26 awesome things happening in New York this week (July 7–10)

We’ve got everything from Kabuki to muppets to make this week one to remember

Mon July 7
"Spiders Alive!"
; American Museum of Natural History

Spiders are pretty scary, but thankfully they'll be behind glass (except for the one RIGHT BEHIND YOU OH MY GOD WATCH OUT) at this fascinating exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)
Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall); through Sat July 12
Despite a name that sounds like an unwritten Morrissey song, The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree actually is going to be the best way for New Yorkers to witness classic Japanese Kabuki theater without hopping on a plane to Tokyo.

Dancing Under the Stars Finale with Live Music
; Wallenberg Square in Forest Park
Remember those dance lessons you and your boo-thang have been talking about? Here's your chance to take one for free.

Books Beneath the Bridge
; Granite Prospect, Pier 1

This reading series takes place outside, which is a fun change of pace from holing up indoors, ain't it? This time around author Elizabeth Mitchell will read from her book about how the Statue of Liberty was built.

The Moth StorySLAM!
; The Bell House

The Moth is a long-running storytelling series that takes the best and brightest authors, journalists and straight-up interesting people, and gives them a theme to recall a true story about. This week's theme is Pride, and it should be one of the funniest and heartfelt Moth events of the year.

Tue July 8

Catherine Lacey: Nobody Is Ever Missing
; BookCourt

Lacey launches her phenomenal debut novel, about a woman who trades in her life and marriage for a one-way ticket to New Zealand.

The Skeleton Crew: Forensic Science and the Identification of the Unnamed Dead
; Morbid Anatomy Museum

The Morbid Anatomy Museum takes a macabre subject—IDing unnamed dead—and turns it into a fun lecture series.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas
; Gerard W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College)
Dancing is like writing: Everyone thinks they can do it, but although few people have the patience to practice it their whole lives, everyone still thinks they're great at it when drunk. Jokes aside, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker provides an incredible experience and show for those looking to see some beautiful dance performances.

Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory + Luke Temple
; Central Park
Dreamboat singer-songwriter gets together with his band, the Hands of Glory, and plays a sunset concert in Central Park. Expect to see lots of couples with asymmetrical haircuts making out.

Fuerza Bruta: Wayra
; Daryl Roth Theatre

Fuerza Bruta originated in Buenos Aires and have been touring with its surreal theatrics since 2005.

Under Rehearsed: short plays go rogue; The West Brooklyn

Kids these days love reading series. This one has a twist: There are five short plays that get read aloud. Each, as the title suggests, are under rehearsed, so expect some happy mistakes and a relaxed environment.

Ask Me Another
; The Bell House

This is a live taping of an NPR show, so there will be lots of people with glasses and interesting facial hair in attendance. (So, very similar to most Brooklyn events.) Hosted by comedian Ophira Eisenberg.

The Moth Community Showcase
; Housing Works Bookstore Café

This Moth showcase centers around the NYC literati community, focusing on some of the more esoteric writers this city has to offer.

Wed July 9

World Champion Wednesday with Judah Friedlander
; The Stand

He of the "funny hat and glasses" from 30 Rock will be performing in his semi-regular stand-up show, most likely with new hats, too.

New York Philharmonic: Concerts in the Parks
; various locations; through Tue July 15

Phil Harmonic was one of New York's greatest orchestra conductors. He is honored each year by classical music concerts in New York's parks. Now click this.

Sky Ferreira
; Music Hall of Williamsburg

The "Everything Is Embarrassing" singer hopefully won't embarrass herself too much at this show. We kid. She's pretty awesome.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
; various locations

If you've ever jammed out to dope artists like De La Soul, Jay Z or A Tribe Called Quest, than you get why Brooklyn's the best place for this festival. Also, we need to stop using vernacular from 1993.

SummerScreen: Back to The Future
; McCarren Park

The '50s. Awesome cars. Kissing your own mother. It's an '80s classic in every sense of the word. Arrive early to secure a spot, and relive Marty McFly's time-traveling adventures with Doc Brown.

Prospect Heights Music Festival
; The Way Station

Prospect Heights isn't known for its music scene…yet. The Prospect Heights Music Festival hopes to change that with this lineup of the neighborhood's coolest, hippest live acts.

House Party
; Webster Hall

How good was that '90s movie House Party? Man, it was so good. Anyway. Hopefully the editor will keep the previous two sentences in because this House Party at Webster Hall actually is a homage to the dance parties of the 1990s. Ladies get in free, as does anyone with a flat-top haircut. Seriously.

Gene Kelly: The Legacy
; Symphony Space

This event is a retrospective of the dance legend's career by his widow, Patricia Ward Kelly.

The Bronx Defenders Community Block Party; E 160th St
The Bronx Defenders are a group of real-life superheroes. They don't need a mask and a cape, though, they just go about their borough and do good. How cool is that? And here we were about to make a joke. But no: Head to their block party and show your support for these rad dudes.

Thu July 10

Ten Foot Rat Cabaret
; UNDER St. Marks

Here in New York, a ten-foot-tall rat is nothing special. We're used to seeing giant vermin. However, this mixed-bag variety show is just named after a giant rat. Expect some juggling and jokes and burlesque and everything in between.

Weekend Update" anchor Colin Jost
; Carolines on Broadway

A guy from Saturday Night Live will appear live onstage on a Thursday night. Can you handle that? Hilarity will ensue, as will former Time Out New York cover star Colin Jost as he tries out new material at Carolines.

Movies with a View: Duck Soup

The Marx Brothers! Brooklyn Bridge Park! You cannot go wrong with this. Just go. Stop reading this sentence and just go to BBP and camp out until this absolute movie classic begins. Seriously. Stop reading this. You now owe us $40. See? Told you to stop reading.

The Muppet Vault: Sci-Fi
; Union Hall

Muppets in the final frontier...we dare you to imagine a more fun night. Featuring unreleased videos of the muppets, Sesame Street and rare features by Jim Henson.