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20 amazing things to do in NYC this week

Jennifer P

Mon 29

Good Roof at Dobbin St Goof Roof; 3pm; $20
The reliable club space Good Room kicks off its biweekly rooftop residency at Dobbin St with a dope day of dancing and drinking. Chill out to beats by Holy Ghost!, JDH and Dave P while enjoying the view and pizzas from Roberta’s.

Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade at various locations; 11am; donations welcome
Catholic war veterans lead Brooklyn service organizations in honor of fallen soldiers and their families in one of the oldest parades in Brooklyn—in fact, it's now in its 150th year. Sponsored by the United Military Veterans of Kings County, the ceremony kicks off at 11am on Third Avenue and 78th Street in Bay Ridge, then proceeds along Fourth Avenue and ends with a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton. The NYPD and FDNY will also march, Brooklyn high-school bands will perform, and antique fire trucks and autos will be on display.

Memorial Day Commemoration at Green-Wood Cemetery; 2:30pm; Concert and march free, trolley tour $26
The annual Memorial Day concert at Green-Wood Cemetery kicks off with the ISO Symphonic Band led by Brian Worsdale. Later in the evening take a special trolley tour with a Green-Wood historian. Food and refreshments will be provided by local vendors throughout the day.

Dirty Dancing + Watermelon Margarita Videology; 4pm; $22
Relive one of the greatest summer love stories of all time at this delightful screening event for “dance people.” Sing along to “Hungry Eyes,” let Patrick Swayze teach you how to dance (and how to love), and live your best Catskills fantasy with a delicious margarita in hand. Don’t try to do a lift with a stranger from the bar till after the movie                                                                                         

Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs New York Public Library, Astor Hall; 10am; free
This exhibition features over 100 images and is the Library's first devoted solely to photographs of Latin America. Taken in the 1860s up through the present, these stunning images create a spellbinding portrait of the region's vibrant culture.

Tue 30

Gabriel García Roman SVA; 7pm; free
In his new collection of mixed media photography Queer Icons, artist Gabriel Garciá Roman renders images of queer and trans people of color into divine iconography. He speaks about his process and his subjects as part of the SVA's i3: Images, Ideas and Inspiration series. Meet at 136 W 21st St, room 418F. 

Kehinde Wiley: “Trickster” Sean Kelly Gallery; 11am; free
New York–based painter Kehinde Wiley's latest exhibition, "Trickster," features portraits of fellow contemporary artists, among them Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Rashid Johnson, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Using the mythological trope of the trickster, Wiley examines the ways in which artists, and all people of color, navigate and transform social boundaries.

Trivia Tuesdays The Sackett; 8pm; free
Don’t let the Sackett’s stacked drink menu blur your trivia skills, because you need to bring your A-game for five unpredictable rounds. You have to keep up with music, visual and mystery rounds if you want to win eternal glory (at least, until the next game, two weeks later).

Feminists Take on the Romance Genre Strand Book Store; 7pm; free with book purchase of $15 Strand gift card
Romance writers Sarah MacLean, Maya Rodale, Eloisa James and Julia Quinn discuss the romance heroines and storytellers who defy the genre’s stereotypes. 

Manhattanhenge American Museum of Natural History; 7pm; $15
Witness the perfect alignment of the sun on Manhattan’s east and west streets, with a planetarium show and explanation from astrophysicist Jackie Faherty.

Frightened Rabbit + Torres Brooklyn Steel; 7pm; $30
Frightened Rabbit leadman Scott Hutchison exiled himself to Scotland’s secluded seaside hamlet of Crail to write 2010’s The Winter of Mixed Drinks, a lonely and grand emotional bender. The story behind the group’s latest LP, Painting of a Panic Attack, isn’t quite so dramatic, but it was produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner.

Wed 31

Brooklyn Uncorked Industry City; 6pm; $70
Think good American wine comes only from California or Italy? Think again. Wine connoisseurs, amateurs and enthusiasts come together for this celebration of local, national and international vin. Past years have spotlighted award-winning local winemakers like Brooklyn Winery, Channing Daughters and Macari Vineyards. But it's not all booze—Kings County eateries have included Emily, Palo Santo and Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies provide nosh.

Needful Things Wise Men; 8pm; free
Nick Kelly, Fixx Invictus and friends serve deep house at this weekly soiree set in an eye-catching bar designed by sculptor and set designer Andy Harmon. 

Kill Genre presents: Our Third Reading “Wet Hot American Summer” Le Poisson Rouge; 8pm; free
In this quarterly reading series, local writers present boundary-pushing fiction, essays, memoirs and more. This edition features Amanda Calderon, Rachel Lyon and Michael Tyrell, and music from Pete Mancini.

Thu 1

Vinyl, Funk & Drunken Doughnuts The Tuck Room; 4pm; free
Need a sugar high to balance out your booze buzz? Head to the Tuck Room every Thursday for bites of glazed, sea-salt and old-fashioned doughnuts at this joyous happy hour. Look for heavily spiked whipped cream, jams and ice cream—and make sure not to get too full to dance to beats from DJ J-Zone. 

Scooper Bowl: All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival Bryant Park; noon; $20
Enjoy the Scooper Bowl, an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, all for charity in Bryant Park from June 1-3. Supporting the Jimmy Fund, ice cream outposts like Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry's, Big Gay Ice Cream, Wafels & Dinges, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and many more will be slinging cups each day. 

Burlesque Sketch Night Society of Illustrators; 6:30pm; $20
Society of Illustrators welcomes you for a sultry night of sketching in its fabulous Upper East Side headquarters. Grab a cocktail, nibble on a complimentary small-plates buffet and witness the splendid beauty of burlesque siren Lefty Lucy and her fellow performers, then try your hand at doing them justice with a pencil and pad. 

BATSU! Jebon Sushi & Noodle; 8pm; $25.50–$60.50
Head downstairs at Je Bon Sushi to eat and drink while members of improv group Face Off Unlimited compete in a Japanese-style variety show, in which losers undergo a variety of wacky punishments like electric shocks, paintballs and a giant egg-smashing chicken. After a few cups of sake, you may even be inspired to sign up and compete to win free beer and other prizes.  

Fashion Night: Modern Black Dress Brooklyn Museum; 6:30pm; $16–$50
In honor of Shantrelle P. Lewis’s new book, Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, the Brooklyn Museum presents an evening celebrating the art and style of black men. The event features film, discussion and music exploring fashion as a form of both personal and political expression. In addition to the author, featured guests include writer and activist Darnell Moore, New York style icon Ignacio Quiles and Okayafrica CEO Abiola Oke.

The 1975 Madison Square Garden; 7pm; $39.50
The bratty, likably bombastic British synth-popsters of the 1975 come from Manchester (the birthplace of the Smiths, the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays) and are somewhat of a big deal in their homeland, and increasingly in the States as well: The band's sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, topped the charts in both countries upon its release last year.


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