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Kayaking across the Hudson River with Manhattan Kayak Company
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Dan NguyenKayaking on the Hudson

21 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner
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Mon 22

2015 Beer Cocktail ShowdownBrooklyn Brewery, Williamsburg, 8pm. $27.50. 
Taste all five cocktails, vote for your favorite, and keep the party going with open taps until 10:30pm. 

GhostbustersBryant Park, Midtown West, 5pm. Free.
The Bryant Park movie fest opens with the epic 1984 phantom-catching comedy that features native New Yorker Sigourney Weaver and quirky comedian Bill Murray.

Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1991–2015The Town Hall, Midtown West, 8pm. $47, $57.
Scott Siegel’s valuable concert series puts aside its usual year-by-year format for the first of four concerts devoted to quarter-centuries of Broadway highlights.

Literary Death MatchThe Bell House, Gowanus, 8:15pm. $10.
Four writers, including Amber Tamblyn, read their own work and are judged by three panelists before two authors move on to the final death match that determines the winner.

River to River Festival; Various locations
Manhattan's waterfronts get cultured with live dance, art installations and special events like the Bang on a Can Marathon.

Mobile Mondays! 45s; The Bowery Electric, East Village, 9pm. $5.
Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests.

Kayak on the Hudson; Pier 26, Hudson River Park, 10am. Free.
Head to the pier for a free ride on the river. Get prepped during a brief lesson, then exercise those arms during a 20-minute session on the water. 

Tue 23

The Royal Ballet; David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side, 6:30pm. $35–$150.
For the first time in over 10 years the famed British company is back on the New York stage. This time they’re bringing two mixed-bill programs that include Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and the new work Age of Anxiety, which was inspired by the W. H. Auden poem of the same name.

Night at the Museum; Various locations, 4–8pm. Free.
Play tourist in your own city. That's right—you have access to 15 lower Manhattan museums and historic landmarks all within walking distance, including Frauces Tavern Museum and Poets House.

DanceBrazil; Joyce Theater, Chelsea, 6:30pm. $10–$49.
Full of life from their outstretched fingers to their bare toes, these performers—who were all trained in capoeira, a Brazilian movement style that combines martial arts with acrobatics and dance—bring the vibrant, urban streets of their home country to New York.

Videology Presents Movie TriviaVideology, Williamsburg, 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.

Blonde RedheadWebster Hall, Downtown, 8pm. $25.
NYC’s hyperchic Blonde Redhead, comprised of the identical Pace twins and singer Kazu Makino, plays in support of its latest album, Barragán, a subdued evolution of the trio's trademark off-kilter avant-pop.

The Taming of the Shrew; Central Park and Prospect Park, 7pm. Free.
New York Classical Theatre visits three NYC parks with its free production of Shakespeare's raucous comedy, a battle of the sexes to which the Geneva Conventions don't apply. Sean Hagerty directs.

Wed 24

Book Launch Party and Food Tasting: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice CreamThe powerHouse Arena, Roosevelt Island, 7pm. Free.
Ice cream makers Laura O’Neill, Ben Van Leeuwen and Peter Van Leeuwen join cookbook writer Olga Massov to chat with Northside Festival founder Daniel Stedman about the conception of their creations.

The Time Out New York Comedy ShowcaseCarolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 9:30pm. $20 plus two-drink minimum.
Time Out New York’s monthly show brings together some of the biggest names on the NYC comedy scene.

Arriba! Community Dance Party; Chelsea Market, Chelsea, 7pm. Free.
Sway those hips to the beat of timbale drums at this free Latin dance party. 

Stand Up on the Spot: The Improvised Stand Up Show; The Stand, Midtown, 8pm. $15.
Robby Slowik hosts. You, the audience, tell the comedians what subjects you want to hear about. Then the comics create and perform brand-new material in front of your eyes.

Arrested Development Bingo; Videology, Williamsburg, 8:30pm. Free.
Refresh your Bluth family memory with this weekly game night. Spot the Hot Cops, cornballers and illusions for a chance to win­—and get your fix of the cult favorite show until it returns to our screens (tentatively) next May.

Thu 25

Amazing Grace; Nederlander Theatre, Midtown West, 8pm. $65–$139.
Ever wondered about the origin of the title hymn, one of the world’s most uplifting and inspiring? Of course you have! Well here’s a new musical tale of romance and redemption about its creator, English poet and clergyman John Newton—and this is opening night!

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines; Central Park, Free.
The winding walkways of Central Park provide the backstory for this Italian artist's installation, which began with her gauging the extent of the paths before visually translating their measurements into matching lengths of rope

The Royal BalletDavid H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side, 6:30pm. $35–$150.
For the first time in over 10 years the famed British company is back on the New York stage. This time they’re bringing two mixed-bill programs that include Frederick Ashton’s The Dream and the new work Age of Anxiety, which was inspired by the W. H. Auden poem of the same name.

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