Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for August 5′s best events, from Haim and Sleigh Bells at Brooklyn Bridge Park to Atomic at the Acorn Theatre.
1. MUSIC: Haim and Sleigh Bells at Brooklyn Bridge Park
With its unobstructed view of downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a lovely place to hang out at dusk. See one of the buzziest bands of a few years ago and one of the buzziest bands of now when Sleigh Bells and Haim bring the monster riffs to this very denim-clad edition of the “Live in Levis” series. It’s a free show, but RSVPs are full. Fortunately, as of now, numerous people are re-selling their e-tickets online.
DETAILS: 8pm; RSVP closed but tickets may be available on resale sites; 334 Furman St., Brooklyn; liveinlevisnyc
2. BOOKS: David Yow: Copycat: And a Litter of Other Cats at WORD
You may know David Yow as the frontman for influential noise rock bands Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard, but did you know he’s also way into cats? See the multi-talented musician’s softer side at this in-store event for his new book of punny cat portraits, Copycat (and a Litter of Other Cats). In it, you’ll find adorable images for “cat burglar,” “tom cat,” “catatonic” and more. Ask him about his favorite cat, his visual arts background and what he thought of that disastrous Vice party he played.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn; wordbookstores.com
3. ART: Another Look at Detroit at Marlborough Chelsea
In the minds of many New Yorkers, Detroit is just a fuzzy area somewhere in the middle of the U.S. map labeled “urban blight.” But while it certainly has its problems, it also has a rich history as a meeting place for artists, musicians and other creators. Take “another look at Detroit” at this show spotlighting some of the city’s artistic achievements of the past 150 years. Artists showcased include Anna Sui, Nick Cave and the Destroy All Monsters collective.
DETAILS: 10am-6pm; free; 545 W. 25th St.; marlboroughchelsea.com
4. THEATER: Atomic at the Acorn Theatre
There’s an off-Broadway musical about the creation of the atomic bomb? Strange but true! Playing now at the Acorn Theatre, Atomic (subtitle: The Idea That Shook The World) tells the story of the Manhattan Project, the secret government program that was ultimately successful in creating the bomb that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and changed international relations forever. Watch scientist Leo Szilard struggle with his conscience in this rockin’ new musical about war, ethics and love.
DETAILS: 7pm; $69.25; 410 W. 42nd St.; atomicthemusical.com
5. COMEDY: ComedyJuice featuring TJ Miller and Todd Barry at Gotham Comedy Club
Each Tuesday, the comedy production company ComedyJuice presents a solid lineup of working, mid-level comics at the very respectable Gotham Comedy Club. This week, it’s being headlined by Todd Barry, whose name you might not recognize but who will make you go “oh, that guy!” when you see him (and not in a bad way). Also: TJ Miller, who plays the douchey one on Silicon Valley. Go to drink and drink and laugh and laugh until you forget that it’s only Tuesday.
DETAILS: 9:30pm; $15 plus two-drink minimum; 208 W. 23rd St.; gothamcomedyclub.com