If you thought watching a yellowed-haired Japanese guy eat 53 and three-quarters hot dogs in 12 minutes was a sight to behold, Coney Island tries to one-up itself with yet another utterly unusual display. Trip out with a little double—and triple—vision at the fourth annual Twins & Multiples Day at Astroland Amusement Park, where look-alike and fraternal siblings, from newborns to octogenarians, gather today. Expect contests for cash prizes and plenty of confusion. At noon, 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-265-2100, $4–$10 GRACE BASTIDAS
Three Chances to Chill
Sci-fi marathon blocks out the sun
Sometimes it’s best to spend a swelteringly hot summer day indoors, in the dark, under the glow of the big screen with the air conditioner blasting. Symphony Space offers the ultimate escape from the heat today with three back-to-back-to-back screenings of classic science fiction films. At 4 p.m., travel to Fred M. Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956), where civilization has disappeared and the only survivors are genius scientist Dr. Edward Morbius, his gorgeous daughter Altaira, and their robot Robby. At 6 p.m., life’s small tasks become horrifyingly huge in Jack Arnold’s The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), one of the best special-effects movies of its decade. And at 7:30 p.m., Richard Dreyfuss stars in Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking UFO film Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition (1977), which features extra interior shots of the alien mothership. After a full day at the movies, you won’t want to venture back to Earth. Today, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 212-864-1414, $6–$10 KEN SWITZER
I’ll House You
Dancer heaven hits the park
Free parties are the best, and when they include hundreds of hardcore dancers, tribal-music enthusiasts, and lots of green grass to spread out blankets and relax on, they’re even better. The fifth annual Soul Summit Music Festival delivers. The shindig fills Fort Greene Park with über-stylish rev- elers, many of whom are loyal regulars in Brooklyn’s underground house scene. Although the area around the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is under construction, there’s still plenty of room to party around the memorial—just ignore all the fencing. If you don’t feel like showing off some fancy footwork, you can drink—just about everyone brings a stash—and chill out on the sidelines. From 3 to 9, Fort Greene Park, enter at DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, soulsummitmusic.com, free KEISHA FRANKLIN
Out of Africa and Mexico and into the park
Three international flavors of boogie get their global grooves on at Central Park today. The lineup includes one of the biggest guns in the rock en español scene, Mexico City’s Maldita Vecindad, known for their influ-ential, classic album El Circo. Their upbeat jams meld ska, salsa, Mexican folk, rap, and rock with novel (sometimes a tad commercial) results. But hey, there’s a reason these headliners are considered number one.
Speaking of numero uno: The dancey and trancey Congolese troop Konono No. 1 are not to be missed. They take likembé pianos (thumb pianos in the same family as mbiras) and amplify them via a hodgepodge of magnets, microphones, and old car parts while dancers, singers, and traditional percussionists ornament the pulsing tribal grooves. Last year’s lauded shows at Joe’s Pub marked their first stateside appearances, and with the recent release of Congotronics 2 we are graced with another visit.
Finally, Daara J are a Senegalese trio who are some of the finest rappers in West African music. They blend folky breezy African sounds (think Rokia Traoré and trad Senegalese drumming) with spastic French-influenced rap, hip-hop beats, and a fierce sociopolitical conscience. At 3, Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, mid-park at 72nd Street, 212-360-2777, free D. SHAWN BOSLER
If you thought watching a yellowed-haired Japanese guy eat 53 3/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes was a sight to behold, Coney Island tries to one-up itself with yet another utterly unusual display. Trip out with a little double—and triple—vision at the fourth annual Twins & Multiples Day at Astroland Amusement Park, where look-alike and fraternal siblings, from newborns to octogenarians, gather today. Expect contests for cash prizes and plenty of confusion. At noon, 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-265-2100, $4–$10 GRACE BASTIDAS