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20 wonderful things to do in NYC this week

Jennifer P

Mon 5

OutdoorFest at various locations; various times; free–$69
OutdoorFest, a ten-day lineup of activities, classes and volunteering opportunities, aims to get New York apartment dwellers to engage with the natural environment around the five boroughs. Look up the full schedule to save your spot for mountain biking, outdoor yoga, backcountry cooking, fly fishing, hiking, running and, naturally, beer drinking—can’t miss that.

Split Screens Festival IFC Center; 6pm; opening night $30, festival pass $125, $12–$19 per session
New York magazine’s TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz curates this first-ever TV festival, with screenings of new series like the HBO porn drama The Deuce, panels on favorites like Mr. Robot, Difficult People and Search Party with cast members and creators, and plenty of chances to mingle with fellow fans.

New York Songwriter’s Circle Benefit Concert for the Center and TLDEF The Bitter End; 8pm; $20–$25
LGBTQ artists take the stage to raise money for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Center, a superb organization that provides LGBTQ communities in NYC with health and wellness programs, cultural events and family support services. Headlining the event is actor and singer Billy Porter, whom you may know from his Tony Award–winning portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots. Also on the bill for the evening are Marissa Pontecorvo, Nick Deutsch, Todd Alsup, Stephen Leonard, Rachael Sage and Ari Zizzo.

Tue 6

The Moth StorySLAM The Bell House; 8pm; $10–$30
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 even 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. This edition’s "Mystery" prompt encourages speakers to share five-minute tales of intrigue. 

NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour The Bell House; 8pm; $30
Head to the recording of this joyous podcast, with special guest Audie Cornish contributing to the witty commentary.

Seinfeld Trivia TAVERN on third; 8pm; free
Mutton! Toxic envelopes! Black-and-white cookies! Rejoice with fans at this trivia showdown, at which you and a team of four buddies (or bizarros) can prove how many times you’ve watched the 180-episode show about nothing. You must dominate five rounds of trivia to prove you’re the master of your domain. Better consult your Svengali or start watching reruns now (as if you ever stopped).  

A Night at the Theater for Women’s Equality: Sweat Studio 54; 7pm; $250
Help support the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition at this special performance of the hit new play Sweat. After the show, join playwright Lynn Notage for a Q&A. 

Aperitivo Tuesdays PHD Terrace; 5pm; free
Take in some sun on Dream Hotel's PHD Terrace while sipping Italian cocktails and nibbling complimentary treats at this popular after-work shindig. ’60s tunes come courtesy of the Nick Palumbo Band. 

Watching Porn: A Feminist Look at Adult Entertainment Strand Book Store; 7pm; free with book purchase or $15 Strand gift card
Author Lynsey G. discusses her memoir about working as an adult entertainment journalist.  

“The Art of Spider-Man” Society of Illustrators; 10am; $12
This exhibition invites you to see how the comic-book art of Steve Ditko, John Romita, Todd McFarlane and other visionaries involved in drawing Marvel's beloved wall-crawler influenced how superhero stories are told.

Wed 7  

BATSU! Jebon Sushi & Noodle; 8pm; $25.50–$60.50
Head downstairs at Je Bon Sushi to eat and drink while members of improv group Face Off Unlimited compete in a Japanese-style variety show, in which losers undergo a variety of wacky punishments like electric shocks, paintballs and a giant egg-smashing chicken. After a few cups of sake, you may even be inspired to sign up and compete to win free beer and other prizes. 

Quiet Mornings Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); 7:30am; $12
Get to MoMA for a morning of art and meditation before the hordes of tourists take over at 10:30am. Peruse the museum's collection, which includes Claude Monet's Water Lilies and works by Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, plus select new exhibitions. After the guided meditation session in the sculpture garden at 8:30am, you'll be ready to start your day feeling refreshed—and inspired. 

Facets of Schubert Festival The Morgan Library Museum; 7:30pm; festival pass $90–$140, single events $30–$50
This 3-week chamber music fest explores the life and works of prolific Austrian composer Franz Schubert with performances by St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, discussions and museum tours. Special guests include soprano Ying Fang, pianist Henry Kramer, composer Steven Mackey and writer Adam Gopnik.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park Bandshell; 7pm; free
Launched by nonprofit community arts organization BRIC to revitalize Prospect Park more than 30 years ago, Brooklyn's premier outdoor performance series returns with more free music, dance, and film events. Highlights for this year include Pharoah Sanders on June 23, Talib Kweli on June 24, Amadou & Mariam on July 21, Andrew Bird and Esperanza Spalding on July 28, a screening of Creed with live scoring from Wordless Music Orchestra on August 4 and Whitney on August 11. While you're there, be sure to check out NY Handmade Collective's market, which features wares from local artisans like Jes Switaj, Suniq, Topolski Jewelry, Wallcojr Designs, Titiluli and more. 

Baby Raptors EP Release Party House of Yes; 9pm; $20–$50
Head to House of Yes for a jurassic jungle beach party in celebration of dance-pop outfit Baby Raptors' debut EP. The shindig features tunes from DJs moods and Jamo Willo, the amazing yo-yo skills of Gentry Stein and more animal print than you can shake a stick at. Be sure to show up on time: there's free beer from 9–11pm.

Thu 8  

The WhiskyX Brooklyn Cruise Terminal; 6pm; $50–$75
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal turns into a whiskey ward on June 8, as the WhiskyX tasting makes its way to Red Hook with more than 60 whiskey brands in tow. Sample great whiskies and cocktails from leading brand ambassadors and distillers, take in a live show from nine-time-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (performing material from his first solo album in over eight years, Waiting On A Song), snack on tasty eats from food trucks, learn all about barrel making with US Barrels, get a haircut from Blind Barber, puff on a cigar in the Club Macanudo lounge and hit Hudson Made's pop-up store so you can head home with some nifty local goods like infused oils and badger hair shave brushes. 

Farm-to-Table Cooking Class with Butter Beans Asphalt Green Battery Park City; 7pm; prices vary. Use code BBTimeOut to receive $10 off your first cooking class purchase
Time to throw on the apron and get those hands dirty in the kitchen with Farm-to-Table Cooking Classes with Butter Beans, hands-on two-hour courses that will teach global cuisine with seasonal recipes. With six classes to choose from, you’ll learn tips on how to create healthy recipes with these farm-to-table cooking classes featuring local NYC market-fresh ingredients. Hosted at Asphalt Green's Culinary Center in Battery Park City, each class will offer a complimentary glass of wine so you can do some sipping while cooking.

Summer Nights Burlesque Sail Battery Park; 9:45pm; $28–$35
Party aboard a Civil War–era schooner at this 1920s-themed soiree featuring a literal boatload of burlesque and boylesque hotties. With nightlife mavens Dances of Vices at the helm and the spellbinding talents of Shelly Watson, Mr. Gorgeous, Cassandra Rosebeetle and Agave L'Amour on the stage, don't be surprised if you completely miss the stunning city views (but try not to). 

Chashama Gala Afterparty: Art Is Everywhere 4 Times Square; 9pm; $50
Chashama, an organization that turns unused real estate into places for artists to create and present their work, hosts its annual blowout. Tickets to the afterparty are available to the public for $50, which grants you access to a sprawling maze of artwork, featuring performances, visual art pieces and interactive environments from over 150 artists. Attire for the evening is "festive," so look sharp and come ready to be inspired. 

Mortified Littlefield; 8pm; $10
Ah, perspective. If only our teen selves knew that one day our angst would be so, well, utterly hilarious. At this reading, bold volunteers share their most embarrassing childhood diary entries, poems, songs and home videos. Seats are limited, so show up early to nab one.


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