Feb. 5-7, 7:30 p.m.
La Mama,74A E. Fourth St.
Meta Theatre Munich premieres “Musicophilia,” an artistic interpretation of Oliver Sacks’ best-selling book with the same name, this weekend from Thursday to Saturday. German author Norbert Neimann uses four actors, singers and musicians to explore the connection between sound and thought, based on the premise that music can be used to repair neurological conditions. Find out what your brain actually feels when it does what we call “hearing.”
Feb. 5, 8 p.m.
Beacon Theatre,2124 Broadway
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Coming off a handful of tour dates with Billy Joel, including Madison Square Garden last month, singer/songwriter/pianist Jamie Cullum will take the Beacon Theatre stage in a solo show this Thursday, backed by a big band and aided by a special guest, Grammy Award winner Lisa Fleisher. His latest album, “Interlude,” was released last month.
Feb. 5, 7 p.m. to close
Le Poisson Rouge,158 Bleeker St.
It’s the first Thursday of the month, and what that means Basement Bhangra, the 16-year-strong dance party. This week, DJ Rehka and DJ Petra are joined by special guest Sikh Knowledge. Get in free before 8 p.m. with later tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You don’t need to know the steps to show up: The warm-up happens during happy hour, 7-9 p.m. Then the dance lessons with Minila of Ajna Dance begin at 10, so you can perfect your bangin’ bhangra moves.
Metropolitan Museum of Art,1000 Fifth Ave.
Free with admission
This real-life “Night at the Museum” just kicked off, with select galleries staying open until 9 p.m., with special programming, food and drinks. This week, see if you’ve got museum-worthy skills at a drawing class, take a guided tour, or see “Obsession,” ($45) a performance based on the “Madame Cezanne” exhibit.
Mr. NY Escort of the Year Contest
Feb. 7, TBA
Therapy,348 W. 52nd St.
Each year, Rent Boy holds a competition to crown the International Escort of the Year. The title will be decided in March at the ninth annual Hookies, but finalists will be competing for the honor of Mr. New York – and the chance to move to the next round – this Saturday at Therapy. Drag queen Sherry Vine and last year’s winner, Boomer Banks, host. Out of six sexy contenders, only one will go on to compete at world-championship level. Lesser titles can be won through votes at www.thehookies.com.
India & Ismael Miranda: Enamarados
Feb. 7, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Lehman Center,250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., Bronx
Ismael Miranda is the most-recorded salsa singer in the world, and India is hailed as the Princess of Salsa. You’d think these two would be performing together all the time, right? Actually, they are taking the stage together for the first time ever. Where did they get the idea to join forces and arguably double the heat of NYC’s nightlife scene? It’s in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Feb. 7, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.
Taj II,48 W. 21st St.
Free entry with RSVP
Here’s a deal that’s worth staying up all night for: Text “CLUBPLANET” to 83361 to RSVP for TWIST, a party this Saturday night at the event space and restaurant Taj II. That gets you to the front of the line and inside without a cover. Women get two free drinks from 10-11:30 p.m. while everyone enjoys two-for-ones until midnight. There’s bottle service, hookah and a mix of hip-hop, house and Top 40 on the stereo.
Feb. 8, noon
Two Rams Gallery,2 Rivington St.
Alexis Dahan’s new exhibit “Alarm!” opens on Thursday, but check it out early at the opening reception. Her immersive collection explores city streets and the psychology and philosophy we can gain from new interactions with ordinary symbols. For example, the installation actually begins outside with a painted fire alarm, news rack and pothole. Inside, sculptures and paintings reframe other familiar items so that viewers look at them in a new light.
SI Swimsuit Fan Festival
Ever dream of meeting a real Sports Illustrated swimsuit model? Well you’ll have the chance to meet 20 of them at Swim City, a 10,000-foot facility in Herald Square. Next Monday and Tuesday, the women who help make the magazine an international sensation will be promoting the launch of the new, multiplatform SI Swimsuit 2015. The two days will be filled with fan events ranging from live concerts to interactive exhibits, plus interviews and autograph sessions with the models themselves, and it’s all free.
NBA All-Star House Events
Manhattan and Brooklyn
On Feb. 15, the NBA All-Star Weekend is returning to NYC for the first time since 1998. You might not be able to get a ticket to the big game, but you can catch fan events at both the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre (1 University Plaza) and the Skylight at Moynihan Station (360 W. 33rd St.) The events provide interactive activities like practicing your jump shot, plus the chance to meet NBA pros and watch challenges and clinics on a full-size court.