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20 fabulous things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 30

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Washington Square Park; noon; free
This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.

Memorial Day Concert, Green-Wood Cemetery; 2:30pm; free
Bask in the beauty of Green-Wood Cemetery while listening to a free orchestra concert led by the ISO Symphonic Band.

“New York Love Story,” German Consulate General; 9am; free
We can’t blame German-born shutterbug Karsten Staiger for loving New York (we share the same adoration, dude). Using Gotham’s breathtaking cityscape as his muse, ogle a series of Staiger’s most stunning. large-format photographs, showcasing some magical moments he’s captured in NYC over the past 10 years. You’ll be impressed and inspired by Staiger’s unique bird’s eye view. 

Memorial Day Ceremony, Air & Space Museum, 11:30am; free
Honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Join hundreds of veterans, representing wars and conflicts from World War II to the present, at the Intrepid Museum's annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This ceremony will include the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, the playing of taps, a ceremonial wreath-laying and a three-volley rifle salute. The event will take place on Pier 86 and is free and open to the public.

The Later Show with Katie Kester, UCBEast; 8pm; $5
Kester's hybrid talk-variety show isn't all that late, but it's just as funny as what you'll catch on the tube. The comedian welcomes Charla Lauriston (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Aparna Nancherla (@midnight) and more.

Tue 31

The Block, Urban Stages; 7pm; $25
In 2014, the Working Theater launched the Five Boroughs/One City project, which sends playwrights to make work inspired by, based in, and supporting a specific borough. This year's showcase for the Bronx, by Dan Hoyle and Tamilla Woodward, tells the story of present-day community members facing poverty and violence, and the history of the neighborhood they call home. 

Trips, Metropolitan; 8pm; free
Head to Williamsburg's most beloved gay dive for a night of stand-up and storytelling about travel, from sexy foreign relations to things getting weird in distant lands. This month's solid lineup includes Jess Tell, Winter Laike, Joe Kennedy, Chloe Sehr and Aaron Sciandra. 

Gods and Mortals at Olympus, Onassis Cultural Center NY at Olympic Tower; 10am; free
Get a glimpse into the ancient Greek city of Dion at the Onassis Cultural Center NY's latest exhibition, "Gods and Mortals: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus." The collection features artifacts—the result of more than 40 years of excavation—that have never before been seen in the U.S., including astonishingly well-preserved statues and mosaics. You'll also find contemporary artwork, plus videos and photos of the archaological site and its environment.

Trivia Tuesdays, The Sackett, 8pm; free
Don't let the Sackett's stacked drink menu blur your trivia skills, because you'll need to bring your A-game for five rounds of unpredictable trivia. You'll have to keep up with music, visual, mystery rounds and more if you want to win eternal glory (at least, until the next game two weeks later). 

Free Yoga in Bryant Park, 10am; free
Whether you’re a die-hard yogi or a noob searching for vinyasa, folks of all fitness levels are welcome to find Zen beneath the trees in Bryant Park every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening through summer. The outdoor hub is launching its 13th season of yoga, presented by sportswear brand Athleta, during which instructors from Yoga Journal help you perfect poses while you focus on deep breathing. Classes will be held at Upper Terrace (Tue).

Wed 1

Eddie Huang, Berg’n; 7:30pm; free
Brash young cooking star Huang, who's responsible for East Village spot Baohaus and author of Fresh Off the Boat—which in turn was made into an ABC sitcom—is back to talk about his latest memoir Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China. In addition to family life, identity and romance the chef considers his myriad cooking influences with a slaphappy candor that trades in witty takedowns and hip-hop slang.

World Science Festival at various locations; various times and prices. 
Nerds, unite! Among the more than 50 events and attractions scheduled during the World Science Festival are special discussions and exhibitions from leading minds in astrology, neuroscience, robotics and even sports analysis. A daylong street fair in Washington Square Park with interactive demonstrations and live daring experiments caps off the festivities on Sun 5.

Understanding at Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River; various times; free
Spring showers bring new public artworks to the city, and this one is sky-high. Martin Creed’s 50-foot-tall, ruby-red work of art is displayed on Pier 6, with giant letters that rotate at varying speeds, spelling out the word understanding. An ode to human communication, it’s only one of the many exciting (and free) things to check out in the park’s sprawling space, including Movies with a View, the Books Beneath the Bridge reading series and outdoor fitness classes. 

Lady Bunny: Trans-Jester; The Stonewall Inn; 7pm; $20
The shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies and savagely hilarious takedowns.

“Splendor In The Grass: Kinesthetic Camping Ground,” Museum of Sex; 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 representation of the phases of sexual stimulation. You’ll never think about camping the same way again.

Thu 2

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema; Film Society of Lincoln Center; various times; $14 per film, $99 all-access pass
The Film Society and Istituto Luce Cinecittà present their fifteenth annual showcase of Italy’s latest generation of filmmakers. Expect to see heart-wrenching indies and dazzling commercial hits among the selection, which includes nine North American premieres. Fans of movie history should include Viva Ingrid! on their list of must-sees—the film is about Ingrid Bergman and is directed by Roberto Rossellini's grandson Alessandro.

John Early: Literally Me, The Bell House; 8:30pm; $15, at the door $20
The eerily self-aware, brutally acerbic John Early hits the Bell House with his latest dark comedy show, in which audience members assist the comic in picking his new headshot. After appearing on Netflix's The CharactersBroad City and more, Early is bigger—and more insane—than ever. 

Homotown, Henrietta Hudson; 4pm; free
Head to Henrietta Hudson every Thursday for a seemingly endless happy hour (till midnight, seriously) and chill jams from veteran DJ Tikka Masala, who keeps you grinning all night with Motown, soul and beloved hip-hop classics.

Now That’s What I Call Parody: Tech Obsessed; Peoples Improv Theater; 8pm; $5
Some of the PIT's most gleefully demented performers warp your favorite chart-toppers with hilariously dark new lyrics. It's time to let go of Adele's "Hello" and watch this genius troupe rip it apart. 

Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte Theater; 8pm; free
New York’s favorite and totally free outdoor theater is back! This year, Tony-nominated director Phyllida Lloyd presents Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew with an all-female cast (a bold twist of which we think the Bard would approve). Fiery leading lady Katherina is played by the extraordinary Cush Jumbo, who must outwit wild outsider Petruchio, played by the marvelous Janet McTeer. Tickets are distributed every day at the Delacorte Theater at noon. Remember: you snooze, you lose. 

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