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25 absolutely fantastic things to do in NYC this week

Written by
David Goldberg

August 31 

Saturday Night Fever Reunion Concert 54 Below; 7, 9:30pm; $40–$80 plus $25 minimum
Summer can’t officially end without the Bee Gees, so head to 54 Below to hear “Night Fever,” “More than a Woman” and other classics as performed by the cast of the 1999 Saturday Night Fever musical. 

Speedy Ortiz + Aye Nako Saint Vitus, Brooklyn; 8pm; $5
Sadie Dupuis and her indie crew bring their '90s-rock inflected sound to this moody Greenpoint fixture. 

Night Train with guest host Aparna Nancherla Littlefield, Brooklyn; 8pm; $5–$8
Conan and @midnight’sAparna Nancherla takes over hosting duties from Wyatt Cenac and welcomes Maeve Higgins, Del Harrison and other comics for a stacked night of stand-up.   

Monday Night Magic Players Theatre; 8pm; $42
The city’s longest running magic night challenges a trio of masters to feats of card tricks, mentalism and, trickiest of all, comedy.

Deep Space Cielo; 10pm; Free with e-flyer before 11pm
François Kevorkian has been a leading figure in the experimental dance music scene since the '70s, and he proves he still has it when he takes the wheel for a full night of “spacey vibes and abstract grooves” at Cielo. 

Beth Malone: So Far Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 7:30, 9:30pm; sold out
Malone earned a Tony nomination for her perfect embodiment of adult Alison in Fun Home, and gets the chance to have the stage all to herself at this one-woman autobiographical show presented by the LezCab queer women’s theatre series.

September 1

Dylan’s Candy Bar: Union Square Grand Opening; 12pm; free
While your coworkers think you’re at lunch, dive headfirst into sour straws, gumballs and chocolate covered everything at Dylan’s trendy new location. If you start to head toward a candy coma, the Brooklyn United Marching Band will be on hand to refresh your spirits.

The Vaccines Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn; 7, 10pm; sold out
Since 2010, British indie-rock band the Vaccines have been on a meteoric rise, opening for the Rolling Stones and Arcade Fire and releasing three albums. They bring hits from their latest release, English Graffiti, to Rough Trade NYC. 

Delta Rae + Liz Longley Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 8pm; $20
Delta Rae brings their Fleetwood Mac–inspired rock from North Carolina to Williamsburg. See why they’ve sold out shows across the country, from Bonnaroo to the Democratic National Rally. 

Punderdome 3000 Littlefield, Brooklyn; 8pm; $6
With prompts like “NY Post” and “child stars,” this pun competition, hosted by Jo Firestone and her dad, Fred, makes its challengers prove their glory in the art of inducing groans. 

Jen Kirkman Bowery Ballroom; 9pm; $20
The sublimely acerbic comedian brings fresh no-nonsense loner material to the Bowery Ballroom. If you’ve had enough of your friends’ wedding announcements on Facebook, you’ll love Kirkman’s act. 

Neal Medlyn: Champagne Jerry Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $15 plus two-drink minimum
Demented performance artist Neal Medlyn brings his overconfident Champagne Jerry persona straight from Walmart parking lots to Joe’s Pub. Hopefully Jerry can get some rap accompaniment from the likes of Bridget Everett, Kathleen Hanna and other special guests. 

Annie Ross Metropolitan Room; 9:30pm; $25 plus two drink-minimum
Head to this weekly revue and see why Ross has been a jazz mainstay since the '50s as she makes the cabaret space of the Metropolitan Room her own.

September 2

The Lolë White Tour Central Park, Great Lawn; 4:30–10pm; free
Escape your cramped yoga class and practice out in the open among thousands in Central Park’s Great Lawn while Ingrid Michaelson and Donna De Lory serve up chill musical accompaniment. 

Judson Arts Wednesday Bailout Theater Judson Memorial Church; 7pm; free
Judson regulars will be filling tables with home-cooked goodies, so bring a dish and stack your plate before watching a variety of dance, spoken word and musical performances. 

Alexandra Pinel + Vanessa Long Dance Company Dixon Place; 7:30pm; $12, at the door $15
Choreographer Alexandra Pinel based her new work Nocturne on her memories of being a teen club promoter in France. See the pop-inflected dance, followed by stunning pieces from the Vanessa Long Dance Company.

Barrett Weed 54 Below; 9:30pm; $35–$75 plus $25 minimum
The plaid-clad star of Heathers: The Musical rocks 54 Below with a night of theatrical ballads and spunky pop.

September 3

Air à Danser Battery Harris, Brooklyn; 5pm; free
Cleanse yourself of your after-work commute on the L with summer cocktails and gooey burritos while DJs spin velvety Balearic House sounds in Battery Harris’s wide space. 

Lil Durk Irving Plaza; 7pm; $29
Vice’s Noisy imprint brings the 22-year-old rapper to Irving Plaza, where he’s sure to light up the legendary ballroom with his catchy beats and raw lyrics. 

Fluent City Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
See the acclaimed 2008 French drama The Class and get some pointers on the language of love from the intelligent folks at Fluent City. Enter the raffle for a chance to continue your French education for free. 

Drink N’ Draw LoveGun, Brooklyn; 7:30pm; free
Every Thursday, LoveGun rolls in a panoply of drag queens, burlesque divas and fetish performers to model for your artistic pleasure. While you choose your muse, let $4 beer specials lubricate your imagination.

Amitav Ghosh Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn; 7:30pm; free
The author reads from the final chapter of his Opium War saga of novels, Flood of Fire. Discover what Ghosh’s fanbase has been raving about as the Greenpoint resident visits one of his favorite local shops. 

Damon Wayans Caroline’s on Broadway; 7:30pm; $60–$130.75 plus two-drink minimum
Can you believe that Damon Wayans is middle-aged? The My Wife and Kids and In Living Color star gets personal and delivers his family’s signature humor to Caroline’s.  

Boys’ Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue Slipper Room; 10pm; $15–$25
Beefcake burlesque performers Jason Mejias, Mr. Gorgeous, Ben Franklin and Joshua Dean swing from the rafters and strip to their skivvies in this smashingly audacious revue at the Slipper Room.

Clue at 54 54 Below, 11:30pm; $20­–$45 plus two-drink or $20 minimum
Some of Broadway’s funniest performers (including Shows For Days's Michael Urie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Sara Chase) serve their best impressions of Wadsworth, Mrs. Peacock and Professor Plum in this loony celebration of the 1985 murder mystery movie. 

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