1. Unearthly Animations and Radical Drawings at MoMA
MoMA, both exhibitions through January 7
MoMA eases out of the summer quiet with two new exhibitions: a presentation of the renowned Quay Brothers’ stop-motion animation and Eyes Closed/Eyes Open, three series of radical drawings.
2. Hudson River Park’s RiverRocks Festival
Pier 84, August 9, 6:00 p.m.
Three on-the-rise newcomers, Grimes, Wild Nothing, and DIIV, would make a ticket to this outdoor concert a worthwhile purchase. Even better: the show is completely FREE.
3. Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot)
Municipal Parking Lot, Ludlow and Broome, through August 18
See an election-year interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic political play Coriolanus in an appropriately modern setting, all while avoiding patrons trying to access their parked cars.
4. Watch The Sandlot in a Ballpark
Various Locations, through August 24
Rooftop Films Summer Series screens a wide variety of films in outdoor venues. You haven’t really experienced The Sandlot until you’ve seen it in a ballpark.
5. Microscopic Aesthetics
New York Hall of Science, through August 31
Who knew that a damselfly eye or corn tissue could be so beautiful and captivating? Check out these and other images of human, plant, and animal subjects captured through light microscopes, all winners of the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition.
6. Drinking and Drawing
Gowanus Print Lab, August 9
Thank God drinking and drawing isn’t against the law. Pints N’ Prints Figure Drawing provides unlimited beer for you to enjoy while you hone your figure drawing skills.
7. Dance Battles and Multimedia Showdowns
Postmasters Gallery, August 8 & August 11
August is going to get heated at these two battle-style performances presented by ARTyleria. Elka Krajewska and John Williams will compete head-to-head through sounds, video, and light. New Yak City is a two-on-two dance battle spanning street dance styles like b-boying, popping, and flexing.
Manhattan Bridge Anchorage in Dumbo, August 9
Three years in the making, this larger-than-life 1,000-ft. photo installation is a meditation on superheroes.