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20 fantastic things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 29

Andy Warhol: Money on the Wall Sotheby’s; 10am; free
If there was one thing that pop iconographer Andy Warhol loved, it was money. Explore several highly-saturated silkscreens of dollar signs and bills at this selling auction of rare pieces. You may be inspired to spend some of your own cash as an act of artistic tribute. 

PoetNY Open Mic & Bowery Slam Bowery Poetry Club; 6:30pm; $10 or $15
Bowery Poetry packs a double-header every Monday night, with the wild and unpredictable PoetNY Open Mic at 6:30pm, followed by the competitive, rowdy Bowery Slam. Whether you're a weekly regular or just coming in to get your annual poetry fix, you'll be more than satisfied by the local talent and unexpected guests this night brings. 

Tue 1

The Big Quiz Thing Q.E.D.; 7:30pm; $10
Show off your impressive stash of trivial knowledge, or your ability to come up with smart-alecky witticisms, at this live trivia game show. Hosted by quizmaster Noah Tarnow, the event includes audio and video puzzles. If you don’t know an answer, create a clever one for a potential Smart-Ass Point. The winning team receives nerdy bragging rights—and a cash jackpot! This special flashback version features some of this year's best (and most difficult) questions.

The Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden; 10am; $10–$25
The New York Botanical Garden explodes into a tropical floral extravaganza for the 14th annual Orchid Show. Take in the thousands of blooms on display, and don't forget to make a pit stop by the Shop in the Garden for your very own orchid to take home. 

Punderdome 3000 Littlefield; 8pm; $6, at the door $7
Jo Firestone and her Rodney Dangerfield impersonator father, Fred, host this beloved competition, in which the first 18 individuals or duos to sign up at the door attempt to pun-up each other's spontaneously produced word-play. Winners are determined by a "human clap-o-meter" and go home with a kitchen appliance.

8Players various locations; 8pm; $75­–$100
Camp classics like Death Becomes Her and sensually charged high school horror films mash up with old-school murder mystery games at this impeccable night of bedazzling DIY theatre. Register to participate in the "'90s Teen Horror" experience, show up in your pre-assigned character costume, and prepare to engage in a frightful showdown with seven strangers who will soon become chillingly familiar.

Trivia Tuesdays Brookfield Place Plaza; 6pm; free
Secure a seat at Hudson Eats for its weekly quiz, with rounds dedicated to "On This Day in History," a rapid-fire "Name Threes" and a best-curated audio sequence. The vibe is laid-back and less "pubby" than most, but don't fret—wine, beer and sake are certainly available. Teams of no more than six can play for prizes (there's a winner after every round) in the form of gift cards from stores and eateries at Brookfield Place. 

Harold Night Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 7:30pm, 9:15pm; $5
The Harold is a classic structure pioneered by improv legend Del Close, and this show sees three of the UCBT’s top house teams take turns in proving they have it down to a fine art in a series of fast-paced, 30-minute sets. 

Wed 2

Tropical Goth Bossa Nova Civic Club; 7pm; free
Bring out those dark florals: Bossa Nova curator Chris Video hosts yet another rager at our favorite tropical-oasis dance club. New York's own Gavin Russom (Entropy Trax, DFA Records), Miami-based UCHI (Cyborgs) and Bossa regular L.Sangre star as guest DJs. Local tastemakers Kiddo Sincere, Deadontheinternet, Chris Video, Admin and Zachery Allan Starkey will throw down their usual bangers on the decks as well.

Slayer The Capitol Theatre; 8pm; $50–$85
Call us nitpickers if you must, but it's hard for us to think of Slayer the same way in light of guitarist Jeff Hanneman's tragic passing and the formal sacking of drum titan Dave Lombardo in recent years. That said, last year's newest Slayer release, Repentless, proved that respective replacements Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph are certainly up to the task of executing the band's trademark bone-chilling warp-speed thrash. So throw the horns and give thanks for these dark gods of metal.

Pat Kiernan’s Red Carpet Trivia Night The Bell house; 7:30pm; $15
The beloved NY1 anchor and former World Series of Pop Culture host honors the awards season with queries on all things celebrity, television, music and film—including, but not limited to, this year’s Oscar nominees. The top two squads will face off in a finale showdown, vying for killer tickets to upcoming premieres and shows all over town (although a mention in Kiernan’s daily “In the Papers” segment would be so much cooler.)

Brooklyn Folk Arts Day Brooklyn Historical Society; 6:30pm; free
Join the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Arts Council and Interfaith Society for an immersive exploration into rites and spiritual customs of Brooklyn's Guyanese, Ghanaian and Indian communities. After the interactive ceremonies, grab traditional foods and join a conversation about preservation and representation of spiritual practice in Brooklyn. 

Daniel Clowes + Nicole Rudick Strand Bookstore; 7pm; entry with book purchase or $15 Strand gift card
Daniel Clowes, the Ralph Steadman of indie comics, speaks with The Paris Review's Nicole Rudick about his pyschedelic, delightful new graphic novel Patience. 

Roomie Raiders The Creek and the Cave; 8pm; free
Whether you and your roommate have been together since sleepaway camp or were a match made in Craigslist-heaven, this live comedy game show is the chance to show you two are the perfect pair. Each show begins with stand-up sets by real comedian roommates, then hosts Tim Unkenholz and Joe Welkie ask The Newlywed Game–style questions like "What's your roomie's favorite color?" and "Which ex would your roommate say was the most attractive?"

Thu 3

Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits la.venue; 6pm; $65
The popular booze bash returns for its seventh year, showcasing new domestic spirits and beers paired with plates from local restaurants. For three hours, wet your whistle with offerings from Gotham favorites like Coney Island Brewing Company and Brooklyn Gin, as well as New York State producers like Tommyrotter Distillery in Buffalo and Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery in Gardiner. Food ranges from baked goods from Orwashers to bivalves from L&W Oyster Co. to burgers from Dirtyburger.

The Armory Show Piers 92/94; noon; $45–$80
The megafair returns, with exhibitors of contemporary and modern art divided, respectively, between Piers 92 and 94. Besides the expected deluge of print, photography, mixed material and multimedia pieces, the Armory will be presenting pieces by Africa-based and African diaspora artists as part of this year's focus on African Perspectives. 

Boys’ Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue Slipper Room; 10pm; $15–$25
Hunky circus performers and burlesque stars strut their muscular stuff at this monthly showcase overseen by Jason Mejias.

FoodBytes! Brooklyn The Hall at MP; 1pm; $299–$349
Geek out at this half-day conference bringing together food start-ups, investors, media and, of course, eaters to explore the future of food and agribusiness. The summit kicks off with welcome remarks from hosts Rabobank and SF New Tech before diving into a panel discussion about sustainability and survival in the industry. After the talk, hear from 10 local food-based start-ups (True Made Foods, Sophie's Kitchen), and ask them your best questions during a Q&A before voting for an audience-choice winner. Have your own idea? There's an open call 60-second pitch session for other startups in attendance to share what they're working on.

Bayside! The Musical! Theatre 80; 8pm; $25–$40
Bob and Tobly McSmith's unauthorized musical goof on Saved by the Bell returns to offer another helping of wacky '90s-style high jinks.

PULSE New York Metropolitan Pavilion; 1pm; $25, $40 four-day entry
Every year, the PULSE advisory crew assembles a perfectly-varied armada of contemporary artists to show at this weekend-long fair. Check out stunningly colorful prints by Armando Marino, massive mixed media by Mia Taylor and other astonishing pieces at this saturating event.  

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