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20 amazing things to do in NYC this week

20 amazing things to do in NYC this week
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Mon 15

Discogs x Mobile Mondays The Bowery Electric; 9pm; $15, at the door $20
Rebecca Lynn invites you to start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by special guests Soul Clap and Midnight Magic.

Mad. Sq. Eats General Worth Square; 11am; free
Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants. 

Colm Tóibín with Louise Glück: Clytemnestra Celeste Bartos Forum; 7pm; $40
Poet Glück chats with the Brooklyn author about his new novel, House of Names, which revisits one of Greek mythology’s deadliest women.

Fuerzafest Julia de Burgos Performance & Arts Center; 1pm; free–$20
Now in its second year, this festival of LGBT Latinx culture in NYC takes over the heart of El Barrio neighborhood for ten days of films, theatrical performances, art and community building to foster unity nearly one year after Pulse Nightclub massacre. Head to the Breaking Down Walls panel, which features Proyecto Somos Orlando director Ricardo Negrón; check out films like Strike a Pose, which chronicles the adventures of seven dances on Madonna's infamous Truth or Dare tour; and don't miss two-header theatrical productions like Joselo Arroyo and Edna Lee Figueroa's Máscaras Afuera and Seis

Zodiac Comedy: Taurus Edition New York Comedy Club; 7pm; $10
In the immortal words of Fatman Scoop, what's your zodiac sign? If it's Taurus, you're in luck: this evening of stand-up comedy is free of charge for you. Show up for some bullish comedy courtesy of fellow Taureans Chrissie Mayr, Samantha Bednarz, Rich Garucci, Regina DeCicco, Julie Kottakis and Sean Donnelly. (All other signs, use promo code "Zodiac" for $10 entry.)

Tue 16 

A Tribute to Twin Peaks Brooklyn Bazaar; 7pm; free with R.S.V.P.
BBQ Films—the devious minds who have delighted New York's most daring partygoers with such bashes as "Beetlejuice's Wedding" and The Blade Rave—have teamed up with Flavorpill for this immersion into the mysterious town of Twin Peaks, just in time for the revival of David Lynch's acclaimed cult series. Show up in costume (eyepatches recommended) for the Miss Twin Peaks pageant, party with costumed burlesque dancers from Pink Room and dig into plenty of cherry pie and hot coffee at this celebration of the wonderful and strange series. 

Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light 92nd St Y; 7:30pm; $63, age 35 and under $35
Light speaks with her buddy and Transparent costar about his new memoir, Are You Anybody?

Perfume Genius + serpentwithfeet Brooklyn Steel; 7pm; $23
This delicately melancholic singer-songwriter (real name Mike Hadreas) started out playing fractured, dark indie pop, utilizing a piano and minimal instrumentation. Over the past few years, though, he's scaled up his tonal palate with glitzy synth shimmer and an exuberant sense of uplift. See his new single "Slip Away" for evidence, which ascends from a pumping bass-line a la Blue Man Group to a starry, grandiose crescendo befitting of M83.

VideoTALE Peoples Improv Theater; 7pm; $7
In this ongoing series, host Harmon Leon (Vice) and guests from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, HBO and more gather in the back of this video-rental store, bar and performance venue to tell gripping, hilarious stories while integrated videos play behind them.

Wed 17

White Hot Truth Tour Symphony Space; 7pm $60
Inspirational author and Oprah comrade Daniella LaPorte launches her new book White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real On Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another. This event will include book signings, interaction with LaPorte and a Q&A session on her poetry, inspirations and beliefs. 

The Legacy Show Le Poisson Rouge; 7:30pm; $5, reserved seating $15
Not every storytelling show in NYC has to be soaked in self-deprecation and irony. This TED-inspired monthly summit assembles speakers and storytellers with inspirational messages to share, and aims to get audience members to make big moves in their lives. For this month's "Workaholics" edition, host Michael Ian Ceder welcomes Phil Burke, Jordan Matter, Ed Blunt and Jen Rudolph to the stage. 

Comedians You Should Know The Gutter; 9pm; $5
Beginning in Chicago in 2008 and eventually branching out to West Hollywood and NYC, this popular weekly stand-up showcase features local names on the verge of making it big. For the May 17 edition, host David Drake welcomes Roy Wood Jr., Adrienne Lapalucci, Ryan Hamilton, Kyle Ayers, Jono Zaylay, and more to the stage. 

Salty Brine: Welcome to the Jungle Pangea; 7:30pm; $20
The outré actor-writer continues his terrific Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret series, in which he weaves classic pop albums into funny, perceptive tapestries of queer storytelling. This edition somehow mashes Harry Nillson's Nilsson Schmilsson with Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

Thu 18  

The Moth StorySLAM Housing Works Bookstore Café; 7:30pm; $19–$30
Everyone in NYC has a story to tell, but how many of us can hop onstage and share it with a room full of strangers (without even asking for money)? Think of a tale you’d like to unload, then head to this storytelling throwdown, at which volunteers are drawn at random to share five-minute pieces. This week’s Karma prompt encourages speakers to share five-minute tales of comings and goings in NYC. 

My Soul Looks Back: Jessica B. Harris in Conversation with Nicole Taylor Museum of Food and Drink; 6:30pm; $10
The famed cookbook author, professor and specialist in the cultures of the African diaspora sits down with writer Nicole Taylor to discuss her new memoir of the West Village in the ’70s, My Soul Looks Back. 

“Gypsies: Dance Traditions from India to Spain” Nuyorican Poets Café; 7:30pm; $15, at the door $20
Choreographer Tatyana Popova stages this show that traces Gypsy elements through Flamenco, Bharatanatyam and Kathak dances.

Big Gay Roller Skate Lakeside at Prospect Park; 6pm; $18
Skate to the sounds of Xanadu and Beyoncé at this joyous dudes' night on the rink. Enjoy a full menu and cocktails, and get to know new friends while twirling and spinning.  

Masters & Servants: A Tribute to Depeche Mode Le Poisson Rouge; 10pm; $15, at the door $20
Reach out and touch faith as the dedicated (and eyeliner-clad) tribute band Masters & Servants perform loving renditions of "People are People," "Enjoy the Silence" and other classics from the New Wave icons. 

Solange: An Ode To Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; 8:30pm; $50
With last year’s landmark release A Seat at the Table—a pointed, expansive pop statement on black womanhood—Solange Knowles broke far beyond the confines of her older sister’s shadow. Here the newly coroneted R&B icon reimagines those songs by incorporating dance and an art installation into the performance. 

TALE: NYC’s Finest Storytelling KGB Bar; 930pm; $5
Show up for first-class yarn spinning at Harmon Leon's storytelling night that regularly features folks from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central and VICE. This edition's lineup: Roy Wood Jr., Leighann Lords, Boris Khaykin, Adam Selbst, Vanessa Valario and musician Elana Simon.