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20 amazing things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 14

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: North by Northwest Bryant Park; 5pm; free
Some spectacles—like Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint fighting for their lives atop Mount Rushmore—need to be seen on the big screen. Enjoy fare from Hester Street Fair as you catch this classic Alfred Hitchcock flick about mistaken identity and a mad cross-country cat-and-mouse game. 

Game of Thrones (TV) Trivia Stone Creek Bar and Lounge; 8pm; free
Contrary to Cersei Lannister’s opinion, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to trivia of HBO’s addictive TV series. The obsessive folks from Trivia AD are throwing the gauntlet with five brutal rounds of Westerosi trivia, so ready a team of up to four fans, and make sure you’ve read up on dragon etymology, Valyrian steel swords and Wildling tribes if you want to walk out with your dignity (and all your limbs). Strategize like a Lannister, but try not to drink like one.  

The Fifth Dentist The Pit Loft; 8pm; $18
Mike King’s autobiographical show details his childhood in an infamous burlesque nightclub and growing up to be a dentist and stand-up comic.

Waste Not Want Not at various locations; free
Take part in The Economist’s latest effort to stop food waste, and spread the word about its detrimental effects. By teaming up with Sense New York and Hungry Harvest, the magazine is sending trucks out into NYC to invite participants to taste delicious fruit smoothies from produce deemed 'ugly'—produce which is thrown away before reaching stores despite being perfectly safe and healthy. Learn about America's food waste issue and how to use bruised or misshaped fruit for your own tasty treats rather than for more waste.  

Tue 15

“Loving Blackness” Pioneer Works; 7pm; free
Writer Nina N. Yeboah leads this workshop, which includes readings of works by black intellectuals and artists and group community-building. 

Little Cinema: The Dude House of Yes; 7pm; $30, VIP $45
House of Yes throws an immersive viewing party of The Big Lebowski that’s trippier than the Dude’s dreams. Look out for aerial performers, video art, live music and plenty of White Russians. 

Sketch Night + Live Music Society of Illustrators; 6:30pm; $20
Bring a pencil and pad to this weekly night of creative revelry, at which you'll get down to bangin' performances while sketching nude models. Between artistic streaks, you can meet other creative types over a cocktail bar and complimentary buffet. August 15's event features jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter Ming Lee.

Dave Chappelle with Special Guests Radio City Music Hall; 8pm; $99–$350
After suddenly leaving his hit sketch show at the height of popularity back in 2006, Chappelle took a break from the limelight. But now the comedian is back in full force with the mega success of two specials on Netflix. During his 14-show Radio City residency, Chappelle will play host to a variety of musical guests including the Roots, Chance the Rapper, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne and John Mayer. 

Wed 16

Live Country Music Wednesdays Johnny Utah’s; 7pm; free
Get down at an old-school honky-tonk at Johnny Utah’s every Wednesday night, featuring covers and new music from the charming country performer Ben O’Connor. To make the night more interesting, try your hand at the riveting mechanical bull or order dangerous drinks like the Dixie Tea or Texas Mule. Be sure to sample the bar’s beloved baby back ribs. 

Generation Women Wythe Hotel; 7:30pm; $25, VIP $70
Five women, each from a different decade—including Jasmyn Lawson, Jonterri Gadson, Sharon Spell, Laura Catherine Brown and Pamela Redmond Satran—share stories on the prompt, "nevertheless, I persisted" at this community-building storytelling event. Opt in for the VIP ticket for a complimentary glass of champagne, tote bag and signed copy of Georgia Clark's The Regulars.

Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater; 7:30pm; $25–$43
This talent-packed event is one of the top highlights of Harlem Week, featuring aspiring singers, musicians, rappers, dancers and spoken word artists doing their best to convince audiences to make them Apollo legends. Your cheers (or boos) will decide who receives the night’s biggest honor—Top Dog—along with a cash prize of $20,000. Consider this your chance to see legends in the making before they become household names. 

Read Dating > Speed Dating Strand Book Store; 7pm; $10
Head to the Strand for a literary take on speed dating, where you can eat pizza, drink wine and meet a match who share your passion for... books. This week's edition is for "Men for Women" and "Women for Men."

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.

Thu 17

Big Gay Roller Skate Lakeside at Prospect Park; 6pm; $20, at the door $25
Skate to the sounds of Xanadu and Beyoncé at this joyous dudes’ night on the rink. Enjoy a full menu and cocktails, jams from DJ William Francis and totally insane drag performances. Just in time for Flame Con, this superhero edition welcomes you to serve your most spectacular capes and spandex at the LeFrak Center. 

Dirty Thursday: Gliteratti House of Yes; 10pm; free
Break out your body glitter and most shimmery sparkle for this decked-out dance party. Think glowing makeup, rhinestones, sequins, gilded skin, iridescent hair and some serious disco-ball shine.

Broads Bite Back Bulletin HQ; 6pm; $25
Learn creative ways to influence reproductive health policy at this rooftop panel discussion featuring Alexandra Fine, Niki Dankner, Emma Gray, Blair Imani, Sunoz "Sunny" Soroosh and Maggie Braine. Attend the panel from 6:30–7:30pm, then stick around for cocktails, snacks and further discussion from 7:30–9pm. All ticket proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

Confidential Delilah; 8pm; free
Serve a spy look worthy of Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde and enter this seductive live game, during which you'll have to identify a person of interest among a group of mysterious strangers. Upon entering Delilah, you receive a complimentary drink and hors d'oeuvres, along with a dossier detailing you mission. It'll take all your moxie and deductive skills to find your target in the crowd, but the prize of $100 and a bottle of champagne will make it all worth it. This flirtatious arena comes from Never Sleep Alone's Dr. Alex Schiller and her Masquerade on the Town partner, Alfredo Guenzani, so you can count high-glamour, big theatrics and many chances to lock eyes with curious new mates.  

Passport Thursdays Queens Museum; 7pm; free
Queens Museum honors its borough—the most diverse area in the world—at this dance, music and film fest held under the Unisphere. The Thursday 27 edition features Egyptian-music and -dance ensemble Zikrayat and a screening of the Sudanese documentary The Longest Kiss.  

Summer in the Square: Dueling DJs Union Square; 5pm; free
Fancy yourself the next Simon Cowell? At this weekly showdown, some of the city’s best musical talent—violinists, DJs, dancers, beatboxers and beyond—face off, and you choose the winner. This week features local DJs Tom Macari and B. Mills squaring off with their turntables to prove who’s the best mixer in the game. 

Summer Nights at the Staten Island Museum; 7:30pm; $20–$25
Every Thursday night, the Staten Island Museum invites you to try your hand at a different series of activities, from DIY scrubs and salves, gold painting, to scavenger hunting and a solar eclipse party. This weekly adventure gives you a chance to meet new people without standing still in a bar —2 drinks are included with ticket prices.

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