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27 awesome things happening in New York this week

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Mon 6

The NYC Good Beer Passport Summer; Various locations, $37.
Taste your way through city's finest suds with this "Passport," which gets you one local craft beer at each of 44 locations around NYC anytime until September 7.

Big City FishingHudson River Park, Pier 25, 5pm. Free.
Learn the rod-and-reel basics and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local waters, with an emphasis on river ecology and education.

Mudhoney + Pissed Jeans + Black Clouds; Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, 9pm. $20–$25.
Seattle's Mudhoney, one of the veteran grunge outfits that failed to hit it big, yet racked up impeccable indie-rock cred, pays an always-welcome visit to the East Coast.

JJ Peet, MAGiCSTANCE; On Stellar Rays, Lower East Side, 11am. Free. 
Clay figures prominently here, too, as in one piece featuring a pair of silencers made of porcelain.

Hold Onto Your Butts; People’s Improv Theater
With Jurassic World still tearing up theaters, experience the original in a whole new way with this painfully funny comedy show that reenacts Jurassic Park scene-by-scene, with just two people.

Nat Towsen's Downtown Variety HourUCBEast, East Village, 8pm. $5.
New York native Nat Towsen (CollegeHumor) brings together the best acts of today's New York alt-comedy scene, often including Janeane Garofalo, and welcomes some notable out-of-towners.

MOMIX: Alchemia; The Joyce Theater, Chelsea, 7:30p. 
Moses Pendleton's ensemble are the superstars of the dance-pop constellation, so if you've got a friend who "isn't into dance," this athletic, stunt-prone group will be able to sway even that cynical soul.

Tue 7

Penn & Teller on Broadway; Marquis Theatre
It’s been almost 25 years since the great magic-comedy team last brought their deconstructive illusionism to the Great White Way. Now they’re back with more shocking awesomeness.

Elastic City Festival; Various locations and prices. 
This annual free six-week festival made by and for artists and creative souls includes walks (artist-led collaborative city explorations), talks (interactive discussions with creators) and ways (intensive workshops). S

DruidShakespeare: The History Plays; Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Upper West Side, 7pm. $45–$175.
Ireland’s estimable Druid Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival to present all four plays of Shakespeare’s Henriad in rep, tracking the English throne from the fall of Richard II to the rise of Henry V.

Billy Madison50 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, 5pm–11pm. Free.
It was 20 years ago that this comedy starring Adam Sandler first melted America's hearts with its dopey charm. Get hot for teacher at an outdoor showing of the film with food and drinks on sale from Nitehawk.

Vision 20 Dance; Judson Church, Greenwich Village, 7pm. $40, festival pass $200.
The long-lived festival contains several worthy events, but on July 12, the seminal Urban Bush Women perform; you'll rarely have a chance to be so close to these legendary artists.

Kevin Hart: What Now Tour; Madison Square Garden, Midtown West, 7pm & 10:30pm. $60-$200.
Hart is already the biggest comedian in the country and comfortably expanding out into movies, see him perform at either time tonight. 

Wed 8

National Ballet of China; David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Upper West Side, 8pm. $35–$120.
The startling spectacle of both works coming in this year's tour (The Peony Pavilion and The Red Detachment of Women) will sell out quickly, so you'll want to get your tickets the moment your eyes see this paragraph.

Taste of the TerminalGrand Central Terminal, Main Concourse, Midtown East, Free. 
Every Wednesday, get a sampling of the yummy cuisines here (like beer from Beer Table and ice cream from Jacques Torres), accompanied by live performances by Music Under New York. 

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; Various locations and times. Location, price and time vary; visit for details. 
If you've ever jammed out to dope artists like De La Soul, Jay Z or a Tribe Called Quest, then you definitely get why Brooklyn is the perfect place for a hip-hop fest.

Harlem Whiskey FestivalRed Rooster Harlem, Harlem, 7–10pm. $100, VIP $150. 
Neat or on the rocks, grab a dram of your favorite hooch at this inaugural whiskey celebration. Hosted at Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem kitchenette, Red Rooster. the two-day event features tastings of the more than 30 whiskeys including Glenmorangie, WhistlePig Rye and the Bronx's own Tirado. 

CluelessMcCarren Park, Greenpoint, 6pm. Free.
As if you would miss a showing of the pinnacle of ’90s fashion! Find a seat in the grass and watch as the ever-popular Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and her grungy friend turned mini me (Brittany Murphy) navigate high school in L.A. 

New York Asian Film FestivalThe Film Society of Lincoln Center, Upper West Side, 12pm. $14, three-film package $33.
Today is your last chance to experience the 14th edition of this 10-day festival. Some of the movies—including mega-blockbusters, critically acclaimed art films and beautiful historical dramas—are making their way from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia to New York. 

Ada/Ava3LD Art & Technology Center, Financial District, 8pm. $24.
Nouveau-retro company Manual Cinema's virtuuosic live-scored "silent film" evokes sweetness, poignancy and fright.

Thur 9

Midsummer Night SwingDamrosch Park at Lincoln Center, Upper West Side, 6pm. $17, season pass $170.
Lincoln Center's social-dance series is back for its 27th season, coaxing novices and veterans alike onto the Damrosch Park dance floor for a season that includes salsa  disco, tango, Hawaiian swing and rock & roll. Tonight is your last weekday to enjoy it.

Punch Brothers + Sarah Jarosz; Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell), Prospect Park, 7:30pm. Free.
A-list newgrass group the Punch Brothers, led by übertalented mandolinist, singer and songwriter Chris Thile, brings its new disc The Phosphorescent Blues to Prospect Park. Count on hearing traditional string music performed with insane chops and plenty of whimsical asides.

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim BurtonAvery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side, 7:30pm. $65–$250.
Elfman has written many tunes that are now a permanent part of our collective cultural conscience, like the theme songs for The Simpsons, the score for The Nightmare Before Christmas, all of which will be live onstage featuring a full orchestra and choir. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite character!

Ron FunchesCarolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $33 plus two-drink minimum.
The rising star is coming to NYC to share his irresistably sweet and hilarious stand-up. His delivery makes you want to take him home, but his punchlines will leave you rolling on the floor.

Lianna La Havas + Keenan OMeara; Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, 8pm. $25.
Soulful, thoroughly unpretentious U.K. singer Lianne La Havas visits behind her new silky, honeyed sophomore effort, Blood.

Mortified; Littlefield, Gowanus, 8pm. $10.
Most of us wouldn’t relive our teenage years if you paid us. But at this nostalgic reading, bold volunteers want to share their most embarrassing angsty childhood memories with you, and they don’t plan on holding back. First kiss, first puff, life at Bible camp: Boundaries don’t exist here.