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20 tremendous things to do in NYC this week

20 tremendous things to do in NYC this week
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Mon 7

The Moth StorySLAM The Bell House; 8pm; $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.

Women’s Jazz Festival: Sacred Revolution Schomburg Center; 7pm; $25
This perfect convergence of Women's and Black History months brings together a powerful group of soul, blues and funk performers to celebrate black women musicians and artists of the past, including Mahalia Jackson, Mavis Staples and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Kat Dyson, Christina Sayles, Jhetti Lashley, Fred Cash and more will be tearing the roof of the Schomburg Center off and paying tribute the only way they know how to at this special event. 

Leon Bridges + Son Little Beacon Theatre; 8pm; $32.50–$49.50
Twenty-five-year-old Leon Bridges’s clear, powerful voice and mastery of ’60s soul and R&B have already earned him the attention of Columbia Records, which signed the Fort Worth native at the end of 2014. This gig comes on the heels of last year's spirited, appealingly retro debut LP, Coming Home.

Tue 8

International Women’s Day FUNdraiser House of Yes; 7pm; $22–$136
A coalition of rad womens' activism groups are joining forces for a late-night blowout to gain new allies and donations for deserving worldwide causes. Head to a stacked dinner and meet other badass activists, hit the bar and join a rowdy dance party with music by DJ Cuppy and check out an outrageous variety show featuring comedy, samba reggae and circus aerialism. You'll learn how you can support fearless organizations like Lady Parts Justice League, Madre and Win-NYC while having a spectacular night. 

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! 

Game of Thrones (TV) Trivia Yellow Hook Grille; 8pm; free
Competitions in Westeros rarely end well, but the clever folks at Trivia A.D. promise a fun, treachery-free evening of trivia based on the highest-rated HBO series in history. Study up on the Targaryen family tree, fine Dornish wines and good-looking Stark sons if you and your team want to survive. 

Carolines Comedy Madness Stand-Up Competition Carolines on Broadway; 7pm; $10 plus two-drink minimum
Sixty-four local comics go head-to-head over five shows in this round-robin tournament, with everybody getting one minute of stage time in the first round, two in the second round, and so on. The winner scores a cash prize, a featured gig in the 2016 New York Comedy Festival and, of course, bragging rights. 

Wed 9

Big East Tourney Madison Square Garden; various times; $10–$60
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2016 Big East men’s basketball tournament and experience college ball like it’s meant to be played. We’re talking hardnosed, powerful hoop played on the most epic court in the world: Madison Square Garden. And you can be right at the heart of it. 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Legends Prudential Center; 7pm; $10–$80
Prepare to be amazed—no, floored—by this famous circus show, which is taking acts like traditional high-wire motorcyclists, acrobatic dogs and cats, martial-arts experts and gymnasts to the next level. “Legends” will highlight the most skilled circus masters, majestic animals, exotic performers and fearless daredevils from around the globe. Arrive an hour early for a free preshow party in which performers teach circus skills to audience members on the arena floor.

BRIC Flix: Women Behind the Lens BRIC House; 7pm; free
BRIC house welcomes four women filmmakers to share excerpts from their documentary features and discuss their process. The free screening event features scenes from Born to Fly, about choreographer Elizabeth Streb, Speed Sisters, which follows the first all-women race car team in the Middle East; and Canary in a Coal Mine, which documents a woman's struggle with a mysterious disease. 

Book Launch: Because of Sex by Gillian Thomas The powerHouse Arena; 7pm; free
Join American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project Senior Staff Attorney Gillian Thomas as she launches her new book One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years that Changed American Women's Lives at Work. She'll discuss how Supreme Court cases have affected women with author and journalist Clara Bingham. 

8Players at various locations; 8pm; $75–$100
Camp classics like Death Becomes Her and sensually charged high school horror films mash up with old-school murder mystery games at this impeccable night of bedazzling DIY theatre. Register to participate in the "'90s Teen Horror" experience, show up in your pre-assigned character costume, and prepare to engage in a frightful showdown with seven strangers who will soon become chillingly familiar. 

Drunk Science Littlefield; 8pm; $5–$8
Join your hosts Joanna Rothkopf (Jezebel staff writer), Shannon Odell (neuroscience PhD student) and Jordan Mendoza (took some science classes) as they proceed to get wasted and compete to present their very best scientific treatise to a panel of comedians and science buffs. This week's guests include comedians Casey Jost, Ana Fabrega and Joel Kim Booster. The more you drink, the more their dissertations will make sense. 

Thu 10

RadioLoveFest BAM Harvey Theater; 7:30pm; various prices
See the faces behind the voices you love at this second annual event. Catch live tapings of public radio juggernauts Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!Death Sex and Money and even a live talk from A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keeler—or learn about the business at talks by the medium’s luminaries. Several on-air personalities are presenting and discussing films, and if you like some tunes with your radio, the festival features four concerts.

Night Rooms Bizarre; 4pm, 9pm; free
Sasha Velour, the gender-subverting, avant-garde eyebrow icon of the Brooklyn drag scene, invites you to view her surreal illustrated visions at this new free exhibition. View stylized images of drag divas in noirish night time settings and witness the magic of a glam performance artist extending her gifts to a new medium. 

Slingshot’s Roadshow of HORROS House of Yes; 9pm; $17
Rolling into town like an old-timey circus, the musicians, dancers, magicians and actors of the Slingshot group will be unloading their most haunting, surreal and totally dazzling acts of high-wire insanity. Jam to brassy blues while torch-eaters and magicians take performance art to a whole new level at this rowdy, spooky late-night of fun. 

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building; 7:30pm; $35
This NPR quiz show—starring Peter Sagal, judge and scorekeeper Bill Curtis and a bevy of comics giving sassy answers to questions about the week's news—usually tapes in Chicago. This week, the crew flies to NYC for a special BAM edition. This edition's lightning-fast guests include Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Faith Salie. 

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival at various locations; 10am; free–$18
With screenings, panels and performances at theaters in every borough, JCC Manhattan's celebration of film depictions of the differently-abled is bigger and more diverse than ever. Check out documentaries like A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt from Germany and narrative films like Margarita, With a Straw from India during the festival's packed week of screenings. 

Republican Debate Watch Party Q.E.D.; 8:30pm; $8
A trio of intrepid comedians—Frank Conniff, John Fugelsang and Myka Fox—helps you make sense of the shenanigans amongst Trump, Kasich, Cruz and Rubio at this MST3K-style viewing party. 

Entirely From Memory Peoples Improv Theater; 9:30pm; $10
Massacring beloved movies like The Notebook, Spider-Man and the Princess Bride, the Ten Bones Theatre Company makes it their mission to reenact a full film... after having seen it once. Cast in front of the audience and incorporating insane rules and crowd suggestions, each performance promises to be completely different— and totally irreverent to the source material. 


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