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Frida Kahlo, Botanical Garden
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25 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner

Mon 18

Ask Me Another; The Bell House, 7:30pm. $25, advance $20. 
The NPR quiz podcast hosts a live taping at the Bell House that's sure to boggle your mind with trivia, puzzles and wordplay.

Jeppe Hein, "Please Touch the Art"; Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights, 6am–1am. Free.
Hein's innovative work is not just set in a public space, it welcomes visitors to engage with it in the most playful way.

ForeverNew York Theatre Workshop, East Village, 8pm. $35–$75.
Solo performer Dael Orlandersmith recalls a childhood of abuse and the desire to escape in this bruising monologue.

"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971"; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West, 10:30am. $25.
Before she “broke up" the Beatles, Yoko Ono was an artist with considerable reputation as a conceptual and performance artist. MoMA examines Ono and her work in the years prior to her celebrity status.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide; Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Chelsea. 8pm. $5. 
The stand-up, sketch and improv performer known best for The Chris Gethard Show presents an hour-long set covering suicide, alcoholism and other dark themes with his genuine charm and curiosity.

"Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life."; New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, 10am. $20.
See the recreation of Frida Kahlo's garden in her Mexico studio. Be sure to check out Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the only female mariachi band in New York.

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.

Mad Max: Fury Road; In theaters
Rebooting his brilliant and revolutionary Mad Max series, director George Miller hits the postapocalyptic wasteland once again, this time with Tom Hardy in the title role.
Tori Scott: ThirstyJoe's Pub at the Public Theater, Downtown, 9:30pm. $20.
Armed with smart, saucy patter, singer-actor Tori Scott comes off as the best wild friend that a frazzled gay city boy could hope to find. 

Night Lights; Wave Hill, the Bronx, 6:30pm. $25.
Fun fact: Did you know 2015 was named International Year of Light? This year's show features Chris Doyle's new, luminous outdoor installation, The Lightening: A Project for Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden.

Whiplash; Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Chelsea, 11pm. Free.
This wildly popular show, hosted by Leo Allen, is known for always featuring the city’s best up-and-coming comedians. But it’s the surprise special guests—Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and David Cross have appeared—who keep audiences hooked.

Tue 19

Permission; Lucille Lortel Theatre, West Village, 8pm. $69–$85.
His splendidly rude Hand to God is currently running on Broadway, and now Robert Askins has a new religious satire in which a couple tries to live by the rules.

Stargazing on the Highline; The High Line, Chelsea, 7:30pm. Free.
Use high-powered telescopes to see past the city's glow to the rest of the cosmos. No really, nature really is that fascinating.

In Stereo: Two Comics One Stage; HiFi, East Village, 8pm. Free.
Comedian couple Naomi Elkerigin (Broad City) and Andy Beckerman (The Pete Holmes Show) presents stand up performed by other couples and best-friend duos. This month features Greg Barris and Roger Hailes.

Secret Science Club; The Bell House, Gowanus, 8pm. Free.
The Bell House is keepin’ it cerebral with a brainy lecture from Geneticist Joe Pickrell about human evolution. Then stay tuned for neuro-driven beats after the Q&A.

Videology Presents Movie Trivia; Videology, Williamsburg, 8:30. Free.
Don’t let your knowledge of Nicolas Cage quotes go to waste. Gather your friends for six rounds of cinema trivia, complete with video clips and dramatic reenactments.

Wed 20

The Way We Get By; Second Stage Theatre, Hell's Kitchen, 7pm. $65–$125.
The prolific and provocative Neil LaBute shows what happens in the aftermath of a drunken wedding hookup. Thomas Sadoski and Amanda Seyfried star.

Palma Violets + Public Access TV; Music Hall of Williamsburg, 9pm. $18.
Over and above the hype, Palma Violets bristle with youth—with insouciance and silliness and drunken rage and delight. You don’t need a poll to tell you that’s going to be a good time live.

Mental_floss Trivia ShowLe Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village, 6:30pm. $15.
Trivia's good for the brain, charity's good for the heart, and this event is good for both. All proceeds go to musician and Internet whiz Hank Green’s Project for Awesome, a video-based organization of the Foundation to Decrease World Suck. 

Blaria Live!; Union Hall, Park Slope, 8pm. $5.
A perceptive and thoughtful blogger and comic, Phoebe Robinson brings her online alter ego to the stage, and invites several other stand-ups to come along.

Thu 21

The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour; Annoyance Theatre, Williamsburg, 10:30pm. Free.
Every Thursday NYC's top comedians write and perform sketches, music, character studies and more without any rehearsals.

Air à DanserBattery Harris, Williamsburg, 5pm. 
This week's guests are Hugh Herrera & Jason Kincade (Pacific Beach Vinyl).

Craig Robinson; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $53 plus two-drink minimum.
Prepare to be blown away by the Hot Tub Time Machine star’s musical and comedy talents at Carolines.

Tom Shillue's Funny StoryBrooklyn Brewery, Williamsburg, 8pm. Advance $10, door $12.
One of the local masters of comedic storytelling invites improvisers, stand-ups and Moth participants to have part in an evening of narrative tales.

Marcus Monroe; Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Downtown, 7:30pm. $20
Seven years after the TV personality made waves with his skills, Monroe illustrates the journey of how he became the most famous juggler in the world with this multifaceted show.


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