Tonight in New York City: Brush up on your volleyball skills, watch Donald and Daisy Duck fan fiction come to life on stage, or learn more about Manhattanhenge. By Carly Petrone.
Adult Volleyball Clinics
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Want to amp up your volleyball skills Head over to Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight at 5 p.m. and take a group lesson from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. Learn advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills. The volleyball court awaits!
New Music in Bryant Park
New Music in Bryant Park returns for its sophomore year tonight. This classical-contemporary and jazz series kicks off tonight with a live performances by World Time Zone and Sybarite5. Running through August 5th, this series features two ensembles each week, one that plays in classical style, the other plays jazz. Enjoy your Friday evening with some live music along the Upper Terrace starting at 6 p.m.
Wordhack: An Exploration of Language and Technology
Head over to Babycastles tonight for Wordhack: An Exploration of Language and Technology. Enjoy an evening of performances that explore the deep intersection of these two fascinating topics. Code poetry, digital literature, e-lit, devArt, coders interested in the creative side, writers interested in new forms writing can take, all are welcome. Just a few of tonight’s participants include David Clark (media artist), Justin Petropoulos (author, poet), Andy Dayton (artist and programmer), and Derek Baron (percussionist and composer). Want your 5-minutes of fame? Just show up at 6:30 and sign up for one of the slots. Event begins at 7 p.m. and there is a $5 cover.
Make sure you go outside at 8:16 p.m. tonight to see the magnificent site that is Manhattanhenge. It only happens twice a year, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. Want to learn more about it? Jackie Faherty will guide you through the history and astronomy behind this fascinating phenomena in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium tonight starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($13.50 for members and students/seniors).
The funny folks from the Blogologues comedy show are back with a special animal-themed show. Known for creating hilarious sketches based on wacky online material, tonight’s performance doesn’t disappoint, with the actors recreating Donald and Daisy Duck fan fiction live on stage. You’ll hear stories about men who think they’re lady lizards, furry cruises, and much much more. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door. Performance runs through August 2nd.
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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.