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20 wonderful things to do in NYC this week

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Jennifer P
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Mon 1

Fuck Rape Culture: A Benefit to Unseat Judge Aaron Persky Baby’s All Right; 6pm; $20–$25
A major feminist benefit is coming to rad music pad Baby’s All Right, and it’s going to be one hell of a party. You remember that infuriating and awful Stanford Rape Case, right? Well, GRLCVLT NYC is hosting an event, where all proceeds go to the official Campaign to Recall Judge Aaron Persky (led by Stanford law professor Michele Dauber). So why not help the cause while rocking out to great bands such as The New Tarot, The Skins and Edith Pop? To make this already incredible event even more irresistible, badass actresses that support the cause (Rose McGowan and Amber Tamblyn) will be in attendance.                      

PoetNY Open Mic & Bowery Slam Bowery Poetry Club; 6:30pm; $15
Bowery Poetry packs a doubleheader every Monday night, with the wild and unpredictable PoetNY Open Mic at 6:30, followed by the competitive, rowdy Bowery Slam. Whether you’re a weekly regular or just coming in for your annual poetry fix, you’ll be more than satisfied with the local talent and unexpected guests this night brings. 

Weekly Ping-Pong Tournament Salvation Taco; 6pm; free
Burn off the grimness of your Monday workday at this weekly Ping-Pong showdown, in which you can josh around the table or compete for special prizes from Salvation Taco. Between crushing sets, dig into dinner treats like spicy pork & beef meatballs with Manchego and beer battered fish tacos. 

Lunes Picantes Club Evolution; 10pm; free
Among this club night's selling points are host Laura Martinez, DJs Freddy and Joss, tequila drink specials and sexy sombrero-wearing bartenders.

Tue 2

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic Peoples Improv Theater; 8pm; $20
The frighteningly 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.

Annie Ross Metropolitan Room; 9:30pm; $25 plus two-drink minimum
Now 85, Annie Ross remains as hard-swinging, glamorous and funny as when she was one third of the legendary jazz-vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. See her and you’ll understand what jazz used to be: an expression of the danger, fun and high-wire life between the notes.

Beirut + Fabiano do Nascimento BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell); 7:30pm; $39.50–$45
Beirut band chief Zach Condon, a multitasker who performs vocals, trumpet and ukulele, mines sounds from foreign lands, giving color to his Morrissey-like vocals and Magnetic Fields–like songs. Expect to hear early-album classics ("Postcards from Italy," "Elephant Gun") and new tunes from the outfit's latest, 2015's No No No.

Wed 3 

Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia Stay Classy New York; 8pm; Free with R.S.V.P., two-drink minimum
Strap on your proton pack and head to LES to show off your extensive knowledge of Egon, Peter, Ray, Winston, Sumerian gods of destruction and massive marshmallow men. Be sure to reserve your free tickets online—and never cross the streams.

Flavor: Making It and Faking It Museum of Food and Drink; noon; $10
Did you know the aroma of your morning coffee is enhanced with a sulfur compound also found in skunk spray? Learn about that and more in MOFAD's multisensory journey through the $25 billion flavor industry. 

BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café; 1:30pm; $22, plus $20 food and drink minimum
Performance artist and RuPaul's Drag Race Miss Congeniality winner BenDeLaCreme takes on Dante's Inferno in an "evening of entertainment about an eternity of suffering." If her previous shows are any indication, there's some truly divine comedy in store.

Teen Suicide + Elvis Depressedly + Nicole Dollanganger Market Hotel; 8pm; $15
Lo-fi Maryland sad sacks Teen Suicide, whose snotty snarl and occasionally synthed-up sound has echoes of Wavves’s blowout fuzz at its most somber mellow, recently reformed to release their (ostensibly) final album, It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot. The difficult-to-digest double release is as lengthy as its title, but it’s endlessly captivating and vividly emotive throughout nonetheless. Run For Cover Records labelmates Elvis Depressedly and doll-obsessed, gun-collecting singer-songwriter Dollanganger set the stage.

Homo Comicus: A Midsummer Night’s Scream Gotham Comedy Club; 8pm; $20
Michelle Buteau hosts this long-running stand-up showcase spotlighting queer and queer-friendly comedians. This month's edition features Michele Balan, Jackie Hoffman, Jennie McNulty and Adam Sank.

The Lumineers BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell); 6pm; $39.50
The Denver-based Lumineers hit the road behind a second album, Cleopatra, of Mumfordesque, rootsy indie folk. On it, the band harmonizes through destiny-driven stilted chants, with Neyla Pekarek’s melancholy cello weeping alongside Wesley Schultz’s lovelorn lyrics. In its songs and trajectory, the young trio has melded assurance and catchiness to surge, ever so swiftly, to the top.

Ophira & Adira C’mon Everybody; 7:30pm; $8–$10
Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, joins forces with musical-comedy maven Adira Amram for a night of comedic fun featuring Broad City staff writer Naomi Ekperigin and magician Matthew Holtzclaw.

Thu 4

Pop Up Maker Space at Pier 25 Hudson River Park, Pier 25; 5pm; free with R.S.V.P.
Like building stuff? Head to Hudson River Park to make a miniature paddle boat using rubber bands at this free pop-up workshop. Once your tiny watercraft is done, you can grab other materials like dowels, PVC pipes and pool noodles to create anything you'd like.

Dinner Party No. 12 The Brooklyn Brewery; 5:30pm; $70
Brooklyn Brewery brings it on home for its final dinner soiree of the year. Snack on tasty eats and sip cold suds while taking an extended tour of the brewhouse, then head to the Tasting Room to partake of a whole roasted pig, buttermilk biscuits and, of course, more beer.

A Night of Thrill-Via The Creek and the Cave; 7pm; free
Finally, a thrilling round of trivia, during which quiz master and host Marvin Lattimore spits out the questions everyone knows—or, at least, everyone should know! Three contestants are chosen at random to rack their brains for knowledge on topics like rap, video games and soda brands, while guest comedians—think Adam Thomas (Carolines) and Kevin Gootee (Comics Watching Comics) join in with their own quirky questions. 

Dee Dee Bridgewater MetroTech Commons; noon; free
Dee Dee Bridgewater is jazz-vocal royalty, a consummate old-school crooner-belter whose career stretches back more than 40 years. Her latest studio set, 2010's Grammy-winning Eleanora Fagan (1915–1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater, honored Billie Holiday, so there's a good chance you'll hear some of that classic repertoire as she plays here at tthe R&B Festival at MetroTech 2016.

Drake + Future Madison Square Garden; 7pm; $45–180
Two of the most influential voices in rap right now grace the house that Billy Joel built—er, plays all the friggin’ time—with this four-night stretch at Madison Square Garden. Expect to hear cuts from last year’s team-up album, What a Time to be Alive (unavoidable viral hit “Jumpman” is a shoo-in), and plenty from Drake’s latest LP, Views.

Fat Baby Live! The Stand; 10pm; $15
The guys behind Fat Baby Comedy—Benny D and Giulio Gallarotti—host a different crew of comedians every Thursday. They also produce an involved series of promos for the show on YouTube that is worth checking out for, if nothing else, their degree of goofy cinematic skills.

 

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