With the arrival of the Labor Day Weekend, superhero sequels and other big-budget formula fare recede on Hollywood’s release schedules, replaced by tempting scatterings of Oscar bait.
If you look at the Oscar nominees for Best Picture last year — or pretty much any year over recent decades — you’ll see that almost all the nominated films had release dates within the final four months of the calendar year.
This year looks to be no different. Most Oscar prognosticators believe that only one film released so far this year — Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” — has a real shot to be among the eight to ten Best Picture nominees.
Here’s my personal list of the ten films due out soon after Labor Day through the end of the year that I most want to see, based on the talent involved, word-of-mouth from film industry folks with whom I’m still in touch, and my own idiosyncratic gut instincts. Odds are half of these ten will be getting Academy Award attention when nominations are announced early next year.
This week the following, free events will be held outdoors in parks and other spaces open to the public.
Folk dancing at Stuy Cove Park
Folk dancing led by Christine Meyers
The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association presents an evening of folk dancing led by Christine Meyers.
The session will take place on Saturday, August 2 at 7 p.m. at the park. No experience is necessary and all are welcome to attend regardless of age or fitness level. In the event of rain the event will take place on Sunday, August 3.
Movies at Waterside Plaza
“Bend it Like Beckham”
Waterside Plaza presents the return of RCN-sponsored movie nights on the plaza throughout August. Films will be shown on August 4 (“Bend it Like Beckham”), August 11 (“Kung Fu Panda”), August 18 (“Moneyball”) and (“Invincible”) August 25 at 8 p.m. (dusk) each night. No rain date. Event is cancelled if it rains.
Additionally, on August 16 at 8 p.m., Waterside will hold its first international food festival outside on the plaza. Event occurs rain or shine.
Films in Tompkins presents screenings on Thursdays throughout the summer in the park, presented by Howl! Arts. See the Films in Tompkins Facebook page for updates.
On Aug. 7, “The Labyrinth” will be shown.
On Aug. 14, “Midnight Cowboy.”
Concert series concludes at Madison Square Park
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Madison Square Park Conservancy will conclude the twelfth season of Mad Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series on Aug. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m., with a performance by Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Concerts take place on the Oval Lawn of Madison Square Park. The park is located at 23rd St. between Madison and Fifth Aves. Concerts occur rain or shine and are appropriate for the whole family. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic (no chairs allowed. For more information, visit madisonsquarepark.org.
Traveling theater in the East Village
“EMERGENCY!!! or The World Takes A Selfie,” a musical comedy about a New York EMT worker, will tour city streets, parks and playgrounds. A local performance will be held on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. on First Ave. and 10th St. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)
Theater for the New City presents “EMERGENCY!!! or The World Takes a Selfie,” a musical which will tour city streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs from Aug. 2 to Sept. 14. The Sat., Aug. 2 show at 2 p.m. will take place in front of TNC, First Ave. and E. 10th St. The running time is one hour. Shows will take place at different sites in the five boroughs, returning to the East Village community for two performances in September. In this musical, a New York EMT worker is on a workingman’s grand tour of the world and decides to tackle global problems the way he does emergencies of his NYC beat. Every day, an EMT worker becomes inextricably entwined with the private lives of all kinds of New Yorkers, with all their personal crises. The hero of this play ministers to the widest variety of human beings, from vaudeville entertainers to ladies of the night to planet-saving protesters to occasional investigative journalists, one of whom makes him a sidekick for a worldwide expedition through trauma, violence, spying and accidental wars on a global scale. The music varies in style from bossa nova to hip hop to musical comedy to Gilbert & Sullivan.
On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2013, more than 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.
A rest stop along the route will be located at East 25th Street and Park Avenue South. Additionally, the DOT will be offering free bike helmet fittings on East 24th Street and Park Avenue South on Saturday, August 2 from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fittings will also be offered during Summer Streets on August 9 and 16. For details, visit nyc.gov/summerstreets.
For even more events going on this week, including concerts, theater, kids’ events, art exhibits, burlesque and walking tours, see Town & Village’s Around & About section.
To find out about free events taking place throughout the city, see our Cutting Corners section.
For health related events, including free fitness classes, support groups and screenings, see Health and Fitness.