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25 phenomenal things to do in NYC this weekend

25 phenomenal things to do in NYC this weekend
Photograph: Johannes Heuckeroth

August 28

We Are Your Friends opens in theaters
Catfish’s Max Joseph directs this dance music coming-of-age story starring the indefatigable Zac Efron. If you can’t afford to attend next week’s Electronic Zoo Festival, this may be your best substitute.

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco Lakeside at Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 7:30pm; $18
Fire up the blow dryer and comb your closet for every bit of Bon Jovi paraphernalia you’ve got, because Prospect Park’s Lefrak Center is about to become a haven for hair metal at this edition of the weekly dance party. 

The Doobie Brothers + Gregg Allman PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ; 7:30pm; $25–$125
After 40 years in the music industry, the Doobie Brothers know how to tear up a live show. Sparks will likely fly as Greg Allman comes aboard for a night of masterful rock & roll.

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival: West Side Story Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center); 8pm; free
No matter how many times you’ve seen it, there’s nothing like witnessing West Side Story in the heart of the city. Take to the grass at Lincoln Center and watch the Gershwin classic with fellow fans who know every word.

Point Break Live! The Bell House, Brooklyn; 8pm; $30
Before the questionable Point Break remake hits theaters this Christmas, embrace the astonishing cheese of the 1991 original with this absurdist parody performance.

Awkward Sex… and the City The Pleasure Chest; 8, 10pm; $20
For its two-year anniversary, Natalie Wall’s frank comedy showcase delivers more grueling stories of comedians’ worst sex and dating experiences, along with drinks and raffle prizes from the Pleasure Chest. 

Late Night Basement with Chris Rose The Livestream Public, Brooklyn; 9pm; free
Das Racist’s Heems joins a crew of stand-ups and host Chris Rose for a Brooklyn Comedy Festival edition of the live variety show. 

Cinema Under the Influence Presents Motion/Pictures: A Cinematheque Party Front Toward Enemy, Queens; 9pm; free
Make your movie night a night out as Cinema Under the Influence screens classic film clips with high-energy dance floor accompaniment from local Astoria DJs. 

August 29

Waku Waku +NYC Multiple Venues, Brooklyn; Sat, Sun at 10am; $45
The first-ever edition of this Japanese culture festival promises expanses of savory and fried food, outrageous cosplay, immersive games and all the anime a fan could ever ask for. Be sure to hit the after-parties for some killer Japanese pop music. 

The Matrix Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn; Sat, Sun at 11:10am; $11
Dig into Nitehawk’s sumptuous brunch specials while you watch the movie that made the new millennium. Whether you’re a sci-fi existentialist or a fan of bullet-time escapades, you can sit back and relax among fellow Wachowski-lovers.

Kapow-i Gogo Peoples Improv Theatre; 1pm; $30
The PIT hosts a marathon of Kapow-I GoGo, the epic live-action love letter to Dragon Ball Z and other ’90s action cartoons. The PIT’s Love Bar will make every intermission better than the last.

The Ded Sullivan Show Times Scare; 7pm; $25
This gnarly live variety show gleefully takes a chain saw to late-night talk shows with disturbed and hysterical sketches like “Savage Hot Babe Massacre” and “The Lobotomy Puppeteer.”

Soul 2 Seoul + Max McFerren Black Flamingo, Brooklyn; 10pm; free
The Black Flamingo’s ambient dungeon space welcomes DJs Turtle Bugg and [Ctrl], known by adoring Brooklynites as Soul 2 Seoul. DJ Max McFerren joins the team for a night of hard-spinning House.

Fade to Mind Trans Pecos, Queens; 10pm; $20
Rizzla brings his manic techno to Queens and previews roaring tracks from his upcoming EP, Iron Cages. 

Dungeon Acid + DUST + J Slusher + Kamron Saniee Bossa Nova Civic Club, Brooklyn; 10pm; free
The rainbowtastic Bushwick bar goes for the authentic techno treatment with this packed lineup that’s likely to keep the place banging all night.

Brüt Santos Party House; 11pm; $25
Santos Party House will be packed from wall to wall with beefy, barely clad men at this monthly leather party. DJs Kam Shafaati and Obra-Primitiva are on the case to get the bodies moving.

August 30 

The Annual Brighton Beach Jubilee Festival, Brooklyn; 10am; free
For the 39th year, the Brighton Neighborhood Association is shutting down the block to welcome more than 125,000 fun-seekers, along with vendors, performances and rides.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Washington Square Park; 12pm; free
Since Pollock and DeKooning took their art to sell on the sidewalk in 1931, this curbside art show gathers twice a year to host painters, jewelers, metalworkers, ceramicists and more as they show off their work and meet new fans. 

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market The Bell House, Brooklyn; 12pm; free
Visit Morticia Adamms’ favorite farmers’ market and collect surprisingly delightful taxidermy, skeletal jewelry and stacks of occult books.

Lincoln Center Local: Silent Disco Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx; 4:30pm; free
The Bronx resting place becomes a blasting club space as Lincoln Center’s free headphone party brings salsa, disco, pop and swing directly to your ears. 

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley with Stephen “Ragga” Marley Central Park, Rumsey Playfield; 5pm; $46
Bob Marley’s sons—now Reggae icons in their own right—deliver the anti-war ferocity and sweet melodies that followers of the family have come to expect.

A Brief History of Beer Under St. Marks; 6:30pm; $18
Drinking can’t be so bad if it’s educational, right? Grab a cold one and prepare to learn the complete story of beer—from ancient Sumeria to the present—in this hilarious live show.

30 Rock Trivia Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
Join fellow nerds for a night of competitive trivia that covers everything from Mystic Pizza: the Musical to Liz’s disgusting foot secret. Grab a beer between rounds and prepare yourself for the wildest hootenanny since Kenneth’s last birthday party.

If You Build It UCBEast; 8pm; $5
Broad City writer Kara Klenk welcomes Inside Amy Schumer’s Dan Soder, John Early and a lively lineup of recognizable faces for this fast-paced stand-up showcase.

Jay Brannan Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre; 9:30pm; $20 plus two-drink minimum
The Shortbus actor and viral star brings his signature tenor to Joe’s Pub.

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