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20 sensational things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 17

Hill and Bay Trivia Hill and Bay; 8pm; free
On Monday nights at this Murray Hill bar, get quizzed on categories like “must-see TV” and “all-time favorite movies.” Assemble a table of four and wear your thinking cap if you want to win $50 toward your bar tab. The July 10 competition challenges you to deliver your deepest knowledge of all eight Harry Potter movies, and on July 17 fans of the Star Wars saga are invited to face off.

Scary Movies X Film Society of Lincoln Center; various times; $9–$14
Calling all horror, gore and thriller fanatics: Scary Movies X, Lincoln Center’s 10th annual screamfest, delivers a serious slate of scares. Check out screenings like Terrifier, Still/Born and It Stains the Sand Red, and check out festivities such as a “Cake, Clowns, & Corpses” party featuring birthday-themed thrillers from the ’70s and ’80s and a conversation with seasoned horror actor and deadpan comedian Bob Balaban. 

Tue 18

Operation Finale: The Capture and 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. 

Sketch Night + Live Music Society Illustrators; 6:30pm; $20
Bring a pencil and pad to this weekly night of creative revelry, at which you'll get down to bangin' performances while sketching nude models. Between artistic streaks, you can meet other creative types over a complimentary buffet.

Lowdown Hudson Music Fest Brookfield Place; 5pm
This annual Hudson River summer music festival brings a wide range of performers to the waterfront. This year's edition welcomes multihyphenate marvel Common and rock crew OK Go.

Planetarium Prospect Park Bandshell; 7pm; $50–$55
A supergroup of sorts, Planetarium features indie darling Sufjan Stevens, the National’s Bryce Dessner, minimalist avant-garde composer Nico Muhly and percussionist James McAlister. You can spend this outdoor gig gazing skywards, as the quartet leads you through explorations inspired by the infinite silence of that darkened void, space: what’s right, what’s wrong and what does it mean to be human? Heady stuff.

Wed 19

Sunset Sail Happy Hour Pier 15; 6:30pm; $20
You’re king (or queen) of the world! Hop aboard Hornblower’s Sensation and cruise along the Hudson while taking in unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline. As you dance to live DJ's tunes on all three of the Sensation's decks, you’ll be treated to Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines, light bites, and Tattly’s temporary tattoo bar. And, yes, we’ll forgive you if you say, “I’m on a boat!” all night long. (We’ll be saying it too.) 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia Slattery’s Midtown Pub; 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.  

Summer on the Hudson: Pier 1 Picture Show Riverside Park, Pier 1; 7pm; free
Grab a blanket, Barbara fans, and get ready for a good old fashioned outdoor movie night with What's Up, Doc? on the Hudson River. Go retro for this 1972 classic American screwball comedy starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, and Madeline Kahn. Expect lots of laughs and some serious seventies-style envy. 

PJ Harvey Central Park, Rumsey Playfield; 8:30pm; $49.50
Alt-rock icon PJ Harvey’s latest release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is another singular statement. The record balances weighty tone and musical simplicity, serving as another example of Harvey's penchant for dark, compelling songwriting rooted in odd moods. Her output is always arresting, expect no less from this SummerStage benefit performance.

Thu 20  

R&B Festival at MetroTech 2017 MetroTech Commons; noon; free
You just can’t beat summer in NYC. Where else can you catch a free outdoor performance from the likes of John Hammond, Sinkane, Tank and the Bangas and Preservation Hall Jazz Band on your lunch break? Take full advantage, New Yorkers: BAM’s midday music series goes down every Thursday. This week’s edition features Afrobeat outfit Sinkane. 

The Moth StorySLAM Housing Works Bookstore Café; 7:30pm; $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. 

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 Marti Gould Cummings. Be sure to serve your best 2008 American Apparel look for the neon theme. Capes welcome.  

Broadway in Bryant Park; 12:30pm; free
Lite FM radio hosts a showcase of actors from the hottest on-and-off Broadway shows playing their hits in the park. Sing and dance along to tunes from classics like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Avenue Q, as well as relative newcomers like Kinky Boots, Waitress and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. For full details, check out our Broadway in Bryant Park guide. 

Mortified Littlefield; 8pm; $10
Ah, perspective. If only our teen selves knew that one day our angst would be so, well, utterly hilarious. At this reading, bold volunteers share their most embarrassing childhood diary entries, poems, songs and home videos. Seats are limited, so show up early to nab one.

River & Blues Fest Battery Park; 7pm; free
Head to Wagner Park every Thursday in July to chill out with an international lineup of Grammy winners and greats in the titular genres, including legendary Mexican blues-fusion band Los Lobos (Thu 6), New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band (Thu 13), powerful vocalist Bettye LaVette (Thu 20) and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré (Thu 27). 

Summer Nights at the Staten Island Museum; 7:30pm; $20–$25
Every Thursday night, the Staten Island Museum invites you to try your hand at a different series of activities, from DIY scrubs and salves, gold painting, to scavenger hunting and a solar eclipse party. This weekly adventure gives you a chance to meet new people without standing still in a bar —2 drinks are included with ticket prices.

Dude Double Feature: Dude, Where’s My Car & The Big Lebowski Nitehawk Cinema; 9:30pm; $20
The dude. His dudeness. Duder. Or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing. Connoisseurs of chill should head to this legendary double feature, which includes 35mm screenings of the Coen Brothers' masterpiece alongside the ultimate millennium stoner comedy Dude, Where's My Car. You'll be able to dine on a "Dude" Le Arancini of smoked gouda, risotto balls and a cheese crust, paired with drink specials like the Caucasian and Special Treat. Look out for giveaways of out-of-print issues of High Times Magazine to complete the night. 

Fashion Sketch Night Society of Illustrators; 6:30pm; $20
Society of Illustrators throws this twist on their recurring costume sketch night series by welcoming guests to draw models in designer clothes. Enjoy drinks, divas and dramas at this evening of visual fantasy. 

Sketch & Sip: “New York Silver, Then and Now” Museum of the City of New York; 6pm; $25
Artist Simon Levensen helps you draw your own vision of Museum's silver pieces ranging from the 17th century to the present at this mixer. Two complimentary drinks are included, so be sure to pace yourself lest you lose your steady hand. 

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