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20 stupendous things to do in NYC this week

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Jennifer Picht

Mon 25

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience on the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum; 10am; $25. $18 child $23 college student or senior
Live long and prosper during the Intrepid’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The museum is going all out, with it’s 12,000-square-feet exhibition that lets folks join the Starfleet Academy in the 26th century (dreams do come true). After orientation, cadets will discover nine training zones that specialize in language—now’s the time to put your Klingon knowledge to the test—medicine, engineering, navigation and more. In addition to becoming an all-star commander, there will be interactive activities including leap motion, table projections, mapping and holograms. 

The Skivvies Feinstein’s/54 Below; 9:30pm; $35–$85 plus $25 minimum
Actor-singers Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd) and Nick Cearley (Altar Boyz) get in their undies to offer stripped-down versions of pop songs, with multiple Broadway guest stars sharing their talents in the flesh.

Ladies of Laughter Gotham Comedy Club; 6:45pm; $20
This national funny-woman competition returns to Gotham Comedy Club with a stellar lineup of fresh-faced stand-up comediennes taking the stage to compete for cash, prizes and major bragging rights. For over ten years, Ladies of Laughter has served as a launching pad for female comedic talent, with past participants ranging from Amy Schumer to Melissa Rauch and countless others.

Warpaint Baby’s All Right; 4pm; free
L.A. quartet Warpaint brings its woozy, dreamy rock to Webster Hall for a blissfully jammy (and free!) performance in support of its 2014 self-titled LP. Mood is the key to Warpaint's music, as the band's pared back on some of its previous psychedelic tendencies for a sound that's starker, more bare, and ultimately prettier.

Tue 26

The Dump! Open Mic Storytelling The Creek and the Cave; 8pm; free
The Creek and the Cave gives you eight minutes to rid yourself of some of your most ghastly memories at this cathartic storytelling event. With no prompts or judges, you can finally share your secret tales of summer camp heartbreak and music festival STDs among tipsy friends and fellow shameless storytellers.

When Harry Met Sally…Solar One; 8pm; free with R.S.V.P
This event starts off with live music and comedy, followed by a screening of the classic 1989 rom-com that makes every New Yorker wish their friends-with-benefits story ended as perfectly.

Trivia Tuesdays The Sackett; 8pm; free
Don't let the Sackett's stacked drink menu blur your trivia skills, because you'll need to bring your A-game for five rounds of unpredictable trivia. You'll have to keep up with music, visual, mystery rounds and more if you want to win eternal glory (at least, until the next game two weeks later). 

Intern Queen Party Macy’s; 6:30pm; free
Calling all go-getters: Get prepped for your next career move at Intern Queen's annual soiree, featuring a panel of executives from Macy's, Cosmo Magazine, Citi Group, Droga 5, Buzzfeed and NBC Universal offering up advice free of charge—just like your labor.

Radiohead Madison Square Garden; 7:30pm; $80
The new A Moon Shaped Pool is possibly the most difficult album the enigmatic prog group’s released in its career, but fans will surely swoon so hard over cuts like “Burn the Witch” (not to mention old favorites from Kid A and OK Computer), they’ll give tweens at a Justin Bieber concert a run for their money—especially considering the crew just played their quasi-disowned megahit "Creep" for the first time live in 7 years.

Soft Spot: A Comedy Show Threes Brewing; 8:30pm; $5
Claudia Cogan and Brendan McLaughlin host this monthly gathering of their favorite comedians in a charming Gowanus brewery. Get there early to nab a seat before they're all taken.

Wed 27

Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater; 7:30pm; $15–$35
It’s an NYC rite of passage to watch hopeful performers rub the Tree of Hope and give their all to make Top Dog status. Whether the acts dazzle the crowd or are literally swept offstage by C.P. Lacey, they’re guaranteed to produce an unforgettable show. This season’s series of dance, music, comedy and performance showdowns builds up to November’s finals, at which one Super Top Dog wins $10,000 and eternal glory. Be good or begone. 

The Besnard Lakes Mercury Lounge; 9:30pm; $15
A quartet from Montreal led by a married couple, the Besnard Lakes achieve anthemic, epic heights that suggest early Arcade Fire. The group has been perfecting its heavy, gorgeous, squally sound over the course of five albums—the latest of which is the new A Coliseum Complex Museum.

Joey Bada$$ Highline Ballroom; 8pm; $32
With his vinyl scratches, jazz samples and densely syllabic rhymes, Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ is a throwback, following in a ’90s lineage of East Coast hip-hop artists originating with Nas. His work boasts a smoother-than-most flow, plus a fine line in mellow beats and keys, which you can catch as he heads over to Irving Plaza after his appearance at Governors Ball.

Balls Deep with Tammy Spenks Phoenix; 8pm; free
The ever-so-fabulous Tammy Spenks leads various rounds of bingo and karaoke—yes, you will have your diva moment—while dishing out cash prizes along the way.

HOT! Festival 2016 Dixon Place; 7:30pm; free–$22
Escape your humdrum, black-and-white life for the many shades of gay at this estimable annual festival of all things same-sex. The centerpiece of this year's fest is Monstah Black's outré pomo musical Hyperbolic! (The Last Spectacle).

“SPF16: NYC Pools and Beaches in Contemporary Photography” Arsenal Gallery in Central Park; 9am; free
Did you know that New York City is home to 55 outdoor pools and more than 14 miles of beaches? We did, but only thanks to Arsenal Gallery’s very informative description for its newest installation highlighting the city’s best warm-weather amenities. Some of the shutterbugs featured include Juliana Beasley, Damion Berger and Rona Chang.

Thu 28 

Tainted Love: 80s Dance Party with DJ Jane Elizabeth The Bell House; 10pm; free
Every month, DJ Jane Elizabeth revives gems—or, technically, jams— 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 worship some of the U.K.’s finest artists-—including Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, and Siouxsie and the Banshees—before celebrating the USA all weekend long. 

Brooklyn Get Down Music Festival Restoration Plaza; 7pm; free
The inaugural Brooklyn Get Down Music Festival presents four days of house music in Restoration Plaza with DJs Monique Bingham, Ian Friday, Josh Milan and more. The fest also boasts panel discussions, art exhibits and a screening of the 2015 documentary Hands to the Sky.

So Percussion Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (at Lincoln Center); 8pm; free
Two weeks after its Reich Reverberations appearance at the festival, So Percussion kicks off a three-night run with Steve Reich's iconic Music for Pieces of Wood. Also on the bill are works by David Lang and Bryce Dessner.

After Marriage Equality: The Future of Rights New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan; 6:30pm; free
Professor Carlos A. Ball and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar discuss various social, political and legal issues faced by the LGBT community, exploring the impact of marriage equality on religious liberty, parenting laws and policies, transgender rights, sexual autonomy and more.

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