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20 awesome things to do in NYC this week

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Mon 28

The Office Trivia Slattery’s Midtown Pub; 8pm; free
"You can't get diseases from birds!" Bring all your knowledge of beet farming, Jan Levinson-Gould and will-they-or-won't-they love affairs to this joyous game of trivia at Slattery's. Bring three of your most dependable office-mates, so long as they know what Dunder Mifflin actually does. 

“Dinosaurs Among Us” American Museum of Natural History; 10am; $12.50–$22
If you thought dinosaurs have been extinct for the last 65 million years, prepare to get schooled! The American Museum of Natural History’s new dino-mite attraction proves you can spot ’em in the concrete jungle right this very minute. Don’t fret—Godzilla won’t make an appearance anytime soon (we hope). Instead the exhibit features the latest discoveries from paleontologists, like that dinosaurs walk—or fly—among us in the form of...birds?

Strand Ovation Series: Fun Home Strand Book Store; 7pm; entry with book, album purchase or $15 strand gift card
Meet the women who adapted Fun Home into a now-legendary Broadway musical at this celebration of the tenth anniversary of Alison Bechdel's harrowing graphic memoir. Playwright Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori will discuss their creative process and reactions to the show's fabulous success. 

PoetNY Open Mic & Bowery Slam Bowery Poetry Club; 6:30pm; $10, $15 for PoetNY and Slam
Bowery Poetry packs a double-header every Monday night, with the wild and unpredictable PoetNY Open Mic at 6:30pm, followed by the competitive, rowdy Bowery Slam. Whether you're a weekly regular or just coming in to get your annual poetry fix, you'll be more than satisfied by the local talent and unexpected guests this night brings. 

Tue 29

“Fairy Tale Fashion” The Museum at FIT; noon; free
Cinderella's glass slipper was only the beginning. Immerse yourself in enchanted worlds where contemporary couture merges seamlessly with the imaginings of childhood. In vibrantly realized settings like "Castle," "Forest" and "Sea," you'll be able to see tales of Snow White, the Little Mermaid and more in fully realized runway majesty by designers including Thierry Mugler, Christian Louboutin and Manish Arora. You won't be able to choose which ruby slippers you'll want to take you home.

Macy’s Flower Show Macy’s Herald Square; 10am; free
You could easily spend hours sniffing the aromatic blooms at this popular annual two-week floral exhibition, this year dubbed “America the Beautiful.” The ground level of Macy’s Herald Square transforms into a not-so-secret garden that’s covered in floor-to-ceiling greenery depicting the purple mountain majesties and fruited plains that we’re so, er, unaccustomed to in the concrete jungle. 

The Queens of Tuesday Boots and Saddle; midnight; free
Every Tuesday Boots and Saddle, three queens rule the stage. Pattaya Hart presents Herro at 6pm, Ari Kiki presents Tacky at 8pm and Brenda Dharling presents Turn Me Out Tuesday at 10pm. 

Carolines Comedy Madness Stand-Up Competition Carolines on Broadway; 7pm; $10 plus two drink minimum
Sixty-four local comics go head-to-head over five shows in this round-robin, with everybody getting one minute of stage time in the first round, two in the second round, and so on. The winner scores a cash prize, a featured gig in the 2016 New York Comedy Festival and, of course, bragging rights.

Philharmonia Orchestra of New York Rose Theater; 7:30pm; $5
Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (a.k.a. PONY) presents its inaugural season at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The brand-new ensemble gives the work of Mahler (March 29) and Berlioz (March 30) a multimedia twist, with 4K films—inspired by the compositions' themes of death, resurrection and natural forces—screening alongside the live performance.

Wed 30

#Misster The Woods; 10pm; free
The baddest gals in town (and a sprinkling of dudes) gather on Wednesdays for pop and hip-hop crowd-pleasers, cheap drinks and wild dancing. Past themes include "Missy Elliot Appreciation Night" and "Britney Spears' Birthday."

Jim Andralis: Your Dying Wish Come True Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $15 plus $12 minimum
A veteran of the jocular queer cabaret-punk band the Isotoners and the legendary Joe's Pub series Our Hit Parade, Andralis is now releasing his first solo album, Your Dying Wish Come True. At his release concert, he shares his insightful original pop songs—he's a psychotherapist by day—joined by cool folks including Erin Markey, Clint Asay and Larry Krone.

Teenage Dick Public Theater; 7pm; $10
Mike Lew's dark comedy imagines the hunchback king of Shakespeare's Richard III as an American teen with cerebral palsy who is set on becoming president of his senior class. Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) directs a minimalist and very affordable production for the Public Studio, the Public Theater's emerging-playwrights wing.

The Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden; 10am; $10-$25
The New York Botanical Garden explodes into a tropical floral extravaganza for the annual Orchid Show. Take in the thousands of blooms on display, and don't forget to make a pit stop by the Shop in the Garden for your very own orchid to take home.  

Thu 31

Affordable Art Fair Metropolitan Pavilion; 11am; $18, Senior and students $10, after dark $30, private view $70
For an $18 ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from more than 50 galleries, priced at $100 to $10,000. Now you can upgrade your flat without downgrading your wallet.

Wasabassco’s House of Deveraux House of Yes; 8pm; $33, $40 VIP
Many NYC performers may claim to be glamazons, but none can touch Sydni Deveraux, the sequin-shaking burlesque bombshell with some of the longest legs in show business. The diva welcomes fellow muses from the outrageous Wasabassco troupe—including Evelyn Vinyl, Poison Ivory and Alotta Boutté—to show some skin. 

Tainted Love: 80s Dance Party with DJ Jane Elizabeth The Bell House; 10pm; free
True acolytes of the ’80s finally have a celebration of their decade that goes beyond leg warmer costumes and embraces gems from the New Wave, Ska, Darkwave and Glam Rock movements and beyond. Hit the Bell House every last Thursday of the month for some of last century's definitive heartbreak ballads and synth jams. 

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic Peoples Improv Theater; 8pm; $20
The creative minds behind Kapow-i GoGo bring you a Harry Potter parody of epic proportions. The gentle Hufflepuffs often live in the shadows of J.K. Rowling's universe, and this show follows the forgotten lives of the students sitting next to the hero. Wayne Hopkins was just a boy from New Mexico till he found out he was a wizard. Find out how he and other mediocre Puffs fare at the school of magic and magic. 

We the People Live Pine Box Rock Shop; 8pm; free
Josh Zepps hosts this weekly podcast all about the news, taped live with a celebrity panel. Cocktails are had, topics of great importance and irrelevancy are discussed, and at the end the audience votes for who "won" the news. This week's guest comedians include Artie Lange, Jon Ronson, Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher (the ladies of Sorry About Last Night) 

The Music of David Bowie Carnegie Hall; 8pm; $48–$160
Concert presenter Michael Dorf, whose past star-studded tribute concerts have feted the likes of David Bryne, Prince and Bob Dylan, celebrates the music of pop legend David Bowie over two nights. The line-ups for each differ, with performers including Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Bettye LaVette, Perry Farrell, Pixes, Mumford & Sons, The Roots, The Mountain Goats, The Flaming Lips and longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti. You can expect that list to grow, as well as a smattering of surprise guests. In light of Bowie's recent passing, look for the evening to take on an emotional tone, with collaborators and friends paying tribute to the icon.

Fat Baby Live The Stand; 10pm; $15
The guys behind Fat Baby Comedy—Benny D and Giulio Gallarotti—host a different crew of comedians every Thursday. They also produce an involved series of promos for the show on YouTube that are worth checking out for, if nothing else, their degree of goofy cinematic skills.

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