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FREE SUMMER FILMS 2016

Prince will pull into Brooklyn Bridge Park for free screening of PURPLE RAIN on July 21

Prince will pull into Brooklyn Bridge Park for free screening of PURPLE RAIN on July 21

There’s nothing quite like catching a free movie in the summer in New York City, lying on a blanket in a park, gathering on an aircraft carrier, or huddling in an air-conditioned theater. Here are the day-by-day listings of favorites as well as lesser-known festivals; keep watching this space as more are announced. So far, you’ll find the following festivals below: the Intrepid Summer Movie Series, Movies with a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park, SummerScreen in McCarren Park, Films on the Green, SummerStage, RiverFlicks in Hudson River Park, Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, BAMcinématek’s FAB Flicks at Putnam Triangle Plaza, Alamo Drafthouse’s free series in Fort Greene Park, Rooftop Films (advance RSVP required), the always-packed HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, Outdoor Movie Night in Randall’s Island Park, Outdoor Cinema in Socrates Sculpture Park, Movies Under the Stars in numerous parks, Summer on the Hudson and Hudson RiverFlicks in Hudson River Park, and Movies on the Waterfront in Astoria Park. (Films without exact start times generally begin around sunset.)

Tuesday, May 31
Rooftop Films: The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer, 2016), live music by the Q-Kidz, followed by a Q&A with Holmer, the Elevated Acre, 55 Water St., free with RSVP, 7:30

Movies Under the Stars: Happy Feet (George Miller, 2011), St. Mary’s Park

Wednesday, June 1
Movies Under the Stars: Creed (Ryan Coogler, 2015), Flynn Playground

Thursday, June 2
BAMcinématek: FAB Flicks — ’70s Black Cinema: Mahogany (Berry Gordy, 1975), Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave., 8:00

Friday, June 3
Alama Drafthouse Free Outdoor Movie Series: quote-along with Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986), Fort Greene Park

Movies Under the Stars: Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston, 2011), St. Mary’s Park

Arts, Culture & Fun: T-Rex (Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari, 2016), followed by a Q&A with the producer, Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, 7:00

Tuesday, June 7
Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961), preceded by The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1957), Cedar Hill, Central Park, 8:30

Thursday, June 9
BAMcinématek: FAB Flicks — ’70s Black Cinema: Cleopatra Jones (Jack Starrett, 1973), Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave., 8:00

Friday, June 10
Rooftop Films — Territory: Short Films about Turf Wars, preceded by live music and followed by a Q&A, Firefighter’s Field, Roosevelt Island, 8:00

Alama Drafthouse Free Outdoor Movie Series: Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich, 2003), Fort Greene Park

Movies Under the Stars: Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen, 2015), Crocheron Park

Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Yves Robert, 1973), Washington Square Park, 8:30

Saturday, June 11
Rooftop Films: Sundance Short Films, live music by Alice Cohen, MetroTech Commons, 8:00

Wednesday, June 12
Rooftop Films — The Ties That Bind: Short Films about Families, preceded by live music, MetroTech Commons, 8:00

Monday, June 13
SummerStage: screening of Afripedia and music by DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry, Saratoga Park, 7:00

Thursday, June 16
BAMcinématek: FAB Flicks — ’70s Black Cinema: Claudine (John Berry, 1973), Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave., 8:00

Friday, June 17
Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: Air of Paris (Marcel Carné, 1954), Washington Square Park, 8:30

Ferris Bueller will bring friends to several free outdoor screenings this summer in NYC

Ferris Bueller takes the day off so he can bring friends to several free outdoor screenings this summer in NYC

Monday, June 20
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (John Hughes, 1986), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

SummerStage: Screening of In My Father’s House (Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg, 2015), followed by Q&A with film subject Rhymefest, Saratoga Park, 7:00

Thursday, June 23
BAMcinématek: FAB Flicks — ’70s Black Cinema: Friday Foster (Arthur Marks, 1975), Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave., 8:00

Friday, June 24
Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: Subway (Luc Besson, 1985), Transmitter Park, 8:30

Saturday, June 25
Rooftop Films: Living Stars (Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat, 2014), preceded by live music, Solar One, 8:00

Sunday, June 26
SummerStage: DJ Gringo and screening of Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (Roy T. Anderson, 2015), Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Outdoor Movie Night: Remember the Titans (Boaz Yakin, 2000), Randall’s Island Connector, Randall’s Island Park, 8:00

Monday, June 27
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: East of Eden (Elia Kazan, 1955), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Tuesday, June 28
SummerStage: Lisa Simone and screening of What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus, 2015), Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Wednesday, June 29
SummerStage: Screening of A Ballerina’s Tale (Nelson George, 2015), with Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project and preshow panel discussion, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, June 30
BAMcinématek: FAB Flicks — ’70s Black Cinema: Shining Star: A Tribute to Maurice White, with Earth, Wind & Fire in Concert (Michael Schultz, 1981) and Earth, Wind & Fire Live on Soul!, Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave., 8:00

Friday, July 1
Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959), Transmitter Park, 8:30

Monday, July 4
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Wednesday, July 6
SummerScreen: Scream (Wes Craven, 1996), McCarren Park, live music at 6:00, film at dusk

Outdoor Cinema — The River (USA): The African Queen (John Huston, 1951), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

Summer on the Hudson — Pier I Picture Show: The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, 2015), Pier I, Riverside Park South

Hudson RiverFlicks — Big Hit Wednesdays: Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015, Pier 63 lawn, Hudson River Park

J. J. Abramss STAR TREK reboot will land on the Intrepid on July 7

J. J. Abrams’s STAR TREK reboot will land on the Intrepid on July 7

Thursday, July 7
Summer Movie Series: Star Trek (J. J. Abrams, 2009), the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, gates open at 7:00

Movies with a View: Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952), Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Movie Nights in the Rockaways: Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978), Beach 94th St. off Shorefront Pkwy, 8:00

Friday, July 8
Hudson RiverFlicks — Family Fridays: Minions (Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, 2015), Pier 46, Hudson River Park

Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: April and the Extraordinary World (Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci, 2016), Riverside Park, Pier I at 70th St., 8:30

Saturday, July 9
Movie Nights in the Rockaways: The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985), Beach Channel Park, 8:00

Sunday, July 10
SummerStage: DJ Kool Herc, Little Shalimar, and screening of Rubble Kings (Shan Nicholson, 2010), Crotona Park, 7:00

Outdoor Movie Night: Selena (Gregory Nava, 1997),Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge, Randall’s Island Park, 8:00

Monday, July 11
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Wednesday, July 13
SummerScreen: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (Danny Leiner, 2004), McCarren Park, live music at 6:00, film at dusk

Outdoor Cinema — The River (France): L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

Summer on the Hudson — Pier I Picture Show: Baquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996), Pier I, Riverside Park South

Hudson RiverFlicks — Big Hit Wednesdays: Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015), Pier 63 lawn, Hudson River Park

Thursday, July 14
Summer Movie Series: Star Trek IV (Leonard Nimoy, 1986), the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, gates open at 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Music & Movies: Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003), Jessica Fichot, Prospect Park Bandshell, 8:00

Movies with a View: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (Danny Leiner, 2004), Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, July 15
Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: Un Flic (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1972), Riverside Park, Pier I at 70th St., 8:30

Hudson RiverFlicks — Family Fridays: The Peanuts Movie (Steve Martino, 2015), Pier 46, Hudson River Park

Monday, July 18
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Wednesday, July 20
SummerScreen: The Fast and the Furious (Rob Cohen 2001), McCarren Park, live music at 6:00, film at dusk

Outdoor Cinema — The River (Iran/UK): Sonita (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, 2015), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

Summer on the Hudson — Pier I Picture Show: Arthur (Steve Gordon, 1981), Pier I, Riverside Park South

Hudson RiverFlicks — Big Hit Wednesdays: Trainwreck (Judd Apatow, 2015), Pier 63 lawn, Hudson River Park

Thursday, July 21
Summer Movie Series: Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot, 1999), the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, gates open at 7:00

Hudson RiverFlicks — Sing-Along Special: Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978), Clinton Cove, Hudson River Park

Movies with a View: Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1994), Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, July 22
Hudson RiverFlicks — Family Fridays: Shaun the Sheep (Richard Starzak & Mark Burton, 2015), Pier 46, Hudson River Park

Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962), Tompkins Square Park, 8:30

Monday, July 25
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack, 1975), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Movies on the Waterfront: Big Hero 6 (Don Hall & Chris Williams, 2014), Astoria Park Great Lawn, 8:30

Claudette Colbert has a unique way to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park to see IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT on July 28

Claudette Colbert has a unique way to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park to see IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT on July 28

Wednesday, July 27
SummerScreen: 10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger, 1999), McCarren Park, live music at 6:00, film at dusk

Outdoor Cinema — The River (Germany/UK): Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2001), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

Summer on the Hudson — Pier I Picture Show: Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975), Pier I, Riverside Park South

Hudson RiverFlicks — Big Hit Wednesdays: The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015), Pier 63 lawn, Hudson River Park

Thursday, July 28
Rooftop Films: Animation Block Party, preceded by live music and followed by a Q&A, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 8:00

Movies with a View: It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934), Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, July 29
Summer Movie Series: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, 1982), introduced by Nicholas Meyer, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, gates open at 7:00

Movies Across from Golden Pond: Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015), Crocheron Park

Hudson RiverFlicks — Family Fridays: Kung Fu Panda 3 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson & Alessandro Carloni, 2016), Pier 46, Hudson River Park

Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: Boyfriends and Girlfriends (Eric Rohmer, 1987), Tompkins Square Park, 8:30

Saturday, July 30
Rooftop Films: In Pursuit of Silence (Patrick Shen, 2015), preceded by live music and followed by a Q&A with Shen, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 8:00

Sunday, July 31
Outdoor Movie Night: The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985), Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge, Randall’s Island Park, 8:00

Monday, August 1
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Movies on the Waterfront: Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964), Astoria Park Great Lawn, 8:30

Wednesday, August 3
SummerScreen: The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001), McCarren Park, live music at 6:00, film at dusk

Outdoor Cinema — The River (Australia): Girl Asleep (Rosemary Meyers, 2015), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

SummerStage: Screening of Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (Michel Ocelot & Bénédicte Galup, 2005), Orisha’s Journey, DJ Djib Sayo, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Summer on the Hudson — Pier I Picture Show: The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2003), Pier I, Riverside Park South

Hudson RiverFlicks — Big Hit Wednesdays: Creed (Ryan Coogler, 2015), Pier 63 lawn, Hudson River Park

Thursday, August 4
Celebrate Brooklyn! Music & Movies: Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1999) with U.S. premiere of live score by the Bays, Joan as Police Woman, Benjamin Lazar Davis, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Movies with a View: American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973), Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, August 5
Summer Movie Series: Big Hero 6 (Don Hall & Chris Williams, 2014), the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, gates open at 7:00

Movies Across from Golden Pond: Minions (Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, 2015), Crocheron Park

Hudson RiverFlicks — Family Fridays: Penguins of Madagascar (Eric Darnell & Simon J. Smith, 2014), Pier 46, Hudson River Park

Sunday, August 7
Movie Nights in the Rockaways: Goosebumps (Rob Letterman, 2015), Beach 17th St. & Seagirt Blvd., 8:00

Clint Eastwood is a mysterious man with a plan as he gallops into Bryant Park on August 8 for a screening of HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER

Clint Eastwood is a mysterious man with a plan as he gallops into Bryant Park on August 8 for a screening of HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER

Monday, August 8
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood, 1973), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Movies on the Waterfront: Minions (Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda, 2015), Astoria Park Great Lawn, 8:30

Wednesday, August 10
SummerScreen: audience pick, McCarren Park, live music at 6:00, film at dusk

Outdoor Cinema — The River (China): Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

Celebrate Brooklyn! Music & Movies: Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986), Donny McCaslin Group, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Summer on the Hudson — Pier I Picture Show: audience vote, Mary and Max (Adam Elliot, 2009) v. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015) v. The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979), Pier I, Riverside Park South, 6:30

Hudson RiverFlicks — Big Hit Wednesdays: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Francis Lawrence, 2015), Pier 63 lawn, Hudson River Park

Thursday, August 11
Movies with a View: Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2014), Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, August 12
Summer Movie Series: Star Trek (J. J. Abrams, 2009), the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, gates open at 7:00

Movies Across from Golden Pond: The Avengers (Joss Whedon, 2012), Crocheron Park

Hudson RiverFlicks — Family Fridays: Goosebumps (Rob Letterman, 2015), Pier 46, Hudson River Park

Saturday, August 13
Movie Nights in the Rockaways: Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore & Jared Bush, 2016), Broad Channel Park, 8:00

Sunday, August 14
Outdoor Movie Night: The Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn, 2015), Randall’s Island Connector, Randall’s Island Park, 8:00

Monday, August 15
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan, 1983), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Movies on the Waterfront: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (John Hughes, 1986), Astoria Park Great Lawn, 8:30

Wednesday, August 17
Outdoor Cinema — The River (Germany/Peru): Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

Summer on the Hudson — Pier I Picture Show: Auntie Mame (Morton DaCosta, 1958), Pier I, Riverside Park South, 6:30

Hudson RiverFlicks — Big Hit Wednesdays: The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015), Pier 63 lawn, Hudson River Park

Thursday, August 18
Movies with a View: A League of Their Own (Penny Marshall, 1992), Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, August 19
Hudson RiverFlicks — Family Fridays: The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987), Pier 46, Hudson River Park

Monday, August 22
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, 1982), Bryant Park Lawn, gates open at 5:00, film at dusk

Movies on the Waterfront: Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975), Astoria Park Great Lawn, 8:30

Wednesday, August 24
Outdoor Cinema — The River (Colombia): Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, 2015), Socrates Sculpture Park, live performance at 7:00, film screening at sundown

Thursday, August 25
Movies with a View: public vote, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, August 27
Movie Nights in the Rockaways: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, 2015), Beach 59th St., 8:00

Sunday, August 28
Outdoor Movie Night: Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen, 2015), Randall’s Island Connector, Randall’s Island Park, 8:00

Thursday, September 8
Films on the Green — A Summer in Paris: Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2014), Columbia University, 116th St., 7:30

AMERICAN PSYCHO

(photo © Jeremy Daniel)

AMERICAN PSYCHO will close after only eighty-one Broadway performances (photo © Jeremy Daniel)

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th St. between Broadway & Eighth Aves.
Through June 5, $69-$148
americanpsychothemusical.com

The musical version of Bret Easton Ellis’s popular but controversial 1991 novel, American Psycho, which was also made into a popular but controversial 2000 film, has posted an early closing notice on Broadway, ending its short run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on June 5 after a mere eighty-one performances. So what went wrong with the show, a sold-out smash in London? The Broadway production looks great; the set, designed by the always innovative Es Devlin (Machinal, Chimerica), is often breathtaking and thrilling, with blinding whites everywhere, gorgeous minimalist furniture, and ultracool lighting by Justin Townsend (The Humans, The Other Place), pulsating with fast-moving projections by Finn Ross (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night). When a plexiglass front comes down, the stage turns into Dexter’s dream kill room, as New York City investment banker and ahead-of-his-time metrosexual Patrick Bateman (Benjamin Walker) uses a number of techniques to dispose of people standing in his way. But director Rupert Goold (King Charles III, Enron), Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Based on a Totally True Story), and composer and lyricist Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) can’t quite decide whether American Psycho is a tongue-in-cheek satire of 1980s Wall Street, a black comedy about greed and desire, or a psychological exploration of obsession and violence. Much like Martin Scorsese’s overrated The Wolf of Wall Street, which also takes place during the Reagan era, American Psycho is filled with characters you either strongly dislike or just don’t care about, people you don’t want to spend even a few hours with on Broadway (including Alice Ripley as Mrs. Bateman, Drew Moerlein as Paul Owen, Theo Stockman as Timothy Price, and Heléne Yorke as Evelyn). Meanwhile, the music shifts between hits of the time by such bands as Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, the Human League, and New Order alternating with Sheik’s new songs (“Selling Out,” “Cards,” “I Am Back”) that don’t stand up in comparison. There were significant changes made for American audiences, including adding, deleting, and shifting around numbers, which might not have been the best idea. The show, which garnered a mere two Tony nods (Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design of a Musical) but a hefty eight nominations from both the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle, closes with an $8.8 million loss, something that would probably send Bateman looking for yet more people to take out his anger on.

MANHATTANHENGE 2016

Manhattanhenge will light up crosstown traffic May 29-30 and July 11-12 (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

SUNSET ON THE MANHATTAN GRID
East side of Manhattan
Half Sun: Sunday, May 29, 8:12 pm
Full Sun: Monday, May 30, 8:12 pm
Full Sun: Monday, July 11, 8:20 pm
Half Sun: Tuesday, July 12, 8:20 pm
www.amnh.org
manhattanhenge slideshow

One of our favorite events of the summer season, the first of two Manhattanhenges takes place this weekend, when the sun aligns with Manhattan’s off-center (by thirty degrees) grid to send spectacular bursts of sunlight streaming across the streets. It’s a real bummer when the sky is obscured by clouds and bad weather, ruining the effect, so hopefully that won’t be a problem, as it has been in recent years. Coined by master astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2002, Manhattanhenge takes place twice a year; for 2016, those dates are May 29-30 and July 11-12, when the sun (half the disk one night, the full disk the other) will create “a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid,” Tyson explains on the planetarium website. “A rare and beautiful sight. These two days happen to correspond with Memorial Day and Baseball’s All Star break. Future anthropologists might conclude that, via the Sun, the people who called themselves Americans worshiped War and Baseball.” Photographers will once again line up along the city’s wider thoroughfares on the east side, including Twenty-third, Thirty-fourth, Forty-second, and Fifty-seventh Sts., risking their physical safety against oncoming traffic as they try to capture that exact moment when the sun is half above the horizon, half below it. Wrongly called the Manhattan Solstice, the event “may just be a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe,” Tyson explains. It’s quite a sight when everything is alignment; don’t miss it.

YVONNE RAINER — THE CONCEPT OF DUST: CONTINUOUS PROJECT-ALTERED ANNUALLY

Yvonne Rainer

“The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?” at MoMA, with Emmanuele Phuon, Patricia Hoffbauer, David Thomson, and Yvonne Rainer, 2015 (photo by Julieta Cervantes © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

The Kitchen
512 West 19th St. between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.
June 2-4, 8:00
212-255-5793 ext11
thekitchen.org
www.americandance.org

The new American Dance Institute initiative ADI/NYC at the Kitchen kicks off June 2-4 with the Performa presentation of legendary dancer, choreographer, and avant-garde filmmaker Yvonne Rainer’s “The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move,” an ongoing work-in-progress that combines body movement and spoken text to examine aging and mortality. The eighty-one-year-old Rainer, who has created such dances as Terrain and Two People on Bed/Table and such films as Kristina Talking Pictures and A Film About a Woman Who . . . , will perform in the work, along with dancers who are given the freedom to improvise in order to heighten the unpredictable, personal nature of the forty-five-minute piece, set to British minimalist Gavin Bryars’s “The Sinking of the Titanic.” The opening-night gala includes a champagne reception with Yvonne and the Raindears. ADI/NYC continues through July 2 with Brian Brooks’s Wilderness, Jane Comfort & Company’s You are here, Susan Marshall & Company’s Chromatic, and Jack Ferver’s I want you to want me.

MAY BRUNCH AND MIDNITE — THE WASTE LAND: CHILDREN OF MEN

CHILDREN OF MEN predicts a bleak future for humankind

Alfonso Cuarón’s CHILDREN OF MEN predicts a bleak future for humankind

CHILDREN OF MEN (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave. between Berry St. & Wythe Ave.
Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 11:30 am
718-384-3980
www.nitehawkcinema.com
www.childrenofmen.net

It’s 2027, and there hasn’t been a baby born in the world in eighteen years. For some unknown reason, women have become infertile, leading to chaos around the globe. Only England perseveres, but it is on the brink of destruction as warring factions prepare for doomsday. Onetime revolutionary Theo (an as-even-keeled-as-ever Clive Owen) has settled down into a mundane life, but he’s thrust back into the middle of things when he is kidnapped by a radical organization run by his ex-wife, Julian (Julianne Moore), and her right-hand man, the hard-edged Luke (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Theo is forced to escort Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey), a young fugee (refugee), through the danger zone and to the Human Project, a supposed safe haven that might not actually exist. Also staring extinction in the face are Theo’s brother, Nigel (Danny Huston); Theo’s hippie friend, Jasper (a longhaired Michael Caine); and homeland security officer Syd (Peter Mullan). Inspired by the novel by P. D. James, the chilling Children of Men is a violent, prescient, nonstop thrill ride, moviemaking of the highest order, cowritten and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También, Gravity) and photographed in vibrant filth and muddiness by Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman, The Tree of Life). Nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay), Children of Men is one of the best of the dystopian science fiction films of the twenty-first century, predicting a future that is not as impossible as one might think. Stay through the credits for a tiny but critical coda. Children of Men is screening May 28 and 29 at 11:30 am as part of the Nitehawk Cinema series “May Brunch and Midnite: The Waste Land,” which also features Shaun of the Dead at 12:20 am Friday and Saturday night.

DanceAfrica — SENEGAL: DOORS OF ANCIENT FUTURES

WAATO SiITA will be celebrating its native Senegal at DanceAfrica at BAM this weekend (photo courtesy of the artist)

WAATO SiiTA will be celebrating its native Senegal at DanceAfrica at BAM this weekend (photo courtesy of the artist)

Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAMcafé, BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.
May 27-30, free - $60
718-636-4100
www.bam.org

For its thirty-ninth season, BAM’s extraordinary DanceAfrica program takes audiences to Senegal, celebrating “Doors of Ancient Futures.” The Memorial Day weekend festivities, under the leadership of new artistic director Abdel R. Salaam (from Forces of Nature) and beloved artistic director emeritus Chuck Davis, feature performances in the Howard Gilman Opera House by the Senegalese troupes Les Ballets de la Renaissance Africaine “WAATO SiiTA” and Compagnie Tenane, Senegalese legend Germaine Acogny (“the Mother of Contemporary African Dance”), and Brooklyn’s own BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble, joined by Forces of Nature founding member Dyane Harvey-Salaam and Reverend Nafisa Sharriff. Be on the lookout for both traditional and contemporary movement, including krumping, popping, and breakdancing. There will also be a late-night dance party May 28 in the BAMcafé with DJ Tony Humphries, workshops on May 30 with WAATO SiiTA choreographer Pape Moussa Sonko, a FilmAfrica series consisting of ten films screening in BAM Rose Cinemas (including Nicolas Cissé’s Le Terreau de L’Espoir, Yared Zeleke’s Lamb, and Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo’s Sembene!), and the oh-so-fab outdoor DanceAfrica Bazaar (May 28-30), chock-full of vendors selling African products, from clothing and music to jewelry and food.

1986 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 30TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND CELEBRATION

Many members of the 1986 championship New York Mets will be at Citi Field for special festivities this weekend

Many members of the 1986 championship New York Mets will be at Citi Field for special festivities this weekend

Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Ave. at 126th St.
May 27-29, $25-$525
newyork.mets.mlb.com

On October 27, 1986, I was fortunate enough to find myself at Shea Stadium, watching the Amazin’s come back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5 and win their second World Series title, with such stars as Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez. Ron Darling, Darryl Strawberry, Howard Johnson, Dwight Gooden, Jesse Orosco, Lenny Dykstra, Mookie Wilson, and the late Gary Carter. Although the Mets have since made it to the Series in 2000 and 2015, their third championship has proved elusive. However, maybe celebrating the past will inject more victories into their future, as they honor that 1986 team this weekend as the 2016 Mets take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Friday night, currently scheduled to be Jacob deGrom against Alex Wood, all fans will receive a replica jersey with the number 86 on it. On Saturday at 6:15, before Noah Syndergarrd takes on Kenta Maeda, there will be a special pregame ceremony on the field, featuring many members of the 1986 team. And on Sunday, when the one and only Bartolo Colón faces off with Clayton Kershaw, the first fifteen thousand fans will get a replica 1986 world championship ring.