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15 out of this world things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer Picht

Fri 8

One Step Beyond Rose Center for Earth and Space (American Museum of Natural History); 9pm; $25

This long-running series of nighttime planetarium soirees combines the moon, the stars and the love of dance with a party deejayed by wild and rowdy artists like Neon Indian and Airbird. A psychedelic multimedia demonstration about Earth and beyond, narrated by Liam Neeson, follows in the Hayden Big Bang Theatre. 

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom Joe's Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $35

It’s not all raunch and taboo. Everett brings the house way down with a ballad to her dead father, “Get Over You.” And while she doesn’t preach, she does flaunt her body, sexual appetites and love of buttery, oaky wine. This train wreck is bound for glory.

Rock Lobster: Riff Rock & Punk Ambrose Hall; 7pm; Free

Dig into seafood and drink specials and delight in some of your favorite rock & punk videos, from Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" to No Doubt's "Just A Girl." Whether you're down for classic Poison or Nirvana, the Music Video Time Machine crew will happily oblige your requests. 

"Superheroes in Gotham" New York Historical Society; 10am; free–$20

Masked marvels may be dominating Hollywood, but their real-life origin stories, inspirations and publishing histories could only come from New York City. Witness the cosmic leaps superheroes such as the X-Men and Thor have taken from the sketchbooks of struggling postwar Manhattan artists such as Jack Kirby to radio, TV, film and beyond. This exhibit offers you the chance to look to the skies and around your neighborhood for the world’s mightiest supergods. 

Nutcracker Rouge Minetta Lane Theatre; 8pm; $50–$175

Company XIV revives its acclaimed Nutcracker Rouge for a West Village run, injecting a little ribald into Tchaikovsky with a cast of opera singers and actors and adding some new sequences. Sixteen and over only. 

Sat 9

The New York Times Travel Show Javits Center; 9am; day pass, $20; two day pass, $25 

Book your greatest adventure yet with pro getaway tips, expert seminars and one-of-a-kind deals at this travel blowout. You'll have the chance to indulge in delicious global recipes from star chefs like Madhur Jaffrey, attend niche seminars like "Focus on Travel Bloggers," "Focus on Africa," and "Focus on LGBT," and hit a wide pool of vendors for their best deals. Why not take a chance to show yourself the world? 

Lovesick Expo Red Hooks Labs; 11am; $15 in advance, $20 at the door 

Finally, there's a wedding convention for affianced New Yorkers who can't stand bridesmaid culture, bland chicken or fish options and lame wedding bands who perform "Shout." The six-year-old alt-bride con features drinks, burlesque performances and aisles of vendors waiting to make your special day unique, palatable and bearable. 

Star Wars Dance Party Webster Hall; 10pm; $20

Calling all droids, Jedi masters, wookiees and Stormtroopers: Are you ready to party in a galaxy far, far away? Grab your lightsaber and your best Star Wars getup and head to Webster Hall to shake your groove thing to music by DJ Dali, Mike Chach, Sean Sharp, DLO and Sugar Ray. And you better dress to impress for a chance to win $500 in cash.

Be Cute Brooklyn Littlefield; 11pm; $10 

Matty Beats/Horrorchata relocates his recurring Be Cute party from Bed Stuy to Gowanus. Merkin Muffley and Battyjack will also take turn behind the decks. Scene queen Merrie Cherry works the door at this "no shade space."

New York Boat Show Javits Center; 10am; $16

If your life, your love and your lady is the sea, then you'll be more than satisfied by this five-day nautical convention, which features a vast variety of yachts, sailboats and more, along with features like a "Be A Diver" scuba pool, Annapolis School of Seamanship seminars and a boating simulator. 

Sun 10

73 Annual Golden Globes Party Videology Bar & Cinema; 6pm; Free 

Judge Ricky Gervais's hosting abilities, red carpet fashions and the award winners all from the comfort of your bar stool at this free screening. Dress up and enjoy drink specials and snacks like nachos and popcorn in the bar's back room.

No Pants Subway Ride Various locations; 3pm; Free

If you’re looking to show off those sweet undies you got from Santa to someone besides your significant other or your cat, you’ll get your chance when Improv Everywhere’s annual prank invades the NYC rails. There are meeting spots in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens; from there, the horde takes to the subway in their skivvies.

The Official No Pants Subway Ride Afterparty Webster Hall; 4:15pm; $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door 

Horse around with your pantsless comrades during the fifth annual NYC No Pants Subway Ride after-party, where you can shake your booty to beats from DJs (Dirtyfiner, Shakey, Jason Smith, Chris Landry, SPLURT and Dirty Stay Out), enjoy drink specials and munch on tasty food while your nearly-nude bod enjoys the open air. Jump into a bin of 1,000 balloons and bedazzle your own cardboard barrel (because you don’t look ridiculous enough already). And there will be dance performances, art installations and more to keep your wandering eyes away from all the, er, distractions. 

The Art of the Blow Job Babeland; 7:30pm; $27–$36

Go downtown (pun-intended) and learn how to please your bae with oral tips from Babeland sexperts. The educators will teach you how to find the sweet spots, discuss never-fail tricks and showcase the perfect toys that will make your S.O. see fireworks. 

Nitehawk Brunch Screenings: On the QT Nitehawk Cinema; 11am; $11

Munch on a warm dish of brown butter crêpe or Nitehawk’s eggs Benedict with a side of Quentin Tarantino at the indie theater’s film series, showcasing the four early feature flicks that made Tarantino one of the most influential director’s of the 1990s (and of, er, all time). This Sunday, check out the cult classic Pulp Fiction.

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