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12 super-cool things to do this weekend

Written by
Jaz Joyner

Sep 5

Dollypalooza: An Epic Fan Tribute to Dolly Parton; Littlefield
Dolly Parton is a national treasure, right up there with the Washington Monument and the Golden Gate Bridge (although much better looking and with a more pleasant singing voice).

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
The comedian, actor and director hits the stage for one night only to talk about all the trouble his jokes have caused.

BAM 24-Hour Movie Marathon; BAM Harvey Theater
You'll never see all-nighters the same way after hitting BAM's education-themed charity movie marathon, where movies like Clueless will be your lesson in English. Like, totally.

Sep 6

MAD. SQ. 200: Historic Daytime Fair; Madison Square Park
Can you believe Madison Square's been around for 200 years? She barely looks a day over 150. New York Life is throwing a bicentennial party for the lil lady— with sword swallowing! Ooo, fun.

Bushwig; Secret Project Robot
The north Brooklyn drag fest is bigger than ever, with two days of gender-bending shenanigans.

Pig Island; Erie Basin Park Waterfront
Barbecue heavyweights will go hog wild at the fifth annual all-you-can-eat event, serving slow-roasted, grilled and even fried pig to be washed down with bottomless Sixpoint craft beers, Finger Lakes wines and Hudson Valley hard ciders.

Circus Amok; Various locations
The queer, political circus delights audiences of all ages at parks around the city throughout September. Political commentary mixed with clowns? Don't mind if we do. 

Swing House; location TBA
Gemini & Scorpio are back with their Prohibition-era speakeasy party, where you can dress like you're straight out of a Scott Fitzgerald novel. You only find out the secret location if you R.S.V.P. Sneaky, sneaky.

Sep 7

Annual Brooklyn Brain Jam; The Bell House
The First Annual Brooklyn Brain Jam is like a music festival for your brain. Smarties from everywhere will do presentations on randomly interesting things, bring you some of the best trivia around, and just plain ole' be intelligent around each other. We're kind of in awe here.

Ryan McGinley, Yearbook; Team Gallery
The photographer's noted passion for fleeting youth is on full display in this installation. Depicting 200 models, all young and in the nude, the exhibit piece consists of 500 studio portraits printed on vinyl sheets, which are stuck to every square inch of the gallery's walls and ceiling. It's a celebration of the innocent and anodyne, but also, as the title suggests, a acknowledgment of the transition to the ravages of adulthood.

The Brooklyn Generator; Spike Hill
Beep, boop, beep: Commence creation of amazing play. Only, these plays are generated by human minds (not robots) in—get this—just 30 days!

Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair; Riverside Park
Summer is, in all technicality, still going. This may be your last chance to stroll around the West Side by the Hudson in a t-shirt and jeans. And eat funnel cake. And smooch your significant other at sunset. Single? Smooch your hand. We won't tell. 

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