Best offbeat things to do in New York this week

Break the mold and try something different this week. Here are our top event picks for things to do that are unusual, quirky or just plain weird.

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Tired of the same ol', same ol'? Daily grind got you down? Inject a little spontaneity into proceedings and do something you normally wouldn't. It could be an Off-Off Broadway show, perhaps some experimental theater, an unusual comedy night, an avant-garde gallery exhibit or a batshit-crazy party.

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Face Off Presents: BATSU!

  • Price band: 2/4

Batsu is a Japanese variety-show genre whose name translates as "penalty game." Here, members of improv group Face Off submit themselves as contestants in Jebon's live version of the game, in which losers are forced to undergo various Jackass-like punishments.

  1. Jebon Sushi & Noodle 15 St. Marks Pl, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Mon Dec 29
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The Baleful Burlesque: An Excelsior Burlesque Tribute to Edward Gorey

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Ruby Solitaire and her Excelsior pals salute the macabre illustrator with a night of “sensual schadenfreude.”

  1. Parkside Lounge 317 E Houston St, at Attorney St, 10002
  2. Until Mon Apr 21
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11th Annual Games for Change Festival

  • Critics choice

If you’ve OD’d on Nintendo or Angry Birds, this extravaganza may help you regain your faith in video games. Founded to promote games focused on social impact, the fest invites experts like Google’s chief game designer, Noah Falstein, as well as authorities in related fields, to shed light on ways these diversions can help address global challenges like education, health care and conflict resolution. Postlecture, relish some actual playtime by checking out any of the eight games that snagged the fest’s annual award.Various locations and times.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Sat Apr 26
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Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Grammy-nominated DJ Disciple, a fixture of the NYC scene for years, takes control of the Lower East Side's intimate Sapphire every Tuesday for a night of house rhythms.

  1. Sapphire 249 Eldridge St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Apr 22
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Jews, Comics and the City

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Three cartoonists explain how their family histories, urban milieus and personal experiences have influenced their representation of Jewish life. Speakers include Liana Finck, author of A Bintel Brief, an illustrated love letter to turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants; Miriam Katin, author of Letting It Go, the graphic memoir of a Holocaust survivor visiting Berlin; and Eli Valley, artist in residence at the Forward, the progressive Jewish-American national newspaper founded in 1897.

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Valley of the Dolls Burlesque

  • Critics choice

Cabaret darling Molly Pope stars in this burly-Q spin on Jacqueline Susann’s tale of love, ambition and pill popping in the big city.

  1. Duane Park 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and E Houston Sts, 10012
  2. Wed Apr 23
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The Lost Lectures: NY

  • Critics choice

London’s Lost Lectures has jumped the pond and landed in New York. The series aims to bring speakers, performers and a small audience to a secret location. Tonight, see musician Blood Orange and the Awl’s Choire Sicha. Ticket holders will be made privy to the finer details of the evening, like the venue, as the date approaches.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Nestled between tried-and-true fare like snacks and face painting are some ultracool activity stations, including Chess NYC speed tournaments and soapy wands from Gazillion Bubble Garden. Storytellers, puppeteers, and cast members from Broadway and Off Broadway shows perform on the festival’s main stage throughout the day. Greenwich St between Chambers and Hubert Sts. Subway: 1 to Franklin St.

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Hester Street Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The outdoor LES bazaar kicks off its fifth year, with veteran vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Macaron Parlour, along with 2013 Vendy Award winner Khao Man Gai NY. Carnivore newcomers include Hudson & Charles (Texas-style chili, porchetta sandwiches), Ssam-BBQ (all-natural Korean 'cue), and Zhà Pan Asian chicken and waffles. Rosette’s Warren Hode will be on site, mixing speciality tonics for opening day.

  1. Hester Street Fair Hester St, at Essex St, 10002
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Sun Apr 27
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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

There are enough people walking around New York with DSLRs; try your hand at a different form of photography during this international celebration of the pinhole camera. Guests will be provided with a camera and paper, and given access to a darkroom.

  1. Alice Austen House 2 Hylan Blvd, at Edgewater St
  2. Sun Apr 27
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