21 awesome things happening in New York this week

Written by
Jaz Joyner

Feb 2

Groundhog Day Celebration; Staten Island Zoo, 7:30am. Free.
Get up early to check in with Staten Island Chuck, whom the zoo describes as “New York City’s only weather-forecasting groundhog.” C'mon, Chuck! Zero more weeks of winter!

Fish in the Dark; Cort Theatre, Midtown West, 8pm. $65–$155.
Larry David makes his Broadway debut as a playwright and an actor in this darkly zany family comedy.

The Pete's 15th-Anniversary Trivia Spectacular; Pete's Candy Store, Williamsburg 
It's a three-hour quiz extravaganza with an extended six rounds plus even cooler prizes, and word is that Pete himself might even stop by. 

"Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades"; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, 12pm. Suggested donation $10, seniors and students $5.
Since 2010, this Egyptian artist has been working on a trio of videos recounting the history of the Crusades as seen through Arabic eyes. 

Punderdome; Littlefield, Gowanus, 8pm. $7, advance $6.
"The past, present and future walk into a bar. It was tense," and other puns take center stage in this 18-person wordplay competition. 

Patricia Field V-day Sale
Treat yo’self! You might not have a beau to buy you a chunky, 14-carat collar necklace ($120, now $96). But come on, ladies, it’s not the 1920s anymore!

18th Annual Soul on Ice Winter Skating PartyTrump Wollman Rink, Central Park, 6pm. $50 (includes skate rental).
Glide and twirl to soul music at this fund-raiser for Figure Skating in Harlem. 

The Moth StorySLAM; The Bell House, Gowanus, 8pm. $8.
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 theme. 

Behind the Velvet Curtain; Beauty Bar, East Village, 9pm. One-drink minimum.
This edition of Bettina May’s monthly show is extra special: It’s also a launch party for her book, Everyday Bombshell. 

Feb 3

Let the Right One InSt. Ann's Warehouse, Dumbo, 8pm. $35–$70.
This stage version of the 2004 Swedish horror novel and screenplay (both by John Ajvide Lindqvist) pulls off three rarities in the theater: presenting vampires as fully believable (not laughable) monsters; casting adult actors as plausible teens; and scaring the bejesus out of an audience.

The Big Quiz Thing; SubCulture, East Village, 7:30pm, $15.
Quizmaster Noah Tarnow tests your knowledge and the winning team receives nerdy bragging rights—and a cash jackpot! 

43rd Dance on Camera; Multiple venues, 5pm. $13, seniors and students $9.
This annual festival highlights a wealth of new dance films, along with a digital restoration of one of the best: Bob Fosse's All That Jazz.

"I'm New Here-Can You Show Me Around?"; Union Hall, Park Slope, 8pm. 10.
Recent New York transplant, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson, is joined by Irish storyteller Maeve Higgins for a show that takes an amusingly exasperated look at the experience of moving to New York City.

Feb 4

Vessel + Container; The Wick, Bushwick, 9pm. $15.
Triangle Recordings' young talent Vessel visits from the U.K., joined by Container.

Lululemon Run Club
On your mark, get set, run! Runners of all levels can meet fellow runners at the Lululemon (Broadway location) every Wednesday at 7pm for a challenging, but fun, jog.

Feb 5

Fifth Annual Athena Film FestivalThe Diana Center (at Barnard College), Morningside Heights, 12pm. Individual films $12, students $5; all-access pass $80, students $25
Here’s an event that screams that girls truly do “Run the World,” with media to back it up. It's a feminist film fest at (where else?) Barnard College.

Better Call Saul: Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKean and Jonathan Banks in Conversation; 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side, 8pm. $41.
Breaking Bad fans, get excited for this conversation about Better Call Saul, the spin-off starring everyone’s favorite shady lawyer Saul Goodman (Odenkirk). 

Jay Pharoah; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $39 plus two-drink minimum.
The go-to SNL impressionist's arsenal includes impeccable takes on Jay Z, Will Smith and Denzel Washington.

Fluent City; Videology, Williamsburg, 7pm. Free.
Videology opens its monthly foreign-language film series with a screening of the whimsical French film Amélie.

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