The 5 Best Things To Do In NYC Tonight, June 17

June 17, 2014 8:00 AM


Tonight in New York City: Learn how to cook Asian-style fish entrees, listen to live music in Washington Square Park, or watch the new compelling documentary about the late Internet visionary, Aaron Swartz. By Carly Petrone.

Dinner Express: Asian-Style Fish Entrees

(credit: Whole Foods Facebook)

(credit: Whole Foods Facebook)

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This week’s Dinner Express will teach you the techniques for preparing seafood using fresh and unique flavors of Asian flair. From nourishing soups to hearty stir-fries, you’ll learn new ways to make the perfect fish entrée. On the menu tonight: Vietnamese sour fish soup with tamarind, pineapple and okra; Chinese seafood and tofu casserole,; Thai fish curry custard steamed in banana leaves. Class goes from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and costs $35.

The Internet and Free Speech: A Preview of The Internet’s Own Boy



The Paley Center for Media

25 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY

The Internet plays a huge role in our daily lives. Tonight, The Paley Center will be screening the compelling new documentary about Internet visionary Aaron Swartz called The Internet’s Own Boy. Swartz, who helped create the web format RSS and build the social site Reddit, unexpectantly committed suicide last year. Director Brian Knappenberger will present the film, which traces Swartz’s motives in illegally making available academic articles from the MIT database. Afterward, experts and scholars of Internet history will examine the legacy of Aaron Swartz while discussing the meaning of free speech in the digital age. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for general public, $15 for members.

Washington Square Music Festival: Harmonica & Harp with Festival Orchestra



Washington Square Park

Garibaldi Plaza
New York, NY

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Enjoy the Washington Square Music Festival tonight starting at 8 p.m. Now in its 56th season, this free music festival of song will includes performances by harmonica soloist Robert Bonfiglio while Lutz Ruth conducts the Festival Orchestra in Heitor Villa Lobos’ Concerto for Harmonic, Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto for strings and harp from his Fifth Symphony. Stake out your spot in the park and take advantage of this beautiful weather and music by some of today’s most talented artists.

Pens & Pencils



Peoples Improv Theater

123 E. 24th St.
New York, NY

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Do you have a funny idea for a sketch? Head over to the Peoples Improv Theater tonight at 6 p.m. and sign up for Pens & Pencils, the comedy sketch jam that serves one purpose: to improve your writing. Performers-writers Jonathan Braylock and Scott Swayze host and allow you to have your sketches or characters bits read aloud. Eventually, you will get to see them played out on stage. There will be constructive criticism, rewriters, talks, and guest performers so come down and flush out your nugget of an idea. Tickets are $1.

Central Park Circuit



Central Park

Off 5th Ave. and 97th St.
New York, NY

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Who needs a gym when Central Park is in your backyard? Get fit with innovative exercises designed by top trainers to utilize the Park’s best natural features: rocks, trails, stairs, hills, and gorgeous open lawns. Maximize your strength and agility while increasing your flexibility and muscle tone during this one-hour class. Space is limited so make sure to get there early to sign up. Class begins at 6:30 p.m.

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

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