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NYC events, concerts and more to hit this week

There's always so much to do in NYC.

But you already knew that.

Of your many, many options, here are our picks.

A natural history of beer (Feb. 19)

Authors of "A Natural History of Beer," Ian
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Authors of "A Natural History of Beer," Ian Tattersall and Curator Rob DeSalle, will weave together findings from their respective fields of paleoanthropology and molecular biology as you take part in tastings of pilsners, IPAs, and stouts. Megan Krigbaum, a freelance wine writer and contributing editor for PUNCH, will moderate. ($20, 6:15 p.m., The American Museum of Natural History, 77th Street and Central Park West, amnh.org)

A ballet tribute to David Bowie (Feb. 19-24)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet presents three programs over the
Photo Credit: Breeann Birr

Complexions Contemporary Ballet presents three programs over the span of two weeks, including "Star Dust," a ballet tribute to the genre-bending innovation of David Bowie. Inspired by his personas and artistic invention choreographer Dwight Rhoden created a program that pays homage to the legend set to his iconic music. ($10-$66, The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave.,  joyce.org)

Flaming cocktails experience (Feb. 21)

Existing Conditions and Cocktail Kingdom are putting on
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Existing Conditions and Cocktail Kingdom are putting on a flaming cocktail event with four industry leaders -- Dale DeGroff, Dave Arnold, Don Lee and Dave Wondrich -- who will prepare and present a hot cocktail using flames at stations throughout the bar. Tickets include light bites, too. ($75 per person, 6 to 8 p.m., 35 W. Eighth St., resy.com)

Best Brews of New York (Feb. 21 - March 14)

Taste and cast your ballots for the state's
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Taste and cast your ballots for the state's best brews at Brookfield Place this month during the annual Best Brews of New York challenge. The Winter Garden will transform into a Biergarten so guests can try a taste from a total of 15 breweries, including Southern Tier Brewing Company, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Long Island's Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Blue Point Brewery, Barrier Brewing Co., and New York City's The Bronx Brewery, Sixpoint, Harlem Brewing Company, and Coney Island Brewery. Different brews are served on certain days, so check the schedule before you go. The final five will go through a final round on March 14. All beer sales go toward Habitat for Humanity. (4 to 9 p.m., 230 Vesey St.,  bfplny.com)

Basquiat painting party (Feb. 23)

Make your own Basquiat- and 1980s- inspired street
Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz

Make your own Basquiat- and 1980s- inspired street art (to take home) led by Corey D'Augustine, a  professor and conservator of modern and contemporary art for the Guggenheim. Bring your own beer. ($59, 5 to 8 p.m., 548 W. 28th St.,  artsclubnyc.com/tickets/basquiat-party)

'The Glass Menagerie' (FEB. 13-24)

Pingeholed Theater presents its adaptation of "The Glass
Photo Credit: Gabriel Frye-Behar

Pingeholed Theater presents its adaptation of "The Glass Menagerie," a Tennessee Williams play about a family's struggle to detach from the past and deal with familial obligation. Directed by Justin Fuller, the cast features Katie Sparer ("The Sopranos", "Awake and Sing!") as Amanda Wingfield, Justin Cimino as Tom Wingfield, Laura Piccoli as Laura Wingfield, and Padraig Carragher as Jim O'Connor. ($20, Secret Theater, 44-02 23rd St.,  artful.ly)

'The Value of Sanctuary' (Feb. 14 - June 30)

A multi-disciplinary exhibition at St. John the Divine
Photo Credit: Cathedral of St. John the Divine / Jacob Hessler & Richard Blanco

A multi-disciplinary exhibition at St. John the Divine that explores the current political conversation about borders and identity, "The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls," opens on Thursday and will remain on view through June. Modern artists like Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek, Alexandra Bel, Jules de Balincourt, Alicia Eggert, Nona Faustine, For Freedoms, Jenny Holzer, Juliana Huxtable, ICY and SOT, Baseera Khan, Eiko Otake, Eva Petrič, Kiki Smith and more. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 1047 Amsterdam Ave., Harlem,  stjohndivine.org)

'Exhibitionism' retrospective at the Museum at FIT (through April 20)

The Museum at FIT has pulled more than
Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

The Museum at FIT has pulled more than 80 ensembles from 33 of its most influential exhibitions over its history (of more than 200 exhibits in total) to curate its newest showcase -- "Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT." While 33 exhibits are far too many to name here, the best from the museum's "Fairy Tale Fashion," "Black Fashion Designers," "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: "Gothic: Dark Glamour," "Japan Fashion Now," "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk," and much more are represented. (Free, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, fitnyc.edu)

See a retrospective of Jeff Goldblum films (Starts Feb. 8)

The Goldblum Variations, a retrospective of films with
Photo Credit: Cohen Film Collections

The Goldblum Variations, a retrospective of films with the irrepressible, idiosyncratic Jeff Goldblum, coincides with the release of a new restoration of 1977's "Between the Lines," in photo, a prescient story of journalists facing the corporate chopping block. The series includes such favorites as "Jurassic Park," "The Fly" and "The Big Chill." Other titles will be added. ($16, the Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., quadcinema.com)

See Strindberg plays (through March 10)

Classic Stage Company present two Strindberg adaptations in
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Classic Stage Company present two Strindberg adaptations in repertory: "Mies Julie," directed by Shariffa Ali, and "Dance of Death" (a new version by Conor McPherson), directed by Tony-winning actress Victoria Clark. In "Mies Julie," Elise Kibler and James Udom. (Tickets from $75, special packages to see both shows start at $99; Classic Stage, 136 E. 13th St., classicstage.org)

'Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr.' exhibit (through April 6)

Images from Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to
Photo Credit: Schomburg Center, NYPL / Jonathan Blanc

Images from Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to India in 1959 to see Mahatma Gandhi and intimate photos of the late civil rights leader at home with his family as well as his trip to Oslo, Norway, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 are on view in a new photo exhibit, "Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr.," on view now at the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. (Free, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., nypl.org)

ICP exhibits (Feb. 8 - April 28)

Two exhibits at the International Center for Photography
Photo Credit: For Freedoms/Hank Willis Thomas & Emily Shur

Two exhibits at the International Center for Photography are up through April. The first, " For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here?" explores the role of art and visual representation in American civic life, and "Y our Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection" surveys the ways in which people present themselves to the camera, how and by whom they are represented and who is deemed worthy of commemoration. ($10-$14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.; 250 Bowery) 

J.R.R. Tolkien exhibit (through April)

The Morgan Library & Museum presents what it
Photo Credit: The Tolkien Estate

The Morgan Library & Museum presents what it says is the largest collection of Tolkien material ever assembled in the United States, "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth," on Friday with 117 items borrowed from the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford and other lenders. (Tickets are $20 and free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m., The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., themorgan.org)

Circo Thursdays (Every Thursday)

This weekly dinner party series by Rocco Ancarola,
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This weekly dinner party series by Rocco Ancarola, Alex Smith, Merv Matheson and Kamela Forbes features music by DJ Scarlet with over-the-top performers. Menu items include shareable plates like the Fiesta Tower, tacos, Don Huevo and more. Reserve at 212-229-2336. (9 p.m., 355 W. 16th St., bodeganegranyc.com)

Winterland Rink at Pier 17

Now you can pair your ice skating with
Photo Credit: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Now you can pair your ice skating with some skyline views. An outdoor rink debuted Friday at the Rooftop at Pier 17, offering sights such as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and the East River from the top of the four-story Seaport District venue. In addition to daily ice skating at the seasonal installation, the rink will hold programming such as curling and broomball. Visitors to the rooftop rink also have access to bites and seasonal drinks at the Tank, a "warming hut," the new restaurant and lounge R17, and food trucks. ($10-14 Monday-Thursday, $16-22 with skate rental; $13-17 Friday-Sunday, $19-25 with skate rental; open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Seaport District, pier17ny.com)

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