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20 fabulous things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer P
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Fri 16

LUST Lot 45; 7pm; event $75, VIP $90, dinner and event $125
This open-minded and scantily clad dinner party invites you to eat meals entirely off nude models, witness obscene fetish performances, bond with strangers in cuddle puddles, drip wax on human candelabras and party with a crew of “lascivious ladies and sexy man slaves.” Better come alone: You’re bound to meet a sultry stranger in the private dungeon. 

Facets of Schubert Festival The Morgan Library & Museum; 7:30pm; festival pass $90–$140, single events $30–$50
This three-week chamber music fest explores the life and works of prolific Austrian composer Franz Schubert, with performances by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, discussions and museum tours. Special guests include soprano Ying Fang, pianist Henry Kramer, composer Steven Mackey and writer Adam Gopnik.  

Bloomsday Breakfast Blooms Tavern; 7:30am; free
Celebrate the life and writing of James Joyce at this annual free event observing the summer morning in Joyce's Ulysses. In addition to breakfast and mimosas, the event features live music and appearances from actors and literary celebs. Come dressed as your best Molly or Leopold Bloom for a chance to win a prize package worth $2,000.

Jazz at Pier 84 and Sunset on the Hudson at Pier 45; 7pm; free
Free jazz along the waterfront couldn’t get any more enticing. This summer the Jazz Foundation of America will perform at Pier 84 while local artists will be performing on Pier 45. The lineup at Pier 84 includes George Braith, Art Baron and Gregory Lewis Organ Monk Trio. The Sunset on the Hudson lineup features the Chuck Braman Jazz Band, Max Gallico & Friends Acoustic Soul Duos and Shanti Star & the Afro-Reggae All-Stars. Catch live jazz along with a beautiful sunset along the Hudson. 

Sat 17

Ladies by It’s Not Personal Dusty Rose Vintage; 1pm; free admission
It's Not Personal, an anthology capturing the trials and tribulations of females in the dating world, has partnered with one of our favorite throwback treasure troves—Dusty Rose Vintage—for a mini-festival celebrating creative ladies. Head to the Greenpoint shop on Saturday to nab awesome merchandise in the form of pins, bags, stickers and garb from brands like Baby Face Press, Sticky Baby and Cute Fruit Undies. There will also be a bunch of badass, female-run zines available for purchase from Femme Mâché, Eden, Disaster Zine and more. You'll feel extra good for shopping here since a portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAINN, an organization for anti-sexual violence. 

Donutfest Marquee; various times; $39–$35
Sugar fiends get their glaze fix at this dope donut showdown, featuring tastings from Underwest Donuts, Gossip Coffee, Montclair Bread Co., Glaze Donuts, Forbidden Donuts and more. Between bites, you can enjoy a complimentary Kahlúa + Bluestone Lane iced coffee cocktail, get a temporary tattoo from Tattly, and get down to jams from DJ Jeronimo. Don't bother telling us about your diet. 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade Coney Island USA; 1pm; free
After spending nearly a year getting sequins and glitter out of their bedsheets, NYC’s mermaids and seamen are ready to undo all their hard work. Join a packed crowd on Coney Island’s streets for an epic procession of wild floats, barely clad revelers and beachside celebrating. Now in its 35th year, the world’s largest arts parade welcomes partyers of all ages to rejoice in kitsch, camp and craft, but those who are serious about their scales can register to win iconic titles, including best sea creature, best motorized float, King Neptune and Queen Mermaid. 

Str8 West Coastin’ Project Parlor; 2pm; free
Looking for a California-backyard-party vibe, complete with carne asada and élotes on the grill? Well, then head to Str8 West Coastin’, where you’ll find expert selectors Still Life, Eleven and Dopeshoes playing only West Coast tuneage from the likes of Dre, Snoop, Cube, E-40 and Too Short. Snag top-notch swag like W-shaped foam hands (for Westsiiiiide), Tupac beer coozies, temporary tattoos while munching on some finger-lickin' BBQ. The party is totally free, but make sure to R.S.V.P. in advance.

Vinho Verde Wine Experience Weylin; 6pm; $45
Try over 60 wines from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal at this educational wine tasting experience. Learn about the grapes, how they make wine and more, all directly from the people that make it. Food will include popsicles from People's Pops, poke from East Coast Poke, tacos from El Super, Korean food from Mokbar, and a demonstration on how to make mozzarella cheese from Big Mozz.

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn Expo Center; 11am; free
Browse imaginative maker-designed goods from 200-plus creators, indulge in bites from local purveyors like Chef Samir, Bang Cookies and Neopolitan Express, groove to live DJ sets and take pics in the photo booth with crafty friends. By the time you leave, you'll have enough DIY crafts, home knick-knacks and artisanal ingredients to totally redecorate your home. 

Summer Solstice Celebration Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine; 4:30am; $40
Witness a momentous concert to ring in the summer on the longest day of the year. A classical band will open the show in near total darkness, and build up to a powerful crescendo as sunlight begins to blast through the massive church's stained glass. It may be an early morning, but it's one you'll never forget. 

Emo Night Brooklyn The Bell House; 10:30pm; $10–$14
This banquet of angst, born in Williamsburg before moving to larger venues throughout NYC and even popping up in cities like Las Vegas and London, serves up the infectious, cacophonous jams that made high school bearable for so many millennials. Come ready to shout along to classic jams from Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Dashboard Confessional at this special Halloween edition, which is sure to have a big, lively crowd and a surprise DJ or two (previous guests have included New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and Yellowcard’s Ryan Key). Get ready to leave it all on the dance floor, including, probably, your voice.

“What Would Buffy Do? A Radical Feminist Seeks Answers from the Slayer” The Footlight; 7pm; $12
Jamie Warren dissects the politics of everybody’s favorite vampire slayer­— with focuses on Buffy’s attraction to the undead and her struggle to be “just a girl.” 

Sun 18

Manhattan by Sail Battery Park; 11am; $30–$95
Manhattan by Sail offers multiple daily trips, taking off from Battery Park. There are cruises where you can taste wine or craft beer, listen to jazz, sip champagne, see the Statue of Liberty or even the city skyline at night. Check its website to see updated schedules and what's on offer.

Sunday Voguing Tea Dance Museum of Sex Store; 4pm; free
It started as a ceremony of expression for queer outsiders in Harlem's ballroom underground, influenced music, fashion and culture for decades and is now part of a Katy Perry song. Worship the dance, the ceremony and the style of Voguing at this epic daytime ball, at which some of the most gagworthy houses in NYC (including House of Ebony, House of Magnifique and House of Lanvin) will pose, spin and show you how it's done. If it leaves you over, wander around the museum's disco bar and check out "Night Fever: New York Disco 1977-1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs" for more inspiration. 

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival Museum at Eldridge Street; noon; free
Immerse yourself in the cultural delights of the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of Chinatown and the Lower East Side at this block party. While Peking Opera performers and klezmer bands take the outdoor stage, you can catch free language lessons, master your mah-jongg game and, best of all, learn how to prepare empanadas, Chinese dumplings and kreplachandchallah bread. Endless grub will be available for sale.  

Kayaking on the Hudson Hudson River Park, Pier 26; 9am; free
Nothing strengthens a relationship like wading into water and having to count on your partner to keep a skinny boat afloat, so bring your dad along to kayak on the Hudson. You'll get to go out on the water for 20-minute sessions, after a brief lesson, of course, which is just enough time to bond before your arms get tired.

BAM Cinemafest BAM Harvey Theater; various times; $16–$25
BAM’s stellar showcase of emerging filmmakers and indie legends returns for its ninth year with a jam-packed lineup. Check out promising films over the 12-day run, including Kumail Nanjiani‘s celebrated rom-com The Big Sick, Aaron Katz's thrilling Gemini (starring Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke), David Lowery‘s A Ghost Story (starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara), Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits (featuring Emily Browning, Chloë Sevigny, Jason Schwartzman, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe and former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz) and many more. If you're a little low on cash, be sure to check out the free outdoor screening of Jim McKay's Our Song on June 22. 

The Shining with Jack Daniels and advocaat Videology Bar & Cinema; 8pm; $25
The ax. The twins. The screams of Shelley Duvall. Relive one of the most iconic horror movies of all time at this special screening, at which you get a complimentary glass of Jack & advocaat, the creamy beverage that Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance enjoyed during his brush with mass evil. Just be glad winter is over. 

Beauty and the Beast Brunch Trivia The Dubliner; noon; free
Still can’t get over the French romance of this tale as old as time? Show your love for Beauty and the Beast over several rounds of trivia that cover the 1991 animated classic. Bring up to four teammates to answer questions about provincial towns, enchanted castles and talking armoires.  

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