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20 fabulous things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Mon 18

Bryant Park Movie Nights Bryant Park; 8pm; free
Grab a blanket, stake out a place on the grass and kick back in everyone's favorite Midtown oasis at this summer series featuring Hester Street Fair food vendors and classic flicks like A League of Their Own and The Princess Bride. Movies start at sundown, but space goes quick so it's best to show up when the lawn opens at 5pm. Mon 18's feature is 1985 teen dram-com The Breakfast Club.

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Broadway Sings Kelly Clarkson Highline Ballroom; 8pm; $20–$65
More than a dozen Broadway vocalists perform new arrangements of hits by the first and arguably greatest American Idol winner of them all, backed by orchestrator Joshua Stephen Kartes and a 14-piece jazz orchestra. Singers include Ben Fankhauser, Frankie James Grande, Arielle Jacobs, Adam Kaplan, Anthony Lee Medina, Matt DeAngelis, Christine Dwyer, Emma Hunton, Eric Michael Krop, Natalie Weiss and producer-director Corey Mach.

Revolution: 8th Annual Pride Charity Concert The Cutting Room; 7:30pm; $30–$100 plus $20 minimum
Fran Drescher, Frankie J. Grande, Matt Doyle, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Robbie Rozelle, Rebecca Larki, the cast of Afterglow and the preteen drag queen and LBGTQ activist Desmond is Amazing are among the performers at Broadway Sings for Pride's eighth annual concert. Proceeds benefit  the anti-bullying efforts of the Tyler Clementi Foundation.

Tue 19

Netflix’s Queer Eye 92nd Street Y; 7pm; $50
Bask in the glow of the Fab Five and catch an inside glimpse at the second season of basically the best reboot ever when Bobby, Karamo, Tan, Antoni and Jonathan hit NYC for a chat with Teen Vogue’s Phillip Picardi.

Fill in the Hole: A New Comedy Trivia The Duplex; 7pm; free
Endlessly creative comedic madman Zach Zimmerman welcomes you to his weekly playhouse, at which you'll catch excellent sets from his favorite comics, then compete in related trivia battles. There's no crazier happy hour in town.

Grizzly Bear + Spoon The Capitol Theatre; 7pm; $46–$81
Indie-rock faves Grizzly Bear hit town behind last year’s Painted Ruins, which—in keeping with the band’s previous albums—is a rich listen with ample space for psychedelic wanderings, oddball melodies and rhythmic left-turns. Austin indie-rockers Spoon co-headline, making this a knockout summer pairing.

Get Reel: Dandies in the Hemlock UCBEast; 7:30pm
At their monthly show Get Reel, devilish men of leisure Max Wittert and Joe Castle Baker invite comedians to provide live, totally bananas voice overs for movie clips. For this special Comedy Central Corporate Retreat edition of the show, the two satirical darlings invite Larry Owens, Ana Fabrega, Lorelei Ramirez, Colin Burgess and Tim Platt to take on Merchant Ivory, Masterpiece Theater and the extensive world of arch period pieces.

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; various prices
The bright-eyed, bouncy-kneed Scottish stage-and-screen actor plays fast and louche with the cabaret format, sprinkling naughty words into long comic stories and putting a completely fresh interpretive spin on familiar songs. He became an American citizen in 2008, a decade after taking New York by storm in Cabaret, and his latest set explores his immigrant experience. With typical mischief, he performs the set nightly at the ultraswank Cafe Carlyle, then hightails it downtown for a far more affordable midnight show at Joe's Pub.

Wed 20

Magic Hour The Triad; 7pm; $25 plus two-drink minimum
Acclaimed mentalists and sleight-of-hand artists show off their tricks at magician Patrick Terry's Off Broadway show. This week's edition stars America's Got Talent vet Eric Dittelman.

Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater; 7:30pm; $22–$34
With the start of a new season comes a new wave of young powerhouses ready to risk their reputations for a chance at eternal glory on the iconic Apollo stage. Your cheers (or boos) will decide who receives the night’s biggest honor—Top Dog—along with a cash prize of $20,000. Consider this your chance to see legends in the making before they become household names.

My First Time: A Stand Up Storytelling Show Q.E.D.; 9pm; $10
First times: we've all had 'em. Some were better than others, but most make great comedy fodder. Hear host Angela Cobb and a slew of guest comics joke about the life milestone society's most obsessed with at Astoria's intimate comedy club.

Hack City Black Cat LES; 7:30pm; free
It’s a free comedy show...with crêpes. Need we say more? Fumi Abe and Michael Nguyen bring together some of the city’s most diverse and reliably solid lineups every month at this sweet show. June's edition is a banger, with Paris Shashay, Andrew Casertano, Jordan Mendoza, Carmen Lagala and Norlex Belma hitting the stage.

Six Fags: A ‘Lil Gay Stand-up Showcase Club Cumming; 10:30pm; free
Beware: A gaggle of witty gays has arrived to subvert your Pride celebration, and you're powerless to resist their charms. Join Zach Zimmerman, Drew Anderson, Jon Wan, Pat Regan, David Goldberg, Tim Kov and Dash Turner as they take over Club Cumming for a night of fabulously-curated, delightfully dark stand-up.

Thu 21

Citi Summer in the Square Union Square; various times; free
Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square Park hosts a full day of free activities, including yoga, cardio and bootcamp classes, lunchtime jazz, screenings of classic flicks like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Hairspray, and a series of dueling performances, wherein pianists, beatboxers, dancers and guitarists square off to see who can put on the best show. Visit to see the full lineup of events and drop in for some gratis outdoor fun.

Socrates Sculpture Park Summer Solstice Celebration; 5pm; free
Celebrate the longest (and hopefully sunniest) day of the year at this art-focused outdoor party, which includes workshops from the Noguchi Museum; a communal art-making project using the park's trees; and performances by vocalist STEFA* and all-women drum crew Batalá New York. The day ends with a sunset shamanic circle by the water. Not a bad way to get some good weekend vibes.

Yum’s the Word: Dairy Queens and Kings Le Poisson Rouge; 7:30pm; $15, at the door $20
Robin Gelfenbien, the empress of salty storytelling, pairs all-star yarn-spinners with home-made ice cream cake at this popular monthly showcase. For the show's Pride edition, she brings R. Eric Thomas, Georgia Clark, Kelli Dunham and Craig Mangum to the stage.   

Movies Under the Stars: God’s Own Country Tony Dapolito Recreation Center; 8pm; free
In celebration of Pride month, NYC Parks are screening some of our favorite queer classics. This time, it's 2017's stirring and sensual British romance God's Own Country. Try to resist this love story.

DED Talks: TED Talks From Dead People Caveat; 6:30pm; $10–$15
Bask in the wisdom of Bea Arthur, Julia Childs, Steve Irwin and other fallen icons at this TED Talk–inspired event. Glo Tavarez, Claire Burns, Isabelle Owens, Andy Kimler, Brittanie Sheree, Christi Chiello, Richie Moriarty and Jay Malsky channel insights from beyond the grave while host, um, God watches over it all.

Catherine Cohen: The Twist?...She’s Gorgeous Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $12
After regularly stealing the show at Club Cumming, Union Hall and beyond, supreme multihyphenate Catherine Cohen takes over Joe's Pub for a night of wickedly subversive musical comedy, fabulous looks and self-directed diva worship. She's joined by regular collaborator Henry Koperski at the keys. Not to be missed.

Harry Styles + Kacey Musgraves Madison Square Garden; 8pm; $79–$129
The breakout star of One Direction takes over the stadium stage with country star Kacey Musgraves, who mixes a classic, honeyed sound with a subversive lyrical take on the traditionally straitlaced genre. Her newest album, Golden Hour, is the strongest demonstration of those gifts yet, an collection of hits, by turns heart-rending and jubilant.

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