Best things to do in NYC this week
Battle is back and set to sizzle in 2018. Join us by the water at LIC Landing for a summer cookout of epic proportions. Your Instagram shots will be framed by the Empire State Building on one side and the Chrysler Building on the other, as you dig into some of the city’s most delicious burgers, washed down with icy Budweiser.
Sunnydale survivors, unite! Test your knowledge of the Watchers’ Council, demonology and bunnies at this trivia battle covering all 144 episodes of one of TV’s most legendary series. Register a team of up to four Scoobies online, slip into your leather pants and pack your holy water: you’re going to have some fierce competition.
Robin Gelfenbien, the empress of salty storytelling, pairs all-star yarn-spinners with home-made ice cream cake at this popular monthly showcase. This edition features powerhouse comedian Gastor Almonte, three-time Moth Story SLAM winners Erin Barker and Colin Wilhm, Moth GrandSLAM champ Stacey Bader-Curry and, as always, Lactaid pills.
In this seasonal series, Brooklyn Bridge Park invites top-notch independent bookstores to program readings, Q&A's and book signings, all set against the stunning city view from the park's Granite Prospect steps. Local shop WORD hosts this evening's literary adventure.
With the start of a new season comes a new wave of young powerhouses ready to risk their reputations for a chance at eternal glory on the iconic Apollo stage. Your cheers (or boos) will decide who receives the night’s biggest honor—Top Dog—along with a cash prize of $20,000. Consider this your chance to see legends in the making before they become household names.
[Sponsored content] Pretty much nothing beats a good New York happy hour, but on a boat sailing around Manhattan? Well, why the hell not. For two glorious hours you can party on the high seas with Hornblower's Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise, complete with a DJ providing the tunes, and drink and food packages to ensure you have a seriously good time. But if you need any more persuasion? Just think of those Instagram shots of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Freedom Tower. Just don’t drop your phone overboard, okay? Cruises take place 5.30pm-8pm, Thursday - Sunday, all year round.
Broadway vocalists perform new arangements of Houston classics, back by an acoustic band led by arranger and piano man Joshua Stephen Kartes, in an spinoff of the Broadway Sings concert series. Performers include Kathryn Allison, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Ben Fankhauser, Amber Iman, Aisha Jackson, Corey Mach, Stephanie Torns and Raena White.
If you've been out of touch with comedy's golden age, we encourage you to witness this completely bonkers showcase for a comprehensive refresher. The lineup boasts visual and verbal mastermind Sandy Honig; dark and delightful stand-up Nick Naney; and undefeated champ of self-deprecation Stavros Halkias. The trio unites for one night only at Union Hall. Not to be missed.
Some stars are made to shine over New York. Witness Cole Escola, the disturbingly talented character incubator as he gifts us with severely funny experiments from his downtown throne. Be sure to grab your tickets quick; Escola's fanbase gets more fiendish by the year.
This guitarist's presence assures quality: As a player, composer and bandleader, Rosenwinkel shows a thorough grasp of jazz history as well as a passion for adding new pages to the canon. Best of all, his nimble chops bear a narrative, storytelling expressivity that sounds seductive rather than overbearing.
Fiery trumpeter Hargrove has deep crossover appeal—you can hear him grooving with Erykah Badu and Common on his early aughts album Hard Groove alongside his slick funky combo RH Factor. Since then, he's proven himself a veritable multitalent, switching over to a soulful neobop quintet. You'll be hearing him in the latter mode in the second half of his Blue Note residency (Aug 28–Sept 2) and in a duet format with Grammy-winning vet Paquito D'Rivera earlier in the month (Aug 13–Aug 16).
Enter an Amy Sedaris wet dream at Club Cumming's weekly knitting shindig. Homemaking empress Brini Maxwell and sweater-weather fantasy Josh Bennett give new-user-friendly advice and pro tips for all sorts of curious knitters, and welcome special guests to instruct on designs over drinks. Bring your needles or grab a kit—you're a part of the family now.
With effortless stage presence and heaps of self-awareness, Drew Anderson has emerged as one of our absolute favorite stand-ups in town. For this special Ars Nova showcase, the droll darling contemplates bottoming advice from his grandmother, his career prospects and a legacy of Jewish anxiety. Joining him for a glass of wine are fellow Golden Girls Sam Taggart and Marcia Belsky. Feel free to fall in love.
Comedians Dave Mizzoni and Matt Rogers will be the first to tell you the definitive T on Demi Lovato's vocal range, Gwen Stefani's political affiliations and which Jennifer reigns supreme: Holliday, Hudson or Lopez. They magnanimously share their wisdom with the straight men of the world at this subversive and ridiculous competition, which forces bro comics to face off on gay trivia. Stay out of their line of fire.
The unstoppable showcase presents you with a brand new musical comedy spectacular written, produced and performed in one day entirely by performers of color. Count on a stellar show, with bites, brews and music going all night.
Portland, Oregon's Decemberists attract a nerdily passionate following thanks to their knowing (and, to some, pretentious) indie antiquarianism. It's an aesthetic the band all but abandoned on its latest, I'll Be Your Girl, calling in producer John Congleton and looking to Roxy Music, New Order and Depeche Mode for inspiration. It's a decidedly new direction for the 17-year-old band that should translate into an especially spirited show.
Dust off the grim mood and bro culture of most open mics and head to this delightful queer comedy showcase, at which members of the community try out four-minute sets every Monday. Sam Campbell, Simone Leitner and Peter Valenti host.
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