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20 fabulous things to do in NYC this week

Jennifer P

Mon 11 

Weekly Ping-Pong Tournament Salvation Taco; 6pm; free
Burn off the grimness of your Monday workday at this weekly Ping-Pong showdown, in which you can josh around the table or compete for special prizes from Salvation Taco. Between crushing sets, dig into dinner treats like spicy pork & beef meatballs with Manchego and beer battered fish tacos. 

Fresh Fruit Festival The Wild Project; various times; $18
All Out Arts presents its annual LGBTQ arts fest featuring both short and full-length plays, including the New York premiere of Carolyn Gage's Planchette. Be sure to catch Italian dance company Compagnia Körper's performance of its captivating signature work, Aesthetica-esercizio n°1.

LezBowl Bowlmor Lanes; 7pm; $7–$15
The folks behind Lezzertag are back with another game-centric soiree, this time featuring unlimited bowling. If you're a novice, don't fret: no bowling experience is required, plus there's a full bar offering $8 Grey Goose cocktails to help take the edge off those gutter balls.

Lumos Comedy Nights Lumos; 8pm; free
Hosts Andrea Jones-Rooy, Daneil J. Perafan and Harrison Tweed invite rising comedians to serve up free laughs every Monday night at this charming baijiu-focused cocktail bar.

Tue 12

LOL Films: Clueless Solar One; 7:45pm; free
As part of its screening series of iconic female comedies, Loft Fashion is screening the definitive teen movie of the ’90s, Clueless. Before Cher, Dionne and Tai embark on their social comedy of errors at 9pm, you can dance by the river and catch some live comedy acts starting at 8pm.  

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). 

Manhattanhenge American Museum of Natural History; 7pm; $15
Head to the Hayden Planetarium to learn about the modern solar phenomenon with astrophysicist Jackie Faherty. 

Wed 13 

Secret Science Club The Bell House; 8pm; free
Join astrophysicist Priyamvada Nataraja as she discusses her new book, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos. During the talk, drink custom cocktails fit for the brainiest New Yorkers. Then stay tuned for cosmic beats after the Q&A.

The Final Wasabassco Hellfire Club at the Kraine Theater; 9pm; $40
Don't miss the naughty burlesque revue's final edition at the intimate East Village playhouse. The red-hot lineup includes Nasty Canasta, Stormy Leather and Amanda Whip.

“I’m New Here–Can You Show Me Around?” Union Hall; 8pm; $12
Recent New York transplant, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and Time Out New York contributor Jon Ronson is joined by Irish storyteller Maeve Higgins for a show that takes an amusingly exasperated look at the experience of moving to New York City. 

Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater; 7:30pm; $15–$35
It’s an NYC rite of passage to watch hopeful performers rub the Tree of Hope and give their all to make Top Dog status. Whether the acts dazzle the crowd or are literally swept offstage by C.P. Lacey, they’re guaranteed to produce an unforgettable show. This season’s series of dance, music, comedy and performance showdowns builds up to November’s finals, at which one Super Top Dog wins $10,000 and eternal glory. Be good or begone!

Bastille Day Ball 404; 6pm; $30, VIP $120
You'll shout, "Viva la France!" during this dance fest, as you whirl and twirl to live music provided by the Brick City Gospel Chorale and DJ Super Jaimie. There will be a cash bar and hor d'oeuvres to give you energy and liquid courage to hit the dance floor. You can even try your luck and join the raffle to win a trip for two to Paris!

Mindfulness Meditation at The Rubin Museum; 1pm; $15
New York Times best-selling author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg and other esteemed practitioners of mindfulness meditation lead beginners and long-time meditators in midday sessions designed to expand your consciousness—during your lunch break. Inspired by art from the Rubin Museum, each event includes an opening talk, a sitting meditation and a closing discussion.

Hell on Heels Fitness Workshop Pearl Studios NYC; 7:30pm; free
If you've ever wondered just how Beyonce does it, here's your chance to learn how to strut flawlessly through a dance routine in your favorite pair of heels. All fitness levels are welcome, and no prior dance (or heel-wearing) experience is necessary. 

Hello – An Adele Tribute Café Wha?; 7pm; Free–$7
Adele cover band the Evergreen Experience delivers a night of full-throated soul. Expect to hear hits like "All I Ask," "Someone Like You," "Rolling in the Deep" and, of course, "Hello."

Taste of Streep presents: Death Becomes Her Syndicated; 7pm; $20
Catch Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn's death-defying dark comedy at this snazzy bar-meets-theater in Bushwick. The ticket price includes a Streep Swag Bag and a specialty cocktail. Show up early for a chance to win a prize in the trivia round, starting 15 minutes before the movie.

Thu 14

Home Brew Opera Freddy’s Bar; 9pm; free
There'll be nary an evening gown or tux in sight during this evening of theatrics, where performers with the collective Opera on Tap share scenes and songs with the audience while wearing jeans and sipping Stella. Attendees are encouraged to get into the comical, laid-back spirit, so feel free to throw on that Viking helmet you bought for Halloween.

Summer Nights at the Staten Island Museum; 7:30pm; $15–$25
Every Thursday night, the Staten Island Museum invites you to try your hand at a different series of activities, from viewing "4D" movies, jarring pickles, writing calligraphy and more. This weekly adventure gives you a chance to meet new people without standing still in a bar. 

Perle Noire presents the House of Noire Duane Park; 11pm; $20
Sip champagne and indulge in a night of sensual entertainment hosted by burly-Q seductress Perle Noire. The evening features singer-songwriter Storm Marrero, two burlesque shows and a dance party. Note that the "Mahogany Queen of Burlesque" requires that you dress to impress; no t-shirts, jeans or baseball hats allowed.

For Colored Nerds Live The Greene Space; 7pm; $15
Co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings bring their smart and funny podcast to the stage to examine race, pop culture, art and news with the help of guests Ashley Ford and Vann Newkirk II.


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