Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for July 21’s best events, from Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake at Le Poisson Rouge to NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014.
1. MUSIC: Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake at Le Poisson Rouge
Do you enjoy the music of Justin Timberlake but wish it sounded more like music from a Broadway musical? See some of Broadway’s hottest stars tackle the work of Mr. Sexyback at this very JT edition of Broadway Sings. Accompanied by a full jazz band, folks like Jason Gotay (Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark) and Amber Iman (Soul Doctor) will perform all new arrangements of hits like “Cry Me a River” and “Suit and Tie,” as well as some ‘N SYNC era material. Hott.
DETAILS: 8pm; $20-$25; 158 Bleecker St.; lepoissonrouge.com
2. FOOD: NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014
It’s that time again! Time to try a bunch of tasty food for less than it usually costs, that is. From now through August 15, over 300 NYC restaurants will be serving special three-course lunches and dinners for just $25 and $38, respectively. Participants include Bodega Negra (run by Morimoto alum Michael Armstrong), Butter Midtown (helmed by Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli) and high-end dim sum spot Hakkasan.
DETAILS: various times, prices & locations; nycgo.com
3. BOOKS: Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning at Book Court
In her latest novel Land of Love and Drowning, Saint Thomas native Tiphanie Yanique explores love, family, colonialism and modernization through several generations of people living in the Virgin Islands from 1916 through the 1970s. Written in a fantastical magical realist style, the book is said to have shades of Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Hear the author read and answer questions at Brooklyn’s Book Court tonight. Another one for your summer reading list!
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 163 Court St., Brooklyn; bookcourt.com
4. THEATER: Brownsville Bred at The Nuyorican Cafe
Experience a whole slew of emotions at this critically acclaimed one-woman show about growing up in the rough neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn during the ’70s and ’80s. Written and performed by the charismatic Elaine Del Valle, the play tells both humorous and harrowing stories from the point of view of her younger self (childhood through age 17) and has drawn comparisons to both Brighton Beach Memoirs and the work of John Leguizamo.
DETAILS: 7:15pm; $20; 236 E. 3rd St.; brownsvillebred.com
5. ART: Oranbeg Press Presents Across the Gutter: Beta Launch at Human NYC Gallery
Oranbeg Press is a nifty little publisher engaged in the creation of ‘zines, photobooks, online media and collaborative works. As part of their Across the Gutter series, they are launching a project called Beta, for which they asked a variety of artists via open call to create double-sided postcards “for a collected set that is then placed within a VHS Cassette tape box.” How will the postcards be shown? Will you have to look inside a VHS box? Find out at tonight’s launch event.
DETAILS: 6pm-11pm; free; 110 Messerole Ave., Brooklyn; oranbegpress.com