Film Forum’s Son of Summer Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction
Fri Aug 9 – Thu Sept 5: The venerable downtown movie house is reviving its cinematic salute to creepy, geeky fare for the first time in 17 years. Expect a few new prints and celeb appearances (both TBA at press time) at the four-week series, which includes showings of Alien, Evil Dead 2, Ghostbusters, Starship Troopers, Plan 9 from Outer Space!, a 3-D presentation of The Creature from the Black Lagoon and many more wide-ranging titles. 212-727-8110, filmforum.org. Various times; $12.50, seniors (Mon–Fri before 5pm) and members $7 per screening.
209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St
Tue May 28 – Sun Aug 18: This annual festival, which begins in June, presents the Bard’s greats performed in open air at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Created by the late Joseph Papp and presented by the Public, Shakespeare in the Park has endured not just because it’s a night of free theater in New York’s backyard, but because it’s a night of great performances by some of the most talented actors of our day, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Oliver Platt, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.