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

By DNAinfo Staff | June 28, 2015 10:42pm 

 The annual show takes place every summer the week before July 4th, lighting up the sky above the East River and Astoria Park as part of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition's annual Independence Day celebration.
The annual show takes place every summer the week before July 4th, lighting up the sky above the East River and Astoria Park as part of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition's annual Independence Day celebration.
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These listings were compiled by Jeanmarie Evelly, Serena Dai, Leslie Albrecht, Nikhita Venugopal, Lisha Arino, Gustavo Solis, Lindsay Armstrong, Danielle Tcholakian and Irene Plagianos.

Monday, June 29:

► Bingo Open Mic
Where: The Creek and The Cave at 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
When: 6 p.m.

The neighborhood comedy clubs hosts a weekly game of Bingo and comedy open mic for both performers and non-performers, with prizes for the winners. Free.

► Haunting Renditions Live with Eliot Glazer
Where: The Bell House at 149 Seventh St., Gowanus
When: Doors at 8 p.m. Show 8:30 p.m.

Join comedian and singer Eliot Glazer as he takes “some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads,” according to the Bell House website. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

► The Green Children Concert to Benefit New Alternatives for Homeless LGBTQ Youth
Where: Joe's Pub at 415 Layfayette St. in the East Village
When: Doors open at 9 p.m., show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Norwegian duo The Green Children (Milla Sunde and Marlow Bevan) make “ethereal music inspired by nature.” They recorded their most recent album in the woods of Norway, helped open Bangladesh’s first eye hospital, and produced a hit remix for the band Foster the People. Proceeds from this concert go to New Alternatives NYC, an organization that works with homeless LGBTQ youth. Tickets range from $0 to $60.

► West African Dance Class
Inwood Hill Park at 218th Street in Inwood
When: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

Part of a series of free classes sponsored by Uptown Yoga studio Bread and Yoga, the West African dance class introduces people to this rhythmic and energetic style of dance. The class is accompanied by live drumming and beautiful views of the park’s salt marsh. Free.

Tuesday, June 30:

► Astoria’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks
Where: The Great Lawn at Astoria Park in Astoria
When: 7:30 p.m.

The neighborhood’s annual fireworks display, always a few days before the Fourth of July, is the most popular event of the year for Astoria Park. The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition hosts the show, which features fireworks by Grucci. The West Point Concert Band will perform at this year’s display starting at 7:30 p.m., with the fireworks starting after.

► “How to Talk to Rockstars,” with author Alli Marshal
Where: WORD Bookstore at 126 Franklin St. in Greenpoint
When: 7 p.m.

Longtime arts and entertainment reporter Alli Marshal debuts her novel “How to Talk To Rockstars,” a book inspired by her interviews with musicians over the last dozen years, at this Greenpoint bookstore. The book follows a rock journalist — and how her obsession with one musician’s album changes her life. Free.

► Washington Square Music Festival
Where: Washington Square Park, or NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre at 35 West Fourth St. if it rains, Greenwich Village
When: 8 p.m.

 A chamber orchestra will perform Beethoven in the park. Free.

► Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series
Where: Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 59 W. 137th St. in Central Harlem
When: 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m

An afternoon Jazz concert in a church featuring Hamiet Bluiett. Born in Brooklyn, Illinois, Bluiett is considered to be one of the best baritone saxophone players in the country. $15.

► Shakespeare in Carroll Park’s “Henry IV, Part One"
Where: Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens
When: 8 p.m.

Smith Street Stage returns for another season of “Shakespeare in Carroll Park” with “Henry IV, Part One and Part Two.” The performances, which will continue until July 19, features a gender-neutral casting with eight main actors and actresses taking on multiple male and female roles. The theater group will perform Part One of the play on June 30. Free.


► Screening of “Don’t Look Back”
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City
When: 7 p.m.

The park will screen the rock ‘n roll documentary, which follows Bob Dylan on his 1967 tour of the UK. Queens singer/songerwriter Pam Reyes will perform before the film starting at 7 p.m. Free.

► Movie Appreciation Workshop: The Craft Behind the Movie Magic
Where: Videology at 308 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg
When: 5:30 p.m.

Film lovers can get dorky at this workshop, where small groups will talk about the movie making process, from screenwriting to the final edits. Attendees should watch “Little Miss Sunshine” before the event, which will be dissected by scene. Food and drink will be available for purchase. The event starts is $15, or $10 with promotional code

► Elizabeth Street Garden Movie Night
Where: Elizabeth Street Garden, between Prince and Spring St. in Nolita
When: Movies start at dusk

Join in on the first night of the community garden’s annual series of family-friendly outdoor movies. Movies screen every two weeks through Aug. 26. The first film is “Little Fugitive,” made in 1953 by Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin and Raymond Abrashkin. Garden volunteers said “Little Fugitive” is “considered a landmark film for its naturalistic style and groundbreaking use of nonprofessional actors in lead roles.” For updated weather-related cancellations, visit elizabethstreetgarden.org. Free.

Thursday, July 2:

► Live Music by Queens Council for the Arts
Where: Rest-au-rant, 30-01 35th Ave., Astoria
When: 8 p.m.

Local musicians will perform at the restaurant/wine bar for an event to support the Queens Council on the Arts, where attendees can learn more about how the organization supports the borough’s arts community. Free hors d'oeuvres will be served. $10 suggested donation.

► Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Psychology of Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Robert Teszka
Where: The Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, Gowanus
When: 8 p.m.

See how magicians manipulate our minds during this talk by Robert Teszka, a magician and student of cognitive psychology. Using demonstrations, Teszka will show how our perceptions of reality can be easily warped and what this means for our understanding of human awareness. $8.

► Opening Night of Sweeney Todd by Piper Theater
Where: Old Stone House, Fifth Avenue and Third Street, Park Slope
When: 8 p.m.

Piper Theater kicks off its 15th summer of free outdoor theater with "Sweeney Todd," the tale of an enterprising barber who starts a side business as a butcher. Giving away any more than that will spoil the plot of this classic Stephen Sondheim musical. Free.

► Woolworth Building Tour
Where: 233 Broadway in the Financial District
When: Times vary

Get a guided of the majestic vaulted ceilings and detailed sculptures of this early 1913 building, which is off-limits to the general public. Known as the “Cathedral of Commerce,” the 792-foot-tall skyscraper was the crowning achievement for five-and-dime king Frank Woolworth. Times vary, and tickets cost $20-45.