Guide to what’s happening in New York this week
Epic Win Burlesque presents The Star Debate: ‘Trek’ vs. ‘Wars’
Aug. 17, 20, 25-27 (times vary), Ellen Stewart
Theatre at La MaMa,
66 E. Fourth St., $18
It’s probably the most important argument of our time: what’s better, “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”? The lovely ladies of Epic Win Burlesque bring the fight to FringeNYC with The Star Debate, a sexy burlesque show-off where the audience decides which geeky property takes the crown each night.
Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
Through Aug. 25,
The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
26 Wooster St., free
The exhibit spans 1,200 years of queer history, interpreted by dozens of artists and historians; topics include the famed Mattachine Society, the White Night Riots and musician Billy Strayhorn. LT
Shakeout IV: Life Preservers
Saturday, noon to midnight, Marina 59,
59-14 Beach Channel Dr., free
Shakeout brings together a group of New York artists and their site-specific, water-based works with an eye to socially and environmentally conscious art. Along with music, food, booze and a synchronized swimming performance, kayaks and motorboats are available to rent.
NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam
Saturday, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m., Governors Island, free
The VW Traffic Jam beckons Volkswagen enthusiasts to Governors Island. Check out — and judge — vintage V-Dubs from the ’50s through the ’70s in all makes and models, parked bumper to bumper at Picnic Point.
Sub:stance feat. Scuba
Saturday, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Santos Party House,
96 Lafayette St., $20-$25
Where does the “tech” end and the “dub” begin? With Scuba, such distinctions are beside the point — it’s all one roiling mass of epic, low-end darkness. This month, Sub:stance begins a new residency in New York, with some help from local heroes Blkmarket Membership.
The Naked and Famous
Friday, 8 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg,
66 N. Sixth St., $18
Up-and-coming band the Naked and Famous, whose single “Young Blood” is gaining traction as one of the summer’s biggest hits, hit MHW. Native to New Zealand — and already a stronghold on the music charts there — the band scored more global attention by grabbing the support of Neon Gold, a music blogging megaforce out of New York.
American Beatbox Championships
Sunday, 6 p.m.,
(Le) Poisson Rouge,
158 Bleecker St., $35
The American Beatbox Championships gathers the best of the beatboxing best for a night of heated competition. Watch and listen as the country’s top 16 artists battle it out. Stick around as two true masters of the genre take the stage: Rahzel (formerly of the Roots) and Rakaa (from Dilated Peoples).
Anusara in the Apple
Saturday and Sunday, Location05,
200 Hudson St., $22.50-$40
Meaning “flowing with grace,” anusara is a school of hatha yoga that embodies creative freedom, individuality, and a “celebration of the heart.” All proceeds of these classes go to Akasha Project, which seeks to bring yoga to those who can’t otherwise afford it.
Food & Wine
Hudson Square Wine and Music Festival
Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m.,
155 Varick St., free
The only thing better than being outdoors in New York in the summer is being outdoors with wine and great music in New York in the summer. The third-annual fest takes place in the outdoor square behind City Winery, and it’s pretty heavenly.
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