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Taking It Back

Five nostalgia-inducing events to hit this weekend.

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Empire at the Spiegeltent: Don't try this at home.   

Empire
Spiegeltent; Sun–Mon at 7:30 p.m., Wed–Sat at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; 265 W. 45th St., nr. Eighth Ave.
The circus is in town! Well, sort of. Maybe you’ve noticed the tent near Times Square housing Spiegelworld’s Empire, a show incorporating burlesque, acrobatics, live music, and general feats of amazingness. This one’s not for the kiddies, though, just "mature audiences," which, to be honest, doesn't include a lot of adults.

Golden Girls vs. Designing Women
The Bell House; 6/7 at 7:30 p.m.; 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave., Gowanus; 718-643-6510
Those hours watching Lifetime will pay off when you triumph at this trivia night, hosted by Vulture’s own Eliot Glazer (who, fun fact, has a Bea Arthur tattoo) and H. Alan Scott. The night will also feature stand-up, clips, and, of course, cheesecake.

The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811–2011
The Museum of the City of New York; Thru 7/15; 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St.; 212-534-1672
History buffs and map enthusiasts will find their spot at this exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, which established our current-day grid. See an original hand-drawn map, photographs, and prints of the streets, and learn things, like why we have so few avenues. It will be a mystery (to some) no longer.

Lana Del Rey
Irving Plaza; 6/7, 6/8, and 6/10 at 8 p.m.; 17 Irving Pl., at 15th St., 212-777-6800
The campy vixen's turned from the object of withering, everyone’s-got-an-opinion hyperevaluation by media types to a curiously high-selling album artist; someone out there is embracing Lana Del Rey’s campy noir-pop. So who, now, will make up the audience for her three nights at Irving Plaza? More important: Has she developed a live show that rewards something other than cross-armed analysis?

Jimmy Scott
Ginny's Supper Club, Red Rooster; June 6 and 8–10 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; 310 Lenox Ave., nr. 125th St., 212-792-9001
The new Harlem boîte hosts venerable vocalist Jeremy Scott, (who you may remember from his performance at Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration). Twice a night this weekend he’ll showcase songs from his seven-decades-long career. And since this is a Marcus Samuelsson joint, there will be specially crafted dishes and drinks accompanying the show.


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