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  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Gaga on GMA


What's better than witnessing the spectacle of Lady Gaga live? Seeing the pop star's outrageous stage show for free. While it will certainly be more scaled down than the Monster Ball, we're sure Lady Gaga's Good Morning America performance (Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, enter at Fifth Ave at 72nd St; abcnews.go.com; 8:30am; free) won't disappoint (she does have an album to promote, after all). Just be sure to arrive early to secure your spot—gates open at 6am.

Go for gold


If you lacked the skills to make it to the Brewskee-Ball Championships (or are just hearing of the sport right now), take advantage of your chance to play during an open mini tournament on the first night of this weekend competition (Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand St between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-725-4588, brewskeeball.com; 9:30pm; free). A combination of the classic arcade game and boozing, it's the ultimate weekend activity. Rub shoulders with seasoned rollers (who will square off in official matches over the course of the next two days) while you down two-for-$5 Genny Cream Ale brews.

See The Hangover Part II


It's actually a blessing that your friends are out of town this weekend: The lines will be smaller when much-hyped bro-fest The Hangover Part II hits theaters. If you were a fan of the Wolf Pack the first time around, find out whether the shtick sticks when Vegas is swapped for Thailand and the baby is swapped for a monkey. Here's hoping that it's not just a slightly tweaked rerun of the original—but with Zach Galifianakis involved, we bet we'll be laughing regardless. 

Technologic


It's tough to imagine life without smartphones, e-readers and PlayStations—a phenomenon explored in the new exhibit "Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools" (Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St; 212-570-3600, whitney.org; 11am--9pm. $18; seniors, adults 19--25 and students $12; ages 18 and under free). The plethora of films, sculpture, drawings and video games were made using basic tech tools—including a series or gradient prints created through Photoshop. Check out the large-scale bowling alley installation, a series of projections from bowling video games from the '70s to the '00s, altered to show only gutter balls. If the trippy exhibit gets you on an art kick, you'll want to reference our guide to this season's blockbuster museum shows.

An alfresco flick


The Intrepid kicks off its summer movie series during Fleet Week with a screening of 1986 gem Top Gun (Pier 86, Twelfth Ave at 46th St; 877-957-7447, intrepidmuseum.org; doors 7:30pm, film starts at sunset; free). Revel in the drama as Maverick and Goose zip through the skies, and the schmaltz as "Take My Breath Away" blasts over the speakers. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to claim your space on the aircraft carrier's deck—and to provide maximum comfort for stargazing along the Hudson.

Dance, shout and shake your body down to the ground


You might assume that the formation of Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland occurred during the upswing in interest following the singer's death. Take it as a sign of the pop star's unshakable popularity, then, that the 14-piece band's inception actually happened several months before. The San Francisco group (including four lead vocalists, four horns and a six-piece rhythm section) hops coasts this weekend for an appearance at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave between North 11th and 12th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com; doors 6pm, show 8pm; $5), where they'll bust out all the hits, including "Billie Jean," "Rock with You" and even Jackson Five tunes, like "ABC."

Classy cocktails


Those suffering from an acute case of Mad Men withdrawal can nurse their wounds at Time Travel Happy Hour: Mad Men Cocktails (, 23 E 4th St at Lafayette St; 212-674-7501, astorcenternyc.com; 6:30pm; $75). Learn how to make an old-fashioned, a gimlet and other libations favored by the characters on the '60s-themed show, under the guidance of mixologist (and Astor Center general manager) Jenn Smith. Don Draper would argue that booze is the cure for anything, after all.

Love on the roof


Snuggle up with your significant other (or meet like-minded romantics) at The Pursuit of Love (Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand St at Ludlow St; rooftopfilms.com; doors 8pm, live music 8:30pm, films 9pm), a screening of nine short films on a Lower East Side rooftop. Selections include "Missed Connections," a documentary about online messages to the one who got away and "Bike Race," a tale of love on two wheels. Bring a blanket in case the seats are filled up when you arrive, and be sure to prepare for a long night: There will be free drinks at the after-party (Fontana's, 105 Eldridge St between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-334-6740, fontanasnyc.com; 11:30pm; free).

Like a rolling stone


If you long for the days when Bob Dylan roamed Greenwich Village's streets, you'll want to book it to the Bowery for Dylan Fest 2011 (Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St between Bowery and Chrystie St; 212-533-2111, boweryballroom.com; doors 8pm, show 9pm; $20) as countless crooners honor the bard for his 70th birthday. Performers include Norah Jones, Strokes bass player Nikolai Fraiture, Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit, SNL funnymen Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis and more. Just don't go nuts if they plug in their guitars.

Club kids unite


Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Toca Cielo (Cielo, 18 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St; 212-645-5700, cieloclub.com; 10pm; $20, mention "Toca" at the door before midnight $15), the Meatpacking stalwart's monthly bash. Guests are encouraged to dress in blue in reference to the club's name (which means "sky" in Spanish). Turntable master Mr. V will be joined by party frequenters Sid Vaga and Steve Tek, while samba dancers, live drummers and other surprises will take things up a notch.

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