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24 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner

Mon July 21

At the rate Broadway is going, we can reasonably expect a Justin Timberlake jukebox musical around 2030 or so. This intimate gathering is just the beginning, people. 
Taste of the Terminal; Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse
Enjoy free tastings from select Grand Central shops and restaurants every Monday in July.
Joanna Rakoff and Emma Straub; The Powerhouse Arena
The authors of two of 2014's best books come together to read from My Salinger Year and The Vacationers against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
Ladies of Laughter; Gotham Comedy Club
Check out the semifinal round of America's funniest women competing for national recognition.
Between the Seas Festival; The Wild Project
Today begins the fourth edition of this Mediterranean-centric festival features theater, dance, music and performance pieces grounded in southern Europe and northern Africa.
Literary Mixer; Strand Book Store
Have you been looking in all the wrong places? Well head to Strand's rare-book room  mingle with other literary minded folk.
Outspoken singer-songwriters of all stripes, including theatrical pop sensation Amanda Palmer and Pittsburgh political punks Anti-Flag (performing acoustic here), pay tribute to folk icon Pete Seeger, who died in January 2014 at the age of 94. 

Tues July 22

Chinatown is known for its delicious food, but roaming through this neighborhood without a restaurant in mind can put you in a tizzy. Well, at this tour, you get the rare chance to experience Chinatown through the eyes of pioneer chef Russell Moss, who specializes in Chinese cuisine.
Sunset Salsa; Hudson River Park at Pier 57 
Every Tuesday through Aug 19, dancer Talia Castro-Pozo and international guest teachers lead outdoor salsa lessons. 
King Lear; Delacorte Theater
John Lithgow does Shakespeare's tragedy in Central Park at the Delacorte Theater. More like Third Rock From The Fun, amirite? [Ed note: have pun writer fired immediately]

Wed July 23

Sway those hips to the beat of timbal drums at this free Latin dance party.
Galactic; Brooklyn Bowl
Future-funk powerhouse Galactic is straight from the stripped-down, organ-fueled Meters school, but the band knows when to spike the punch with acid guitar, loops and effects.
Mortified; Littlefield
Most of us wouldn’t relive our teenage years if you paid us. But at this nostalgic reading, bold volunteers want to share their most embarrassing angsty childhood memories with you, and they don’t plan on holding back. First kiss, first puff, life at Bible camp: Boundaries don’t exist here.
Piper Kerman Orange is the New Black; Bryant Park Reading Room
The author whose real-life story inspired the hit television show Orange Is the New Black chats with television critic Emily Nussbaum about the show's second season and what her time in women's prison was really like.
You'll cringe you'll blush, and you'll laugh as Aaron Berg hosts what purports to be "the nastiest show in all of Manhattan"
Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg hosts this gig with three skilled rappers on the verge of going from niche talents to household names.

Thur July 24

Syfy Movies with a View: Fantastic Mr.Fox; Brooklyn Bridge Park
You’ll witness the wittiest fox around save his family from three mean farmers whom he may or may not have robbed. Arrive early to catch music by DJ Lamin Fofana and the short film Font Men by Dress Code.
DJ Ceremony celebrates the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain (God, we're old) by spinning all things Prince-related in LPR's Gallery—including, we hope, "Sex Shooter" by Apollonia 6.
NYC Restaurant Week; various locations
So many restaurants, so little time! Actually there's tons of time to check out these restaurants. It goes on until August. So we didn't even need to write that last sentence. But we can't seem to find the backspace key. Oh well.
A Batalha do Passinho + Rennie Harris Puremovement; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
Puremovement is one word, as is buyaticket, which you should do.
NewFest; Walter Reade Theater
This annual festival showcases short and feature-length LGBT films from the U.S. and around the world.
The Loaded Canon; Brooklyn Oenology
That's right: Booze plus books. Author and Second Skin Books cofounder Nathaniel Kressen welcomes up-and-coming authors to read their latest unpublished works, while audience members suck down a few drinks.
In addition to dinner from Dinosaur BBQ, ice cream from Luca & Bosco and a DJ set by Alberto Denis, this ’70s-themed evening features Third Rail Projects in a performance of its Roadside Attraction, which takes place in a vintage pop-up camper.
The Daily Show Writers: A Non-Daily Show; Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
Tonight, the writers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart put down their pens and perform a fully improvised show based off audience suggestions.


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