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20 stupendous things to do in NYC this week

By David Goldberg
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Mon 7

Operation Finale: The Capture & 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. 

Catacombs by Candlelight Tour Cathedral of St. John the Divine; 11am, 1pm, 3pm; $35
This exclusive tour beneath St. John's Basilica takes you through the storied underground resting places of legendary New Yorkers, including bishops, Civil War generals and more. 

Flicks on the Beach: Get Out Coney Island Boardwalk; 6pm; free
If you still haven’t completed the obligatory summer task of watching a movie outside, there’s hope for you yet. Get your spook on early with this beachside showing of Jordan Peele’s comedic thriller about a young interracial couple whose first “meet the parents” weekend goes way, way wrong. You’ll think twice about going home with your date after watching this one.

Hill and Bay Trivia Hill and Bay; 7pm; 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 August 7 edition invites fans of Game of Thrones to show off their knowledge of Valyrian steel, dragon etymology and Dornish wines. 

Tue 8

Magnum Manifesto International Center of Photography Museum 10am; $12–$14
The International Center of Photography presents Magnum Manifesto, a look back at Magnum Photos and the agency’s 70-year influence in the photography industry. Magnum, created by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and Chim (David Seymour) in 1947, will explore the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lens of 75 master photographers and include over two hundred prints as well as books, magazines, videos, and rarely before seen archival documents. This is a must-see for any lover of the lens.

“The Jim Henson Exhibit” Museum of the Moving Image; 10:30am; $15
Can you imagine how grim our world would be without the influence of Jim Henson? For those of us who learned comedy, whimsy and even literacy from Sesame Street and the Muppet franchise, Museum of Moving Image has provided the ultimate treat: a permanent exhibition featuring over 47 Muppet and puppet characters; 27 screens of archival footage from The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and beyond, and stories of how the great genius and his architects brought to life some of our favorite characters.

The MOTH StorySLAM Housing Works Bookstore Cafe; 7pm; $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 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. 

 

Wed 9 

Midsummer Garden Party Untermyer Gardens; 5:30pm; $50
Enjoy wine, vittles and music at this fund-raiser for one of the state’s most beautiful parks.

 

Taste of Streep Presents: Mamma Mia! Sing-along Syndicated; 7pm; $25
Honey, Honey, you're gonna want to come to this special sing-along edition of the movie Mamma Mia!. It has Meryl Streep being fabulous, Colin Firth in platform go-go boots and Pierce Brosnan’s serenades. Take a chance on this special screening where you can dance, you can jive and you can sing along to ABBA like it's your last summer. 

 

 

 

 

What She Said W New York–Times Square; 7pm; free
W hotels host this series of events where inspirational women lead an evening of panel discussions and networking opportunities to inspire and advise aspiring females across multiple fields. The August 9 edition features Robin and Andréa McBride of McBride Sisters Wine. 

Needful Things Wise Men; 8pm; free 
Nick Kelly, Fixx Invictus and friends serve deep house at this weekly soiree set in an eye-catching bar designed by sculptor and set designer Andy Harmon. 
 
Battle of the Divas Union Hall; 8pm; $8, at the door $10
It was bound to happen. In the war over octave-obliterating, whistle-tone-dominating high-drama pop divadom, there can only be one. Matteo Lane and Christi Chiello invite performers Marie Faustin and Alex English to face off on the legacies of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, using power-points, stand-up and singing. It doesn't get more personal than this. 
This summer, catch some movies under the stars with Hudson RiverFlicks, free evening films at some of Hudson River Park’s many piers. Big Hit Wednesdays will show blockbuster films from the past year; Family Fridays returns with recent favorites as well as classic movies for the whole family; and Sing Along Specials in Clinton Cove celebrate musical movies. Check out the entire lineup and pier location here.

 

Thu 10 

Thursday Summer Block Parties: Mario Cantone Charlie Palmer Steak; 5pm; free
Sip happy hour cocktails and nibble tasty eats on Charlie Palmer Steak's patio while actor, comedian and writer Cantone chats about life, comedy and, of course, his experiences working on Sex and the City.

 

Pizza, Wine and Movie Night: WALL-E Rooftop Reds at the Navy Yard; 7pm; $30
Pixar’s adorable robot love story cum cultural satire, WALL-E, is not just for kids. To prove it, urban vineyard Rooftop Reds screens the flick at its regular wine, pizza and movie night. Each ticket includes a glass of wine from its selection and two fresh slices of 'za for the outdoor showing of the animated classic. 

 

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 to 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—two drinks are included with ticket prices.

30 Rock Trivia Stone Creek Bar and Lounge; 8pm; free
Actor announcement: Gather a team of up to four nerds and show off how much you know about Mickey Rourke’s catamaran, Sabor de Soledad potato chips and innoventing at this event for fans who still cleave to Tina Fey’s sitcom-within-a-sitcom masterpiece. While you show off your knowledge, check out Joshua Tree’s stacked burger menu. You better hit Netflix and study up on all 138 episodes of the landmark comedy series, or you might feel the righteous lash of the Pranksmen.

Confidential Delilah; 8pm; free
Serve a spy look worthy of Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde and enter this seductive live game, during which you'll have to identify a person of interest among a group of mysterious strangers. Upon entering Delilah, you receive a complimentary drink and hors d'oeuvres along with a dossier detailing your mission. It'll take all your moxie and deductive skills to find your target in the crowd, but the prize of $100 and a bottle of champagne will make it all worth it. This flirtatious arena comes from Never Sleep Alone's Dr. Alex Schiller and her Masquerade on the Town partner, Alfredo Guenzani, so you can count on high-glamour, big theatrics and many chances to lock eyes with curious new mates. 

Tits LIVE! Presents Belle Jar The Duplex; 9:30pm; $10–$15
Come celebrate being exactly who you are at this burlesque show where performers confront the damage inflicted by societal norms. On the roster: Black Magic, Regal Mortis, Zaza Zandra, Voodoo Onyx, Matt Knife, Allegra Spread, Sunny Dis Position and Spookey. Be sure to buy some raffle tickets; all raffle proceeds go to the Ali Forney Center, a superb organization supporting LGBT youth.

Summer Nights Burlesque Sail Battery Park; 9:45pm; $28–$35
Party aboard a Civil War–era schooner at this series of soirees featuring a boatload of burlesque and boylesque hotties.Each night involves a unique decade theme, from Deco to Disco. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the docks. Bon voyage! 

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