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12 super-cool things to do this weekend

Fri Aug 22 Check out Arcade Fire, Afropunk Fest and more

An upstate bike ride with free craft beer

Fri Aug 22 In the city, commuting via bike during rush hour is treacherous and weekend rides through the park are cramped with tourists. But offer unlimited beer after a woodsy jaunt upstate? Sign us up! 

FringeNYC Encores Series announced: Catch the crème de la Fringe—next month!

Fri Aug 22 If you’ve been following our superhuman coverage of this year’s Fringe Festival, you’ll know there are more shows than anyone could possibly see

Bar reporter Robert Simonson talks about theater folk, cocktails and his newfangled book about The Old-Fashioned

Fri Aug 22 Some drama critics quit the racket to turn political pundit (Frank Rich). Others switch sides, taking jobs at nonprofit institutions (Jeremy McCarter and The Public Theater).

Book Uber rides through the Time Out app

Fri Aug 22 Now, thanks to our friends over at Uber, discovering more of New York just got easier.

Casting call: Is Heather Graham leaving the new Neil LaBute play good news?

Fri Aug 22 This week Heather Graham abandoned the Off Broadway production of Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot (previews start Sept 4) for a “passion project”—a film called Half Magic that she stars in with Josh Lucas

Drink beer all afternoon at this block party in Clinton Hill

Thu Aug 21 Outdoor beer festivals are starting to fade away with the end of summer but this block party, hosted by the New York City Brewers Guild, will keep the warm-weather vibes going past Labor Day

Word on the Street: 13 crazy things we overheard in NYC this week

Thu Aug 21 We eavesdrop on Gothamites on the street and on the subway, in bars and in stores, and everywhere in between, to bring you the most ridiculous chatter

Yuji Ramen to reopen at Okonomi in Williamsburg on Monday

Thu Aug 21 Noodle pop-up Yuji Ramen, which closed its counters at Whole Foods last month, is set to return Monday, August 25. 

Dirty Dancing celebrates its 27th anniversary with free streaming on YEAH!

Thu Aug 21 Do you need a Dirty Dancing marathon in your life? Fans can watch Jennifer Grey dance up a storm with Patrick Swayze in a free presentation of the film on AMC's YEAH!

Five outdoor parties you don't want to miss this weekend

Thu Aug 21 We're midway through August and you know what that means: You should be dropping absolutely everything to make the most of the waning summer

Gilt is giving away a vintage Chanel bag in NYC on Saturday

Thu Aug 21 Scoring a vintage Chanel bag at New York City vintage or consignment shop is still going to set you back a pretty penny. But Gilt wants to give you one for free on Saturday.

Bookmark these 10 upcoming big name author events

Thu Aug 21 While New York is also a hotbed for emerging writers and experimental events, we still get a thrill from seeing best-selling, award-winning writers read from their books and talk about their real lives­.

Afropunk Fest 2014: Ten sets you need to see

Wed Aug 20 The Afropunk Fest started in ’05 as a showcase for the marginalized black punk scene, but these days it's an edgy multigenre blowout.

Taylor Swift dances through her new video "Shake It Off"

Wed Aug 20 Taylor Swift's video for her song "Shake It Off" is like a dance parade with approximations of everything, from ballet to modern dance and twerking.

Kaleidoscopic mini festival and art party goes down in Bushwick this Saturday

Wed Aug 20 Brooklyn artist collectives Something Different and We Are Raw Process are teaming up to present a mini festival and art party this Saturday

Drake vs. Lil Wayne goes against Nicki Minaj on its NYC tour stop

Wed Aug 20 As Drake sailed above the crowd, flying overhead on a pole–zip line straight out of last month's Katy Perry concert, you had to admire his dedication to the stadium-show spectacle.

Deny the end of summer at these outdoor literary events

Wed Aug 20 You only have a few more chances to get a tan while having someone read to you.

Parm’s Mario Carbone will serve sandwiches at the US Open

Wed Aug 20 Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick are pressing specialty sandwiches during the U.S. Open beginning Monday

Take advantage of these free fitness classes in NYC before summer ends

Wed Aug 20 We know. It feels like summer is slipping away from us. But there's still time to take advantage of some summer offerings, like these free fitness classes taking place throughout the city.