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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 spring. We're so happy the season for spring festivals and things to do outside is finally upon us. For news on when major warm-weather events are happening, check this page. Aside from that, pay close attention to all the 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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icon-location-pin Chelsea Music Hall, Chelsea

Deal with your dating hang-ups front and center at this live romantic experiment. Two New Yorkers will be paired on-stage for a blind date, and you get to join in on the magic (or the meltdown). 

Jenny Gorelick and Zach Teague
Photograph: Courtesy Bridget Badore
Things to do

HOT & FUN: Comedy and Karaoke

icon-location-pin Baby Grand, Greenpoint

Crushworthy comedians Jenny Gorelick and Zach Teague host this mash-up party of stand-up and singing. Get down to high-energy sets from the city’s best acts, then hit the stage for an always-lit karaoke after-party. Your Pointer Sisters lyrics better be on point—this isn’t amateur hour!

Photograph: Courtesy Greg Kessler
Things to do, Festivals

World Science Festival

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York

Nerds, rejoice! The World Science Festival is back with another round of debates, films, workshops, interactive installations and discussions featuring leaders in astronomy, neuroscience, robotics and more. Get a new perspective on the intelligence of other animals, learn about the promising effects of psychedelics, stargaze with professional telescopes in Brooklyn Bridge Park and top it all off with a free street fair in Washington Square Park.

Julia Shiplett, Ben Wasserman, Emily Winter and Carolyn Busa
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak
Comedy, Stand-up

Side Ponytail

icon-location-pin Friends and Lovers, Crown Heights

This free weekly getdown from Carolyn Busa, Julia Shiplett, Ben Wasserman and Emily Winter is a reliable night for solid laughs and surprise stars in Crown Heights. 

Photograph: Courtesy Bryant Park
Things to do

Dance Party in Bryant Park

icon-location-pin Bryant Park, Midtown West

Aside from the gratis yoga and tai chi classes held on the lawn of Bryant Park, the green space coaxes toe-tappers to its nearly 10-acre expanse with a fun and free Dance Party on Wednesday evenings starting in May. Folks can cut a rug and learn new styles led by experts starting at 6pm, when instructors walk you through how to swing, tango, salsa or bachata. An hour later, a live band plays the appropriate tunes so you can show off your new steps under the stars.

Vintage Basement with Max and Nicky
Photograph: Courtesy Hunter Peress
Comedy, Stand-up

Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky

icon-location-pin Under St. Marks, East Village

Twin brothers and vaudeville aficionados Max and Nicky Weinbach bring class back to the comedy scene at their monthly affair, at which stand-ups and musical performers dress up and serve their best sets. 

Bridget Everett
Photograph: Courtesy Allison Michael Orenstein
Music, Cabaret and standards

Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments

icon-location-pin Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, East Village

The astonishing, totally fearless Bridget Everett has had a bona fide breakout year in film (Patti Cakes) and TV (Lady Dynamite), culminating in the pilot of an Amazon series of her very own, the endearingly raunchy Love You Too. The towering sex goddess's triumphant set at her usual stomping grounds, Joe's Pub, finds her belting and oversharing as only she can, and she never fails to shake up the room with hits like "Boob Song." Not to be missed.

Photograph: Newspix/REX/Shutterstock
Things to do, Walks and tours

Rebel Rebel: the Secret David Bowie NYC Tour

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York

This 2.5-hour tour, led by an affable Brit named Jason, visits the Thin White Duke's favorite haunts in Greenwich Village, SoHo and NoHo. See the studio where Bowie recorded his first No. 1 single in the U.S., "Fame," and learn how NYC influenced his work from the ’70s through the end of his life alongside fellow fanatics. Don't forget your lightning bolt face paint.

Walid Raad, Installation view
Photograph: Steven Probert, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Walid Raad

icon-location-pin Paula Cooper Gallery, Chelsea

Born in Lebanon, Raad has long explored the many manifestations of violence committed by and against both individuals and the state. The work in this show is a case in point: It revisits the Lebanese capital of Beirut, once known as the Paris of the Middle East, in the aftermath of the bloody 25-year-long civil war that leveled the city. Raad contemplates Beirut’s future through the prism of its apocalyptic past in pieces like a panoramic video projection of ruined buildings being demolished for reconstruction, in which the footage has been edited to appear like an animated Rorschach test.

Witness Relocation in Surveys the Prairie of Your Room
Photograph: Courtesy Jesse Andrews
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival 2019

icon-location-pin La MaMa Experimental Theatre, East Village

La MaMa's annual festival runs riot with dance. Witness Relocation's Surveys the Prairie of Your Room (May 18, 19), created and performed by Dan Safer and Ae Andreas, features music by Heather Christian and text by Kate Scelsa. Other participating artists include Italy's Gruppo Nanou (Apr 26–28), Colleen Thomas (May 3–5), Mia Habin (May 3–5), Yin Mei Dance (May 9, 10), Hari Krishnan/inDance (May 11, 12), Bobbi Jene Smith (May 16–19), Jesca Prudencio (May 23, 34) and Sin Cha Hong (May 25, 26). 

Paola Pivi
Photograph: Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artist & Perrotin
Art, Contemporary art

Paola Pivi, “We are the baby gang”

icon-location-pin Perrotin New York, Upper East Side

It seems like an eccentric choice for an Italian artist to live and work in Anchorage, Alaska, yet Paola Pivi does indeed call the 49th state home—which may explain this installation of ursine sculptures for her first NYC show in six years. Resembling Care Bears more than grizzlies, her subjects wear brightly colored coats made of feathers instead of fur as they Instagrammably gambol about the gallery.

Company XIV: Queen of Hearts
Photograph: Courtesy Phillip Van Nostrand
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Company XIV: Queen of Hearts

icon-location-pin Théâtre XIV, Bushwick

Having already presented opulent, adults-only burlesque takes on the previously child-oriented Snow White, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and Ferdinand the Bull, director-choreographer Austin McCormick and his fancy-naughty troupe set their sights on Lewis Carroll's oft-plundered Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Expect to go down all sorts of rabbit holes.

New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements
Photograph: Courtesy Paul Kolnik
Dance, Ballet

New York City Ballet Spring 2019

icon-location-pin David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side

NYCB returns to Lincoln Center with a six-week slate that includes multiple collections of dances by company founder George Balanchine. Among the many other offerings in the varied season are premieres by Pam Tanowitz and resident choreographer Justin Peck; two mixed bills of work by 21st-century choreographers; and, for the final week, Balanchine's full-length forest romp A Midsummer Night's Dream (May 28–June 2).

Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Prototype for Chaise Longue (La Chaise), 1948
Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar, courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art, Design

“The Value of Good Design”

icon-location-pin Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown East

Furniture, kitchen wares, electronics—even a car—make up this selection of midcentury modern objects from around the world whose appeal spoke to the democratizing potential of design. The show spans the hey-day of the aesthetic, from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Nari Ward, We the People, 2011
Photograph: Courtesy Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Art, Contemporary art

“Nari Ward: We the People”

icon-location-pin New Museum of Contemporary Art, Lower East Side

This first ever museum survey of the Jamaican-born sculptor spans his 25-year career, much of which he spent mining materials from the streets of his Harlem neighborhood to use in powerful found-object installations dealing with social justice and the black experience in America. The pieces on view include the recreation of a site-specific, 1993 work originally mounted in an abandoned firehouse. Comprising 310 abandoned strollers, arranged in an oval with a central walkway made of flattened fire hoses, Amazing Grace, as it’s called, was initially created as a response to the crack and AIDS epidemics wracking communities of color at the time.

13 Fruitcakes's "More" Jimin
Photograph: Courtesy Rody Shima
Theater, Drama

Stonewall 50 at La MaMa

icon-location-pin La MaMa Experimental Theatre, East Village

The East Village Off-Off Broadway institution La MaMa celebrates the golden anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a month of queer performance. Writer-director Nia Witherspoon's immersive play Messiah (May 23–June 2), set against a hip-hop backdrop, examines the legacy of black nationalism through the prism of a teenage trans protagonist. The performance series Squirts (May 31–June 2) highlights new voices in the NYC queer scene. Global Gay (June 6–9), directed by France's Salvino Raco, explores the experiences of LGBTQ people around the world; 13 Fruitcakes (June 13–16), created by South Korea's Byungkoo Ahn and Gihieh Lee, looks at a baker's dozen of queer historical figures, as portrayed by a Korean cast that includes drag star "More" Jimin. Bearded Ladies Cabaret's Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes (June 20–30) drags gay iconography into the spotlight. And on June 8, the peerless Taylor Mac presides over a special edition of La MaMa's Coffeehouse Chronicles series.

Photograph: Courtesy: Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Things to do, Exhibitions

"Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986"

icon-location-pin Museum of Arts & Design, Midtown West

Head to the Museum of Art and Design to check out more than 400 flyers, posters, album covers, promotions, zines and other ephemera from punk music's salad days. Be sure to drop by the museum's theater to watch interviews with Iggy Pop, Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and Debbie Harry, plus never-before-seen photos from Village Voice staff photographer Fred W. McDarrah and others.

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