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15 glorious things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer Picht

Fri 25

The Roller Wave House of Yes; 7pm; $10–$20
In the words of the immortal Big Tymers, everybody get your roll on. The popular roving roller-disco party presents two nights of freewheeling fun in Queens before returning to House of Yes for Memorial Day weekend. Grab your skates (or rent a pair there for $10), slip into your finest disco attire and go shimmy to the musical selections of DJ Jason Smith, Scram Jones, DJ Soul NYC and DJ Wonder. Rental skates are first-come, first-served, so don’t roll in late.

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Top Gun on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; 7pm; free
Before America was great again and Tom Cruise was super weird, there was this gem of pop Americana featuring hot pilots high-fiving on the beach (we're sure that some other stuff happens too). And now you can watch it from the flight deck of an actual aircraft carrier? GTFO.

Empire State Building Sunrise Experience; $100–$125
Watching the sun rise from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building is well worth the early wake-up call.

Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour Cornelia Street Cafe; 11am; $125
Sample Neapolitan pizza, pierogies, cannolis, artisan chocolates and more on this half-day tour of Brooklyn.

Anybody: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera Caveat; 9pm; $15, at the door $20
If you think about it, history is a bit like a word in a Rick Ross rhyme: It tends to repeat itself. That’s not the only thing history and rap have in common at this hilarious show, inspired by that other hip-hop musical. Hip-hop improv group North Coast invites audience members to suggest a favorite historical figure—be it Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Bea Arthur or beyond—then performs a fully improvised and factually accurate musical based on that person’s life.

Tidbits with Alex and Griffin Producers Club II; 6:30pm; $8
UCB alumni and best friends Alex Gavlick and Griffin Leeds present their latest sketches in this upbeat, hour-long show. They're joined by Millie Tamarez for the May edition.

Em’s Damn Good Rogering Pete’s Candy Store; 7pm; free
All hilarious hell breaks loose at this unpredictable monthly gig. Watch host Emma Rogers and her funniest buddies go wild with stand-up, songs and beyond. This time, Rogers welcomes Eudora Peterson, Casey James Salengo, Ayo Edebiri, Charlie Bardey, Sam Regal and Brad Howe to perform.

Sat 26

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit; noon; free
This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft. The show takes place on University Place starting at E 13th St.

Fleet Week Silent Disco Stage 48; 11pm; $15–$40
Service men and women boogie for free at this silent disco party serving $8 cocktails before midnight. When you go, you’ll don wireless headphones and get down to three live DJs playing either Top 40 tracks, throwbacks from the early aughts or hip-hop and reggae grooves.

Last Stop Laughs; Q.E.D; 11pm; $7–$10
FreddyG serves an unstoppable lineup every weekend at QED with his long-running show. May 5 features host Roddy Macinnes, Erin Maguire, Danette Rodriguez and Daniel J Perafan; May 12 boasts host Maddy Smith, Erik Bransteen, Katie Haller, Pedro Gonzalez, Julia Solomon and Robby Hoffman; May 19 features host Santi Espinosa, Emily Winter, Chris James, Alex Kayhart, Jen Lap and Jesse Eigner; And catch host Dylan Palladino, Suzanne Lea Shepard, Brendan Sagalow, Lance Weiss, Julie Kotakis and Edward Farrell on May 26.

Animaniacs Live! Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 7pm. 9:30pm; $45 plus $12 minimum
Rob Paulsen, who voiced Yakko on the 1990s animated hit Animaniacs (and Pinky on Pinky and the Brain), revisits 20 songs from the show in a night of musical nostalgia. Accompanying him on piano is Emmy winner Randy Rogel, who wrote many of the toon tunes in question.

Sun 27

DOPEBBQ Knockdown Center; 2pm; $20–$30
It's not summer until the General Public deems it so. The reliably excellent party crew lights off another Memorial Day rager with this jumbo warehouse party, at which free bites, drink specials and dancing abound. Show up in a fly look you can sweat through; DJs Trueblends, L-squared, Mike Nasty and Proper Edakit will be spinning epic beats all day.

Passport to Taiwan Union Square; noon; free
Celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week in Union Square Park with live performances by Taiwanese-Americans and food traditionally found in Taiwan's “night markets.” Learn the traditional arts of lion-head painting, paper umbrella making and sugar blowing with craft masters, and take notes on the soy sauce–making exhibition.

Mister Sunday Nowadays; 3pm; $20
The unbeatable duo of Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin have grounded their world-touring record label and Mister Sunday dance party at the stunning Nowadays space in Ridgewood. Join them every Sunday for jubilant dancing, food truck bites and beyond. The Memorial Day rager promises a packed dance floor and cute looks from guests of all ages. And LGBTQ revelers will serve their cutest looks for the June 24 Pride edition with DJ Ciel and DJ Python, which benefits the Ali Forney Center.

Jackie Beat: Gender Collusionist! Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe; 9:30pm; $23, plus $20 minimum
The dirty-mouthed drag renaissance woman takes on the scandals of the Trump era in her latest solo show, sure to be packed with her brilliantly cruel comedy and defiantly un-PC song parodies.

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