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20 incredible things to do in NYC this week

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Jennifer Picht

Mon 18

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.

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience on the Intrepid; 10am; $18–$25
Live long and prosper during the Intrepid’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The museum is going all out, with it’s 12,000-square-feet exhibition that lets folks join the Starfleet Academy in the 26th century (dreams do come true). After orientation, cadets will discover nine training zones that specialize in language—now’s the time to put your Klingon knowledge to the test—medicine, engineering, navigation and more. In addition to becoming an all-star commander, there will be interactive activities including leap motion, table projections, mapping and holograms. 

PoetNY Open Mic & Bowery Slam Bowery Poetry Club; 630pm; $10 to $15
Bowery Poetry packs a doubleheader every Monday night, with the wild and unpredictable PoetNY Open Mic at 6:30, followed by the competitive, rowdy Bowery Slam. Whether you’re a weekly regular or just coming in for your annual poetry fix, you’ll be more than satisfied with the local talent and unexpected guests this night brings. 

Weekly Ping-Pong Tournament Salvation Taco; 6pm; free
Burn off the grimness of your Monday workday at this weekly Ping-Pong showdown, in which you can josh around the table or compete for special prizes from Salvation Taco. Between crushing sets, dig into dinner treats like spicy pork & beef meatballs with Manchego and beer battered fish tacos.  

The Feelies + Beach Fossils Central Park, SummerStage; 6pm; free
North Jersey indie-rock legends the Feelies drew on the Velvet Underground long before the influence became de rigueur, creating wired, bookish rock at a time when the Vampire Weekend kids were but twinkles in their parents’ eyes. Expect to hear old favorites mixed in with tunes from the band’s 2011 comeback LP, Here Before. Blissed-out indie-gone-psych faves Beach Fossils open.

Tue 19

Game of Thrones Trivia The Dubliner 7pm; free
Competitions in Westeros rarely end well, but the clever folks at Trivia A.D. promise a fun, treachery-free evening of trivia based on the highest-rated HBO series in history. Study up on the Targaryen family tree, fine Dornish wines and good-looking Stark sons if you and your team want to survive. 

Reich Reverberations: Jack Quartet The Appel Room; 8pm; $30–$50
Lincoln Center Festival. The wondrous JACK Quartet plays a pair of Reich remembrances: the holocaust memorial Different Trains and WTC 9/11, his gift to his hometown in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Also on the program, his heady 1998 Triple Quartet.

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Year at a Certain School of Magic and Magic Peoples Improv Theater; 8pm; $20
The frighteningly creative minds behind Kapow-i GoGo bring you a Harry Potter parody of epic proportions. The gentle Hufflepuffs often live in the shadows of J.K. Rowling's universe, and this show follows the forgotten lives of the students sitting next to the hero. Wayne Hopkins was just a boy from New Mexico till he found out he was a wizard. Find out how he and other mediocre Puffs fare at the School of Magic and Magic.

Duran Duran + Chic + Tokimonsta Apollo Theater; 7pm; $99.50–$199.50
It had been a quiet half-decade since the last Duran Duran album until the Britpoppers broke the silence with last year's 14th studio effort, Paper Gods—an album much better than it had any need to be. As we learnt at last year's sell-out T5 gig, the classic new wave outfit can still deliver the goods. L.A. producer Jennifer Lee opens as Tokimonsta with psychedelic hip-hop filtered through skittering electronic beats.

Wed 20

The Goonies Hudson Park; 8:30pm; Free–$39
Hey you guys! Relive the adventures of Mikey, Mouth, Stef, Data and Chunk at this outdoor showing of everyone's favorite treasure hunt flick, courtesy of local community organization the Uprising. Purchase a $39 ticket for access to VIP lounge chairs (proceeds support the Uprising's Unexpected Hero Fund), or bring your own blankets and chairs and enjoy the film free of charge.

Gandhi, Is That You? Lucky Jack’s; 9pm; Free
Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly, in fact, that famous comedians including Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are known to stop by and try out new material. 

Billy Joel Madison Square Garden; 8pm; $65.50–$129.50
Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. Tonight may be sold out, but you can grab tickets for...December.

Patti Smith + Lenny Kaye + Tony Shanahan Damrosch Park; 7:30pm; free
If you see music regularly in New York, odds are good that you've caught the reigning baroness of punk rock, Patti Smith before—and odds are also high that you've walked home impressed. Here, the uncompromising, defiant songstress pairs with her longtime musical companion Lenny Kaye for Lincoln Center's Out of Doors festival. 

My First Time: A Stand Up and Storytelling Show Q.E.D.; 9pm; $10
First times: we've all had 'em. Some were better than others, but most make great comedy fodder. Hear host Angela Cobb and a slew of guest comics joke about the life milestone society's the most obsessed with at Astoria's intimate comedy club.

Cicadas: Bushwick’s Free Comedy Night House of Yes; 8pm; free
Jermaine Fowler (BoJack Horseman), Josh Rabinowitz (Broad City) and Kevin Barnett (Broad City, The Eric Andre Show) host this bi-monthly freebie featuring stand-up and sketch comedy, plus surprise musical guests.

Thu 21

Summer Nights at the Staten Island Museum; 7:30pm; $15–$25
Every Thursday night, the Staten Island Museum invites you to try your hand at a different series of activities, from viewing "4D" movies, jarring pickles, writing calligraphy and more. This weekly adventure gives you a chance to meet new people without standing still in a bar.  

Pop-up Coloring Bar Strand Book Store; 6pm; Free with purchase or $10 gift card
Find some mental bliss in Union Square with the help of the Real Art Therapists of New York. Head to Strand's Rare Book room to select a page from their coloring book, grab a colored pencil set and let the good vibes wash over you.  

Tammy Faye Starlite is Nico: Underground David Rubenstein Atrium; 7:30pm; free
Tammy Faye Starlite pays magnetic and hilarious tribute to the glacial German singer Nico, whose bored baritone vocals added eerie Continental glamour to the first Velvet Underground album. Admission at the Lincoln Center performance is free.

Katdashians: The Musical! Elektra Theatre; 8pm; $45
Breaking the internet with a litter of spoiled kitties, klever kostumes and kharacters like “Katye West” and “Catlyn Jenner,” this musical takes the Kardashian's feline tomfoolery to the next level by trying to answer the eternal question, “Kan a kat take a selfie?” KAN IT? 

Psycho Beach Party Old Stone House; 8pm; free
Surf's up! Grab a blanket and head to Park Slope for a free performance of drag legend Charles Busch's comedy horror classic Psycho Beach Party.

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