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30 stupendous things to do in New York this week

By David Goldberg

Mon 10 

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Desk Set Bryant Park; sunset; free
In the eighth of nine onscreen pairings (beat that, Sandler and Barrymore) Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy banter, battle and fall in love as sparring workplace opponents. As expected, they do it better than anyone else. Arrive early with a blanket, but don’t bother with snacks: free popcorn is provided.

WORD presents Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) Housing Works, Soho location; 7pm; sold out
The Magicians author Lev Grossman sits down with fangirl queen and bona fide Whedonite Felicia Day to discuss her new memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

Books Beneath the Bridge: BookCourt Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
Watch the sun set over Manhattan and listen to a reading from Dennis Dunaway's Snakes! Guillotines! and Electric Chairs!, otherwise known as the greatest book title ever. Original Alice Cooper bass guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dunaway shares stories from his memoir while Blue Coupe adds a musical backdrop.   

Brandon Kyle Goodman: One Good Man Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 7pm; $16 plus two-item minimum
The self-proclaimed “renaissance man” comic has brought stand-up, musical sketch comedy and bizarre characters to YouTube and spots like Ars Nova and Culture Project. In One Good Man, he hilariously dishes on racial politics, sexual mistakes and coming of age. 

Turn the Beat Around: 54 Below Celebrates Studio 54 54 Below; 7, 9:30pm; $35–$80 plus $25 minimum
The infamous and glorious disco years of Studio 54 get their proper due with tribute performances by some of Broadway’s finest, including Cheryl Freeman, Willam Blake, Scott Coulter, Lennie Watts, Brian Charles Rooney, Mike Schwitter and Kelli Rabke. It will momentarily make you forget that the Factory won’t be open for an after-party. 

Doug Loves Movies Live Podcast Gramercy Theatre; 8pm; $19
Twitter god, movie addict and stoner superhero Doug Benson welcomes a slew of guests—recent appearances have included Michael Sheen, Pete Davidson, and Har Mar Superstar—to record a live rant for his movie podcast. Prepare yourself for bizarre prizes and vicious humor.

Flicks on the Beach: Mrs. Doubtfire Coney Island Beach; 8:30pm; free
It’s been more than two decades since the late, great Robin Williams debuted this unlikely hit about divorce and drag that became an indelible part of his ’90s oeuvre. Hunker down in the sand with other families and children of the ’90s, and pretend the waves are drowning out your sobbing.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide Union Hall, Brooklyn; 9pm; sold out
The Albert Nobbs of Broad City and star of The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion delivers sweet and slightly touched stand-up on suicide, alcoholism and other bracing matters.

Tue 11

Sunset Salsa with Talia Hudson River Park at Pier 45; 6:30pm; free
Dancing queen Talia Castro-Pozo invites fellow teachers from around the world to instruct you in the art of fancy-foot seduction. You’ll have the chance to impress your teachers at the after-class dance party with DJ Woody.  

Shakespeare at Sunset: Measure for Measure Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn; Tue–Sun, 7pm; free
The grass of Brooklyn Bridge Park becomes a battleground over “mortality and mercy in Vienna” as Shakespeare’s pseudo-comedy gets the royal outdoor treatment from the New York Classical Theatre.

SummerStage: Rakim and DJ Tedsmooth Marcus Garvey Park; 7pm; free
See why Source magazine named Rakim the greatest lyricist of all time as the rap legend dominates Marcus Garvey Park. Remix master Tedsmooth joins Rakim for a show that promises to be gravy for classic rap and hip-hop fans. 

Stargazing at the High Line High Line; dusk; free
The Amateur Astronomer’s Association gives you a chance to peer through the smog and human misery that hangs over the city and see Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and beyond. With powerful telescopes and guided gazing provided by the AAA, you may be able to finally discover your place in the universe. 

Common Shade: Dr. Seth A. Gopin talks pre-cemetery burial practices Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel, Brooklyn; 7:30pm; $25
Art and city historian Seth Gopin reveals the gnarly Middle Ages burial practices that were the norm before the world’s first modern cemetery was created in Paris in 1804. You’ll have the chance to reflect on historical understandings and traditions of death and burial.

Ghostblasters Peoples Improv Theater; 8pm; $20
After making loving stage parodies to movies like The Hunger Games, Steel Magnolias and Back to the Future, the fanatical minds of Unauthorized! have set their eyes on another classic: 1984’s Ghostbusters. Join them at the PIT for a hysterical celebration of the soon-to-be rebooted paranormal comedy.

Having a Whiskey Coke With You Freddy’s Bar, Brooklyn; 9pm; free
The continuing salon series welcomes an eclectic lineup of performers, musical acts, artists, poets and writers to share their work with a well-lubricated crowd. An open mic at the end gives rookies a chance to shine. 

Wed 12

Mobile Mondays! Live with Roy Ayers Marcus Garvey Park; 6–9pm; free
The weekly series hosts a special Wednesday edition in the park for Harlem Week. After nearly 50 years in the industry, "the godfather of neo-soul" Roy Ayers shows he can still bring it when it comes to live jazz and R&B.

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music Marcus Garvey Park; Wed, Thur 6:45–9pm; free
In honor of the beloved musical’s 40th anniversary, Harlem Week presents performances of original songs and dances from the show. Best refresh yourself with the score before Mary J. Blige, Uzo Adoba and Queen Latifah bring it to TV in December.

Tamara Winfrey Harris Bluestockings; 7pm; free
The journalist challenges the audience by asking: “What’s wrong with black women?” Her response: “Not a damn thing.” Listen to her read from her groundbreaking new book, The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America. 

Willie Nelson & Family + Old Crow Medicine Show Prospect Park Bandshell; 6pm; $61.35
Take the opportunity to experience the 82-year-old legend and country icon as he shares the night with beloved Nashville string quartet Old Crow Medicine Show.

Yum’s the Word Le Poisson Rouge; 7pm; $15, at the door $20
In celebration of the show’s fourth anniversary, UCB’s Catie Lazarus and Katina Corrao join host Robin Gelfenbien for a night of hilarious storytelling, twisted games of Mad Libs and, of course, homemade ice-cream cake.

Harlem Week: Amateur Night at the Apollo Apollo Theater; 7:30pm; $20–$32
Enjoy the famed bloodbath institution as aspiring singers, dancers, comedians and rappers attempt to survive the Apollo’s notoriously vicious audience. To celebrate Harlem Week, the Apollo is offering half-price tickets to residents of Harlem.

Arrested Development Bingo Videology, Brooklyn; 9pm; free
Don’t be an Anus Tart: Get your Lucilles and loose seals in order if you want to beat a serious crowd for a chance to win a free drink and a Bluth-inspired frozen banana.

Hudson Riverflicks: Boyhood Hudson River Park, Pier 63; 8:30pm; free
Eat your feelings worth of free popcorn as Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette take you on a tour of the pains and milestones of coming of age in Richard Linklater’s indie masterpiece. Bring a blanket and heaps of tissues.

Thu 13 

Waterfront Garden Tour Randalls Island Park, Randalls Island; 11am–12pm; free
Gather at the touchdown of the 103 St Footbridge for a walk through daffodils, narcissus and a wide variety of verdant species. Enjoy one of the best views of Manhattan that exist while a horticulturist explains what you’re walking through.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn; 5:30–6:45pm; free
You don’t have to disown your city friends and move to another coast to enjoy outdoorsy activities like kayaking. Admire the spectacular view as you take advantage of free 20-minute rides on the East River.

Titus Andronicus Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Riverside Park; Thu–Sat, Sun, 6:30pm; free
Heads are guaranteed to roll as Hudson Warehouse takes Shakespeare’s most violent play to Tarantino levels of craziness. 

Ann Beattie Strand; 7pm; free
The upper-middle-class-skewering author and long time New Yorker fiction contributor reads from her new collection of short stories, The State We’re In, and answers questions about her distinguished literary career.

Face Off Unlimited presents: BATSU! Jebon Sushi & Noodle; 8pm; $18
Watch members of the Face Off improv group undergo horrific and hilarious punishments in this Japanese-style live variety game show. If it’s too hard to watch, focus on your ramen.

Secret Meeting Pine Box Rock Shop, Brooklyn; 8pm; free
The pros cover the comedy then hand the mic over to you for karaoke. SNL writer Eli Yudin hosts this weekly stand-up roundup. Best to gauge the audience during the show before you pick your song.     

Jay King and Mario Diaz De Leon Video Retrospective II The Stone; 10pm; $15
The Stone presents the first-ever retrospective on the decadelong collaboration between composer Mario Diaz de Leon and visual creator Jay King. Sit back and wonder at a phantasmagoria of films, music video and abstract pieces while the violin duo String Noise plays de Leon’s compositions. 


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