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26 awesome things happening in New York this week

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Jaz Joyner
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Mon 8

Poets House's 20th Annual Bridgewalk; Brooklyn Bridge, 6:30pm. $250.
Actor Bill Murray joins Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang, Cornelius Eady and other fine bards to continue the tradition of reading NYC-inspired poems while walking across the Kings County landmark.

Alex KatzGavin Brown's Enterprise, West Village, 10am. Free. 
Alex Katz’s landscapes are big and friendly, welcoming you with their direct, carefree applications of paint. They make you wonder how he gets straight to the point with so much joy and ease.

The Sound and the Fury; Public Theater, Downtown, 8pm. $65–$70.
With its inimitable balance of whimsy and rigor, Elevator Repair Service transmutes William Faulkner into a mesmerizing literary performance. 

Billion Oyster Pavillion; Governors Island, 10am. Free.
A billion oysters sounds like a lot, but the title of this installation created by architectural firm BanG Studio for this year's Figment NYC on Governors Island isn't a statement of fact.

The FlickBarrow Street Theatre, West Village, 7:30pm. $45–$99.
Three workers at a rundown movie house in Massachusetts experience life's joys and sorrows, on both sides of the screen, in Annie Baker's unforgettable play. 

"Scorsese Collects"Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West, 10:30am. $25 suggested donation.
The famed director shares his personal stash of original posters from his favorite films.

Spy; In theaters
Melissa McCarthy reteams with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for an action comedy that spoofs the stultified gender roles of the James Bond films and lets comedic genius Rose Byrne play a Bulgarian arm dealer—what's not to like?

The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum; Location TBA, Contact site to request a free visit.
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were two of the best skaters in the early 1990s, and now their controversial legend lives on in this Kickstarter-funded project with a collection open for anyone to see.

ANT Fest 2015Ars Nova, Hell's Kitchen, 7pm. $10–$20.
The busy folks at Ars Nova have combed through a heap of open submissions, piling dozens of the best into a performative anthill teeming with music, comedy and theater works by early-career artists. The lineup includes two special editions of the delightful Showgasm variety show, hosted by John Early. 

Testament of Youth; In theaters
The Ex Machina breakout star Alicia Vikander plays the legendary pacifist Vera Brittain in this lush and powerful adaptation of the feminist icon's formative years as a bystander to WWI.

Tue 9

Museum Mile Festival; Fifth Ave, 6pm. Free. 
Fine-art block party! Ten esteemed institutions shut down Fifth Avenue and open their doors for a three-hour free-for-all, featuring live music and DJs.

Northside Festival; Various locations, 12pm. Various times and prices. 
Now in its seventh year, Northside is a weeklong Williamsburg-centered festival featuring concerts, film screenings and talks. This year's fest features Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Built to Spill, Lower Dens and more! 

Dave Hill: Let Me Turn You On Album Release Party; The Bell House, Gowanus, 8pm. $10.
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show host invites Greg Barris,Seaton Smith and Michelle Wolf to help celebrate the release of his new album.

Having a Whiskey Coke with You; Freddy's Bar, Sunset Park, 9pm. Free.
Drop by for a one-of-a-kind evening of lit, music and art—and down a whiskey coke of course. Oh and yes, there are other drink options, if you so choose to rebel.

The New Release Day with Christian FinneganQ.E.D., Astoria, 8pm. $6.
Stand-up and former Best Week Ever cast member Christian Finnegan brings together comics, writers and musicians to perform their newest material for the first time.

Alan Cumming: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs; Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel), Lenox Hill, 8:45pm. $100-$165 plus $75 minimum.
The bright-eyed, bouncy-kneed Scottish stage-and-screen actor plays fast and louche with the cabaret format, sprinkling naughty words into long comic stories and putting a completely fresh interpretive spin on familiar songs.

Pam Ann: Flight 72The Triad (now Stage 72), Upper West Side, 9pm. $30 plus $15 minimum.
Gay-beloved international camp sensation Pam Ann touches down for a stopover in NYC. As Pam, Australia's Caroline Reid hurls her acid barbs in all directions for some real equal-opportunity offensiveness. 

Colin Quinn: The Coloring Book signing; Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 7pm. Book purchase on location.
Meet the SNL alum as he signs copies of his new book on race relations in America following a live conversation about the book’s themes (host to be confirmed).

The MaccabeesLe Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village, 8pm. $25, advance $22.
English indie-rock band the Maccabees once ambitiously evoked Britpop greats, but its sound has now given way to a more emotional, dreamy vibe. 

Wed 10

Belle and Sebastian; Radio City Music Hall, Midtown West, 8pm. $40–$60.
The Glasgow twee-pop overlords play one of the city's most lavish rooms in support of their recent ninth LP, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.

Women of Letters; Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Soho, 7pm. $20.
The Australian literary salon returns stateside, inviting notable women writers and performers to air their dirty laundry in the form of personal letters crafted just for the occasion.

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force + DJ Greg CazBrooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, 8pm. $30.
The last track on No Place for My Dream, the strong new album from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat heir Femi Kuti, feels downright rebellious. “This Is Only the Beginning” is less than two minutes long. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side, 7pm. $25–$150.
Artistic director Robert Battle continues to present Ailey classics while introducing new choreography to the company repertory. 

Thu 11

American Black Film Festival; Various locations and times. 
This year's addition of the annual film fest features the premiere of director Rick Famuyiwa’s DOPE, a screening of John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, panel discussions with the creators of Empire and Black-ish, and much more.

Loser’s Lounge Battle of the Bands: The B-52s Vs. DevoJoe's Pub at the Public Theater, Downtown, 7pm. $25.
Expect to hear all of your fave throwback jams, from "Love Shack" to "Girl U Want" at this installment of the popular Joe's Pub music series.

Low Standard Show; Videology, Williamsburg, 9pm. Free.
Upright Citizens Brigade vets John Murray and Matt Fisher host this monthly night of stand-up comedy and movie clips where the two discuss their favorite underrated flicks.

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