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21 amazing things to do in New York this week

By
Jillian Anthony
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September 8

Scoop warehouse sale Scoop; Tues 8 at 9am, Wed 9 at 11am
Fashion lovers of all genders won’t want to miss this sale from one of NYC’s favorite stores. Items are up to 80 percent off, which means you’ll find stellar deals on big-name brands. Women should look for IRO blouses ($299, usually $495), and guys will love Billy Reid button-downs ($109, was $185). And fellas, in case you live by the motto “shop now and save later,” there’s a cool John Varvatos dark-wash jean jacket ($239, once $398) with your name on it.

Buzz Bissinger Strand Book Store; 7pm; free
Friday Night Lights remains a treasure for fans far beyond the football field, and to celebrate its 25th anniversary, author Buzz Bissinger sits down in the Rare Book Room to discuss the lives of his characters, his process for writing the Panthers and the effect the book has had in other mediums.

Set if Off: L.A. Hip-Hop on Film BAM Rose Cinemas; 4:30, 7:30 and 9am; $14
With Straight Outta Compton smashing the box office and returning hip-hop fans to the early years of N.W.A., Tupac, and gangsta rap, BAM is screening some of the pioneering movies of L.A.'s '90s hip-hop culture, with screenings of Friday, Boyz n the Hood, Set It Off and more.

The Wikileaks Files: The World According to U.S. Empire – Julian Assange in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill The Bell House; 8pm; $10
The man behind Wikileaks won't be able to share a drink with you at the Bell House, but you'll be able to see him on a live video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, which is still pretty badass for a night at the bar. Journalist Jeremy Scahill discusses The Wikileaks Files, the collated collection of Wikileaks' most important discoveries, with the man who started it all. Ticketholders receive a free copy of the book.

Yogasmoga Outdoor Yoga South Street Seaport; 5:30pm; free
Meet at Seaport Studios for intense, creatively themed outdoor yoga classes and gawk at a curated selection of art and design while you stretch.

September 9

Nick Jonas + Bebe Rexha Terminal 5; 7:30pm; $35
The youngest Jonas bro, looking quite like a mini Adam Levine, sets out on his own with last year's self-titled album, which mixes slickly done modern pop with trendy R&B and trap sounds (and a verse from Island labelmate Angel Haze).

A Delicate Ship Peter Jay Sharp Theater; 7:30pm; $25-$35; through Sep 12
We all have our romantic what-ifs—doors that slid shut not by chance but by choice. It’s easy to rationalize each rift in retrospect. But what if a person holds on, long past any reasonable hope? Playwright Anna Ziegler posits such a die-hard in Nate (Nick Westrate), a self-romanticizing dancer-writer and third-grade teacher who, on a manic high, zeroes in on his lifelong friend Sarah (Miriam Silverman) as the answer to his midthirties existential crisis.

“Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden” New Museum of Contemporary Art; 11am; $16
Oehlen was part of the rambunctious Cologne scene of the ’80s and ’90s, whose capo, Martin Kippenberger, led a reaction against German Neo-Expressionism. Oehlen’s approach was to make road kill out of Neo-Ex pretensions: His canvases treat color, gesture and form like messes left by the roadside. Stomping on painting while taking pleasure in it, Oehlen deflects the medium’s naysayers by appearing to join their ranks.

Cat Power Webster Hall; 9pm; $30
It’s been nearly 20 years since husky-voiced siren Chan Marshall played her first experimental gigs in NYC as Cat Power. In 2012, she delivered Sun, her gutsiest, zestiest album yet. Now the mysterious musician hits Webster for an intimate solo show.

GAP Presents! The Green Plays The Green Building; Sep 9 and 10, 8pm; $15
Gowanus Art + Production invites seven cool companies—the Assembly, the Team, EST/Youngblood, Naked Angels, the Mad Ones, Slant Theatre Project and F*It Club—to Brooklyn for an anthology of short new works. An outdoor mix-and-mingle party follows.

Roots Cielo; 10pm;  $20, before 11pm free
House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than 10 years with their long-running midweek dance party. Show up before 11pm for free admission, plus an open vodka bar from 10 to 11pm!

Jett Adore's Diamond Studs Highline Ballroom; 8pm; $20-$48
Daniel Nardicio brings muscle-bound boylesque legend Jett Adore and his many studly friends to NYC for one night only of sexy shenanigans.

Videology Presents Movie Trivia Videology; 8:30pm; free
Don’t let your knowledge of Nicolas Cage quotes go to waste. Gather your friends for six rounds of cinema trivia, complete with video clips and dramatic reenactments. Prizes include a free round of drinks for third place, a $75 bar tab for second, and for first place, two hours for your team and friends in the screening room plus a $150 bar tab.

September 10

Feast of San Gennaro Little Italy; 11:30 am through Sep 20; free
Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

koosil-ja: I am capitalism The Kitchen; 8pm; $15
The avant-garde choreographer koosil-ja works with sound and video artist Geoff Matters to examine (and root out) the ways capitalist systems are embedded in the body itself.

Sebastian Masuda, Time After Time Capsule Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza; noon; free
Masuda’s has filled this ten-foot tall transparent replica of Hello Kitty with dozens of personal items contributed by everyday New Yorkers, most of them plush toys. The work is a Pop Art meditation on memory in the form of a giant gumball machine prize.

“Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial” Bronx Museum of the Arts; 11am through Sep 20; free
The Bronx’s Museum’s AIM (Artist in the Marketplace) showcase presents a selection of works by up-and-coming artists who’ve participated in the museum’s two-year AIM program. This year’s roundup is as lively as ever, providing a must-see opportunity for anyone looking to catch the art stars of tomorrow.

Secret Meeting Pine Box Rock Shop; 8pm; free
Have you ever watched a bunch of comics and felt like you really wanted to yell something into a microphone, too? This show has you covered. Every week, Eli Yudin (SNL's "Weekend Update" contributor) and Nick Mullen (Thought Catalog) host this stand-up showcase followed by some pretty enthusiastic karaoke.

Housing Works Best of Fall Sale Housing Works Yorkville Thrift Shop; 5pm
This charitable thrift-shop chain enlists 250 stylish brands to donate goods every year for it’s “Best of Fall” sale, with all the proceeds going directly toward Housing Works’ mission to fight against AIDS and end homelessness. Translation: You can justify spending a huge chunk of your paycheck here. Most items are up to 80 percent off, but we recommend searching for a pair of Valentino Ornate pumps ($155, usually $995), a Stella McCartney knit sweater ($125, originally $1,241), a Rag & Bone wide-rim hat ($65, instead of $200) and an Issey Miyake dress ($135, formerly $890).

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter" American Museum of Natural History; 10am–5:45pm; $27 general admission
At one of the most popular annual exhibitions, see three species of the butterfly family: the Pieridae, the Papilionidae and the Nymphalidae.

Linda Lavin: Starting Over Feinstein's/54 Below; 7pm through Sep 12; $50–$95 plus $25 minimum
Actor-singer extraordinaire Lavin, a stage powerhouse best known to general audiences as the title character of the sitcom Alice, gets back to her musical-theater roots with a collection of show tunes and standards.

 

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