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20 amazing things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 28

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center); 8pm; free
The Met Opera is running nightly alfresco screenings of past live performances. With more than 3,000 seats in the iconic Lincoln Center Plaza, fans can catch classics like The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville, plus updated favorites like the contemporary-set Rigoletto and Tristan und Isolde.

Lady Gaga Citi Field; 8:30pm; $113–$995
The self-proclaimed queen of art pop supports last year's country-tinged Joanne with a set of stadium shows. Coming off her Super Bowl halftime performance, you can expect ecstatic dancing, on-point singing (and sing-alongs) and plenty of fireworks, literally.

Tue 29

Chris and Ahri Each Do 29 Minutes of Comedy Lucky Jack’s; 8pm; free
Chris Calogero and Ahri Findling go halfsies on an hour of stand-up in the Lower East. Hosting duties go to co-founder of the Anti-Trump comedy festival What a Joke, Emily Winter.

Happy Hour at Monarch Rooftop Bar Monarch Rooftop Lounge; 6pm; $20
Join Time Out New York as we visit some of NYC's best sky-high drinking spots. On Tuesday, August 29, we'll be partying at Monarch Bar and enjoying the stunning rooftop views of Manhattan. 

Broad City Coloring & Trivia Night with Mike Perry Strand Book Store; 7pm; $10
Join the designer of Broad City's iconic, trippy title cards as he launches his adults-only Broad City Coloring Book. Grab some munchies and free drinks and get down with other fans of the legendary feminist stoner series for trivia and chill coloring time. Bingo Bronson-approved. 

The Roof Is on Fire Our Wicked Lady; 8pm; free
Head to Our Wicked Lady's rooftop for a free stand-up show featuring SNL writer Drew Michael, UCB alumn Melissa Diaz, Emmy-nominated comedy writer Jeffrey Joseph, local up-and-comer Alex English and more. Tyler Richardson hosts.

I’ll Have What She’s Having WORD; 7pm; free
Erin Carlson speaks with entertainment columnist Jennifer Keishin Armstrong about director Nora Ephron’s cultural impact. 

Michael Ruffino and Anthony Bourdain The powerhouse Arena; 7pm; $20
To launch his new memoir Adios, Motherfucker, the musician chats with Bourdain about his outrageous experiences as a member of hard-rock group the Unband.

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.

The RoastMasters NYC The Stand; 10pm; $5–$10
Join hosts Luis J. Gomez and Big Jay Oakerson for some head-to-head competitive roasting. Think rap battle, but with more laughs and a lot less rhythm. 

Little Dragon Terminal 5; 7pm; $35
Expect a dreamy dance party from this Swedish quartet, which pits the agile singing of Yukimi Nagano against a languid band with an electronic edge. Get familiar with their latest, Season High, because you'll surely hear from it here. 

Wed 30  

Movies Under the Stars: Moonlight Clove Lakes Park Playground; 8pm; free
Head to the playground for this free screening of last year's arresting Oscar champion, starring Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes and Naomi Scott. 

The Juice Union Pool; 7:30pm; $5
Carmen Christopher and Conner O'Malley host this variety show featuring a lineup of New York's most talented improv, sketch and stand-up performers. This edition features Sasheer Zamata, Joe Pera, Michelle Wolf and Jaboukie Young. 

Fishbone Rocks Off Concert Cruise (aboard the Harbor Lights); 7pm; $39–$45
Expect fun-loving mayhem from venerable punk-funk-ska-metal fusionists Fishbone, whose gonzo energy hasn't flagged a bit since its mid-’80s breakthrough. This band has seen plenty of internal strife, much of which was documented in 2010 film Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. But its current tour reunites four of six founding members, so we anticipate extra energy from the always-wired frontman Angelo Moore & Co.

Thu 31

NYC Unicycle Festival at various locations and times; free
Forgive the analogy, but unicycles are the 4 Non Blondes of the cycling world: misunderstood by many but cherished by a select few who love them more than anything else. Enjoy a ride from the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, Battery Park to Central Park and events on Governors Island. There you’ll find races and even unicycle sports including basketball and sumo wrestling. 

Fini Italian Dance Festival Alley Citigroup Theater; 8pm; $30
Dance groups from NYC and Italy gather to perform new works and honor icons of the industry. Witness jaw-dropping pieces by Michael Mao Dance, Fini Dance New York, Antonella Perazzo, Davide Accossato, RIDA Rome and HJ Company Bologna. 

Movies Under the Stars: Men in Black Tony Dapolito Recreation Center; 8pm; free
It’s Throwback Thursday at this public West Village movie festival. Bring the Agent J to your Agent K to an outdoor rooftop screening of the original Men in Black. Watch Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones police aliens and neuralyze minds in this hilarious ’90s sci-fi flick. 

From Sprinkles to Sundaes: The Evolution of Ice Cream in America Museum of Food and Drink; 630pm; $25
Stella Parks invites you to indulge in drinks from Brooklyn Brewery and Häagen-Dazs ice cream to celebrate her cookbook BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts. 

Medium Popcorn Live Slipper Room; 8pm; $10–$15
Brandon Collins and special co-host Chris Lamberth bring the absurd and insightful movie podcast "Medium Popcorn: Ni**as Spoiling Movies" to the Slipper Room to honor the 1992 classic, Juice. They're joined by Abbi Crutchfield and Darin Patterson for a night that includes prizes giveaways and free drinks for particularly vocal fans.

Nic Cage Teaches Sex to Adults Peoples Improv Theater; 9:30pm; $7
The star of Con Air, National Treasure and Moonstruck (as played by the very funny Gary DeNoia) presents the most manic, menacing and hilariously twisted sex ed class you'd ever care to see. 

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