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20 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Fri 12

Dope; opens in theaters
A thumpingly funny sensation out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy follows a trio of brainy nerds who call L.A.’s violent Inglewood home. It’s a new Risky Business in our midst.

Esperanza Spalding + José JamesCelebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell), 7:30pm. 
Grammy winning Jazz bassist/composer Esperanza Spalding presents Emily's D +Evolution, a new project that's part experimental theater, part power trio.

Jurassic World; opens in theaters
Really need a road map on this one? More dinosaurs, more succulent children put in harm’s way, more idiotic geneticists unable to think three steps ahead. Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt takes the lead.

American Black Film Festival; Various locations and times.
This year's addition of the annual film fest features the premiere of director Rick Famuyiwa’s DOPE, a screening of John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, panel discussions with the creators of Empire and Black-ish, and much more.

Northside Festival; Various locations, 12pm. Various times and prices.
Now in its seventh year, Northside is a weeklong Williamsburg-centered festival featuring concerts, film screenings and talks. This year's fest features Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Built to Spill, Lower Dens and more!

WOW: Women of the World Festival; Apollo Theater, Harlem, 12pm. free–$38.
Do ladies run this? Hell yeah. Founded in 2011 at London’s Southbank Centre, the Apollo brings WOW’s represents female power with a series of talks, film, debates and performances featuring such notables as Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray, best-selling author Naomi Wolf and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee.

Summerworks Festival 2015The Wild Project, East Village, 8pm. $18.
Clubbed Thumb mounts the 20th edition of its first-rate annual new-works festival. Kate E. Ryan's Card and Gift plays through Sun 14.

Sat 13

Jazz Age Lawn Party; Governors Island, 11am–5pm. Various prices.
Fox trot over to Governors Island for this 1920s-themed outdoor shindig, featuring Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra and all manner of costumed revelers.

ShakesBEER; Various locations. $45 (includes four drinks).
To drink or not to drink—is that even a question? Boozing and Bardolatry come together in New York Shakespeare Exchange's pub crawl through four East Side establishments, where plainclothes actors spit verses from Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and Love's Labour's Lost.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party; Madison Square Park, 11am. Free, VIP Pass $275.
Pit masters from across the country, from Wayne Mueller of Texas’s legendary Louie Mueller Barbecue to local 'cue heroes like Hometown Bar-B-Que’s Billy Durney and Hill Country's Charles Grund Jr., will smoke out Madison Square Park for this 13th annual BBQ bash.

Blkmarket Membership: 9 Year Anniversary Part II Boat PartyCircle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Pier 83, 4pm. $50. 
Blkmarket Membership returns for another big boat bash, their first of the season and their second part of their anniversary celebration. Talented Berlin DJs/musicians Sven Weisemann and Alle Farben headline, with support from residents Taimur & Fahad. Anchors aweigh!

The Hudson River Park Games; Various piers and Hudson River Park. Free. 
Get your fitness on while raising money for a good cause with yoga, trapeze workshops and more. 

Bubble Battle NYC 2015; Union Square, Gramercy, 6pm. Free.
The most whimsical fight in history is back. The annual game is based on Dr. Suess's The Butter Battle Book, and this year's theme is "boat party." So bring your swimsuit and bubble makers!

Alan Cumming: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs; Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel), Lenox Hill, 8:45pm. $100-$165 plus $75 minimum.
The bright-eyed, bouncy-kneed Scottish stage-and-screen actor plays fast and louche with the cabaret format, sprinkling naughty words into long comic stories and putting a completely fresh interpretive spin on familiar songs.

Aaron DiehlGinny's Supper Club, Harlem, 7:30pm. $20–$25.
Diehl, a strikingly elegant pianist and formidably assured bandleader, celebrates a new release with help from special guests including his mentor Wynton Marsalis. 

Sun 14

The Qualms; Playwrights Horizons, Hell's Kitchen, 8pm. $75–$95.
Swingers—as in spouse-swapping, polyamorous free-lovin' types—don’t get enough exposure (ahem) in theater. So playwright Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park) has written a play about them. We expect him to make us laugh and squirm as he usually does.

All Day I Dream; The Well, Williamsburg, 2pm. $TBA, advance $35.
It's back! Roving summer-party series All Day I Dream comes courtesy of London house masters Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay, but originated on a Brooklyn rooftop, where it now returns.

ASSSSCAT 3000; Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Chelsea, 7:30pm and 9:30pm. $10.
The show that made UCB famous, the theater's best improvisers and special guests from comedy monoliths (like SNL, 30 Rock) team up to create a show that is completely different every time.

Run the Jewels + Sleigh Bells + Vince Staples50 Kent, Williamsburg, 6pm. $35.
Run the Jewels—the team-up of Definitive Jux hero El-P and bearish, quick-witted Atlanta MC Killer Mike—is a little slice of North-South hip-hop heaven, if you ask us.

A Gay Show for All PeopleThe Duplex, West Village, 9:30pm. $12, advance $8, plus two-drink minimum.
Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp host this variety show featuring an amazing array of LGBT musicians and comedians. This edition features John Early and Emma Willmann.

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