To Do This Week: Rick Astley Live, Bark in the Park

Rick Astley.

Rick Astley. Via Twitter


Did you know that, despite the fact that rickrolling is going to be around forever, Rick Astley hasn’t performed since 1989? Well, that ends today at “Rick Astley Live.” He’s putting on a special show to celebrate his new album, 50. It’ll be great because “never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye.” The Box, 189 Chrystie Street, 7 p.m., invite only

THURSDAY August 11

Do you know someone who is getting married but is constantly seeing dresses and shouting, “No, no, no, God, no”? They probably don’t want to get married! Take them to see Monte Durham of Say Yes to the Dress fame, who’ll be hosting a cocktail hour and conversation about bridal wear today. Panache Bridal, 545 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, 6-8 p.m., free

FRIDAY August 12

John Murray and Silvija Ozols’ sketch comedy show “Infertile,” about the couple’s struggle with infertility is, as they claim, a testament to the fact “that comedy = tragedy + time.” You’ll cry till you laugh and laugh till you cry. Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea, 307 West 26th Street, 7:30 p.m., $10

Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Jazz Age Lawn Party. Via Pinterest

SATURDAY August 13

Are you ready to be borne back ceaselessly into the past? Yes? Yes! Of course, you are! You are just like Jay Gatsby, a beautiful dreamer with a snappy wardrobe and a variety of hats. You’ll want all of those things today (the dreams, the wardrobe, the hats) as you go to the Jazz Age Lawn Party. There you’ll have a chance to dance the Charleston with people in their best 1920s attire while you sip St-Germain cocktails. Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra will be playing hot jazz, and you’ll have the chance to see the tap-dancing Minsky sisters and Gregory Moore and The Dreamland Follies, who’ll be evoking the vibe of a Ziegfeld show. Gregory Dubin, “The Great Dubini,” will also be on hand to perform magic tricks in the style of yore. There will be photographers aplenty to capture the scene. The late, great Bill Cunningham said of this event, “I can’t think of a more delightful way to spend a weekend in the city,” which seems like the best possible recommendation. Make sure to look sharp. Governors Island, Colonel’s Row, 11 a.m., $45


Dogs. Flickr Creative Commons

SUNDAY August 14

We may be in the dog days of summer, but hey, that’s not so bad! Dogs are great! You can see as much for yourself at Bark in the Park. The Alliance for NYC’s Animals and the Brooklyn Cyclones are teaming up to bring you not only a terrific baseball game between the Cyclones and West Virginia Black Bears but also a chance to bring home a new furry friend. The Sean Casey Animal Rescue will be hosting a pet adoption fair outside of the stadium. There will be plenty of photo ops for you and your new pet and a chance to get them vaccinated for rabies on site. Additionally, there will be lots of great giveaways, from free tags to pet food. And before the game, pet owners will be welcome to join in a “parade of the pooches.” However, if that’s not your style, dogs are also welcome in the bleachers. 1904 Surf Avenue and West 19th Street, 2-5 p.m., $10 for an owner and two dogs

MONDAY August 15

Step foot aboard a 1920s-style yacht today with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter for a Sunset Park Cruise. Experts onboard will teach you about the fascinating history of the Hudson River Park while you sip cocktails and enjoy the scenery. Pier 62 at West 23rd Street, 6-7:30 p.m., $48

TUESDAY August 16

The minds behind the Raines Law Room are bringing you your new favorite speakeasy style bar with The Last Word. Opening today, the craft cocktail lounge promises signature libations in a sexy, 60-seat venue. The Last Word, 31-30 Ditmars Boulevard, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Stella Artois invites you to Le Savoir, a “multisensory dining experience.” Mercifully, it’s not one of those events where you get blindfolded and realize how hard it is to cut your food if you can’t see it. Instead, guests will experience a “forgotten garden in the heart of the city,” where a multicourse meal from Bompas & Parr will delight their taste buds. Skylight Clarkson Square, 550 Washington Street, seatings at 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m., tickets start at $145 To Do This Week: Rick Astley Live, Bark in the Park