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14 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Dec 5

Top Five opens in theaters
He says he's old, but as this Woody Allen–esque love letter to NYC comedy shows, Chris Rock's definitely got a lot more up his sleeve. 

Subway Sets; Webster Hall, East Village, 7:30pm. $18.
Here in NYC, it's very likely you'll pass by a brilliant musician or artist while rushing to your train. At this concert you'll actually get to sit back and enjoy these subway performers and give em' the credit they're due.

Late Night TV: The Roast of Kris Kringle; Videology, Williamsburg, 11pm. Free.
He's a jolly fat man who likes to give gifts to children he doesn't know via sneaking own chimneys. Umm. What's not to roast? Be there as comedians take lovable pokes at Santa. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical; Madison Square Garden, Midtown West, 9pm. $40–$149.
Dr. Seuss's grouchy, nasty, green-furred malcontent sings and dances at Madison Square Garden.

Lemonade & Tim and Ben of Cut Copy; Glasslands, Williamsburg, doors open 11:30pm. $20.
Tim Hoey and Ben Browning of anthemic Aussie dance-rockers Cut Copy bring a rare DJ set to the U.S. at Glasslands. Joined by JDH of Fixed and local weirdos Lemonade playing live. Expect anything.

Dec 6

Fifth Annual Battle of the Belgians; Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village, 1pm. $55.
Dig into a whole smoked hog while sampling more than 20 Belgian beers before voting for your favorite brews.

The Brooklyn Cookie Takedown; The Bell House, Gowanus, 2pm. $20. 
Chomp your way through a Takedown master Matt Timms brings cookie-makers from across the boroughs to the Bell House for sampling and judging along with endless eggnog and holiday festivities. Cookie monster would be so jealous. 

Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Home for the Holidays; Beacon Theater, Upper West Side, 8pm. $50–$2000.
The Queens-born pop icon—with an accent to match—hosts her annual benefit for homeless LGBT youth.

The Daptone Super Soul Revue; Apollo Theater, Harlem, 8pm. $40–$80.
NYC's coolest homegrown R&B label takes over Harlem's swankiest theater.

Holiday Concert on the High Line; The High Line (duh), Meatpacking District, 12pm. Free.
Get festive with hot chocolate and cider as Los Pleneros de la 21 play Aguinaldos with traditional Puerto Rican holiday songs. 

Dec 7

Bill Nye; 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side, 7:30pm. $37. 
♫ Bill, Bill, Bill! ♫ is back, and these days his focus is on raising awareness about evolution with his book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Evolution? Yeah, you know, that real thing that happened, and continues to happen on Earth that some people still don't believe in.

W. Kamau Bell "Oh, Everything!" Stand-Up Tour; SubCulture, East Village, 7pm, $18. advance $15.
Expect him to perfectly (and hilariously) discuss every social topic you're uncomfortable about from the current state of our law making system, transgender issues, to well, everything else! C'mon, he warns you with the title, guys. 

Winter Solstice Celebration & Holiday Marketplace; Queens Botanical Garden, 12:30pm. Free.
Enjoy nature, music, food and shopping for a full day at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Winter Solstice Celebration and Holiday Marketplace. Children can participate in a variety of activities from storytelling to interactive crafts, and parents can impress the whole family with unique gifts come holiday season.

The Elephant Man; Booth Theatre, Midtown West, 3pm. $99–$169.
Ahh! It's a real, live elephant man! Run! Run (!) straight to your designated theater seat as Bradley Cooper stars in this well-anticipated revival of the beloved drama about a man with a stunning medical condition. 

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