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26 outstanding things to do in New York this weekend

By David Goldberg

Fri 7 

“De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s” David Zwirner; 10am–6pm; free
It’s the final day to immerse yourself in Valentine’s unique sci-fi/candy–Pop Art world. Extra docents have been recruited to stop you from grabbing the colorful pieces.  

ETHEL & Friends Metropolitan Museum of Art; Fri, Sat 5pm; free
The TransAtlantic duo of pianists Evelyn Ulex and Pablo Lavandera join the Met’s beloved string quartet at the Balcony Bar. Treat yourself to an early evening of vittles, hors d’ouevres, Debussy and Piazzolla.

Stargazing at Lincoln Center Lincoln Center Fountain; Fri, Sat sundown–11pm; free
Spot Saturn, Jupiter and Venus as the sun sets over the city. The Amateur Astronomers Association provides the telescopes; all you need is an astronomy Google search to impress your friends.

John Early: Literally Me Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; Fri, Sat 9:30pm; $15 plus two-drink minimum, at the door $20
Best see this intrepid comedian before he becomes a household name; with a monthly show at Ars Nova and guest appearances on High Maintenance, Broad City and Wet Hot American Summer, Early will soon become ubiquitous. Drag bestie Hamm Sandwich gets the crowd werking.

Rooftop Films: All We Have Is Now Industry City, Brooklyn; 8pm; $15
All We Have Is Now chronicles the growing pains and challenges of Vulkano, a Swedish all-girl indie-pop group on the rise. Party with the women of Vulkano before and after the film as they bring their signature fantastical sound to Sunset Park. 

“Silent” Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center); 10:45pm; free
This special outdoor screening of the greatest cult classic of all time has all the fixtures of a regular midnight show, but this time, shadow-cast and audience will be outdoors and wearing headphones. For once, you’ll actually be able to understand what Magenta and Dr. Scott are saying.

Fantastic Four opens today
When Dr. Doom and the Thing are total babes, you know you’re watching the prettiest superhero movie of the year. Chronicle director Josh Trank youths up the reality-defying franchise with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell as Marvel’s first—and apparently finest—family. 

The Diary of a Teenage Girl opens today
Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-autobiographical novel, this 1970s indie fully embraces the fantasies of its teenage heroine Minnie (Bel Powley), as she fantasizes about the many men in her life—most vividly, her mother’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård).  

Crimson Kitty: LadyQueen! Dixon Place; 10pm; $10, at the door $15
Dressing like girls isn’t just for boys anymore. LadyQueen, the first and only all-female drag queen act, presents Miss Crimson Kitty, New York’s own gender-bending, lip-smashing redhead wonder. An armada of lady glamazons—including Sequinette, Mistor Hyster and Miss Malice—promise to decimate their lip syncs and leave you howling.

1080p Label Night Palisades, Brooklyn; 11pm; $10
Vibe with the future of electronica as Canadian imprint 1080p serves sets from CFCF, Image Man, Earth Boys and Umfang. 

Sat 8 

MCA DAY Littlefield, Brooklyn; 12pm; free
The boombox will be blaring all day in celebration of the life, music and activism of Adam “MCA” Yauch, the late great Beastie Boy. Wear your best kicks.

Mad Decent Block Party MCU Park, Brooklyn; Sat, Sun 2pm; various prices; 
Diplo’s Mad Decent label has marked Brooklyn as the next target of its psychedelic savagery. Die Antwoord, Major Lazer, Odesza, Zeds Dead and many more acts will assemble to ruin your shoes and spin you into ecstatic delirium.  

Warm Up at Moma PS1 Queens; 3pm; $18, at the door $20
One of summertime’s most reliable outdoor bacchanals delivers again this Saturday, with bands and DJs from Berlin, Santiago, London and even Houston. The good eats, beer and art will keep you around for hours. 

Watkins Family Hour: Highway 61 Revisited Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center); 7pm; free
Bob Dylan’s iconic 1965 album receives a loving (and comprehensive) 50th-anniversary treatment from grammy-winning siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, along with a crew of superstar guests, like Fiona Apple.

Martha Graham Cracker Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 7pm; $25–$30 plus $12 drink minimum
She’s tall, she’s hairy and she sings live. The fearless Philadelphia drag powerhouse returns with her four-piece band for a cabaret night that mashes up songs by Prince, Nina Simone, Mötley Crüe and everything in between.  

Margaret Cho Ice Palace, Long Island; 7pm, 10:30pm; $50–$65
In “There is no T in team but there is ‘Cho’ in Psycho,” the aggressive comedian, author, activist and musician leaves no subject untouched—from police brutality to violence against women­—and the results are wicked funny.

Tune-Yards + Shabazz Palaces Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn; 7:30pm; free
Strap your suspenders tight: Prospect Park is about to be overrun with relentlessly cheerful pop, courtesy of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner, known and frantically adored as Tune-Yards. Rap act Shabazz Palaces will open for a guaranteed night of feverish dancing. 

Sarkodie: History in the Making Apollo Theater; 8pm; $45–$100
The Apollo aims to catch up the U.S.A. on the best of Afrobeats in just one night; with this lineup, they’ll likely succeed. Sarkodie, “the Jay-Z of Ghana,” shares the stage with 12 Ghanaian and Nigerian acts to deliver the best dancehall, rap, hip-hop and Afropop to the world.

Joe Bonamassa PNC Bank Arts Center, New Jersey; 9pm; $76.25–$132.25
The solo guitar prodigy pays a stunning tribute to the work of blues rock icons Freddie King, B.B. King and Albert King.

Jamie xx Terminal 5; 10pm; various prices
The xx drummer/keyboardist released his solo debut In Colour to rapturous acclaim in June. Witness the indie superstar’s dance-rock apotheosis in person as he performs hits like “Loud Places” and “Good Times.”

Party Line: Beautiful Swimmers + Soul 2 Seoul venue disclosed with ticket purchase; 10pm; $10–$15, at the door $20
Dress light and don’t make Saturday brunch plans if you plan to enter this sweaty late-night wonderland of underground disco and house music. D.C.’s Beautiful Swimmers will spin dreamy, delirious disco with the help of Brooklyn’s Soul 2 Seoul. Email for the secret location.

Sun 9

Badgley Mischka sample sale 260 Sample Sale, Soho; 11am
It’s the final day to ransack Sample Sale for every last item from this runway favorite. For a fair shot at the 75 percent off RTW, sportswear and couture pieces, you’ll want to come early and sharpen your nails. 

Masterworks Series: Alexander Peskanov + Edith Kraft Bargemusic; 4pm; $35 ($30 senior, $15 student)
The coffee barge turned floating chamber-music hall welcomes pianists Edith Kraft and Alexander Peskanov for recitals of Schubert, Debussy, Mendelssohn and more.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center); 7pm; free
The Texan blues, jazz and gospel legend brings his iconic haircut, vocals, and 12-piece band to end Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors summer season.

ASSSSCAT 3000 Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 7:30pm, $10; 9:30pm, free
Anything can happen at this demented UCB improv night, and anyone can turn up—past guests have included Rachel Dratch, Amy Schumer, Jason Mantzoukas and UCB cofounder Amy Poehler. Show up early to get into the packed show.

My Hair Looks Fierce The Raven; 10pm; $10 suggested donation
The Club Kids and Queens of the Night raise hell and cash to benefit the Locks of Love foundation at this special Klüb night. If you need to take a break from DJ Johnny Dynell’s sickening beats, you can practice your resting bitch face with hosts Amanda Lepore, Aftin Colón, Victoria Beltran and Colby Walsh.


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