Tonight in New York City: Listen to John Lithgow talk about his latest film, enjoy a a night with the Morbid Anatomy Museum, or learn the traditional drumming and dancing unique to West Africa. By Carly Petrone.
Family Drumming: West African Drum and Dance
Inwood Hill Park
Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Head over to Inwood Hill Park and join a drum circle. Learn the traditional drumming and dancing unique to West Africa. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played before, now’s the perfect time to try. Event goes from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reel Pieces: Love is Strange
Annette Insdorf sits down with director Ira Sachs and actor John Lithgow tonight at the 92nd Street Y as part of the Reel Pieces series to discuss the new film Love is Strange. Watch a screening of the film, which centers on the story of a same-sex couple (Lithgow and Alfred Molina) who is getting married after decades of long-term commitment. But their wedding leads to complications, as financial and real estate challenges force them to live separately till an affordable apartment can be found. Enjoy this preview of the acclaimed film and learn more about it tonight starting at 7:15 p.m. Please call 212-415-5500 for ticket availability and prices.
Flicks on the Beach: The Lego Movie
Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
Bring the entire family down to Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk to watch The LEGO Movie tonight. Watch as an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied “Special” is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Admission is free and screening begins at dusk.
A Night with the Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Stop by Brooklyn Bridge Park for “A Night with the Morbid Anatomy Museum: Readings from the Morbid Anatomy Anthology.” Authors Michelle Legro, Colin Dickey, Melissa Milgrom, and Evan Michelson will read from their works. Books Beneath the Bridge is a free summer literary series that features outdoor readings curated by local, independent bookstores. Event starts at 7 p.m.
Asian American International Film Festival
City Cinema East Village
The Asian American International Film Festival continues with two screenings tonight. First watch the East Coast premiere of Ghina, the documentary by Oscar nominee Christina Choy at 6 p.m. The film gives an unswerving investigation into the ongoing Chinese investment and construction in Africa through interviews with workers, investors, and scholars by providing both local and alien perspectives. Stick around for a Q&A with Choy. At 8:30 p.m. watch Chang Tso-chi’s A Time in Quichi, which tells the story of a boy’s coming of age during his summer vacation in the rural Quchi. Away from the familiar high-tech gadgets, Bao begins to see his grandpa’s idyllic life with a fresh eye and finds creative means to engage in the surrounding. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $11 for seniors/students. Festival runs through August 2nd.
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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.