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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By Jennifer Picht |
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There are many incredible things to do in NYC this week including major street fairs like the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. If you want to give your skin a break from the summer sun, check out the excellent roundup of concerts, art shows and hilarious comedy shows happening indoors. 

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Best things to do in NYC this week

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The Feast of San Gennaro
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Things to do, Festivals

The Feast of San Gennaro

Out-of-towners and locals are getting psyched for the 92nd annual Feast of San Gennaro 2018, and for good reason: the annual event includes the best spots in Little Italy. Eat at some of the best Italian restaurants in the city, watch colorful parades, catch free concerts and check out family-friendly activities like bouncy houses, crafting and games. And, of course, don't miss the world-famous cannoli eating competition.  

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Photograph: Courtesy Kisha Bari
Things to do

Photoville

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Photoville is back! And your Insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 600 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings, seminars and hands-on photography workshops for budding shutterbugs. There's also a beer garden from Brooklyn Brewery with food from Smorgasburg including Big Mozz, Mao's Bao and John's Juice. The best part: Photoville is totally free, and dog-friendly! Find a full list of hours and events on Photoville's website.

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Hercules and Love Affair
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Things to do, Performances

Hercules and Love Affair

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New York's favorite disco and house collective brings its introspective lyrics and floor-pounding beats to Elsewhere behind last year's Omnion. The record finds Andy Butler and Co. reimagining their sound with inflections of ’80s pop, techno and ambient, but one thing hasn't changed: these tunes will make you move.

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Tribeca TV Festival
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Things to do, Festivals

Tribeca TV Festival

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Move over, film. The annual Tribeca TV Festival presents three days of premieres and panels featuring the very best of television. This year's bash toasts two decades of Law and Order: SVU with a panel discussion including Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Dick Wolf and the rest of the cast. Bryan Cranston looks back on Breaking Bad for the tenth anniversary of its premiere, and Tracey Ullman shows up to preview a new season of HBO zaniness. Along with screening premieres of new series and returning favorites like Ray Donovan and Madam Secretary, the festival will host a viewing of one of Anthony Bourdain's finale episodes of Parts Unknown, followed by a discussion on his legacy with producers and episode guest W. Kamau Bell. Most events run for $20–$30 a pop. It's a golden era of episodics; don't miss the chance to bask in the glow of the small screen.

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Is Dead (The NY Clown Theatre Festival 2018)
Photograph: Courtesy Yaroslav Veprev
Theater, Comedy

The NY Clown Theatre Festival 2018

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Crammed together like bozos in a car, the physical-theater offerings at this biennial festival include work by clowns from Italy, Poland, Canada and the U.K., as well as local luminaries. It's not all red noses and big shoes. Productions of note include Angela Delfini Explains It All For You: A ¾-Woman Show, Lee Minora's Cheeks, Liquidmime's Is Dead and Bonnie He's A Terrible Show for Terrible People. visit the Brick's website for details.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Digital Photography 1: Taking Control of Your Camera

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Got a new DSLR camera and don't know how to use it? Practice controlling white balance, shutter speed, exposure, focus and more in manual mode in this beginners photography class.

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Nellie McKay
Photograph: Courtesy David Kogut
Music, Cabaret and standards

Nellie McKay

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Fearless singer-songwriter and deceptively feather-light song stylist McKay is always guaranteed to flabber your gast with her witty, unwieldy and beguiling performances. In this Birdland run, she toasts the release of her seventh album, Sister Orchid, which includes versions of standards including "My Romance," "The Nearness of You" and "Georgia on My Mind." 

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Nataly Aukar and Thiago Macklin
Photograph: Courtesy Gara Lonning
Comedy

Tickling the Ivories

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Nataly Aukar and Thiago Macklin shut down Pianos bar every month for a charming night of free stand-up. At the September edition, they're joined by Ian Fidance, Eman Morgan, Peter Wong, Blair Dawson, Deno Demartino and Nick Alex. 

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Juana Molina
Photograph: Marcelo Setton
Music, Pop

Juana Molina

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Argentine singer Juana Molina’s soft songs are worldly, intrinsically musical and, at times, even funny. On her latest effort, Halo, her songs roll forth placidly, circling back on themselves as if Molina is soundtracking a dream. It's a superb addition to her catalogue and will make for transfixing live fare.

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COMPANY XIV: Boylesque Bullfight
Photograph: Courtesy Phillip Van Nostrand
Dance, Burlesque

Company XIV: Ferdinand—Boylesque Bullfight

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Having already offered opulently designed, adults-only burlesque takes on Snow White, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick and his fancy-naughty troupe turn to Munro Leaf's 1936 children's book, The Story of Ferdinand, the tale of a strong young bovine who prefers fields of flowers to the matador's ring. An all-male ensemble performs what is sure to be a lavish cock-and-bull story.

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Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982
Photograph: © 2018 The Keith Haring Foundation
Art, Contemporary art

“White|Black”

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The premise of this high-concept uptown exhibition is simple enough: Present works in black and/or white by major figures such as Keith Haring, Robert Longo and Andy Warhol. While the selection isn’t terribly challenging, it is elegant and serves as a reminder of how unlimited visual possibilities can be wrought from a limited palette.

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Trudy Benson
Photograph: Courtesy Lyles & King
Art, Contemporary art

Trudy Benson, “Closer Than They Appear”

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Benson returns with more of her cartoonish abstractions, which seem to have grown compositionally denser over the last year. They still retain the intense color schemes and illusionistic depth that have characterized her previous paintings.

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Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy, Storytelling

Couples Therapy

Feeling insecure about your relationship? Put your romantic anxiety in perspective at this hilarious comedy night, hosted by real-life couple Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman. Watch pairings of stand-up best buddies—including Ian Fidance and Monroe Martin; Mike Brown and Dillon Stevenson; and Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang—perform sets together. Just don’t try any of their lines on your loved one.

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Irene Merrow and Amanda Hurley
Comedy

We're Tired

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The deadly duo of Irene Merrow and Amanda Hurley have decided to reclaim comedy from the hands of the mediocrity. At their fierce new show, they assemble a defiantly diverse lineup to blast open the paradigm and make you laugh in the process. For the inaugural edition, they're joined by Julia Schiplett, Clare O'Kane, Justy Dodge, SallyAnn Hall, Hattie Hayes and Calvin Cato. 

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Puffs
Photograph: Courtesy Hunter Canning
Theater, Comedy

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

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Open run

Theater review by Diane Snyder For seven Harry Potter novels, the mediocrities of the Hogwarts house Hufflepuff lived in the shadow of their overachieving schoolmates. Matt Cox’s Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic gives them their due. In this funny and affectionate homage to J.K. Rowling’s world of wiz kids, Harry, Hermione and Ron take a back seat to average American wizard Wayne (Zac Moon), goth gal Megan (Julie Ann Earls) and math genius Oliver (Langston Belton), who is stuck at a school that doesn’t even teach his subject. They may not be at the top of the class, and they’re not wild about Harry, but they persevere through adversity and find power in friendship. A press release asks that the word parody be avoided in describing Puffs, but much of the show’s comedy is clearly aimed at Potterphiles. The 11 cast members play an assortment of characters, from a mumbling potions master to a squeaky house elf, and some of the jokes will be lost on those with no knowledge of the films or books. But even Potter virgins will enjoy the show’s witty wordplay and well-executed physical comedy. At times, the pacing is so frenetic that jokes can’t find a place to land, but there’s heart as well as humor here. In the past two years, Cox and director Kristin McCarthy Parker have shepherded their silly, subversive show from the People’s Improv Theater to Off Broadway’s New World Stages. Like its main characters, Puffs illustrates the heigh

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John Kelly
Photograph: Courtesy Steven Menendez
Music, Cabaret and standards

John Kelly Sings Joni Mitchell: Down to You

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Performance artist, countertenor, choreographer and professional oddity John Kelly keeps his head in the Clouds and works Blue in a musical homage to the stubbornly idiosyncratic Canadian songbird Joni Mitchell.  

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Things to do, Conventions

IFP Week

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The Independent Filmmaker Project presents five days of screenings, talks, meet ups and exhibitions for all you content creators out there. Join talks with Random Acts of Flyness creator Terrence Nance and the creators of Queen Sugar and ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Catch workshops on film financing, podcasting and streaming series; and don't miss previews of new movies from around the globe, including Shirkers and Dead Pigs. 

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Trajal Harrell
Photograph: Courtesy Orpheas Emirzas
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Trajal Harrell: Caen Amour

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Postmodern master Harrell turns his critical-historical eye toward the hoochie koochie, a performance of which by a Syrian dancer at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair launched a craze for sensual, pseudo-oriental dance. This performance, presented as part of the Crossing the Line festival, marks the work's New York debut.

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The Stand
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Improv: Playtime for Grownups

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You don't need any acting chops or comedy experience to try improv—all you need to succeed is a willingness to put yourself out there. Carl Kissin, who has performed more than 4,000 shows with Chicago City Limits, leads this weekly improv class.

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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color
Photograph: Courtesy Eileen Costa, Museum at FIT
Things to do

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

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The Museum at FIT unleashes the politics and provocations of the color pink at this stunning exhibition, featuring clothing from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Divided into two sections, the exhibition explores how the color has come to play into eroticism, punk rock, activism and gender politics. You'll explore historical ensembles from Japan, India, Africa, Mexico, Great Britain, the U.S. and beyond that played into the lives of commoners and royals alike; then gag at stunning looks from the vaults of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Moschino and Comme des Garçon. Witness the splendor!

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