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20 incredible things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 31

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. 

Fight Club Our Wicked Lady; 7pm; free
You may say you’re heading to this free screening for the violent postmodernism, but we all know it’s to see a smoking-hot peak Brad Pitt on a big screen. Enjoy the fights, the fur and the fabulous Helena Bonham Carter, all while you hit up the rooftop bar and concession stand. Trivia and happy hour specials happen downstairs before the film. Don’t trust any sexy strangers you meet.

“Once More with Feeling” Shadowcast The Way Station; 8pm; free
“They took the mustard out!” Sing along to the still-untouchable musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at this Rocky Horror Picture Show–style act, during which live actors perform in front of the screen. Just try not to dance yourself into flames.

Books Beneath The Bridge: Word Brooklyn Bridge Park; 7pm; free
In this edition of Brooklyn Bridge Park's popular summer reading series, independent bookstore WORD presents two lauded, local authors of powerful fiction. Lisa Ko will present passages from her novel The Leavers, which won the 2016 PEN/Bellweather Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, alongside Lambda Award winner Rekesh Satyal, who will read from his recent work, No One Can Pronounce My Name.

Hollywood Does History…Poorly: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Brooklyn Historical Society; 630pm; free
Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman examine the historical veracity of the time-traveling stoner epic. 

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann Museum of Jewish Heritage; 10am; $10
Using never-before-released Mossad documents, historical records and courtroom recording, this exhibition traces the hard-to-believe defeat of one of Nazi Germany's most well-known leaders. Learn how Israeli Intelligence captured the fugitive in Argentina in 1960 and witness clips from one of the most historically significant criminal trials of all time. 

Tue 1

The Moth StorySLAM The Bell House; 8pm; $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.

Senator Al Franken and Seth Meyers Cooper Union, Great Hall; 8pm; $15
The satirist-turned-senator shares his story of going from Saturday Night Live to the halls of Congress. 

“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.

Wed 2

Quiet Mornings Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); 7:30am; $12
Get to MoMA for a morning of art and meditation before the hordes of tourists take over at 10:30am. Peruse the museum’s collection, which includes Claude Monet’s water lilies and works by Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, plus select new exhibits. After the guided meditation in the sculpture garden at 8:30am, you’ll be ready to start your day feeling refreshed and inspired.

A Summer Movie Under the Stars: Moonrise Kingdom Prospect Park Long Meadow; 7pm; free
To celebrate the park's 150th birthday, Prospect Park Alliance has joined forces with Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema to bring parkgoers free outdoor nights of music and movies. Enjoy a Wes Anderson-inspired live concert performed by Morricone Youth along with an outdoor screening of Anderson’s whimsical New England-set adolescent love story, Moonrise Kingdom. Don’t forget your lefty scissors and raccoon tail hat.

Needful Things Wise Men; 8pm; free
Nick Kelly, Fixx Invictus and friends serve deep house at this weekly soiree set in an eye-catching bar designed by sculptor and set designer Andy Harmon. 

Thu 3  

Ice Cream Social at Ample Hills Creamery; 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.

Big Gay Roller Skate Lakeside at Prospect Park; 6pm; $20, at the door $25
Skate to the sounds of Xanadu and Beyoncé at this joyous dudes’ night on the rink. Enjoy a full menu and cocktails, jams from DJ William Francis and totally insane drag performances on wheels by Terra Hyman and Chelsea Piers. Be sure to serve your rhinestoned wrestling unitard look for this week’s GLOW theme, inspired by the new Netflix series.  Capes are welcome. 

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View: 9 to 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park; 6pm; free
Movies with a View’s summer of resistance-themed films brings you a night of gut busting laughs and serious big-hair envy with this screening of 9 to 5. The 1980 comedy boasts two hours of vintage Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton fighting workplace sexism, along with kidnapping, body snatching, blackmail, and cartoon animals. Plus, DeKalb Market Hall will be bringing the best of Brooklyn’s food vendors for the complete dinner-and-a-movie experience.

Burlesque Sketch Night Society of Illustrators; 7:30pm; $20
Society of Illustrators welcomes you for a sultry night of sketching in its fabulous Upper East Side headquarters. Grab a cocktail, nibble on a complimentary small-plates buffet and witness the splendid beauty of burlesque siren Lefty Lucy and her fellow performers, then try your hand at doing them justice with a pencil and pad. 

Throwback Thursday Movie Night: The Karate Kid Union Square; 6:30pm; free
If you’re Thursday is in need of a good old fashioned movie night to start the weekend early, grab a blanket and a sparring partner, then head to Union Square to revisit Mr. Miyagi’s lessons with this open-air screening of the original The Karate Kid. It’s better than spending your evening trying to catch a fly with chopsticks.

Laurie Penny: Bitch Doctrine Strand Book Store; 7pm; with book purchase or $15 strand gift card free
The journalist takes on conservative politics, trigger warnings, sex work and more in her new collection of essays. 

Hip Hop Film Festival at various locations and times; various prices
From August 3rd to 6th, the National Black Theatre screens the best new films, shorts and web series from film industry newbies to seasoned pros from all over the world. The festival’s opening film Swagger is a touching documentary about eleven children with fascinating personalities growing up in one of the poorest housing estates in France. Other events include the “Master Cyphers” series, which is a range of celebrity panels and networking discussions, and an after-the-festival party series that all five boroughs can enjoy. 

Rooftop Bar Crawl The Attic; 9pm; $39
Skip the "where should we go tonight?" conversation and hop on this bar crawl to experience three elevated party spots in NYC without the fuss of organizing your squad. Starting at The Attic, you'll move through some Instagram-worthy rooftop lounges and enjoy the perks that come with your ticket—free entry to each location, scooting through the VIP lines, and drink specials.

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