This week’s theme is: get outside! We’ve got two great gardening events (one culinary, one witchy) along with a summer concert and a big ol’ bike ride. Summer’s in full swing, so get swingin’!
Fri 22: View from Above Exhibition
new ideas about “political borders and hidden miniature landscapes to mechanical infrastructures and textured maps of memory.” Spend some time checking out our world from above.
Fri 22: Sia’s Free Summer Concert
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00 – 9:00 PM, Free (get there early, for the love of God)
Oh God, I love Sia so much. I love Sia so much that I’ve watched Sia music video channels while casually cleaning. I love Sia so much that I cried when teaching Chandelier lyrics to my students. We all know that Central Park shows are a hot mess, but seeing Sia for free is worth the hot mess. Get there early, bring plenty of water, and HIT THA DANCE FLOOR.
Sat 23: The Epic Ride 2016
Greenpoint to Riis Park Beach, 8:00 AM – whenever you’re done, $70
You know that bike you’ve got rusting behind your building, just waiting for the right day to take a ride that never seems to come? That’s not true for me, because I’m an insane bike person, but it may be true for you. Experience the joy of the long(ish) bike ride with tons of athletic (possibly single?!?) cyclists on this amazing tour of our beautiful city. Proceeds support the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a 14-mile bike path that will connect Green Point to Bay Ridge.
Sat 23: Sexy Nerds BK Blockparty II
Gold Sounds, 442 Wilson Ave, 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM, $10
Dance it up with the sexiest nerds in Brooklyn this Saturday. Enjoy a buffet of video games, or drink some nerdy drinks (Ecto-wine coolers?) on your way to a photo booth. For you ambitious travelers, there’s also an event in Philly – they’ll charter a bus for you! It’s never been easier to be a nerd.
Sun 24: Painted Nails
Asian American International Film Festival, 30 John St, Brooklyn, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, $15
This film falls smack in the middle of the Asian American Film Festival, so be sure to check out the other events and films. If you’re one of the millions of people who found themselves passively concerned about the recent legal action regarding the toxic chemicals that so many nail salon employees breathe in daily, you should check out this fascinating glimpse into the world behind the counter.
Evergreen Community Garden, 153-19 56th Ave, Queens, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, Free
So you started growing some things, or maybe you’re thinking of starting to grow some things. If you’re like me, that’s pretty much where it ends. The community chefs at Evergreen want to show you how some of those plants you can grow yourself can turn into delicious meals. Get inspired.
Weds 26: Pegasus
Annoyance Theater NYC, 367 Bedford Ave, 8:30 PM, $10
The last time I saw Amanda Xeller perform, she had given audience members squirt guns that she used in a skit about a private eye that involved her and the stage getting utterly drenched. I believe this was in February? I remember thinking, “holy shit, this girl is going to die when she leaves.” That’s how dedicated she is to comedy, guys- she risked her life for a (very funny) bit. Trust me when I say that this “hyper comedy” is going to be worth your time. It’s a character show, so expect fast changes and maybe, just maybe, something death-defying.
The Alchemist’s Kitchen, 21 E 1st St, 7:30 – 9:00, $20
If you went to Wednesday’s gardening event, you may be itching to know more about how those plants you’re growing on your windowsill can be used in your daily lives. Art curator Pam Grossman and green witch Robin Rose Bennett discuss the concept of the “green witch” throughout history, and ways you can use nature and spirituality yourself.