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20 remarkable things to do this week in NYC

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 14

Festival of Meditation and Spirituality P.S. 20 Playground; 7:30pm; free
For its seventh year in a row, this festival provides a solid week of inner peace programming. Jump in for a weekday lunch break with a one-hour meditation mantras class, head to the evening peace concert, or dive in for a full three-day summit over the weekend. 

Schitt’s Creek Screening and Conversation 92nd Sreet Y; 7:30pm; $35
Before Pop's droll riches-to-rags comedy series returns, get a sneak peak of upcoming episodes and join the cast for a conversation about the show. Seeing SCTV and Best in Show veterans Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara together live should be enough incentive for any comedy fan. 

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.

Stage Fright Therapy; 9pm; free
Marti Gould Cummings hosts this weekly musical-theater talk show with performances, interviews and guests from the Great White Way and beyond.

The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim Alice Tully Hall; 7:30pm; $50–$125
Frequent Sondheim stager John Doyle directs this benefit for Classic Stage Company, where he will take over as artistic director in July. Among the dames at emotional sea will be Victoria Clark, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquina Kalukango, Judy Kuhn, Marin Mazzie and Alexandra Silber.

Movement Research at the Judson Church; 8pm; free
Judson Church has a long and storied connection to modern dance, and Movement Research's series continues to place this holy spot at the forefront of the form. Peer artists select the program of experimental choreography, which tends to focus on works-in-progress rather than finished products.

Tue 15

Friends Brunch Trivia Stone Creek Bar and Lounge; 8pm; Free with registration
Rack your brain for answers from the best TV show about twentysomethings of the late 90s, and channel your best "unagi" during each of the five challenging rounds of trivia. 

Trivia Tuesdays Brookfield Place Plaza; 6pm; free
Secure a seat at Hudson Eats for its weekly quiz, with rounds dedicated to "On This Day in History," a rapid-fire "Name Threes" and a best-curated audio sequence. The vibe is laid-back and less "pubby" than most, but don't fret—wine, beer and sake are certainly available. Teams of no more than six can play for prizes (there's a winner after every round) in the form of gift cards from stores and eateries at Brookfield Place. 

Joseph Cavalieri: “International Year of De-Light” The OUT NYC; 10am; free
Artist Cavalieri's illuminated, painted-stained-glass images give a pseudoreligious treatment to a wide variety of kitschy subjects. 

“Fairy Tale Fashion” The Museum at FIT; noon; free
Cinderella's glass slipper was only the beginning. Immerse yourself in enchanted worlds where contemporary couture merges seamlessly with the imaginings of childhood. In vibrantly realized settings like "Castle," "Forest" and "Sea," you'll be able to see tales of Snow White, the Little Mermaid and more in fully realized runway majesty by designers including Thierry Mugler, Christian Louboutin and Manish Arora. You won't be able to choose which ruby slippers you'll want to take you home.

Wed 16

DAYBREAKER NYC: Leprechauns, Bling & Rainbows Stage 48; 6am; $25–$40
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day—the healthy way—during DAYBREAKER NYC’s luck-fest of champions. Hit the dance floor at the crack of dawn, sip some green juice (save the Guinness for a later) and nab a refreshing Cool Brew to get your body in motion. The fun starts at 6am (shudder), but don’t worry—the energized DJs and crowd will give you enough energy to shout, “Top of the morning to ya!” from the second you walk through the doors.  

Lunch Break Marquee; 1pm; free
Throw a wrench into your nine-to-five with a totally insane one-to-two at Marquee, where the Roots frontman and Jimmy Fallon’s best bro DJ Questlove spins cheerful afternoon jams. Don’t worry about crashing your blood sugar to get down in the daytime; revelers walk away with a free bagged lunch and a Perrier cocktail. 

Is this Thing On? Housing Works Bookstore Café; 7pm; free with online R.S.V.P.
Celebrate a night of arts and pro-choice voices with live music, comedy and more, hosted by the National Institute of Reproductive Health Action Fund.

Flamenco Festival New York 2016 various venues; 7pm; various prices
The 13th annual Flamenco Festival features a wide range of variations on the Spanish form at venues large and small, including Joe's Pub and New York City Center. Visit the festival's website for details.

Thu 17

Oh My Science! Videology Bar & Cinema; 9:30pm; free
You'll actually learn quite a bit during UCB comedian Dan Silver's twisted, hysterical lectures on psychology, animal biology, ecology and more, but you'll have to try hard to keep up between gut-busting laughs. Whether you show up for slides of animals dancing or kissing or for the answers to life on Earth, you'll likely be stupefied and wiped out from laughing at this "rigorous examination of all matters."

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Manhattan; 11am; free
No St. Patrick's Day in NYC would be complete without staking out a spot at this parade, which makes its 255th march up Fifth Avenue. (The event is even older than the United States; it was started by a group of homesick Irish conscripts from the British army in 1762.) More than 2 million onlookers are expected to show up for the annual spectacle, whose 2014 grand marshal is NY Senator George Mitchell. Fifth Ave from 44th St to 79th St. 

Leprechaun Nitehawk Cinema; 9:30pm; $15
Before she made her television debut in Friends, Jennifer Aniston starred in a totally bananas horror movie about a murderous leprechaun. This St. Patrick's Day, the Mark Jones–directed film Leprechaun will play at Nitehawk Cinema for one night only. Drinking more draft beer than you can handle may help you make sense of this gory 1993 camp favorite.  

“The Hunting Ground” Bluestockings; 7pm; free
If you were moved to tears by Lady Gaga’s showstopping performance of “Til It Happens to You” at the Oscars, see the 2015 documentary for which it was created. Join the Bluestockings crew to watch Kirby Dick’s Oscar-nominated documentary about the culture and cover-ups of rape on college campuses, then participate in a discussion about combating the epidemic with the director, film subject and activist Andrea Pino and organizer Willa Rose Johnson. 

Midtown Concerts St. Bartholomew’s Church; various times; free
With the numerous virtuosic and lyrical instrumentalists on its scheduled lineup, this free weekly series sponsored by the Gotham Early Music Scene highlights the city's best music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Early Classical periods.

Genessa & the Selena Experience: A Tribute to Selena…the Queen of Cumbia Le Poisson Rouge; 8pm; $22
Modeling their look and sound on the joyous vibe of Tejano superstar Selina Quintanilla, Genessa & the Selena Experience shut down the stage with show-stopping renditions of hits like "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and "I Could Fall In Love (With You)" at this adoring cover show. Belt out the hits, dance and hug out your grief with other fans while Genessa pays the ultimate tribute. 

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