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18 Things to Do This Week in New York City's Neighborhoods

By DNAinfo Staff | July 5, 2015 8:35pm 

 Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Park in 2014.
Red Hook Flicks at Valentino Park in 2014.
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This week's listings were compiled by neighborhood reporters Leslie Albrecht, Lisha Arino, Lindsay Armstrong, Serena Dai, Emily Frost, Irene Plagianos, Rachel Holliday Smith, Gustavo Solis, Nikhita Venugopal, and Shaye Weaver.

Monday, July 6:

Eastside Revival Volunteer Cleanup in Prospect Park

Where: Prospect Park

Burn off your Fourth of July barbecue indulgence and help spruce up Prospect Park’s Vale of Cashmere and the Rose Garden at this outdoor volunteer event. Volunteers will rake, sweep and remove trash. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is free.

One on One Computer Help

Where: Hamilton Grange Library on 503 West 145th St. in Harlem

Take a free computer class for adults 50 and older. They will learn how to use a mouse and keyboard, send emails, work with Microsoft Word and other basic computer skills. The event is free, but attendees must register by phone or in person at the library. 2 p.m.

"I Am Charlie Wilson"

Where: Barnes and Noble TriBeCa, 97 Warren Street 2nd Floor

Legendary soul and R&B singer Charlie Wilson appears at Barnes & Noble to discuss his memoir "I Am Charlie Wilson." Free. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7

Gender Wage Gap Drinks Night

Where: Way Station, 683 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights

To recognize the imbalance between the average pay of men and women, Prospect Heights bar the Way Station will charge women 77 percent of their bar tabs — 77 cents on the dollar, just like the wage gap. So, come on down to get political and enjoy some cheap(er) drinks. No cover. 4 p.m. until late.

Outdoor screening of “Billy Madison”

Where: 50 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg

Head to the waterfront with a blanket for an outdoor screening of Adam Sandler classic “Billy Madison,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The screening is sponsored by Nitehawk Cinema and BuzzFeed Throwback Theatre, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Free. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Author Carla Norton Launches Her New Thriller at Book Culture

Where: Book Culture at 450 Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side

Carla Norton will launch her new book “What Doesn’t Kill Her” at Book Culture on Columbus. The thriller centers around a woman who learns to fight back. Norton will be interviewed by arts producer Cary Barbor, who also hosts BookTalk on SiriusXM. Free. 7 p.m.

Author Frank Romano Discusses His Book “Love and Terror in the Middle East”

Where: Barnes & Noble at East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side

Frank Romano returns to Barnes & Noble to talk about his journey through the Middle East to promote understanding between Jews, Muslims and Christians. Free, 7 p.m.

Red Hook Flicks screening of "Jurassic Park"

Where: Louis Valentino Jr. Park in Red Hook

Before Chris Pratt and his band of merry raptors sped onto the big screen, the original “Jurassic Park” terrified audiences with the indomitable Tyrannosaurus Rex. Head to Red Hook for a screening of the 1993 classic film. Free. The film starts at 8:30 p.m., or as soon as it’s dark enough.

Wednesday, July 8

Free Cumbia & Mariachi Concert

Where: Richard Tucker Park at Broadway and West 66th Street on the Upper West Side

The Lincoln Square BID and the MTA's Music Under New York are putting on a free lunchtime concert series in Richard Tucker Park. On July 8, the lineup includes Viva Vallenato Badass Accordion Band from 12 to 1 p.m. and Mariachi Flor de Toloache from 1 to 2 p.m. Free. 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn about Raw Chocolate & Make 6 Chocolate Bars using Raaka Chocolate

Where: Voilà’ Chocolat, 221 West West 79th St. on the Upper West Side

Learn about “virgin” chocolate from chocolate makers Raaka Chocolate, who are leading a workshop at Voilà. Make, decorate and take home six chocolate bars that use Raaka chocolate. While you create your bars, you’ll be treated to Voilà’s frozen hot chocolate. The event starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $80.

#AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media

Where: Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St. in the East Village

Poetic People Power, an ongoing project that combines poetry and activism, will present “#AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media” a spoken word show that explores how social media affects human behavior, relationships and society. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door and $10 for students with a valid ID. The show will take place both Wednesday and Thursday. $15 online, $20 at the door and $10 for students with a valid ID. 8 p.m.

Inwood Hill Park Night Walk

Where: Inwood Hill Park

Keep an eye out for flying squirrels, underwing moths, screech owls and other nocturnal animals as naturalist Mike Feller leads a tour of some of Manhattan’s last remaining natural forest. Free. 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Movies Under the Stars: “Grease” at the Old Stone House

Where: The Old Stone House, 336 Third St., Park Slope

Park Slope Parents sponsors this outdoor screening of the Olivia Newton John and John Travolta classic that defined “summer lovin’” for a generation. Free. Event starts at 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 9

Punch Brothers and Sarah Jarosz

Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

The five-piece bluegrass band Punch Brothers and singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz take the stage at this free Celebrate Brooklyn! concert. Free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.

Video TALE Storytelling

Where: Videology, 308 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg

Storytellers from VICE, National Geographic and The Moth will be performing on Thursday. The twist in this storytelling event: Everybody incorporates video. Free. 7 p.m.

River and Blues: John Hammond

Where: Robert F Wagner Jr. Park, 20 Battery Place, Downtown

Enjoy a summer evening listening to the blues while the sun sets over the Hudson River. Picnicing is encouraged. The Grammy Winner & Blues Hall of Fame virtuoso of harmonica and slide guitar plays a free show for this music series. Free. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Film Screening: “The Kelleys” and “Mexican Dream”

Where: Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue in Harlem

Watch two documentaries followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. “The Kelleys” is about a middle-aged alcoholic son taking care of his aging mother in a rent controlled apartment in a gentrifying neighborhood. “Mexican Dream” follows Mexican laborers who move from a small town in Southern Mexico to work in a meatpacking factory in rural Minnesota. $10. 7:30 p.m.

“As You Like It”

Where: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center parking lot, 114 Norfolk St. on the Lower East Side

For its first “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” production of the summer, The Drilling Company will present an adaptation of the Bard’s “As You Like It” set in the Victorian Era, starting on Thursday. The outdoor shows are free and seats are first come, first serve. The audience is welcome to bring their own chair and blankets. Free. 8 p.m.