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NYC events, concerts and more to hit this week

There's always so much to do in NYC.

But you already knew that.

Of your many, many options, here are our picks.

Candytopia (opens Aug. 15)

This interactive candy exhibit, which has drawn the
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

This interactive candy exhibit, which has drawn the likes of Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, James Corden and Wiz Khalifa from California, has more than a dozen rooms and art installations including a swimming pool filled with about half a million giant marshmallows; unicorn-pig hybrids that fart confetti; a candy-covered Sphinx sculpture; and candy recreations of such artworks as the "Mona Lisa," Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and Rodin's "The Thinker." See inside here. ($34, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 145 W. 32nd St., showclix.com)

'Bronx Now' exhibition (through Sept. 8)

Bronx-based artists have the spotlight in this exhibition
Photo Credit: Roy Baizan courtesy The Bronx River Arts Center

Bronx-based artists have the spotlight in this exhibition by BXNYCreative. Sculpture, paper, photography, painting, graffiti and live performance are on display by artists like John Ahearn, Roy Baizan (photo pictured), Julius "Terrible Tkid170" Cavero, Ivan Gaete, Devon Rodriguez, Rhynna M. Santos and Natalie C. Wood. (Free, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, bronxriverart.org)

YogaNoir (Aug. 15)

New York City's health department and Sisters and
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New York City's health department and Sisters and Brothers Thrive are hosting a free yoga session for the African-American community on Wednesday. According to the department, African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health challenges than the general population and yoga has been effective in increasing happiness, wellness and health. Participants will get a free yoga mat and water bottle. (Free, two sessions, 6 and 7 p.m., The Great Hill on 106th Street in Central Park, eventbrite.com)

Brooklyn Cider House Live Music Thursdays (Thursdays)

Discover new music at Brooklyn Cider House's new
Photo Credit: Lily Brown

Discover new music at Brooklyn Cider House's new Live Music Thursdays, where you can tap your foot and sip a hard cider (frosé or New York State wines and beers). The schedule includes Pueblo on Aug. 16; Mississippi Cotten on Aug. 23; Adam Bricks on Aug. 30; James Maldonado Jazz Quartet on Sept. 6; and The Sweet Tooth Jazz Band on Sept. 13.

(No cover, 7 to 9 p.m., 100 Flushing Ave., brooklynciderhouse.com)

Free outdoor movies

Head to the movies outside this summer. Here's
Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

Head to the movies outside this summer. Here's what's playing:

Aug. 13: "The Fifth Element" at Parklife in Brooklyn, 8:30 p.m.; "Thelma and Louise" at Bryant Park, sunset; "Pulp Fiction" at Azul on the Rooftop in Manhattan, sunset;

Aug. 14: "Hair" at Central Park, 6:30 p.m.; "Silence of the Lambs" at Valentino Pier in Red Hook, 8:30 p.m.; "Gremlins" at Jackson Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.

Aug. 15: "Crooklyn" at Central Park, 6:30 p.m.; "Lady Bird" at Pier 63 Lawn in Hudson River Park, 8:30 p.m.; "Desperately Seeking Susan" at Nowadays in Bushwick/Ridgewood, sundown; "WALL-E" at Riverside Park South's Pier 1, 8:30 p.m.; "Die Hard" at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, sunset; "Tampopo" at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, 7 p.m.; "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" at Weldon Johnson Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "The Incredibles" in Juniper Valley Park in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Osborn Playground in Brooklyn, 8:15 p.m.; "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at Greenbelt Rec Center on Staten Island, 8:30 p.m.; "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 16: "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" at Central Park, 6:30 p.m.; "The Sandlot" at 28 Liberty in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Love & Basketball" with DJ Reborn at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 6 p.m.; "Hook" at Rooftop Reds in Brooklyn, $30, 7 p.m.; "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" at Seabury Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "The Goonies" at Beach 108th Street Roller Rink in Rockaway Beach, 8 p.m.; "Toy Story 3" at Col. David Marcus Playground in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Little Giants" at Father Macris Park on Staten Island, 8:15 p.m.; "A Dog's Purpose" at Frank Frisch Field in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 17: "The Muppets Take Manhattan" at Central Park, 6:30 p.m.; "The Karate Kid" (1984) at Pier 46 at Hudson River Park, 8:30 p.m.; "A Wrinkle in Time" (rain date Aug. 24) on Roosevelt Island, 7 p.m.; "This One's For The Ladies" at Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, $16; "Selma" at Hansborough Rec Center in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "A Wrinkle in Time" at Jacob Schiff Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Hancock Playground in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Ferdinand" at the Playground for All Children in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 8 p.m.; "The Lion King" in Von Briesen Park on Staten Island, 8:15 p.m.; "Avengers: Infinity War" in Bloomingdale Park on Staten Island, 8:15 p.m.; "The Karate Kid" (1984) at Hudson River Park's Pier 46, 8:30 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m. Here's a full lineup of movies this summer.

Missions & Martinis (Thursdays)

Do happy hour differently. Step into the role
Photo Credit: Scott Frances

Do happy hour differently. Step into the role of James Bond after dark at the Spyscape spy museum on summer Thursdays. With entry to the museum, you'll get a free drink at the bar and snacks between 6 and 10 p.m. ($45, 6 to 10 p.m., 928 Eighth Ave., spyscape.com)

Rock N' Bowl (Aug. 14)

This bowling benefit by the Young Professionals Advisory
Photo Credit: Melinda Oswandel

This bowling benefit by the Young Professionals Advisory Council includes a three-hour open bar with wine, beer and a specialty cocktail along with light bites, bowling, pool, a silent auction raffle, music by DJ B MAJR and more. Proceeds will go toward the T.J. Martell Foundation's cancer research programs. (Starting at $75, 7 to 10 p.m., Lucky Strike Manhattan, 624-660 W. 42nd St., tjmartell.org)

The real 'BLACKKKLANSMAN' at Alamo Drafthouse (Aug. 16)

The real-life inspiration for
Photo Credit: David Lee

The real-life inspiration for "BlacKkKlansman,' Ron Stallworth, will be at a special viewing of the film and will sign copies of his book afterward. John David Washington (Denzel Washington's son) stars as the veiled lawman, directing a fellow detective (Adam Driver) as he makes his way up a local KKK chapter's ranks. ($25, 7 p.m., 445 Albee Sq. W., Brooklyn, drafthouse.com)

Investigate Lower Manhattan street art

Not all graffiti is artistic, but lower Manhattan
Photo Credit: 3rd Culture Creative

Not all graffiti is artistic, but lower Manhattan -- the place that nurtured singular talents such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat -- boasts both street art cred and artistic importance. Take this two-hour/1.5-mile tour, which includes both a visit to Basquiat's old studio and the largest street mural in Manhattan, learning along the way about the birth and progression of graffiti culture. ($15 to $20, 1 p.m. daily through 2018, from East Houston and Lafayette streets to 109 Mulberry St. grafftours.com)

Restaurant Week (July 23 to Aug. 17)

Check out our guide to Restaurant Week to
Photo Credit: Boulud Sud

Check out our guide to Restaurant Week to make sure you take advantage of two-course lunches ($26) and three-course dinners ($42) at some of the city's best restaurants.

Free concerts in Times Square (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Broadway Buskers, Broadway actors and composers doing original
Photo Credit: Times Square Alliance

Broadway Buskers, Broadway actors and composers doing original work perform hits and musical theater favorites each Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., including Daniel Quadrino ("Wicked," "Newsies," and "Bye Bye Birdie") Joey Contreras and Albert Guerzon ("Mamma Mia," "Ghost," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Escape to Margaritaville"). There are also free concerts on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring artists from around the world. timessquarenyc.org

Outdoor Lunchtime Summer Concert Series (Wednesdays)

Hear live funk, classic rock and opera at
Photo Credit: Lincoln Square Business Improvement District

Hear live funk, classic rock and opera at this free series every Wednesday beginning through August 29. Musicians include The Drew Anderson Trio, The Meetles, Sheriff & The Deputy, Yaz Band, Calliope Brass, Receta Secreta and the Opera Collective. If you're not dancing, you can take part in a free yoga class by the West Side Y or eat your lunch. (Free, noon to 2 p.m., Richard Tucker Park at Broadway and 66th Street, lincolnsquarebid.org)

Vinyl Nights (Thursdays)

A big dance party by Mobile Mondays! takes
Photo Credit: Mobile Mondays!

A big dance party by Mobile Mondays! takes place every Thursday in front of Madison Square Garden, where dancers, hula hoopers, hustle dancers and more gather together. DJs Operator Emz, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs, Just Blaze, Misbehaviour and DJ Woof spin tunes during this weekly event. (Free, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Plaza 33/33rd Street and Seventh Avenue, mobilemondaysnyc.com)

Mindful Mondays at Bocce

Each Monday you can relax at Bocce USQ
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Each Monday you can relax at Bocce USQ with this weekly workshop focused on wellness and self-care with refreshments. Classes will include yoga, barre and more. (Free, 8 to 10 a.m., 20 Union Square West, eventbrite.com)

Citi Summer in the Square (Thursdays)

Every Thursday, get access to free fitness classes,
Photo Credit: Liz Ligon

Every Thursday, get access to free fitness classes, movie nights, shows, live music and dueling performances through August 9 at Union Square. At lunch time, the New School of Jazz performs and in the evening, a dueling performance show will entertain you. You can also take a fitness class (dance, cardio and sunset yoga) hosted by New York Health & Racquet Club or run with the Paragon Run Club. In August, you can also catch an outdoor movie screening of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" on the 2nd and "Hairspray" on the 9th. (Free, summerinthesquare.nyc)

Live at the Archway (Thursdays through Sept. 20)

Live at the Archway in DUMBO is back
Photo Credit: Stephen Yang

Live at the Archway in DUMBO is back with free performances, public art and more beneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway. Don't miss out on music by the all-female Brazilian drum line FogulAzul NYC and Ljova and the Kontraband (June 14), the lead singer of Thievery Corporation Natalia Clavier (June 21), The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn (July 5), JSWISS (August 30) and Gangstagrass (September 13). (Free, 6 p.m., across from the Pearl Street Triangle, DUMBO, dumbo.is)

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