Small, dark, usually sticky-floored theaters are a staple of the cinema experience. Unfortunately, they’re not so much conducive to enjoying a spring evening. This is why it was wise of the Tribeca Film Festival to heed the advice of its inaugural outdoor feature and get a “bigger boat,” so to speak. Tonight, the Tribeca Drive-In, a series of al fresco screenings on the Hudson, will launch with Steven Spielberg’s Jaws to celebrate Universal Studios’ centennial anniversary. After all, there’s nothing like watching a film about the most vicious marine creature of all time with a substantial body of water in your peripheral vision. Arrive early to hear local artists exercise a different set of chops with musical performances courtesy of the New York Downtown Jazz Festival. On Friday, compete for best “truffle shuffle” and set off on a neighborhood treasure hunt prior to The Goonies, or come out for a pitching clinic with pro ballplayers R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, and Jim Bouton before catching Knuckleball on Saturday.

Thu., April 19, 8 p.m., 2012