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15 wonderful things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer P
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Fri 29

Point Break Live! The Bell House; 8:30pm; $26, at the door $36
Jaime Keeling spoofs the less-than-classic 1991 surf-action picture Point Break in this cult-fave “reality theater” experience, which first visited NYC back in 2006. Cool twist: The team will hunt through the audience to choose someone at random to play the costarring role of Johnny Utah, originally non-acted by Keanu Reeves.

90s Hip-Hop and R&B Sing-along Union Hall; 9:30pm; $10
Dust off your Reebok Pumps and make sure you still remember every word of Beastie Boys' Sabotage, because Union Hall is shutting down the baddest hits of the Clinton Years. Grab a ring pop and show off your moves among other die-hard fans of TLC, The Fugees and Eminem. The videos will be projected all night, so you'll be able to scream in delight when Michelle Pfeiffer shows up in her leather jacked in Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise" video. 

Flying Lotus + Jon Hopkins Music Hall of Williamsburg; 9pm; $30–$35
Brainfeeder honcho Flying Lotus teams up with frequent Coldplay collaborator Jon Hopkins for an evening of lush, forward-thinking electronic sounds. All proceeds will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which funds transcendental meditation programs for at-risk students, veterans with PTSD, domestic violence survivors and many others.

Winter Antiques Show Park Avenue Armory; 6pm; $25
History buffs have 73 booths of decorative housewares, furniture and tableaux to riffle through at this vintage art and antiques fair. Perhaps take a look at some luxurious and incredibly detailed furniture from the 18th and 19th century. Those obsessed with all things sparkly can gawk at European and American antique jewelry, Fabergé, gold snuffboxes and objets de vertu. There are also daily lectures and works in preview especially for the show.

Naked Boys Singing! Kirk Theatre (at Theatre Row); 10:30pm; $81.25
Eight reasonably nice-looking men take it all off and vocalize in this collage of cutesy vignettes on gay themes, recently revamped with new jokes and more up-to-date references. Although sex is central to most of the numbers, the goofy nudism has no erotic charge, and when the show tries to be serious, it's hard to watch with a straight face.

Sat 30

The Rub The Bell House; 10pm; $10 before midnight, $15 after
DJs Ayres and Eleven continue their long-running Rub affair, where they’ll be playing their usual high-octane mix of hip-hop, house, soul and just about anything that’s got the funk. They've got the makings of a great party.

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival The Tunnel; noon; $199
The down-home Southern barbecue bash is back for a sixth year, bringing Dixie brethren to New York by way of bourbon, whole-roasted pigs and unlimited beer like Abita, but also bluegrass music and instructional seminars. Gorge on brisket sliders and BBQ grilled chicken courtesy of Maryland pit masters from Blacksauce Curbside Kitchen and Kloby's Smokehouse, then cheer on contestants during a bacon-eating contest and pick up hot sauces, grilling gear and home-brew kits to take home.

Girls Girls Girls: All-Girl Motley Crue Tribute 100th Show Extravaganza Gramercy Theatre; 7pm; $15
Since breaking out in a Jersey strip club in 2007, the brazen ladies of Girls Girls Girls has rocked stages nationwide with audacious covers of Motley Crue classics like "Shout at the Devil" and "Wild Side." Celebrate their 100th show at a rowdy night of hits, with accompaniment from Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to Bee Gees & Beyond and VIPER, the Top Gun soundtrack cover band. 

The 5th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 11:30pm; $20
The Pink Room's Francine "The Lucid Dream" is back to pay tribute to the oeuvre of David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Driveand Wild at Heart will figure heavily) through a burlesque battle to the death—metaphorically speaking, of course, even if one of the participants ends up playing the role of Laura Palmer. Schäffer the Darklord hosts, and Amelia Bareparts, Boo Boo Darlin’, Gemini Rising, Foxy Vermouth, Minx Arcana, Montana, Satanica, Matt Knife and Francine herself are among the performers.

“The Story of Lil BUB” Museum of Moving Image; 1pm; $25–$100
As part of the exhibition How Cats Took Over the Internet, world famous celebricat Lil BUB and her “dude” Mike Bridavsky present a screening of BUB's biography “The Story of Lil BUB” ($25, 1pm). After the show a meet and greet with the famous feline is avaible ($100, 4pm) and all proceeds go to Lil BUB’s Big Fund at the ASPCA, which benefits special needs pets. The meet and greet includes general admission to the museum, the chance to pet lil BUB, the screening, a photo op and a signed photo of BUB. If you're looking to adopt a kitty of your own there will also be a ASPCA cat adoption in front of the museum from 1-5pm.

Sun 31

Dirty Dancing Trivia Videology Bar & Cinema; 7pm; free
If you've worn through your Dirty Dancing VHS and album (Remember "Hungry Eyes?"), then head to Videology and share your deep knowledge of the Twist, the Catskills and dance training montage with other die-hard lovers of the 1987 romance classic. You'll have to bring all yours smarts to these intense five rounds of trivia, so try to resist leaping into your teammate's arms until after you win.  

Fit + Love Barre Class Athleta; 10am; free
New year, new bod? Sculpt and tone your abs, arms and thighs with Tanya Becker of Physique 57 without dropping a dime.

Company XIV: Snow White Minetta Lane Theatre; 8pm; $40­­­­–$65, $75–$105 premium
Having previously given an haute-burlesque twist to Cinderella andThe Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick invites us to take a bite of his latest nightlife-performance spectacle: an elaborate, adults-only version of Snow White, featuring Company XIV's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival at various locations; noon; various prices
Combat the frigid temperatures at the Hot Chocolate Festival, hosted by the cocoa connoisseurs at Valrhona. During the weeklong fest, local pastry shops including Dominique Ansel Bakery, Ladurée and François Payard Patisserie will stir up their own inventive takes on the toasty cold-weather cup using Valrhona chocolate, with 50 cents of each beverage sold benefitting City Harvest. 

Stand Up for 826NYC The Bell House; 7:30pm; $25
Irish darling Maeve Higgins welcomes a host of equally ubiquitous NYC comedians including Chris Gethard, Seaton Smith, Naomi Ekperigin, Giulia Rozzi, Sean Donnelly and Katina Corrao for a hilarious nonstop stand-up marathon in support of 826NYC, which develops creative, writing and education initiatives for students age 6–18. 

 

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