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20 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner
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Feb 9

A Month in the Country; Classic Stage Company, East Village, 2pm. $75.
Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling plays a married woman temped by the charm of the charismatic Peter Dinklage's character, Mikhail in this 19th-century Russian play. Looks like director Erica Schmidt knows how to ring in the fans— *insert Game of Thrones-obsessed comment here*

Franklin Park Reading Series; Franklin Park, Crown Heights, 8pm. Free.  
It's "Novel Night" and the very special Peter Carey, one of only other folks who've won the Book Prize twice, presents his book Amnesia along with debut novelists Laura Van Den Burg (Find Me) and Atticus Lish (Preparation for the Next Life). 

"On Kawara—Silence"; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side, Various times. $22. 
Time, as the saying goes, never sleeps, but over the course of his 40-year, conceptual artist On Kawara has managed to stop the clock in his own way with his carpe diem-inspired retrospective.

ShowgasmArs Nova, Midtown West, 8pm. $5.
Ars Nova's eclectic (and super cheap!) neovaudevillian variety show features a lively mix of music, comedy and burlesque acts hosted by the very funny John Early.

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac; Littlefield, Gowanus, 8pm. $8, advance $5.
The former Daily Show correspondent, and his self-titled "halfway to hobo" beard, welcomes great young New York comics and noteworthy out-of-towners.

Feb 10

Michelle Tea and Saeed Jones; Strand Book Store, East Village, 7pm. $15 Strand gift card or a copy of How to Grow Up ($16).
Saeed Jones, who recently released his first collection of poems, Prelude To Bruise, chats with 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction winner, Michelle Tea about her new, somewhat comedic, somewhat dark memoir How to Grow Up.

Slavic Soul Party!Barbès, Park Slope, 9pm. $10.
Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music—and that's more band than you might think— Slavic Soul Party! is the coolest. 

Secret MeetingPine Box Rock Shop, Bushwick, 8pm. Free.
Have you ever watched a bunch of comics and then felt like you really wanted to yell something into a microphone too? This show has you covered. 

Having a Whiskey Coke with You; Freddy's Bar, Sunset Park, 9pm. Free.
Drop by for a one-of-a-kind evening of lit, music and art—and down a whiskey coke of course. Oh and yes, there are other drink options, if you so choose to rebel.

Martha Graham Dance Company; Joyce Theater, Chelsea, 7pm. $10–$59.
Graham's influence in the dance world is so huge, even non-dancers (like us!) have heard of is. Here famous company collaborates with architect Frank Gehry who creates projected images to interact with 1936's Steps in the Street.

The Moth StorySLAMThe Bell House, Gowanus, 8pm. $8.
The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific theme. 

"Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s"; Fashion Institute of Technology, Chelsea, 12pm. Free.
The 1970s weren't all disco flares and fluffy hair. See the very best styles of the era at this exhibit. 

Feb 11

Rain Pryor; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm, $22. 
The daughter of Richard Pryor is best known as an award-winning jazz/blues vocalist, but now she’s following in her dad’s footsteps and stepping up on a whole different stage.

Take Me to the River Live; Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, 9pm. $35. 
The Stax legacy lives on and this performance, in celebration of Memphis-centric music doc Take Me to the River, highlights southern soul and blues vets—including William Bell, Bobby Rush and Otis Clay—who made the record company so influential.  

Tinder Live with Lane Moore: Valentine's Day Spectacular with the Cast of Orange is the New Black; Knitting Factory, Williamsburg, 8pm and 10pm. $10.
We can't wait to see how Moore and the ladies of the ever-popular show roast those NYC Tinder profiles onstage. It's gonna be a doozy, guys!

Platform 2015: "A Reading for Edwin Denby"; Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 8pm. $8. 
Danspace Project joins with the Poetry Project to kick off this year's Claudia La Rocco–curated Platform with a reading of the writings of Edwin Denby. 

Douglas Dunn & Dancers; BAM Fischer, Fort Greene, 8pm. $20.
Veteran choreographer Douglas Dunn explores the Greek goddess of shame in his new Aidos. Watch these experts werk. No, that was not a typo.

Friends of Single People; Littlefield, Gowanus, 8pm. $5.
After this dating show brings friends of singletons to represent their buddies in a Q&A–style interview, you might find yourself singing, “Hold on…we’re going home,” to your own, new love. See what we did there? 

Feb 12

Harlem Fine Arts Show; The Riverside Church, Morningside Heights, 6pm. $20–$50.
Thursday night’s opening reception honors Black History Month and African Diasporic Art, Friday focuses on youth empowerment, and the weekend’s events include a lecture series and live jazz.

NYC Poetry Open MikeHauser & Wirth New York, Upper East Side, 7pm. Free.
Poets from across the city present their best during Djordje Ozbolt’s food-themed exhibition. Gear up for poetry in word and color.

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