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20 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner
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Jan 26

Action BronsonB.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Midtown West, 9pm. $30, advance $20.
Once a pro wrestler, then a gourmet chef, this Queens native joined the world of hip-hop brings "body-slamming" hits the stage. No seriously, Bronson once body slammed a fan who jumped on stage. That actually happened.

Zola Jesus; Saint Vitus, Greenpoint, 8pm. Sold Out. 
She mixes opera-trained vocalswith synth-pop to create an ethereal sound well worth your ticket, if you can still find on that is.  

John Waters, "Beverly Hills John"; Marianne Boesky Gallery, Chelsea, 10am. Free. 
Waters hasn't made a movie in 10 years, but the transgressive sensibility of his films has found a home in the king-of-bad-taste's work as a visual artist. His latest show features photos characterized by his usual outré sense of irony, including self-portraits that showed what he'd look like if he'd ever subjected himself to Joan Rivers levels of plastic surgery.

Marilyn Manson; Terminal 5, Midtown West, 8pm. $63.
The shock-rocker and his crew headline Terminal 5 with a new album, The Pale Emperor, in tow.

Dan Hoyle: Each and Every Thing; Public Theater, East Village, 7pm. $22.
This one-man show by award winning playwright Dan Hoyle will raise the question; how do we harvest real connections in this technological age? 

Thalia Book Club: Colm Toibin; Symphony Space, Upper West Side, 7:30pm, $25, 30 and under $15.
One brilliant Irishman plus one brilliant Brooklynite (Siri Hustvedt) equals one incomparable night of literary talent.

Deep Space; Cielo, Meatpacking District, 10pm. $20.
Mondays can be a drag. Livin' it up with some after-work dubstep.

Jan 27

Eat, Drink and Be LiteraryBAMcafé, Fort Greene,  6:30pm. $60.
If you're hoping for a classy night, look no further, friends. It's an evening of literary delight with a buffet dinner, including wine and dessert, and a reading from a noteworthy writer, followed by a moderated Q&A about the author's creative process. 

Uptown Showdown; Symphony Space, Upper West Side, 8pm. $15.
Two teams of comics and comic writers face off in a debate competition meant to settle age-old arguments, such as whether pirates or ninjas would win in a brawl. 

Antiheroes: A Panel Discussion; McNally Jackson Books, Soho, 7pm. Free.
Are antiheroes the new hero? Join author and journalist Adam Sternbergh’s and friends as they chat about the role of the antihero in fictional narratives. Joining Sternbergh are The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott and author Megan Abbott.

Ne-Yo; Stage 48, Hell's Kitchen, 10pm. $30.
Slick pop crooner Ne-Yo celebrates a new album, Non-Fiction, his sixth, out today. Though the new disc will be the first order of business, we can't imagine classics like "Miss Independent" won't get an airing as well.

Jan 28

Miranda July in Conversation with host Lena Dunham; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 8pm. $35.
Renaissance woman Miranda July chats with GIRLS creator Lena Dunham about July's upcoming debut novel, The First Bad Man.

Bad With Money; The Duplex, West Village, 7pm. $25.
Vividly personal monologist Ben Rimalower follows up on his hit 2012 coming-of-gay tale, Patti Issues, with an account of the dark paths that debt has led him down. Aaron Mark directs.

Billy Idol + Broncho; Beacon Theatre, Upper West Side, 8pm. $45–$105.
The man with the iconic sneer (no, not Elvis), Billy Idol hits town with a new autobiography and his first LP in nearly a decade, Kings & Queens of the Underground. 

Tinder Live; Knitting Factory, Williamsburg, 8pm. $10.
As if it weren't hilarious enough in real life, Tinder (the wildly popular dating app) gets uber-exposed when creator Lane Moore goes ham on actual profiles in this comedy show.

The How I Learned Series; Union Hall, Park Slope, 8pm. $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.

Jan 29

Sugarcube; South Street Seaport, Financial District, 7pm. Free.
Waltz into this pop-up art space that definitely looks like a lump of sugar for a free screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

Whitney Cummings; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $46 plus two-drink minimum.
Cummings, a former Chelsea Lately regular, sidesteps the merely spunky with the aid of a tart tongue and enough vitriol to knock down all idiots she encounters. 

Fresh Tracks 2015; New York Live Arts, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $10.
In its 50th-anniversary year, the performance and residency program showcases seven emerging artists. Catch these dancers in action before their shows float out of such a price range due to popularity in the near, near future. 

Live Dubbed Sitcoms; Videology, Williamsburg, 9:30pm. $5.<
Watch improvisers live-dub over muted sitcoms, giving shows like Full House and Family Matters random and hilarious new story lines.

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