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Daily 5: Opening Day for Public Pools, TromaDance Film Festival, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for June 27’s best events, from Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at Highline Ballroom to the 15th Annual TromaDance Film Festival at Paperbox.


Dry Dock pool in Manhattan's East Village (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Dry Dock pool in Manhattan’s East Village (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

1. POOLS: Public Pools open

As summer bears down on us with everything it’s got, why not cool off at one of New York’s numerous free outdoor public pools? They open today, signaling the season is officially in full swing. You’re not allowed to bring much of anything in with you, but maybe you can use the opportunity to focus solely on the joy of swimming? And hey, it’s free.

DETAILS: 11am-7pm; free; various locations;

2. MUSIC: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at Highline Ballroom

From his time spent singing in the Dead Kennedys to his spoken word material to his political activism, Jello Biafra has long kept the punk rock flame burning. See the living legend throw down with his latest provocatively named project, which includes Andrew Weiss (Rollins Band, Ween, Butthole Surfers) on bass, at Highline Ballroom tonight. With song titles like “The Terror of Tiny Town,” “Three Strikes” and “SHOCK-U-PY!,” it’s bound to be a rabble rousing time.

DETAILS: 6:30pm; $17-$20; 431 W. 16th St.;

3. FESTIVAL: Nolafunk Crawfish and Music Festival at Governors Beach Club

Get a taste of New Orleans culture without springing for a plane ticket at this fun-sounding food and music festival. There’ll be performances from some very Nola acts, like the Rebirth Brass Band, funk/jazz combo Bonerama (no comment on the name) and DJ Logic… and of course, piles and piles of crustaceans prepared by “Shaggy, the Nola Crawfish King.”

DETAILS: 4pm; $39.50-$50; 1 Carder Rd., Governors Island;

4. FILM: The 15th Annual TromaDance Film Festival at Paperbox

Fans of Troma Entertainment’s bizarre, low-budget horror-farces will be pleased to know Troma’s putting on a festival once again this year, and it’s free to all. Best known for the 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger, Troma has produced, acquired and distributed over 1,000 independent films over the past 40 years, each more WTF than the last. The fest’s offerings include such beloved classics as Deadly Coitus, Stroke of the Devil and Play Dead, Grandpa. The “dance” part comes during the after party, which costs $10 and features various local punk bands.

DETAILS: 5pm-10pm; free; 17 Meadow St., Brooklyn; TromaDance Film Festival

5. PARTY: DES:ART – Ice Cream Art Party, Beer Tasting & Trunk Show at Bar Catalonia

Do you enjoy free ice cream, beer tastings, classy swimwear and the art of painting? Because all those things are colliding at this event put on by the We Are Raw Process Art Collective. Over the course of six hours at combo bar/gallery Bar Catalonia, there will be beer tastings by Port Jefferson Brewing Company, ice cream by SoCo Creamery, live painting by WARP and a swimwear mini-boutique by Ladaska Mechelle. Don’t overdo it on the treats if you want to fit into the swimsuits.

DETAILS: 6pm-12am; free; 206 W. 41st St.; DES:ART Party

Want even more fun? Check out 15 Things to Do in July50 Free Things to Do This Summer and 10 NYC Summer Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss.

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