15 best things to do this week

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Photograph: Leo Friedman 2011

Monday 1
The iconic actor Joel Grey—best known for his roles as the Emcee in Cabaret and the Wizard of Oz in Wicked—dishes on his lengthy career and the Museum of the City of New York's retrospective on his life.

If you favor a gothic black gown to a little white summer dress, then Oak's sale at both its boutiques should be on your hit list. Through Aug 11

Tuesday 2
Revisit the days when the world's most famous dissident artist was just another boho kicking around the East Village at Asia Society's "Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983--1993."

The irrepressible MC Nicki Minaj brings her lovably obnoxious rhymes to Izod Center, where she opens for Britney Spears. Also Fri 5

Wednesday 3
Marching to the beat of its own drummers, the giddy, roving street band the Asphalt Orchestra parades through Lincoln Plaza as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.

You may still have to max out your credit cards to get your hands on runway-ready styles and accessories from designer du jour Alexander Wang, but you'll save a bundle at this sale. Through Sat 6

Thursday 4
Expect the bizarre at Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood, a minifestival of works that put Ludwig Wittgenstein and 1940s crime fiction in the blender. Through Sat 6

It's the battle of the Old and New World quaffs! IPA Day pits 20 international brews against more than 25 domestic offerings at Rattle N Hum and Caf D'Alsace.

A team of 16 white-painted actors are constantly reconfigured as sets and props in Hungarian conductor Ivn Fischer's bizarro take on Mozart's hellbound opera Don Giovanni, part of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Also Sat 6

Galapagos launches a new lecture series, Get Smart, pairing great minds—including WNYC program director Chris Bannon and Brooklyn Grange cofounder Ben Flanner—with a performance from the Red Hook Ramblers.

Friday 5
Flamethrowers, revenge-tattoos and a customized deathmobile named Medusa; director Evan Glodell's geardheads-in-love debut Bellflower has it all.

Saturday 6
Drag yourself out of bed early for Summer Streets and take advantage of a car-free Park Avenue. This year's offerings include a 25-foot-tall climbing wall, free yoga lessons and sand boxes for grown-ups.

City Winery's outdoor barbecue block party Summer BBQ Blowout Festival features ten of the city's top toques including reps from Vandaag, Mile End and Milk Bar.

Ailey II performs the classic work Revelations, Alvin Ailey's 1960 tribute to spirituals, the South and the power of dance at Celebrate Brooklyn. Plus, this is a chance to see the company's next generation of talent, including Solomon Dumas.

Sunday 7
Perennial Broadway baby Bernadette Peters stars in a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's gorgeous 1971 musical Follies about dreams in decay.

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