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22 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Tolly Wright
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Mon 13

The Wonderful World of Boning; Union Hall, 8pm; $8
Sex ed videos may have traumatized you back in middle school, but now that you’ve matured—or can legally drink alcohol, at any rate—you can laugh at the awkwardness of it all.

Julie Klausner; Joe’s Pub, 9:30pm; $25 plus a two-drink minimum
Bonafide royalty in the comedy podcast world and author Julie Klausner brings her sharp wit, observations on pop culture and singing chops to Joe’s Pub.

Mingus Big Band; Jazz Standard, 7:30pm, 10:30pm; $25
Start the work week off right with soulful jams from this venerable big jazz band.

Manhattan Vampire Club; Manhattan Inn, 8:30pm; free
Local indie bands play tribute to song-writing icons John Lennon and Harry Nilsson at this free shindig. The bands slated to appear include TEEN and Invisible Familiars.

Heike Jarick Sample Sale; Heike Jarick Showroom, 9am
Arrive early to this sample sale for a chance at picking up some true bargains while they last.

Fresh Fruit Festival; The Wild Project, 7:30; $18
Dance, theater, art exhibits and cabaret are all part of the two-week celebration of LGBT artists. Opening the fest tonight is a fresh take on a Shakespeare classic: THE LEARS: Fools of Fortune.

French Restaurant Week; Various locations and times, prix-fixe meals for $17.89 and $178.90
More than 40 of the city’s French restaurants, bistros and brasseries celebrate Bastille Day with a whole semaine of special meals and deals. Bon appétit!

Desperation Tonight with Pat Dixon; Carolines on Broadway, 9:30; $17 plus two-drink minimum
Local comedian and podcaster brings special guests, live music and a load of pizazz to his weekly show at Carolines.

Tue 14


Summer Sex and Spirits; Broad Street Ballroom; $50
Dance and drink while doing good at the annual summer fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. There’s an open bar, multiple DJs spinning and the decorations—”naughty” balloon art—come courtesy of Mistress B.

Secret Science Club; The Bell House, 8pm; free
Expand your mind and learn about the final frontier with this talk from planet hunter and Princeton professor Jeremy Kasdin. After the Q&A, get down to some cerebral beats.

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid; Village Vanguard, 8:30, 10:30pm; $30 plus one drink
A superb composer, saxophonist and flautist, Threadgill is a true master musician. With Zooid, he teams up with several other jazz instrumentalists to bring the funk to the Village Vanguard.

Ginger Minj: Cross Dresser for Christ; Laurie Beechman Theatre, 7pm; $22 with a $20 minimum
Hardly a southern belle, the Florida-native and RuPaul’s Drag Race runner-up is delivering a ham-fisted musical spectacular that opens today for a limited run.

Century 21 Sale; Century 21, 7:45am
Today is the last day of an epic-five day sale, where the high-end discount store is slashing its prices even lower than usual.

And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid; The Kitchen, 7pm; $15
Over fifty actors take to the stage in the latest installment of And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid by Jeff Weiss, a visionary of the downtown theater scene, and his partner Richard C. Martinez.

Wed 15


Governor’s Club Funk-N’ Cue; Queensbridge Park, 7pm; $35, $75
Lace up your dancing shoes and come prepared to sweat when one of the most influential figures of funk, George Clinton, takes the stage.

The Roast of Big Jay Oakerson; The Creek and the Cave, 8pm; $10–$20
Roastmaster Kurt Metzger leads other stand-up comics—including Dave Smith, Luis J. Gomez and Bonnie MacFarlane—in this roast of one of the most raunchy comics working today.

Taste of the Terminal; Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse, 11am, 4pm
One of America’s most busy train stations is home to dozens of restaurants, cafes and other eateries. Every Wednesday in July, select shops are giving away samples of their offerings.

Roots; Cielo, 10pm; $20, free before 11pm
There’s a reason this midweek dance party has continuously ran for the past 10 years: The house music from Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge is killer. 

Thu 16


Sharknado 2; Brooklyn Bridge Park, 6pm; free
If you think being on land means you're safe from shark attacks, this movie proves that you are dead (literally) wrong. Tara Reid (of course) stars is this made-for-TV disaster flick.

Secret Meeting; Pine Box Rock Shop, 8pm; free
Get those vocal cords warmed up laughing at jokes from local stand-ups before singing your favorite power ballads with the free karaoke that follows the comedy set.

Alaska: The Gayest Show You’ve Ever Seen; Laurie Beechman Theatre, 7pm; $22, VIP $40
A breakout star from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alaska comes back to New York to sing original song, including “Hieeee” and “This is My Hair,” off of her new album, Anus.

Lyricist Lounge Featuring Large Professor + Marley Marl; Queensbridge Park, 7pm; free
The long-running hip-hop showcase is bringing two New York born-and-raised vets to this free show.

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