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25 awesome things happening in New York this week

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Jaz Joyner

Mon 13

The Skivvies42West, Hell's Kitchen, 9pm. $25–$35.
Actor-singers Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd) and Nick Cearley (Altar Boyz) get in their undies to offer stripped-down versions of pop songs, with multiple Broadway guest stars sharing their talents in the flesh.

Brooklyn Poets Yawp; 61 Local, Cobble Hill, 7pm. $5.
Like Walk Whitman, come sound your barbaric yawp. In the first hour, an accomplished poet leads a writing workshop, and in the second, all are welcome to share poems at the open mike.

Joep van Liefland, "Men in Pain"Ramiken Crucible, Lower East Side, 12pm. Free.
The artist explains his love/hate relationship with early videotape technology and the late-’60s artists who used it.

Jenn Harris: The Moment You've Been Waiting Four; The Duplex, West Village, 9:30pm. $15, advance $12, plus two-drink minimum.
The star of Silence! The Musical and Gayby serves up a solo show at the Duplex. 

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac; Littlefield, Gowanus, 8pm. 8, advance $5.
This weekly offering, hosted with a cool head and a warm heart by former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, welcomes great young New York comics and noteworthy out-of-towners.

Franklin Park Reading Series; Franklin Park, Crown Heights, 8pm. Free.
The city's most reliably excellent reading series—for five years and counting—brings the sextet of fine talent, featuring host Penina Roth.

MYQ Kaplan and Friends; Q.E.D, Queens, 8pm. $5.
Kaplan, our favorite comedic wordsmith, gathers a bunch of his funniest friends to put on a show. 

Alice Neel, “Drawings and Watercolors 1927–1978”David Zwirner, Chelsea, 10am. Free.
Most of the work in this show comes from the early part of Neel’s career, when she was living uptown in Harlem in very bohemian circumstances involving little money and a string of lovers, including some with whom she had children. 

Alice Smith; Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, 9pm. $30, advance $25.
When she sings softly, Brooklyn soul singer-songwriter Alice Smith has a silky flow that likens classic voices from the Motown era. When she hits the big, high runs, she's like no one else—goose bumps guaranteed.

Tue 14

Talib Kweli + Immortal Technique; Highline Ballroom, Chelsea, 8pm. $27.
The Brooklyn-bred hip-hop trailblazer brings his hits, ld and new, back to his home city. The maverick mixes new elements into the batter from his new LP Radio Silence, while returning to the fold in others.

Thalia Book Club: Marguerite Duras’s The Lover; Symphony Space, Upper West Side, $25, 30 and under $15.
Forget 50 Shades, The Lover is one of the sexiest books and films of all time. Kate Zambreno, Catherine Lacey and Akhil Sharma lead a steamy discussion on Duras’s classic, autobiographical book about an affair in the 1920s.

Hot Soup!; The Irish Exit, Midtown East, 8pm. Free.
From what we can tell, maybe the only thing missing from this eclectic and entertaining stand-up show by Matt Ruby, Mark Normand and Gary Vider is actual soup. (Most people make do with beer.)

The Moth StorySLAMHousing Works Bookstore Cafe, Soho, 7pm. $8.
The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific topic. This week’s theme: secrets.

Simon Amstell; Theater 80, East Village, 7pm. $30.
His onscreen persona has always been acerbic and confrontational, but onstage, the British comic is thoughtful, vulnerable and charmingly sweet. Oh, and funny as hell, too.

Channel 101: NY Monthly ScreeningUCBEast, East Village, 8pm. $5.
The long running monthly indie-sketch festival returns to this East Village spot. 

Wed 15

Tribeca Film Festival; Tribeca Cinemas, various times. $10–$35.
The 14th edition of spring's essential NYC film event brings a surfeit of world premieres, along with a special 25th-anniversary presentation of Goodfellas with special guests. What—are we clowns? Do we amuse you?

Taste of the Lower East Side; Metropolitan Pavillion, Chelsea, 6pm. $195.
Wind your way through 50 tables hosted by neighborhood eateries (DBGB Kitchen and Bar; Root & Bone) at this 15th annual downtown food festival, hosted by the Grand St. Settlement. 

Live Ideas: "Laurie Anderson, Beth Gill and Deborah Hay" New York Live Arts, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $40–$50.
As part of New York Live Arts's second annual Live Ideas festival, curated by Laurie Anderson, Beth Gill presents Portrait Study, a new commission set to live music by selected New York composers. 

Liturgy; Saint Vitus, Greenpoint, 9pm. $15.
Buzzy black-metal group Liturgy shows off its latest album, The Ark Work. The new material isn't your run-of-the-mill growlfest, instead featuring copious synth orchestrations, tuneful nonscreamed vocals and even the odd hip-hop beat.

Geeks Who Drink; The Rock Shop, Park Slope, 8:30. Free. 
It's so much more than a trivia night. For Intense interactive questions and even some trash talk from the quizmaster, head to the Rock Shop.

David Neumann/Advanced Beginner GroupAbrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side, 8pm. $20.
What does a man on his deathbed, a meteorologist reporting from a storm and an actor who might be performing a Kabuki play about a dying man in a great storm have in common? Find out in the choreographer's I Understand Everything Better.

The HumManhattan Inn, Greenpoint, 10:30pm. Free.
Manhattan Inn hosts a cool series uniting luminaries from the worlds of indie pop, R&B, art rock and beyond for one-off collaborations. Live video art seasons the mix.

Ryan Chapman: Conversation SparksGreenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene, 7:30pm. Free.
How often is a shipping container lost at sea? What Twinkie flavors have been retired? Find out Chapman's new book of trivia actually worth talking about.

Thu 16

Bob Saget; Best Buy Theater, Midtown, West, 8pm. $25–$45.
The former Full House star is back to remind us why he has a reputation as one of the filthiest comics on the scene.

Sisters of Comedy; Gotham Comedy Club, Chelsea, 8pm. $15 plus two-drink minimum.
The series that exclusively features female comics of color is back with a show that includes Koretta Gray and Hadiyah Robinson.

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