WEEKEND PICKS
Top 5 Events in NYC This Weekend

If you are not one of the lucky people who spent their pension on a ticket to see Justin Timberlake & Jay Z this Friday at Yankees Stadium, don't fret. Considering that you also haven't dropped dead yet from NYC's unearthly heat wave, there are more than enough things going on in and around the city this weekend to satisfy anyone (If you're willing to leave home with your clothes on, that is). Here are our top five events this weekend.

Friday, July 19:

After pissing off more than a few people (which included the Human Rights Foundation) by serenading Turkmenistanian Dictator Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow last month, J-Lo has cancelled her planned performance for Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. Instead, sultry R&B singer Jason Derulo will be taking her place this Friday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Derulo is a hot new artist who got his start writing and producing for Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Diddy. After setting out on his own solo career in 2010, he's been slowly climbing up the Billboard charts and is prepping to release his third album in September. This performance, and all other performances that are part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, are free and will take place at Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park.

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Summer in the City: Theater Edition

New York City is known for its spectacular Broadway shows. But you can get equally stunning and entertaining shows without the hefty price tag and the hustle and bustle of the theatre district. Check out these must see off-Broadway shows!

The Flower Thief: Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time Festival, this play, written by Pia Wilson, is one to see. The story centers around Clark, who is grieving over the loss of his twin brother and is clinging to nature's promise of renewal. Clark turns to stealing flowers as everything else around him slowly wilts. This show, directed by Heidi Grumelot, will run August 2-19 at The Red Room at 8pm. Tickets are available here for $18.

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Get Drunk Off Theater

A new kind of theater show is in town and it's goal is to Get. You. Drunk. Horse Trade Theater Group and Strange Dog Theatre Company are bringing Ben Clawsons's The Virilogy: A Drinking Game to UNDER St. Mark's for your enjoyment. The show is comprised of three one-act comedies spanning a decade in the lives of the world's worst best friends.

So, you're wondering, how does the booze play into all this?

It's as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1: Come see the show.

Step 2: Pick a character.

Step 3: When the character drinks, so do you.

Hopefully you'll be able to last through the whole show without blacking out! The show will be running from July 5th- 14th on Thursday through Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $18 and include one free beer. They can be purchased here.

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Mini-Fridge Theater Festival Hits 4th of July Weekend

Join FRIGID New York 4th of July weekend for a mini-festival with the best Frigid artists and Fringe Festival artists, hand picked by Horse Trade Theater Group. This frigid event is sure to cool you off during the hot weekend! The mini-festival will play at UNDER St. Marks June 28-July 4. Tickets are $15 ($12 for students & seniors) and are available here. Check out the line-up of performances below.

Kill the Band: Mock Bottom
Presented by Killy Dwyer and Kill the Band
KILL THE BAND presents a surreal, multi-media theatrical experience to celebrate the release of their triumphant second comedy rock album, MOCK BOTTOM! Part CD release party, part psychodramedy, MOCK BOTTOM mockuments the farcical cycle of the band's breakdowns and breakthroughs. Free CD included with your ticket!
Thu 6/28 & Sat 6/30 @ 10pm

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Horse Trade Theater's Got the Goods in February

Horse Trade Theater does is it again in February, outdoing themselves with a jam-packed line-up of shows for YOU. From comedy to variety and burlesque to plays, there is truly something for everyone this month, and with prices that can't be beat, you really can't go wrong. Take your pick of plenty from the list below and reserve your tickets today!

The Skinny
Wednesday, February 1 @ 8pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts.

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Five Things to Do Right Now in NYC

With so many options for drinks, dining and entertainment, it can be hard to narrow things down. So we've done the leg work for you. Here are five more cool ideas for a sweet night out!

Wine

Corkbuzz Wine Studio has finally opened! Laura Maniec opens up the space, which includes a wine bar, a wine school, as well as event space, conveniently located in Union Square. Classes begin in January and registration is already open, so register here today!

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Bastardpiece Theatre

As if there aren't enough bastards in your life, The Horse Trade Theater Group, in association with The Sopisticates, will be putting on a monthly show starring burlesque MC Bastard Keith and striptease master Madame Rosebud. These two sexual connoisseurs have looked high and low for the world's craziest, goriest, dumbest, and nakedest exploitation movies around, and during Bastardpiece Theater, you will get to see the result.

Bastardpiece Theater will take place on the second Thursday of every month at 10:30pm at UNDER St. Marks. The inaugural show is October 13th. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased here. The first show will feature The Gore-Gore Girls with guest commentator Brian Silliman.

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Naked Painted Girls Reading

Has the title caught your attention? Have you ever wondered what's sexier than seeing hot girls being intellectual? Well, the answer is nothing. October 19th marked the second anniversary of their new home with Horse Trade Theater group. UNDER St. Marks will host a year-long special event, Painted Girls Reading, showing on the third Wesnesday (9pm) of every month.

Naked Girls Reading NYC presents an intimate live event with a monthly nude literary salon featuring readings in-the-buff by local burlesque luminaries, professional librarians, authors, and other Naked Girls. Past themes have included banned books, tween lit, and holiday presentations of A Christmas Carol.