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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.

U.S. Open events

Fan Week: The public can walk through the
Photo Credit: Getty Images for USTA

Fan Week: The public can walk through the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for free from Aug. 21 through Aug. 26 and see players participate in the U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament.

The U.S. Open Experience: Enjoy two free days of tennis activities (Aug. 22-23) at Brookfield Place, including cardio tennis, match viewings, and Heineken Happy Hours. brookfieldplaceny.com

Alejandro Escovedo (Aug. 20)

This Mexican-American punk veteran will play songs from
Photo Credit: Nancy Escovedo

This Mexican-American punk veteran will play songs from his new album "The Crossing," which is about the American immigrant experience and his own journey. Don Antonio, the all-instrumental Italian group that also played on the record and MC5's Wayne Kramer, The Stooges' James Williamson, Joe Ely, The Only Ones and others will join him. ($35 to $50, 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St., citywinery.com)

Indie Beauty Expo (Aug. 22)

Beauty gurus, listen up. More than 240 indie
Photo Credit: Indie Beauty Expo

Beauty gurus, listen up. More than 240 indie beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands from all around the world are going to be in one place this week (O'o Hawaii, Julie Mollo!, Moon Bath, Ikoo and Plant Apothecary among others). The expo, which will have exclusive show specials such as gifts with purchase, upgrades and discounts, will give shoppers an opportunity meet brand founders and other beauty lovers while getting a first look at the newest products. ($39 to $195, 5 to 9 p.m., Pier 36, 299 South St., indiebeautyexpo.com)

Citi Taste of Tennis (Aug. 23)

Top tennis players and New York City's award-winning
Photo Credit: Citi Taste of Tennis

Top tennis players and New York City's award-winning chefs are teaming up to celebrate tennis and food. Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and other stars will join Iron Chef Morimoto, who will do a cooking demonstration. The party will continue with "Taste of Tennis After Dark," a dessert-tasting experience in the Citigold Lounge from 9 to 11 p.m. with tennis player Gael Monfils, pop violinist Ezinma and treats with crafted cocktails. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Wellness in the Schools, which inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. ($150 to $400, 7 to 10 p.m., Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., tasteoftennis.com)

'Say My Name' open mic (Aug. 23)

Crystal Valentine, an award-winning poet, and Kamilah, a
Photo Credit: Vonecia Carswell Photography

Crystal Valentine, an award-winning poet, and Kamilah, a singer-songwriter hailing from the Bahamas who was recently named a semifinalist in AfroPunk's Battle of the Bands, will perform with others (Ceci Pineda is pictured) at this themed open mic night. "Say My Name" means to ask the question about what it means to demand that you are "acknowledged as a woman or femme of color in a society that doesn't always value your voice and experiences." (Suggested donation $10, proceeds go to Girls for Gender Edquality, 7 p.m., Ode to Babel, 772 Dean St., Brooklyn, bgssaymyname.eventbrite.com)

Ruff House Rescue adoption event (Aug. 23)

Small breeds and city-friendly pups are looking for
Photo Credit: Ruff House Rescue

Small breeds and city-friendly pups are looking for forever homes and you could be the one. Ruff House Rescue is bringing adoptable puppies to HGU New York Hotel on Thursday and those who adopt will get two free cocktails. There will also be cameos by Instagram pup personalities. (3 to 8 p.m., 34. E. 32nd St., ruffhouserescue.org)

‘The End Of The World Party’ (through Aug. 26)

Sprayground, a luggage and backpack brand, is going
Photo Credit: Sprayground

Sprayground, a luggage and backpack brand, is going all out for their New York City pop-up. The shop's exterior will be wrapped in a red leopard print and the pop-up will show off a 10-foot-tall transformer-made luggage, called "Luggator." and 7-foot-tall statues of Sprayground characters -- The Dragon Bear, Gold Astronaut and Money Bear. (Free, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., 5 Times Square)

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)

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. 20: "Jumanji" at Forest Park in Queens, 7:30 p.m.; "RV" in Cunningham Park in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Rainey Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Rebel Without a Cause" at Parklife in Brooklyn, 8:30 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Coney Island, 7 p.m.; "The Terminator" at Bryant Park, sunset; "Mean Girls" at Azul on the Rooftop in Manhattan, sunset;

Aug. 21: "The BFG" at Col. Young Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Pitch Perfect 3" at Lemon Creek Park on Staten Island, 8 p.m.; "Everything, Everything" at Carroll Park in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Paddington 2" at the Lost Battalion Hall Rec Center in Queens, 8 p.m.; "Singin' in the Rain" at Poe Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Coco" at Valentino Pier in Red Hook, 8:30 p.m.;

Aug. 22: "Alice in Wonderland" (1951) at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, 7 p.m.; "Thor: Ragnarok" at Booker T. Washington Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Harry Maze Playground in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at the Unisphere in Queens, 8 p.m.; "His Girl Friday" at Blood Root Valley on Staten Island, 8 p.m.; "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Blade Runner 2049" at the Pier 63 Lawn in Hudson River Park, 8:30 p.m.; "Lords of Flatbush" at Nowadays in Brooklyn, sunset; "Up" at Ricerside Park South's Pier 1, 8:30 p.m.; "This is Spinal Tap" at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, 6 p.m.; "Alice in Wonderland" with Morricone Youth's psychedelic tunes at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, 7 p.m.; "Kedi" at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, 7 p.m.

Aug. 23: "The Goonies" in Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island, 8 p.m.; "Pan! Our Music Odyssey" at Canarsie Park in Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Despicable Me 3" at Alfred E. Smith Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Wonder Woman" at Hunts Point Rec Center in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "The Princess Bride" at 28 Liberty in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Frozen" at Clinton Cove, 8:30 p.m.; "Wonder Woman" with DJ Miss Hap at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 6 p.m.; "Pick of the Litter" at Fort Green Park, Brooklyn, 8 p.m.; "Birdcage" at Rooftop Reds in Brooklyn, 7 p.m., $30;

Aug. 24: "Celebration of Modern Caribbean Cinema" in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, 7:45 p.m.; Lee Daniel's "The Butler" at Hansborough Rec Center in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Spider-Man Homecoming" at Carmansville Playground in Manhattan, 8 p.m.; "Tomb Raider" (2018) at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park on Staten Island, 8 p.m.; "Paddington 2" in Westerleigh Park on Staten Island, 8 p.m.; "Black Panther" in Pelham Bay Par in the Bronx, 8:30 p.m.; "Coco" at Pier 46 in Hudson River Park, 8:30 p.m.; "A Wrinkle in Time" on Roosevelt Island, 7 p.m.; "Planes" by Disney/Pixar at Intrepid Museum, sunset; 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)

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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