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10 amazing things to do in NYC this weekend

The best things to do in NYC this weekend, from comedy by Jen Kirkman to a beer and blues party at the New York Botanical Garden.

COMEDY

Literati

We all know someone who considers themselves “literary,” wanting to tell you about the recent masterpiece they’ve consumed (or worse, written). They all tend to take themselves a little too seriously. But Literati — the podcast that’s coming to Union Hall on Thursday — certainly doesn’t. In it, comedians read aloud from works of literature — sometimes with accents, and sometimes with wigs, hosted by Colin O’Brien and Michael Wolf. Sept. 21, 9:30 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn, $8-$10, unionhallny.com

HOLIDAYS

Bowl Hashanah

You don’t have to go back to Hebrew School for Rosh Hashana, but you can still make bubbe proud by ringing in the new year with Rabbi Dan Ain, who takes modern celebrants through traditions in simple and inclusive terms and sprinkles in some meditation, plus prayers with the Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood, who goes from traditional to contemporary on his guitar, backed up on keyboards and drums. There’s also a vegetarian/kosher lunch. Sept. 21, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, $40-$90, brooklynbowl.com

TV

Tribeca TV Festival

Television is the new frontier of entertainment, and the first-ever Tribeca TV Festival is where you’ll preview never-before-seen pilots and episodes from your favorite series, plus panels with the show’s stars. Screenings are $30, including activities like a VR experience taking you inside the mind of Mr. Robot. Highlights from the fest include an appearance by Oprah, a convo with the cast of Will & Grace, panels with Trevor Noah and Amy Sedaris, and the series premiere of Ten Days in the Valley with a talk by Kyra Sedgwick. Sept. 22-24, Cinepolis Chelsea Theater, 260 W. 23rd St., $30, tribecafilm.com

COMEDY

All New Material, Girl Tour

Comedian Jen Kirkman (who you may have seen on Netflix) is coming to NYC for two nights of all new material, and she’s sharing the love in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Of course, if you’re in Brooklyn, you probably knew about Kirkman way before she was on Netflix.) Both shows offer a VIP meet-and-greet after the show. Sept. 21 & 22, 8 p.m., The Highline & The Bell House, $25-$50, jenkirkman.com

COMEDY

Justin Sayre: “I’m Gorgeous Inside”

The former host of The Meeting, a monthly comedy-cabaret series about the state of affairs in gay culture and politics at Joe’s Pub, returns to his home away from home with a new work this weekend. I’m Gorgeous Inside is a full-length solo show that continues Sayre’s tradition of combining story and music with homespun insights and plenty of insider gay references that will titillate fans while offering newcomers a peek at an artist who can more than stand on his own. Sept. 22-24, 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $25, joespub.com

TECH

World Maker Faire

See what the tinkerers of the world have been up to at World Maker Faire, celebrating the people and methods that go into making the things that bring us joy, enhance our abilities and provide for us. The Maker Movement brings do-it-yourselfers out to trade tips, show off their craft and encourage creativity with interactive displays, demos, discussions and more in fields like art, engineering, medicine and technology. Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, $25-$80, nysci.org

GARDEN

Blues, Brews & Botany

Stimulate all of your senses with Blues, Brews & Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. Take in gorgeous flowers while listening to folk tunes and downing some delicious suds, all in one afternoon. The event includes discussions with botanists, a photography exhibit showcasing flora from the Dominican Republic, pours of beer and cider from more than a dozen distilleries, and music from the Paul Josephs Blues Project. Sept. 23-24, noon-4 p.m., 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, $43, nybg.org

FUN

Sex Expo

The Sex Expo returns to Brooklyn this weekend, talking about absolutely everything you never learned in school and a few things you hold back even from your bestie after that third cocktail. The marketplace showcases over 1,000 sexual health and wellness brands, while workshops and panels discuss all things having to do with bodies (male/female/other), sexuality, health and relationships. Did we mention it’s free? You just have to be 18 years old, so register online first. Sept. 23-24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn, free, sexexpo.com

MUSIC

New York Hot Jazz Festival

Jam for 12 hours straight with 15 of the city’s grooviest jazz bands at the New York Hot Jazz Festival, which is heating up the McKittrick Hotel at both Gallow Green and the Heath this Sunday (there’s one hidden stage, too). Now in its third year, this must for music-lovers brings together top acts like the Hot Sardines, the Bria Skonberg Sextet and the Gordon Webster Octet (with Charlie Turner). VIPs get reserved seating and brunch. Sept. 24, 4 p.m., McKittrick Hotel, 542 W. 27th St., $30-$255, mckittrickhotel.com

DANCE

Fertile Ground New Works Showcase

Support emerging artists with an evening of dance at the Fertile Ground New Works Showcase. Pop in for a night featuring pieces by five rising choreographers, followed by a discussion of their works moderated by Green Space Artistic Director Valerie Green. And, as these things tend to go, there will be free wine and the chance to network with cool artistic types. Sept. 24, $13, Green Space, 37-24, 24th St. #301, Queens, longislandcityqueens.com