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20 incredible things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 24

Deerhunter + Aldous Harding + Jock Gang Webster Hall; 8pm; $25
Renowned for occasionally outlandish live shows (singer Bradford Cox once performed four bars of "My Sharona" continuously for an hour), Deerhunter plays warped pop-rock filtered through a haze of reverb and dissonance, with Cox’s warm, often distorted vocals bouncing off angular guitar lines. You'll hear from last year's garage rockin' Fading Frontier album.

Whiplash Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 11pm; free
This always-packed show, hosted by Leo Allen, features the city’s best up-and-coming comedians. But it’s the surprise special guests—Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and David Cross have appeared—who keep audiences hooked. 

NICE T!TS The Pit Loft; 8pm; $20
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Amy Marcs returns with her one-woman show about surviving the big C. With keen observations and ample humor, Marcs takes the audience through her journey of womanhood, body confidence and mortality.

Tue 25

The Dump! Open Mic Storytelling The Creek and the Cave; 8pm; free
The Creek and the Cave gives you eight minutes to rid yourself of some of your most ghastly memories at this cathartic storytelling event. With no prompts or judges, you can finally share your secret tales of summer camp heartbreak and music festival STDs among tipsy friends and fellow shameless storytellers. 

Little Cinema No. 25: Carrie House of Yes; 7pm; $10–$100
Theatrical dance company the Love Show performs choreography from its horror show “CARRIE: Blood, Fire, & Ballet,” at this thrilling Halloween edition of House of Yes' immersive theater series. Grab a date, slip into some formal wear and revel in the sultry dancers, hypnotizing aerial performances and the fact that someone had a worse prom than you.

Wed 26

Chapell: Indie Rock for Adults Slipper Room; 7pm; $10–$20
Fieldhouse / BMG musical artist Alan Chapell will be bringing his unique brand of indie rock to the famed Slipper Room to play songs from his debut album, The Redhead’s Allegations; Chapell's sound includes a 7-piece band, a fiddle, a trumpet and a team of veteran musicians used to playing arena rock shows and Broadway plays.

Emo Night Brooklyn Le Poisson Rouge; 9pm; $10
This banquet of angst, born in Williamsburg before moving to larger venues throughout NYC and even popping up in cities like Las Vegas and London, serves up the infectious, cacophonous jams that made high school bearable for so many millennials. Come ready to shout along to classic jams from Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Dashboard Confessional at this special Halloween edition, which is sure to have a big, lively crowd and a surprise DJ or two (previous guests have included New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and Yellowcard’s Ryan Key). Get ready to leave it all on the dance floor, including, probably, your voice.

So What Happened Was Freddy’s Bar; 7pm; free
Take a respite from your own wacky adventures and have a laugh at this monthly storytelling event. This edition features the yarn-spinning talent of Sean O'Brien, Drew Prochaska, Nate Coco-Bates, Becca Beberaggi and Melissa Shaw.

Gilmore Girls Trivia Abbey Tavern; 8pm; free
Need an excuse to rewatch Gilmore Girls before its return next month? Study up on culs de sac, fried Thanksgiving turkeys and the middling men of Rory Gilmore, because you need every bit of minutia you know to win. Gather a team of fast-talking buddies, register in advance at and show off your smarts like you’re trying to impress Richard and Emily at Friday-night dinner.

Quiet Mornings Museum of Modern Art; 7:30am; $12
Get to MoMA for a morning of art and meditation—before the hordes of tourists take over come 10:30am. Take your time perusing the fourth- and fifth-floor galleries, passing by soothing pieces of Claude Monet, Mark Rothko and more. Enjoy a guided meditation in the sculpture garden at 8:30am.

Slumber Party Films Presents Death Becomes Her Videology Bar & Cinema; 6:45pm; $10
Bask in the glory of Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and a half-naked Isabella Rossellini at a mid-week screening of this death-defying dark comedy. While you cackle at the cost of eternal beauty, sip an elixir from the bar and be glad its effects are only temporary.

Prohibition Scavenger Hunt Washington Square Park; 6:30pm; $10
Social event group Dolls of the City hosts this themed hunt through lower Manhattan, which begins in Washington Square Park and concludes with cocktails and prizes in a secret speakeasy. 

Chinatown and Little Italy History and Tasting Tour; 11am; $55
Visit Banca Stabile, Confucius Plaza, Mulberry Street and more during this immersion into some of NYC’s most beloved immigrant communities. Taste cannoli, dumplings, pizza and more from some of the best spots in town.  

Thu 27 

Tainted Love: 80s Dance Party with DJ Jane Elizabeth; The Bell House; 10pm; free
Every month, DJ Jane Elizabeth revives gems from the annals of synth-pop, new wave, glam rock, old-school hip-hop and more at this party for fans who still want their MTV. This is your chance to tease your hair, paint on eyeliner and dance it out to Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Siouxsie and the Banshees and more.

The Blood Ball Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel; 8pm; $500–$75,000
A good cause is always worth spending a little time and money on—and the Blood Ball's cause is better than most, as the proceeds will go to register potential bone marrow donors who can give people with blood cancer a second chance at life. Cocktails, burlesque, circus acts and dancing will all be on tap, along with some spooky surprises. Oh, and you'd better bring your costume A-game to this event.

The Beatbox House Le Poisson Rouge; 10:30pm; $5, at the door $8
Members of the NYC Beatbox House deliver bullet-fire renditions of classic hip-hop and R&B jams at this acoustic dance party. Prepare to be amazed.

F#!K Larry Breast Cancer Benefit The Irish Exit; 8pm; free
Wear pink and get ready to party at this benefit for the American Cancer Society. In solidarity with one of the Exit's bartenders who survived breast cancer, the bar is throwing a wild night to keep the cause strong, with prizes, gift cards, $5 drink specials, shooter specials and more. 

Suspiria: A unique Hybrid Screening Event Dobbin St; 7:30pm; free
Before Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson slip on ballet flats for the 2017 remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror masterpiece, Suspiria, revisit the original at this immersive screening. Dobbin St in Greenpoint is illuminated in bold colors that pay homage to the movie’s vivid imagery, and the Nouveau Classical Project performs their rendition of the film’s score. If you’re going to do Halloween, might as well make it highbrow. 

Do You Even Lit, Bro? Royale; 6pm; free
Ever wished that the mobile app Heads Up had a section for literary trivia? Join friends and fellow literati for a full night of book-related drinking games. The winner receives a Barnes & Noble gift card and a collection of rare books from the party’s organizers. If you’re not down to compete, you can shout out clues or just sit back and enjoy a drink from Royale’s bar while you discuss Elena Ferrante, the books on your nightstand and that wild adaptation of The Girl on the Train.

An Evening with Toni Morrison John Tishman Auditorium; 7pm; $40
Actors, musicians and poets gather with the literary icon to celebrate her PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. 

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