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Your Weekend Agenda

Events to check out this weekend, June 22–25.

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Happy Pride!   

1. Lace your weekend with free shows at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, beginning Thursday night with experimental rockers Yeasayer, Poliça, and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Friday is a Coltrane tribute by Brooklyn Raga Massive followed by tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and on Saturday New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels is joined by Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and Kirk Knight. Attend one, or all three.

2. And SummerStage has the city covered, with a free lineup in Red Hook's Coffey Park including Margaret Glaspy on Thursday, Just Blaze on Friday, Florida rapper Denzel Curry on Friday, and KRS-One on Sunday, kicking off with a hip-hop-dance workshop.

3. While over at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem is The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, on Friday evening, also free...

4. And in Central Park on Friday you'll find an exploration of Portuguese sounds, with The Gift, Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot, and Sofia Ribeiro. On Saturday, the Blue Note Jazz Festival presents the Robert Glasper Experiment, Phony Ppl, and Tank and the Bangas. So much to choose from!

5. The Lower Manhattan Council’s River to River Festival wraps up this weekend, concluding 12 days of over 100 free performances of dance, music, theater, and the visual arts, at sites spanning Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.

6. And If you’re headed to the Rockaways, this Friday, the Riis Beach Park Bazaar has jazz by the Hot Club of Brooklyn. On Sunday, RSVP for tunes by Preachermann and the Revival.

7. It's Pride Weekend! The official events roster is jam-packed, including a "men at work"–themed Fantasy party on Friday. On the same evening Mary Lambert performs at Moxie, a glammed-up after-work lady-focused event.

8. From Friday to Sunday, stop by Pride Island at Hudson River Park, a three-day cultural extravaganza with performers including Patti Labelle and Nelly Furtado. A fireworks display closes out Sunday evening.

9. And of course there's the march on Sunday, kicking off at noon and running from 36th Street and Fifth Avenue to Christopher and Greenwich streets. For the first time ever it will also be broadcast on ABC7, from noon to 3 p.m.

10. Improv fans should snatch up tickets for the Del Close Marathon, running Friday through Sunday over 12 venues and with shows including "Bobby and Friends" with Bobby Moynihan; "Apples & Oranges," where Matt Walsh and Jon Glaser fully improvise a show; a show called "No Butt" where all the characters have no butt, and ASSCAT 3000, with OGs Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Amy Poehler, plus Horatio Sanz, Tim Meadows, and more. Reservations aren't accepted for that one, so good luck.

11. It's the 200th birthday of the bicycle, and the 17th annual Bicycle Film Festival celebrating its contribution to society through music, art, food, and more than 50 films. Catch one at Anthology Film Archives.

12. And over at Pioneer Works is Grand Ole Opera, a large-scale art installation by Tennesseans Willie Stewart and Brent Stewart that examines the relationship between dogma and musical transgression, and includes a revival tent housing a roster of noise, metal, and rock concerts. This weekend it's the underground duo Lightning Bolt with Kill Alters and Twig Harper on Friday and Black Pus (Brian Chippendale, drummer of Lightning Bolt) with Burning Star Core and Eartheater on Saturday.

13. This Sunday, possibly the scariest roller coaster in existence, the Cyclone, turns 90, and Luna Park in Coney Island is throwing a free bash, with face painting and performances by the Harlem Globetrotters and Fabolous. While you're down there, stop by Coney Island Brewery for a special beer just for the celebration named 90 Years Young, coming in at 9 percent ABV.

14. And if it's beer you're after, stop by Three's Brewing on Thursday for a pre-Pride party and the launch of their new beer, Gender Neutral. The night features a DJ set by Kandylion, and a portion of the event and beer sales will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign. Drink up, happy Pride, and happy weekend!


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