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12 super-cool things to do this weekend

Photograph: Guy Aroch
Arcade Fire

Aug 22

Arcade Fire; Barclays Center
This Montreal-based band proves that poutine and epic hangovers aren't the only good thing to come out of Quebec. There's also almost as many band members in Arcade Fire as there are seats in the Barclays Center.

Previews start for Bootycandy
Audacious writer-director Robert O'Hara weaves together sketches to portray the joys and terrors of growing up gay and black in America.

Dial Up with Mark Normand; Gotham Comedy Club
Watch the award-winning comic perform award-winning comedy, then award yourself an award for rewarding yourself with a trip to see an award-winner.

Love Is Strange in theaters
New York-based filmmaker Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) creates a special kind of urbanity: softer and more inclusive than Woody Allen's, openly gay but family-focused, alive to the city's tensions and lulls.

John Witherspoon; Carolines on Broadway
The Friday and Friday After Next comedian has headline gigs at one of NYC's most sought-after comedy rooms. Fancy! 

To Be Takei opens in theaters
You may know him from Star Trek...or as the king of Facebook (He has the best memes, you guys!). Lets just say Takei has done a lot in his 77 years of life. See this doc about him. Oh my! 

Aug 23

Blues BBQ Festival; Hudson River Park
Returning for its 15th anniversary, this barbecue smash pairs blues and roots musicians with finger-lickin' eats from restaurants like Might Quinn's Barbecue, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

Afropunk Fest; Commodore Barry Park
Nonconforming, unconventional, stylish and full of some of the most brilliant musicians and rockers of color. This fest will have D’Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello and so many more folks you need to see.

Shwick Market of Makers; Bushwick
Lovers of normcore, fashion and kombucha rejoice! Another weekly weekend market is coming to town.

 Aug 24

Left Bank Picture Show; Left Bank
They'll be showing the relatable coming of age film, Stand By Me. 'Cause you know, we all remember that time we went looking for dead bodies in the woods. No? Oh, it must have just been us. Now this is awkward.

Gluten Free Takedown; The Bell House
Vote for your favorite home-cooked dish at this grainless throwdown. 

The League of Extraordinary Blondes; The Producers Club
An improv show featuring all blonde women. Not a bad way to spend your Sunday night. 


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