Best things to do in NYC this week
You’re king (or queen) of the world! Hop aboard Hornblower’s Sensation and cruise along the Hudson while taking in unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline. Each ticket includes one beer (don't worry, there's a cash bar, too) to loosen you up to hit the dance floor with live DJs on all three of the Sensation's decks. Plus there will be light bites, games, giveaways, and more. And, yes, we’ll forgive you if you say, “I’m on a boat!” all night long. (We’ll be saying it too.)
If you’re a beauty junkie who loves to discover new brands and products, this is the event for you. Shop and experience all things makeup and skin care from more than 200 independent beauty brands gathered under one roof. Beyond the shopping, look out for panels and workshops from industry insiders.
There’s going to be a lot of racket (swinging) at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park come August 27 during the U.S. Open, a two-week tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. Tickets for the usually star-studded matches (Bey and Jay-Z attended in recent years) tend to be steep ($65 to $100 for the cheap seats), but you can attend free of charge during U.S. Open Fan Week. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the U.S. Open 2018 Just one week before the professional matches begin, head to the National Tennis Center to watch a qualifying tournament, where 128 women and 128 men compete. You can also check out the top dogs in tennis practice on the grounds (think Serena and Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal), and be just a few feet away from your favorite players. There’s even more tennis-related activities scheduled off the court, too. Get pumped for New York’s major summer sporting showdown during the U.S. Open Experience on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23 at Brookfield Place. Players and special guests will make appearances and pose for selfies, and there will be food sampling and more sponsor-related activities at the scene. The event promises to be more fun than you can shake a racket at!
Best buddies Yotam Tubul and Lisa Franklin take the reins at Le Poisson Rouge every month for this delightful stand-up show, which gives seasoned pros and new acts equal time to shine. The August show features sets from Meghan Frank, Ariel Leahty, Julian Williams, Gary Richardson, Lindsay Boling and Jonah Henkle.
The welcoming, consent-affirming vibe of the massive Bushwick party-playpen House of Yes makes it a gem for queer revelers on any given night, but you can count on this monthly throwdown for unabashed rainbow delirium. Flip your wig as pole dancers, burlesque divas and drag artists reign from cages, rafters and ropes, all while DJs keep the dance floor going wild. Needless to say, sequins and glitter are encouraged.
It's 2018 and late night comedy is somehow still populated with a bunch of straight white dudes in suits. Fortunately, the intrepid duo of X Mayo and Shenovia Large have arrived to blow up the game with this hilarious tour through comedy's great POC icons. Sit down and hush your mouth: School is in session!
Poet and comedic maverick Arti Gollapudi takes aim at societal norms and body standards at her riotous monthly show. This time, the Handmaid's Tale: The Musical star is joined by Nore Davis, Milly Tamarez, Sophie Santos and Lena Einbinder for hilarious and creative sets and stories on self-image.
In her ongoing Tributes series, dectuple MAC Award winner Douglas has previously plumbed the catalogs of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday and Cher, among many others. Now she reprises her homage to scat queen and Great American Songbook master Ella Fitzgerald, joined by Billy Stritch at the piano.
As Broadway prepares for the likely arrival of the Alanis jukebox musical Jagged Little Pill later this season, the Broadway Sings series gets a leg up with a concert of her biggest hits, arranged by Joshua Stephen Kartes for a 14-piece jazz orchestra. Isn't that ironic? (No? Are you sure?) Vocalists include married American Idol finalists turned stage stars Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, as well as Derek Klena, Wesley Taylor, Alysha Deslorieux, Lauren Patten, Ben Thompson, Krystina Alabado, Crystal Monee Hall, Corey Mach, Jillian Mueller, Laurissa Romain, Joey Taranto, Stephanie Jean Umoh and American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook.
Delectably dreamy Baltimore duo Beach House, comprised of guitarist Alex Scally and husky-voiced singer Victoria LeGrand, are masters of lush-yet-intimate synthscapes. The group's brand of electronic relaxation, which it's been honing since 2006, returns this year with 7, its aptly titled seventh full-length that adds a jagged edge to its synthy pastures.
The sleek original costar of Broadway's Jersey Boys—who has been touring the country with his erstwhile bandmates from that show, in a group called the Midtown Men—helps cure the summertime blues with a new set that ranges from Broadway and 1960s rock to contemporary radio hits. Musical director Jesse Vargas leads the backup band.
An inspiration for artists ranging from Basquiat to the Beastie Boys, Rammellzee (1960–2010) was a pioneer of hip-hop, graffiti art and Afro-futurism. His unique career is recalled in this survey.
Queer identity is given a formalist gloss in these photos featuring figures clad Spiderman-like in full-body stockings representing hues on the color spectrum in an homage to Ellsworth’s Kelly painting series on the same subject.
He’s worked with Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue and just about every downtown act in NYC. Now composer, pianist and performer Lance Horne hosts his own wild night of singing, drinking and dancing, strip-teasing and bad behavior at the East Village nightlife hub Club Cumming. Expect advanced show-tune geekery and appearances by Broadway stars looking to get down by the piano. Plan on sleeping in on Tuesday.
Grab a blanket, stake out a place on the grass and kick back in everyone's favorite Midtown oasis at this summer series featuring Hester Street Fair food vendors and classic flicks like A League of Their Own and The Princess Bride. Movies start at sundown, but space goes quick so it's best to show up when the lawn opens at 5pm. Tue 18's feature is 1985 teen dram-com The Breakfast Club.
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.
Can you imagine how grim our world would be without the influence of Jim Henson? For those of us who learned comedy, whimsy and even literacy from Sesame Street and the Muppet franchise, Museum of Moving Image has provided the ultimate treat: a permanent exhibition featuring more than 47 Muppet and puppet characters; 27 screens of archival footage from The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and beyond; and stories of how the great genius and his architects brought to life some of our favorite characters.
Every Wednesday, this everyman’s trivia night has rounds like “Basic AF,” “Bad Ass Acting” and “Got Alotta Enemies.” Teams of six are encouraged to reserve a spot via email@example.com. Grab five friends and get ready to show off your knowledge of random facts or just throw back some drinks and have a few laughs.
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This pizza joint serves thin-crust pizza from its Washington Heights storefront. Customers can choose from classics like a traditional margherita pie with mozzarella, basil, pecorino and extra-virgin olive oil ($8.88) and Hawaiian pizza with ham, pineapple, mozzarella and pecorino ($12.88), or opt for something a little more unusual. Wahizza’s specialty is its chimi pizza: a pie topped with angus beef, chicken, cabbage, tomato, corn, onions and a house sauce ($18). The restaurant also offers a Dominican pizza with ham, mozzarella, corn and pecorino ($12.88), among others.
Venue says Serving artisan oven baked pizza to Washington Heights! Try our popular Chimichurri Dominican pizza, our pizza rolls, calzones, or cannolis!