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20 incredible things to do in NYC this week

Jennifer P

Mon 26

NPR’s Ask Me Another The Bell House; 7:30pm; $20–$25
Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton challenge puzzle masters, audience members and special guests with brainteasers and trivia tidbits in this popular NPR show. 

Hill and Bay Trivia Hill and Bay; 8pm; free
This Murray Hill bar hosts weekly trivia nights on Monday, during which you’re quizzed on categories such as “must-see TV” and “all-time favorite movies.” Assemble a table of four, and wear your thinking cap if you want to win $50 toward your bar tab. This week be schooled on the hit show that put mother and daughter relationships everywhere to shame: Gilmore Girls. Be sure to study the original series and the revival. 

SummerStage: Korea Gayjoe Central Park, SummerStage; 5pm; free
SummerStage invites a lineup of Korean performers onstage at this showcase, including rap duo Year of the Ox, glam rock band SsingSsing and folk ensemble Coreyah. 

Aimee Mann Music Hall of Williamsburg; 8pm; $35
Lord knows the characters in Aimee Mann's songs are often hopelessly earthbound by plodding tempos and the singer's trademark painfully honest, closet-sung vocals. But Mann is an appealing live performer, and she has a fantastic catalog of pop songs to draw from. Her new album, Mental Illness, she describes as her "saddest" yet, so gear up for tears.

Overcome Your Hesitations and Jumpstart Your Side Hustle Location TBA; $24 
Are you itching to jump start your side hustle but have no idea where to begin? The Camaraderie—a badass women's group, which helps gals foster genuine friendships in NYC—has got you covered. Check out this workshop featuring a series of activities and discussions that will help steer you in the right direction. 

Tue 27  

“Will” Premiere at Bryant Park; 7:30pm; free
Consider yourself a diehard Shakespeare fan? Well, then you must know about TNT’s upcoming series Will, which chronicles the life of Bard as young twentysomething. In honor of the TV show premiere, Bryant Park invites everyone to join its Shakespeare-themed activities followed by a first-look screening and Q&A with the cast.

TimesTalks: “Covering Trump” Peter Jay Sharp Theatre; 7pm; $40, with book purchase $80
New York Times journalists Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Dean Baquet discuss the challenges of reporting on the current White House.  

Aperitivo Tuesdays PHD Terrace; 5pm; free
Take in some sun on Dream Hotel's PHD Terrace while sipping Italian cocktails and nibbling complimentary treats at this popular after-work shindig. ’60s tunes come courtesy of the Nick Palumbo Band. 

New Kids on the Block + Paula Abdul + Boyz II Men Barclays Center; 7:30pm; $34
Yep, you read that billing right. The New Kids shelled out hit after hit in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and they'll be sure to sing ’em all here, while making every effort to nail those tricky dance moves. We're guessing Danny, Donnie, Joey, Jordan and Jonathan will work hard to justify their recent Hollywood Walk of Fame star here, as they cobill with ex-American Idol judge Paula Abdul and R&B legends Boyz II Men.

Wed 28

Broad City Trivia Essex; 8pm; free with R.S.V.P.
Think you’re a resident of Broad City? Grab a ferry from North Brother Island, study up on those Kirk Steele videos, and prove it at this intense trivia night dedicated to NYC’s baddest kweens. Reserve a spot for a team of up to four frands, and get there early: This showdown will be more packed than a rat party at Ilana and Jaime’s apartment.

The Freedom Party Fourteenth Anniversary Central Park, Summerstage; 6pm; free
The Freedom Party has been delivering its try-not-to-dance-to-this tunes to packed dance floors for 14 years, and today sees the shindig’s main men—DJs Marc Smooth, Cosi and Herbert Holler—in full daytime dance-party mode at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Don’t miss it.

Accordion Picnics Bryant Park; 6pm; free
Every Wednesday, Bryant Park welcomes masters of the accordion to show off their best on the lawn. Check out sets from father-daughter duo Lena and Charlie Giordano, Brazilian bluegrass performer Rob Curto and more. 

The Juice Union Pool; 8pm; $5
Carmen Christopher (Just for Laughs), hosts this variety show featuring a lineup of New York's most talented improv, sketch and stand-up performers. This edition at Union Pool boasts stand-up by Nick Naney, Langston Kerman, and Yamaneika Saunders and improv from Annie Donley, Wes Haney, Natasha Vaynblat, Drennen Quinn, Kerry Lacy and Justin Linville.

Thu 29

Citi Summer in the Square Union Square; 7am; free
Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square Park hosts a full day of free activities, including yoga, cardio and bootcamp classes, lunchtime jazz, screenings of classic flicks like Back to the Future and The Karate Kid and a series of dueling performances, wherein pianists, beatboxers, dancers and guitarists square off to see who can put on the best show. Visit to see the full lineup of events and drop in for some gratis outdoor fun.

R&B Festival at MetroTech 2017 MetroTech Commons; noon; free
You just can't beat summer in NYC. Where else can you catch an outdoor performance from the likes of John Hammond, Sinkane, Tank and the Bangas and Preservation Hall Jazz Band free of charge on your lunch break? Take full advantage, New Yorkers, BAM's midday music series goes down every Thursday.

The Beatbox House Party Le Poisson Rouge; 10:30pm; $8–$12
The talented members of the NYC Beatbox House serve up unique renditions of classic hip-hop and R&B jams at this dance party. Prepare to be amazed.

The Making of Jane Austen Mid-Manhattan Library; 6:30pm; free
Professor Devoney Looser explores how the novelist, who published anonymously while she was alive, gained international fame after her death.

Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise Pier 15; 6pm; $32.15
Everyone loves a good New York happy hour, but on a boat? Why yes please. For two hours you can party on the highseas with Hornblower's Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise, complete with a DJ and drink packages to assist your good time. 

Ice Cream Social at Ample Hills Creamy; 7pm; $35
Brooklyn Brainery welcomes you to discover how ice cream is made at one of the best creameries in the city: Ample Hills. Churn special flavors on the pedal-operated ice cream bike, decorate and craft cones and dishes, and participate in ice cream trivia, all before gorging yourself at the waffle bar. Admission includes pizza, as if you need more lactose on a night like this. 

Central Astoria LDC 2017 Independence Celebration Astoria Park; 7:30pm; free
Queens Symphony Orchestra will start off this early July 4th celebration with a concert on the green, followed by a spectacular show brought to you by Fireworks by Grucci, currently the Guinness World Record holder for largest fireworks display ever recorded.


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