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20 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner
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Sep 22

Paolo Nutini + PHOX; Terminal 5
A Scottish singer with an Italian name and the face of a boy-band member. Will his dreaminess add to his music? Find out for yourself. 

The Money Shot; Lucille Lortel Theatre
In his latest collaboration with MCC Theater, eternal provocateur Neil LaBute asks how far actors would go for a paycheck.

New York Oyster Week; Various locations
Chefs at marquee fish houses and oyster bars curate special menus and pairings highlighting their unique take on the oyster.

Queer New York International Arts Festival; Various locations
LBGT art from all over the world gets feted at this multi-cultural event. 

Luke Goebel: Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours; Greenlight Bookstore
Really, Luke? Pretty sure we left a story here last week. Sure it isn't one of them? Maybe someone else took it. Anyway, Luke does a reading from his new coming-of-age book. 

"Future Feminism"; The Hole
A show about humans wearing space helmets and driving flying cars. Actually this is part of an ongoing series on a manifesto of the true meaning of feminism. 

Sep 23

Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg in Conversation with Stephen Colbert92Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall
Two dudes from Google and one future Late Night host sit down to talk about the two dudes' new book on the search company. 

Lily Allen; Terminal 5
The former pop singer turned fashionista turned pop star plays a show supporting her new album Sheezus

Harper Perennial Publishers 50th Anniversary Celebration; Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
One of today's best publishing imprints turns 50! Fete the occasion with some fabulous Harper Perennial authors, like Roxane Gay and Kate Zambreno, and free drinks (while they last).

Jason Mraz and Raining Jane; Radio City Music Hall
Jason Mraz plays Radio City, to an audience that probably enjoy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. But who are we to judge? We love both those things, too.

New York City Ballet Fall 2014David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center)
The first rule of New York City Ballet is…actually, we have no idea. Assume that everyone in the production has seen Black Swan at least once and hope that the (frankly incredible and unmissable) ballet this season is spiked with a thrilling backstory full of intrigue. And maybe Mila Kunis. 

Black Keys + Cage the Elephant; Barclays Center
Formerly a blues band from Akron with hardly any songs over 2 minutes, the Black Keys turned themselves into stadium-rock stars with 9-minute songs about the trials and tribulations of being a rock star. Or something. They're playing with Cage the Elephant, who we're assuming is an elephant named after Nicolas Cage. No wait—it's another band. 

Sep 24

Martha Stewart in Conversation; Barnes and Noble
With herself? No. With another person. About how incredibly successful she is and how she's furthered her personal brand into super stardom. 

Unlocking the Truth + Brand of Julez; The Studio at Webster Hall
These two sound like they could be reality shows on A&E but they're actually bands playing cool music. Oh, and one of these bands (Unlocking the Truth) just so happen to be the tween metal group that just scored a multi-million dollar record deal.

Breakout artist comedy series: Ben Rosenfeld; Carolines on Broadway
Carolines on Broadway is where comedians go to get to the next step of their careers. Ben Rosenfeld is now in the big leagues, ladies and gentlemen! Huzzah and kudos to him. 

Christopher Owens; Music Hall of Williamsburg
The guy from the Winnie-the-Pooh novels? No. Owens was the frontman of the band Girls before that word became associated with a certain HBO show. He's massively talented and you should go. 

Sep 25

David Alan Grier; Carolines on Broadway
The comedy veteran and actor featured in In Living Color, Chocolate News and various Broadway shows heads to the stage to show off how unique and talented he really is.

A Drinking Game NYC Presents: The Goonies; Union Hall
Drinking to children's movies sounds like a great idea. And it is, especially when you do it in a room full of other people who are doing the same thing and laughing about it. Drinking to kids movies at home alone? Not so much. This is why you should buy a ticket.

Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and RomanceSidewalk Café
Not to be confused with: "Bear! True Stories of Honey, Piglet friends and Foraging." Here, comedians will talk about sex with sex blogger Jefferson.

Shhh...It's a Speakeasy; Theaterlab
Shhh…it's a writeup of an event. Midtown's Theaterlab turns their theater(lab?) into a speakeasy for a night, complete with flappers, cocktails, and a crippling economic downtown. Oh wait, not that. Ah well. 

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