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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.

Woodstock photo exhibit (through Aug. 30)

Catch C. Parker Gallery's 30 days of peace,
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Tucker Ranson

Catch C. Parker Gallery's 30 days of peace, love and artwork in an exhibit that features artwork from many of the original Woodstock performers such as Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, The Who, plus an original painting from Graham Nash. The exhibit, "The Art of Woodstock," will also include a special collection of fine art photographs from Woodstock, including of Joan Baez, Santana, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who, and others, by official photographer Baron Wolman who documented the festival for Rolling Stone Magazine. (Free; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays; 409 Greenwich Ave., Manhattan; cparkergallery.com)

East Harlem Giglio Italian Fest (Aug. 8-11)

Celebrate St. Anthony with a smorgasbord of food
Photo Credit: East Harlem Giglio Italian Fest

Celebrate St. Anthony with a smorgasbord of food (sausage and peppers, zeppole, Italian specialties, cannoli, pizza, gyros, steak, bracciole, shish kebabs, lemonade, ice cream, biscotti), live music by a live band, "The Sopranos'" star Al Sapienza and Deborah Rennard, a sausage and pepper eating contest, a "Freestyle for a Cure" concert, Giglio dancing and much more. (Free to attend; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday; Pleasant Avenue between 114th-115th streets, East Harlem; eastharlemgiglio.org)

Mostly Mozart Festival: 'Under Siege' (Aug. 8-10)

See the climactic battle between the Chu and
Photo Credit: Ding Yi Jie

See the climactic battle between the Chu and Han armies in 202 B.C. which changed the course of Chinese history, through martial arts, contemporary and Chinese folk dance, gymnastics, and hip-hop by choreographer Yang Liping at Lincoln Center. Tim Yip (the Oscar winner for his production design of the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" has created "an intensely beautiful visual landscape," Lincoln Center says. ($65-$85; 7:30 p.m.; David Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza; lincolncenter.org)

Watch a movie outdoors

The city's parks (and some restaurant rooftops) are
Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

The city's parks (and some restaurant rooftops) are holding movie screenings throughout the summer, so grab a blanket and some snacks and head to any one of these coming shows before sunset, when most of them begin:

Aug. 5: "Anchorman" at Bryant Park; "Moana" at Rooftop at Pier 17 (Seaport District)

Aug. 6: "Real Genius" at Red Hook's Valentino Pier

Aug. 7: Dark Toons at Socrates Sculpture Park; "Tootsie" at Hudson River Park's Pier 63; "Babe: Pig in the City" in Prospect Park; "Kubo and the Two Strings" at Riverside Park's Pier 1

Aug. 8: "Dirty Dancing" at SIXTY LES (190 Allen St.); "Snatch" at Rooftop Reds (299 Sands St.); "The Big Lebowski" at Harbor View Lawn at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park; "Ghostbusters" at Union Square Park.

Aug. 9: "Trading Places" at Parklife (636 Degraw St.); "Crossing the Line" at New Design High School; "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "To the Unknown" by Michael Almereyda on Governors Island; "Incredibles 2" Hudson River Park's Pier 46

Free Jazz in Times Square (Thursdays)

Enjoy a free jazz concert in Times Square
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Enjoy a free jazz concert in Times Square (Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th streets) each Thursday night, from 5 to 7 p.m., with the city's best up-and-coming jazz artists, including:

  • Aug. 1: Anthony Hervey Quartet 
  • Aug. 8: Henry Conerway III Trio
  • Aug. 15: To Be Announced
  • Aug. 22: Andrew Renfroe Trio
  • Aug. 29: Alexis Morrast

Free exhibit of reclaimed rainforest sculptures (through Aug. 10)

Acclaimed sculptor Hugo Franca has reclaimed felled wood
Photo Credit: 1stdibs Gallery

Acclaimed sculptor Hugo Franca has reclaimed felled wood from deforestation measures in Brazil's rainforests to create sculptural furniture, which will be shown at the new 1stdibs Gallery, which showcases more than 50 exhibitors' antiques, art, and other items, through Aug. 10. (Free, daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 169 11th Ave., Lobby 4, 7th floor; Manhattan; 1stdibs.com)

Sunset Songs at Wythe Hotel (every other Tuesday through Aug. 13)

Sunset Songs is a lineup of free live
Photo Credit: Wythe Hotel

Sunset Songs is a lineup of free live performances on the hotel's rooftop space (at 80 Wythe Ave. in Brooklyn) curated by IAMSOUND at Lemon's by Jon Neidich and Golden Age Hospitality. Rising star and songwriter Zsela will perform on July 16, followed by duendita on July 30, and TOMI on Aug. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP on eventbrite.com.

Sony Square 'Ocean Dreams' (through Sept. 2)

Check out a digital screen aquarium featuring the
Photo Credit: Sony Square NYC

Check out a digital screen aquarium featuring the beauty of the New Caledonian Barrier Reef with an immersive audio and visual experience, ocean soundscapes, and lessons on underwater photography at Sony Square. (Free; from noon to 7 p.m.; 25 Madison Ave.; sony.com)

'Out of Office' exhibit (July 18 - Sept. 6)

A/D/O by Mini, a creative space in Brooklyn,
Photo Credit: Jenny Reagan

A/D/O by Mini, a creative space in Brooklyn, is opening a new exhibit that showcases conventional objects from 1950 to what may be in the future for the office space. A/D/O's atrium will also be transformed into an interactive installation called "Water Cooler Talk," with a live feed from Slack displayed. (Free; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 29 Norman Ave., Brooklyn; a-d-o.com)

Drop-in art making at Noguchi Museum (July 8-Aug. 12)

Every Monday through Aug. 12, the Noguchi Museum
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Every Monday through Aug. 12, the Noguchi Museum is inviting the public to create their own works of art across a range of mediums, including printmaking, collage, watercolor, mixed media, clay and wire sculpture. Space is limited and first come, first served. (Free; 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays; the Queens Public Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, Queens; preview.queenslibrary.org)

Summer spritzes & lobster boil at the Boathouse (Tuesdays through Aug. 27)

Take a break in your workweek by heading
Photo Credit: Loeb Boathouse Central Park

Take a break in your workweek by heading to the Central Park Boathouse for an evening of live music, a beach-style lobster boil, and Italian spritzes made with Carpano Bianco vermouth, prosecco, and freshly-squeezed Grapefruit Juice. Seating is first-come-first-served. (4 p.m. through sunset on Tuesdays; Loeb Boathouse Central Park, East 72nd Street and Park Drive North; thecentralparkboathouse.com)

Free SVA Lunchtime Lectures (Tuesdays)

Take a break mid-day to hear from prominent
Photo Credit: Kalup Linzy

Take a break mid-day to hear from prominent artists like Gary Simmons and Kalup Linzy (pictured) at SVA's free lunchtime series happening on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. through July. The programming will include topics from performance to visual technology, covering racial and gender identity, global politics and pop culture. (335 W. 16th St., Room 501; sva.edu)

17th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival (July 10-Sept. 20)

The free outdoor festival to celebrate soul cinema
Photo Credit: ImageNation

The free outdoor festival to celebrate soul cinema is kicking off with a screening of the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, shown in celebration of his 100th birthday, with special giveaways from the Jackie Robinson Museum including free birthday cake. Other screenings include "Black Girl Magic - Grace Jones: Bami & Bloodlight," "If Beale Street Could Talk," "Decade of Fire," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," and more at Harlem's parks. 

$30 cooking class at Yondu Culinary Studio (Thursdays)

Yondu Culinary Studio hosts vegetarian and simple home-cooking
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Yondu Culinary Studio hosts vegetarian and simple home-cooking classes every Thursday, using Yondu, a plant-based umami seasoning sauce, which concludes with a family-style dinner prepared by participants and paired with local beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. ($30; 7 to 9:30 p.m.; 254 Front St., Seaport District; yondu.us/culinary-studio)

Live At the Archway

DUMBO's Live at the Archway is back for
Photo Credit: 2018 Philip Greenberg

DUMBO's Live at the Archway is back for the summer with free concerts and interactive arts every Thursday beneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway. This month, swing by for a performance by Dandy Wellington (Aug. 8), Alsarah & the Nubatones (Aug. 15), Say She She (Aug. 22), and The Good Folks and Motteo (Aug. 29). Events are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. with headlining acts taking the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Summer Fitness Series at Brookfield Place (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Take a free workout class at Brookfield Place
Photo Credit: Brookfield Place

Take a free workout class at Brookfield Place during the summer while you look over the river with the Statue of Liberty in the distance. The schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, Aug. 3: 30/60/90
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7: 30/60/90
  • Saturday, Aug. 10: TBD
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14: TBD
Find out more at bfplny.com 

Rooftop Rhythms at The Box House Hotel (Thursdays)

Rooftop Rhythms combines drinks with skyline views and
Photo Credit: iStock

Rooftop Rhythms combines drinks with skyline views and dancing in one event. Salsa all night long (and for beginners, learn how) with a live DJ and performances by professional dancers each Thursday this summer. ($25-$60; The Box House Hotel, 77 Box St., Brooklyn; theboxhousehotel.com)

See a street-art celebration in Brooklyn (through August)

A wide-ranging program also including film, lectures and
Photo Credit: Amanda Bessette POSE 2019/Lyndon French

A wide-ranging program also including film, lectures and live performances, "Beyond the Streets" is an international exhibit featuring pieces from graffiti artists, photographers, sculptors and other creatives souls inspired by styles taken from street art. ($25; 25 Kent Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn;  beyondthestreets.com)

Explore the Rosé Mansion (through Sept. 30)

This pop-up 32,000-square-foot fun house gives grown-ups a
Photo Credit: James Coletta

This pop-up 32,000-square-foot fun house gives grown-ups a chance to play in a ball pit and a tree house, or to lounge in cabanas -- all while sipping and sampling rosé wines. ($45 on weekends and $35 on weekdays before 5 p.m.; open Wednesday to Monday; ticket price includes eight tasting samples of wine, wineglass, collectible pin; 111 W. 32nd St., Manhattan;  rosewinemansion.com)

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