Hello, we have decided to give our readers GothamList events for the entire week. You can check them out below (the picks include Jaws at MoMA, a freaky reading, and an electric take on Beowulf) but you can also get listings a day earlier by signing up for the Gothamist Daily newsletter—sign up here.


JAWS: A shark by any other name would not view as sweet. Steven Spielberg's Jaws, the greatest summer movie to have ever existed in American film history ever, is screening at the MoMA tonight. Feel the suspense and fear of a circling fin at our favorite Martha's Vineyard beach and remember what it was like to watch it the first time around… and the second… and the third. Spoiler alert: it doesn't get less scary.

Tuesday, August 2 // 6:30 p.m. // 11 W 53rd St // $10 adults, $6 students, members free

SONGPLAY: No longer will you yearn for the days of raw and rowdy storytelling of the Scandinavian mead halls, for SongPlay is here! This outrageous outfit combines Weillian cabaret, 40s jazz harmony, indie rock, electronic, and Romantic Lieder to bring the Old English epic Beowulf into a rock opera. We went a few years ago but this time around, they're raising money to cross the pond to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tuesday, August 2 // 8 p.m. // 622 Degraw St [Brooklyn] // $20

GET LOOSE COMEDY: In a monthly tradition going back for years, a group of comedians get together with Aaron Glaser and Lee Rubenstein at The Gutter in Williamsburg and display their glorious talents before New York's best bowling alley and bar. This month's "riotous night of comedy, beer, and rented shoes" features the talents of Sara Schaefer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Catie Lazarus (Employee of the Month), Sarah Tollemoche (Last Comic Standing), Cocoon Central Dance Team (The Moth), and Zach and Zach (Huffington Post). And though you'll probably have to pay up for the optimal experience (which includes booze and/or bowling), the show itself is free!

Wednesday, August 3 // The Gutter [200 N. 14th St, Brooklyn] // 8 p.m. // Free // 21+


URBAN SPACE: For every subway, cramped conditions, bike lane, waterway gripe we've ever had about New York, there are activists, inventors, architects, and journalists dreaming up innovative concepts and designs for city life. And they are letting it all hang out at the BMW Guggenheim Lab that features interactive installations, events, workshops, discussions, performances, and informal gatherings, first in New York then to 8 other major cities around the globe. Be one of the first to attend the Introduction, Feedback sessions, and a screening of Blank City, a filmic insight into the LES alt art scene in the 1970s.

Wednesday, August 3 // Opening day events from 1 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. // First Park [Houston St at 2nd Ave] // Free

SUPERFREAKS: The busy bibliophiles at WORD Brooklyn present yet another happily verbose events for the word geek in us all. Rockstars of the independent book Stacy Carlson (Among the Wonderful) and Alexander Yates (Moondogs) read from their novels at WORD's Superfreaks event. Facebook RSVP recommended, and with main characters like taxidermist and a professional giantess, you don't have be afraid to let your freak flag fly.

Thursday, August 4 // 7:00 p.m. // WORD [126 Franklin St., Brooklyn] // Free

SURREALIST BURLESQUE: Burlesque at the Beach out-crazies itself this week at Coney Island as they mix the highbrow communism allegory-filled Orwellian novel Animal Farm with surrealism and burlesque in Animal Funhouse!. The performance will span two floors with two different casts, resulting in sensory, gluttony, and symbolism overload in this farmhouse "phantasmagoria."

Thursday, August 4 // 9 p.m. // 1208 Surf Ave [Brooklyn] // $12

FRIDAY FUNK: Continuing their First Friday Series, Brooklyn Bowl keeps the party going with sets from DJ Neil Armstrong and Josh Madden. Hosted by Levi Maestro, if the show doesn't knock your socks off, you can always leave 'em on for a little rock and bowl, but we have a feeling your feet will be too bust dancing.

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


SUMMERSTAGE: The Summerstage isn't only indie rock and jam band concerts--this week, the City Parks series is going all Shakespearean on you. The Classical Theater of Harlem will bring Willy Shakes' history Henry V to Marcus Garvey Park tonight, and the tale of a puckish young monarch bent on following his father's war-mongering advice is sure to amuse New York's fidgety groundlings.

Friday, August 5 // 8:00 p.m. // Marcus Garvey Park [Madison Ave between E. 120th and E. 124th Sts] // Free

CHEERS TO CHARITY: The Barman's Fund is a collective of local bartenders whom donate the sum of their tips from their first shift each month to charity. On August 5, the brew-crew will be pouring pints of our favorite--Brooklyn Brewery, at The Vanderbilt, and donating the contents of the tip jar to the Brooklyn Free Clinic. The event is free and open to all tippers--so please no stiffing the bartender!

Friday, August 5 // 11 p.m. // 570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn // Free

POETRY BROTHEL WEDDING: The poets of the Poetry Society of New York are getting married! To who? To Poetry itself. Boat over to Governor's Island and snap your fingers as poets say "I do" in the most melodic and metered manners.

Saturday, August 6 // 2-7 p.m.// Governor's Island, Building 410A// Free

BAMBOOZLED: It isn't just a Spike Lee movie any more. The Theater for the New City presents Bamboozled, or The Real Reality Show, a traveling theater performance as raucous as it is mobile--the play travels to streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs. In an oddly uplifting tale, a happy-go-lucky postman who like to think his job is to delivers good tidings, is troubled as, more and more, he seems to be the bearer of bad news. After a Dickensian interlude with Diablo Hysterico, the Rock 'n' Roll King of the Underworld, our postman finds a way to avoid cynicism and be the sort of postal worker even Leslie Knope would look up to. The play runs Saturdays and Sundays through September 18, check website for locations.

Saturday, August 6 // 2:00 p.m. // Theater for the New City [155 1st Ave.] // Free


I-CHILL AT IMAX: Even with all our brutal heat waves, the weather could be worse--we could be subjected to the weather that torments the Midwest's Tornado Alley. We'll opt for cooling off in this muck and melt at an IMAX viewing of "Tornado Alley", a documentary that follows the birth of a tornado, at the American Museum of Natural History. We sure hope there's a gratuitous shot of a cow flying around in there.

Saturday, August 6 // 10:30-4:30 p.m. // Lee Frak Theater at AMNH [Central Park West at 79th St]// $24 adult, $14 child, $18 senior, $12 adult member

MISSION OF BURMA: Simply stated, Mission Of Burma was, and remains, one of the most important American rock bands of the last 20 years, and as such, the band will perform on August 7th at the Beekman Beer Garden. The show is free so head out to see the band who is said to have influenced everyone from the Pixies to Yo La Tengo rock live.

Sunday, August 7 // 3 p.m. // Beekman Beer Garden [89 South St] // Free

MAIEUTIC MARATHON: For years, Maieutic Theatre Works has injected the Off-Broadway theater scene with a healthy dose of playwrights and influences from outside New York, while still producing top-caliber plays. Tonight, the theater will show every play the company has produced in its five years, from Folie A Deux: Insanity in Pairs (2006) to The Family Shakespeare (2011). A full list can be found here; amazingly, the entire night will run just two hours. Maieutic will also use the opportunity to announce its fall season.

Sunday, August 7 // 7 p.m. // June Havoc Theater [312 W 36th St, 1st Floor] // $20


KARAOKE COMEDY SERIES: Karaoke generally tends to be kind of funny, especially when the people involved are a couple of drinks in, but talented comedians Steve Heisler, Steve Jacobs and Margaret Lyons have a new idea that promises to put it above the level of unintentional comedy. In The Jukebox, everyone on the line-up chooses a song related to the chosen theme (the theme for tonight's kickoff is "Road Trip"). They then perform something related to the song--a stand-up, a story, a written piece-- and sing the song karaoke. Lyons will perform, and so will Nick Vatterott (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon), duo Team Submarine, former One Life To Live castmember Nick Choksi. More guests are to be announced. And if you think you have some funny ideas... drop the hosts a line and perhaps you could be on stage next!

Sunday, August 7 // 7:30 p.m. // Union Hall [702 Union St, Brooklyn] // $5

DIY STATIONARY: Bored with the cheesetastic Hallmark cards at your local Duane Reade? Printing palace Gowanus Print Lab is giving you the chance to design and make your own stationary using their materials. Just send them your design motif before the class and the staff will help you make your stationary dreams come true! Create a set of "Condolences On Your Bed Bug Infestation" postcards or "RSVP To Our Divorce Party!" invitations. Or just take this opportunity to create some really pretty thank you notes to send Grandma for the $5 she sent you for your birthday two months ago.

Monday, August 8 // 7 p.m. // Gowanus Print Lab [54 Second Ave, Brooklyn] // $80

Newsletter contributions from Nell Casey, Elyssa Goldberg, Bethany O'Grady, Rachel Pincus and Eva Saviano