What to do August 19 - 25

By Stefanie DiMartino

As usual, there are so many fun and exciting things going on in NYC! Here are my top picks of the best trending parties, events, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for August 19– 25. 

Photo by  Jay

Photo by Jay

PARTIES

SHANGHAI EXPRESS: HAVANA

The Alley Cat (Beekman Hotel) 10 Theatre Alley, New York, NY 10038

August 21 | 8:30pm-12:30am | $29+

“You are invited to a party (series) inspired by the 1932 film Shanghai Express, about an eccentric cast of characters traveling from Peking to Shanghai.  Each soirée takes place at a different stop along the imagined route of that train. This time, we’ll be stopping over in a clandestine Cuban speakeasy, somewhere in the city of Havana, in 1930‘s Cuba. The dynamic Cuban band Conjunto Guantanamo will play authentic Afro-Cuban tunes that will keep you on the dance floor. The amazing Calamity Chang will mesmerize you with lush burlesque throughout the evening, and there just may be a cigar roller hand rolling cigars.” – Shanghai Mermaid

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Note: There is a dress code. Casual attire not admitted. No jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, baseball caps.  Dressing up is encouraged - very dressy vintage, dressy cocktail attire, dapper suits, long gowns, dressy traditional cuban attire, or however you think you might have dressed for an exotic night in a secret club in havana, circa 1933. Your fellow guests may include . . . an american mobster, a cuban revolutionary, a matador, a Havana socialite, a gambler, russian film director, foreign diplomat, cuban movie star, a south american dictator, or a famous American novelist.

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EVENTS

MIC DROP

Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

August 22 | 10pm | 21+ | $15

“Join Us in The McKittrick's velvet-draped Manderley Bar for three legendary and exclusively limited edition lip-sync battle competitions, hosted by Mr. Showbiz himself: Murray Hill. Compete for the chance to be crowned 'The Lip-Sync Champ of The Night', with DJ A-Ball spinning dance music between battle rounds, and libations for purchase all night long. Battle begins Thursday evening directly following Sleep No More.” – McKittrick Hotel

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Photo credit - Jenny Anderson

Photo credit - Jenny Anderson

CRAFT BREW FEST

Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

August 24 | 1-4:30pm OR 6-9:30pm | $55+ | 21+

“Brooklyn Navy Yard will be hosting an eclectic local variety of superbly fermented beer and cider in all styles combining the best elements of a Beer Garden with the staggering array of choices found only at a Craft Beer Festival. Guests will enjoy samples of craft beer, whiskey, wine and cocktails for the entire evening session with live music, food and interactive games.”

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JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY

Governors Island, Colonels Row, NY, NY 11231

August 24 and 25 | 12-6pm | $85

“Jazz Age Lawn Party, now celebrating its 14th year, is the world’s original and largest Prohibition Era inspired gathering.  The event started in 2005 as a small gathering on NYC’s Governors Island, and has since grown into one of New York City’s most beloved events. This historically sold out event attracts thousands of time travelers each year, who come together to discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s. Consistently selected by the New York Times as one of the year’s most memorable events, Jazz Age Lawn Party offers the unique, interactive opportunity to relive one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.”

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MUSEUM/ART EXHIBITIONS

PLAY IT LOUD: INSTRUMENTS OF ROCK & ROLL

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10028

 Now – October 1st | $16

“For the first time, a major museum exhibition examines the instruments of rock and roll. One of the most important artistic movements of the twentieth century, rock and roll's seismic influence was felt across culture and society. Early rock musicians were attracted to the wail of the electric guitar and the distortion of early amplifiers, a sound that became forever associated with rock music and its defining voice. Rock fans have long been fascinated with the instruments used by musicians. Many have sought out and acquired the exact models of instruments and equipment used by their idols, and spent countless hours trying to emulate their music and their look. The instruments used in rock and roll had a profound impact on this art form that forever changed music. The exhibition is co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and will present approximately 130 instruments alongside posters and costumes. Many of rock's most celebrated and recognized instruments are featured, representing artists across generations and subgenres. In addition to institutional and private collectors, many musicians are lending their performance and recording instruments.” – The Met

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THEATRE

BETRAYAL

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, NY, NY 10036

In Previews Now | $25+ 

Do you love Marvel and the Avengers? Check out some of your favorite stars, Tom Hiddleston, aka “Loki” and Charlie Cox, aka “Daredevil” in their Broadway debut. “Betrayal is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds in reverse—from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark. Starring Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil), this stunning production features the daring vision of one of the UK’s most acclaimed directors.” – Betrayal

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WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street

Through August 24

It’s your last chance to see this show! “Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned enough money for her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. Now she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship.” – What the Constitution Means to Me

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