25 Events Happening in NYC This Week

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Mar 16

Dandy Wellington Presents Black Irish BallMacao Trading Co., Tribeca, 9pm. Free.
You’d think such a fancy, Irish-themed burlesque show and jazz performance would cost you, but this one is free. Just make a dinner reservation at Macao Trading Co. and soak in the talent.

An Evening with Graywolf PressStrand Book Store, East Village, 7pm. $15 Strand gift card or a copy of one of the featured books. 
The beloved indie publisher, and hoarder of literary awards, presents a night with two of its star writers.

Brisket King of NYCIrondale Center, Fort Greene, 6pm. $85. 
At this year’s meat-master showdown, 20 chefs will compete for barbecue bragging rights, churning out plates like smoked brisket with pickled chilis and brisket-boudin balls that you can sample and pair with beefy cocktails like bouillon Bloody Marys.

Mar 17

LeprechaunNitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg, 9:30. $15.
Make St. Patrick’s day awesomely creepy with a screening of this horror flick featuring Jennifer Aniston, pre-Friends!

A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Casa Duse Supper Club, Park Slope, 6:30pm. $75–$125.
See the New Place Players perform Shakespeare’s classic comedy in a beautiful brownstone right across from Prospect Park. It’s a fully produced play—costumes and all—only you get the unique experience of watching Shakespeare from a living room while chowing down.

Sebadoh + QuiMusic Hall of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, 9pm. $20.
Being a prototypical ’90s indie-rock band means reuniting every now and again—in September 2013, Sebadoh released its first record in 14 years, Defend Yourself. Here, the trio visits town with CA noise-rock duo Qui in the opening slot.

En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee WilliamsStage 72, Upper West Side, 7pm. $30.
Sit down and get comfortable as you listen to the life story of Tennessee Williams, delivered as a delightful front-porch chat that any Williams fan will appreciate.

Sarah Manguso: OngoingnessBookCourt, Cobble Hill, 7pm. Free.
In her new book, Ongoingness, poet and memoirist Manguso confronts her own attempts at constructing the narrative of her life: her 25-year-old diary. She reads from this new work that examines the obsessive need to maintain a record and the ultimate impermanence of our days.

In Stereo: Two Comics One StageHiFi, East Village, 8pm. Free. 
“Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs”; The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A send-up of Kodak’s official how-to book for amateur shutterbugs anchors this survey of the Polish bad-boy artist’s forays into photography.

Nurse Bettie BurlesqueNurse Bettie, Lower East Side, 9:45pm. Free.
Shelly “The Singing Siren” Watson hosts this night of burly-Q action at the intimate Nurse Bettie, which features both nightlife newbies and stars of the Gotham scene.

Citizen Cope; City Winery, Soho, 8pm. Sold out. 
Raspy-voiced indie soul singer and feeler of feelings Citizen Cope wants to hypnotize us with his music. Wait. Why are we holding tickets to his show? Dammit, Cope wins again! Now, here’s hoping you can find a ticket.

Mar 18

Blaria Live!Union Hall, Park Slope, 8pm. $5.
A perceptive and thoughtful blogger and comic, Phoebe Robinson brings her online alter ego to the stage, and invites several other stand-ups to come along.

Bad with Money; The Duplex, West Village, 7pm. $5–$25 plus two-drink minimum.

Vividly personal monologist Ben Rimalower follows up on his hit 2012 coming-of-gay tale, Patti Issues, with an account of the dark paths that debt has led him down. Aaron Mark directs.

Gary GulmanHighline Ballroom, Chelsea, 7:15pm. $15.
Stand-up and late-night show regular is taping his hour special over the course of two shows.

Eat Drink & Be LiteraryBAMcafé, Fort Greene, 6:30pm. Free.
Dinner and a brilliant author? Done and done. While you binge at the buffet, Lydia Davis talks with The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman about her work.

Sisters of ComedyGotham Comedy Club, Chelsea, 8pm. $15 plus two-drink minimum.
Ongoing event series Africa Underground presents a stand-up showcase featuring hilarious female comedians of color.

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film FestivalSee the site for various locations and times.
The films and events in this series focus on people living or struggling with disabilities.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter opens in theaters
Leaving behind her beloved pet rabbit Bunzo, a slightly cracked Japanese woman (Babel’s Rinko Kikuchi) goes on a quest to find Fargo’s missing suitcase of cash—a movie prop she believes to be real. Indies don’t come stranger.

Mar 19

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Modest MouseWebster Hall, East Village, 8pm. $20–$25.
For a group that started out playing tiny clubs, bingo halls and dive bars, Modest Mouse fills larger spaces remarkably well, offering up a slightly frenetic live show anchored by Isaac Brock’s distinctive yelp-and-shout singing.

Black & White ’Scope: American CinemaBAM Rose Cinema, Fort Greene, various times. $14.
The classic faces of cinema in the late 1950s were all monochrome, and BAM is bringing them back on the widescreen.

Brooklyn by the Book: Kazuo IshiguroCongregation Beth Elohim, Park Slope, 7:30pm. $15. 
One of the world’s greatest living writers (really) has just published his first novel in ten years, and he celebrates The Buried Giant with his Brooklyn fans tonight.

The Heidi Chronicles; Music Box Theatre, Midtown West, 3pm. $59-$139, premium $199-$250.
Here is the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s take on feminism in the late 20th Century, starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss.

Baad! Ass Women FestivalBronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, 8pm. Free–$27.
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance presents its 15th annual celebration of women in theater, dance, music, film and other arts, including many works by queer-identified women.

The Moth StorySLAMHousing Works Bookstore Cafe, Soho, 7pm, $8. 
The country’s most beloved storytelling competition returns for a night of tales about cohabitation. Is hell just other people after all? That’s the theme, so we guess you’ll find out there.

 

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