Our curated events list for this week: Bare! true stories of sex, desire and romance at Union Hall, Amateur Night at The Apollo for Harlem Week 2012, and rock climbing & zip lines for Summer Streets.
MONDAY, JULY 30: Each month, Bare brings together storytellers, comedians, sex educators and others to share true tales from their own experiences of sex, desire and romance. With stories as diverse as the people telling them, Bare! opens doors to bedrooms, back seats and dungeons to tell what your mama left out about the birds, bees, and in-betweens. This month, our wheeling and dealing storytellers cut the deck with tales of wild cards. Hosted by Jefferson. With Bill Chambers, Kerri Doherty, Lisa Kirchner, Bridget O’Neill, and Musical guest Mindy Raf. One lucky audience member will win Bare’s sex-toy raffle, courtesy of Babeland. Union Hall, 702 Union Street, near Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn. 8-10p; $8.
TUESDAY, JULY 31: Pop-up yoga: instructor Jan O’Connell leads enthusiasts through poses on the Hudson River waterfront in West Harlem Piers Park. For the uninitiated, there are a number of benefits””not only does yoga stretch and tone your muscles, it also has a way of making stress melt away (which may be just what you need at 5:30pm on a Tuesday). No prior experience is required, but yoga mats are not provided, so it helps if you have your own to bring along. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1: Tonight’s show is part of the Amateur Night at the Apollo’s grand salute to Harlem Week 2012. William Torres from WHCR-FM will co-host and the cast of the New Haarlem Arts Theatre’s “Sweet Charity” will perform in celebration of this month-long community event. Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Watch as contestants try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. Who will move on to the next level of competition? At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Tickets: $19, $25, $29 – In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office or call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Your ticket gets you one free drink at a Harlem restaurant with HARLEM ENGAGE!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2: Attend a free book reading and lecture by Joe Flood at the NYPL. This visual presentation examines the epidemic of fires that swept New York City in the 1960s and ’70s. It is an account of New York City’s comprehensive implosion during that period, including failures in systems analysis, the work of the Lindsay-appointed fire commissioner, John O’Hagan, and the RAND Corporation. 6:30-8:30 pm.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3: Take a minute to check out the Brooklyn Flea Food & Beer at the Archway in DUMBO. Every Thursday & Friday in August, sample offerings from Asia Dog, Landhaus, Brooklyn Oyster Party, Mile End. 11:30am-4:00pm at the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4: Summer Streets. On August 4, 11 and 18 from 7 am to 1 pm, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike. From the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets you can rock climb at Spring Street, receive a free bike helmet at 51st Street, soar through the air on a zip line at Foley Square or just stroll along and experience the city’s streets in a new way-all for free.
Also on Saturday: Amadou & Mariam and Theophilus London at Central Park. Do us a favor and go listen to “I Stand Alone,” the terrifyingly catchy single from London’s debut album Timez Are Weird These Days. Then just try not going to this show. If you’re still not convinced, consider Amadou & Mariam, a married, blind Malian duo who collaborated with popular acts like Santigold, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and London himself on their newest album. 3-7 pm. FREE. For more info, visit summerstage.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5: For stillspotting nyc: staten island, sound artist Justin Bennett and poet Matthea Harvey present Telettrofono, an audio walking tour that braids history with fantasy along and around the waterfront. Telettrofono will be offered in the St. George and New Brighton neighborhoods of Staten Island for four summer weekends: Starting from a stillspotting nyc kiosk, located at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George, visitors will take a soundwalk, guided by an approximately one and a half-hour recording. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, July 14—15, 21—22, 28—29, and August 4—5, from 12 pm—7 pm. Visitors will receive a map and iPods will be available in exchange for a photo ID until 5 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for members. Advance registration is strongly suggested.