Things to do in New York this Friday

It's time to punch out, wind down and start your weekend. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling.

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Tapeheads: A Night of Comedy, Music and a Weezer Cover Band

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The very funny Kondabolu brothers—Ashok and Hari—combine stand-up, stories and a love for the early days of everyone's favorite angsty pop-punk band in this evening of entertainment. Guests include Wyatt Cenac, Jean Grae, Alice Wetterlund and the Undone Sweaters.

  1. Union Hall 702 Union St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Gay Night at Full Bunny Contact

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Gays are invited to take over the wacky Easter-themed immersive fun fest Full Bunny Contact. Queer-twisted amusements include hunky bunnies, a Westboro Baptist dunk tank (among other wild games) and prizes from naughty clothier Nasty Pig. A dance party featuring DJ Jared Conner follows the bunny fun.

  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Go Nightclubbing Archive

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  • Free

If your ideal Friday night involves visiting a dingy downtown club, then—short of taking a time machine to the late ’70s—this video archive might be as close as you can get. Tonight the Museum of Arts & Design kicks off a series of ten films culled from the work of Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong, the rogue documentarians who chronicled the scene at CBGB, Mudd Club and Danceteria on their cable TV show Nightclubbing.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Fri Apr 18
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“Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

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This first New York retrospective of the famed Chinese artist and dissident lands in the Borough of Kings, bringing with it the American debut of S.A.C.R.E.D., a monumental installation that wowed at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Based on Ai Weiwei’s imprisonment by Chinese authorities over 81 days, the work comprises six iron boxes, each containing a life-size fiberglass diorama depicting a scene from the artist’s incarceration. These tableaux were reconstructed from memory and show the artist being interrogated or watched carefully by guards as he eats, sleeps and goes to the bathroom. This tour de force is joined by other works, including a site-specific installation of bicycles.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Aug 10
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Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders

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Part variety show and part concert, Cabinet of Wonders features ironic folkster Wesley Stace (formerly John Wesley Harding) and his handpicked posse of literary nerds, musicians, comedians and ventriloquists. Tonight's lineup includes Nicole Atkins, Emily Flake, Stephen Kellogg, Chip Kidd and Chris Stamey.

  1. City Winery 155 Varick St, at Vandam St
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Bargemusic

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Would you believe that you've got two opportunities to hear Frederic Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues on the barge this week? On Apr 18, Gilles Vonsattel plays it alongside works by Beethoven, Liszt, Janacek and Messiaen, among others; on Apr 23, Thomas Schultz includes it in a mix of Chopin and Hyo-shin Na. In between, you can hear Mark Peskanov and Doris Stevenson playing Bach, Schubert and further sweet standards on Apr 19, and a tribute to beloved Juilliard piano pedagogue Herbert Stessin featuring Orli Shaham, Jonathan Feldman, Rita Sloan and Sakiko Ohashi Apr 20.

  1. Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing, at Furman and Old Fulton Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Wed Apr 23
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Laurent Garnier

  • Price band: 2/4
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Laurent Garnier, an amazing DJ who tends to lay down winding sets that take in a huge chunk of the underground-dance-music spectrum, hits Output for an extended set.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Fri Apr 18
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World Famous *BOB*’s Birthday Parade

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!BadAss! Burlesque throws a glitter-soaked over-the-top bash for the birthday girl, with guests Velocity Chyaldd, Tigger! and many others.

  1. The Cutting Room 44 E 32nd St, between Madison Ave and Park Ave South , 10016
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Jon Kinzel

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Kinzel shows a new in-progress work as part of NYLA's informal Studio Series. Neil Goldberg moderates a postperformance talk with the choreographer.

  1. New York Live Arts 219 W 19th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Apr 19
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The Inspired Word Presents Titillating Tongues: NYC Erotica in Poetry and Prose

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Poets, authors and spoken-word artists bring their saucy, sensual best to this night of readings from locals and out-of-town guests. The monthly open-mike night, hosted by poet Aimee Herman, features pulse-quickening performances that have previously included a male stripper simulating masturbation onstage, and appearances by writers such as Audacia Ray and Rachel Kramer Bussel. Readers can reserve a six-minute slot online or sign up in person at 7pm.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Fri Apr 18
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See a new film tonight

Godzilla

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Fading Gigolo

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Manakamana

  • Rated as: 5/5
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The Young Girls of Rochefort

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Only Lovers Left Alive

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Under the Skin

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Nymphomaniac: Volume II

  • Rated as: 4/5
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