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20 fantastic things to do in NYC this week

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Jennifer P
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Mon 20

Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Times Square; 7am; R.S.V.P. required
Unroll your mat in the middle of Times Square, and show off your warrior pose for all the tourists and desnudas to see at one of several free sessions running throughout the day.

Play Date at Pete’s Candy Store; 6pm; free
Head to Pete's Candy Shop every third Monday of the month for readings of new dramatic works and reinterpreted classics, curated by Siler Buckley and Willie Johnson. 

Summer Movie Mondays: The Goonies Haven Rooftop; 7:30pm; Free, $30 food and beverage minimum
If the phrases “Hey, you guys!” or “Truffle Shuffle” mean anything to you, then you’ll want to be at Haven Rooftop for this edition of its weekly screening series. While the Goonies are descending into caves to find treasure, you’ll be relaxing under the open sky with cocktails.

Garden Party 33: A Taste of Pride Hudson River Park, Pier 84; 6pm; $99
Sip cocktails, take in the sunset and sample delicious fare from local restaurants at this annual fund-raiser for the LGBT Center. Participating vendors include Underwest Donuts, Bagatelle and Dinosaur Barbecue. 

Thank You For Coming Out Magnet Theater; various times; $7
A troupe of all-LGBTQ performers showcase sketches, improv and storytelling based on personal coming out experiences. This month's pride editions feature Bowen Yang, Joel Perez, Michael Hartney, Jeff Hiller, Tim Manley, Meg Ferrill Jody Shelton and more—plus, all ticket proceeds benefit the I'm From Driftwood LGBT story archive. 

Whitesnake Kings Theatre; 8pm; $20–$79.50
Hair-metal champions Whitesnake, whose roots stretch back to the early days of hard rock (frontman David Coverdale started the group after a stint in Deep Purple), will forever be remembered for their deathless smash "Here I Go Again." The band's latest, The Purple Album, contains new versions of Deep Purple songs from when Coverdale sang in the group.

Tue 21

Night at the Museums at various locations; 4pm; free
Hit up 16 downtown museums—including the 9/11 Tribute Center and China Institute­—without spending a dollar at this cultural marathon. 

Ellie Goulding Madison Square Garden; 7pm; $35
British popster Ellie Goulding may not have launched herself into the Gaga realm just yet, but—as evidenced by the unstoppable “Lights” and last year’s euphoric “Something In The Way You Move”—she sure can belt out an electro-savvy radio anthem.

The Gauntlet: The Highline; 8:15pm; free
The High Line may be noisier now than it was in its early days, but it’s never sounded quite like this. While you walk across the Eleventh Avenue bridge, choir performers and singers on both sides of you sing hocketing (or rhythmically stacked) verse inspired by interactions on the beloved walkway, creating a sonic tunnel effect. This musical journey under the stars is a perfect way to celebrate summer solstice in the city. 

Buddies Nowhere; 8pm; free 
DJ Damian spins an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s tunes and rock at this casual weeknight get-together of bears, beers and beards.

Wed 22

Wye Oak Warsaw at the Polish National Home; 8pm; $22
Baltimore's Wye Oak built its name playing sad-sack indie rock with touches of folk, but its 2014 disc, Shriek, found the duo swapping guitars for synths and reinventing its sound (reportedly in response to singer Jenn Wasner's guitar-specific writer's block). Hear it—and maybe, its new cover of Pat Benatar’s "We Belong"—at this Greenpoint show.

Walt Whitman Tour Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1; 6:30pm; $10
The humanity-loving poet and champion of the common man spent his formative years walking the waterfront in Brooklyn between editing gigs. Join NYU professor Karen Karbiener for a walk on the pier in the Leaves of Grass author's shoes, and discover some of his early inspirations. 

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.

Applause for Paws Broadway Comedy Club; 7pm; $20
A stellar group of comics unites to support Pillows for Paws, an NYC non-profit that provides medical and living supplies for shelter animals throughout the city. You'll get to laugh for a great cause. 

Power Gay Ars Nova; 7pm; $16
Queer geniuses Chris Tyler and Joe Castle Baker team up for this vicious satire, in which they play wealthy, entitled, good-looking gay men trying to raise money for animal rights. After the demented show, John Early and DJ Hamm Sandwich roll out another edition of their outrageous variety night, Showgasm.  

Thu 23

Redefined and Redesigned: Defying Gender Norms in Fashion Brooklyn Historical Society; 6pm; $10
Join DapperQ editor-in-chief Anita Dolce Vita and a panel of queer and trans models, stylists, and designers as they discuss how gender is changing in fashion. 

Puppet Playlist Triskelion Arts; 8:30pm; $15
Watch a team of puppeteers and musicians team up to create original, unusual, and adoring performative tributes to their favorite artists. The June edition brings talented fans of the eternal country goddess Dolly Parton together for three wild shows. We can't wait to see puppet versions of Lilly Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton from 9 to 5

Gayzer Tag Chelsea Piers (Pier 60); 9pm; $20, at the door $25
Channel all your aggressive energy into shooting lasers at your opponents at this Guy Social event at Chelsea Piers. Play as much laser tag, pool and bowling that you can fit into four hours and see where this healthy expression of masculine play leads you. 

Gay-larious! The LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show Broadway Comedy Club; 8pm; $20, at the door $27 plus two-drink minimum
The MenEvent brings together some of the city's sharpest queer acts for a night of stellar stand-up. This month's lineup includes Rick Crom, Jeff Lawrence, Joanne Filan, Adam Chisnell, Jon Fisch and Michelle Slonim.

Firegeth The Bell House; 8pm; $8, at the door $10
This show is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you're gonna get. But you're guaranteed to get zany antics from Chris Gethard and Jo Firestone, comedians you've seen everywhere this year. Previous stunts include organizing shows where audience members perform to rooms filled with dolls, a surprise appearance from Diddy and a road trip decided by the people of the internet. Get ready.

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