15 best things to do this week

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Tuesday 1Try Time Out for Porter at Tuesday Tastings

Tuesday 1
Try Time Out for Porter at Tuesday Tastings

Monday 28
If you're of the female persuasion, have $12 and five items to swap head to Tags on S.W.A.P.P. at Madame X for tunes spun by DJ Jon Bond, at least one free cocktail and the chance to grab unworn clothes, shoes and accessories in exchange for your own five items.

Tuesday 1
Miss out on tickets for TONY's Winter Supper with Sixpoint at Jimmy's No. 43? You can try all six of the Red Hook brewery's suds that were served—including Time Out for Porter—for $10 at Tuesday Tastings.

Wednesday 2
Score up to 80 percent off ready-to-wear dresses, gowns, coats, cashmere, handbags, shoes and jewelry at Boutique on 57's two-day, end-of-season designer blowout.

Musician-performers the Nonsense Company return with Storm Still at P.S. 122, a strange sonic palimpsest that layers noise structures over Shakespeare's King Lear and modern diagnoses of insanity. Through Sun 6

The joys of catfish sex and other mysteries are explored in the playful Thai fantasy Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives at Film Forum.

At Selected Shorts: An Evening with Electric Literature the hip, multi-platform lit journal releases their latest issue with Mike Birbiglia and John Lithgow reading stories by folks like Rick Moody. Everyone in attendance gets a dark and stormy, to boot.

Vivian Girls bassist "Kickball" Katy Goodman celebrates her appropriately reverb-swathed solo debut under the moniker La Sera at Bowery Ballroom. Also Thu 4 at the Bell House.

Thursday 3
A New York tradition for more than two decades, the Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall pulls in big names like the Flaming Lips, Michael Stipe and the Roots.

Friday 4
A sexy troupe of acrobats, escape artists, dancers and more take over Galapagos for the circus-burlesque mash-up Boys' Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Review.

Rap's self-proclaimed Teflon Don Rick Ross brings his street-life-chronicling hits to Times Square's Best Buy Theater.

The Fountain Art Fair, an alternative to the prim and proper Armory Show, bursts into life with a performance by retrofunk musician Gordon Voidwell.

Saturday 5
The New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Show: On Broadway looks to the Great White Way for its annual exhibit, with more than 300 varieties of the delicate bloom incorporated into installations inspired by Broadway theaters.

Prepare to be dazzled by Paula Poundstone's improvisational stand-up mind at work in a rare show at Gramercy Theatre.

Sunday 6
At Eat, Drink and Think Like...Louis Armstrong you'll learn about one of New Orleans' finest jazz musicians then delve into the African-American-influenced foodstuffs of N'awlins.

Talented, popular mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato makes her Carnegie Hall recital debut.

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