Friday, Aug. 29
In conjunction with the exhibition “Jasper Johns: Regrets,” now showing at MoMA, you can join museum educators for the gallery session entitled “Jasper Johns: Around the Motif.” Learn how the chance discovery of a photograph inspired Johns to create a powerfully evocative body of work. 11:30 a.m., The Paul J. Sachs Drawings Galleries, third floor, MoMA, 11 West 53rd St., Midtown. Free with museum entry.
The IFC Center is celebrating the 75th anniversary of 1939, often deemed one of the greatest years in Hollywood history, with a selection of all-time classics and underscreened gems. Catch this week’s selection, “Stagecoach,” directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne which is screening all weekend: 11 a.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at West Third Street, Greenwich Village. $14.
Saturday, Aug. 30
One-wheel riders from all over will converge on the Big Apple this Labor Day Weekend for the fifth-annual NYC Unicycle Festival. This three-day event features a long distance ride across Brooklyn, followed by two days of workshops, shows, demonstrations, games and lessons for beginners — all free to the public. Saturday at Governors Island experienced riders will display their skills, and you’ll have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding. Check out the website for the complete schedule.
Tonight, Ten Bones Theatre Company will put eight actors in front of a room full of drunk movie buffs and demand that they recreate the movie classic “Jaws,” entirely from memory. See it at 9 p.m. at Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg. Tickets, $5. If you need to revisit "Jaws" prior to tonight's performance, Videology, will be showing the film Friday at 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31
Organized by the London-based conceptual artist duo Sam Bombas and Harry Parr, “Funland: Pleasures and Perils of the Erotic Fairground” at the Museum Of Sex, explores the eroticism of carnivals and fairs with films and interactive displays. Visitors are invited to “Jump for Joy,” in a moonbounce made of giant, over-sized breasts and scale a wall of orifices and appendages in “Grope Mountain.” 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Ave., Midtown. $18.
Head down to Pier 84 for the 22nd Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition. Catch the parade of tugs from from Pier 84 to the starting line just south of 79th Street Boat Basin at 10 a.m., with the race starting 30 minutes later. Get close-up views of tugboats arriving by getting a ticket for the Circle Line Spectator boat ($25/$12). West 44th Street and Hudson River, Hell’s Kitchen.