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5 ways to make the most of your week in New York City

Looking to mix things up this week? From a poetry world series to a storytelling event celebrating food, here are a few top options to help you get out and about in the days ahead.

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Poetry World Series 

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Two teams of some of New York City's best poets will take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: They won't know what's coming next! Eminently qualified umpires will score each batter's reading, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity and/or *breathtaking* work guaranteed.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, 126 Crosby St.
Admission: Free
Click here for more details, and to register

African Multicultural Dance and Music Festival

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The first annual African Heritage Multicultural Dance and Music Festival in the Bronx is a celebration of African culture through music, dance, storytelling and poetry. The festival is organized for the community by the African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President’s Office.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: The Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse
Admission: Free
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A Ballad for Harlem Conversation: Artist Modupeola Fadugba

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A Ballad for Harlem Conversations explore themes, people and places found in the latest exhibition on view at the Schomburg Center. Join us for a conversation with artist Modupeola Fadugba, discussing her work "dreams from the deep end" (2018), featuring Harlem Honeys and Bears, an all-black synchronized, senior swim team, and a screening of the short documentary "Dreams from the Deep End," which explores Fadugba's process and members of the team. Fadugba will be joined in the discussion by Luther Gales, a member of Harlem Honeys and Bears.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.
Admission: Free
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US Premiere of 'Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon'

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Join us for the exclusive U.S. premiere of the new documentary "Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon," a joyous tribute to Broadway's greatest actor/singer/dancer. This special, one-night-only event is a benefit for Dancers Over 40. The event includes a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers and some of the interviewees featured in the film!

When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 7-10 p.m.
Where: AMC Lincoln Square 13, 1998 Broadway
Admission: $20
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Jewish in Queens: Foods That Feel Like Home

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Food has always been central to the Jewish experience. Whether it’s challah on Shabbat, Israeli hummus, or lox and bagels at the local deli, food is a key way Jews over the centuries have forged their relationships and strengthened their communities in difficult times. Food is the way we commemorate our most joyous celebrations and also our deepest communal traumas. In Jewish in Queens: Foods that Feel Like Home, playwright and storyteller Lisa Huberman brings together a diverse group of voices for an immersive, interactive and delicious evening to share and reflect on the foods that have shaped them as Jews in Queens. Come to laugh, listen and sample an array of dishes that challenge and enrich our image of what “Jewish food” can look like.

When: Thursday, Sept. 19, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Free Synagogue of Flushing, 136-23 Sanford Ave.
Admission: Free
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Parking in NYC can be tough, especially during popular events. To find free or cheap parking and to book parking in advance, see this map of NYC parking from SpotAngels. And to get there by public transportation, see MTA's website for nearby subway stations and schedules.


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Location
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street