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20 fantastic things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 24

Time Out Pool Party Dream Downtown; 6:30pm; $35–$55, VIP $600
After a brutal winter and a chilly spring, it's time to indulge in a smoking hot summer. Head to this dope pool party at the McCarren Hotel, featuring complimentary Prosecco DOC, Core Water cocktails, vittles and giveaways. If you're down to lounge like royalty, opt in for the VIP ticket, which grants you and ten buddies a private lounge with unlimited cocktail service. Treat yourself!

20th-Anniversary Tribute to Portishead Roseland NYC Live Le Poisson Rouge; 8pm; $25
It’s been 20 years since Portishead forever cemented trip hop’s legacy in the states with their live show at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom. For this tribute concert and Planned Parenthood benefit, Le Poisson Rouge welcomes LARCENY Chamber Orchestra, Joan As Police Woman, Holly Miranda, Erin Markey, Sophie Auster and Alfred Kpebsaane to perform. 

The Moth StorySLAM Flushing Town Hall; 7:30pm; $10
Everyone in NYC has a story to tell, but how many of us can hop onstage and share it with a room full of strangers (without even asking for money)? Think of a tale you’d like to unload, then head to this storytelling throwdown, at which volunteers are drawn at random to share five-minute pieces. 

Muse Central Park, SummerStage; 7pm; $60
With theatrical, awe-inspiring live shows, it's easy to see why Muse is seriously massive worldwide. The band's newest single, "Dig Down," is an incensed return to stadium-rock form for the English power pop trio, translating Freddie Mercury levels of bombast through newfound experimentation with dubsteppy bass wobbles. 

Tue 25

MFA Practice Lecture Series School of Visual Arts; 12:30pm; free
The School of Visual Arts' MFA program presents free lectures open to anyone interested in engaging with the art world. This upcoming talk features Christopher Lew, the Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Mia Locks, an independent New York curator. Together these contemporary art powerhouses curated the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

Self-Defense Workshop with POP Gym Bluestockings; 7pm; free
Radical bookstore Bluestockings invites you to work out and learn basic skills for protecting yourself at this free class. 

Intern Queen Party Macy’s Herald Square; 6:30pm; free
Calling all go-getters: Get prepped for your next career move at Intern Queen's seventh annual soiree, featuring a panel of executives—from Macy's, Michael Kors, Entrepreneur magazine and L’Oréal—offering up advice, free of charge.

Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $35, plus $14 minimum
The astonishing, totally fearless Bridget Everett has been playing more comedy shows these past few years, including opening for Amy Schumer, and she never fails to shake up a room with hits like "Boob Song." The towering sex goddess's triumphant set finds her belting and oversharing as only she can. Not to be missed.

Wed 26  

NPR’s Turning the Tables Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center); 7pm; free
NPR Music kicks off the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival with this celebration of modern music made by women. Eclectic female performers, including Ronnie Spector, Nona Hendryx, Lizzo, Gaby Moreno, Alynda Segarra, and TORRES come together to sing music from NPR's list of the 150 Greatest Albums by Women, plus Rickie Lee Jones performing her hit album Pirates.

The Jim Henson Exhibit Museum of the Moving Image; 10:30am; $15
Can you imagine how grim our world would be without the influence of Jim Henson? For those of us who learned comedy, whimsy and even literacy from Sesame Street and the Muppet franchise, Museum of Moving Image has provided the ultimate treat: a permanent exhibition featuring over 47 Muppet and puppet characters; 27 screens of archival footage from The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and beyond; and stories of how the great genius and his architects brought to life some of our favorite characters. 

Golden Girls Bingo Q.E.D.; 7:30pm; $8
Cut yourself a slice of cheesecake and brush up on your favorite St. Olaf stories for this fan party at Q.E.D. hosted by Courtney Antonioli and Chris Chan Roberson. Play bingo and trivia to win prizes, and, of course, watch classic episodes of Golden Girls! Costumes are encouraged, so break out your satin robe and some Blanche-worthy rhinestones to serve it like you’re the queen of the lanai. 

Midsummer’s Night Dream Penthouse Party 230 Fifth; 8pm; $20
Celebrate the height of summer with a steamy night out at this penthouse party. There will be dirty dancing, DJs, two-for-one drink specials, and postcard-worthy, panoramic views of the city from this 20th floor rooftop in midtown. 

Thu 27 

Concerts in the Catacombs: Reflections of Momento Mori Green-Wood Cemetery; 8pm; $65
This concert in Green-Wood cemetery's 19th century catacombs provides a most unconventional setting and set-list. The night's theme is memento mori, from the Latin for remember that you will die. The tunnels of stone allow for echoing music as the Ladies of the Veil Orchestra and Raya Brass Band play an eclectic selection ranging from rock, classical, abstract, to electronic, all with spirit of mortality in mind. 

Broadway in Bryant Park; 12:30pm; free
Lite FM radio hosts a showcase of actors from the hottest on-and-off Broadway shows playing their hits in the park. Sing and dance along to tunes from classics like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Avenue Q, as well as relative newcomers like Kinky Boots, Waitress and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. For full details, check out our Broadway in Bryant Park guide.

River & Blues Fest Battery Park; 7pm; free
Head to Wagner Park every Thursday in July to chill out with an international lineup of Grammy winners and greats in the titular genres, including legendary Mexican blues-fusion band Los Lobos (Thu 6), New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band (Thu 13), powerful vocalist Bettye LaVette (Thu 20) and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré (Thu 27).  

Passport Thursdays Queens Museum; 7pm; free
Queens Museum honors its borough—the most diverse area in the world—at this dance, music and film fest held under the Unisphere. The Thursday 27 edition features Egyptian-music and -dance ensemble Zikrayat and a screening of the Sudanese documentary The Longest Kiss

Interspace New York Ace Hotel New York; 9pm; $10–$50
Ace Hotel and Trax Racords bring you a benefit party celebrating 35 years of Gay Men’s Health Crisis fighting for HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy. Witness a model walk starring drag queen Brita Filter and beats by DJs, including Screamin’ Rachael, A Village Raid, DJ Kindbud, and Johnny Dynell. All ticket sales benefit GMHC. If you’re going to get wasted at a drag show, it might as well be for a good cause. 

House of Vogue House of Yes; 10pm; $10
What started in Harlem moves to Brooklyn as DJ MikeQ of Qween Beat collective and MC Commentator Buddha host this spectacular vogue ball. The formerly underground, queer, nightclub dance technique has become a canonized genre. Catch the fierce competition, as dancers vogue and pose their way to winning cash prizes. All attendees are encouraged to let loose and enjoy the bar as performers show off their catwalks, duckwalks, dips, and hands. 

The Freya Project Elsa; 7pm; $20
At this fund-raiser for reproductive-care nonprofit ARC Southeast, authors Jessie Chaffee, Jenna Dioguardi, Chanice Hughes-Greenberg, Anya Kamenetz and Mallika Rao share stories about a time they asked for help.

The Hip-Hop and R&B Throwback Sing-Along Le Poisson Rouge; 8pm; $12 in advance, $15 day-of
Dust off your Reebok Pumps and make sure you still remember every word of Beastie Boys' Sabotage, because Le Poisson Rouge is shutting down the baddest hits of the Clinton Years. Grab a ring pop and show off your moves among other die-hard fans of TLC, the Fugees and Eminem. The videos will be projected all night, so you'll be able to scream in delight when Michelle Pfeiffer shows up in her leather jacked in Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise" video.

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