Hello, we have decided to give our readers GothamList events for the entire week. You can check them out below (the picks include Rufus Wainwright at the River to River Festival, a Battlestar Galactica party, and tango at Lincoln Center) but you can also get listings a day earlier by signing up for the Gothamist Daily newsletter—sign up here.


CATCH A CLASSIC: SoHo literary sentinel McNally Jackson Books wants to school you. In conjunction with Time Out New York, McNally Jackson has crafted "Ask Me About...," a new bi-monthly event that is described as "part lecture, part book club, part show and part social occasion." Think lectures, group discussions, skits, poems and--most importantly--wine. For the first session of "Ask Me About..." the selection is Joseph Heller's classic novel Catch-22, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Tuesday, August 23 // 7:00 p.m. // McNally Jackson Books [52 Prince St] // Free

TABLE VS. TRUCK: In the ever-evolving battle between sit-down style restaurant and mobile eatery the contest can get downright sticky. Sparkling service or super-cheap street fare? Gelf Magazine wants to help. A foodie-inspired installment of their Non-Motivational Speaker Series is this week's edition of Tuesdays at the Tea Lounge. A panel of urban planners, restaurant owners and food truck operators will discuss the pros and cons of mobile dining and try to answer the question: why can't we be friends?

Tuesday, August 23 // 7:30 p.m. // Tea Lounge [837 Union St, Brooklyn] // Free

EDUCATED EATING: The fall semester of Greenmarket's panel discussion series Educated Eater kicks off with "Immigrant Farmers, Local Food: Greenmarket's International Community." Although the Greenmarket program focuses on locally harvested goods--all of their for-sale items are sourced from within 250 miles of the city--many farmers bring the flavors of their own heritage to the table. Enjoy an informal panel discussion of these farmers' travels to the city, of the culinary traditions they share, followed by a snack prepared by Palo Santo’s chef Jacques Gautier.

Wednesday, August 24 // 6:00 p.m. // The Astor Center [399 Lafayette St] // $15


ORGY, ORGY, ORGY!: Swing through the 92Y Tribeca for a screening of Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, a 1969 film that explores the joys and pitfalls of...swinging. After Bob and Carol take their modern marriage to a weekend retreat of New Age therapies--ending in Carol's proud embracing of Bob's infidelities--neighboring couple Ted and Alice are confused, to say the least. Open relations, erotic fantasies, and intimate inhibitions are destroyed and created in this film, which is being screened as part of author Sammy Wasson's Paul on Mazursky series.

Wednesday, August 24 // 7:30 p.m. // 92Y Tribeca [200 Hudson St] // $12

PLAY THAT SONG FOR ME: For many, the sensation of nostalgia that occurs upon hearing the opening notes of a certain song is a familiar experience. It's romantic, it's titillating, it's heartbreaking. This month at Le Poisson Rouge, Dana Rossi brings this shared experience to the forefront by inviting six artists to discuss their own personal associations with meaningful songs in The Soundtrack Series. Expect to be moved, amused, surprised, and delighted.

Thursday, August 25 // 7 p.m. // 158 Bleecker St // Free

POP PUNK & INDIE ON THE RIVER The East River Park in Manhattan welcomes WAVVES and Dum Dum Girls to the stellar SummerStage roster. Both bands are part of the steadily expanding lo-fi, frayed-sound scene and shouldn't be missed, so arrive ready to do all the psychedelic swaying, jamming and vibing you can muster.

Thursday, August 25 // 7 p.m. // East River Park Ampitheater [Enter at Delancey St.] // Free

2011_08_prmichel.jpgPOP ROYALTY: The stars have aligned to generate the ultimate dance party: Prince and Michael, together at long last, at Brooklyn Bowl. A tribute to two of the most important (and danceable!) performers of our lifetime, this show has seen the light in cities like Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago. DJ Dave Paul will do the honors at what promises to be one of the most memorable boogie-downs of the year.

Friday, August 26 // 11:30 p.m. // 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn // $5

ONE NIGHT OF FLAVOR: The pop-up concept has taken New York by storm this summer, and it makes sense: in a city that thrives on unpredictability, originality, and being in-the-know, pop-up restaurants, venues, shops, and galleries feed the next-best-thing frenzy. Latest on our list of thing to check out as soon as possible for a limited time only is the ArtOfficialFlavor exhibit at the Keeley Gallery. AOF is made up of three born-and-bred Brooklynites who collaborate on projects that blend design, signage, textiles and industry, street, fine and commercial art. The blink-and-you'll-miss-it show is curated by David Simicev.

Friday, August 26 // 7 p.m. // 352 Bowery // Free


SNACKS AND SIPS:Brooklyn Oenology celebrates the addition of Brooklyn Cured products in their tasting room with an evening of discounted wines and sandwiches. Scott Bridi, owner and founder of Brooklyn Cured, will be making sandwiches to order, including the “Bomb Mi," made with Brooklyn Cured Country paté, Brooklyn Cured smoked pork rillette, seasonal pickles, cilantro and sriracha. Glasses of wine will be 10% off with purchase of a sandwich, as well as 5% off 2-3 bottles and 10% off four or more bottles of BOE wine.

Saturday, August 27 // 3 - 7 p.m. // Brooklyn Oenology Winery [209 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn] // Free entry, discounted drinks/sandwiches

THE TRUTH IS I AM YOU: Taking their inspiration from Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds, the Cause Collective present the newest installment of their project The Truth Is I Am you project at The Gallery at Building 110: LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island. Hundreds of large inflated balloons will fill the gallery, each "imprinted with a line from the original poem “The Truth Is” in both English and one of the 25 most spoken languages in New York City." The exhibit explores New York City's "rich history of multiculturalism and diversity" through the lens of pop art. Don't worry if you miss this opening night reception-- the exhibit runs through September 25th.

Saturday, August 27 // 3 - 5 p.m. // LMCC’s Arts Center [Building 110, Governor's Island] // Free

WONDERDONK BIKE-IN MOVIE: THE POINT: Bike, walk or unicycle your way to Queens to watch the Ringo Starr-narrated, Harry Nillson-scored film The Point, about "an unusual kingdom where everyone and everything is pointed except for a young boy named Oblio." This B.Y.O. picnic blanket screening will be held on the grounds of the oldest Dutch farmhouse in NYC with refreshments available by Café Ghia and Barcey’s Coffee. If that's not enough, Bushwick Print Lab will have live screenprinting ($5 if you bring your own shirt, $10 if you need a shirt) plus an after-party at Pine Box Rock Shop.

Saturday, August 27 // doors 7:30 p.m., film 8:30 p.m. // Van der Ende-Onderdonk House [1820 Flushing Ave, Queens] // $7 suggested donation


WALKING TOUR: LES: Transport yourself back in time on a musical, architectural and historical tour of the Lower East Side led by historian David Freeland with a soundtrack courtesy of vaudevillian Bree Benton. At each stop, David Freeland will speak briefly about the significance of the location, and Bree will sing one specially chosen song, accompanied by Karen Waltuch (viola) and Nathan Koci (accordion). Stops include The Bowery Mission, Di Palo's Fine Foods, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery (call ahead for knish!) and Merchant's House Museum (self-guided tours available until 5pm). The tour is free of charge but organizers are asking that participants bring along usable men's clothing, especially pants, to donate to The Bowery Mission.

Sunday, August 28 // noon - 3 p.m. // The Bowery Mission [227 Bowery] // Free

CONEY ISLAND HISTORY DAY: With the recent changes and oustings at Coney Island, a history-oriented visit could be downright depressing. Fortunately, however, The Coney Island History Project, a "not-for-profit organization that aims to increase awareness of Coney Island's legendary and colorful past and to encourage appreciation of the Coney Island neighborhood of today" seeks to avoid that fate with a variety of lively and timely activities taking place on Sunday. These include the first annual Coney Island Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and a recording booth for your "Romantic Coney Island Stories" (skip over any details involving hurling at the Cyclone or stepping on broken glass at the beach), which will be included in an oral history project. Plus, there will be some decidedly un-Siren-like music, ranging from "NYC's Legendary" Hungry Marching Band to the Ragtime and Dixieland of the Banjo Rascals to the jazz band The Hot Sardines.

Sunday, August 28 // 1-5 p.m. // Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park [3059 West 12th St, Brooklyn] // Free

PROCESSION FOR IMMEDIATE CERTAINTY: In these uncertain times, perhaps we're ready for an extra dose of faith in the human spirit, brought on by the sight of a procession carrying a handmade Norwegian faering boat across 23rd Street in Manhattan. With live music by the Raya Brass Band, the Procession is meant to re-enact the rituals of a Viking Funeral, though we're not sure they had brass instruments at the time. The boat will set sail to Queens once the Procession reaches the East River. All this is the brainchild of artist and boat-builder Jessica Segall, whose work is eclectic and a bit steampunk--so prepare for a strange but delightful evening.

Sunday, August 28 // 7 p.m. // Starts at Pier 26 [a.k.a Chelsea Piers], moves across 23rd Street // Free


CONEY ISLAND STRONGMEN: Before Japan brought us the physically impossible feats of Pokémon and the Transformers, "real men" performed incredible feats of strength that they surely did not accomplish with the help of the Wii Fit. Gracing the Sideshows by the Seashore for the first time in many years are a diverse group of world-class muscle men. These include Sonny Barry of New Jersey, who at the age of 60 can turn a bottle cap inside out with his thumb... or break three stacked pieces of construction lumber with his fist. Chris Rider of Pennsylvania has a talented scalp, for he can bend steel using only the hairs on his head. He has been called "one of the strongest men on this planet" by strength historians. Meanwhile, Gary "The Brickman" Brown of Virginia is the world record holder for the brick lift. Say what you want about his heteronormative title, but our very own Adam the First Real Man is serving as the master of ceremonies.

Monday, August 29 // 3 p.m., 8 p.m. // Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave, Brooklyn] // $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Newsletter contributions by Nell Casey, Bethany O'Grady, Melanie Parker, Rachel Pincus and Eva Saviano.