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The best things to do in NYC this week

Check out the very best things to do in NYC this week including cultural events, fun trivia nights, concerts and more
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There are many incredible things to do in NYC this week, some of which are the best things to do in winter. There are plenty of cool things to do, so check out our roundup of excellent concerts art shows and hilarious comedy shows happening this week too. 

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Best things to do in NYC this week

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Things to do, Festivals

Death Becomes Us

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York
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Let's get morbid. Podcast tapings, expert interviews, trivia nights, film screenings and more await at this annual true crime festival. On this year's lineup: Damien Echols, Paul Holes, Amanda Knox, Billy Jensen, Carolyn Murnick, Piper Weiss, Leah Carroll and lots more. If you're looking for some good dark humor, don't miss the ladies of Wine & Crime (March 22, $21.50) and the special True Crime edition of Tinder Live with Lane Moore (March 23, $21.50).

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Sputnik Disco Yoga

icon-location-pin Bogart House, Williamsburg
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Disco, drinks, downward-facing dog. This rooftop class (don't worry: it's enclosed and heated) is equal parts yoga and party. Get centered with an open-level class for the first hour, then get loose with a two-hour party. Tunes are provided throughout by NYC nightlife staple Amber Valentine. By the time 10pm rolls around, you'll be walking on air.

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Photograph: Courtesy Albert Vecerka
Things to do, Exhibitions

James Bond

icon-location-pin SPYSCAPE, Midtown West
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Explore the process behind the creation of the world's suavest secret agent at this new interactive exhibit featuring nifty gadgets, a chance to check out Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5, original concept art and more.

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Kiss Me, Kate
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus
Theater, Musicals

Kiss Me, Kate

icon-location-pin Studio 54, Midtown West
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Theater review by Adam Feldman  After all the discussion last season about the sexual politics of My Fair Lady and Carousel, it may seem like a suboptimal time to revive, of all musicals, Kiss Me, Kate: A 1940s lark, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, in which the tempestuous leading lady is—at least in the original version—spanked onstage by her ex-husband before returning to him, in the end, to sing a paean to feminine submission. Roundabout Theatre Company’s very diverting production is nothing if not sensitive to the show’s potential dangers. In his Playbill note, artistic director Todd Haimes promises a Kiss Me, Kate that “resurrects all the magic of its 1948 premiere while rising to the responsibility of a 2019 revival.” Gone is the spanking, and changed are some of the lyrics. In the most important case, the chastened Kate no longer laments, in verse borrowed straight from the Bard, that “women are so simple”; her reproach now applies to “people” as a whole. If only adjusting a show to fit modern sensibilities were quite so simple as that. At the center of Kiss Me, Kate is an enmeshed love-hate relationship between two headstrong actors that mirrors the plot of the version of Shrew they’re performing together. Actor-producer Fred Graham (Will Chase, in fine voice and a dashing period mustache) has pinned his tenuous financial hopes on a touring Shakespearean musical; his costar is his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi (Kelli O’Hara), who has a reputation for bei

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The Bad Plus
Photograph: Courtesy Shervin Lainez
Music, Jazz

The Bad Plus

icon-location-pin Village Vanguard, West Village
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This alt-jazz phenomenon made its name—and earned itself a few haters—interpreting favorites by Blondie, Nirvana and other rock icons, but has since aimed the spotlight on its striking, inventive postbop-gone-pop originals, tunes that handily demonstrate the group's uncommonly broad pool of influences. Experience the next chapter in the band's history here, with Orrin Evans taking over the piano bench in the recent absence of the idiosyncratic Ethan Iverson.

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Ian Cheng, BOB, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Gladstone Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

“Ian Cheng: BOB”

icon-location-pin Gladstone Gallery, Chelsea
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Cheng has made a rep for himself by creating “live simulations” imagineered with the help of a video game engine. In them, behavioral scenarios involving figures interacting within fantastical landscapes are programmed to play out or mutate on their own. For his debut at Gladstone Gallery, Cheng delves into artificial intelligence with BOB (Bag of Beliefs), an AI taking form as a “chimeric branching serpent” with its own mind, body and personality, enabling it to autonomously interact and respond to viewers.

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Danny Artese
LGBT

The Day I Should Have: Listened

icon-location-pin The Tank, Midtown West
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Storytelling phenom Danny Artese gathers an all-star lineup of performers to share tales under the prompt "the day I should have listened." He welcomes Matt Smith McCormick, April Salazar, Sharon Spell, Ria Spencer and many others to the mic. 

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Julio Torres
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy, Solo shows

Julio Torres: My Favorite Shapes

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick
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At this dazzling multimedia experiment, SNL's resident magician contemplates the inner life of inanimate objects—including doll furniture, crystals and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Though his unique brand of alchemy has seeped into every corner of the alt-comedy landscape (and will soon debut on HBO), Torres is just as intimate and sweet on stage as he's ever been. Not to be missed. 

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Tammy Faye Starlite
Photograph: Courtesy Bob Gruen
Music, Cabaret and standards

Tammy Faye Starlite Sings Marianne Faithfull's Broken English

icon-location-pin Pangea, East Village
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After re-creating the strange magic of Nico in a series of excellent shows, the daring, hilarious, persona-shifting Tammy Faye turns to another icon of distressed rock glamour: British singer, addict and comeback queen Marianne Faithfull. In this performance, she covers Faithfull's seminal 1979 album, Broken English, in its entirety.

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Princess Zhaojun
Photograph: Courtesy Liu Haidong
Dance, Folk & world

Princess Zhaojun

icon-location-pin David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side
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China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater makes its New York debut with a dance-theater pageant directed and choreographed by Kong Dexin. The show, written by Yu Ping and composed by Zhang Qu, tells of Wang Zhaojun, a legendary beauty who helped bring peace to the Han Dynasty two thousand years ago. Fifty dancers bring the story to life, with help from opulent costumes and sets. 

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Sasha Velour holds a crystal ball in Smoke & Mirrors
Photograph: Courtesy Tanner Abel
Music, Cabaret and standards

Sasha Velour: Smoke & Mirrors

icon-location-pin New York Live Arts, Chelsea
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Since elevating the standards of Drag Race with her season nine win, Velour has continued to dazzle from her home throne in Brooklyn and while touring the world. Now, the Bushwig icon returns with her most spectacular stage gambit yet. Watch as the drag innovator builds her own gay fantasia involving lip syncs, magic, multimedia art and frock after gorgeous frock. 

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The Orchid Show 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden
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The Orchid Show

icon-location-pin New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY, New York Botanical Garden
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Now in its 17th year, this mesmerizing show displays thousands of orchids in geometric, illuminated sculptural presentations. This year's exhibit pays tribute to Singapore, showcasing the country's achievements in orchid cultivation, research and conservation (look out for nods to Singapore's dazzling Supertrees). Catch special Orchid Evenings for dancing, music and cocktails among the flowers. 

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