8 Things To Do in New York City's Neighborhoods This Weekend
Friday, May 30
Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is New York's largest open studios event — an annual three-day, free arts and culture festival showcasing the vibrant visual art being made in Bushwick. Hundreds of participating artists, spaces, and events are listed in the official BOS directory online or you can grab a printed map from one of nine BOS hubs over the weekend. Tonight, celebrate the BOS 2014 Launch Party ($10) at Radio Bushwick, 22 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick, featuring live music from Culture Vulture, Life Sized Maps, Star Rover and Broke MC. Most studios are open from noon — 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The free annual outdoor French film festival Films on the Green begins tonight with a Central Park screening of “Purple Noon” ("Plein Soleil"), a 1960 thriller from director René Clément. The festival’s films share a different theme each year. This year it's “masculin” — portrayed in classic love stories, film noir, and deadpan French comedies. 8:30 p.m., Central Park’s Cedar Hill (Fifth avenue and 79th Street), free.
The Brooklyn Film Festival is launching tonight with films at indieScreen (8 p.m.) and Windmill Studios (8:30 p.m.) and a party afterwards. 287 and 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg. $40 with films, $20 party only. The festival will run through June 8.
Saturday, May 31
Since its launch in 2008, The World Science Festival has been bringing together some of the finest scientific minds in the world with artists and influential thinkers. The aim is to inspire everyone to experience science in a unique and thrilling way. Although many of today’s events are full, you can still register to Meet The Authors at the NYU Kimmel Center. Top science authors, including Steven Pinker ("How the Mind Works" and "The Blank Slate"), A.J. Jacobs and John Brockman gather to discuss “Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night” (11 a.m.), “Books on the Brain” (1:30 p.m.) and “Brave New Word: This Season’s Breakthrough Books in Science.” (4 p.m.) NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S., Greenwich Village. Free.
Oye Corona, presented by Queens Museum, is a monthly celebration of art, music and exercise in Queens. Today’s highlights include live music from Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York City’s only all-female mariachi band, and a hula hoop demonstration from “Miss Saturn” — physical comedian and character actor Jenny McGowan. It runs from noon - 6 p.m., in Queen’s neighborhood public pedestrian space — Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, Queens. Free.
A limited number of $19 rush tickets will be available for Kenneth Branagh’s acclaimed (and sold-out) production of Macbeth today for in-person purchase, beginning at 4 p.m. for tonight’s 8 p.m. show. Limit of one ticket per person. Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., Upper East Side.
Sunday, June 1
The 2014 Tour de Brooklyn, one of New York’s most popular cycling events, plays out across Brooklyn this morning. Covering 20 miles, the route goes through Red Hook, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Park South, Flatbush, Midwood, Flatlands, East Flatbush, Canarsie, Lefferts Gardens and Prospect Heights. Although registration is closed for the Tour de Brooklyn, get in now to register for one of the 7,000 places on the popular NYC Century Bike Tour (Sunday Sept. 7) $30/$60. Registration for the Tour de Queens (Sunday July 6) opens on Wednesday June 4.
The Children's Book Festival brings together children's book authors and illustrators with their biggest fans, the kids of New York City. 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street. The event is free but you can RSVP here.