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21 Things To Do This Week in New York City's Neighborhoods

By DNAinfo Staff | June 14, 2015 8:28pm 

 Free movies, rooftop farms and hot jazz are on offer this week in New York City.   
21 Things To Do This Week in New York City's Neighborhoods
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Monday, June 15

"Jaws" screening

Where: Randall's Island Park

NYC Parks are presenting free movies through the summer. "Jaws," Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster thriller from the summer of 1974, is showing tonight at Randall’s Island Park. Picnicking is encouraged -  bring your own blankets, chairs, and food. From 7:30 p.m., free.

"A Human Being Died That Night"

Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 321 Ashland Pl., Fort Greene

This theatrical adaptation of Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s book is the U.S. premier about an assassain in South Africa's apartheid regime who is serving a 212-year sentence for crimes against humanity. Tickets cost $65.

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus

Wyatt Cenac of "The Daily Show" hosts a night of comedy featuring Adam Newman, Alingon Mitra, Kara Klenk, Daniel Simonsen, and Cliff Cash.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

Where: Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope

Chris Gerhard performs an hour of stand-up about "suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life," according to the Union Hall website. Gerhard has appeared on Comedy Central's "Broad City." The show will feature a musical performance by Mal Blum. 9 p.m., Tickets $8.

"The Cost of Courage" Lecture

Where: Central Queens Y at 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills

Charles Kaiser discusses his new book, "The Cost of Courage: The True Story of One Family in the French Resistance." The book tells a story of Andre Boulloche, who coordinated the Resistance in northern France until he was betrayed by one of his friends and arrested by the Gestapo. Boulloche survived tree concentration camps and became a prominent French politician after the war. Suggested donation $8. The talk starts at 1:30 p.m.

Season Finale of Seriously Entertaining's Literary Cabaret

Where: City Winery, 155 Varick Street, Tribeca

Seriously Entertaining, New York’s only writers’ cabaret, wraps up its first full season with a program featuring literary provocateur Irvine Welsh, cognitive scientist and Time Magazine top-100 influencer Steven Pinker, MacArthur Fellow and philosopher-novelist, Susan Newberger Goldstein, prize-winning contemporary American poet Edward Hirsch, and art historian and Harvard DuBois fellow Sarah Lewis. 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$40.

Tuesday, June 16

3-D Summer

Where: The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2, 11 West 53 St., Midtown

One hundred years ago this week, the Astor Theater in Times Square presented the first screening of three-dimensional motion pictures. To celebrate the occasion, MoMA is launching 3-D Summer, focusing on 1953 to 1955, when an advance in technology (clear polarized lenses replaced the red and green filters of the first 3-D glasses) aligned with the desperate need of the studios to offer spectacles beyond the reach of the movies’ new rival, television. Screening Tuesday is “Hondo,” starring John Wayne. $12, free for members. 4 p.m.

Taste of Bushwick

Where: Boar's Head Distribution Plant, 24 Rock St., East Williamsburg

Get a sample of Bushwick's best restaurants at the second year of this event. More than 30 places will be offering food, including hot new pasta spot Faro and old school tortilla factory Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos. Tickets are $40 and benefit theater The Bushwick Starr. 6:30 p.m.

► The People Storm the Palace

Where: United Palace Theater 4140 Broadway, Inwood

The annual benefit performance for People's Theater Project will be hosted by Uptown comedian Mike Diaz — better known as Juan Bago — and Project Founder Mino Lora. The show will feature citizen actors from the the People's Theater Project performing highlights from the 2014-2015 season. Annette Aguilar and StringBeans Latin Brazilian Jazz ensemble will also perform.

Digital Gold: The Inside Story of Bitcoin

Where: 48 Wall Street, Museum of American Finance, Financial District

Lunchtime talk and book signing with New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper on his new book, Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money. Talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Wednesday, June 17

Tour Brooklyn Grange

Where: The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave., Navy Yard

Brooklyn Grange, the world's largest rooftop farm, totals over 2.5 acres and produces over 50,000 lbs of organically grown vegetables each year. Brooklyn Grange also operates an apiary, with over 30 naturally-managed honey bee hives, located on roofs throughout New York City. Their amazing farm site at Brooklyn Navy Yard is offering a tour Wednesday morning. They’ll explain their daily operations and farming methods, including the basics of their business model, and the environmental benefits of urban and rooftop farming, then give you some time to explore. $10. Bookings essential.

SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge featuring Biz Markie and Masta Ace

Where: Herbert Von King Park, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Rapper Biz Markie hits the stage with Brownsville lyricist Masta Ace as part of the City Parks Foundation series of free concerts. Check out the “Just a Friend” artist, who will perform in collaboration with hip-hop showcase Lyricist Lounge. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The MetOpera at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Where: Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Join the Met Opera for an evening of classical music at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Tenement Talks: Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl

Where: 103 Orchard St., Lower East Side

Roberta Newman and Alice Nakhimovsky, the authors of “Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzel” will talk about their book and the ways Jewish immigrant at the turn of the 20th century used Yiddith-language books called brivnshtelers to help them write letters to their loved ones abroad. Actors will also bring the book’s letters to life. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Chelsea Music Festival

Where: Venues around Chelsea

The Chelsea Music Festival celebrates the sounds of Finland and Hungary this year. On Wednesday night, listen to Hungary's Santa Diver Trio at the Norwood Club. 10 p.m., $25

Play Readings at New Dramatists

Where: 424 W. 44th St., Hell's Kitchen

Hear the voices of a new generation of playwrights at New Dramatists' free reading series. Jenny Schwartz and Tarell Alvin McCraney will test out new work. 3 p.m. Tickets are free but reservations are required, call (212) 757-6960.

Thursday, June 18

Blue Note Jazz Festival

Where: 131 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village and Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., Midtown

New York City’s largest jazz festival, the month-long Blue Note Jazz Festival is underway, with multiple daily performances through to the end of the month. This evening catch South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Greenwich Village (from $30) and Spanish singer Buika at the Town Hall, (from $55).

Indeedy Musical Bingo

Where: The Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus

It's bingo night with a musical twist. Get ready for "Indeedy Musical Bingo," which is just like regular bingo but played with songs instead of numbers. The event is also a chance to win quirky prizes like a giant inflatable banana, a sandwich maker and vintage records. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $15-$20.

Father's Day Celebration with Phillip Lopate

Where: Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave., Park Slope

Join author Phillip Lopate and others for the launch of "Every Father's Daughter," a collection of 24 essays on the father-daughter relationship. 7 p.m.

Future Telescopes

Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave.

Learn about the future of telescopes on Earth and in space from NYU and CUNY professors during "Astronomy on Tap" at The Way Station. The event will explore over four hundred years of telescopes begnning with the simple spyglass telescopes and ending with what astronomers have in store for us in the future. The event is free and starts at 7 p.m.

Summer Evenings in the Merchant's House Museum Garden

Where: 29 E. 4th St., NoHo

A weekly guided tour and talk with light refreshments. This week's installment is ideal for greenthumbs (or aspiring greenthumbs): the museum's head gardener, John Rommel, will espouse on "19th Century Garden Bed and Borders." 6 p.m. $10, or $5 for students and seniors. Museum members get in free.

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