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15 wonderful things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 21

LUST: Late Night at various locations; 9pm; $40, VIP $65, VIP + Dungeon $80
LUST—the decadent dinner party at which guests eat directly off nude models—presents this kinky meal-free speakeasy, at which guests witness a wild variety show featuring Japanese shibari bondage, arousing acrobatics and pyrotechnics and plenty of participatory spanking, body art and more. VIP guests can opt in for access to the private dungeon and cuddle bus. Wear nice undies—you never know what trouble you're going to be getting into. 

Union Hall Reopening Celebration Union Hall; 1pm; free
Welcome back the iconic bar and performance venue in style. This special rager features drinks specials with an extended DJ happy hour with Taela Naomi, performances by The Nightowls, Courtesy Tier & Jessi Robertson, giveaways, karaoke, and more.  

Drunk Education Gets E*MOTIONal Littlefield; 9pm; $10
In 2015, Carly Rae Jepsen created the definitive apotheosis of the pop music genre with her album E*MOTION, along with the equally-transcendent B-Sides album in 2016. Delve into the glory of Jepsen's masterpiece at this loaded seminar, at which wasted comedians and speakers present power point tributes to each track on the album. After the presentations, savor the sweet beats of songs like "Boy Problems," "Roses," and "Your Type" at an all-Carly Rae dance party. Get ready to play with the angels.  

The Le Sigh Vendors Market Brooklyn Bazaar; 6:30pm; free
Music and art blog the Le Sigh hosts its first-ever bazaar with wares made from female-identifying and nonbinary artists. Check out zines, tarot cards, homemade perfumes, holistic remedies, clothing, jewelry and hand-woven items at this bangin’ community gathering where you’re able to pick up drinks between rounds of shopping. 

Water Bachata Party Washington Park; 4:30pm; free
Get ready for some hot moves paired with a unique cool down. Dance some Bachata and participate in a water fight, come bearing your water-weapon of choice. Bring a date who’s down to get into the groove for the Dominican dance class, and get a little wet.  

Sat 22

Wine & Sweets Festival LIC Flea & Food; 12:30pm, 3:30pm; $50, VIP $69
Pair delicious wines with desserts from Melt, 10Below, Waffle Cabin and other sugary favorites at this decadent tasting party. 

The Total Beacon Immersion Dia:Beacon; noon; $15–$25
Escape the city for a day, and head to the charming hamlet of Beacon, New York, where Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery lead you through a pub crawl (four beers are included), lunch and tours of galleries, landmarks and more. The day of adventures includes discounts to local spas, restaurants and hotels, so don’t miss this chance to visit Beacon in style. 

OZY Fusion Festival Central Park, Rumsey Playfield; noon; $50, VIP $125
Even If you’ve had it with the screeching sound systems, rough crowds, indigestible foods and scary bathrooms that come with most music festivals, hope is not lost for you this summer. On Saturday 22, news and culture site OZY throws an intellectual’s festival in Central Park, complete with TED-style talks, movie screenings, fancy food and damn good music. This year's edition features Eddie Haung, RuPaul, Samantha Bee, Jason DeRulo, Zara Larsson, Michael Che and more. 

Queens United International Party Sunnyside Gardens Park; 4pm; $5
Sunnyside Gardens Park is hosting an all night festival of international food and music. Enjoy the exceptional mix of Indian, Pan-African, and Vera Cruz music all night long with performances by Brooklyn Raga Massive, Akoko Anante Ensemble, and Radio Jarocho. Bring a blanket to enjoy the shows, but don't be afraid to hop up and dance. 

Luke Babylon, Christian Magician The Duplex; 9:30pm; $15–$20, plus two-drink minimum
Writer, comedian and self-professed recovering evangelical Zach Zimmerman becomes God-fearing sleight-of-hand master Luke Babylon in this hilarious one-hour solo show. Come and be saved. 

Minx and Mingle Burlesque The West End; 7pm; $15–$20, plus $15 cash minimum
Host Julie Brittannia welcomes a coven of burlesque beauties and even drag dames to take the stage at this epic show, featuring Twinky Boots, Castor Bollocks, Munroe Lily, Johnny Panic, Ruby Mechant, Unsung Hera, Allegra Spread, Silky Bliss and Trinity Starlight.

The Summer Done Right Series The Bronx Brewery; noon; $10–$15
The Bronx Brewery has teamed up with The BLOX TV and Underdog Productions to bring you this Summer Done Right day party. Lord Finesse will be providing good vibes and great music. Enjoy this day of of celebration and music fueled by Dinosaur BBQ, Mott Haven Bar & Grill, the Bronx Brewery's beers, and much more.  

StepYAGameUP Street Dance Battle Highline Ballroom; 2pm; two-day pass $30
More than 200 of the city’s best street dancers face off on the Highline Ballroom stage at the 26th annual edition of this pop-and-lock showdown. The fiercest competitors compete for $500 prizes in categories including waacking, hip-hop, house dancing and all styles for kids. Bring it on.

Sun 23  

Tessa Skara: Rock Goddess The Duplex; 9:30pm; $8 in advance, $13 at the door, plus two-drink minimum
Tessa Skara, one of Comedy Central's Comic to Watch and member of the Pop Roulette group, comes to the stage for once not as a comic, but as a self-made rockstar. The comedian, performance artist, and musician brings you a night of rock cabaret in a very funny fashion. Get ready for a night of supreme entertainment, as she channels her inner Courtney-Love-inspired self. 

Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club; noon; $20
Ample Hills and other favorites serve their most inventive frozen treats at this lactose party.

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