Best Things to Do in New York City This Weekend, Aug. 3-5
Sing along to Mamma Mia, marvel at the unique dance style of Momix, Summer Streets 2018 and more of the best things to do in New York City this weekend.
Sing along to the original Mamma Mia, experience the totally unique dance style of Momix and more of the best things to do in New York City this weekend.
Mamma Mia 2 is in theaters now — 10 years after the original, which means you may need a rewatch. And why not sing along? Grab your best gal pals for a night of belting ABBA and serious ‘08 nostalgia and/or ‘70s flashbacks at Videology’s Mamma Mia Sing-Along. If you’re more of a dancing queen, loosen up with $2 off a drink at the bar with your ticket. Choose from one of two showings; either way, you’ll be having the time of your life. If just one look’s not enough, there’s an additional showing Sept. 1. Aug. 3, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m., Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, $15, videologybarandcinema.com
Shakespeare plays aren’t for everyone — but turn it into a boisterous musical production of the mistaken-identity romantic comedy Twelfth Night and set it under the stars in Central Park, and it becomes the perfect night of theater. The fun, modern music and lyrics are courtesy of Shaina Taub, who stars along with a handful of professional actors among a cast of some 50 community members from all five boroughs. Through Aug. 19, Delacorte Theater, Central Park at 81st St., free, shakespeareinthepark.org
Dance is basically a series of magic tricks performed by the human body. But Momix, led by Moses Pendleton, actually merges dance and illusion for an even greater sense of wonder than usual, with a combination of incredible choreography, specialized props, lighting effects and over-the-top costumes. The company returns to New York with the premiere of three new works: Daddy Long Leg, Light Reins and Paper Trail, plus hits from their nearly 40-year history. Through Aug. 12, Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., $26-$66, momix.com
Adrienne Truscott is hard to pin down, and we would advise you not to try. Part entertainer, part comic, and partially nude for at least part of the time, Truscott visits Joe’s Pub this weekend to pay homage to one of her raunchy idols in One-Trick Pony (the rest of the title is, Or Andy Kaufman’s a Feminist Performance Artist and I’m a Comedian). She returns with the last hurrah for her second solo show on Sept. 23. Aug. 4, 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $15, joespub.com
Knowing about a great band before anyone else still carries serious social cachet, and that’s why Degraw Fest is such a valuable addition to the summer concert lineup. It’s an evening of music from all-Brooklyn artists, bringing New Yorkers the freshest taste of the best music originating in their own backyard. This year’s lineup at Littlefield includes Bell the Band, Ben Rice, Sophie Collette, Queue, Elliott & the Ghost, Eighty Ninety and AMFM. Aug. 4, 2-10 p.m., Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn, $10, degrawfest.com
For three days this month, one of New York City’s busiest streets belongs to the people again. The Department of Transportation’s wildly popular Summer Streets program shuts down Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 72nd Street to car traffic and turns it into a 7-mile block party open to pedestrians and cyclists with free entertainment, crafting, a zipline, an agility course for pups and tons more. Aug. 4, 11, 18; 7 a.m.-1 p.m., free, nyc.gov
Turns out there’s a whole league of people who weren’t traumatized by dodgeball in elementary school. The 2018 Dodgeball World Cup comes to Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater to celebrate what they call “one of the most inclusive and community driven sports on the planet,” with competitors from Malaysia to Egypt and the U.K. vying for top honors. Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m., Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, $66-$76, msg.com
If an outdoor wine and dessert festival isn’t peak summer, we don’t know what is. Get to the LIC Flea & Food market in Queens for a whole weekend of more than 20 dessert vendors (churro empanadas and vegan doughnuts, anyone?) paired with curated bottomless wines at the Wine & Sweets Fest. Entrance to the event is free, but you’ll need a ticket for unlimited wine (desserts are pay-as-you-go). Aug. 4-5, four time slots noon-5 p.m., 5-25 46th Ave., free-$39-$59, licflea.com
Everyone knows we should cut down on our straw use and skip water bottles for a reusable thermos, but how else can we make practical changes for a better planet? Ecofest 2018 works to inform people about the environment in a fun and inclusive way, with activities for all ages, product demonstration and hands-on technology. Catch a full day of speakers, performances, things to do and food — all focusing on safety, art and tech — in Times Square. Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Times Square, free, ecofest.org
What’s author and comedian Mike Birbiglia’s latest one-man show about? Well, what is anything about? What is life about? In The New One, directed by Seth Barrish, Birbiglia taps into the vagaries of art and comedy, when we struggle to define what is good and funny. Tickets are selling out fast for a month-long limited run. Through Aug. 26, Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., $91, thenewone.com