The best things to do in NYC this weekend

There are a ton of great things to do in NYC this weekend, but don't worry—we've whittled the list down to our top recs
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By Jennifer Picht and Time Out New York contributors |

TGIF! There are some incredible things to do in NYC this weekend including some of the best things to do to in winter. Aside from all the concerts, comedy shows and parties you'll find on this list, make sure to check out what's to come later this month by clicking on our NYC events in February page. 

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Things to do in NYC this weekend

Tessa Skara

Tessa Skara: High Notes

icon-location-pin Cloud City, Williamsburg

Tessa Skara takes leave of her duties as intergalactic hard rock superstar and rockets down to Brooklyn for this banging queer variety show. Blast off to life-affirming musical comedy from Skara's well-curated assembly of stars. This month's lineup is about as high-impact as it gets, with Marcia Belsky, Mila Myles, Zach Zimmerman, Fareeha Khan and DJ Open Relationship tearing up the stage. Geronimo! 

Doll Parts
Photograph: Kevin Frest
Things to do, Concerts


icon-location-pin The Bell House, Gowanus

Come bask in the glory of one of country music's all-time greats at this Friday night tribute concert featuring rip-roaring Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts and Washington singer-songwriter Karl Blau. Count on singing along to hits like "Jolene" and "Here You Come Again"—hopefully better than one pop star who will remain nameless—and be sure to bring some hairspray for the road.

Black Women of Black History
Photograph: Courtesy America Hates Us
Things to do, Talks and lectures

Black Women of Black History

icon-location-pin Urban Word NYC, Flatiron

Lifestyle brand America Hates Us hosts this Saturday afternoon event featuring a performance from poet Roya Marsh and coversations with cultural commentator Jameer Pond, Nubian Shorties founder Tiffany Dames and literary artist Dr. Angela Hooks. Show up to celebrate black women, make new connections and pay the good vibes forward: you can pick one of three charities—We Have Stories, Planned Parenthood or the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault—to receive a portion of your ticket purchase.

Pat Brown
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak

The Black Women in Comedy Festival

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

Head to Bed-Stuy to see a fierce lineup of comedians bring it over four days of endless shows, held at Brooklyn House of Comedy, Inkwell Jazz and Cafe, Tilly's, Joloff and The Corners. It's the perfect way to end Black History Month—or start Women's History Month—in NYC. 

green-wood cemetery
Things to do

Black in Brooklyn

icon-location-pin Green-Wood Cemetery, Greenwood

Take a trolley tour through Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, where notables like Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first female black doctor in New York State, Jeremiah Hamilton, New York City’s first black millionaire, and Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat have been laid to rest.

Sydni Deveraux
Things to do, Performances

Wasabassco's House of Deveraux: Sin on Heels

icon-location-pin Le Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village

Sydni Deveraux invites her burlesque besties to spin, split and strip at this epic revue. Show up, grab a cocktail and let Qualms Galore, Delysia La Chatte, Novaczar, Vivien Gabor, Foxworth Vorn, Odette Coquette, Pearls Daily, and LouLou D’Vil dazzle you in pumps. 

Museum of the Moving Image
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Things to do, Film events

Black History Month at the Museum of the Moving Image

icon-location-pin Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria

MoMI celebrates Black History Month with a weekly film screening curated by museum vice chairman and Black Filmmaker Foundation president Warrington Hudlin. The series includes a conversation with actress-turned-filmmaker Karyn Parsons (Feb 8), the world premiere of And I Danced (Feb 22) and much more.

Wang Newton
Photograph: Courtesy Pixel Journalism
Things to do, Performances


icon-location-pin 3 Dollar Bill, Bushwick

The joyously mad Dr. Wang Newton and Washington D.C.'s Bombalicious host this drag king revue featuring top performers from around the country. The star-studded lineup includes Spikey van Dykey, Ennis FW, Maximum Capacity, Alexander Cameron, Stefon Royce, Goldie Peacock and Maxxx Pleasur, plus a burlesque performance from Calamity Chang. And not only does it promise to be an outrageously good time, it's also for a good cause: a portion of proceeds go to drag kings Max Ryder and Hugh Johnson, who were injured in a car crash last November.

Photograph: Courtesy Grace Rivera

Jacob Banks

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, Williamsburg

You may be surprised that Nigerian-born and England-based musician Jacob Banks is only 27-years-old. His age certainly doesn't match the impeccable sound of his soulful and mature voice. Immerse yourself in his poetic crooning as Banks performs his latest album, Village, at Brooklyn Steel this February. Encompassing the artist’s familiar foot-stomping, percussion-heavy style, you can bet that his show is going to be a smash.

Photograph: Sam Burriss
Things to do, Performances

I'd Like to Thank the Academy: An Oscars Watch Party

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side

Indulge in the glamor, spectacle and myriad controversies of Hollywood's biggest awards show with the help of comedians, performers and drag queens. The event features live commentary, performances and celebrity impressions during the commercial breaks, a drinking game and a chance to take home a golden statue of your own. Host Jenny Gorelick assembles a panel including Ms. Golden Delicious, Gabe Gonzalez, Joe Castle Baker and Allie Carieri, along with performances by Amanda Shechtman, Delicious, Kuhoo Verma, Becky Chicoine and Mark Vigeant; and impressions by John Trowbridge, Yoni Lotan, Chris Cafero, Jesse Vandenbergh and Rollie Williams. 

Photograph: Courtesy Miranda Penn-Turin
Music, Cabaret and standards

Reeve Carney

icon-location-pin The Green Room 42, Hell's Kitchen

After originating the web-singing title role in Broadway's ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Carney has gone on to star as Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful. In November, he'll play Orpheus in the London premiere of Hadestown. First, though, he returns to the Green Room 42 with a solo show that focuses on original songs from his 2016 album, Youth Is Wasted. 

Empress Of
Photograph: Courtesy Adam Elramly
Music, Pop

Empress Of

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick

Floating electronic beats, meticulously layered samples and dream-pop melodies—sounds like a common synth-pop formula these days, but as Empress Of, singer-songwriter Lorely Rodriguez sounds nothing short of singular. The artist follows her stellar 2015 debut, Me, with another stunner, Us. From the lush groove of "Love for Me" to the moody funk of "When I'm With Him," Rodriguez excercises restraint, leaving ample space in her arrangements to highlight her strong vocals. Across ten expertly deployed tracks, she finds a new softness without losing her music's danceable pulse for a sound that's well matched to her intimate, bilingual missives on romance, friendship and fitting in.

Larry Owens
Photograph: Courtesy Cate Hellman

Larry's Musical Breakdown

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side

Though Larry Owens intends to musically break down some of your favorite ballads and bangers, it's likely he'll lose his mind giving you life at this totally lit stage bonanza. Along with guests Liza Treyger, Marie Faustin, Pooja Reddy, Marcia Belsky, Kiko and Tuna, and the band Heroine, the high-drama, unstoppable stage presence serves diva worship, dancing and wicked arrangements for his own entertainment. Owens could wake the dead with his god-given talent; he's certain to make a lifelong fan of you within seconds.

James Blake
Photograph: courtesy Republic Records
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

James Blake

icon-location-pin Terminal 5, Hell's Kitchen

If 2016's The Colour in Anything, was a star-studded release in name—Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and Rick Rubin—his newest Assume Form takes the pop sentiment to heart. He doubles down on the use of features—Rosalia, Travis Scott, and Andre 3000 among others—and augments his lush, textured production with an upbeat sensibility. The dubstepper cum electro-soul crooner has fully stepped into the latter role of those two roles.

Things to do, Quirky events

Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco

icon-location-pin Industry City, Greenwood

Channel your best Donna Summer or Bee Gees look and shake your groove thing to sexy hits like “I Feel Love” while attempting to do the hustle on four wheels at this roller rink shindig. Skating (and dancing) queen Lola Star brings a new theme to her Industry City every weekend. Check for additional getdowns on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

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