Upcoming Events:

A CINEMATIC LOVE LETTER Filmed in 1985 and released in 1987, “No Picnic” tells the story of Macabee Cohen, a failed musician on a quest for an elusive dream girl who may offer him a shot at redemption. Part of the HOWL! Film Festival. Pictured above is David Brisbin. Aug. 25-31. Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 E. 3rd St. at Ave. A. $9. 212-591-0434. Photo by Anne Chauvet.

Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St, www.jewsinamerica.org: Monday Night Film Series “Editing America” celebrates 20th-century cultural icons appearing in award-winning films, thru Sept. 19.

CB’s 313, 313 Bowery, 212-677-0455, www.cbgb.com, Wed., Aug. 24, 8pm: Going Out of Reality Sale – Help Save CB’s, give an acoustic song, a poem, a joke, a rant, a short performance or just hang out and let your presence be your protest, $3.

dixon place, 258 Bowery, 212-219-0736: Through Aug. 29-HOT! The 14th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture, annual festival featuring over 100 artists presenting their newest and most challenging work over the course of 8 weeks, call or go to dixonplace.org for more information or for tickets, which run from $10-$15.

Educational Alliance Art School, 197 E. Broadway, bet. Jefferson & Clinton, 212-780-2300 x378, www.edalliance.org/artschool: Wed., Sept. 7, 5:30-7:30pm, Open House – See the studio and art demonstrations, meet teachers, register for a class and get $20 off. Fri., Sept. 19 – Adult art classes begin: welding, photography, ceramics, stone carving, clay sculpture, figure drawing, painting, ink drawing, beginning drawing & watercolor; evening, daytime & weekend classes; $190-$350.

Enchantment, 341 E. 9th St., 212-228-4394, Art in Odd Places, Part of the HOWL Festival, Aug. 21-28, 1-8pm, free, www.artinoddplaces.org.

here arts center, 145 Sixth Ave., 212-868-4444: Through Aug. 21-The American Living Room Festival, featuring six original multi-disciplinary productions developed by resident artists, call or go to www.here.org for more information and schedule, all performances start at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10-$15.

HurryDate, 646-435-8264, www.hurrydate.com, Go on lots of real live dates all in one fun night out. Wed., Aug. 17, Falucka, 162 Bleecker St., men ages 24-32, women 21-29; Tues., Aug. 23, XL Lounge, 357 W. 16th St., gay men 21-39; Tues., Aug. 30, Alibi, 116 MacDougal St., Jewish men & women 25-35. Doors open at 7pm, dating starts at 7:30pm. $37, includes drink specials.

NYC Century Bike Tour, www.NYCcentury.org, Sun., Sept. 11: Linking NYC’s breathtaking bridges and beautiful parks to its incomparable neighborhoods and famous waterfronts, you will see the world’s greatest city like you’ve never seen it.

ramakrishnananda center, 96 Ave. B., 646-436-7010, www.ramakrishnanda.com: Sat. – Festival of the Holy Names, live meditative music and chanting as an expression of spiritual devotion, 4 p.m., call ahead. Sat., Aug. 27, 12-4pm, Meditation Workshop – Explore a variety of contemplation and concentration techniques which create the suiting conditions for meditation to occur, pre-register.

take me to the river festival 2005, various locations, 212-533-PARK: Through August-Various events for the whole family including free movie nights, music, amateur boxing and other events, call or go to www.hudsonriverpark.org; through Aug. 26-RIVERFLICKS, free screenings of movies throughout the Summer, including family movies at Sundown on Fridays at Pier 25, and Slacker movies on Wednesday nights at Pier 54, call for schedule, or go to the website.

union square park, Union Square, 212-460-1200: Aug. 17-Summer in the Square finale, featuring music, theater and dance, from 12:30 p.m., free.

Neighborhood Hot Spots & Organizations:

collective unconscious, 279 Church St., 212-254-5277.

the kitchen, 512 W. 19th St., 212-255-5793.

lower manhattan cultural council, 120 Broadway, 212-219-9401.

EAST VILLAGE HISTORY AT HOWL! Alphabet City… III, a new series of monologues based on East Village interviews, spotlights the vital history and present diversity of the Lower East Side. Series of three separate solo performances. Aug. 17-21 and 24-28. Wed. – Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 7pm; Sat. & Sun. at 2 and 4pm. Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. 4th St. $15 for one evening, $10 for additional evening, $30 for all 3 in series. 212-995-5302. www.metropolitanplayhouse.org.

A CANDID LOOK AT MOTHERHOOD Part of the New York International Fringe Festival, “You Mutha,” a one-woman show starring Jennie Fahn, pictured above, is an energetic romp through the gory details of motherhood for anyone who is a mother or has a mother. Fri., Aug 12 – Sat., Aug. 27. 8/12 at 5pm; 8/13 at 2:15pm; 8/14 at 7pm; 8/17 at 6pm; 8/20 at 2pm; 8/21 at 8:30pm and 8/27 at 7pm. Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 2nd Fl. $15. 212-279-4488. www.fringenyc.org.

NEW PLAY AT THE FRINGE FESTIVAL “Ponzi Man,” premiering at the 9th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, explores the issue of white-collar crime and its life-altering effects on an upper class Jewish family in New Jersey. Pictured above are Jane Purcell Dashow, left, Steven Savona and Marlene Wallace. Sat., Aug 13 at 2:15pm; Wed., Aug. 17 at 6:30pm; Fri., Aug. 19 at 3pm; Mon., Aug 22 at 8:45pm and Sat., Aug. 27 at 9:30pm. Connelly Theatre, 220 E. 4th St. $15. 212-279-4488. www.fringenyc.org.

A SURREAL WEST VILLAGE PERFORMANCE Enjoy a program of five short plays, originally written in French and spanning from 1920-1953, entitled “On the Banks of the Surreal.” Pictured above are Niae Knight (bottom), Dirk Weiler and Rachel Lu in a scene from “The Gas Heart.” The Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank St. Aug. 4 – 21. Tues. – Sat. at 8pm & Sun. at 6pm. $20, $15 students & seniors. www.TheaterMania.com.