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20 cool things to do in NYC this week

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Jennifer P
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Mon 15

One Idiot’s “This Murder: A Real Murder” Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 8pm; $5
Fans of Making a Murderer will love this one: Sketch comedy team and UCB resident One Idiot presents the story of an innocent man on trial for murder, and the documentarian who loves him.

Peter Pan in Concert Pershing Square Signature Center; 8pm; $59–$175
Charles Busch hosts this benefit concert of songs from the high-flying 1954 musical, directed by Jack Cummings III for his Transport Group company. Scheduled performers include Carolee Carmello, Marc Kudisch, Rachel Bay Jones, Ann Harada, Tony Sheldon, Elizabeth Stanley, David Greenspan, Betsy Morgan and Alexandra Silber.

American Psycho Sings Duncan Sheik Feinstein’s 54/Below; 7pm, 9pm; $40–$80 plus $25 drink minimum
Cast members from the short-lived Broadway musical American Psycho performs pop and theater songs by the show's composer, Duncan Sheik ("Barely Breathing"). The lineup includes Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown and Theo Stockman.

Tue 16

ComedyJuice Gotham Comedy Club; 9:30pm; $15 plus two-drink minimum
This revered weekly show features lots of worthy local stand-ups and often one or two big names. This edition's guest is The Daily Show standout Roy Woods Jr.

Sleep No More McKittrick Hotel; 7pm; $85–$170
To untimely rip and paraphrase a line from Macbeth: Our eyes are made the fools of the other senses, or else worth all the rest. A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator's gaze at the bedazzling and uncanny theater installation Sleep No More. Your sense of space and depth–already compromised by the half mask that audience members must don–is further blurred as you wend through more than 90 discrete spaces, ranging from a cloistral chapel to a vast ballroom floor.

Wed 17

“Bad Beauty: How Women Write About Beauty (In a Post-Lena Dunham World)” Strand Book Store; 7pm; free with purchase of $15 store gift card or “The Regulars”
A panel of writers—including 2 Dope Queens’ Phoebe Robinson, The Regulars author Georgia Clark and Marie Claire editor Jennifer Goldstein—discusses Photoshop, body image and how to take standards of beauty at face value.  

Black Sabbath Nikon at Jones Beach Theater; 7:30pm; $35–$180
The three-fourths of the original Black Sabbath lineup—Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, minus drummer Bill Ward—issued a highly impressive Rick Rubin–helmed comeback, 13, in 2013, followed by a multi-leg world tour. Now, the first and greatest heavy-metal band, plus fill-in drummer Tommy Clufetos, hits the road for what it claims will be its final trek. Prepare to tremble before immortal classics such as "Black Sabbath" and "Iron Man," and hear a few of the new joints as well. 

Blink-182 + A Day to Remember + All Time Low Barclays Center; 7pm; $25
Pop-punk heavyweights Blink-182 underwent an unlikely renaissance a few years back thanks to its 2011 comeback album, Neighborhoods. Cofrontman Tom DeLonge has since departed, and though his trademark hyperexaggerated whine is nigh impossible to replicate, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba brings a fresh perspective to the band as his replacement. Tonight you’re sure to hear all the hits plus cuts from its latest album, California, with a loaded roster of openers warming up the crowd: Florida metalcore combo A Day to Remember and emo punk stars All Time Low.

My First Time: A Stand Up and Storytelling Show Q.E.D; 9pm; $10
First times: we've all had 'em. Some were better than others, but most make great comedy fodder. Hear host Angela Cobb and a slew of guest comics joke about the life milestone society's most obsessed with at Astoria's intimate comedy club.

Gay Speed Dating for Bears, Clubs and Scruff Lovers Gossip Bar & Restaurant; 6:30pm; $25
If you're a fuzzy dude or a total admirer, then head to this speed-dating hustle, where you can meet the furball of your dreams.

Thu 18

iHeart New Music Cruise with Jon Bellion Hornblower Cruises; 6pm; $25–$85
Set sail on the Hornblower's happy-hour cruise and drink in the stunning Manhattan views—plus cocktails, available for purchase along with snacks from the ship's bar. Singer-songwriter Jon Bellion will be onboard to serenade seagoers with selections from his recent album, The Human Condition.

Creepy Girl Travels Horror Show Freddy’s Bar; 7:30pm; free
Creepy Girl Travels, a website dedicated to alternative travel (often including graveyard visits), hosts this monthly trivia and movie night focused on horror flicks, the occult and all things creepy. 

Striptease Sing-Along Parkside Lounge; 8pm; $12–$20
Rabbit Hole Productions presents an evening of burlesque and karaoke featuring Francine, Unsung Hera, Bunny Buxom, Grace Gotham and Strawberry Fields. Between burly-Q performances, audience members take the stage to deliver their own renditions of their favorite tunes, while keeping their clothes on (or not).

The Moth StorySLAM Housing Works Bookstore Café; 7pm; $10
Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The wildly (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn-spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific topic. This edition: Gatherings.

Movies with a View: A League of Their Own Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1; 6pm; free
Get cozy on the grass and watch Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell form an all-woman team and tear down the boys’ club of baseball in this WWII-set classic. Before the Rockford Peaches go to bat, you can chill out to beats by No Wahala DJs and check out a short film presented by BAMcinématek. Show up early to reserve a good spot, and make sure to keep your tissues hidden: You know what they say about crying and baseball. 

Game of Thrones (TV) Trivia Gotham Bistro; 8pm; Free with registration
Contrary to Cersei Lannister’s opinion, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to trivia of HBO’s addictive TV series. The obsessive folks from Trivia AD are throwing the gauntlet with five brutal rounds of Westerosi trivia, so ready a team of up to four fans, and make sure you’ve read up on dragon etymology, Valyrian steel swords and Wildling tribes if you want to walk out with your dignity (and all your limbs). Strategize like a Lannister, but try not to drink like one. 

Movies Under the Stars: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach; 8:30pm; free
Grab a blanket and head to Staten Island to relive the antics of the world's slickest high-school slacker at this free outdoor screening. 

Drunk Science 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 Janelle James, Tim Barnes and Marlena Rodriguez, as they proceed to get wasted and compete to present their very best scientific treatise to a panel of actual scientists. The more you drink, the more their dissertations will make sense. 

The Disco Biscuits Irving Plaza; 8pm; $85
It's easy to poke fun at the Disco Biscuits (trance fusion? ugh). Still, bisco music (as they call it) remains a huge hit among the jammy throngs, and apparently the fan base is growing (they've got enough cred, in fact, to host their own festival: Camp Bisco). The prolific band Philly settles in for a trio of summer gigs, culminating with a Coney Island throwdown. 

Bitchcraft! Sid Gold’s Request Room; 7pm; free
Lauren Maul and Selena Coppock produce this "bitch-tastic" variety show, which features songs, stories and comedy from Kendra Cunningham, Rob Paravonian, Robin Bady, Tarik Daniels, Kelly Dwyer, Kevin Allison and the "astral projection of Marilyn Summers."

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