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20 excellent things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

B.Y.O.V at the Garret East; Mon 28 at 7pm–11pm; Free

The only thing that could ruin a perfectly good night out other than spilling your drink on the cutie by the bar is a crappy DJ (especially one who is too pretentious to take requests). Luckily, the Garret lets you B.Y.O.V. (bring your own vinyl), so you can dance and groove to your favorite jams. 

Good Riddance Day Times Square; Mon 28 at noon–1pm; Free

Rid yourself of 2015’s baggage at the ninth annual Good Riddance Day (Mon 28), inspired by the Latin American tradition of burning dolls that represent issues from the year before. Bring the things you want to forget to Times Square—the Times Square Alliance will provide shredders, dumpsters and sledgehammers. Goodbye to all that.

“Splendor In The Grass: Kinesthetic Camping Ground” Museum of Sex; Mon 28–Dec 31 at 10am; $15.25–$17.50

Enter an oasis of vivid sights, sounds and sensations, as the campground becomes a nexus of adult discovery and play. Wander past campfires, live park rangers, a moving sky and other surreal activities in this immersive actualization of the phases of sexual stimulation. You’ll never think about camping the same way again.

Frantic! The Stand; Mon 28 at 10pm; Free

One of the keys to a great weekly show is great regulars, and the Stand’s endlessly popular free show, hosted by Aaron Berg, has them in spades: Expect to see the likes of Christian Finnegan, Monroe Martin and Michelle Wolf.

“Berlin Metropolis” Neue Galerie New York; Mon 28, Thu 31 at 11am; Free with admission price

The Weimar years were characterized by a wholesale embrace of avant-garde aesthetics, especially in the Republic’s capital and cultural heart, Berlin. That milieu is brought back to life in this compact survey of paintings, drawings, prints, photos, posters and film snippets by a panoply of historical greats: George Grosz, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, Hannah Höch and Fritz Lang, among many others. Stuffed into an overflowing installation spread across six smallish rooms, “Berlin Metropolis” is as dizzying as the zeitgeist it recalls.

Reformation sale Reformation; Mon 28–Dec 31 at 11am; Free

Grab this environmentally sustainable brand’s cool-girl clothing marked up to 50 percent off. Navy suede Oakley coats are pared from $648 to $324, Bella dresses are $153 (normally $218) and gorgeous Lara frocks are worth the splurge for $300 (were $428).

Christmas Lights Tour Union Square; Mon 28–Dec 31 at 7pm; $50

The maxim “a little goes a long way” is not one Dyker Heights residents adhere to: Every year various homeowners in the south Brooklyn ’hood trick out their abodes with thousands of twinkly lights as well as oversize decorations (illuminated Nativity scenes, animatronic snowmen, giant nutcrackers). Get a peek at the festive homes on this bus tour, which ends with a stop at Bella Luna Pizza for hot cocoa.

Videology Presents Movie Trivia Videology; Tue 29 at 8:30pm; Free

Don’t let your knowledge of Nicolas Cage quotes go to waste. Gather your friends for six rounds of cinema trivia, complete with video clips and dramatic reenactments. Prizes include a free round of drinks for third place, a $75 bar tab for second, and for first place, two hours for your team and friends in the screening room plus a $150 bar tab.

We Don’t Even Know HiFi; Tue 29 at 8pm; Free

Join a live recording of this spunky variety podcast with hosts Shonali Bhowmik and Christian Felix, and guest appearances by notorious Never Nude David Cross and Doll & Em’s Dolly Wells.

Point Break Live! Highline Ballroom; Tue 29 at 8pm; $25–$35

Jaime Keeling spoofs the less-than-classic 1991 surf-action picture Point Break in this cult-fave “reality theater” experience, which first visited NYC back in 2006. Cool twist: The team will hunt through the audience to choose someone at random to play the costarring role of Johnny Utah, originally non-acted by Keanu Reeves.

Time Out New York Comedy Showcase at Carolines on Broadway; Wed 30 at 9:30pm; $25 plus a two-drink minimum

Time Out New York’s monthly show brings together some of the biggest names on the NYC comedy scene. Past guests have included Jim Norton, Keith Robinson, Judah Friedlander and Sasheer Zamata. 

Twin Peaks Bingo Videology; Wed 30 at 9pm; Free

While Agent Cooper figures out who killed Laura Palmer, drink some brews and solve the mystery on your bingo board.

The Sherry Vine Show Industry Bar; Wed 30 at 11pm; Free

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

Drunk Shakespeare Roy Arias Stage; Wed 30 at 8pm; $54–$69

An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's Drunk History) and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard. Bibulous excess is encouraged.

Superfree Wednesday Peoples Improv Theater; Wed 30 at 7pm; Free

Five hours of comedy and no cover charge? Yes please! Two house improv teams perform in each of the 7, 8 and 9pm time slots; at 10pm, a house team opens for a group composed of the PIT's teaching staff; and at 11pm, you can hop onstage for Improdome, the weekly amateur jam.y amateur jam.

Deer Tick Brooklyn Bowl; Wed 30, Thu 31 at 9pm; $30

Featuring John McCauley’s Tom Waits–level voice, coupled with Southern-tinged roots-and-country rollicking, no band better epitomizes the pleasures of summertime day drinking than Rhode Island’s Deer Tick. Even in the depths of winter, you can sing along to rowdy favorites like “Let’s All Go to the Bar” and shed a tear in your beer to the band’s wistful, folky numbers.

Awesome Aughts: Music of the Early 2000s Union Hall; Thu 31 at 9:30pm; Free

Get ready to be "Jumpin' Jumpin'" to "What a Girl Wants," and dance to the best hip-hop, R&B and pop songs from the days when boy bands still had "frosted tips" and Beyoncé was best known as a member of Destiny's Child.

Purple Rain Dance Party Videology; Thu 31 at 8pm; Free

Become The Person Who Formerly Existed in 2015 at this NYE party dedicated to the one and only Prince. Videology's got drink specials, bites and a DJ spinning the hits from Madonna to Sheila E. You'll definitely be partying like it's 1999.

The Sons & Heirs: A Morrissey/ Smiths New Year’s Eve Littlefield; Thu 31 at 9pm; $20–$25

Ring in the New Year on an, er, melancholy note and croon the sad-but-stimulating tunes by Morrissey and The Smiths with tribute band The Sons of Heirs including Doug Gillard (Nada Surf, Guided by Voices). The rockstars will play a mix of tearjerkers, invite fans on stage and destroy the room with “Alma Matters.” 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Grand Army Plaza; Thu 31 at 11pm; Free

Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve with hot beverages and fireworks sparkling over Park Slope. Live music starts at around 11pm at Grand Army Plaza, where you can also snag a free cup of hot cocoa. At midnight, fireworks will go off at Long Meadow; the best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

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