Outdoor Films at Nowadays: Fantastic Films in NYC

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Where can you find outdoor events in New York before it gets too cold? Outdoor events have grown in popularity over the course of the pandemic featuring a variety of ways to leave the apartment and have a nice night out. From outdoor concerts, screenings and bars, to simply going to Jacob Riis with the girls: it’s clear that the city that never sleeps, and even the country, is doing all that it can to safely get out before we most likely have to stay in. So, want to get in on the action as soon as possible? Want to figure out how to find some cool outdoor events as soon as tomorrow?

If you want to check out some great outdoor events in New York this autumn, make sure to check out Outdoor Films at Nowadays. Starting tomorrow, (the week of October 12th-October 16th) Nowadays has three great nights with two great films programmed. Monday night, October 12th, from 8pm to 10pm Nowadays will screen High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music. Nowadays will then screen Milford Graves Full Mantis Tuesday night, October 13th, and Wednesday night, October 14th, from 8pm to 10pm respectively.

Don’t know about Nowadays? Never heard of these films? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered down below!


Before COVID-19, Nowadays was known as an essential destination in the world of Brooklyn nightlife. The “seasonal outdoor bar, restaurant, party haven and hang-out” was opened in the summer of 2015. With its outdoor space, it is a go-to during the spring and summer time. Nowadays expanded in 2017, opening an adjacent indoor space with a sick dancefloor and so now regardless of the season Nowadays is a staple of fun weekends in Brooklyn. With its great food, ‘“‘reasonably’’ priced” drinks, and diverse event programming, it has definitely made a well-deserved name for itself in the world of “things to do”.

Outdoor Films:

Nowadays is screening films every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night in their outdoor space. The programming of films seems to be mostly centered around films about music and so outdoor films has provided a great way for people passionate about cool music to get out and together safely during the pandemic.

Speaking of safety. Nowadays has also included a list of safety precautions, COVID related and otherwise, for everyone to follow while attending outdoor films on their Resident Advisor page. We are pasting it down here:

Safety Policy:


In order to open as safely as possible, we’re instituting new safety guidelines:

– We’re providing PPE to our staff and doing temperature checks throughout everyone’s shift, starting with a check upon arrival.

– To keep capacity below 25%, everyone who comes into Nowadays will need to have a reservation: resy.com/cities/ny/nowadays

– Tables will be at least six feet apart, and we’re asking everyone to stay at their table unless ordering food or drinks, going to the bathroom, or using the smoking section.

– You’ll also need to wear a face covering anytime you’re not at your table.

– Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the space, and common surfaces will be disinfected regularly, with tables and seats disinfected between seatings.

Beyond this, we will continue to ask all guests to follow our safer space policy.


In an effort to create a space where all people feel safe, we don’t tolerate any of these things within our walls or in our back yard:

– Violence

– Non-Consensual Touching

– Racist, Homophobic, Transphobic, Sexist or Other Discriminatory Language

– Leering

If someone says or does anything to make you feel uncomfortable while you’re here please let anyone on staff know.

Thank you and have fun! 

High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music

In recent years there have been a lot of important conversations about techno’s roots in black culture, specifically from Detroit, being totally underappreciated if not outright disparaged in the current EDM scene. High Tech Soul has a goal to make sure you know that techno is black, and is the first documentary to actually explore techno’s roots as they are entwined with Detroit’s history. The documentary traces roots back to the impacts from the race riots of 1967, to Detroit’s economic downturn. High Tech Soul shows that in the face of a city going through major adversity, its communities managed to not only come together but display some of the most inventive creativity in America’s history.

The film will be screened at Nowadays, which is at 56-06 Cooper Ave. Ridgewood, this Monday, October 12th. The doors will be opening at 4pm with the film starting at 8pm. You can reserve a table here and the cover is $10 per person. If the cover is steep for you, Nowadays openly invites you to email them at hello@nowadays.nyc and they will accommodate you in finding a space for you to watch the film without having to pay.

Milford Graves Full Mantis:

Let me just start out by saying that this film is the reason I dropped everything to make this post. Milford Graves is one of the most influential musicians to me personally and I believe that everyone should know who he is. This is someone that completely expanded what the drums are capable of representing in the structure of improvised performances and beyond. This is how I have explained why to friends of mine.

In a similar way to how Jackson Pollock is credited with detaching line from color in the world of painting, Milford Graves works completely dismantle the association of drumming from providing rhythm accompaniment. The drums are then provided with the same freedom to be seen as an avenue to limitlessly explore timbre and harmony in the same way that every other instrument was previously able to in the world of free jazz. Even further, Graves rejects the notion of constant rhythm and detaches constance from “good time”. This is major because it means that pulse is now something that can be lyrical and dynamic, which shatters this previously established binary of jazz either being rhythmic or arrhythmic and provides an entirely new parameter for improvisation. 

Despite being conceptually groundbreaking the work is not entirely cerebral either. Graves’ work is emotional and thoroughly human. Often he will utilize his voice in a way that is evocative of heavy affect and, in my opinion, deeply moving.

If this sounds interesting to you I recommend you absolutely check out his discography as, in my eyes, he is essential listening for those who are interested in jazz, improvisation and even art in general. It may also be “just noises” to you if you’re not into this stuff– more for me then!


Luckily Milford Graves is becoming more widely known after this documentary was made about him. Full Mantis is described as an “intimate portrait” about the drummer. It is a film that interrogates the nature of creativity and the human condition. We are right there with him as we explore the life he has had and the curiosity that allowed him to have it. It has been cited as “one of the best jazz documentaries ever assembled” according to the wire and has been selected as a New York Times critic’s pick. 

Outdoor films will screen the film two nights at Nowadays, which is at 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood. Those nights are Tuesday, October 13th, and Wednesday, October 14th. The doors will be opening at 4pm with the film starting at 8pm. You can reserve a table here and the cover is $10 per person. If the cover is steep for you, Nowadays openly invites you to email them at hello@nowadays.nyc and they will accommodate you in finding a space for you to watch the film without having to pay.

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