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15 super-cool things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 20

The '90s Summer Jams Sing-Along, Union Hall; 9pm; $10
The song of summer 2014 is still up for debate (though Rihanna is putting up quite a fight), so while that gets sorted out, revisit the hits of the past at this epic greatest hits throwdown. Attendees are welcome, nay, encouraged, to belt along to projected music videos such as Will Smith’s “Miami” and Ace of Base’s “The Sign” without fear of ridicule. Prep for the ’90s costume contest with a grunge-band tee or by coiffing your hair into a J. Timb–style frosted mop, and practice your Roger Rabbit and Running Man for the dance-off (prizes include free drinks and concert tickets). Special cocktails ($7) include the Walkin’ on the Sun, a rum-and–St. Germain lemonade that’s sure to get you smash(mouth)ed.

Fleetmac Wood Presents Tango In the Night Disco, Baby’s All Right; 11pm; $17
This highly dedicated Fleetwood Mac cover band returns from a year of touring to take you on a chiffon-filled musical journey through the back catalogues.

Shakespeare’s Funeral, Morbid Anatomy Museum; 7pm; $20
Raise a glass (yes, beverages are provided) to the Bard in honor of his 400th death-aversary, and pay your respects by viewing an illustrated presentation of Shakespeare’s most iconic death scenes, provided by the talented Melinda Hall from Willful Pictures. 

Sat 21

A Celebration of 30 Years of the Labyrinth, Shea Stadium; 8pm; $10, at the door $12
Join Bowie die-hards of all ages at this experimental dance party that pays tribute to the greatest goblin musical of them all, Labyrinth. Old fans and new inductees into the Bowie cult will be singing, dancing and sobbing at this unique one-night only event. 

Exclusive tour of the Woolworth Building, Woolworth Tours; 4pm; $20–$45
The inventive minds of Untapped Cities lead you through one of the city's great closed-off sites in a private tour of the Woolworth lobby and basement. View stunning glass and marble interiors and the now-lost inner workings of this former glorious hub while learning about the city’s history from guides Lisa Renz and Roy Suskin.

Crazy Since da ’90s Presents: Ya Dig!, Union Hall; 10pm; $5 after 11pm, free with R.S.V.P. before 11pm
Go beyond the ’90s with past and present gems that can't be ignored. Resident DJs Stefonix, Bbeats and Bianca will be stirring up a mix of your favorite grunge, Hip Hop, pop, R&B and House hits with no decade limits to hold them back. Get ready to pound your Reebok pumps to the floor to jams from Babyloon Zoo, Coolio, Ace of Base, Tears For Fears, Nelly and more. 

Disney Prom, The Hall at MP; 9:30pm; $16
Shine your glass slippers in advance for this Disney-themed blowout, which promises to be far more magical than your high school prom. NYC cover band the Little Mermen—think ’80s pop jams mixed with dive bar thrash and sprinkled with fairy tale nostalgia—is providing familiar tunes like “Colors of the Wind,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Circle of Life.” The punch bowl will be spiked—leave your sneaky flask at home—so all you have to worry about is finding a slammin’ Cinderella-esque getup. It’s bound to be an enchanting evening. 

Vulture Festival, at various locations; 9:30am; $30–$50
The sharp minds at Vulture have stacked up their best lineup of panels, tributes, performances and fan events yet for this annual cultural mecca. Check out a Happy Endings reunion panel, Difficult People table read, trivia match with the cast of Younger, conversation with Sopranos creator David Chase and much more at this epic fan weekend. 

At Last I Am Born: A Morrisey Birthday Celebration; The Bell House; 9pm; $15, at the door $20
Steven Morrissey has pulled at our collective heartstrings with his moody rock and political stunts since the Cold War. Head to the Bell House and honor the Smiths singer’s birthday with a fitting tribute as the Son & Heirs prove why they're the world's preeminent Smiths cover band and Police tribute band New York's Finest serve classic Sting hits. 

35 Claver Place Open Studios, 35 Claver Place; noon; free
For the 11th year, the artists of 35 Claver Place open their studios to the public as part of the SONYA Art Walk (a handy acronym for South of the Navy Yard Artists). Explore the unique four-floor space to see works spanning painting, sculpture, photography, multimedia and interior design. Artists include Kennis Baptiste, Poogy Bjerklie, Beka Goedde and Teresa Hermann. Doors will be open from noon to 6pm.

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival, Factory Floor at Industry City; 2pm and 7pm; $69 per three-hour session
At this vernal drinking extravaganza, fill up a souvenir wine glass with limitless samples of more than 200 wines from locales both near (Brooklyn Winery) and far (Australia, South Africa). Your ticket is good for three hours of nonstop sipping set to the sounds of a live jazz performance from local outfit the Blue Vipers. To complement the vino, snack on gratis hors d’oeuvres (cheese, crudités), with more grub for purchase at the new Supper Section stocked with borough eats like subs, sandwiches and pastries. 

Sun 22

Passport to Taiwan, Union Square; noon; free
Celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week in Union Square Park with live performances by Taiwanese-Americans and food traditionally found in Taiwan's “night markets.” Learn the traditional arts of lion-head painting, paper umbrella making and sugar blowing with craft masters, and take notes on the soy sauce–making exhibition.

Barkfest 2016, Hudson River Park, Pier 97; 2pm; $40, VIP $55
This too cute to be true festival allows you to party with your pup—"Coachella" style. That's right, Pier 97 will be transformed into a spectacular for dogs and their owners filled with interactive games, cool tech demos at the "Innovation Pawvillion," delicious grub and a beer garden. And, of course, live music you can shake your tail to. You can expect appearances by internet-famous pups @MarnieTheDog and @TunaMeltsMyHeart, as well. 

30th Anniversary of Top Gun with VIPER, Mercury Lounge; 7:30pm; $10
Apart from Top Gun’s wicked altitude action, that homoerotic volleyball scene and a very dreamy depiction of Tom Cruise, the iconic filmis most notable for its killersoundtrack. No one understands this better than VIPER, a NYC bred Top Gun cover band led by Maverick and Goose that will blow you away with its cover-to-cover performance of all the hits from the film. Catch Iceman shredding on guitar, Charlie on bass, Slider on the drums and Giorgio rocking the ’80s synth. Show up an hour early to catch Pretty In Pink Live! by cover band Cathyland. 

“Chris Gethard in Conversation with Shannon O’Neill,” 92nd Street Y; 7pm; $32 
Actor/comedian and bona fide weirdo Gethard leads this seriously LOL talk regarding the idea behind his anarchic brand of comedy with talented, funny lady Shannon O’Neill.  

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