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27 marvelous things to do in New York City this weekend

By David Goldberg
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Aug 14

“Space Between” FLAG Art Foundation; 11am–5pm; free
Make it to FLAG Art Foundation for the final day of this optically entrancing collection that explores the breaks between dimensions.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Opens in theaters
Guy Ritchie’s splashy adaptation of the ’60s spy show embraces high style, high stakes and homoerotic subtext as its handsome leads (Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer) dash around Europe trying to stop a nuclear threat.

Mistress America Opens in theaters
You know there's some NYC millennials that would likely admit Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha is what made them move to the city in the first place. Fortunately, the romantic and creative duo has reteamed for another speedy comedy that pairs Gerwig with Mozart in the Jungle’s Lola Kirke.

Masterworks Series: Vassily Primakov Bargemusic; 8pm; $35 
Bargemusic, the chamber-music hall on a boat, presents a perfected interpretation of Schumann’s works, including his Fantasie in C major, by Russian concert pianist Vassily Primakov.

NOFX Gramercy Theatre; 7pm; $39.50 
After two decades, NOFX, the pop-punk garbage gods of Southern California, show no sign of slowing down. The raging band storms the Gramercy Theatre for a show that guarantees to be hilarious, twisted and fun. 

Movie in the Garden: 100 Foot Journey  Westside Community Garden; 8pm; free 
It may not be the French countryside, but for a Friday night in the city, the Westside Community Garden will certainly do. Pack snacks for Helen Mirren’s master chef movie: You’ll definitely be inspired to eat.

OAR + Allen Stone PNC Bank Arts Center, New Jersey; 7pm; $22–$59 
Out of your dorm room and into the PNC amphitheater, the never-aging jam band serves up its signature mix of ska and pop. Long-haired pixie soul performer Allen Stone gets the night going.

Distorted Divas Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe; 10pm; $20 plus $20 minimum 
You should never make fun of a fallen diva unless you’re a drag queen. Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Brenda Dharling and Monet X Change perform loving and loony tributes to pop queens who have come and gone, including Whitney, Celine, Mariah and Selina.

Cruel Summer ’80s Dance Party The Bell House, Brooklyn; 9pm; $10 
Party like the Fine Young Cannibal you know you are as ’80s cover band the Engagements and DJ Steve Reynolds take you back in time with hits by the Smiths, INXS, Bananarama and beyond.

Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration 54 Below; 7pm; $30–$70 plus $20 minimum 
54 Below plays host to a slew of crooners, including Sal Viviano, Brian Charles Rooney and Christopher Johnstone, as they give loving honors to the musical icon, who would have been 100 years old this year.

Aug 15 

Str8 West Coastin’ Project Parlor, Brooklyn; 2pm; free 
For one last time this summer, fans of foam hands, West Coast rap and backyard BBQ can gather for a raucous throwdown as DJs Still Life, Eleven, Dopeshoes and Raichous bring the best of L.A. to Brooklyn.

Pop up Rock 'n’ roll Garden Party The Stephen Talkhouse, Long Island; 1pm; free
Have garden parties in the Hamptons always been this rad? Alt retail company PopUpSummer turns Amagansett into a one-day wonderland of shopping, art, drinking and rock music. You can even get your hair done. We’re hoping this becomes a Hamptons trend.

Beach Sessions Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens; 4, 6pm; free
Up-and-coming choreographers, dancers, crews and performers bring their best work out of the studio and into the open air at this beachside dance festival. Watch members of the D.R.E.A.M. Ring melt together in lithe-bodied geometry, and see the Loni Landon project blur the lines between body and sculpture on the sand.

#Madonnaworship Night Stonewall Inn; 7pm; suggested donation $10
Whether you’re a true blue or a rebel heart, you’ll be more than danced out by the end of this Madonna-inspired party that benefits the New York City Anti-Violence Project. Ready yourself for Madge’s greatest dance floor tracks, drag performances and giveaways.

Might Get Weird: Endless Summer Sugar Hill Disco & Restaurant, Brooklyn; 12pm; $20 
Sugar Hill’s light-up dance floor will be overflowing with dance party pros for the Deep’s last wild event of the summer. The disco hall and restaurant provides all the yummy homestyle eats and cheap cocktails you’ll need to keep dancing for 12 solid hours.

Jazz Age Lawn Party (also Sunday) Governors Island; 11pm; $55
Bring your East Egg A-Game to Governors Island for authentic partying straight out of the gramophone. With pie contests, 1920s motorcar exhibitions and vintage portraits on a paper moon, this wild weekend will make you wish that it was still the Prohibition era.

Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest Coney Island Boardwalk, Queens; 12pm; free 
Kids and adults can register to mold temporary masterpieces by the waves. While you get your hands dirty or watch the masters at work, check out live bands, dance troupes and magic acts. 

Confetti The Bell House, Brooklyn; 10pm; $10, before midnight $7
Pretty boys and girls, tattooed go-go dancers and a range of rising DJs will pack every inch of the Bell House for the first edition of this colorful summer dance series. Better unpack the neon.

Wheatus + Schaffer the Darklord Le Poisson Rouge; 6pm; $15 
With a recent live cover by One Direction, Wheatus’s “Teenage Dirtbag” may endure as the ultimate high school anthem. The Napster-era band is joined by rapper/comedian Schaffer the Darklord (STD) and Brooklyn’s own MC trio, the Handjob Academy.

Aug 16

International Contemporary Ensemble: Into The Little Hill Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center); 5pm; $25–$50 
Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart festival hands the reins to composer George Benjamin, who delivers his chamber opera Into the Little Hill, along with some of his other favorites.

Coney Art Walls Sunday Coney Art Walls, Brooklyn; 5pm; $10, at the door $20
PS1 Warm Up resident DJ Jason Drummond joins Benny Soto and Michael Weiss to curate a weekly gathering near the boardwalk, where experimental art and disco and house music guide you along your tour of the stunning murals. 

Medieval Mysticism St. Bartholomew's Chuch; 10:50am; free 
St. Bartholomew's Church’s Summer of Sacred Music series presents glorious choral works from France’s Middle Ages Ars Nova era.  

Wigstock Cruise Pier 40; 6pm; $40, at the pier $50 
Lady Bunny ravages the Hudson as her drag festival sets sail and ends the weekend with a bang. DJs Johnny Dynell and Ed Bailey will keep the dancing afloat in between outrageous drag performances by Flotilla DeBarge, Sister Dimension and more.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival Begins today; Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center; 2pm; free 
Cuban salsa band Quimbombo brings upbeat dancing to Central Park’s jazz, Latin, world and gospel music festival.

Chicago + Earth Wind and Fire Nikon at Jones Beach Center, Long Island; 7:30pm; $29–$165 
This double-bill will prove irresistible to soul and funk fans of the ’70s. As in step as ever, Chicago belts out its classic ballads, and EWF shows you that they’ve still got their group choreography down.

Twin Peaks Trivia Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free 
Grab a drink and dive into five rounds of TV surrealism with other fans of the soon-to-be-rebooted mystery series. “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” will be the easiest question of the night at this likely bizarre trivia challenge.

Measure for Measure Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn; 7pm; free 
The Brooklyn Bridge Park becomes Shakespeare’s Vienna for the New York Classical Theatre’s final performance of its summer season. 

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