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24 super-cool things to do in New York this weekend

Written by
Tolly Wright

Fri 31

Alaska: The Gayest Show You’ve Ever Seen Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 7pm; $22, VIP $40, plus $20 drink minimum
Catch the last performance of the RuPaul’s Drag Race alum’s stint at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. The glamazon will be singing sickening tunes like “Hieee” and “Your Makeup is Terrible” off her new album, Anus.

Hozier Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7am; free
Start your day with the hunky singer-songwriter crooning “Take Me to Church” right to you and thousands of other screaming fans (but really, we’re sure he only has eyes for you) at this Good Morning America concert.

The ’90s Sing-Along Union Hall, 9:30pm; $10
Throw back a Surge Soda cocktail and belt your heart out to songs by such musical luminaries as Britney Spears, Boyz II Men and the Hanson Brothers.

The End of the Tour Opens today
Adapted from David Lipsky’s Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, a short book created from his extended interview with literary icon David Foster Wallace, the movie breathes life and a powerful dynamic into the writer's words. Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel star as Lipsky and Wallace, respectively.

Glorious Technicolor Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), various times; $12, free after 4pm on Fridays 
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the invention of Technicolor with this film series from the MoMA. Today the screenings are of early animated classics from Disney.

Smashing Pumpkins + Marilyn Manson Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 8pm; $25–$149
Two of the ’90s heaviest hitting acts are teaming up for a killer double billing. Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson will be performing off his new album, The Pale Emperor, and Smashing Pumpkins will be sure to deliver their alt-rock anthems.

Godfrey Gotham Comedy Club, 8:30pm; $26–$115 plus two drink minimum
The stand-up comedian brings his considerable chops—including his impressions and spot-on social commentary—to the stage.

Animation Block Party BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, various times; $14, $10 matinee
This cartoon fest returns for a 12th season, bringing animated films from various genres—including some that are fun for the whole family and those far too experimental, abstract or just plain inappropriate for Saturday mornings on public television.

Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation Opens today
The fifth installment of Mission Impossible hits theaters with Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson joining in on this edition of the Tom Cruise franchise.

Sat 1

MoRUs Film Festival: I Heart Anarchy Orchard Alley, 8pm; suggested donation $5, all-inclusive pass $20
The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) has organized eight evenings of screenings of films and documentaries highlighting the social activism found in anarchistic politics. Tonight, the fest is heading to Orchard Alley in the East Village for a showing of Anarchism in America.

Pottercon The Bell House, 2pm; $8
Don your best wizarding robes, draw a lightning bolt on your forehead and practice your spell pronunciations (pro tip: Accio is pronounced "Ack-Ee-Oh,), because today you’re going to party like you're at Hogwarts at this annual celebration of the Boy Who Lived.

Tinder LIVE! with Lane Moore Knitting Factory, 8pm; $10
Swipe right for much hilarity as writer Lane Moore (The Onion, McSweeney’s) uses the ubiquitous dating app while throwing out plenty of witty observations and even starting some convos with unsuspecting victims—er, potential dates. Funny friends join her to evaluate profiles.

Full Moon Fest Brooklyn Mirage, 3pm–5am; $70, at the door $80
Dance outside all day and then all night at this epic bash inspired by the ones held in Koh Phangan, Thailand. This year’s lineup includes Yelle, Tensnake, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap and many more.

From Mississippi to Russia with a Side of NYC Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1, 3pm; free
The Imani Winds is a Grammy-nominated wind quintet based in New York that artfully combines European, American, African and Latin American influences into its brand of chamber music.

Taylor Mac Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30pm; free
As part of Celebrate Brooklyn!, the performance artist extraordinaire Taylor Mac gives a small taste of judy’s (Mac’s preferred pronoun) upcoming 24-hour concert that touches on 250 years of American music.

Dark Spots The Creek and the Cave, 10pm; free
Funny folks Alison Zeidman, Shane Torres and Nate Fridson host this free night of comedy, during which comics perform their darkest bits. If you don’t believe us, tonight’s theme is addiction (see?).

Brooklyn Small Press Flea Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10am; free
Literary lovers peruse this pop-up event for fiction, poetry and nonfiction from local indie presses like A Public Space, Electric Literature and One Story.

Sun 2

Bark in the Park MCU Park, noon; $10 (includes one person and up to two dogs)
For one game only, dogs of the "hot" food variety won’t be the only ones at the Brooklyn Cyclones game. At this annual event, you can bring your furry best friends to take a jaunt around the bases and then enjoy America’s pastime from the bleachers.

Miguel Terminal 5, 8pm; $40; VIP $95–$195
The R&B singer is one of New York's favorite music artists right now according to Spotify and for good reason—his newest album, Wildheart, is a wild success.

Josh Sharp Sings Live! Union Hall, 8pm; $8–$10
Stand-up comedian Josh Sharp delivers a night of stories and comedy with a queer bent in his “str8 friendly” show. He’s joined on stage tonight with Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), Liza Treyger and Jo Firestone.

Dolly: Coat of Many Colors Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 7pm; $20, plus $20 minimum
Jason CozMo is a dynamite celebrity impersonator, and tonight he’s taking on this country’s most American national treasure: Dolly Parton.

Coney Art Walls Sunday Coney Art Walls, 5pm; $10, at the door $20
There’s only a few Sundays left in the summer for this Brooklyn experience—take in murals from street artists from yesteryear and today while DJs spin an eclectic mix of jams.

Masterworks Series: Manhattan Symphonie Bargemusic, 4pm; $40, senior $35, student $20
Brooklyn’s floating barge is hosting the Manhattan Symphonie for an afternoon of music from the classical masters Vivaldi and Mozart.

Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival Empire Biscuit, 7, 9, 11pm; $14, at the door $16
For three nights, this Lower East Side shop is serving fresh-baked laughs along with its fluffy biscuits when a mix of established stand-ups—like Saturday Night Live's Sasheer Zamata—and rising stars perform.

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