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Indypendent Staff Jul 11

Issue 226

TUE JULY 11–SAT AUG 13
8PM • FREE
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
The course of true love never does run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program, brings her electric theatrical vision to this classic romance about the supernatural nature of love. Visit publictheater.org for ticketing information.
Delacorte Theater
Central Park

SAT JULY 15
10AM–4PM • FREE
FESTIVAL: CITY OF WATER DAY
Now in its 10th year, this free, family-oriented celebration of the New York-New Jersey waterfront is the region’s biggest harbor festival. Highlights include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats. Plus free rowing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. More info at waterfrontalliance.org.
Governor’s Island

SUN JULY 16
10PM • $5–$10 sliding scale, +21
PARTY: DANCE, DANCE REVOLUTION; ASSATA TAUGHT ME
Assata Shakur, the Black Panther exiled to Cuba, turns 70 on July 16. Join Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Black Lives Matter NYC and Black Youth Project as they celebrate this freedom fighter and twerk for the revolution. DJ Bembona and A D A I R are spinning! It’s Lit. Proceeds go to Assata Shakur’s family.
Starr Bar
214 Starr St.

TUE JULY 18
6PM–9PM • FREE
CONCERT: LOWDOWN HUDSON MUSIC FEST, FEATURING COMMON
The Lowdown returns to downtown, bringing lively, world-class musical talent to the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. This year’s festival will be headlined by Sarah Palin’s favorite rapper, Common.
230 Vesey Street

FRI JULY 21
8PM • $8
CONCERT: DSA BENEFIT
NYC Democratic Socialists of America, Crown Heights Tenants Union and New York Communities for Change are holding a benefit show featuring Emily Reo, Bears, Will Table and Future Punx DJs.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave

SAT JULY 22
7PM–10PM • FREE
SCREENING: THE BUS RIDERS UNION
Join fellow public transit riders for a screening of this award-winning documentary about how activists built the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles and won a fare reduction, more buses to decrease overcrowding and better service to working-class neighborhoods. The screening will be followed by a discussion of how we can organize to win a transit system that works for all New Yorkers.
Verso Books
20 Jay St., Suite 1010

THU JULY 27
7PM–8:30PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: VANISHING NEW YORK
Come celebrate the publication of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul. An unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the 21st Century and a love letter to lost New York by Jeremiah Moss, the creator of the popular, incendiary blog Vanishing New York. Admission is on a first come, first serve basis.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St.

SAT JULY 29
10AM–4PM • FREE
BOOKFAIR: SMALL PRESS FLEA
This summer market sponsored by the National Book Foundation and hosted by BOMB Magazine showcases independent publishers and small presses. 
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plz.

COME OUT AND PLA-AY: You think your commute is rotten? Try making it back to your home turf with every gang in the city out for you. Catch The Warriors at Brooklyn Bazaar on Aug. 2.

SAT JULY 29–SUN JULY 30
11AM–6PM • FREE
FESTIVAL: 7TH ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY POETRY FEST
Workshops, bookstalls and three stages of readings and performances. For more info visit newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.Governor’s Island

SUN JULY 30
2PM–6PM • $5–$10
MUSIC: BACKYARD HI-FI SESSIONS
Taking inspiration from the yard parties of Kingston, Jamaica and the block party culture of New York City, Backyard Hi-Fi Sessions explore the connections between hip-hop, reggae and contemporary bass music through the lens of Dub-Stuy’s custom-build, 15,000 watt, Jamaican-style sound system. Alongside the music, Backyard Hi-Fi features food, drinks and games spread across both the indoor and outdoor areas of Trans-Pecos. Entry $5 if you RSVP via events@dub-stuy.com in advance.
Trans-Pecos
9-15 Wyckoff Ave.

TUE AUG 1
7PM–9:30PM • FREE
BOOK TALK: APPRENTICED TO VENUS
In 1962, 18-year-old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Anaïs Nin’s West Village apartment. The chance meeting changed the course of her life and began her years as Anaïs’s apprentice/accomplice. Rainer’s Apprenticed to Venus: My Secret Life with Anaïs Nin stories her deep friendship with the pivotal historical figure.
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street

WED AUG 2
1PM–3PM • FREE
HOME AND GARDEN: RADICAL GARDENERS NYC OPEN HOURS
Visit Radical Gardeners’ seed library at The Base community center. Swap garden stories, plants and materials. Tend to indoor and street gardens over tea and snacks. Radical Gardeners NYC is an anti-capitalist garden network working collectively with existing or new garden spaces. It offers free seeds, soil and building materials. In exchange, a portion of what is grown is harvested for food sharing programs at The Base.
The Base
1302 Myrtle Ave.

WED AUG 2
8PM–11PM • FREE
SCREENING: THE WARRIORS
Indulge at Brooklyn Bazaar’s bar and restaurant while you enjoy this campy New York classic.
Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave

THU AUG 3
7:30PM–10:30PM • FREE
PERFORMANCE: BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
Join a passionate group of performers as they trace the evolution of Bollywood, from black-and-white classics to colorful blockbusters and bring the spirit and romance of India’s palaces, mountain vistas and sweeping mustard fields to Damrosch Park.
Damrosch Park
165 W 65th St.

THU AUG 3
10:30PM–12:30AM • FREE
SCREENING: THE BIG LEBOWSKI “SILENT” MOVIE
Fans will accessorize their bowling shirts and bathrobes with headphones at this open-air “silent” screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult comedy; an absurd tale of mistaken identity, bowling, White Russians, anger management issues, kidnapping, pornography, nihilists and, of course, His Dudeness — all while gathered together under the stars (and the big screen).
Damrosch Park
165 W 65th St.

SAT AUG 5
4PM–4AM • Give give what you can
PARTY: BEER, PIZZA, SOLIDARITY
Over 200 people were arrested during anti-capitalist, anti-fascist protests in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, Inauguration day (see page 12). Many of those arrested are now facing decades in prison. In order to raise funds for the J20 defendants, the New York City General Defense Committee is hosting a pizza party at Rebecca’s in Bushwick. Come for the solidarity, stay for the drinks, pizza and jamz. There’ll be free pizza from Norbert’s between 4 PM and 5 PM, so show up early!
Rebecca’s
610 Bushwick Ave.

SAT AUG 12
2PM–7PM • $25 advanced, $34 day of
EXHIBIT: BASQUIAT & BRUNCH
An exhibition-style brunch, featuring contemporary art lightly inspired by the amazing and infamous, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Delicious cuisine and unlimited mimosas served until 5 PM.
1103 Fulton St.

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Photo (top): Members of the Dub-Stuy Crew standing with their custom-build sound system. Check out the party they’re throwing at Trans-Pecos on July 27. Source: Dub-Stuy.