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Daily 5: Brooklyn Comedy Festival, ‘Web Junkie,’ More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for August 18’s best events, from the Brooklyn Comedy Festival to Web Junkie at The Film Forum.


Reggie Watts at the 2013 Brooklyn Comedy Festival (Photo: Rafe Baron/Courtesy of the Brooklyn Comedy Festival)

Reggie Watts at the 2013 Brooklyn Comedy Festival (Photo: Rafe Baron/Courtesy of the Brooklyn Comedy Festival)

1. PARTY: School Night at Brooklyn Bowl

For those folks who are lucky enough to have either flexible hours or boundless energy, Monday can be a tricky night to go out. (Yes, that is the sound of the world’s tiniest violin playing for you.) Luckily, Brooklyn Bowl is here to help with a weekly party showcasing up-and-coming bands you definitely haven’t heard of, plus bumpin’ tunes from DJ Equal (better than DJ Splenda!) and resident DJ John McSwain. It’s free with RSVP or $7 at the door, so plan ahead for cheap hangs. This week’s musical guests include Liam Bailey, Moses Sumney, Tropic of Pisces and The Mast.

DETAILS: 6pm doors, 8pm show; $0-$7; 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn;

2. COMEDY: Brooklyn Comedy Festival

Do you like to laugh, guffaw, chuckle and then go back to laughing? Then we suggest the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, which showcases both well-known and up-and-coming performers from all areas of comedy (sketch, improv, stand-up, etc.) With numerous cheap or free events at venues all over north Brooklyn, it’s a good way to get your laugh on for less. Mingle with comedians on a more personal level at the numerous after parties.

DETAILS: various times, prices & locations;

3. FESTIVAL: MoCADA’s Annual Soul of BK Festival

As gentrification continues its bloody march, leaving kale stems and destruction in its wake, Brooklyn’s older character continues to retreat. Rage against the dying of the light at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts’ annual celebration of the African diaspora’s effect on local culture. From a free jazz concert to a talk on the role of queer black women in film, it’s bound to be a pleasant week. Go and keep culture alive by enjoying it!

DETAILS: various times & prices (many events free); various locations;

4. FILM: Web Junkie at The Film Forum

For millions of kids in China and all over the world, online gaming is a mostly harmless leisure activity performed between homework and bedtime. But what happens when the virtual world becomes more real to them than their actual lives? Filmed at a Chinese rehab camp for internet-addicted teens, this documentary takes a disturbing look at the Chinese government’s awkward attempts at grappling with this widespread public health issue. Guaranteed to be eye opening.

DETAILS: various times; $13; 209 W. Houston St.;

5. THEATER: The Haze at Under St. Marks Theater

Interested in helping to develop a meaningful project or just want to take in some raw theater for free? Consider checking out The Haze, a new one-woman show that is currently in its workshop phase. Written and performed by Heather Marlowe and based on a true story, this play follows the fall-out after a young woman is drugged and raped and must conduct her own investigation. Yes, there will be cake to cheer you up if you’re feeling sad afterwards. No, we didn’t make that up.

DETAILS: 8pm; free with RSVP; 94 St. Marks Pl.; The Haze

Want even more fun? Check out 15 Things to Do in August50 Free Things to Do This Summer and 10 NYC Summer Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss

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