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20 awesome things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 10

Columbus Day Parade at various locations; 11:30am; free
He may be one of the most famous failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance? Fifth Ave fro m 44th St to 72nd St.

NPR’s Ask Me Another The Bell House; 7:30pm; $20, at the door $25
Stranger Things’ resident police babe David Harbour and Hamilton’s Javier Muñoz take the hot seat in this live edition of the NPR quiz show.

Stranger Things Trivia Slattery’s Midtown Pub; 8pm; free
Assemble a team of up to four pre-teen Goonies and gather to solve the mysteries of the Upside Down, Silkwood-era haircuts government science conspiracies. Try not to devolve into too many arguments during the rounds of hardcore trivia: you might anger any telekinetic patrons of the bar. 

Indigenous Peoples Celebration Wards Meadow Fields; 7am; free
Join Redhawk, the Native American Arts Council of NYC, for a community reclamation of Columbus Day. Local chiefs—like Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug Indian Nation on Long Island—join musicians, spoken-word performers and artists on the grass. Look out for multimedia pieces from Bronx-based Intikana, percussion from Caribbean-originated Kasibahagua Taino Cultural Society and more. 

Columbus Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral; 9:30am; General admission free
Head to the ever-beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral for a special mass, which reflects on the men, women and children who, like Columbus, traveled to America in pursuit of freedom and new opportunities. 

Thank You For Coming Out Magnet Theater; 10:30pm; $7
A troupe of all-LGBTQ performers showcase musical improv and storytelling based on personal coming out experiences. Past performers have included Bowen Yang, Joel Perez, Michael Hartney, Jody Shelton and more. All proceeds from the October 10 show benefit the Human Rights Campaign, with the October 16 show benefitting the Ali Forney Center. 

LezPong! SPiN New York; 7pm; $18
Girl Social invites all the LGBTQ women in NYC to ping-pong bar SPiN for another night of recreational sports. Whether you want to chill and mingle in the sleek lounge or partake in some girl-on-girl table action, the ball is totally in your court. 

Tue 11 

Movies Under the Stars: Maleficent Rochdale Park; 6:30pm; free
Revisit Angelina Jolie's dark and campy reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story at this crisp outdoor screening. You're in for a night of storybook romance, opinionated fairy godmothers and severe cheekbones.  

Legendary: A Conversation with Melba Moore and Dionne Warwick Apollo Theater; 6:30pm; free R.S.V.P.
Kicking off the Apollo's Live Wire talks season, this event brings together Tony winner Melba Moore with ’60s pop icon Dionne Warwick for a discussion on the battles, struggles and triumphs of their careers.

Not Right Now Teddy’s Bar & Grill; 9:30pm; free
Best buddies Candyce Musinski and Meagan Walsh welcome you to gather around the bar and watch a free roundup of excellent local standup at this monthly show. 

Wed 12

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia Abbey Tavern; 8pm; free
Sunnydale survivors unite! Test your knowledge of the Watchers' Council, demonology and bunnies at this trivia battle covering all 144 episodes of one of TV's most legendary series. Register a team of up to four scoobies online, slip into your leather pants and pack your holy water: you're going to have some fierce competition.  

Candy: From Early History to Halloween Brooklyn Brainery; 6pm; $11
Learn about the history of your favorite confections at this food fanatic lecture, which discusses the origins of the sugar cane, candy in ancient Middle Eastern cultures, and more. Don't worry about any hankerings you don't want to deal with: historical candies will be on hand to sample throughout the lecture.  

Tinder Live! With Lane Moore The Bell House; 8:30pm; $15
Comedian, writer and musician Moore takes the stage in this critically-acclaimed comedy show to open up her Tinder profile, swipe left, message guys that pique her (and the audience's) interest and even call them live. This month's edition features Last Week Tonight writer Josh Gondelman, WFMU host Dave Hill, New York Times best-selling author Mychal Denzel Smith and Huffington Post editor Chloe Angyal.

Drunk Science: Population Genetics Littlefield; 8pm; $5–$8
Join your hosts Joanna Rothkopf (Jezebel staff writer), Shannon Odell (neuroscience PhD student) and Jordan Mendoza (took some science classes), along with comedians Lorelei Ramirez, Ziwe Fumudoh and Brian Faas, as they proceed to get wasted and compete to present their very best population genetics treatise to actual scientist Dr. Brenna Henn. The more you drink, the more their dissertations will make sense.

Comedians You Should Know The Gutter Bowling Alley and Bar; 9pm; $5
The Gutter hosts this weekly showcase of familiar local names who are about to make it big. Check out acts like Nore Davis, Liza Treyger, Michelle Wolf, Jeff Steinbrunner, Mike Liebovitz and Sasheer Zamata at this new stand-up series. 

High + Tight at Eastern Bloc; 11pm; $5
The legendary East Village dive throws this Wednesday night hootenanny to kick off Halloween season. Don't worry about your costume: most of the night's revelers will be stripped down within an hour of partying. 

Thu 13

Onassis Festival NY 2016: Antigone Now Onassis Cultural Center NY at Olympis Tower; 7pm; free
This free four-day festival explores contemporary 
interpretations of the ancient Greek story of Antigone, highlighting the principle of working for a cause and following a moral path. Art, dance, films, music, 
talks, and activities for all ages, will all take place at this festival, which will also include a special Family Sunday lineup—Everyday Superheroes.

Reel Rock 11 Symphony Space; 7:30pm; $20
Now in its eleventh edition, this film festival for climbers and outdoorsmen hits the city with another lineup of documentaries and panels. Check out movies like Young Guns, which chronicles the trials of two 15 year-old rock climbers and Rad Dad, which follows a journeyman climber-turned family man. On Saturday, learn to scale rocks like the pros at a climbing clinic at the cliffs. 

New York Musical Improv Festival Magnet Theater; various times; free–$20
Get ready for some big laughs and catchy tunes at this annual musical-comedy bonanza. Now in its eighth year, the three-day fest welcomes performers from around the world to deliver on-the-spot piano vamps, fully costumed musicals, rock operas and rap battles. Highlights include Musical AF and the Improvised Sondheim Project, plus a closing night benefit performance from local LGBTQ comedy troupe Thank You for Coming Out.

The National Improv Finals on TNT The Experimental Comedy Gallery; 10pm; $5
Two improv teams fight for your vote in this high-stakes court battle complete with ringside commentary worthy of TV's worst spectators. The winning team returns the next and decides the form of improv comedy for the next round. 

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