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20 amazing things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer P
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Fri 30

Dance Yourself Clean Music Hall of Williamsburg; 10pm; $12
Acolytes of Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, Robyn, Empire of the Sun, and, of course, LCD Soundsystem come together for a night of rapturous dancing to hard synth beats at this summertime bash. 

Jazz at Pier 84 and Sunset on the Hudson; Pier 45; 7pm; free
Free jazz along the waterfront couldn’t get any more enticing. This summer the Jazz Foundation of America will perform at Pier 84 while local artists will be performing on Pier 45. The lineup at Pier 84 includes George Braith, Art Baron and Gregory Lewis Organ Monk Trio. The Sunset on the Hudson lineup features the Chuck Braman Jazz Band, Max Gallico & Friends Acoustic Soul Duos and Shanti Star & the Afro-Reggae All-Stars. Catch live jazz along with a beautiful sunset along the Hudson.

Theater of the Resist The Met Breuer; 6pm; suggested admission $25
The Met Breuer invites queer and politically conscious artists and performers to share work every weekend this summer. This Friday features strapping cabaret marvel Kim David Smith, spoken-wordsmith Emtithal Mahmoud and avant-garde rocker Shilpa Ray. Saturday’s bill includes TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, violinist Mazz Swift and others. 

“The Woman Question” Strand Book Store; 7:30pm; $20
With the Victorian Era came fierce debate over the role of women in Western society. Discuss the successes and failures of women’s suffrage with Professor Jamie Warren (and complimentary beer and wine).

Movies Under the Stars: Hidden Figures Kissena Park; 8pm; free
Catch a free, outdoor screening of the award-winning film about three African-American women—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson (played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, respectively)—and the crucial role they served in launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit. 

New York Asian Film Festival Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center); at various times; $14, three-film package $33
Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.

Game Show Threes Brewing; 8:30pm; $5
The audience competes in wacky, lewd versions of The Price is Right$25,000 Pyramid and Name That Tune in this live comedy show hosted by Michael Bertrando. Sidekick David del Rosario and spokesmodel Emma Krulik keep the laughs coming, while you do your best to walk out with a prize—and a shred of dignity.

MOFAD at Night Museum of Food and Drink; 6pm; $20
Enjoy bites and cocktails at this after-hours soiree at the Museum of Food and Drink, featuring chefs from the museum’s current exhibit, “CHOW: Making the Chinese American Restaurant.

’90s Pop Sing-Along Union Hall; 9:30pm; $10
Break out your best ripped jeans and Pearl Jam tee for this ’90s croonfest in Brooklyn. Shout with your buds to the era's best pop tunes—and more than a few guilty pleasures (we're looking at you, Sugar Ray). Come dressed as your fave pop star or in your best ’90s garb and you just might win prizes like ’90s-themed swag and free drinks.

Sat 1

Party Like it’s 1999 The Bell House; 10pm; free
Belt your favorite moody rock anthems from Radiohead’s seminal third album—which includes “Karma Police” and “Lucky”—at this monthly rager. DJ Steve Reynolds balances out the night with your favorite pop and hip-hop jams from the ’90s. 

International African Arts Festival Commodore Barry Park; 10am; $5, children $2
While this four-day festival started as a small community fund-raiser, it now attracts a crowd of 75,000 from around the world. This year’s lineup is as jam-packed as ever: Catch music by Fred Wesley and Tito Puente Jr.; a Symposium on Culture, Community and Struggle on Sat 1; an African Dance festival; and special events including a barber competition, parade and fashion show. 

MoMA PS1 Warm Up; 3pm; $18-$22
The alfresco music series returns for the season bringing new sounds and DJs from all around the world. This year's highlights include bands, DJs and producers like Jackmaster, DADRAS, Jacques Greene, DJ Voices and more. This one is as reliable as they come.  

Tour de France Viewing Red Lantern Bicycle; free
Red Lantern Bicycles, is offering daily viewing parties for the Tour de France. It's the perfect opportunity for any fans of the world's most famous bicycle race interested in watching and socializing. Head over to the Brooklyn bike shop slash café hot-spot any day of the race in the early morning to watch it live, or tune in for replays a bit later, or night-time happy hour. 

Burlesque-a-me Street Sideshows by the Seashore; 10pm; $15
Boo Bess, Mary Cyn, Manchego and Miss Coney Island winners Rita MenWeep and Tiger Bay show some skin in this Sesame Street–inspired burlesque show in Coney Island. 

Exploring Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked Ruins at various locations; noon; $29–$35
Meet at Tramway Plaza on Second Ave and 55th St and join this adventure to one of New York's most fascinating locales. Historian Kevin Draper shows you where and why Native Americans and Dutch and English settlers called the island home, and takes you through landmarks like the Smallpox Hospital, 1796-built Blackwell House, abandoned Strecker Laboratory and the newly-built Cornell University Campus. 

Sun 2

Brooklyn Zombie Crawl The Charleston; 4pm; $20–$25
Get dolled up like the undead at the Charleston before the 6pm trek down Bedford Avenue. The group heads to McCarren Park, then retreats to Brooklyn Bazaar for a fiendishly fun after-party.  

Get Ur Freak On: A Celebration of Missy Elliot Le Poisson Rouge; 9pm; $15-$20
Put in some hoop earrings and hit the dance floor to revel in the knowledge that no one else will ever make a billowing black trash bag look so fly besides supreme queen Missy E and Abbi Jacobson. Be ready to get low to "Lose Control," the Nelly Furtado remix of "Get Ur Freak On," and the backwards chorus of "Work It" at this party.  

Another Country Festival Littlefield; 2:30pm; $10–$20
Queer, trans and POC country musicians gather to riff, perform and build community at this daylong festival. While jamming to songs by My Gay Banjo, Cactus Rose, Karen & the Sorrows and many more, you can also enjoy food-truck bites and bake-sale goodies, with all of the day’s profits benefiting the Trans Justice Funding Project. 

Top Gun with a Budwiser and Aviator Sunglasses Videology Bar & Cinema; 5:15pm; $18
Before America was great again and Tom Cruise was super weird, there was this gem of pop Americana featuring hot pilots high-fiving on the beach (we're sure that some other stuff happens too). Celebrate this 1986 classic with a complimentary beer, a pair of American flag Aviator shades, and a dog tag necklace. 

Zombie Crawl After-party Brooklyn Bazaar; 8:30pm; $20, in costume $22, at the door $25
After ravaging Williamsburg for the 11th year, the monsters of the Brooklyn Zombie Crawl hit Brooklyn Bazaar for a debauched night of satanic celebration. Enjoy video art installations by Everything is Terrible!, bangin' rock by all-woman band J and the 9s, acoustic songs from punk horror goddess Jess-o-Lantern and more at this ghoulishly fun night.

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