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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week include a new erotic carnival exhibit at Museum of Sex, a hilarious storytelling show at the Arlo Soho, and a few killer concerts to make your weekdays feel like weekends.

By Collier Sutter |
Jasmine Safaeian

We could have made this edition of the best things to do in NYC this week at least 50 items long, but we were able to restrain ourselves to help you narrow down your plans. First, head to the Museum of Sex to experience their new erotic carnival exhibition and be amazed. Then, for more evening thrill, snag tickets to epic concerts going on like Sofi Tukker and Charli XCX or head to the Arlo Hotel in Soho for a comedy storytelling show. You can also stop by Dumbo's Time Out Market New York to catch a performance and panel from the Tony Award-winning Best Revival of a Musical, Oklahoma!

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Nicolas Moufarrege, Untitled, 1984
Photograph: Courtesy Nabil Moufarrej and Gulnar “Nouna” Mufarrij, Shreveport, Louisiana
Art, Contemporary art

“Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign”

icon-location-pin Queens Museum, Queens

Nicholas Moufarrege (1947-1985) was born in Egypt to a Lebanese family, and lived in Beirut and Paris before coming to New York in 1981, where he died from AIDS four years later. In the interim, he plunged himself into the city’s unruly East Village club and gallery scene, which arguably represented a last wild and untamed hurrah for an art world that would soon become an adjunct of global finance. Moufarrege’s work certainly fit the tenor of the period with its surreal blend of appropriated imagery exquisitely embroidered onto needlepoint canvas. The results were both decidedly weird and stunningly beautiful as his considerable sewing skills yielded tapestried mash-ups of epigrams in Arabic, art-historical homages (to Picasso and Lichtenstein in particular) and pop-cultural references. Underappreciated in his time, Moufarrege is finally receiving institutional acknowledgement in this survey of his kitschy, energetic output.

Photo: Kimberley French/Fox Searchlight
Movies, Comedy

Jojo Rabbit

Get your cringing over with now: The guy who directed Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand’s gifted Taika Waititi, has made a movie about an adorable Hitler Youth whose imaginary buddy is Adolf himself (Waititi plays Hitler). Honestly, the news is good—it’s high time to rethink this filmmaker from the ground up. Breathtakingly risky but worthy under scrutiny, Jojo Rabbit dates back long before Waititi’s Marvel success—to 2012, when the circulating screenplay, an adaptation of Christine Leunens’s somber novel Caging Skies, was celebrated as brilliant but unfilmable. Jojo Rabbit has a child’s perspective: that of a naive, lonely 10-year-old, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), who, in the mincing voice of Waititi’s cartoonish Hitler, is the “bestest, most loyal little Nazi I’ve ever seen.” If you hope to roll with the film's laughs, you’ll have to embrace this intentionally immature set-up—one that shows us a frenzied Jojo running down the street in his brown shirt to the German version of the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Check it out in theaters now.

Time Out says
Then She Fell
Theater, Interactive

Then She Fell

icon-location-pin Kingsland Ward, Williamsburg
Open run

At first blush, Then She Fell seems to be a small-scale cribbing of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. Yes, you wander solo through intricately dressed rooms in a creepy building; yes, that man in a cravat is crawling up the wall in front of you. But you begin to realize that Third Rail Projects’ interactive riff on Lewis Carroll’s Alice books is using a similar language to give you a different experience: When you peer into the looking glass, it stares right back at you. Performed in the former Greenpoint Hospital, the show only permits 15 audience members a pop—making for a distinctly intimate experience. You’re given a shot of mulled wine and a set of keys before nurses, Carroll characters and even the psychotropic author himself usher you through a combination Wonderland–psych ward. As in Sleep No More, no two individuals will have the same evening. You may find yourself taking dictation for the Hatter (the mesmerizing Elizabeth Carena), painting cream-colored roses red with the White Rabbit (Tom Pearson) or sitting down to the infamous tea party with the whole gang. The experiences that director-designer-mastermind Zach Morris and his company offer are stunningly personal. You don’t have a mask to hide behind here—when you peep in on the Red Queen (Rebekah Morin) having a private breakdown, she catches you watching through the two-way mirror. And then—well, I don’t want to give away the game. And it is a game; as you’re pulled from place to place, you begin to realize that M

Time Out says
Things to do, Walks and tours

High Line and Chelsea Walking Tour

icon-location-pin Chelsea Market | New York, NY, Chelsea

The High Line, an elevated freight rail line converted into a park, has become a classic New York City attraction. Couple it with Chelsea, the neighborhood it goes through, and you’ve got the making of an action-packed afternoon. This informative two-hour guided tour will give you the lowdown on the nabe.

Trivia Night at The Market
Photograph: Courtesy Time Out Market New York
Things to do, Trivia

Trivia Wednesday's at Time Out Market New York

icon-location-pin Time Out Market New York, DUMBO

NYC Trivia League is New York City’s most popular trivia night, with over 75 locations! It’s always free to play, and free to register for our 10-week season league format, where teams can play not only against those at their home bar, but against other registered teams across the city! Every season culminates in The King’s Cup, our invite-only trivia championship, with thousands in prizes on the line. Teams of six and fewer compete for two hours for a shot at [great prizes]! You’ll answer 50 questions over the course of five rounds, all with different themes, complete with a picture round and a music round.

Courtesy: Butterboy Comedy
Things to do

Butterboy Comedy

icon-location-pin Littlefield, Gowanus

Butterboy Comedy has become one of the hottest regular comedy shows in NYC. Comedians Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins get together to host a killer lineup of stand-up talent every Monday night at Littlefield NYC. Alongside all of the laughs, is a soundtrack curated by Donwill. Check out Butterboy, the funniest thing to ever happen in Gowanus.   

Nervous Laughter
Courtesy: Nervous Laughter
Things to do

Nervous Laughter

icon-location-pin Lady Stardust, East Village

When done properly, stand-up comedy can be about so much more than just making people laugh. It can also be used as a cudgel against tyranny and injustice, the jokes we laugh at can make us look within and confront the thorny issues that rarely come up in polite conversation.  When creating the concept for their bi-weekly comedy show Nervous Laughter, Sarah Harvard and Gene Meyer wanted to tap into this approach. Each show has a different theme (past themes include Green Card and Culture Class) and features an outstanding lineup of stand-ups exploring the topic. Ideally you'll laugh a lot, cringe a little and walk out of the room thinking.  

Comedy, Physical

Super Crazy Fun Time Variety Game Show Hour!

icon-location-pin The PIT, Flatiron

Artie Brennan and Anthony Giordano throw puppets, characters, dances, games and endless whacky surprises at the audience in this hyper-stimulating, totally thrilling comedy variety show. It's an opportunity to leave the crazy real world of jobs and politics for, well, a crazier place to be honest. But it's a heck of a lot more fun. Plus, you can win prizes! And everybody loves prizes. 

Brooklyn Museum
Things to do

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park

The Brooklyn Museum will be doing a retrospective of the French fashion designer that will cover all of his avant-garde looks from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Over 170 different pieces—ranging from sketches to fashion pieces to “couture” furniture—tell the tale of Cardin’s illustrious career.

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