Free Things For The End of July Weekend

FINALLY Mama Nature has chilled out, meaning this weekend is shaping up to be epic, and no doubt we’ll all be out in full force.

Tonight, if there are still tickets left, put down the styrofoam cups and head across from McCarren to the Animation Block Party at the Automotive High School, where starting at 8p The Big Sleep will woo you before a smathering of great animation shorts. After party is at Matchless, if not all over the streets. Tickets are $10.

If you’re rather in the free/arty mood, check out the Devotion Gallery right now, whose exhibition AIRtime opens tonight with some pretty interesting collabs.

If you don’t mind leaving the hood and hearing some good music, the much-loved Chad Vangaalen plays at the South Street Seaport series with rising stars Avi Buffalo.

Speaking of animation, did we mention that Chad’s make our day?

One last option is to head down south to Prospect Park Bandshell and see The Swell Season (made famous as the stars of film Once) and The Low Anthem rock out.


Beautiful day. Check out a few of these, please.

Greenpoint’s Human Chess-to-the-Death Match

Renowned Italian conceptual artist and two-time Milano Chess Invitational Champion Santo Tolone will face-off against locally lauded Douglas Paulson in Greenpoint’s Human Chess-to-the-Death Match.

Please join these competitors on the sidelines, or better yet: on the battlefield. It will take nerves of steel to be one of the 32 pieces. This is not an exercise in standing still. There will be dance moves, cussing, war-cries, face painting, and many many secret tricks up your sleeves. (Those sleeves, drinks, and tricks will be provided.)

In Dougherty Park
[h/t Nonsense]

If we weren’t already busy trying to catch Animal Collective and Sonic Youth, we’d be dancing the day away at Frolic, the annual electronic music dance party in Central Park…

Or stay in the ‘burg and check out Vol.2 of JellyNYC’s ROCKYARD concert series. The bands are none-too-familiar, but the videos freak us out in a wonderful way that recalls the WTF-ness of the Cheryl parties.

Also highly recommended is Pierogi gallery’s 2nd space, The Boiler, which will be showing Gregory Barsamian‘s incredible kinetic sculpture Saturday and Sunday only, noon-6pm before the show closes. Don’t miss it.

And for all the Zine-sters out there, you’ll be torn between the Mini Zine Fest at Pete’s Candy Store from 3-7pm and/or heading to Manhattan for The Camera Club of NY’s Zine and Self–Published Photo Book Fair from 1–6pm in its gallery space at 336 West 37th Street, Suite 206.


This Afternoon
Cloudy with a chance of showers with isolated thunderstorms. Near steady temperature in the lower 80s. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Too bad, when two ladies such as tUnE YarDs and St. Vincent will be making Central Park even lovelier this afternoon.

If you wanna play it safer, take advantage of free coconut water, DJ sets, Darlings and Ted Leo at the Pool Parties’ Block Party.

But the real surprise free show tonight is Julian Lynch, The Sunsheds, and Baby Alpaca at The Delancey. Doors open at 8 for this, so there’s no excuse for not coming here after the afternoon traipsing.

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