NYCitty Things to Wing This Week: June 22-28

New Music Nights

This is the 15th year of the New Music Night’s tradition, which started as a seminar in 1980, when over 200 people congregated at various NYC studios and venues to discuss the evolving music business. According to the website, where you can view live videos from former NMN seminars, “The [NMN] is the ultimate destination where artists, industry players, and companies are provided the knowledge, tools, and connections they need to succeed and build the New Music Business.” The event is from Monday to Tuesday, June 22-23 (venue info on website).

Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4,1956, four musicians, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins came together for a jam session that changed the history of rock ‘n’ roll. This musical represents that legendary day, boasting songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog,” and many more. This show is going down June 25, at 8pm, in the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Prices start at $29.

Cheesemonger Invitational

Are you a bit of a cheese snob, in the best way? If you love cheese, you might appreciate the annual Cheesemonger Invitational, where some of the best cheese makers in the country bring their finest cheeses only to be sampled and judged by you. This all you can eat and drink, 21+ extravaganza, will be June 27 at 5pm. Early bird special tickets are $60, and regular tickets are $75.

Secrets of the Insect World

The Gene Frankel Theater in the East Village will be hosting an insect exhibit of short films. The event is on Friday, June 26 at 8pm. For $10 you can view the screening and enjoy free booze from 8-9p and again from 10-11pm. The event is 21+.

Made in New York Jazz Gala

The 2nd annual Made in NY Jazz Gala will be at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts this Saturday, June 27 at 7pm. There will be several highly talented jazz musicians competing, as well as performances by notable musicians: Randy Brecker (trumpet), Alex Blake (bass), Bobby Sanabria (drums, percussion) and Yaacov Mayman (sax).

Rugged Maniac Obstacle Run

Are you up for a challenge? If you’re game then 3 miles of 25 obstacles, including fire-jumping, lilypad-hopping, warped-wall climbing, and 22 other insane feats might be right up your alley. This Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, you can compete and have fun with hundred of other “maniacs,” not to mention receive a medal, free beer and t-shirt. There are various ticket options: runner, observer, student discounts and more, so check it out on the site.

Gay Pride Parade

The infamous Pride March will be this Sunday, June 28, beginning in Midtown and ending in the West Village. There will be tons of festive costumes and over 55 high-flying floats. If you’ve never attended the historic, annual NYC Gay Pride Parade, it’s time for you to embrace yourself in its colorfully rich culture of equality and community as a civil rights demonstration. It starts at 12 noon at 36th and Fifth Avenue. 

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