ARTS

Up Late at the High Line

Sure, by now you’ve taken at least half your family and most of your Tinder dates to the High Line. But have you checked it out after dark? Tonight, Up Late at the High Line brings light shows, soundscapes, dancers and other immersive performances to NYC’s urban garden. RSVP, but arrive early to beat the crowds. July 21, 10 p.m.-midnight, High Line, Gansevoort to W. 18th St., free with RSVP

BURLESQUE

50 Shades of Feminism

Burlesque’s hipster side can be found at Parkside Lounge, where audiences in the know enter through a speakeasy-type entrance to find a small rustic theater hosting some of the city’s gems alongside relative unknowns — often debuting choreography. If you’re the type who likes to discover new dancers before they hit the bigger venues and fests, try shows like “50 Shades of Feminism” with alternative acts by empowered women like Apathy Angel, Bunny Buxom, Calamity Chang and Fancy Feast. July 21, 8 p.m., Parkside Lounge, 317 E. Houston St., $12-$25

HISTORY

The Talkhouse

Samsung 837 is a new and welcome addition to the city’s cultural landscape, offering free events revolving around art, music, yoga and film. Today, check out a live recording of The Talkhouse, a podcast where artists talk frankly to one another about their work and the industry. This week is actor Penn Badgley interviewing Grammy Award winner Kendra Foster. July 21, 11 a.m., 837 Washington St., free with RSVP

DRINKS

The Cocktail Experiment

Enter a secret loft that’s been transformed into an intimate speakeasy for Gemini and Scorpio’s Cocktail Experiment. Mixologist Shayna Cott (who allegedly perfected her art in a barn) will be making up concoctions on the spot to be enjoyed by revelers for one night only. It’s free to attend, and drinks are $6 apiece — or, bring an unopened bottle that could inspire a cocktail and you can drink for free. July 21, 7-10 p.m., secret location in Gowanus, Brooklyn, free

ARTS

“The Trump Card”

Whether your fury toward Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump feels all-consuming or you’d rather never see those words strung together again, you’ll probably want to hear what monologist Mike Daisey has to say about him. Known for his dramatized dissection of the legend of Steve Jobs, Daisey returns to the Public Theater with his newest piece tracing the uprising of America’s most controversial figure. If you can’t make it, he’ll be back for an encore performance on Aug. 28. July 24, 6:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $35

MUSIC

Sessions at the Circle

Jazz is America’s music, and it makes sense that we should all get to enjoy it for free once in a while —especially if it’s a rare free summer concert in an air-conditioned venue. Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off six weeks of jazz performances Tuesday on the second level of the Shops at Columbus Circle (its neighbor in the Time Warner Center), with musicians like the Riley Mulherkar Quartet, the Christie Dashiell Quartet and Fleur Seule will perform. On Aug. 6 there’s a special night of Jazz for Young People. July 26-Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m., The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, free

HARRY POTTER

Harry Potterotica

Dive deep into the dark side of the internet with Erotic Live Reading, a performance series where the most fantastical fan fiction is pulled offline and read aloud in front of an audience. This week will spice up the children’s series “Harry Potter,” hosted by Rob Roan with Lane Moore (“Tinder Live”) and Adira Amram — plus, Boy Pierce will perform on-theme hip-hop. There will be a quiz show and Snape impersonation contest, and costumes are encouraged. July 26, 8-10 p.m., Legion Bar, 790 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, $5

HISTORY

“The Great Divide”

“Hamilton” has made us rethink the way our founding fathers shaped politics — especially that pesky difference of opinion that pitted Thomas Jefferson against George Washington to form our two-party system. Hear more at “The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Jefferson and Washington that Defined America, Then and Now” by historian Thomas Fleming. It’s free, in coordination with the New-York Historical Society, which is in the midst of its Summer of Hamilton. July 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd St. at Sixth Ave., free