If you're not headed to Comic Con, you can commiserate over awkward sex, hear tons of new music at CMJ, see the very first cat videos and more things to do in NYC this week.
‘Game of Thrones’ Beer Tasting
Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Ambrose Beer and Lobster, 18 Fulton St.
It’s more like Dram of Thrones tonight at Ambrose Beer and Lobster, where reps from Ommegang Brewery will be passing around free samples of the brand’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired beers. The two resurrected flavors (like you know Jon Snow will be) are the Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout. After sipping your samples, you can buy a bottle for $7 – and the first 32 guests to do so can choose to enter a “Boulder, Sword, Dragon” competition to win prizes. Think “rock, paper, scissors,” George R.R. Martin-style.
Fresh 102.7 Fall Fest
Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Adam Lambert will be headlining the third annual Fresh 102.7 Fall Fest at Madison Square Garden tonight. He’s joined onstage by Duran Duran (whose “Paper Gods” album dropped last month), Rachel Platten and A Great Big World – plus others, but let’s be honest, you just wanted to know about your favorite American Idol.
People’s Improv Theater, 123 E. 24th St.
For once, it’s OK to ogle. The hilarious one-woman show, which sold out its last limited run, is returning to NYC for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Playwright and performer Amy Marcs brings her personal and poignant story of surviving breast cancer to the stage. Maybe laughter isn’t exactly the best medicine, but it will certainly help you heal parts that real medicine can’t reach.
‘Awkward Sex … and the City’
Oct. 9, 8 & 10 p.m.
The Pleasure Chest, 1120 Second Ave.
Sex, comedy, free beer and charity. If you have plans this Friday, this will probably trump them. Comedians and storytellers from such backgrounds as The Moth and Comedy Central join forces to shamelessly share stories of awkward sexcapades. Your ticket also gets you free beer and 20 percent off Pleasure Chest merchandise. Best of all, a portion of proceeds goes toward Planned Parenthood.
DJ Turmix Presents Boogaloo!
Oct. 9, 11 p.m.-4 a.m.
Nublu, 62 Avenue C
Every second Friday of the month for five years, DJ Turmix has been spinning vinyl sets of Latin boogaloo at Nublu in the East Village. If this party hasn’t been on your radar yet, it might be getting more attention in the near future thanks to the release of a documentary on this unique sound coming out in November. If you want to say you knew about it first, check out the party this weekend.
‘The Cat-vant Garde Film Show’
Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens
Every generation thinks they discovered the cat video; things just got out of hand once the craze hit the Internet. This Saturday, the Museum of the Moving Image is screening some of the most famous and obscure examples dating back to 1947. Not only will the “Cat-vant Garde Film Show” place our strange fascination in historical context, it might even give you hope for the future. Because if the Egyptians had cat hieroglyphs, one day surely we’ll have dancing cats in space.
Curry for a Cause
Oct. 12, 6:30 & 8:45 p.m.
Babu Ji, 175 Avenue B
If you haven’t been to Babu Ji since it opened earlier this summer, now you have the perfect excuse to check out the East Village’s newest Indian spot. Curry for a Cause is a multi-course dinner hosted by Babu Ji chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer. Your $125 includes food, wine, beer, gratuity and taxes – so, let’s be honest, it’s not much more than a normal meal in Manhattan. But now it will go toward ATMA and Aasha, two nonprofits providing education to impoverished children in India.
CMJ Music Marathon
One of the premier festivals for the hottest bands you haven’t heard of yet – plus an increasing bombardment of well-established interlopers – the CMJ Music Marathon returns to NYC next Tuesday. This year is the festival’s 35th anniversary, and highlights include Titus Andronicus, Car Seat Headrest and Tobias Jesso Jr. In addition to shows, there are also conferences and networking events.
‘I’m New Here, Can You Show Me Around?’
Oct. 14, 8 p.m.
Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn
Immigration issues can be complex and controversial – but, thankfully, they can also be funny and heartfelt. “I’m New Here, Can You Show Me Around?” is an ongoing comedy series dedicated to stories of coming to New York. Next Wednesday’s edition will feature special guest Eugene Mirman. It’s just $12, but because it’s hosted in a bar, you have to be at least 21 to attend.