20 stupendous things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jillian Anthony

Mon 23

Lyrics & Lyricists: I Have Confidence — Rogers After Hammerstein 92nd St Y; 2pm and 7:30pm; $69–$81
The erudite Ted Chapin hosts the latest edition of the 92nd Street Y’s estimable Lyrics & Lyricists series. This one is devoted to songs written by master Broadway composer Richard Rodgers after his celebrated collaborations with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Ben Crawford, T. Oliver Reid, Betsy Wolfe, Karen Ziemba and Larry Pine are the interpreters.

BYOV The Garrett East; 7pm; free
The only thing that could ruin a perfectly good night out—other than spilling your drink on the cutie by the bar—is a crappy DJ (especially one who is too pretentious to take requests). Luckily, the Garret lets you BYOV (bring your own vinyl), so you can dance and groove to your favorite jams.

Guys We Fucked SubCulture; 8pm; $10–$15
Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher have been setting earbuds ablaze for nearly three years with their bold, hilarious, unprecedented podcast "Guys We Fucked," with features celebrity guests and past sexual partners in frank discussions about hookups. Join the intrepid hosts as they crusade against slut-shaming and deliver more hilarious live podcast recordings in NYC.  

Marilyn Nonken with Sound Icon: Vortex Temporum Revisited Roulette; 8pm; $15–$25
Pianist Marilyn Nonken and Boston ensemble Sound Icon perform the gnarled, harrowing Vortex Temporum, by spectral music founder Gérard Grisey, to mark what would have been the composer's 70th birthday.

Kim David Smith: Morpheum Kabarett Pangea; 9:30pm; $20 plus $25 minimum
The flirty, dark-elfin Australian baritone leads listeners on a Weimar-inflected tour through songs ranging from Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender to Kylie Minogue and the Supremes.

Tue 24

Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel Crossover Episode Trivia The Holland House; 8pm; free
If Buffy Summers can obliterate an uprising of vampires and demons, you can take a stab at this round of trivia, which includes questions involving Buffy’s ex-bae Angel. Register your team of badasses (up to four) in advance to win free booze (the stakesare high), which will be a nice relief in case the apocalypse actually comes. 

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic Peoples Improv Theater; 8pm; $20
The frighteningly creative minds behind Kapow-i GoGo bring you a Harry Potter parody of epic proportions. The gentle Hufflepuffs often live in the shadows of J.K. Rowling's universe, and this show follows the forgotten lives of the students sitting next to the hero. Wayne Hopkins was just a boy from New Mexico till he found out he was a wizard. Find out how he and other mediocre Puffs fare at the School of Magic and Magic.

Buddies Nowhere; 8pm; free
DJ Damian spins an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s tunes and rock at this casual weeknight get-together of bears, beers and beards.

Well-Strung Feinstein’s/54 Below Tue 24 and Thurs 26 at 9:30pm, $35–$80 plus $25 drink minimum
This charming and cheekily named singing string quartet has been honing its craft all over the world for the past couple of years. In their latest set the boys share selections from their new album, Popssical, which includes their take on the likes of Beethoven, Ravel and Taylor Swift.

Literary Death Match The Bell House; 8:15pm; $12, at the door $15
The combustive, international reading series pits acclaimed and burgeoning authors against one another to perform their best material for chatty judges. Two finalists are chosen—on merit and “intangibles”—to duke it out for the evening’s championship.

Wed 25

T.I. Irving Plaza; 7pm; $45
Prolific Atlanta hip-hopper, reality-TV star and actor T.I. works a laid-back, Southern-steeped style of rap that's by and large wildly self-aggrandizing, but on occasion—as on "Sorry," his track with Andre 3000—exposes a chink in his 24-karat armor. Having collaborated with everyone from Eminem, Jay-Z and Rihanna to Justin Timberlake, Kanye and Cee Lo, the 35-year-old is also one of the best-connected MCs in the game. At tonight's show, cross your fingers for a sneak peek of forthcoming album The Dime Trap.

Nerd Nite Littlefield; 7pm; $10–$14
Brainiacs unite at this monthly series that brings you TED-style talks on gleefully geeky subjects such as the cultural implications of those ’80s Sweet Valley High books. The 2015-2016 season ends with discussions on the rules of physical attraction, the history of human volunteer experimentation and the science of hangovers. 

John Dickerson with Stephen Colbert 92nd St Y; 8pm; $65
Dickerson, director of political coverage for CBS News, shares the stage with Colbert, who, sure, once played a right-wing crank but now hosts a not-very-political late-night talk show. Will Dickerson crack wise? Will Colbert reveal where he stands on U.S. support for Israel, U.S. immigration and anti-immigration strategy or who's to blame for the water in Flint, Michigan? Buy a ticket to find out. 

Seinfeld Trivia Abbey Tavern; 8pm; free
Followers of Seinfeld know that the hilarious sitcom is self-described as “the show about nothing.” But you and your clan will have to know something in order to get a high score during five unique but challenging trivia rounds involving subjects like cockfighting, mail fraud and pee-stained couches. Organize a four-person bizarro team, and study up on all things Kramer, Jerry, George and Elaine to win free booze among other ace prizes.  

The Grist Comedy Extravaganza The Bell House; 8pm; $25
The incisive, well-curated Grist network hosts this third annual comedy showcase, and this year's all-star lineup is better than ever. Cult comedy god Eugene Mirman joins SNL's Michael Che, Girls' Jon Glaser, ubiquitous NYC stand-up Aparna Nancherla and former The Onion director Baratunde Thurston for an epic of night of stellar sets. 

Thurs 26

Obscura Society NY: Sneak Preview of the Hills at Governors Island Battery Maritime Building; 4pm; $35
Everybody in town is wondering what those bizarre man-made hills in Governors Island actually look like. Check out the towering hills, art structures, and jaw-dropping 360 degree view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline before anyone else at this sneak peak opportunity event. 

Out of Line: Renegade Cabaret The High Line; 9pm; Free
There’s no better time to walk the High Line, especially now that it’s warm enough to enjoy a long, moonlit stroll and do a little star gazing. If that’s not enough incentive, Friends of the High Line will coax you in with free, late-night entertainment on the elevated park. This week, catch the talented Renegade Cabaret, a troupe of nightlife stars who will serenade you with their comedic and rebellious performance. 

Oh My Science! Videology; 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." 

An Evening with Aparna Nancherla and Naomi Ekperigin Union Hall; 9:30pm; $8, at the door $10
Two of the most prolific, hard-working comics in town join forces for a night of fast-paced stand-up and rowdy BFF shenanigans. Ekperigin comes to the stage fresh off a writing gig on Broad City, while Nancherla adds this to an already-bustling résumé of NYC sets.

Technofeminism Bossa Nova Civic Club; 10pm; free
With recent features in notable publications such as Forbes and Electronic Beats, New York–based music collective Discwoman is proving to be at the forefront of the fight for more female representation in the electronic music industry. Discwoman's monthly Technofeminism party continuously books the best up-and-coming DJs, this time hosting Montréal's Buck Smith, Boston's Elisabeth Dalton, resident Beta Librae and founder Umfang.

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