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The weekend starts here.
No Scrubs '90s Dance Party
June 2, 8 p.m.
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.
Bask in middle school nostalgia, but this time with less acne, at the Highline Ballroom’s dance party featuring the last hits of the last millennium, from TLC to Britney Spears, Boyz II Men to Nirvana.
BAM R&B Festival
June 2-Aug. 4
MetroTech Commons, 10 MetroTech Roadway, Brooklyn
Established and emerging musicians come together each year for this festival, which now includes gospel, jazz, soul, funk and more in addition to R&B. This free outdoor performance series has now been part of NYC's summer arts programming for over two decades, and this year's performers include Zapp, the Hallelujah Train, Ladies Sing the Blues and the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats.
“Quintessential: Purple Rain”
June 2-3, 8 p.m.
The Kraine, 85 E. Fourth St.
There's only one right way to grieve Prince, and it's by going to see people take their clothes off to the soundtrack of "Purple Rain." At this new performance series, iconic albums are staged in their entirety through the lens of burlesque; performers will include Miss AuroraBoobRealis, Miss Southern Comfort and Miss Frankie Eleanor.
Stars in the Alley
June 3, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Shubert Alley, between Broadway and Eighth Ave. and 44th and 45th sts.
Not many people are lucky enough to see all the Tony Award-nominated shows. And there's definitely not enough time to catch up before June 12. But you can get a taste of them all at Stars in the Alley, with over 30 free performances in Shubert Alley, from this season's hottest shows and some of the longest-running on Broadway. The event will be hosted by Sean Hayes ("An Act of God") and Mo Rocca ("CBS Sunday Morning") and feature appearances from "School of Rock" stars Alex Brightman and Sierra Borgess.
Tinder Live! with Lane Moore
June 4, 8 p.m.
The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn
You probably know what Stacy London of “What Not to Wear” would say if she saw your closet. But can she dish out dating advice? Find out at Tinder Live! this week when she becomes one of the “guides” helping Lane Moore find true love — or at least avoid a big mistake — as she swipes through Tinder onstage, with the help of BuzzFeed's Louis Peitzman, Food Network's Justin Warner and Ebony's Jamilah Lemieux.
Coffee Con NY
June 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Industry City, 233 37th St., Brooklyn
If you’ve got a tolerance for caffeine or just don’t mind sleeping for a few days, head over to this daylong conference bringing together aficionados for over 20 classes, workshops and the chance to taste among dozens of roasts. There are also fun lessons on latte art, demos on brewing techniques from around the world and opportunities to meet local roasters.
Total LIC Immersion
June 4, noon-7 p.m.
LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd., Queens
Brooklyn Brewery knows the way to get you to explore more of NYC on hot summer days is by giving you great deals on some of the best local food and drinks. That's what its been doing for six years with Total Immersion, which targets new nabes each month and hits Long Island City this weekend. For $25, you get a beer from LIC Bar, Corner Bistro, Gantry Bar & Kitchen and Woodbines, plus free lunch and discounts at places along the way. But the best value is giving yourself a reason to tour a place you might not otherwise have explored.
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is home to more than 600 varieties of the blooms, and this weekend is your chance to see them at their peak. Browse the garden, designed by Edith Wharton's niece and finished with funds from the Rockefeller family, with a drink in hand from a weekend-only bar, or learn more about it on a guided tour (on the hour daily) as harpists and cello players perform among the roses. Don't miss the garden's new exhibition of Impressionist art and the all-seasons garden that inspired painters of the era.
"Night of a Thousand Judys"
June 6, 8 p.m.
Kaufman Music Center, 129 W. 67th St.
Comedian Justin Sayre is paying star-studded tribute to celebrate Judy Garland, all to benefit the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT young adults. Performers are bringing their best in skits and songs for this sixth annual show, featuring Alice Ripley, Carol Lipnik, Nathan Lee Graham, Vivan Reed and more. VIP tickets include access to a special reception, signatures from the performers, and a parting gift.
Dinner and a Movie Film Series
June 8, 8 p.m.
Berg'n, 899 Bergen St., Brooklyn
This dinner-and-a-movie series combines the dining room, screening room and classroom. First you grab dinner from Berg'n (with $2 off drafts), then watch a film (starting with the magician drama "The Prestige"), then hear professors discuss what you watched (first up: Geoff Klock of BMCC-CUNY, an expert in comic books, poetry, film and British literature — the sort of well-rounded guy you wanted as your teacher). You'll leave fully satisfied from a gastronomical, creative and intellectual standpoint.
La Nuit En Rose NYC
Hornblower Infinity Yacht,Pier 40, 353 West St.
La Nuit En Rose, a festival dedicated to rose wines, returns to NYC this summer with multiple events. It kicks off next weekend with a cruise around the harbor on board the Hornblower Infinity Yacht. Guests can choose from three-hour events in the evenings or afternoons across three days, where they'll sip over 150 roses, listen to DJs, sample bites from local chefs, take fun photo booth pics, and have their makeup done by Guerlain--all against the backdrop of the city skyline. VIP tiers include an oyster bar, champagne bar, gift bags and an extra hour of partying.