Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for July 30′s best events, from Heathers at McCarren Park to Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes at Bryant Park Reading Room.
1. FILM: Heathers in McCarren Park (with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger)
F**k me gently with a chainsaw, Heathers is playing in the park tonight! Grab your three favorite frenemies and head to McCarren Park for the dark high school comedy that launched a thousand imitators. From Winona Rider’s thoughtful journaling to Christian Slater’s sexy insanity, this flick never seems to get old. Get there before the movie to see Sean Lennon’s latest project, Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger, play fanciful folk-rock, along with Nymph and Mystical Weapons.
DETAILS: 6pm; free; N. 12th St. and Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; summerscreen.org
2. PARTY: Uptown Bounce: Roots at El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York
Get into the uptown spirit with the first of three blowouts happening at the Museo del Barrio and the nearby Museum of the City of New York. Kick things off on the terrace of the City Museum with the hip hop beats of DJ Tony Touch and the Latin rhythms of conga player Chico Cruz, then listen to a lecture on NYC graffiti at the Our City As Canvas Exhibition. Meanwhile, at El Museo del Barrio, there will be a set from Puerto Rican DJ duo D’Marquesina and a conversation with folklorist Elena Martinez. Edutainment!
DETAILS: 6pm-9pm; free with RSVP; 104th St. and 5th Ave.; mcny.org
3. BOOKS: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith at Bryant Park Reading Room
Have you ever wondered what Jay and Silent Bob (of Clerks fame) have been up to lately? Apparently, they’ve been working on a book called Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything, an illustrated collection which is now complete. See Jay and Bob (a.k.a. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) in the flesh at their Bryant Park book event at which Jay will be available to sign books to your heart’s content (Kevin Smith is more famous so he signed all the books beforehand). Will Jay once again do all the talking? It’s anyone’s guess.
DETAILS: 12:30pm-1:45pm; free; 42nd St. between 5th Ave and 6th Aves.; bryantpark.org
4. THEATER: Untitled Vampire Cowboys Project at New Ohio Theatre
Vampire Cowboys are an Obie Award-winning “nerd theater” company dedicated to creating action and dark comedy productions that are heavily influenced by comic books. Past works include Alice in Slasherland and Soul Samurai. Take a chance on their latest untitled production, which was written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Robert Ross Parker, both co-founders of the company. Performed as part of the Ice Factory festival of new plays at the New Ohio Theatre. Four nights only!
DETAILS: 7pm; $18; 154 Christopher St.; vampirecowboys.com
5. ART: Jerry Kearns: “RRRGGHH!!!” at Mike Weiss Gallery
Westerns, pop art and the Rapture collide in Jerry Kearns’ crazy creative (and somewhat political) paintings. Jesus is a prominent figure, often mixing with other American icons like the Joker, Beetlejuice and the devil as he rides around on horseback shooting his gun like a cowboy. What’s Kearns saying about the art world and the world at large? You can be the judge, but it seems pretty satirical.
DETAILS: 10am-6pm; free; 520 W. 24th St.; mikeweissgallery.com