Thankfully Littlefield has alcohol – for both the performers and the audience. Aug. 11, 8 p.m., Littlefield, 622 DeGraw St., $10


Justin Willman

You might not know his name, but you’ve likely seen comedian Justin Willman hosting Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and “King of Cones.” And you might know his affinity for magic tricks, thanks to Comedy Central’s “Sleight of Mouth.” Catch him mixing mediums on his Fake Believe Tour, which pairs sleight of hand with sly wit, adding up to an adult evening of laughs (the two-drink minimum doesn’t hurt). Shows are 7:30, with extras Friday and Saturday at 10. Aug. 11-14, Carolines On Broadway, 1626 Broadway, $37.50


Jazz Age Lawn Party

It’s your last chance to break out the garters and pearls for the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The two-day festival dedicated to the music and dance moves of the 1920s will be headlined by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, Gregory Moore and the Dreamland Follies, crooner Queen Esther and the tapping Minsky Sisters. There are also bites from local faves like Melt Bakery and Luke’s Lobster and vintage-inspired cocktails by St-Germain. Aug. 13-14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Governors Island, $45-$5,000


Summer Beer Olympics

Capture the spirit, if not quite the point, of the Rio Olympics at Village Pourhouse’s Summer Beer Olympics. Go for gold in games like Ultimate Beer Pong, Flip Cup and Jenga. Winning teams receive a free happy hour at the bar. Participants enjoy an open bar and appetizers, while spectators can show up for free and take advantage of drink specials. Hot tip: Use code CHAMPION for half-price tickets! Aug. 13, 2-6 p.m., Village Pourhouse, 64 Third Ave., free-$90


“the public domain”

In a historic pop-up concert, 1,000 amateur and professional singers will congregate across Lincoln Center for the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s “the public domain.” The new piece brings together performers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds singing lyrics based on the auto-complete function of Google searches, like “One thing we all have is ____.” The performance is part of the 50th anniversary season of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Aug. 13, 5 p.m., Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, free


Pride Night at Citi Field

LGBT baseball fans get their own night at Citi Field this Saturday. Before the Mets face off against the San Diego Padres, there will be a Pride in the Plaza show; after the game, stick around for a concert from rock legends the Styx. Proceeds go toward the LGBT Network and its Safe Schools Initiative. Aug. 13, 7:10 p.m., Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, $35-$85


Battery Dance Festival

The city’s longest-running outdoor dance festival is back next week with a mix of new and professional dancers and choreographers from around the world showcasing a range of styles. In addition to free daily performances, there are also free workshops at Battery Dance Studios, and it closes with a ticketed event and reception at Pace University’s Schimmel Center. Aug. 14-20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City, free



The band from your most awkward and/or exciting years, whose hits you know by heart to this day whether or not you ever owned a single CD, is back. Having recently released a new album, the understated “California,” and now on tour with an utterly recognizable look and sound, Blink182 makes its way to Barclays Center next week, joined by this generation’s formative pop punk bands, All Time Low and A Day to Remember. Aug. 17, 7 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, $39.50-$95

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