Monday Funday: Tonight’s Top NYC Events

So it’s the first day of the work week and there are four more days to go. I get it. But why ruminate when you can start to make Mondays the best night of the week? This weekly column is devoted to finding the best events across NYC hosted by individuals and places that are doing amazing, crazy, wild, sexy things on Monday nights. And I am here to honor them. From singers in their underwear and free salsa dancing, here are tonight’s top events.

Watch two hot singers belt out famous songs in their underwear:
Pop/rock show The Skivvies has double meaning: led by Broadway performers Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley at Highline Ballroom, the actor-musicians sing stripped-down, acoustic versions of favorite Lana Del Ray-Robyn-Rihanna pop songs and their original songs all while they too are stripped down to their underwear. Molina and Cearley’s bodies are pretty perfect looking (we’re talking fully-exposed six-packs and chiseled arms), and their performance is about as unpredictable as it gets. The Skivvies is a wild experience. Highline Ballroom. 8pm. $25. All details here. Venue info here.

See award-winning Canadian indie pop duo Tegan & Sara perform:
Alright, so with their new album coming out tomorrow, tonight’s show is already sold-out, but tomorrow’s is all for the picking. Famous for being twins, writing angsty-layered music, and both being openly gay, Tegan & Sara are at the Beacon Theatre tonight and Tuesday, performing their award-winning music and unleashing their signature onstage political and personal banter. Grammy-nominated, and former tour mates with Rufus Wainwright and The Killers, the sisters’ show is high-class. Beacon Theatre. 8pm. Tonight and tomorrow. All details here. Venue info here.

EDIT: Both shows have been canceled due to illness. They will make it up to you. Somehow. 

Salsa dance for free with a live band and mojito happy hour:
Middle Eastern restaurant and lounge Taj II in Flatiron heats Mondays up with its weekly salsa night starting at 6:30pm, a live band and live singers provide the tuneful accompaniment to the lounge’s free salsa lessons. Don’t know how to salsa? Have a crush on your dancing partner? Find the courage in a frothy $8 mojito and $6 Coronas till 2am. Works every time. Taj II. 6:30pm. $8 cover before 7pm, $12 after. All details here. Venue info here.

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MONDAY FUNDAY: Tonight’s Top NYC Events

So it’s the first day of the work week and there are four more days to go. We get it. But why ruminate when you can start to make Mondays the best night of the week? This weekly column is devoted to finding the best events across NYC hosted by individuals and places that are doing amazing, crazy, wild, sexy things on Monday nights. And we’re here to honor them. Here are tonight’s top events.

See something beautiful: 
Launching tonight is Time Warner Center’s star-studded holiday light display. Twelve 14-foot LED stars will dance and flash to Yuletide tunes, illuminating Columbus Circle. After, grab a cocktail at Warner’s new fourth-floor lounge overlooking Central Park: Center BarThe light show runs until Jan. 3rd. All the details here.

Do something crazy:
At LES nightclub Hotel Chantelle, there’s a legendary weekly game called Drag Bingo that’s attracted people from all across the globe. The celebrity drag hosts – Murray Hill and Linda Simpson – give away ridiculous, crappy prizes (like cat figurines and sheep slippers), and tell saucy stories about their past sexcapades. The best part: in the third-to-last round, winners strip down to just a couple of paper plates to cover up. Feeling adventurous? This is your place. The games begin at 7:30pm and last until 10pm. Happy Hour starts at 7pm. All the details here.

Watch something classic:
The Academy Award-winning 1975 crime drama Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino and directed by Sidney Lumet, opens tonight, 9pm at the East Village’s Anthology Film Archives. Watch the heist go wrong until Saturday the 8th.  And when you’re done, have some post-film discussion at international beer haven d.b.a. on 1st Ave. All the movie details here.

Hear something special:
In NYC, there’s a deep yearning to hear something that’s truly new, fun, rich, and fresh – and that’s hard to find – but you’ll find it tonight at Rockwood Music Hall, where rising singer and songwriter David Alan Thornton debuts some of his top narrative-infused pop songs with a band of pros, including pop sextet The Dirty Gems’ Mark Sanderlin. Plus, it’s Thornton’s birthday show, making it an especially celebratory night that’s hard to resist – so don’t.
The concert starts at 10pm. All the details here.

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