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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC this Weekend (June 1-3)

May 31, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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Travel to pluto with puppets, #TURNUP with Teen Vogue, escape a paint bomb with your friends, and more this weekend in NYC.

Teen Vogue Summit: TURN UP
Manhattan, Union Square
Talks, Panels, Conference

You ready to #TURNUP? Teen Vogue is, and they are producing an amazing three-day summit featuring speakers like Amandla Stenberg, Rowan Blanchard, Emma Gonzalez, and performances from “Dear Evan Hansen,” Fletcher, and Amara La Negra. Through motivating keynotes, debates, hands-on workshops, mentor sessions, and action opportunities, attendees are encouraged to make connections with like-minded young visionaries and #TURNUP for the issues they believe in.


Manhattan, Lower East Side
Comedy, Talk

Get the inside scoop on what **probably** happened during some of history’s greatest fights. This weekend, join comedians Kate and Peter on a hilarious nerdy roller coaster about The Matilda Effect as they strive to answer the age old question: Why do women in science never get the credit they’re due? If you haven’t figured this out about us yet, we love LES staple CAVEAT and the only thing better than enjoying a great show there is enjoying a great show there with a craft beer in one hand and one of their imaginative grilled cheeses in the other.


The Master Mind
Herald Square, Manhattan
Escape Room, Immersive, Game

We are HERE for Escape Rooms right now and the masters of escape rooms? Escape Entertainment. Seriously, these folks have worked on projects at the White House, MoMa, Broadway, and beyond. Their newest game: The Master Mind. Can you outsmart the Master Mind and escape? There’s only one way to find out…


Beat the Bomb
Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn
Escape Room, Immersive, Game

Yes this is another Escape Room, but this one is a totally different and has an equally cool vibe! You and your pals will don some sweet white jumpsuits and put your teamwork and smarts to the test in a variety of challenges to try and defuse a paintbomb before it explodes and (painlessly) covers you and your squad in paint. Relax after your whirlwind experience over pizza and wine at Love and Dough.


Shakespeare Trilogy On Screen
DUMBO, Brooklyn
Film, Play, Shakespeare

See director Phyllida Lloyd’s arresting live productions of “Julius Caesar,” “Henry IV,” and “The Tempest” come to the big screen! These incredible films are making their American premiere in a weekend-long film festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse. We’re seriously freaking out over the chance to see Harriet Walter, “one of the best Shakespeareans alive” as Julius Caeser, Henry IV, AND Prospero. Take in one of the films or see all three for just $50.

Don Giovanni
Union Square, Manhattan

We’re suckers for Mozart, and “Don Giovanni” (the prequel to “The Marriage of Figaro”) is no exception. We’re stoked to see French baritone David Serero slay in the titular bad boy role. Head over to the Center for Jewish History to see one of the most famous operas of all time with an international cast. Keep the classy vibes going with drinks and small plates at Amelie Wine Bar.

Pluto is Missing
Flatiron, Manhattan
Comedy, Musical, Variety

Science and music and puppets, oh my! “Pluto is Missing” is a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets and fantasy with real science and space exploration history. You’ll leave the PIT humming catchy tunes and with a noggin full of new space knowledge.

Plan ahead alert!

The Let Go
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Dance, Performance Art, Immersive, Other

Interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave creates a dance-based town hall — part installation, part performance — to which the community of New York is invited to “let go” and speak their minds through movement, work out frustrations, and celebrate independence as well as community. If you love art that deals with issues of social justice, this is the event for you. If you love vibrant colorful visual art, this is the event for you. If you love to be in Instagram/selfie heaven…you get it. This is the event for you.