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Get Out and Do This: Midnight Movies, Moogs and Monday Night Magic

By Daniel Jumpertz | March 24, 2014 7:49am
 The week's most exciting events are here for you in one handy guide.
Get Out and Do This - Events Monday, March 24
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Monday, March 24
The off-Broadway magic show "Monday Night Magic” has avoided the use of scantily clad assistants, wild animals and Las Vegas frills since its inception in 1997, preferring to shine the spotlight on its team of skilled, often eccentric magicians. The formula has been a hit, with the night becoming New York City's longest running off-Broadway magic show. Over 250 of the world’s finest magicians have graced the The Players Theatre’s stage and many restaurants nearby offer discounts of up to 25 percent with presentation of your ticket stub. 115 MacDougal St., Greenwich Village, tickets $37.50, from 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25
Steinway & Sons creates some of the most beautiful sounding pianos in the world, used by over 90 percent of concert pianists. Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. In the late 1800s the company built its own town, “Steinway Village,” in Queens. Steinway Village had its own foundries, factory, post office, parks and housing for employees. For many years, Steinway & Sons' manufacturing process was a closely guarded secret, but about 10 years ago, the company started guided tours of their factory. They offer just one factory tour a week, on Tuesdays from 9:30 am until noon for groups of 15 people. The free tours take place from September through the end of June and must be booked many months in advance. Email info@steinway.com for booking information. Steinway & Sons, 1 Steinway Place, Astoria. (718) 721-2600

Wednesday, March 26
The spirit of giving is alive and well in New York. If you have spare time and want to get involved in volunteering, New York Cares is a tremendous resource with hundreds of opportunities available to help worthwhile projects like Coney Island beautification, showing kids how to use cameras, homework help for the children of disenfranchised Afghan women and helping to clean a homeless shelter for homeless men. Click "Search Projects" and find all kinds of options that meet your schedule and your interests.  

Thursday, March 27
All month, record shop Rough Trade NY has been housing the world's largest modern installation of Moog synthesizers — a Synthesizer Residency — and offering an open invitation to all musicians in the city to stop by and use the space for musical experimentation and discovery. The residency serves as a physical manifestation at the intersection of music, art and technology, and visitors are encouraged to interact, engage and experiment with the analog electronics. All are welcome to craft sound as well as bring a recording device to sample the instruments. 64 North Ninth St., Williamsburg, free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Through March 29

Friday, March 28
Here’s a selection of our favorite places for midnight movies in New York, and a quick guide on what’s showing tonight.

  • The Nitehawk Cinema, at 136 Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg has The Disco Musical as their Midnight Movie theme this month. Tonight you have two options; the 1980 disco-rock musical “The Apple” and “Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1.” $11
  • Landmark's Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston St. A midnight showing of the 2013 paranormal thriller “Fateful Findings.” $10
  • Collectively run Willamsburg screening space the Spectacle Theater is showing Aaron Schimberg’s debut feature “Go Down Death” at midnight. Recommended by Filmmaker magazine as “An astonishing, out-of-nowhere film — a dreamy, highly stylized affair recalling early David Lynch.” 124 South Third St.
  • Clearview Chelsea, 260 West 23rd St. is showing cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Breathe In," a new romantic drama featuring Amy Ryan, Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce.
  • The IFC Center, at 323 Sixth Ave. is featuring the 1998 cult classic "Wild Things," with Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon.

Saturday, March 29
Today from 11 a.m., The Pratt Area Community Council is hosting a Spring Tree Giveaway. Want one? Head to this site to register: treegiveaways.com/pacc. Individuals, families and community groups within New York City are eligible to receive a tree for planting, distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until supplies run out. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with your free tree. All you need is a place to plant it and access to water. At Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 241 Gates Ave.

Sunday, March 30
Standing on the banks of the East River, the United Nations Headquarters is the destination for representatives of the earth’s 7 billion people to discuss issues of peace, justice and economic wellbeing. How much do you know about the United Nations? Take a guided tour of the U.N and get up to speed with one of our planet’s most important institutions. All tours start in the United Nations North Lawn Building located at 47th Street and First Avenue. $18. Book here.