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20 wonderful things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 18 

Taste of the Terminal Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall; 11am, 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.

Shotspeare Slipper Room; 8pm; $20
Six actors and a drunk audience member take a comic romp through tragedy in Shotspeare's highly irreverent drinking-game take on the Bard. Depending on the week, the company stumbles through either Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet.

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. 

Play Date at Pete’s Candy Store; 6pm; free
Head to Pete's Candy Shop every third Monday of the month for readings of new dramatic works and reinterpreted classics, curated by Siler Buckley and Willie Johnson. 

Locked Up B*tches Peoples Improv Theater; 9:30pm; $5
Just in time for Orange is the New Black's fourth season, the insane minds at the PIT have crafted a sweet, psychotic and totally hilarious musical prison parody about a turf war between the dogs and cats at the B*tchfield Animal Shelter. Expect bandanas, fake blood, and endless outrageous hip-hop. 

Tue 19

Paramour Lyric Theatre; 7:30pm; $55­­–$145
Global phenomenon Cirque du Soleil mounts its first Broadway extravaganza in one of the Great White Way's biggest houses. A 38-member corps of actors, dancers, aerialists, acrobats and jugglers unite for a tale of love and art in Hollywood's golden age.

American Psycho Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre; 8pm; $69–$148
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson sexypants Benjamin Walker comes back to the Great White Way to spill even more of the red stuff as brand-conscious serial killer Patrick Bateman in this musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s brutal 1991 novel. Music and lyrics are by Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and the book is by Marvel Comics and Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Atlas Showroom Pop-Up Store; 11am; free
Need to give your apartment a spring pick-me-up? Online retailer Atlas Showroom has you covered, as it sets up shop through May 13 in a 1,700-square-foot space on the Bowery with its extensive collection of Moroccan furniture and housewares. Browse handcrafted tables, chairs, mirrors, dressers and living room sets, featuring intricate detailing like metal filigree, hand-carved wood and colorful textiles. Spruce up your kitchen with brightly painted ceramics including plates, bowls, vases and tagines, or choose from a selection of hand-woven Moroccan rugs for your living room. All items are handmade by artisans in Moroccan villages. 

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.

White + Warren sample sale; 8am; $$
Shop springtime cashmere threads for up 70 percent off. Highlights include cashmere hooded cardigans for $125 (were $330), drawstring shorts pared from $190 to $60 and travel wraps for $150 (retail $298). Bonus: Prove that you’re following the brand on Instagram and tag a friend in a post to receive $10 off your purchase. Social media FTW! 

Wed 20

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Trivia Slattery’s Midtown Pub; 8:30pm; free
Dress like beef jerky in a ball gown, slip on your Barbie shoes (they're not weird, Lillian!) and show off your knowledge of Entourage 2, Spiderman Too: 2 Many Spidermen, and Reverend John Wayne Gary Wayne at this epic night of trivia. Bring a team of five mole people if you want to claim eternal glory. We're hoping that winners receive a free bottle of Pinot Noir. 

Daybreaker Field Day Macy’s Herald Square; 5:45am; $19.54–$31.90
Whether you’re an early-rising fitness fiend or color wars-champ in search of some college nostalgia, this Daybreaker event is a can't-miss. The health-conscious party wants you to relive the glory of Field Day inside Macy’s Herald Square, including an eight-floor obstacle courses in collaboration with Mark Fisher Fitness. Rise-and-shine for a pre-dance workout at the crack of dawn, followed by a dance party, hopscotch, potato sack races and more. As always, there will be cold brews and a healthy assortment of smoothies and juices to fuel your sick moves. 

Beneath the Ice: Immersive Dome Installation American Museum of Natural History; 10am; $22
This panoramic video installation reveals the look of life under the waters of the Antarctic. Witness the majesty of the fur seals, penguins and other creatures and experience the ice blue of the Antarctic waters without having to get wet. 

Salty Brine: This One Night at the Opera The Red Room; 8pm; $20
Formerly a dingy theater, the Red Room has been transformed into a sexy, speakeasy-style lounge, with a copper bathtub in one corner and a stage in the other. It’s a great place to be on Wednesdays, when Salty Brine performs his weekly Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret. An outrageously talented singer-actor in the vein of Taylor Mac, Brine takes a different classic pop album in each show—from Joni Mitchell’s Blue to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack—and weaves its songs into funny, perceptive tapestries of storytelling. The show is highly addictive: Once you’ve been dunked into Brine, you’ll want to dive back every month. The April edition gets the Mercury rising in a riff on Queen's A Night at the Opera.

Gay-larious! The LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show Bowery Comedy Club; 8pm; $20, at the door $27 plus two-drink minimum
The MenEvent brings together some of the city's sharpest queer acts for a night of stellar stand-up. This month's lineup includes Rick Crom, Jeff Lawrence, Joanne Filan, Adam Chisnell, Jon Fisch and Michelle Slonim.

Thu 21

Lady Bunny: Trans-Jester The Stonewall Inn; 7pm; $20
Shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies and savagely hilarious takedowns.

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic Peoples Improv Theater; 8pm; $20
The creative minds behind Kapow-i GoGo bring you a Harry Potter parody of epic proportions. The gentle Hufflepuffs often live in the shadows of J.K. Rowling's universe, and this show follows the forgotten lives of the students sitting next to the hero. Wayne Hopkins was just a boy from New Mexico till he found out he was a wizard. Find out how he and other mediocre Puffs fare at the school of magic and magic.

Showgasm. XXL Marquee; 8pm; $50–$250 (includes open bar)
The very funny John Early hosts this eclectic neovaudevillian variety show, which features a lively mix of music, comedy and burlesque (with the tart Hamm Samwich sidekicking as DJ). This special mega-edition, a benefit for Ars Nova, features guest spots by Josh Charles, Ana Gasteyer, Bruce Bundy, Cole Escola, Isaac Oliver, Kate Berlant, Cocoon Central Dance Team and Gotham villains Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith.

8Players at various locations; 8pm; $75
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.

Luke George and Daniel Kok: Bunny Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement; 8pm; $25
Australia's George and Singapore's Kok tie themselves in knots in a full-length exploration of connection, desire and erotic binding.


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