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20 awesome things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 22

At Last I Am Born: A Morrissey Birthday Celebration The Bell House; 8pm; $15, at the door $20
Welcome the apocalypse, cry in your champagne glass, and celebrate the birthday of one of Rock & Roll's greatest at this tribute concert to Morrissey. Preeminent Smiths tribute band Sons & Heirs are joined by retro cover stars the Jewbadours for a night of moody, beautiful ballads. 

TGIMonday Game Night LeGrande Lounge; 6:30pm; free to attend
LeGrande inside The Time New York Hotel has all the makings to host the perfect '90's throwback bash. Relieve the glory days of your youth by playing classic board games like Don't Wake Daddy, Kerplunk, Guess Who? and Clue while sipping themed cocktails ($10) reminiscent of your childhood sugar cravings. After sinking your friend's battle ship, unwind by watching old-school cartoons and shows from TGIF projected on the lounge’s TV screens and down a few cereal shots. (One tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch!)

Tori Scott: Plan B! Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $20, plus $12 minimum
Singer-actor Tori Scott mixes classic musical-comedy warmth with a killer range. Armed with smart, saucy patter, she comes off as the best wild friend that a frazzled gay city boy could hope to find. Her latest Joe's Pub show reunites her with cowriter Adam Hetrick.

Stand Up Video The West End; 9pm; free
Comedy darling Dave Mizzoni welcomes a lineup of passionate comedians to present their favorite music videos at this Pop-Up Video-style stand-up night. Cast your vote on the picks of Mo Fry Pasic, Rachel Joravsky, J.W. Crump and Remy Germinario to decide which vids make it into the Hall of Fame, and which are "banished." And do not dare disrespect Madonna's "Hung Up," lest you face the consequences.  

Tue 23

Girls Trivia Poco Bar; 8pm; free
Hannah may have left Greenpoint behind, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to say goodbye to the show of the generation (or at least, of a generation). Test your knowledge of the Michaels Sisters, Patrick Wilson, Jamba Jeans and Iowa Writers’ Workshop at Poco Bar’s send-off to the provocative series.

Lizzy Goodman: Met Me in the Bathroom Stand Book Store; 7pm; free with book purchase or $15 gift card
The Elle editor launches her book about the rise of some of the millennium’s greatest rock acts including LCD Soundsystem and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Kehinde Wiley: “Trickster” Sean Kelly Gallery; 11am; free
New York–based painter Kehinde Wiley's latest exhibition, "Trickster," features portraits of fellow contemporary artists, among them Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Rashid Johnson, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Using the mythological trope of the trickster, Wiley examines the ways in which artists, and all people of color, navigate and transform social boundaries.

Animal Collective Brooklyn Steel; 7pm; $30
Avant-pop MVPs Animal Collective bring their spacey, jammy anthems to town, playing their latest album, Painting With, the group's first since 2012's pleasantly perplexing Centipede Hz.

Yum’s the Word Le Poisson Rouge; 8pm; $20, at the door $25
This ongoing storytelling series, produced and hosted by Robin Gelfenbien, is also a party: audience members are invited to feast on her multiple homemade ice-cream cakes. In addition to stories from a stellar lineup (past performers have included Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin, UCB's Gastor Almonte, three-time Moth Story Slam winner Danny Artese and more), this "Ice Cream Social" edition invites Tim Gunn, Danny Artese, Gastor Almonte and Constance Shulman to share tales of social anxiety. 

Wed 24

Scott Snyder at the Bryant Park Reading Room Bryant Park Reading Room; 12:30pm; free
Batman's comic book adventures have been defined by many creative luminaries over the years, including Dennis O'Neal and Neil Adams, Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham and more. Meet the writer who has helped to redefine the caped crusader for this decade, as he speaks and signs copies of the bonkers first volume of All-Star Batman. 

Cabin Fever The Lately; 4pm; free
This weekly kickback at the Lately invites you to chill out, play boardgames both old-school and new (like the Lately's beloved "Shooters and Ladders"), all while enjoying draft beer pitchers, wine and punch buckets. 

Needful Things Wise Men; 8pm; free
Nick Kelly, Fixx Invictus and friends serve deep house at this weekly soiree set in an eye-catching bar designed by sculptor and set designer Andy Harmon.

Pixies + Cymbals Eat Guitars Webster Hall; 7pm; $65
The past few years, these pioneering alt-rockers released Indie Cindy and Head Carrier, their first new material in more than two decades. Neither Kim (Deal or Shattuck) is with the band anymore, so the lineup looks like this: Black Francis, David Lovering, Joey Santiago and Paz Lenchantin. Tonight you'll surely hear new tunes alongside ye olde classics. 

Thu 25

The Moth StorySLAM Housing Works Bookstore Café; 7:30pm; $19–$30
Everyone in NYC has a story to tell, but how many of us can hop onstage and share it with a room full of strangers (without even asking for money)? Think of a tale you’d like to unload, then head to this storytelling throwdown, at which volunteers are drawn at random to share five-minute pieces. This week’s "Making Peace" prompt encourages speakers to share five-minute tales of comings and goings in NYC.  

Vinyl, Fun & Drunken Doughnuts The Tuck Room; 4pm; free
Need a sugar high to balance out your booze buzz? Head to the Tuck Room every Thursday for bites of glazed, sea-salt and old-fashioned doughnuts at this joyous happy hour. Look out for heavily-spiked whipped cream and jellies, and ice cream, and make sure not to get too full to dance to beats from DJ J-Zone. Surrender to the dough: you know you want to. 

James Bond Sketch Night Society of Illustrators; 6:15pm; $20
The suits. The gear. The guns. Grab a drink (shaken, not... you know the rest) and some small buffet bites, and get to sketching models of all genders dressed in 007 attire. 

Piano Party Green Fig; 9pm; free
Belt out your favorite ballads from Phantom of the Opera, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and beyond at this open-mic piano karaoke bash, emceed by Michael McAssey. Bring your own instrument to take your rendition of Yma Sumac's "Malambo #1" to the next level. 

Tainted Love: ’80s Dance Party with DJ Jane Elizabeth The Bell House; 10pm; free
Every month, DJ Jane Elizabeth revives gems from the annals of synth-pop, new wave, glam rock, old-school hip-hop and more at this party for fans who still want their MTV. This is your chance to tease your hair, paint on eyeliner and dance it out to Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more.

Late Night with Lani The PIT Loft; 9:30pm; $7
Hostess with the most-est Lani Harms is taking on the late-night scene with a "talk show" chock-full of sketch, improv, insane characters and pretty much whatever else she wants. The show winds up with an improv set based on an interview with a special guest comedian. Mike Kelton, Casey Jost, Keisha Zollar and other improv darlings have showed up in the past.

Sisters of Comedy Carolines on Broadway; 7:30pm; $22
Produced by Nairobi-born Agunda Okeyo, this stand-up showcase features funny women of color. This month's installment is hosted by Joyelle Johnson and features Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin, New York stand-up star Leah Bonnema, Star Talk Radio co-host Leighann Lord and writer and CNN contributor Michaela Angela Davis.

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