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Get Ready to Samba at the Seaport: Brasil SummerFest Starts Tomorrow

(photo: Brasil SummerFest Facebook page)

(photo: Brasil SummerFest Facebook page)

Yep, it’s official. New York has once again become an urban swamp, with the muggy, mosquito-filled realities of the tropics blending seamlessly with the stinking sidewalks of the city. It’s like a caipirinha with no cachaça. But fear not, for the key ingredient arrives tomorrow in the form of Brasil SummerFest.

Now in its fifth year, Brasil SummerFest claims to be the “largest and most important international Brazilian music festival in the world.” With last year’s attendance peaking at 22,000 and this year’s event extended to 10 days and spread out across the city from Lincoln Center to the South Street Seaport, it’s become a hard fact to argue.

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Nitehawk Teams With Tribeca Film Fest to Celebrate Local Yokels

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If you missed Applesauce when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, here’s your second chance to watch Onur Tukel’s film involving sex and dismembered body parts (not together). The Aug. 18 screening will kick off Nitehawk’s newly announced series, Local Color, featuring shorts, animated features, documentaries and narrative films from up-and-coming NYC filmmakers (naturally, there will also be Q&As).

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Peep the Lineups For Rockaway’s Outdoor Film Fests, One Curated by Greta Gerwig

(Photo courtesy of Rockaway Civic Association)

(Photo courtesy of Rockaway Civic Association)

Not only has Greta Gerwig unleashed a new clip from her forthcoming movie with Noah Baumbach, Mistress America (out Aug. 14), but she just unveiled the lineup of the outdoor film series she curated for The Palms in Rockaway. Among the flicks that will be screened inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).

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Anarchy-Lovin’ Film Fest to Occupy Local Community Gardens

11119867_985279054836993_1839671042149029268_o (1)It’s no secret the East Village has gone through immense changes over the last few decades, but some institutions from the pre-$20 cocktail days have stuck around. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, a DIY project that occupies the storefront of C-Squat, is dedicated to preserving the history of that squat and others. And MoRUS’s third-annual film fest, I Heart NRCHY: Subversion & the City continues the narrative of political and social activism and anarcho-community organizing.

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And the Headliner For Out in the Streets Fest Is…

downloadWe’re not quite ready to say the city’s festival season is wrapping up, but we’re not gonna hold back from advising that you get your shit in beer-gear as soon as humanly possible and start really packing it in for the tail end of summer. This weekend Out in the Streets convenes in Ridgewood for the third year in a row and they’ve been holding out on announcing their headliner until this past weekend. So in case you missed it, ogle the top of that lil flyer there and you’ll notice that Mr Twin Sister (the band formerly known as Twin Sister) has joined the pack of some of the best indie acts the area has to offer.

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5 Live Comedy Shows That Riff On Themes, From Lust to Hate

Sure, comics are notorious navel-gazers, but the fun themes at these recurring shows encourage them to dig for more than just belly button lint.

HowILearnedThe How I Learned Series
July 29, 8 pm at Union Hall: $6 advance, $10 at the door
The latest installment of this series, “You Don’t Have To Go Home But You Can’t Stay Here,” promises to be worth the price of admission. This show about getting kicked out of bars, being the last loser at a party, “the pursuit of fun,” and stupid decisions will feature Isaac Oliver, Ophira Eisenberg, Nancy Balbirer, Kate Greathead, Lynn Bixenspan and host Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

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These Pop-Ups Are Your Top Shop Opps

The law has spoken: leggings are not pants and the sidewalks of New York are not your yoga mat. So toss out the athleisure wear and take advantage of these two shopping opportunities. 

unnamed (15)The Vintage Twin NYC Pop-Up Shop
July 22 to 29 at 42B W. 14th St., Union Square
Morgan and Samantha Elias, the titular twins who operate this roving vintage shop, usually pop up in the slim space at 355A Bowery, but this time they’re slipping into something a little more comfortable. “It’s going to look like we took over a vacated Gap store,” Morgan promises of their larger space on West 14th Street. But don’t expect plain-Jane, off-the-rack designs: The Eliases buy ’60s-to-’90s pieces from estate sales and then adapt them by, say, turning a gown into a short skirt, or sewing a section of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bedsheets onto a denim jacket. Plus, we’re told a “jean-ius” will be on hand at a “denim bar” to size each customer for the perfect fit of Levi 501s or Wranglers.

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This Dance Series Is About to Give New Meaning to Flexing On the Beach

Image courtesy of Beach Sessions.

Image courtesy of Beach Sessions.

Like the rest of Bushwick, Black & White Project Space is making a weekend escape to Rockaway Beach. On Aug. 1, the studio (part of Black & White Gallery) will launch a contemporary dance series on the sand at Beach 81st Street. During Beach Sessions, four local choreographers will make use of a 360-degree stage and channel the surrounding seascape into dance.

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Bring a Rod to Governors Island and Catch Some Haring

You used to be able to see Keith Haring’s art just by ducking into the subway — now all you have to do is catch a ferry to Governors Island. Not only are photos of the East Village legend’s subway squiggles on display at an exhibit of downtown public art, but you can also peep this Haring hologram.

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Free Films in Tompkins Kicked Off Last Night, James Franco’s Pick Coming Soon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

While we’ve been packing our picnic baskets for SummerScreen, Rooftop Films, Nitehawk’s Summer Series, Films on the Green, and the films at Socrates Sculpture Park, one of our favorite outdoor movie series has remained relatively mum about its plans. But the folks behind Films in Tompkins recently wrote in to tell us that, yes, they’re once again bringing a big screen to Tompkins Square Park this year. Not only that, but in the spirt of Greta Gerwig’s forthcoming film fest in Rockaway, series founder Darin Rubell (owner of Forrest Point and Boulton & Watt) has tapped some celebs to pick the flicks.

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Do Rooftop Yoga or Ride a Mechanical Bull at These Al-Fresco Foodie Frolics

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It’s getting to that point in the summer where doing much of anything besides moving that lawn chair to the kiddie pool and cracking open your daily 40 seems interminably arduous. For hell’s sake, you’ve been wearing the same sweaty tank top, bucket hat, and cut-offs ensemble for, like, weeks now, dude. Pull yourself together and get to some of these combination music-food-shopping-booze-drink affairs. You’ll realize economy of movement as well as restoration of dignity.
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Wanna Fake Stab Someone in Dumbo On Friday? Come Out and Play!

Come Out and Play 2014 (Photo: Lia Bulaong)

Come Out and Play 2014 (Photo: Lia Bulaong)

Stick with me here for a sec. OK, so you’re blindfolded and holding a “knife” (retractable) in a “graveyard” (technically, Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza), stalking out an opponent you need to “impale” (prod) for victory. For those still reading, as you may suspect I’m describing a kind of game. Specifically, it’s titled Rose Macbeth and forms one of the many “big games” on offer this Friday evening at the 10th annual Come Out and Play: After Dark festival.

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