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    Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum

    If someone mentions the Metropolitan Museum and you don't instantly think "homoeroticism," then you've clearly never been on this fascinating, informative tour. Discover the queer treasures on display throughout the Met, from erotic Ancient Greek vases to Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein, plus many lesser-known artists and works that few people tend to notice. In the meantime, learn about the expression of homosexuality in other cultures, like New Guinean sex initiation rites, represented in the Met's Oceania collection. So whether the works are by LGBT artists, portraying LGBT people, or just showing some same-sex desire, the Met has them all- and they're all just waiting for you to find them.
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    Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum

    1000 5th Ave, New York

    • Discover some of the Met's most prominent representations of homosexuality
    • Examine a great variety of homoerotic works, from Ancient Greece through the 20th century
    • Learn about the greats, like Michelangelo's Cupid, as well as lesser-known artists and works that are often ignored
    • Never look at the Metropolitan Museum in the same way again
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    West Side Jazz Tour

    Wednesday got you feeling Kind of Blue? Need a pick-me up, In a (non) Silent Way? Want some entertainment that's Miles Ahead of the rest? Get Up With this awesome jazz tour! The possibilities are truly endless on this spontaneous excursion. You may visit a prohibition-era speakeasy dive bar, another bar that was the start of the gay liberation movement, a sing-along piano bar where Thomas Payne used to live, the oldest continually operating jazz club in NYC, or a combination of other exciting locations! You'll have the opportunity to enjoy dinner accompanied by live music at a unique venue. To be specific, a renovated car garage that features oversized industrial art. Now that's something you've never done before. Conclude your adventure at a jazz musician's loft -- a once-in-a-lifetime experience where the proprietor himself lives. Want a hint? He's a renowned jazz guitarists who has gigged with Sonny Rollins, Roy Hargrove, Hank Jones, and countless others! And this is all just a sneak preview!
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    West Side Jazz Tour

    385 6th Avenue, New York

    • Tour West Side's hottest and most historic spots on a happy hump-day with your trusty tour guide, Ari
    • Visit a prohibition-era speakeasy dive bar, the piano bar where Barbara Streisand got her start, or other equally enthralling spots
    • Purchase a delicious dinner accompanied by live music in a renovated car garage
    • Refuel for the second half of your week with a jazz adventure
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    Greenwich Village Gay History Walking Tour

    In 1969, the Stonewall Riots gave the gay liberation movement an enormous breakthrough- but the West Village's LGBT history goes way before that, back to the days of Walt Whitman hanging out in a Village beer cellar. On this tour, discover the iconic LGBT figures who lived, loved, and worked in the Village, from Billie Holiday to Allen Ginsberg, from James Baldwin to Edna St. Vincent Millay. You'll also learn of all the countercultural and artistic movements the Village has been home to, including the Bohemians, Abstract Expressionists, the gay liberation movement (of course), and many more. Whatever your orientation, as you listen to Professor Lear's fascinating anecdotes, plus literary excerpts from the Village's many famous writers, you'll just feel the LGBT history coming to life.
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    Greenwich Village Gay History Walking Tour

    53 Christopher St, New York

    • Explore the West Village, and learn about its LGBT history, stretching back to the nineteenth century
    • See where some of the LGBT greats, including Allen Ginsberg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Andy Warhol, lived and loved
    • Visit the sites of the drag shows and gay bars which have graced the village for 150 years
    • Venture into the heart of the taking-off point of the gay liberation movement
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    Samurai Sword Fighting - Bushwick

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    You are the one that has seen every Bruce Lee movie and loves Japanese culture. This samurai sword fighting class dedicated to Samurai Sword Soul Style is the perfect way to feed those interests. Each class will walk you through a 3-step process based on Waki Style Tate, Kendo, Karate, Iaido and Japanese Classical Dance. First, you will practice basic sword techniques, such as gripping, breathing, and footwork. Next, you will experiment with sword contact via offensive and defensive moves. Finally, you'll learn choreography, which recognizes samurai sword fighting as both a martial and performing art. Perfect for anyone looking to improve their concentration and try something entirely new, you'll channel that inner samurai in no time!
    Samurai Sword Fighting - Bushwick

    304 Boerum St, Brooklyn

    • Learn basic sword techniques such as gripping, breathing, cutting, and positioning
    • Practice fundamentals through exciting choreography in one-on-one or one-versus-many situations
    • No experience necessary
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    Drunk Shakespeare - Mezzanine

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    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Mezzanine

    11 Hanover Square, New York

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance
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    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

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    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

    11 Hanover Square, New York

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance
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    328 positive reviews
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    Drunk Shakespeare - Balcony Seats

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    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Balcony Seats

    11 Hanover Square, New York

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance
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    328 positive reviews
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    Japanese Ink-Painting (Sumi-e) (Virtual)

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    "If we study Japanese art, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing what? ...He studies a single blade of grass." -Vincent van Gogh Sumi-e is the art of ink wash-painting. Practiced for over one-thousand years, Sumi-e depicts the spirit or essence of an object rather than its outward appearance. Using the fewest possible strokes, you'll learn the techniques that are fundamental to embracing the art form loved by the greats, including van Gogh himself.
    Japanese Ink-Painting (Sumi-e) (Virtual)

    41-26 27th St, Long Island City

    • Learn Sumi-e, the Japanese art of ink wash-painting in this unique virtual class
    • Depict the spirit of the objects you paint
    • Embrace an art form beloved by some of the world's greatest artists
    • Paint the essence by mastering your brush strokes
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    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    Ever want to be that cool cat that knows where all the hidden nightspots are? This tour is your chance. Led by a neighborhood insider that knows everybody and who everybody knows, you'll hit the floor of one Harlem's most legendary venues, Minton's Playhouse. The "birthplace of bebop" was the stomping ground of some of the biggest jazz icons of the mid-20th century. If you're a jazz vocalist or musician, you might even get to jam alongside the world-class performers of the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet. In addition to partying at Minton's Playhouse, you'll pay homage to some of the great musicians enshrined on the walls of the landmark Apollo Theater. While these two destinations are must-stops, your tour guide might elect to spontaneously divert you to one of the many local dive bars in Harlem if she catches word of an impromptu jam session breaking out that can't be missed. This is a Harlem experience you won't get through any travel book!
    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    300 West 116th St, New York

    • Discover a jazz bar on a hidden Harlem street that has been frequented by some of the biggest names in music
    • Take in two sets of live jazz jams by a world-class band
    • Visit the historic Apollo Theater and other Harlem hot spots
    • Enjoy an evening of entertainment and musical education
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