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What You’re Doing Tonight, 7/20

Harold and Maude, Tony and Maria, and three words you don’t hear all that often: Clown open mike.

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    What You’re Doing Tonight, 7/20
    Warner Bros.
    Forbidden love set to Leonard Bernstein's music.

    FEELING PRETTY: We can’t think of a better setting in which to revisit 'West Side Story' than outdoors, on the west side, not far from the Hell’s Kitchen of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ 1961 Best Picture Oscar winner. It’s Romeo and Juliet with gangs, finger snaps and Rita Moreno. Elevated Acre, 8PM.

    BIG SHOES: It’s hard out there for a clown. It’s not like you’re a poet or a sensitive singer-songwriter, with a thousand open-mikes where you can ply your trade. Enter the Bongar Challenge, a night of clowntertainment open to pros and newbies alike, for three minutes each. Kraine Theater, 8PM (sign up to perform at 6PM).

    AND THEN THERE’S MAUDE: Has there ever been a more unlikely yet made-for-each-other fictional romantic pairing than suicidally-fixated youngun Harold and wild, life-embracing seventy-something Maude? Hal Ashby’s 1971 film is wondrous all the way through, but it’s 'Harold and Maude'’s strangely happy ending that gets us every time. Bryant Park on the green, 8PM (opens at 5PM for blankets).