Get wiser, dance some Charleston, see Broadway sneak peeks and more events this week in NYC.
Previews of new musicals at Broadway in Bryant Park
Aug. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Bryant Park Stage
Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Sts.
It’s the last week to catch some of Broadway’s top talents performing excerpts from their shows for free. This Thursday, take a long lunch to catch numbers from current productions like “Hand to God,” “The King and I” and a special preview of this fall’s “Dames at Sea” as well as the highly anticipated “Spring Awakening” revival.
Christmas in August
Aug. 13, 11 a.m.
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave.
Labor Day is almost here, which is sad news for sun-seekers (so start wearing all of your whites in rotation), but it also means it's time to attend your very first Christmas party. The ever-expanding holiday season kicks off today when Santa Claus visits Radio City Music Hall, with The Rockettes performing their iconic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” right on Sixth Avenue.
‘In Search of One City’
Aug. 13-Oct. 10
Old Stone House, 336 Third St., Brooklyn
There’s hardly a hotter topic than income inequality. Art has a way of making issues more palatable, and a new exhibit at The Old Stone House in Park Slope has asked artists to dive into the topic and how it affects NYC.
Times Square Kiss-In
Aug. 14, 11 a.m.
200 W. 43rd Street
Every five years, Times Square invites couples to re-enact the iconic kiss between a sailor and a nurse at the end of World War II, and that time is this Friday. Couples “from all generations and of all types” are welcome to take part in the 70th anniversary, preferably in costume, with the first 200 couples receiving sailor caps and roses.
Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band
Aug. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.
Titus 2 Theater, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
This one is pretty much a no-brainer: the chance to see Yoko Ono perform live. The 85-year-old experimental artist will be playing with the Plastic Ono Band, which was conceived with John Lennon in 1969 as a band with no definitive members or distinctive sound. The event is scheduled in conjunction with “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971,” an exhibit that runs through Sept. 7
Tap+Cork Brooklyn Beer & Wine Festival
Aug. 15, 2-8 p.m.
Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St.
$20 advance, $30 door
Happy hour or not, you won’t find a better drink deal. Your ticket gets you 15 (out of 40+) 3 oz. pours, so it’s a good thing there will be various Bed-Stuy restaurants chipping in food so you can keep soldiering on.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Aug. 15-16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
If you missed June’s Jazz Age Lawn Party, you’ll get one more chance to whip out your tassels and pearls this weekend. For the second and final time this summer, Governors Island will be overrun with flappers and dapper gents sunbathing, picnicking and hitting the dance floor to the big band tunes of Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. You can celebrate a decade of this decadent party with the specially curated 10 th Anniversary Cocktail and other ’20s-themed beverages featuring St-Germain.
Ne-Yo at Citi Field
Aug. 15, post-game
Citi Field, 120-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens
Free with ticket
Never mind who wins or loses this Saturday when the New York Mets play the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field — you’ll want to stay until the end to see Ne-Yo take the stage after the final play. The Grammy-winning artist will be playing a short show with a few favorites plus new releases from his new album, “Non-Fiction.”
‘See Jane Sing’
Aug. 16-19, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
Joe’s Pub is frequently home to music and comedy, but probably nothing quite like “See Jane Sing,” a new musical comedy show starring Jane Lynch. The TV and Broadway star debuted the show last year at 54 Below, and she’s ramping it up for this four-night engagement—plus new guest stars like Kate Flannery of “The Office.” The cabaret show is backed by a five-piece band and features Tim Davis, who also arranged the musical numbers for “Glee.”
Aug. 17, 7 p.m.
Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St.
It’s instruments you recognize with musicians you’d never expect, making sounds you’ve probably never heard before. Intrigued? Black Violin mix classical music with hip-hop, and have opened for Kanye West and performed for President Obama.
Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.
The Punderdome is a long-running weekly event, but next week the amateurs are going to lock horns with the pros at the New York Post.
Word for Word: Dr. Ruth
Aug. 19, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd St. b/w 5th and 6th Aves.
Everyone’s favorite octogenarian sex therapist tells us how to stay feisty and happy, too, according to her new book, “The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Sex, Love, and Joie De Vivre.” The memoir is full of personal anecdotes, life advice and, of course, tips for a healthy and hearty sex life.
Battle of the Burger
Aug. 19, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
South Street Seaport
Manning the grill will be the 18 finalists of a preliminary vote, including burger specialists Genuine Roadside and restaurants with a broader scope like Korean fusion spot BarKogi. The open bar will be serving Amstel beer and Strongbow cider (because while it’s still rose season, that’s not what pairs with burgers).