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25 awesome things happening in New York this week

Photograph: Andy Chang
Drive East presents Navatman Dance

Aug 11

Drive East 2014; La MaMa E.T.C.
Navatman hosts the second annual Drive East, a weeklong festival of classical Indian music and dance in an intimate setting. The dance offerings highlight Bharata Natyam, kathak, kuchipudi and lesser-known styles sattriya, mohiniattam and chhau.

Midnight Murakami; WORD
For deeply dedicated fans: Drop by the bookstore to read your favorite Murakami passage and count down the minutes until the midnight release of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Like Harry Potter but for people who have opinions about interior design. 

Ladies of Laughter National Grand Finale; Gotham Comedy Club
The final round of this competition is performed in front of TV executive judges. So, like, no pressure. Winner will receive up to $10,000 in prizes and bookings.

Aurelie Bidermann; Lafayette St.
Expect a late 60's vibe and murals by REMED at this jewelry designer’s first-ever U.S. store.

Movies on the Waterfront: The Wizard of Oz; Astoria Park
Lions, tigers, bears, and Astoria's affordable charm. Seriously, why don't more people live here? Oh, right, it doesn't have a ton of transportation options. Darn. Anyway, the classic movie The Wizard of Oz is playing in Astoria's adorable park. 

NYC Restaurant Week 2014; various locations 
Discount eating usually means store-bought ramen and a hastily thrown together taco. At NYC Restaurant Week, it means fancy dining at cheaper prices.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; S.O.B
See you at the crossroads? No. See you at the Bone Thugs show! 

The New York International Fringe Festival; various locations
It's the annual flea market of the brilliant, the banal and the batshit insane theater performances. Nearly 200 shows in 20 downtown venues, all dying for your attention. Actually dying. 

Aug 12

Channel 101; UCBEast
Each month, little tiny 5 minute mini TV shows are screened for a live audience that votes for which shows will come back next month with a new episode. 

CMS at the Naumburg Bandshell; Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
Not the "Content Management System," but the Chamber Music Society. Thank god. It's pretty hard to blog live for several hours outdoors. 

Secret Science Club; The Bell House
Secret Science Club presents a night of "Deadly Creatures, Amazing Medicine" where poisonologist Mandë Holford (who, yes, actually studies poisons) will reveal some of the most dangerous animals and how to avoid their fatal attacks.

Word for Word Poetry:McSweeney's; Bryant Park Reading Room
This event features poetry / whether you'll clap along or sit stoically / sometimes the poems rhyme / a lot of times they don't.

Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe; Birdland
Jazz! In a very jazzy setting at Charlie Parker's old club! Oh man, oh man, oh man. Tons of mid-century fun at this show. 

The Moth StorySLAM: Beauty; Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Doesn't matter if you feel pretty or not, that won't stop these writers and poets talking about what they find beautiful and the concept of beauty in this highly popular storytelling series. 

Aug 13

All Jazzed Up Performance Series; Children's Museum of Manhattan
In conjunction with its exhibit "Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street," the Children's Museum of Manhattan—in partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem—presents a series of solo tap performances.

My Drunk Kitchen Launch Party with Hannah Hart; Housing Works Bookstore Café
If you thought you didn’t need a cookbook to drunkenly cook, you were wrong. Tonight, YouTube sensation Hannah Hart fetes her guide to the tipsy culinary world.

SummerScreen; McCarren Park
The Sandlot is playing in the hipster park-du-jour. Get ready to see a lot of dudes in skinny jeans lose their shit about a '90s childhood favorite. 

Kings of Leon + Young the Giant + Kongos; Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Those hairy dudes who sing "Sex On Fire" and other assorted bro-ballads play the hits to a packed theater.

Dancing Through the Bronx; various locations
There will be dancing in the streets. And it will be in The Bronx. And you will love it. 

Gavin Degraw + Matt Nathanson + Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; Central Park SummerStage Mainstage
So much country, so little time! The three country heavyweights play NYC's big front yard. 

Romeo and Juliet; Riverside Park
Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo? In Riverside Park, silly. Doing some acting. 

Aug 14

Adam Sank: Mama, I Want to Sing Showtunes: A One 'Mo Show; the Duplex
Comedian Adam Sank branches out with this cabaret show, packed with songs and delightfully self-deprecating stories.

Bicyclists' Ball (and Pedestrian Prom); Roulette
Bicyclists dance with one another, and make eyes at other cyclists across the room, and probably talk about "doing it on two wheels" or something. For $25 there's free drinks, too. 

Intrepid Summer Movie Series: Captain Phillips; Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
If there were ever a movie to watch while aboard a giant (decomissioned) warship, it would be the Tom Hanks modern-day pirate flick Captain Phillips. Plus: if you close your eyes, you can imagine that it's Woody from Toy Story having a really, really bad day. 

The Pitchfork Review Celebrates Issue 3; Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Lots of good writers talking about music, but just talking about music seems so 1996. There'll also be live music performances by the likes of people like Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls.

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