The 5 Best Things To Do In NYC Tonight, August 26

August 26, 2014 9:00 AM


Tonight in New York City: Celebrate three years of the Yum’s the Word storytelling series, meet filmmaker Stuart Murdoch, or learn about life on other worlds at the Hayden Planetarium. By Carly Petrone.

Yums the Word

Yum's The Word (credit: Nolan Conway)

Yum’s The Word (credit: Nolan Conway)

More: The 8 Best Ice Cream Shops In Manhattan

It’s time to celebrate three years of Yum the Word, the fun series that is a cross between old-fashioned birthday parties and modern-day storytelling. Robin Gelfenbien is the woman behind the show (and the homemade ice cream cakes). This month’s theme is Tough Cookie. Listen as storytellers Desiree Burch, Andy Christie, David Crabb, and Dawn J. Fraser share their experiences on stage starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to play with Mad Libs and balloon animals before the show begins. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Red Hook Flicks: On the Waterfront



More: Brooklyn’s 5 Best Bars Off the Beaten Path

If you haven’t seen On The Waterfront starring Marlon Brando, tonight’s your chance. Make your way over to Valentino Pier for Red Hook Films final screening. The audience voted and the Neighborhood Choice is in fact Elia Kazan’s 1954 classic movie – could it be because it’s set in Red Hook (but was shot in Hoboken)? Watch Brando star as the once-promising boxer Terry Malone as he attempts to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Load up on lobster rolls, Red Hook Dawgs, and Cape Cod Chips and don’t forget dessert. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies and King Leche Cremes will also be available. Now you have to come, right? Film starts at 8:30 p.m.

Cynthia Sayer’s 2nd Annual Hot Strings Festival



More: Best Live Music Venues In New York

Unwind during Cynthia Sayer’s 2nd Annual Hot Strings Festival. Join this backyard after-work party tonight from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with live music by Bruce Molsky, Andy Statman, and more. Listen to some bluegrass, strings, and jazz during this final installment of the sixth annual Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival happening in the courtyard behind City Winery. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Astronomy Live: Life on Other Worlds

Astronomy And Vision

More: NYC’s 6 Best Stargazing Spots

Join Jackie Faherty and Carter Emmart tonight at the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater for the Astronomy Live: Life on Other Worlds lecture. During this program, they will use the vast atlas of the Digital Universe to take a voyage through the nearby solar neighborhood and to explore exotic new worlds, their potential for life, and the strange but beautiful vistas one might see from the planets at the forefront of astronomical discoveries. Sounds exciting, right? Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13.50 for seniors/students, $12 for members. Event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Meet the Filmmaker: Stuart Murdoch, “God Help the Girl”



More: 5 Best Places For Film Buffs In New York

Stop by the Apple Store in SoHo tonight at 7 p.m. and meet writer/director Stuart Murdoch. He’ll talk about his whimsical musical feature film, God Help the Girl, which captures one summer of possibility as three rootless young souls form a pop group in Glasgow. Murdoch knows a thing or two about this world, since he is also lead singer of indie pop group Belle & Sebastian. Learn more tonight. Reserve your spot here.

For the latest on all of the Tri-State’s events and happenings, follow us on Twitter!

Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

Watch & Listen LIVE