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20 stellar things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 1

The Moth StorySLAM The Bell House; 8pm; $8
Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn-spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific topic.

Lianne La Havas McKittrick Hotel; 10:30pm; $40
The graceful and thoroughly unpretentious Lianne La Havas has been the subject of tremendous buzz, especially in her native U.K. Following a 2012 debut that revealed a silky voice set over breathtaking yet simple jazz arrangements, La Havas arrives on the heels of Blood, her honeyed new sophomore effort. 

Trivia Night Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner Room; 6:30pm; free
Bring your best knowledge of music, movies, New York history, sports, literature, and all the marginalia in between for this weekly 30-question trivia night. Groups and individuals are welcome to bring their best knowledge to the game.   

PoetNY Open Mic & Bowery Slam Duane Park; 6:30pm; $10–$15
Bowery Poetry packs a double-header every Monday night, with the wild and unpredictable PoetNY Open Mic at 6:30pm, followed by the competitive, rowdy Bowery Slam. Whether you're a weekly regular or just coming in to get your annual poetry fix, you'll be more than satisfied by the local talent and unexpected guests this night brings. 

Deborah Davis and Blake Gopnik The Jewish Museum; 6:30pm; $15
Andy Warhol: A Life As Art author Blake Gopnik sits down with Deborah Davis to discuss her new book The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure, which chronicles the pop iconographer's career-changing 1963 road trip to Los Angeles. 

Tues 2

The Big Quiz Thing Q.E.D.; 7:30pm; $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 Noah Tarnow, 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—and a cash jackpot! This special flashback version features some of this year's best (and most difficult) questions.

From NPR and WNYC: Ask Me Another The Bell House; 7:30pm; $20–$25
Dig into trivia, brainteasers, kooky comedy and music at a live taping of the beloved NPR radio show with host Ophira Eisenberg. Listeners can jump in and play with special mystery guests and puzzletiers to crack the questions and crack a smile!

Road to the White House Peoples Improv Theater; 7pm; $5
Master impersonator David Carl made a name for himself with renditions of over-the-top personalities like Gary Busey. But now Carl’s taking on his most bonkers challenge yet: the 2016 presidential candidates. Carl plays all the parts in the debates, including the moderators, politicians and hard-hitting journalists like Miss Piggy, in a whirlwind of gaffs, insults and botched policy proposals that rival the onstage antics of the real thing.

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. 

Sweet Slipper Room; 9pm; $5–$7
Seth Herzog's weekly mainstay, which has settled back into its longtime home at the Slipper Room, still features scads of downtown stand-ups and, quite often, Herzog's mother.

Frankie’s at the Jane Hotel; 10pm; $10, $5 before midnight
DJ Nita Aviance and rotating guests lead fun-seeking ravers, club kids, muscle boys and fashion deviants on a midweek binge in the ballroom. Staying late will be rewarded with live music and drag performances. 

Wed 3

Wilco The Capitol Theatre; 8pm; $45–$95
Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind last year's well-received effort, the laid-back, freewheeling Star Wars. Nashville's William Tyler opens Feb 2; Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia crooner Steve Gunn kicks things off Feb 3 and Feb 6; setting the stage Feb 5 is the Bill Frisell Trio. 

Get Nailed! Babeland; 7pm; free
Babeland is combining the greatest things in life for an informative, stimulating nail night (with goodies!). The nail artists from Vanity Projects will design custom patterns for your nails while the sex pros from Womanizer help you pick out a matching toy. Your nails will be looking fly, and you'll be feeling liberated. 

Alice + Olivia sample sale C21 Edition; 8am; $$
Stacey Bendet’s infamous party attire is highly desired, so now’s the time to stock up on discounted duds for your next shindig. An Aubrey strapless A-line gown in rich orange-and-white horizontal stripes is $450 (once $1,498), and an Evita silver metallic skirt ($174, instead of $495) would pair nicely with a beaded stone motif ivory clutch ($209, formerly $595). 

Hot Chocolate Festival City Bakery; 7:30am; $
Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February. The lineup won’t be announced until late January but previous year’s highlights included Earl Grey Tea hot chocolate, a delicate blend with notes of bergamot, and Sunken Treasure, an indulgent cup with submerged caramel coins and chocolate truffles. Be sure to show up on Jan 31 for the opening-night party.

Thu 4

Company XIV: Snow White Minetta Lane Theatre; 5pm; $40–$65, premium $75­–$105
Having previously given a haute-burlesque twist to Cinderella and The Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick invites us to take a bite of his latest nightlife-performance spectacle: an elaborate, adults-only version of Snow White, featuring Company XIV's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design. 

Here Lies Fluffy: Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, A Final Resting Place, an Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Broman; 7pm; $8
Pets have a special place in our hearts and our homes. There is no bond truly like it. This lecture, given by cat lover and cemetery historian Elizabeth Broman, is a deeper look into the culture behind pet deaths and any changing trends.

Apollo Live Wire: Comedy at the Apollo; 6:30pm; free
It's no surprise that the legendary Apollo theater has hosted some of American comedy's greatest acts, from Moms Mabley to Mo'nique. Join journalist Mel Watkins and comedians Leighann Lord and Bob Sumner for a look at the many influential names who have been featured on the Apollo's marquee. 

Fat Baby Live! The Stand; 10pm; $15
The guys behind Fat Baby Comedy—Benny D and Giulio Gallarotti—host a different crew of comedians every Thursday. They also produce an involved series of promos for the show on YouTube that are worth checking out for, if nothing else, their degree of goofy cinematic skills.

Good Morning, Zitounia!­; 7pm; $10
Leila Ben-Abdallah and her handy puppets take you on a journey through the Arab Spring on the set of Good Morning, Zitounia!, the state-run news show. Watch the crews' attempts at upholding propoganda and pro-dictator stories unravel as the revolution takes hold. 

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