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23 super cool things to do this weekend

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Fri 17

Trainwreck Opens in theaters
Amy Schumer is a bona fide comedy rock star. Coming off of a near perfect season on her TV show Inside Amy Schumer this past spring, the comic strikes gold again with the funniest movie of the summer.

Point Break Live! Highline Ballroom, 7:30pm; $25–$35
Style your dark locks with reckless abandonment, adopt a dead-eyed stare for the chance to win the Are U Keanu? contest, and play Special Agent Johnny Utah in this live adaption of the ‘90s thriller.

Cabaret Cinema: Labyrinth The Rubin Museum, 9:30pm; $10
If the promise of a movie starring David Bowie as a singing, tight-pants-wearing Goblin King wasn’t enough of a draw, then fans and neophytes of the ‘80s flick can appreciate the introduction by real Henson puppet masters who worked on the movie.

Wasabassco Presents: The House of Deveraux Littlefield, Brooklyn, 8pm; $20
The theme at this night’s offering of sultry burlesque and sexy go-go dancers from the always entertaining Wasabassco is Studio 54.

Alaska: The Gayest Show You've Ever Seen Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 7, 9:30pm; $22
Much-adored RuPaul's Drag Race alum Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 makes her returns to NYC with a night of musical comedy, raunch and blasphemy. Expect to hear songs from her surprise hit, the new album, Anus.

Come out and Play Festival Governors Island, 11am; free
The annual two-day fest is back! Play unique games like Marionette Soccer, Bacon Vs. Zombies and Eggonautics.

Kelly Clarkson + Pentatonix + Eric Hutchinson Radio City Music Hall, 7pm; $20–$169.50
American Idol season-one winner Kelly Clarkson rolls into town supporting a new album, Piece by Piece, a collection of triumphant, stadium-size pop songs (sample title "Invincible"). Come for the "Since U Been Gone" shout-along, but stay for the soaring vocals sure to reach the rafters.

Irrational Man Opens in theaters
Joaquin Phoenix stars as a professor with a plan for a perfect crime in director Woody Allen’s newest film.

Sat 18

Warp Drive Presents “The Emptiness of Space” & Friends Union Hall, Brooklyn, 8pm; $8
Space may be a cold, desolate place, but the tunes from nerdy band Warp Drive are fun enough to forget all that. The duo is joined onstage with several local comedians, including Dave Hill and Aparna Nancherla.

U2 Madison Square Garden, 7pm; $35–$280
The Irish stadium-rock staple is back for a seven-night stay at Madison Square Garden, where they’ll be sure to play some of their biggest hits.

North Coast People’s Improv Theater, 8pm; $10
An improv troupe that knows not only how to create a funny scene on the spot but also a freestyle rap makes up a complete “hip-hopera” on the spot.

Morbid Anatomy Museum One Year Anniversary Festival Morbid Anatomy Museum, 11am; $20–$45
In honor of one year in their current digs, the macabre museum is hosting a full day of their favorite lectures and demonstrations, followed by the Devil Masquerade.

Freedom Party NYC Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, 6pm; free
For its 12th birthday, New York’s longest-running weekly Friday-night shindig is moving the party to Saturday night and to an epic location: SummerStage. Move to the beat of the best dance songs from the ‘60s through today.

Freddy’s Bar Doggy Fashion Show Freddy’s Bar, 5pm; free
Puppies in matching costumes! Mutts in elegant sweaters! Dogs in bedazzled collars! Of course you want to go to this annual fashion show.

City of Water Day Various locations, 10am; free
Sometimes it feels like there's water everywhere in New York City but not a nonpolluted drop to actually enjoy. Today, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is offering activities at Governors Island and Hoboken's Maxwell Place Park that remind us just how much fun the water can be. Hop on free canoes, kayaks and rowboats; or fish, bike or kick back with food and music on dry land.

Sun 19

What are you afraid of? Union Hall, Brooklyn, 8pm; $10
Mara Wilson—the former child actor from Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire—hosts as several storytellers, comedians and performers talk about their biggest fears, from sharks to ax murderers to commitment.

"Van Gogh: Irises and Roses" the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10am; suggested donation $25
Van Gogh painted two versions each of the eponymous still life subjects near the end of his stay in Provence at the asylum at Saint-Rémy. One pair of canvases resides at the Met, the other at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. They're reunited here for the first time since Van Gogh's death. 

Sunday Night in Brooklyn with Colin Quinn Over the Eight, Brooklyn, 8pm; free
Every Sunday, Colin Quinn invites his funniest comic friends to perform, and then closes out the show with an hour's length of new material.

The Rubin Block Party The Rubin Museum of Art, 1pm; free
At this all-ages block party celebrating the new exhibit "Becoming Another: The Power of Masks," everyone gets special free admission to the museum to create their own masks and prayer beads, participate in an outdoor family-friendly yoga session and take tours of the galleries. Check out performances by Ajna Dance and Brooklyn Raga Massive, or get in on the action by coming in elaborate garb for the costume contest.

Hold on to your Butts Peoples Improv Theater, 9:30pm; $20
The painfully funny, live shot-for-shot reenactment of Jurassic Park returns to the PIT for 13 nights following two sold-out runs that received rave reviews. With every character (including the dinosaurs) played by just two guys, you'll never see this classic movie the same way again.

Mister Sunday Industry City, Brooklyn, 3pm; $15
Hometown heroes Mister Saturday Night (Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin) have released a mix CD, founded a label, played Beats in Space and toured the world. Their summer series is back for more Sunday Funday daytime jams, spinning their array of underground house, disco and techno rhythms for your dancing pleasure.

Mike Lawrence Carolines on Broadway, 7:30pm; $20 plus two-drink minimum
If you've seen his appearances on @midnight or Conan, or heard his album, Sadamantium, you'll know that Lawrence can be as nerdy, dark, topical and dirty as the situation requires. He's also getting funnier with each passing day.

Masterworks Series: Jeffrey Solow Bargemusic, 4pm; $35
The esteemed cellist and professor Jeffrey Solow takes on Bach's six solo cello suites over the course of two concerts, providing commentary along the way. The first three pieces are presented in this matinee concert.