MUSIC

 

Andrew Bird with Esperanza Spalding

 

The season of free concerts continues, and your destination show this week is Prospect Park. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Continues its summer-long arts series with singer Andrew Bird performing tracks from his latest album “Are You Serious.” The opener is the upbeat jazz of Grammy-winning Portland bassist Esperanza Spalding. Friday, July 28, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Prospect Park Bandshell, free, bricartsmedia.org

 

ARTS

 

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE!”

 

Combining theater and stand-up, the new one-man show starring Amadeo Fusca revisits the best-selling book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” with a modern comic twist. In a series of vignettes, the off-Broadway play touches on memorable themes from the relationship advice tome and lampoons every kind of couple, making it perfect for date night, whether you’re on kid two or recently swiped right. The Triad’s two-drink minimum certainly can’t hurt. July 28, 7 p.m., The Triad, 158 W. 72nd St., $37.50 (code: MARS), triadnyc.com

MUSIC

Marcy Playground

Everything ‘90s is back, and you can put together your latest finds from any fast fashion shop (choker necklace and chunky shoes included) for one hell of a theme outfit to attend a nostalgic performance by Marcy Playground as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their release of “Sex and Candy” — the album containing the same-name single that rocketed the alt-rock group to stardom. The band will play with fellow ‘90s opening act Dishwalla at B.B. King’s in Midtown. July 28, 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blue’s Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., $29.50-$35, bbkingblues.com

BEACH

Dark Side of the Moon Laser, Light & Video Show

Coney Island USA is mad tripping this weekend. “Swim in a sea of color” is how they describe this high-tech, immersive Pink Floyd show, including a giant video screen, lasers anything else that'll expand your mind to take in the work of transcendental art that is "Dark Side of the Moon." The night features a special sideshow performance by Serpentina and virtual rides on Coney Island's rollercoasters. Drinks are available at the venue’s Freak Bar if you’re not bringing your own ways to, ahem, enhance the evening. Saturday, July 29, 11 p.m., 1208 Surf Ave., $15, coneyislandlasershows.com

SUMMER

Panorama Festival

After a wild debut last summer, there was no question of whether one of NYC’s hottest new music fests would return. Now in its second year, Panorama Festival heads back to Randall’s Island with headliners like Frank Ocean, Solange, Nine Inch Nails and A Tribe Called Quest, along with Girl Talk, Glass Animals and DJ Heather. The three-day interactive event also includes The Lab, a 360-degree virtual art space, and The Point, an open-air, misted club. July 28-30, Randall’s Island, $99-$745, panorama.nyc

POETRY

NYC Poetry Festival

This weekend, the dreamers and poets take over Governors Island. Over 75 poetry groups (yes, there really are that many) participate with more than 250 readings across two days. Special guests include Aja Monet, Sapphire, Denora Landau and Patrick Phillips. There’s a Vendors Village with books for sale, plus food, beer and wine. If you want to get involved yourself, there’s even an open mic to share your own script. It’s free to attend, with a suggested donation of $10. July 29-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nolan Park, Governors Island, suggested $10, newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com

COFFEE

Hester Street Fair: Iced Coffee Competition

It’s hot out, so you’ve switched to iced coffee. But do you actually know what you like, or why? Find out how it’s crafted and spare yourself from wasting $4 on caffeinated ice-water ever again at the first-ever Hester Street Fair: Iced Coffee Competition. One ticket lets you sip all samples (like Coffeemania, Caffe Vita, Nomad Trading Co. and Wandering Bear Coffee), with the chance to vote for your fave while enjoying music by Bryce Hackford. Experts will also choose a winner. July 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Hester Street at Essex Street, free-$10, hesterstreetfair.com

MUSIC

The OG’s “Beyonce’s Original All-Female Band”

Even if you’ve never heard of them, you may have heard them. For the past 10 years, this group of all-female musicians backed up Beyonce and arranged her scores as she rose to success and hit every high point in her continuously skyrocketing career. Unsurprisingly, they’ve also played with Jay-Z and Destiny’s Child. And now they’re going to stand out on their own at the Highline Ballroom -- no center stage divas needed. Their opening act is Phantom Vanity. July 29, 8 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., $15-$20, highlineballroom.com

FANDOM

BLERD City Con

Giving the black community a closer connection to their nerdy fandoms — whether sci-fi, fantasy, horror, literature, comics, film, tech or other niche geek fields — the BLERD City Con offers two days of panels, workshops and screenings at Dumbo Spot. There’s also a gaming area and marketplace. This year’s event honors L.A. Banks for her nonfiction work in the fantasy/horror genre, in addition to other lead speakers and presenters in black nerd art and science circles. July 29-30, Dumbo Spot, 160 Water St., Brooklyn, $28-$45, blerdcityconference.com

SPORTS

Double Dutch: Summer National Classic Competition

After 30 years, Double Dutch (that’s right, jump-roping) returns to Lincoln Center. In the Summer National Classic Competition, teams will show off their most athletic and artistic individuals and routines. Surrounding the competition, there are two days of exhibitions, panels and musical performances, featuring Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen -- plus a documentary screening about the sport. It takes place during Family Weekend of LC Out of Doors, a free arts festival for all ages. July 29-30, Lincoln Center Plaza (various locations), Free, lcoutofdoors.org