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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.

Women/Create! A Festival of Dance (June 11-16)

Female choreographers from Armitage Gone! Dance, Buglisi Dance
Photo Credit: Women/Create! A Festival of Dance

Female choreographers from Armitage Gone! Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (featuring Richmond Ballet), Helen Simoneau Danse and Jennifer Muller/The Works will present their work in several performances that promise to move hearts and minds, according to organizers. ($15 to $45; 2  and 7:30 p.m., at various locations, womencreatedance.org)

A Feast for the Books Benefit (June 12)

Enjoy a night of culinary delight to raise
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Enjoy a night of culinary delight to raise funds for Housing works. A Feast for Books, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped judge, Iron Chef, and executive chef at Butter) and
Angela Dimayuga (Creative Director of Food and Culture for the Standard Hotel Group & founder of No Bar), will serve up bites from Agatha Kulag of Ovenly, Sheryl Heefner of Superiority Burger, Richard Ho of Ho Foods, Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito of Don Angie, Melissa J. Rodriguez of Del Posto and Chintan Pandya of Adda Indian Canteen. There will also be craft cocktails and a silent auction. (Starting at $75; 7 to 9 p.m.; Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St.; afeastforthebooks2019.splashthat.com)

Genealogy Happy Hour (June 13)

Put your research skills to good use for
Photo Credit: Center for Jewish History

Put your research skills to good use for this after-hours event with expert genealogy librarians who'll show you how to find out where your grandparents and great-grandparents lived, what kind of work they did, when they arrived in the U.S., and more. You'll have a "treasure trove" of online genealogy records at your fingertips and be able to share your discoveries with your fellow family history sleuths, organizers say. Wine and light refreshments will be served. ($10; 7 p.m.; Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St.;  genealogy.cjh.org)

New York Public Radio Live (June 13)

Michelle Buteau will host New York Public Radio
Photo Credit: New York Public Radio

Michelle Buteau will host New York Public Radio Live, a night with all your WNYC favorites (Brian Lehrer, Jad Abumrad, Molly Webster, Richard Hake, Arun Venugopal and others) musical guests, including Real Estate, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley performing a DJ set, Red Baraat, and the High and Mighty Brass Band. Food for purchase will include cocktails and fried chicken and there will be a graffiti wall and those popular tote bags. All proceeds support New York Public Radio. (Starting at $75; 6:30 p.m.; Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn;  wnyc.org)

Citi Summer in the Square free events (June 13, 20)

Head to Union Square on Thursdays for a
Photo Credit: Union Square Partnership

Head to Union Square on Thursdays for a day of free programming, from fitness to live music and more -- Yoga, Boxing HIIT, Tai Chi, Dance Cardio, Cardio HIIT, Paragon Sports Run Club, Sunset Yoga; and  Lunchtime jazz with The School of Jazz at The New School and NYC Dance Week Dueling Performance. (Free; 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.;  summerinthesquare.nyc)

High Line Hat Party (June 13)

Don your most fabulous hat and make your
Photo Credit: Liz Ligon

Don your most fabulous hat and make your way to the High Line for this outrageous evening with Lady Bunny, the House of Labeija, "RuPaul's Drag Race" alum Dusty Ray Bottoms, New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, artists and performers Machine Dazzle, Raga Muffin, Raúl de Nieves, and DJ Ty Sunderland. Judges will select the best hats throughout the evening and finalists will walk a live runway competition at 9:30 p.m. (Starting at $75; 7 to 10 p.m.; The High Line, 14th Street and 10th Avenue;  thehighline.org)

Dinos After Dark (June 13)

Feel like you're traveling back in time with
Photo Credit: AMNH/Denis Finnin

Feel like you're traveling back in time with an after-hours party in the American Museum of Natural History's dinosaur halls and see the special exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator that will include drinks, expert talks and comedy stand-up by Karen Chee, Chris Duffy, Rachel Pegram and Fumi Abe. ($40 includes 2 drinks; 7 to 9:30 p.m.; AMNH, Central Park West and 79th Street, amnh.org)

Watch a movie outdoors

The city's parks (and some restaurant rooftops) are
Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

The city's parks (and some restaurant rooftops) are holding movie screenings throughout the summer, so grab a blanket and some snacks and head to any one of these coming shows:

June 12: "Cool Hand Luke" dusk, Parklife (636 Degraw St., Brooklyn)

June 13: "Rebels on Pointe" at 8 p.m., Washington Square Park Arch; "Drumline" at 8 p.m., Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem

June 14 -- "School of Rock" and "Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt" by Pacho Velez & Yoni Brook at Governors Island, dusk; "The Muppets Take Manhattan" at Noonan Playground in Sunny Side at 7 p.m.; "In Safe Hands (Pupille)" at the Washington Square Park Arch at 8:30 p.m.; "Stand By Me" at Rooftop Reds (299 Sands St., Brooklyn) at 8:35 p.m.

June 15 -- "Black Panther" at Randall's Island Field 81 at 8:45 p.m.

Jun 16 -- "Bad Boys" at Habana (757 Fulton St., Brooklyn) at 8 p.m.

Summer Fitness Series at Brookfield Place (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Take a free workout class at Brookfield Place
Photo Credit: Brookfield Place

Take a free workout class at Brookfield Place during the summer while you look over the river with the Statue of Liberty in the distance. The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.: 30/60/90 
  • Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m.: Xtend Barre
  • Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.: Xtend Barre 
  • Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m.: Elements Fitness
  • Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.: Elements Fitness 
  • Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m.: Solace 
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m.: Solace 
  • Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.: Tone House 
  • Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m.: Tone House
Find out more at bfplny.com 

The Forgotten East pop-up (through July 28)

Go on a small adventure on Canal Street
Photo Credit: The Forgotten East

Go on a small adventure on Canal Street that will "take" you to the ancient East to find mystery and treasures in the Mogao Caves, the endless desert, a market and more while learning about Eastern countries. Inspired by the Silk Road, the artists who designed the rooms used silk as their key element. (15-$2; 310 Canal St.;  eventbrite.com)

'Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space' (May 5 - Sept. 3)

The Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City
Photo Credit: Miya Ando, Socrates Sculpture Park, Image by Johnny LeMiya Ando

The Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City is showcasing artwork that calls on the cosmos, from Miya Andos' "Ginga (Silver River)" print of the Milky Way on a waving translucent textile, pictured, to Beatriz Cortez's "Tzolk'in," a steel work inspired and named after the Mayan calendar, among others. The collection includes works by Radcliffe Bailey, Alicja Kwade, Eduardo Navarro, Heidi Neilson, and Oscar Santillán with new commissions by William Lamson, and (MDR) Maria D. Rapicavoli.

(32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City)

TMNT celebration (May 18 - July 14)

Celebrating 35 years of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,"
Photo Credit: iStock

Celebrating 35 years of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," the Paley Center is putting on an exhibition about the four half-shell heroes this summer. Visitors can enjoy an art piece showcasing the comic book's origins, take a "shellfie" with a Turtles standee, and go through a visual timeline of the evolution of the Turtles. (Free; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday; 25 W. 52nd St., Manhattan;  paleycenter.org)

Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections

Look through selections from the NYU Special Collections
Photo Credit: New York University Archives

Look through selections from the NYU Special Collections to learn about a diverse range of queer stories told through archival materials from 19th-century theater, a gay anarchist press in the 1970s, civil rights protests at NYU, transgender community organizing, and women's labor movements. The exhibition is part of NYU's yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. (Free; 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.; 70 Washington Square South, Manhattan;  nyu.edu)

James Bidgood: 'Reveries' (through Sept. 8)

Learn about the impact of artist James Bidgood's
Photo Credit: ClampArt New York

Learn about the impact of artist James Bidgood's work on gay art history and gay history itself in this exhibit at the Museum of Sex. Through his photographs, from his time as drag queen Terry Howe at Club 82 to his work for vintage physique magazines, you'll follow his journey, which included being out during a pre-Stonewall world. ($17.50-$19.50; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 233 Fifth Ave., midtown;  museumofsex.com)

See Winogrand photos at Brooklyn Museum (through Dec. 8)

Photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) was known for his
Photo Credit: Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco/Garry Winogrand

Photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) was known for his black and white photos of city streets, zoos, rodeos, airports, beaches and other public settings. "Garry Winogrand: Color" presents more than 400 rarely seen color pictures taken by the Bronx native. This is "Untitled," Houston, Texas; 1964. ($16, age 19 and under for free; Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn;  brooklynmuseum.org)

'Antigone in Ferguson' (May 8-July 13)

Theater of War Productions will present
Photo Credit: Sean McCoy

Theater of War Productions will present "Antigone in Ferguson," a Greek tragedy set to heady audiovisual effects, African-inspired choreography and a gospel chorus. Antigone and her sister Ismene have just lost their brothers in their struggles for power over Thebes, which ends tragically as they kill each other. Creon, the new king, decrees that anyone who buries the rebel brother Polynices will be sentenced to death. Antigone makes the choice to honor her brother and chooses love over obeying the edict. She buries her brother and must face Creon for her resistance. Pictured is Creon (Ty Jones) and Antigone (Alexandria King) during The Classical Theatre of Harlem's performance in 2018. This is a new version by Bryan Doerries. (Free; St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague St., Brooklyn; eventbrite.com)

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