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20 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner

Feb 23

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Sing-Along; SVA Theatre, Chelsea, 7:30pm.$20, students $10. 
Can't get a ticket to the Broadway hit? Well, wear your highest heels and BYO feathered wig to this screening and croon along to your fave numbers to get your fix. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a community dedicated to LGBTQ youth.

TEDxBroadwayNew World Stages, Hell's Kitchen, 10:30am. $100.
Find out just how influential Broadway musicals can be at this annual lecture series. Also, if you're at all obsessed with TED talks, here's your chance to witness a lecture live.

RuPaul's Drag Race Official Season 7 Premiere Party; Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, Midtown West, 8pm. $60–$95.
Meet all of the queenly contestants—including local contenders Miss Fame and Pearl—at this premiere party and sneak-peek screening of RuPaul's widely loved reality competition.

Feb 24

Cinekink NYC; Multiple venue, 8pm. All-Access $85, students/seniors All-Access $60, per screening $10–$20.
Sex fantasies come to life onscreen at this annual film festival. And yes, this is the fest that created a porno starring Miley Cyrus. 

Flint Fiction; 2A, East Village, 8pm. Free.
What pairs well with $4 whiskey specials? Spectacular new writing, of course, from novelists Colm Toibin, Michael Kimball and Sarah Gerard.

Lives of the Saints; Primary Stages (at the Duke on 42nd Street), Midtown West, 7pm. $70.
Ace comic playwright David Ives (All in the Timing) returns to the short form with this new collection.

Feb 25

BrooklyniteVineyard Theatre, Gramercy & Flatiron, 8pm. $85–$100.
This new musical brings superheroes into the hipster borough to save it from demise.

Freaks and Geeks Bingo; Videology, Williamsburg, 9pm. Free.
The nerdy cult classic was surely gone too soon (with just 18 episodes!), but it packed enough pop references (Bionic Woman costume, anyone?) and inside jokes for a weekly night of bingo.

"2015 Triennial: Surround Audience"; New Museum of Contemporary Art, Lower East Side, 11am, $16, seniors $14, students $10, children under 18 free. 
This year's theme is "Surround Audience," which sounds a little threatening but is meant to conjure today's inescapable 24/7 culture.

Ariel Pink + Jack Name; Terminal 5, Midtown West, 8pm. $30.
Los Angeles DIY pop king Ariel Pink promotes his latest weirdo, lo-fi disc, Pom Pom. With the album, Pink drops the Haunted Graffiti moniker he used for his last two excellent records; the resulting LP is more raw and wiry, like a Russ Meyer romp committed to four-track.

The How I Learned SeriesNew Museum of Contemporary Art, Lower East Side, $10, advance $6.
Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story tied to a specific lesson.

Kurt Braunohler; The Bell House, Gowanus, 8pm, $15.
Hot off the release of his new Comedy Central Web series Braunohler brings his silly-natured jokes to NYC for a pit stop on this tour.

Kate Pierson; City Winery, Soho, 8pm. $20–$25.
After four decades in the postpunk trenches, the honey-voiced B-52 jut released her first-ever solo album, guitars and microphones, which features collaborations with Sia and the Strokes’ Nick Valensi. 

Feb 26

Sleater-Kinney + Lizzo; Terminal 5, Midtown West, 8pm. Sold Out. 
The year's buzziest reunion tour, in support of the year's buzziest comeback album, explodes into NYC. If you've got tix, guard ’em with your life.

Natasha Leggero; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $35 plus two-drink minimum.
Like a Trojan horse, Leggero first pulls you in with her seductive charm like a snotty version of Audrey Hepburn, then hilariously trashes everything in her path with her quick wit. 

Elisa Albert: After Birth; Housing Works Bookstore Café, Soho, 7pm. Free.
Think of it as literary birth control: Albert’s new novel about a young mother losing and looking for herself is that convincing and terrifying. And that good.

Edible Manhattan's Good Spirits 2015; The Altman Building, Chelsea, 6pm. $60-$70.
The annual spirits bash comes to Manhattan for an evening of beverage pairings, like Caleb's Kola with Stolen Rum and Owl's Brew with Sag Harbor Rum. Twenty restaurants including Burke & Wills, Luca & Bosco and Hecho en Dumbo provide the booze-sopping eats.

Astronomy on Tap; Videology, Williamsburg, 9pm. Free.
Join tipsy astronomers every fourth Thursday as they feature some of the best science shows and films with a night of geeky, liquor-filled commentary.

Bushwick Is Melting Vol. 2 ReleaseBossa Nova Civic Club, Bushwick, 10pm. Free.
#bringbackbossa is no more! Come celebrate the newly renovated, tropical-inspired club with its second collaborative release with Sisterjam, Bushwick Is Melting Vol. 2. 

Bells & Whistles: Sexy Slapstick Striptease; Pangea, East Village, 7pm. $50 (includes dinner).
Spice up your supper with something other than sriracha at Lefty Lucy's new dinner show. 


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