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23 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Tolly Wright
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Mon 20

Broadway Sings Bruno Mars Highline Ballroom; 7pm; $28-$45
Stars of the Great White Way, including Lena Hall, Corey Cott and John Arthur Greene, take on the pop superstar's Billboard-topping hits.

Live From New York Nitehawk Cinema; 7:30; $15
NYC’s most famous comedy institution, SNL, is honored in this film documenting the past 40 years of the show’s hilarious highs and lows.

Flicks on the Beach: The Goonies Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn; 7:30; free
“Truffle Shuffle” your way to Coney Island to watch a ragtag gang of unsupervised children head underground in search of pirate treasure in this '80s classic.

NYC Restaurant Week Various locations and times; $25 for lunch, $38 for dinner
Foodies, rejoice! Today marks the start of the summer edition of the “week” (actually three weeks) of prix-fixe three course meals at many of the city’s best restaurants.

Books Beneath the Bridge Brooklyn Bridge Park; 7pm; free
In this edition of the weekly summer reading series, bookstore powerHouse Arena brings Jami Attenberg (Saint Mazie) and Kate Bolick (Spinster) together to talk about their newest works.

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah + Dillon Cooper Irving Plaza; 7pm; $31.50
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, of Wu-Tang Clan fame, team up for two nights at Irving Plaza to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chef’s solo album.

Tue 21

The Dustbowl Revival Union Hall, Brooklyn; 7:30; $8
For a night of pure Americana music, watch this string and brass band from Venice, California, blend gospel, bluegrass and “the hot swing of New Orleans.”

Lucy Alibar: Throw Me On the Burnpile and Light Me Up Joe’s Pub; 7pm; $20
The coscreenwriter of the critically acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Aliber reads from her new work about life in Grady County, Florida.

Interpol + Cosmicide Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn; 6pm; $35
Indie-rock mainstay Interpol plays music of its latest LP, El Pintor, as well as some of its earlier hits.

Astronomy Live: Deep Sky Scavenger Hunt American Museum of Natural History; 6:30pm; $15
Learn how astrologists measure the distance between stars and clusters, and discover tricks to locating some of the heaven's most famed constellations. 

Fivestory sample sale 260 Sample Sale; 11am
While the prices may be steep at this semi-annual event, the savings are real. Some items, including designer bags, shoes and dresses, are up to 80 percent off the retail price.

Summer of Love Boozy Book Swap Strand Book Store; 7pm; $20
The Strand and OkCupid work together to help literary-loving New Yorkers discover new books and maybe somebody to share their favorite reads with.

Wed 22

Modest Mouse Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn; 6pm; $42.50-$50
Part of Celebrate Brooklyn!, the Pacific-Northwest indie band will brings high energy to its alfresco performance.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center; 5pm; free
The beloved annual summer series returns with a performance by Muscle Shoals All-Star Band.

Sisters of Comedy Gotham Comedy Club; 7:30pm; $15 plus two-drink minimum
This all-female, mostly women-of-color night of stand-up comedy features many of the funniest comics working in the city.

A Drinking Game NYC Presents: The Sandlot Littlefield, Brooklyn; 8pm; $8-$10
Actors perform in a live reading of the popular children’s movie during which each time certain names and phrases are uttered everyone, including the performers, is encouraged to take a swig. Be prepared to guzzle responsibly when they say, “You’re killin’ me, Smalls.”

Dirty Dancing McCarren Park, Brooklyn; 6pm; free
You’ll have the time of your life at this screening of the summer romance starring Jennifer Gray and a particularly handsome version of Patrick Swayze.

¡Arriba!: Latin Dance Party With Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans The High Line; 7pm; free
Salsa the night away with latin jazz music influenced by Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music from Annette A. Aquilar & StringBeans that's impossible not to tap your toes to. 

Thu 23

Rocks at the Bottom Q.E.D., Queens; 9:30pm; $5
While most of us might try hide our failures, the storytellers and comics at Rocks at the Bottom turn those embarrassing moments into hilarious—if cringeworthy—tales for your enjoyment.

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Union Square; 5pm; free
Ballet and modern dance meld together in this free sneak peak of the venerable company’s upcoming season.

Kafka on the Shore David H. Koch Theater; 8pm; $35-$100
Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel about a teenage Franz Kafka fleeing an “Oedipal curse” is brought to life by Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa.

Cymbeline Delacorte Theater; 8pm; free
The second offering from the Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare in the Park opens tonight. Watch Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe in the Bard’s romance where cross-dressing and fake deaths play important plot points.

Emo Night BK: Do You know Who You Are? Sage; 8pm; free
Feel transported back to those days when you painted your nails black in your parents basement at this monthly DJ night with the best emo, punk and post-hardcore jams. 

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