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Let’s give a big ol’ HIP HIP HURRA (which means HIP HIP HOORAY in many other languages including but not limited to Spanish and Norwegian) for a slightly less soul-melting weekend! The forecast is still toasty, but about half the humidity, SO I WILL TAKE IT. Plenty on deck to get you outta the house INCLUDING Jeff Goldblum IRL, goat yoga, a SLIME EXPO and more! But maybe you’ve already got plans with your couch to watch the final season of OITNB, in which case you’ll be delighted to hear that that is our GIF theme! (I am personally delighted to hear that this is the last time we will have to listen to Regina Spektor sing the worst theme song of all time, aside from the one from The L Word!) Whatever the case, we’re about to get into ALL of the details momentarily. BUT FIRST…here’s what you might’ve missed on BYT this week if you were too busy peeling yourself off the post-heatwave floor!

Thursday July 25

  • For starters, CLEARLY grab $16 tickets to see a sneak preview of The Mountain ft. bonus Q+A w/ Jeff Goldblum at IFC Center! (Or if you can’t make it to that one, you can still see him introduce a later screening!)
  • Speaking of cinema, Nitehawk Williamsburg will present 8 short films for its The Future of Film is Female program, which is presented w/ MoMA! Q+A w/ the filmmakers to follow.
  • Plus Syndicated is all about the Harry Potter mania this week, and it continues tonight w/ $7 screenings of HP and the Goblet of Fire and HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban!
  • Too poor to shell out on movie theaters? Just get to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park for a free screening of Coco and live performance by La Santa Cecilia! (PS, Coco made me feel v. stressed out and sad!)

  • In terms of LOLs, it’s a new round of Pass the Aux at Union Hall! Tonight’s deep dive will be none other than Beyoncé, and lineup includes Milly Tamarez, Ziwe Fumudoh and MORE! Tickets are $10 a pop.
  • Or if you’re more in the market for tunes, you can catch The Get Up Kids at Bowery Ballroom for $34…
  • …or head to Central Park for Kurt Vile and the Violators! Tickets are $45.
  • Broke dot com? Make a beeline for a free Broken Social Scene show at Prospect Park Bandshell!
  • BUT MAYBE YOU JUST LOVE ROSÉ! In which case get to Books Are Magic for an evening w/ Erica Blumenthal + Nikki Huganir as they discuss Yes Way Rosé w/ Jordan Salcito! Also free!
  • Or if you’re a #MEGABURNER, then hit up Excess Baggage: A Burning Man Fashion Swap + Fundraiser at The Canvas by Querencia Studio! Tickets are $20+.
  • Lastly, it is the GRAND OPENING of Ribbit’s Frog World at Babycastles! Games! Tunes! Swamp vibes! $5-$10 sliding scale.

Friday July 26

  • Miss out on the Jeff Goldblum IRL action yesterday? Well LIFE FINDS A WAY at IFC Center! He’s there again doing a Q+A for an early screening of The Mountain, and an intro for the late screening!
  • Meanwhile, Syndicated is keeping up the Harry Potter insanity tonight w/ more $7 screenings of HP and the Goblet of Fire and HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban!
  • AND Get Out and The Babadook are both screening (separately) at Lincoln Center!
  • Plus be sure to swing by Domino Park to scope the opening day of HBO’s Stay Home to the Movies pop-up neighborhood of tiny homes ft. screenings of all sorts of rad stuff! FREE, and running thru Sunday!
  • If comedy’s more your jam, post up at Union Hall for TWO solid shows! The first is a Rachel Feinstein set ($15), and the second is New Material From Decaying Minds ft. Lorelei Ramirez, Ana Fabrega and more ($7-$10)!

  • We’ve also got The Space Lady playing Brooklyn Bazaar for $20! Always yes to this cover of Major Tom!
  • AND I’d highly recommend scoping Le Youth and Tee Lerrone on Elsewhere’s roof for $20-$25!
  • Plus The Get Up Kids are at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight for round TWO! Tickets are $29-$34.
  • Wanna add a dose o’ poetry to your tunes vibes? Hit up Rubulad for an evening w/ Grim Streaker, Sadie Dupuis and more! Tickets are $10.
  • Or if free = the magic word, then head to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center for a free show from Jeff Tweedy and Helen Gillet!
  • It’s also a new round of Italomatic over at The Breakers if you’re just in the mood to cut a rug to all things Italo / synth / new wave / 80s / Hi-NRG! Also free!

Saturday July 27

  • For starters, go do goat yoga! Yes, goat yoga! Yoga with goats! (Also lunch! And beer! And hiking!) It’s a big ol’ day trip leaving from Union Square, and tickets will run you $150. (MANY OF THE GOATS ARE WEARING PAJAMAS IN THE PHOTOS, FYI.)
  • It is also worth noting that there is a goddamn “Slime Expo” happening at Brooklyn Expo Center, which sounds heavily geared towards children, but I don’t know your life! Tickets are $20+.
  • Or if that sounds horrifying, just kick things off w/ Keanu posi-vibes at a brunch screening of Speed at Nitehawk Williamsburg or a brunch screening of Point Break at Nitehawk Prospect Park!
  • Later, Syndicated keeps chuggin’ along w/ Harry Potter mania w/ $7 screenings of HP and the Order of the Phoenix and HP and the Half-Blood Prince!

  • For comedy, hit up Union Hall for a new round of Cheap Date Comedy Show ft. Shalewa Sharpe, Gastor Almonte and Samantha Ruddy! Tickets are $8-$10 each.
  • (AND stick around for a new round of Super Video Bros! Tickets are $10-$15 a pop.)
  • In terms of #MUSIQUE, if you don’t mind a little beach day out at Asbury Park, you can catch another Sebadoh and Eleanor Friedberger gig at Asbury Lanes for $18+!
  • Speaking of Asbury Park, The Get Up Kids are on round THREE tonight at House of Independents! Tickets are $27+.
  • Or just go see Yonatan Gat in a graveyard for $25! You do you!

  • But maybe you are v. poor, in which case get to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park for Look at My Soul: The Latin Shade of Texas Soul ft. Lee Fields and the Expressions, Black Pumas and more! FREE!
  • Meanwhile, it’s Nick Zinner’s 41 Strings at 30 Rock ft. Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Paul Banks (Interpol), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith band), Angel Deradoorian (previously of Dirty Projectors), Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow, producer/songwriter with Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher), Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem) and MORE! Also free!
  • If d-d-d-d-dancin’s more your scene, then head to C’mon Everybody for a $5 Whitney vs. Mariah dance party, duh!
  • Or for something a little more daytime-friendly, hit up Knockdown Center for A Mid-Summer Reverie ft. art, performances ‘n more! Tickets are $30+.

Sunday July 28

  • First, get ready to skate your face off at CURLFEST, which is happening at Prospect Park starting at noon! Tickets are $30+.
  • Meanwhile, Syndicated closes out the weekend Harry Potter action w/ more $7 screenings of HP and the Order of the Phoenix and HP and the Half-Blood Prince!
  • For tunes, get to Bowery Ballroom for a $15-$18 Viagra Boys and Surfbort show!
  • Plus Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt has a $12 show at Union Pool!

  • Down to travel? Head out to the Stone Pony for a $40+ Flaming Lips show!
  • Meanwhile, Atlas Obscura’s Forgotten Garden Party ft. Armen Ra and Mr Twin Sister has been rescheduled from last weekend to TODAY! Tickets will set you back $70.
  • Or if it MAKES YOU HAPPY…THEN SEE SHERYL CROW AT PIER 17! Tickets are $60+.
  • Or if you wanna kick things off earlier, head to NOISE BRUNCH over at H0L0 ft. Dreamcrusher, January Hunt and more! Kicks off at noon, tickets are $15.
  • But my top early pick (partially because it’s budget-friendly but also because it rules) is a FREE Ela Minus gig back over at Union Pool! 2pm, be there!