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22 awesome things happening in New York this week

Written by
Jaz Joyner

Mon 15

Fourth Annual Spirits of New YorkMcCarren Hotel & Pool, Williamsburg, 7pm. $40.
Celebrating Empire State booze, this Slow Food NYC–hosted spirits fete spotlights regional producers including Breuckelen Distilling, Astoria Distilling and Van Brunt Stillhouse, with liquors served neat and in seasonal cocktails.

Seth Price, “Drawings: Studies for Works 2000-2015”Petzel Gallery, Lenox Hill, 10am. Free.
On view are studies—drawings, collages, inkjet prints—for the wry appropriation artists offbeat work.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; In theaters
The Citizen Kane of teen cancer tearjerkers, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s funny and bruising Sundance sensation is like The Fault in Our Stars remade for Criterion Collection fetishists.

Amy Schumer and Friends; Beacon Theatre, Upper West Side, 8pm. $50-$255.
The promotional tour for Train Wreck gathers steam (see what we did there?) as Schumer brings director Judd Apatow and costars Mike Birbiglia, Colin Quinn and Dave Attell along for this night of stand-up.

Kulturfest; Various locations and prices. 
Brush up on your Yiddish and prepare to dance the hora at New York's first international festival of Jewish performing arts. 

“KAWS: ALONG THE WAY"Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, 11am. $16.
The street-slash-gallery artist's eight-foot-tall sculpture of his signature skull-headed Mickey character looms over the museums lobby.

The SpoilsPershing Square Signature Center, Hell's Kitchen, 7:30pm. $77–$97.
Jesse Eisenberg boldly plays the creep in his own comedy-drama about a stoner who abuses his friends.

Hold on to Your ButtsPeoples Improv Theater, Flatiron, 9:30pm. $20.
With every character (including the dinosaurs) played by just two guys, you'll never see the classic Jurassic Park movie the same way again.

Tue 16

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side, 7pm. $25–$150.
Artistic director Robert Battle continues to present Ailey classics while introducing new choreography to the company repertory.

Active Child + Low Roar; Music Hall of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, 9pm. Sold out.
Close your eyes and try to imagine what would happen if you intertwined twinkling harp strums with dubstep beats and shimmering synths. 

Polish National Ballet; Joyce Theater, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $10–$49.
Though the company may be one Europe’s oldest, it makes its Gotham debut with athletic, vibrant choreography that demonstrates true innovation. In Emanuel Gat’s rendition of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring the Russian composer’s celebrated classic is given a Latin American–inspired makeover.

Spoon + The Antlers; Kings Theater, Brooklyn, 8pm. $35–$45.
During a wildly acclaimed 20-plus-year career, Britt Daniel & Co. have risen far beyond their roots as indie-rock underdogs.

Cultivated Sound: RTMC + Beta Libre + Rohto Z + Løt.teBossa Nova Civic Club, Bushwick, 10am. Free.
New York music channel Cultivated Sound returns to its Brooklyn home, Bossa Nova Civic Club, for “Heavy Techno Tuesday.” Cultivated's RTMC, Beta Libre, Rohto Z (Clay Adakazaam and Peter Parker) and the Bunker's Løt.te are on the dynamic lineup.

Wed 17

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia; People, Lower East Side, 8pm. Free. 
Delve into Buffy Summers’s world and test your knowledge about Hellmouth and bloodsuckers at this trivia night. Make sure to reserve a spot for you and your team for a definite spot in the game.

Drink n’ DrawBat Haus, Bushwick, 8pm. $10.
Burlesque performers, drag queens, fetish models and other creatures of the night pose for you at this weekly drinking-and-art-creation party. Bring a hard board to rest your paper and a dry drawing medium of your choosing—don’t be that asshole who breaks out a set of smelly oil paints. One ticket gets you unlimited drinks for the night.

Yum’s the WordLe Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village, 7:30pm. $20, advance $15.
It’s summer, and that means ice cream. Head to Robin Gelfenbien’s fantastic monthly storytelling show to sample her selection of homemade ice cream cakes.

New York Philharmonic: Concerts in the ParksCentral Park, Great Lawn, Downtown, 8pm. Free.
Their two nights of free performances here include songs from Gershwin, Bernstein and Rodgers.

Thu 18

River to River Festival; Various location, 12pm. Free. 
Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts get cultured with live dance, art installations and special events like the Bang on a Can Marathon. Plus, check out 10 hours of outdoor tunes at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. 

Dark Wonderland; Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, 7:30pm. $30, advance $25.
You won’t have to take a tumble down a rabbit hole to visit this modern-day wonderland, but you will have to hang out in Green-Wood Cemetery past sundown.

Judah Friedlander; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $33 plus two-drink minimum, VIP $104.
The 30 Rock star brings his World Champion schtick to Carolines for a night of hilariously skewed machismo.

The Inspired Word Presents Titillating Tongues: NYC Erotica in Poetry & ProseLe Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village, 7pm. Free.
The monthly open-mike night, hosted by poet Aimee Herman, features pulse-quickening performances that have previously included a male stripper simulating masturbation onstage.

Secret MeetingPine Box Rock Shop, Williamsburg, 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.

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