10 fab things to do this weekend in NYC – Metro US

10 fab things to do this weekend in NYC


Cocktails for Canines

Man’s best friend gets even more bestie bonus points for standing beside their veteran pals thanks to Warrior Canine Connection, which pairs trained pups with former soldiers with PTSD. You can support the charity with Cocktails for Canines, a “yappy hour” thrown by Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. It’s free to come meet the four-legged support soldiers and pups-in-training while sipping drinks or buying gourmet dog bones for the cause. Aug. 24, noon-6 p.m., MJ’s The Steakhouse NYC, 23 Vanderbilt Ave., free, michaeljordansnyc.com


Awkward Sex … and the City

Come celebrate four years of “Awkward Sex … and the City,” a comedy show where the cast opens up about their true and mortifying sexual encounters from first-times to last-nights, with no holds barred in between. Friday’s lineup features Krystyna Hutchinson, Cara Stigs and Angela Perrone. As part of the anniversary revelry, audience members will enjoy free wine and beer, plus 15% off store merchandise and a raffle for $40 gift cards to Pleasure Chest. Aug. 25, 8-9:30 p.m., Pleasure Chest, 1150 Second Ave., $15-$20, thepleasurechest.com


The Met’s Summer HD Festival

The Metropolitan Opera and Film Society of Lincoln Center join forces to share some of opera’s grandest stories — starring some of this century’s greatest vocal talents — with thousands of New Yorkers for free over the course of nine nights. A selection of hits from the Met’s Live in HD series will be projected onto a giant screen above 3,000 seats filling the iconic Lincoln Center Plaza. Titles include “The Magic Flute,” “Tristan and Isolde,” “Rigoletto” and “La Traviata.” Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 8 p.m., Met Opera House, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, free, metopera.org


Park Slope 5th Avenue Summer Stroll

The last of this summer’s Park Slope 5th Avenue Summer Strolls takes place this weekend, offering free fitness classes, face painting, a dance party, live music, a car show, a climbing wall and more. One of the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood’s most popular streets closes so that residents and visitors alike can explore local venues, socialize, shop, eat and drink while supporting the Business Improvement District’s development efforts and community initiatives. Aug. 26, 5-9 p.m., Fifth Ave. from Dean to Sterling sts., Brooklyn, free, parkslopefifthavenuebid.com


Great NYC Go Topless Parade

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Great NYC Go Topless Parade, which may sound like just a lot of fun and some body freedom, but it’s also part of a movement to demonstrate gender equality and bodily autonomy. Participants will meet in Midtown, at 58th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, and then march with midriffs and above bared down to Bryant Park. Both men and women are encouraged to join with those participating in cities around the nation. Aug. 26, 11 a.m-4 p.m., 330 W. 58th St. to Bryant Park, free, gotopless.org


Closing Night Surprise Party Comedy Show!

On the final night of the weeklong Brooklyn Comedy Festival, head to an event that’s half-party and half-performance starring guests from throughout the fest. The “surprise” part also comes in handy as the fest celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, so this is like throwing a surprise party where the gag is really for the guests — except that unlike other 5-year-old birthday parties, there’s copious alcohol, so everyone needs to be 21+. Aug. 26, 8-11 p.m., Brooklyn Bizarre, 150 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, $10-$15, bkcomedyfestival.com


Under Pressure: Queen & David Bowie Sing-Along

Group karaoke means the freedom to belt as loud as you do in the shower — and this one’s going to be epic. It’s an all-nighter of ‘80s rock, exclusively featuring hits by Queen and David Bowie, with lyrics projected on a screen. Liquid courage comes with themed drinks like the Major Tom and the Goblin King; there will also be a costume contest. And if you can’t speak Sunday, it’s not like you didn’t know what you were getting into, rockstar. Aug. 26, 9:45 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn, $10, unionhallny.com


Jazz Age Lawn Party

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra return to Governors Island this weekend with summer’s second and last Jazz Age Lawn Party. Thousands of rug-cutting music lovers (or just people who love a grand themed picnic) in 1920s-themed costumes will spend an afternoon sipping custom gin cocktails and rose, revive bygone dance styles or just enjoy the big band and swing tunes. Sunday features a pie-baking contest, croquet tournament and children’s parade. Aug. 26-27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Governors Island, $45-$5,000, jazzagelawnparty.com



Korea’s fermented delicacy is making a play for your tastebuds at the seventh annual Kimchipalooza, sponsored by Mama O’s. Taking place at Arrogant Swine in Williamsburg, you’ll chow down on Carolina-style barbecue, enjoy Mama O’s drink specials, sample kimchi and create your own, accompanied by DJ Ibe and live bands. You can also take part in a kimchi-eating contest for the chance to claim true kimchi love once and for all. Plus, it’s free! Aug. 27, 2-8 p.m., Arrogant Swine, 173 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, free, kimchirules.com


Brooklyn Comedy Film Festival Presents: Shorts

Nurse your hangover from this week’s Brooklyn Comedy Festival at Nitehawk Cinema with the Brunch Shorts Program. It’s nine bizarre movies in 90 minutes, ranging in topic from ranch hands who are also magicians on the side to a story about a city that tries to make it big by hosting a balloonfest. There’s also improv, an imaginary creature, a double sexual identity crisis and a monsterhunter. Hey, there’s a good chance you’ll laugh during at least three of them! Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, $16, nitehawkcinema.com