Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza; 7:45pm; free
Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date, and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s Plaza Grounds, where the Met will present recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies. The festival kicks off on Fri 26 with a screening of 1985’s Oscar-winning campfest Amadeus.
The Art of Storytellin: Outkast Tribute Party Baby’s All Right; midnight; $10
Belt out “Caroline!” and dance like a maniac to “Hey Ya!” “Ms. Jackson” and more at this buck-wild celebration, which strictly features songs from Big Boi and Andre 3000.
Samantha: Comedy at the Pleasure Chest; 8pm; free
Liz Magee turns sex-positive adult toy shop The Pleasure Chest turns into her own comedy den at this monthly show. Bring your own beer and witness comics including Emily Winter, Christi Chiello, Dina Hashem and more give their most confident, empowered stand-up. If more than just your funny bone is feeling tickled, you’re in luck—there’s a 15 percent discount on merchandise throughout the store.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Marcus Garvey Park; 7pm; free
Once again, the city becomes a movable ode to Bird for a weekend in August. While this fest may be named for the legendary Charlie Parker, SummerStage’s jazz program isn’t stuck in the past. This year’s boundary-pushing talent, presented over three days, includes composer Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Sextet, keyboardist Jason Lindner’s Breeding Ground and piano powerhouse Jason Moran.
House of Yas Dollhouse Party House of Yes; 9pm; Free with R.S.V.P. before 11pm, $15 entry
Create your own Barbie World at this party from the insane minds of House of Yes. While dance music blasts courtesy of Lauren Flax, Mike Swells and more and blow up dolls jump around the dancefloor, you can get your sensitive areas bejeweled, try your hand at the Gender F*ck Stripper Pole or play around in the sex toy pop up shop. If you never felt like your childhood dolls represented you, now's your chance to make plastic fantastic.
Quiet Clubbing Festival Coney Art Walls; 4pm; $25–$50
Bust a move without bursting your eardrums when you control the volume and style of music you're dancing to at Quiet Clubbing's largest silent disco ever! Participants put on a special set of wireless headphones, choose from nine different DJs—each plays a different genre like hip-hop, throwback and mashups or Top 40—and get to grooving. Best of all, if you want to get to know that cutie you've been grinding with, just take off your headphones and start chatting.
Indonesian Street Festival Indonesian Consulate; noon; free
Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day with a joyous street gathering featuring crafts, performances and plenty of bites. For this year’s “Bali and Beyond” edition, the fest packs more than 10 traditional dances, Angklung instrumental performances, fashion shows and workshops on batik textiles and other Indonesian fabrics and designs. For the full experience, be sure to dish on nasi goreng rice, bakso meatball soup and other street eats from over a dozen vendors.
Gotham Girls Roller Derby Championship John Jay College of Criminal Justice; 6pm; $25
The interborough rivalry gets settled for the season as the roller-skating powerhouses of the Brooklyn Bombshells take on the Manhattan Mayhem for the title of champion in a final, hard-hitting match.
Never Sleep Alone Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $45, participants $25, plus $12 minimum
Talented character actor and cabaret comic Roslyn Hart plays "sexual psychologist" Dr. Alex Schiller in this interactive bash. The doctor’s goal: getting the audience in the mood with a few choice tunes and making sure all the single people in the audience hook up.
Brüt B.B. King Blues Club & Grill; 11pm; $30
DJ Dan Darlington helps you work up a sweat at this party for scrufftastic, burly dudes and the men who love them. At this edition, he's joined by Peter Napoli, and Eddie Elias for a late night of deep, dangerous dancing.
The Silence of the Lambs Entirely From Memory Videology Bar & Cinema; 9:30pm; $10
A crew of insane improvisers including Molly Gaebe, Ryan Chittaphong, Willy Appelman and more will watch 1991's The Silence of the Lambs and then attempt to perform the entire story without a script...one week later. At the mercy of the audience, this crew is likely to take this already bananas thriller in a totally new direction.
Go Topless Day 2016 Meet at W 58th St and Eighth Ave; 11am; free
The Times Square ladies won’t be the only ones baring their chests during Go Topless Day 2016. In fact, all those who support gender equality are welcome to free the nipple and proudly march through Manhattan during the Pride Parade. If you didn’t already know, it’s 100% legal to roam around New York topless (yes, even out in the open at the best NYC parks), so unhinge your bra, take your top off and screw the patriarchy during one of the best and most scantily-clad NYC events in August.
The 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn Green-Wood Cemetery; 10:30am; free
Green-Wood Cemetery hosts this immersive event at the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Meet soldiers on horseback, taste authentic battle fare like fire cake and join a flag-waving parade to Battle Hill.
Horizn Aqua RooMate Grace Hotel; 2pm; $10–$20
One of NYC’s steamiest daytime parties updates the bathhouse experience for a dance party at the Grace Hotel. While Joe Pacheco spins pulsing jams all day, you can dance, drink, soak in the indoor pool (and the attached bar) or even take a peek around the sauna.
100% Outer Space Party Littlefield; 8pm; $10
Head to Littlefield for a party that feels like adult astronaut camp, as a range of astrophysicists, comedians, burlesque performers and more take the stage for performances all about the final frontier.
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