BAM Cinemafest BAM Harvey Theater; various times; $16–$25
BAM’s stellar showcase of emerging filmmakers and indie legends returns for its ninth year with a jam-packed lineup. Check out promising films over the 12-day run, including Kumail Nanjiani‘s celebrated rom-com The Big Sick, Aaron Katz's thrilling Gemini (starring Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke), David Lowery‘s A Ghost Story (starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara), Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits (featuring Emily Browning, Chloë Sevigny, Jason Schwartzman, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe and former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz) and many more. If you're a little low on cash, be sure to check out the free outdoor screening of Jim McKay's Our Song on June 22.
Self-Defense Workshop with Pop Gym Bluestockings; 7pm; free
Radical bookstore Bluestockings invites you to work out and learn basic skills for protecting yourself at this free class.
Fran Drescher’s Cabaret Cruise Pier 40; 5:30pm; $500
The star of The Nanny welcomes Broadway performers, drag queens and famous friends to perform on the water in support of her nonprofit Cancer Schmancer.
Game of Thrones (TV) Trivia The Hill; 8pm; free
Contrary to Cersei Lannister’s opinion, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to trivia of HBO’s addictive TV series. The obsessive folks from Trivia AD are throwing the gauntlet with five brutal rounds of Westerosi trivia, so ready a team of up to four fans, and make sure you’ve read up on dragon etymology, Valyrian steel swords and Wildling tribes if you want to walk out with your dignity (and all your limbs). Strategize like a Lannister, but try not to drink like one.
Hill and Bay Trivia; 8pm; free
This Murray Hill bar hosts weekly trivia nights on Monday, during which you’ll be quizzed on categories such as “Must-see TV” and “All Time Favorite Movies.” Assemble a table of four and make sure to wear your thinking caps if you want to win $50 off your bar tab. This week, be schooled on the hit show that put mother and daughter relationships everywhere to shame: Gilmore Girls.
Out to Climb Brooklyn Boulders; 6pm; $32
As part of their Pride week celebration, Brooklyn Boulders hosts this cheerful climbing party, at which guests can mount the trippy rainbow route while Be Cute's Maddy Beats Horrorchata spins at the DJ booth. Between climbs, you can enjoy dinner from Avocaderia and beer by Long Island City Beer Project.
Bicycle Film Festival Presented by Clif Bar Anthology Film Archives; $14/screening, $23/day, festival pass $47
Witness animated films, shorts, docs and features that celebrate the lifestyles, challenges and triumphs of members of the global bicycling community.
Time Out Pool Party McCarren Hotel & Pool; 6:30pm; $49–$55, VIP $750
After a brutal winter and a chilly spring, it's time to indulge in a smoking hot summer. Head to this dope pool party at the McCarren Hotel, featuring complimentary Prosecco DOC, Core Water cocktails, vittles and giveaways. If you're down to lounge like royalty, opt in for the VIP ticket, which grants you and ten buddies a private lounge with unlimited cocktail service. Treat yourself!
Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment at various locations; 7pm; free
Join a carefully orchestrated celebration of whimsy during the fourteenth annual social experiment meets scavenger hunt. Prior to the Experiment, download this year's MP3 and install Improv Everywhere's app on your mobile device (the app synchronizes playback of the MP3, so you'll want that). On Wed 21, head to the appointed spot, pop in your earphones and prepare to do something silly. In previous years, participants have high-fived strangers, walked in slow motion and donned capes and shower caps for a water-gun fight on Governors Island. Expect a whole new set of wacky—and hilarious—activities at this year's edition.
BAE Lot 45; 7pm; free
BAE, a local collective "by women, for ALL," hits Lot 45 in Bushwick for a night of art, music and empowerment.
Needful Things Wise Men; 8pm; free
Nick Kelly, Fixx Invictus and friends serve deep house at this weekly soiree set in an eye-catching bar designed by sculptor and set designer Andy Harmon.
Big Gay Roller Skate Lakeside at Prospect Park; 6pm; $20, at the door $25
Skate to the sounds of Xanadu and Beyoncé at this joyous dudes' night on the rink. Enjoy a full menu and cocktails, and get to know new friends while twirling and spinning to your favorite pop jams.
Citi Summer in the Square Union Square; 7am; free
Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square Park hosts a full day of free activities, including yoga, cardio and bootcamp classes, lunchtime jazz, screenings of classic flicks like Back to the Future and The Karate Kid and a series of dueling performances, wherein pianists, beatboxers, dancers and guitarists square off to see who can put on the best show. Visit summerinthesquare.nyc to see the full lineup of events and drop in for some gratis outdoor fun.
Time Out Pride Arena; 7pm; $29–$35
Turn up your Pride weekend with Time Out New York at our special Thursday night rager, where we'll be celebrating with a few of our favorite things: dancing, drinking, divas and drag that will keep you gagging. And to keep you lit, Bud Light is on hand with unlimited beer. This year, we're partnering with the Ali Forney Center—New York's largest LGBTQ youth shelter. We'll be raffling off two tickets each to Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Miss Saigon! Please bring $2 cash to the event to enter into the raffle!
The Art of VR Sotheby’s; 9:20am; day pass $75, two-day pass $125
Explore the Great Barrier Reef, board a school bus for a field trip to Mars, fly on the back of a dragon and walk around inside a Vincent Van Gogh painting at this two-day virtual-reality festival boasting over 30 of the latest and greatest VR experiences. In the hands of the world's top artists, movie studios and software developers, you absolutely will believe your eyes.
R&B Festival at MetroTech 2017; noon; free
You just can't beat summer in NYC. Where else can you catch an outdoor performance from the likes of John Hammond, Sinkane, Tank and the Bangas and Preservation Hall Jazz Band free of charge on your lunch break? Take full advantage, New Yorkers, BAM's midday music series goes down every Thursday.
Cigarettes After Sex Park Church Co-op; 7pm; $15
This hauntingly dreary Brooklyn shoegaze crew sounds like everything its name suggests: smoky, sultry and heartachingly intimate. Singer-songwriter Greg Gonzalez' dusky voice is the highlight of the band's gloomy sound, strolling lazily through washes of droning guitar reverb.
The Moth Mainstage New-York Historical Society; 7:30pm; $25
The most trusted name in storytelling presents five top-notch raconteurs spinning yarns under the theme "Give Me Liberty." These talented tellers have developed their stories with the help of the Moth's directors, so you count on some especially spellbinding tales.
Boogie Nights at Sushi Roxx; 6:15pm; various prices
Fancy dinner and a show? This midtown spot provides both while serving tasty plates of sushi and other decadent bites in a vibrant and upbeat atmosphere. Watch in amazement as the restaurant’s performers knock your socks off with their expert dance moves and impressive pipes. Throwback lovers should definitely reserve a table on Thursday evening during the spot’s Boogie Nights promotion—the entertainers sport flared pants and disco garb while crooning the words to your favorite soulful and groovy tunes by Earth Wind and Fire, The Weather Girls and more. Trust us, your rump will be shaking in your seat.
Piano Party The Green Room 42; 9pm; free
Belt out your favorite ballads from Phantom of the Opera, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and other sing-along classics at this open-mic piano karaoke bash, emceed by Michael McAssey.