Thursday, August 7, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Demonically Possessed Cats: An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Paul Koudounaris

The Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn

We can all agree that a good portion of the otherwise amiable cats we know have Satanic leanings. Sure, they look innocent enough, but don’t cross these sharp claw-wielding beasts. (You will end up with embarrassing scratches on your arm before a dinner party.) Dr. Paul Koudounaris, professor of art history and writer of creepy history-themed novels, stops by the Morbid Anatomy Museum for a slideshow and lecture on such demented felines throughout the ages. Pro-tip: Admission is $8 per person and cat exorcisms decidedly not included.

Deal nearby: The Burger Bistro (Park Slope)

Friday, August 8, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Free Shakespeare in Sunnyside Gardens Park: Two Gentlemen of Verona

Sunnyside Gardens Park, Queens

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” Shakespeare once eloquently penned in As You Like It. It can certainly feel that way in a city as dramatic as New York, so it’s fitting that we’re using one of the city’s parks as the setting for one of the bard’s classic plays. This Friday at Sunnyside Gardens Park, the Hip to Hip Theater Company celebrates their either season of Shakespeare in the Park with a comedic rendition of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Oh, and pro-tip: bring along a blanket or lawn chair.

Deal nearby: Alewife

Saturday, August 9, & Saturday, August 16, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Summer Streets

Brooklyn Bridge, Lafayette Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan

There’s something completely victorious about standing in the middle of a Manhattan roadway with no fear of death. This weekend, you don’t have to be a superhero to do it. Summer Streets takes over a 7-mile expanse from Brooklyn Bridge up to Central Park for the second consecutive Saturday this August. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. the city will shut down each road completely to all car traffic, allowing pedestrians, runners, rollerbladers, skateboarders and cyclists fair game of the pavement.

Deal nearby: Davey’s Ice Cream

Sunday, August 10, 5 p.m.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014: Americanafest NYC

Damrosch Park, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan

There is such thing as going out with a bang, and then there is going out with a night of exceptional soul music at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival closes out its 2014 season on a deep, soulful note with live performances from the Daptone’s Charles Bradley, along with His Extraordinaires, plus the gritty Southern stylings of St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Bobby Patterson, and the Music Maker Blues Revue.

Deal nearby: Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen