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25 glorious things to do in NYC this week

By David Goldberg

August 24

Lincoln Center Local: Silent Disco Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn; 1:30pm; free
Boardwalk bystanders will be none the wiser when they see you joyously dancing in total silence. With disco, Top 40 and salsa blasting into your headphones and instructors to show you the moves, you’ll be able to dance like nobody’s watching.

The Brain Cloud Barbès, Brooklyn; 7pm; $10
Tamar Korn and Dennis Lichtman have reinvented the genre of western swing with their six-piece band, and their effervescent live sound will certainly fit right into Barbès’s stylishly retro space. 

This is Not J.A.W.S. Dixon Place; 7:30pm; $18
With training in acting, comedy and aerial performance, the members of Fight or Flight Theatre Company are not your standard New York ensemble. For the 40th anniversary of Jaws, they’re taking the Oceanside high jinks high up in the air and into totally absurd territory.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide Union Hall, Brooklyn; 8pm; $8
Broad City’s very own Albert Nobbs lookalike brings his goony charm to Union Hall for a night of sharp self-deprecating humor.

Reeltalks: Rock Music in Film Bryant Park Reading Room; 12:30pm; free
If you dance around the room to “Then He Kissed Me” every time you watch Adventures in Babysitting and know your Credence Clearwater Revival even better than the Dude, you’ll love this discussion of iconic rock moments in film with The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli and resident film expert Scott Adlerberg.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach: Despicable Me Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn; 8:30pm; free
Coney Island is about to become a beloved destination for a new generation of kiddos after this screening of the 2010 animated hit. Relax with a blanket and your best Steve Carell impression while fans of the series go wild all around you.

August 25

Book Launch: You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman The powerHouse Arena, Roosevelt Island; 7pm; free
Debut novelist Alexandra Kleeman leads you into a surreal adventure through food cults, infomercials and sexual discovery in her book You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine. She discusses the novel with BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald. 

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Swindler Cove Park, Harlem; 8pm; free
Pack tissues in your picnic basket because you’ll be sobbing openly through this outdoor screening. You’ll be able to eat your emotions in free popcorn, and the 1954 opener Duck Dodgers in the 24½ Century will put you in a nostalgic mood. 

Comedy at the Grocery at the Brewery Brooklyn Brewery; 8pm; $6
This Brooklyn Comedy Festival edition of the monthly show features host Julian Kiani and special guests Matteo Lane, Josh Gondelman, Langston Kerman, Nate Fridson and more.

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival: Fame Central Park, Sheep Meadow; 8pm; free
The Central Park Conservancy was founded in 1980, the same year that Fame arrived and made us all feel like we could live forever. Celebrate the Conservancy’s 35th birthday with the original talent school classic. 

Melody’s Echo Chamber Music Hall of Williamsburg; 9pm; prices vary
The French dream-pop singer gained scores of fans when she toured with Tame Impala and released her critically adored debut album in 2012. We’re hoping she drops new material at the Music Hall. 

August 26

Chris Brown + Kid Ink + Fetty Wap + Omarion + Teyana Taylor PNC Bank Arts Center; 7pm; $18–$150
The schlepp to the PNC Bank Arts Center may be worth it for the chance to move and grind along with Fetty Wap’s fanbase. And say what you will about Chris Brown, but the man can dance like he’s a Jedi. 

AC/DC MetLife Stadium, New Jersey; 7:30pm; $40–$105
Believe it: the rock legends have come to demolish the state of New Jersey with classic hits and tracks from their latest album, “Rock or Bust.” With four decades of fans screaming their lyrics, the unstoppable band will be bringing it like it’s 1974.   

Live at the Fillmore: the Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band Brooklyn Bowl; 8pm; $10
Relive the Allman Brothers’ iconic performance at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium in 1971 with this meticulously dedicated tribute band.  

Darwin Deez + Strange Names + Junior Prom Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn; 8pm; $12-$15
East Village favorite Darwin Deez is bound to break into a spontaneous fit of hysterical dancing during his live act, and you likely will too. Strange Names brings its lively flavor of pop-rock to the mix, with Brooklyn’s Junior Prom balancing the night out with their dark synth sounds. 

Luke James Highline Ballroom; 8pm; $25­–$50
Luke James has written for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Britney Spears, and his solo show at the Highline Ballroom will show off his smart lyrics, fast melodies and awesome hair. 

Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre; 9:30pm; $25 plus $14 minimum
Even if you’ve enjoyed her signature balls-to-the-walls musical comedy on Difficult People and Inside Amy Schumer, there’s nothing like having Bridget Everett sit on you during her live act. Get an eyeful of the new queen of raunch as she marks her territory at Joe’s Pub. 

Werk Her Wednesdays Hardware Bar; 10:30pm; free
Paige Turner, the self-proclaimed “Elle Woods of drag” gets the cruising men of hardware to face the stage as she welcomes surprise guests for zany live performances.

August 27 

Indie Beauty Expo The Altman Building; 5pm; $55
Embark on a goodie bag adventure and see what top-tier beauty brands are offering at this chic mini-expo. You can even treat yourself to on-site spa services.

Syfy Movies with a View: Die Hard Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1; 6pm; free
Whether you’ve got Alan Rickman’s accent down or you’ve never even heard of Nakatomi Plaza, you’re bound to love seeing this all-American action classic on a 40-foot screen with the Manhattan skyline in the background.  

The Bullshit Olympics Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
Videology presents the antidote to living in one of the world’s most pretentious cities. Cringe through the most obnoxiously self-serious student films, essays and works from previous years and excise your inner snob over well-priced drinks with names you can pronounce.  

“First Friend”—The Love Affair of Lorena Hickock and Eleanor Roosevelt Bluestockings; 7pm; free
Over thirty years, Roosevelt collaborated with her dear friend “Hick” on humanitarian projects and shared over 2,000 passionate letters. Playwright and activist Terry Baum discusses the controversial relationship.   

Showgasm Ars Nova; 8pm; $5
Ars Nova packs its sleek cabaret space with the type of NYC audience that can handle anything. Wet Hot American Summer and Fort Tilden’s John Early brings his demented style of humor to the monthly showcase of wacky vaudeville, comedy and music. 

Astronomy on Tap Videology, Brooklyn; 9pm; free
Paleoceanographer Kara Dennis brings her knowledge to a screening of the ninth episode of last year’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, titled “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth.” Join the cosmic conversation and grab a beer from Videology’s wide selection. 

Input: Afro-Acid presents Phuture (live) + DJ Pierre + Nikola Baytala + Turtle Bugg Output, Brooklyn; 10pm; $25
Chicago’s Phuture brought Acid House to the world in the ’80s, and they’re coming to shut down Output’s weekly Input party along with resident DJ Nikola Baytala and Basement Floor’s Turtle Bugg. 


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