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20 marvelous things to do in NYC this week

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Jennifer P
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Mon 26

Woody Allen & the Eddy David New Orleans Band Café Carlyle; 8:45pm; $165–$215
Woody Allen has always been a better clarinetist than he'd care to admit, which means that his weekly hit with a hot-jazz band isn't just some superstar vanity trip. Cheap, though, it's no. 

Adele Madison Square Garden; 8pm; $40–$150
Adele is a one-word answer to people who think they just don't make them like Dusty Springfield anymore. But the preternaturally self-possessed young English singer-songwriter is not just some retro knock-off: She's a genuinely soulful vocalist whose lyrics reflect a rare emotional maturity, as you can hear on her chart-busting second album, 21.

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.

Tue 27 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia Stone Creek Bar and Lounge; 8pm; free
Sunnydale survivors unite! Test your knowledge of the Watchers' Council, demonology and bunnies at this trivia battle covering all 144 episodes of one of TV's most legendary series. Register a team of up to four scoobies online, slip into your leather pants and pack your holy water: you're going to have some fierce competition.  

Mean Girls Trivia Joshua Tree; 8pm; free
Register a team of up to four plastics for this cut-throat trivia showdown, based on the definitive teen movie of the millennial generation. You’ll have to tackle questions about sweatpants on Mondays, whether butter is a carb and what Janis Ian’s wig is made of. Wear your most expensive hoop earrings, or your mathletes letterman jacket. 

The Big Quiz Thing’s Election Trivia Q.E.D.; 7pm; $10
Show off your impressive stash of trivial knowledge, or your ability to come up with smart-alecky witticisms, at this live trivia game show. Hosted by quizmaster Rory Scholl, the event includes audio and video puzzles. If you don’t know an answer, create a clever one for a potential Smart-Ass Point. The winning team receives nerdy bragging rights! This election trivia spectacular challenges you to remember the names of this year's whole cadre of Republican presidential hopefuls, along with other minutia about D.C.'s ever-crazy drama. 

“An Evening with Roz Chast” Museum of the City of New York; 6:30pm; $40
The famously neurotic cartoonist speaks about her graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Guts The Lounge at Dixon Place; 7:30pm; free
Now in its 30th year, the performance venue Dixon Place is looking to expand into a literary space. Novelist Dia Felix curates this reading series, which welcomes authors, critics, poets and artists to share new pieces and discuss their processes. For this month’s edition, head to Dixon’s lounge to hear confessional and intimate readings from Incidents of Scattering author and poet Karen Lepri and Boy Island author and rock musician Camden Joy. 

“I’m New Here–Can you Show Me Around?” Union Hall; 8pm; $12
Recent New York transplant, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and Time Out New York contributor Jon Ronson is joined by Irish storyteller Maeve Higgins for a show that takes an amusingly exasperated look at the experience of moving to New York City.

Wed 28

Shades of Burlesque C’mon Everybody; 9:30pm; $15
This affair—NYC's "only all-black monthly burlesque revue," according to the promoters—features star turns from Sweet Lorraine, Lux LaCroix, Munroe Lilly, Ooh LaLoba, MiscAllaneous DomTop and Qualms Galore. Ashley Brockington hosts and Hoodoo Hussy serves as the night's stage kitten.

“HERSTORY: Chinese-American Years of Struggle and Success” New York Public Library; 10am; free
Featuring photographs and descriptions from legal cases tried in supreme courts throughout the U.S., this exhibit examines Chinese-American women's fight for equal rights and treatment from 1852 up through today.

Arrested Development Bingo Videology Bar & Cinema; 9pm; free
Think you can spot Gene Parmesan in disguise or catch Franklin Delano Bluth on Gob’s arm? Watch episodes of the beloved comedy and compete for a free beer at this fan gathering in the Videology screening room. Just make sure you don’t get so wasted you confuse your Lucilles.

Slumber Party Films Presents Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion Videology Bar & Cinema; 7pm; $10
Did you hate high school? Are you dying to strut your stuff for anyone who ever made your teen years a living hell? Grab a beer for a screening of the ultimate high-school–revenge comedy. Post-its not provided.

Movies Under the Stars: Harry and the Hendersons Inwood Hill Park; 7pm; free
Catch a free screening of everyone's favorite family-friendly sasquatch flick. It was released nearly 30 years ago, but its ability to make us a little misty-eyed endures.

Molly Pope in A Star Is Born Feinstein’s/54 Below; 9:30pm; $35–$75 plus $25 minimum
Pope's viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past. In her latest venture, the downtown darling boldly essays the score from the 1954 Judy Garland version of A Star Is Born, including "The Man That Got Away," "Swanee" and "You Took Advantage of Me." The wizardly Brian Nash mans the piano.

It’s a Guy Thing Union Hall; 8pm; $6, at the door $8
Mitra Jouhari, Catherine Cohen and Patti Harrison try to better understand "guy stuff" with the help of big local names including Dylan Marron, Jen Spyra, Bowen Yang, Stephen Markow, Matt Barats and Cocoon Central Dance Team. 

Comedians You Should Know The Gutter Bowling Alley and Bar; 9pm; $5
The Gutter hosts this weekly showcase of familiar local names who are about to make it big. Check out acts like Nore Davis, Liza Treyger, Michelle Wolf, Jeff Steinbrunner, Mike Liebovitz and Sasheer Zamata at this new stand-up series. 

Thu 29

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.

Affordable Art Fair Metropolitan Pavilion; 11am; $18, senior and students $10
For an $18 ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from 70 galleries, priced at $100 to $10,000. Now you can upgrade your flat without downgrading your wallet.

New York Burlesque Festival various locations and times; free–$120
For the 14th year of this world-renowned festival, over 120 burlesque artists will pull out the stops (and rip off their clothes) to showcase the finest the art form has to offer. This year's lineup of festivities includes decadent parties; circus, burlesque and boylesque performers; a bazaar where you can experiment with lingerie; and the Golden Pasties awards, where the most brazen queens are crowned.

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