15 best things to do this week

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Monday 21--Tuesday 22
Lady Gaga

Monday 21
Self-styled queen of the avant-garde Lady Gaga brings her outrageous wardrobe and spectacular pop songs to Madison Square Garden. Also Tue 22

Tuesday 22
The modern master Paul Taylor returns to City Center with his remarkable choreographic vision, including new works Phantasmagoria and Three Dubious Memories. His dances delve into all sides of the human psyche—there is darkness, athleticism, humor, wit and romanticism. Through Mar 6

Wednesday 23
Porn-star husbands Chad Brock and Clay Towers join the weekly porno bingo fund-raiser, The Will Clark Show. Singer Daniel Gray and DJ Chris Padilla provide the soundtrack, and additional beefcake comes courtesy of this week's beneficiary—NYC's LGBT soccer team, the Ramblers, a delightful bunch who posed naked for TONY during last year's World Cup.

Join coed Baltimore duo Beach House for an evening of hazy bliss at Webster Hall. Also Fri 25

Corralejo Distellers joins forces with Hill Country for a night of spirits and smoky meat at the Tequila and Barbecue Dinner.

Thursday 24
When it comes to on-trend, wearable clothing and accessories, we turn to Brooklyn label Hayden-Harnett—especially when the hip threads, carryalls and jewelry are reduced up to 60 percent.

Dazzling Dutch violinist Janine Jansen plays with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall through March 1, with a side trip to (Le) Poisson Rouge for an intimate recital on Mon 28.

The Second Festival of New French Writing is a weekend of panels that pair notable French writers like Laurence Coss and Pascal Bruckner with already-established American authors like Russell Banks, Adam Gopnik and A.M. Homes. Each night is designed to let the authors engage one another's work before addressing what they believe to be the future of literature. Through Feb 26

Friday 25
Toast Brooklyn's food and drink purveyors at Booze and Schmooze, a benefit for the City Reliquary Museum. The dozen tippling stations will be manned by Williamsburg hot spots such as Saltie and the Commodore.

Two friends fall for the same Adonis-like guy in Xavier Dolan's swoony romantic drama Heartbeats at IFC.

Saturday 26
Brave the cold and raise some dough for the Wildlife Conservation Society by cruising along the Hudson wearing little more than your skivvies during the Third Annual "Naked" Polar Bear Cruise. (Or just go along for the ride—we won't judge if you don't want to risk hypothermia to your naughty bits.)

Escort, the thrill-a-minute disco combo fronted by Adeline Michele, lays down one of its glittering live sets at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Sunday 27
Michael Showalter celebrates the release of Mr. Funnypants at The Bell House. He's as clever, snarky and silly as ever, combining diagrams of newly invented drinking games, re-created Scrabble games, essays, stream-of-consciousness blurbs and a sketch called "The Neverending Sketch."

The city's canines and equines will be getting frisky when the Dog & Pony Show celebrates its first birthday at the Hotel on Rivington, with Italodisco godfather Alexander Robotnick providing the beats.

Ongoing
Geoffrey Rush is up for an Oscar in The King's Speech, but right now he's speaking wonderful gibberish at BAM as a Slavic cuckoo in The Diary of a Madman. Tue--Sun, through Mar 13

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