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20 totally rad things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 11

Havana Film Festival New York at various locations; 1:30pm, until Fri 15; $12
The annual festival dedicated to shorts and features from Latin America brings over forty exciting new films to NYC for its seventeenth showcase. Check out movies like the Benicio Del Toro-produced VIVA, about a drag makeup artist in Havana; or Zoom, a psychedelic drama about a comic book creator whose fantasies become far too real. 

Taste of the Terminal Grand Central, Vanderbilt Hall; 11am or 4pm; free
Enjoy free tastings from select Grand Central shops and restaurants every Monday in April at Vanderbilt Hall. Participating eateries include Murray's Cheese, Li-Lac Chocolate and Juice Press, offering bites and swallows to commuters and curious passersby alike.

NPR’s Ask Me Another The Bell House; 7:30pm; $20, at the door $25
Study up and prepare to be thrown for a loop at a live taping of this NPR radio word puzzle show hosted by comedian Ophira Eisenberg. A typical program features trivia, brainteasers, music from guitarist Jonathan Coulton and special guests. Just don't beat yourself up for getting stumped several times in a row. 

Side Ponytail Over the Eight; 7pm; free
Carolyn Busa used to call her monthly stand-up show "Williamsburg's cutest," but now that it's two-years old and weekly at Over the Eight, Side Ponytail has become a reliable night for solid sets and surprise stars. Check out sets from guests like Josh Gondelman, Carmen Lynch and Corinne Fisher at this Monday night staple. 

Bleached + No Parents Music Hall of Williamsburg; 8pm; $15
No-messing girl punk outfit Bleached comprises sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin of L.A. art-punk favorites Mika Miko. Tonight the crew is in town to play behind its sophomore disc, Welcome to the Worms, out on Dead Oceans. Support comes from LA garage punks No Parents.

Tue 12

The Moth StorySLAM Housing Works Bookstore Café; 7pm; $10
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. This edition: Seduction.

The Drunk Spelling Bee The Creek and the Cave; 10pm; free
Spell Mississippi without slurring a letter during this boozy event hosted by comics Jake Flores and Blake Midgette. The walking dictionary will get a P-R-I-Z-E, but everyone's technically a winner—it's a free comedy show, dammit! 

"Fairy Tale Fashion" The Museum at FIT; noon; free
Cinderella's glass slipper was only the beginning. Immerse yourself in enchanted worlds where contemporary couture merges seamlessly with the imaginings of childhood. In vibrantly realized settings like "Castle," "Forest" and "Sea," you'll be able to see tales of Snow White, the Little Mermaid and more in fully realized runway majesty by designers including Thierry Mugler, Christian Louboutin and Manish Arora. You won't be able to choose which ruby slippers you'll want to take you home. 

The Dandy Warhols Bowery Ballroom; 8pm; $30
The Dandy Warhols were never anyone’s idea of visionaries—even their best work is steeped in glorious West Coast emptiness. The Portland, OR, quartet once functioned as a dapper sponge, soaking up the culture and funneling various trendy sounds through its drone. In the ’90s, this meant paying homage to the ’60s; the early ’00s brought the band up to Reagan-era pop. Now, the Dandies catch up with contemporary sounds as the newest effort, Distortland, polishes up its songcraft with a modern pop sheen thanks to production flourishes from Jim Lowe (known collaborator with T-Swift and Beyonce).

Duran Duran Barclays Center; 7pm; $29.95–$184.45
It had been a quiet half-decade since the last Duran Duran album until the Britpoppers broke the silence with last year's 14th studio effort, Paper Gods, an album that was much better than it had any need to be. As we learnt at last year's sell-out T5 gig, the classic new wave outfit can still deliver the goods.

Wed 13

David Cross: Making America Great Again Beacon Theatre; 8pm; $35
Absolutely bizarre, joyfully innocent and hilariously quick, David Cross has made quite an impression on shows like Arrested Development and beyond. The comic returns with his first stand-up special in six years. 

Tribeca Film Festival at various locations and times; various prices
Looking to go from average moviegoer to hard-core cinephile? A ticket to Robert De Niro’s spectacular, showing buzzworthy premieres, under-the-radar docs and breakout indies, will do the trick. A 12-day Hub Pass ($550) gives you unfettered access to virtual reality experiences, storyscapes and star speakers such as Tina Fey and Tom Hanks, but ticket prices for essential screenings ($20) and several Tribeca Talks ($40) are thankfully a lot more budget-friendly. 

“Magnum Photos: New Blood” exhibit Milk Gallery; 10am; free
Celebrate the work of Magnum Photos’ new nominees—Matt Black, Carolyn Drake, Sohrab Hura, Lorenzo Meloni, Max Pinckers and Newsha Tavakolian—during a temporary showcase comprising frozen-in-time shots taken everywhere from California’s Central Valley to the streets of Tehran. You may be inspired to pick up a camera yourself.

Isaac Oliver Sits Down Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $20 plus $12 minimum
If David Sedaris and Fran Lebowitz had a baby who wrote about subways, theater patrons and blow jobs, he might be a lot like Isaac Oliver. The hilarious and poignant comic essayist is also a deft deliverer of his own work; at Joe's Pub he shares new work as well as pieces from his compulsively readable debut collection, Intimacy Idiot.

Queer Art Organics Dixon Place; 7:30pm; free
Local performance poet Aimee Herman welcomes some of the city's loveliest LGBTQ writers and performers to try out their latest work at this monthly showcase. This month's edition features stirring readings from Trae Durica, John J. Trause and Charlotte Marchant. 

Thu 14

A Tribute to the Beatles’ Revolver The Bell House; 8pm; $12–$15
Consider yourself a diehard Beatles fan? Don't miss the opportunity to relish in some of their greatest hits, specifically from the Revolver album. In honor of the record's 50th anniversary, listen to musicians such as Johnny Butler, Cole Quest and the City Pickers and Janna Pelle croon the hits like "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yellow Submarine."

New York Travel Festival at various locations and times; $35–$160
Travel fanatics, industry professionals and dealhunters searching for an affordable getaway will convene in Brooklyn for nonstop panels, exhibitions and more at this enormous convention. Attend talks like "Everything you wanted to know about traveling to Cuba but had no clue to ask" and "tourism development in communities of color," then check out workshops, storytelling and more. By the end of the weekend, you'll have years' worth of trips to book. 

Artexpo New York Pier 94; 4pm; $20, run of show $40
As if NYC weren’t enough of an art mecca, this annual convention of more than 400 leading galleries, artists and publishers packs Pier 94 with stunning works from around the globe. Peruse halls of multimedia pieces, and engage with rising artists during talks and seminars held throughout the day. 

Mortified Littlefield; 8pm; $10
Most of us wouldn’t relive our teenage years if you paid us. But at this nostalgic reading, bold volunteers want to share their most embarrassing angsty childhood diary entries with you and they don’t plan on holding back. First kiss, first puff, life at Bible camp: Boundaries don’t exist here. 

Eggs for Sale Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 8pm; $5
Join Molly Cahen and Ariel Karlin as they hilariously swat away the distractions, criticisms and complications aimed at millennial women in this irreverent, ballsy stand-up show. 

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