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11 things to do this week in New York City, from live music to political comedy and more

Spend your time off at a pizza-making party (with bottomless wine).

Giorgia Caporuscio makes a Regina Margherita pizza at

Giorgia Caporuscio makes a Regina Margherita pizza at Keste, at 77 Fulton St. in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Yes, the couch can be a wonderful respite from a busy workweek, but this is New York City.

Don't miss out on all the city that never sleeps offers during the week. 

From comedy shows to live music, from food events to pop-ups and more, there is so much to catch after your shift ends.

Here are our best bets for this week:

Open mic night at Parkside Lounge (Tuesday)

Hear music, poetry, spoken word and stand-up from New Yorkers at this weekly indie showcase, which begins at 7 p.m., at Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St.). There are 25 slots for performing on stage, so book in advance to guarantee your spot. Tickets are $13-$15, which includes a drink. 

Open court sessions (Tuesday through Sunday)

Brookfield Place (230 Vesey St.) is hosting tennis mini-camps and clinics through the week as part of its summer programming.

  • Tuesday (noon – 8 p.m.)
  • Wednesday (7 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Thursday (7 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Friday (7 a.m. — 6:45 p.m.)
  • Saturday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Sunday (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Cheez-inspired food truck (Wednesday)

Mr. Peanut of Planters is partnering with Made From Scratch and chef Richard Blais to present mac and cheese bites, grilled cheese and other cheesy foods made with Planters' Cheez Powder. The free bites will be offered from a "Cheez-inspired" food truck as Mr. Peanut (and his NUTmobile) greets visitors at Astor Place and the corner of Eighth and Lafayette streets, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TEDxHarlem (Wednesday)

Hear from entrepreneurs, business leaders and experts at this one-day TED Talk focused on Harlem. From 2 to 5 p.m., Clayton Banks of Silicon Harlem, Curtis Archer from the Harlem Community Development Corporation, Michelle Hope, a "sexologist," Arva R. Rice of the New York Urban League and others will share their knowledge. The talk at MIST Harlem (46 W. 116th St.) is $65 per person to attend.

Shakespeare in the club (Wednesday)

Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" is getting the House of Yes treatment — watch Titania and Oberon feud as aerialist fairies dance — with original song and dance. The performance, which begins at 8 p.m., is adapted and directed by Dillon Porter (of "Dubstep Hamlet") and produced by Rawb Lane. Tickets are $15-$30 for the show, which takes place at 2 Wyckoff Ave. in Bushwick.

RISK! Live at Caveat (Thursday)

The live storytelling podcast "RISK!" is coming to Caveat (21 A Clinton St.) for a night of true and untold tales from people across all walks of life. Each month, the podcast gets 1.5 million downloads, according to organizers. Tickets are $15 for the show, which begins at 9:30 p.m.

Radio Lab dance party (Thursday)

Join Radio Lab, Jake Blount, Steph Jenkins and Alex Kramer for a night of dance at the Bell House (149 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn). Square dancing is the focus — you'll learn the steps, find out about its surprising history and more, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. 

Pizza-making party with bottomless wine (Thursday)

Pizzeria Keste Fulton (77 Fulton St.) is hosting a pizza-making experience with chefs Roberto and Giorgia Caporuscio, who will lead the class on how to make Neapolitan pizza for two hours. While you're cooking, you'll sip on free glasses of house red and white wines and munch on fried burrata and fresh mozzarella. The experience also includes a Nutella dessert pie and a goodie bag. Tickets are $85. The experience is slated for several other dates if you can't make it this week.

Soul Train Tribute concert and film screening (Thursday)

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest Soul Train line at its concert and dance party Thursday night at 6 p.m. Once the train line is done, there will be a live musical tribute to Aretha Franklin and a film screening of "Amazing Grace." The entire night at Marcus Garvey Park's amphitheater is free with an RSVP.

High & Mighty Brass Band concert (Friday)

End your week with a free live outdoor concert as part of the Sunset on the Hudson series with High & Mighty Brass Band, which starts at 7 p.m. on Pier 45 at Hudson River Park.

These outdoor movies

Head to these outdoor movies, all of which typically begin at dusk:

Tuesday: "The Hottest August" at Liberty Park in Lower Manhattan; "Boys N The Hood" at Red Hook's Valentino Pier

Wednesday:  "The Princess Bride" at Parklife (636 Degraw St.); "Greener Grass" at the William Vale in Williamsburg;  "March of the Penguins" at Socrates Sculpture Park in LIC; "Big" at Hudson River Park's Pier 63; "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" at Riverside Park Pier 1

Thursday: "The Hangover" at SIXTY LES rooftop (190 Allen St.); "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" at Rooftop Reds; "Selma" at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday: "Rooftop Shorts: Closing Night" at Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood; "Trolls" at Hudson River Park's Pier 46

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