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23 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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May 29

Aloha; Opens in theaters
This time, the writer-director behind Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire has Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams in the attractive state of Hawaii for his next romantic comedy. 

OutdoorFest; Various locations, 6pm. Free–$55
New Yorkers are spending more time in the open air than we used to (thank you, bike lanes), but it’s still good to have a little push out the door. That’s exactly what OutdoorFest, a ten-day lineup of activities, classes and volunteering opportunities, aims to do.

Ed SheeranForest Hills Tennis Stadium, 7:30pm. $65–$85.
Earlier this year, the ginger-mopped British folk-pop star played the Grammys with a no-big-deal assortment of players including John Mayer, Questlove and E-L-freakin'-O. Now he headlines a show of his own, and based his track record, it'll be great.

First Comes Love; Knitting Factory, Williamsburg, 7:30pm. $8, advance $5.
Comic Kyle Ayers solicited writers on Craigslist to pen scripts for a porno and audience members to act them out onstage (minus the actual sex parts).

Wolf Spirit Live with Tom and KeeleThe Creek and the Cave, Long Island City, 8:30pm. Free.
Keele Howard-Stone (Aspen Comedy Festival) and Time Out New York contributor Tom Brink host this monthly showcase filled with stand-up, sketch, improv, drag and video premieres.

Red Bull Music Academy: Master Mix: Red Hot + RussellBAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene, 8pm. $35–$70.
Celebrate the short life and long résumé of the legendary Arthur Russell over two nights as the Red Hot Organization hosts a “wild combination” of musicians (many of whom appeared on the tribute album of the same name) including members of Arcade Fire, Scissor Sisters, Cults and Blood Orange breathing new life into his compositions at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Darrell Hammond; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $42 plus two-drink minimum.
The former SNL cast member has a simple and measured delivery that does a great job of setting up his spot-on impressions of folks like Bill Clinton, Al Gore and most memorably Sean Connery ("Celebrity Jeopardy," anyone?). 

An Act of God; Studio 54, Midtown West, 8pm. $55–$149.
Playing the one and only Supreme Being, Jim Parsons opens on Broadway in a solo piece about ruling over all of space, time and existence—and maybe how hard it is to get a cab in midtown. 

Richard Lewis; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm, $41 plus two-drink minimum, VIP $112.
The man with more than 100 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman brings his trademark brand of comedic kvetching to Carolines.

Awkward Sex...And The CityThe Pleasure Chest, Lenox Hill, 8:30pm. $15.
Sex is weird, and apparently people can't get enough of it. Thankfully these comedians feel the same way and want to talk about it on stage.

Matana Roberts, Coin Coin: The Remix; The Kitchen, Chelsea, 8pm. $15.
One of the local jazz scene's most incisive composer-conceptualist surveys her ongoing magnum opus.

Shakespeare in the Park; Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8pm. Free.
Hear, hear—the free outdoor series returns! This year features the lovable Sam Waterston of The Newsroom in the lead role of Prospero in The Tempest, and award-winning director of last year's King Lear, Daniel Sullivan, for Cymbeline.

San Andreas; Opens in theaters
Don’t even pretend you’re not ready for some disaster porn come the warm-weather months. This one features Dwayne Johnson, True Detective’s Alexandra Daddario and the titular California fault line.

May 30

BookConJacob K. Javits Convention Center, Hell's Kitchen, 9am. Sat $40, advance $35; Sun $35, advance $30.
It's Comic Con for book nerds, and the second annual BookCon is not holding back. Saturday and Sunday are packed with autographing sessions, literary trivia games and panel discussions featuring some of the coolest authors with upcoming projects including Aziz Ansari's talk about his upcoming book Modern Romance

Red Bull Music Academy: Sleeping Bag Records: Go Bang!; Good Room, Greenpoint, 10pm. $20.
Tighten up your loose joints for DJ sets from hip-hop OG Kurtis Mantronick as well as disco superstars of today (Metro Area's Morgan Geist) and yesteryear (The Gallery's Nick Siano).

Smorgasburg; Brooklyn Bridge Park, 11am. Free.
Nosh like no one's watching once again at the weekly foodie fair full of artisanal goodies like gluten-free baked goods and oysters.

BANKS + St. LuciaWebster Hall, Downtown, 7:30pm. $45.
As a purveyor of moody (dare we say, trendy) pop, she shares a style with Lorde and FKA Twigs. Here, she hits town in support of her immodestly titled debut LP, Goddess.

Hester Street Fair: Ideas City Food Court; Manhattan, 12pm. Free.
Taste some new grub at these artisanal munching spots, including all-natural sweet spot Doughnut Plant, as part of the Ideas City fest. 

NY Funny Song Fest; 105 Henry St., various times. $10.
Weird Al better watch his back. Check out dozens of performers who write not from the heart but the funny bone at this three-day comic event.

The Who; Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, 7:30pm. 
The Who—that is, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, some other musicians and two very prominent ghosts—hits the road as part of the group's 50th-anniversary celebration, digging into some deep cuts for their supposedly final stadium trek.

May 31

NY Popfest; Littlefield, Gowanus, 4pm. Various prices.
Ride out the weekend on the sweet sound waves of indie pop bands from around the world.

Dazed and Confused; Habana Outpost, Fort Greene, 8pm. Free.
Alright, alright, alright! Habana Outpost's outdoor movie series is back with Richard Linklater's stoner classic. Sip signature margs while a young Matthew McConaughey and others wreak all types of Texan havoc.

Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature; Joyce Theater, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $10–$100.
After postponing her evening of dance, Restless Creature, at the Joyce last year, due to an injury, the ballerina is back with four duets created by Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo.

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