Best things to do today in New York City

Find the best events, activities and things to do today in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.Walter Kerr Theatre (see Broadway). Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Directed by Darko Tresnjak. With Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lauren Worsham, Lisa O’Hare. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. A

  1. 219 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $99–$147
  3. Fri Aug 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Lebowski Fest New York

  • Price band: 2/4
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You’ll be sipping many a White Russian at this annual tribute to the Coen brothers’ 1998 stoner masterpiece, The Big Lebowski. On Aug 22, don your rattiest cardigan or nattiest safari vest for a bowling party featuring Dude-themed trivia and a costume contest, man. On Aug 23, Gramercy Theatre

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Aug 23
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Donkey Punch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Donkey Punch. SoHo Playhouse (see Off Broadway). By Micheline Auger. Directed by Audrey Alford. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Donkey Punch: In brief A woman tries monogamy while her best friend dates a pornographer in Micheline Auger's look at sex and love in the

  1. 15 Vandam St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St
  2. $45
  3. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Aug 31
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Space Shuttle Enterprise

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In 1977, NASA conducted a series of tests on a new type of craft: the Space Shuttle. Now that prototype resides on the deck of the Intrepid in a specially designed pavilion. Visitors can walk close to and under the 180-foot-long, six-story Shuttle, the wingspan of which is more than 70 feet.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Coney Island Circus Sideshow

  • Price band: 1/4
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One of the last of its kind, this ten-act extravaganza of human oddities aims to satisfy nostalgic and progressive temperaments alike. Now in its 29th season, the iconic spectacle adds a footnote to the controversial freak-show conversation by celebrating the talents of those “born different.”

  1. Sideshows by the Seashore 1208 Surf Ave, at 12th St, 11224
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Sep 28
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Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour

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There are few better ways to feel like a celebrity, or at the very least, someone who's really loaded, than surveying the typically off-limits reaches of a venue that's recently undergone a $1 billion renovation. Get to know the upper reaches of the Garden by treading the 662-ton, 430-capacity sky

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Wed Dec 31
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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  • Free

Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Nov 15
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2014—When We Were Idiots (A Comedy Walking Tour Hosted by Xavier Toby)

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Did you know that the term hooker originated on the Lower East Side? Or that at the 100th-anniversary celebration of the Williamsburg Bridge, there was a cake the size of a truck? Obscure facts abound in 2014—When We Were Idiots, a walking tour of the LES led by comic Xavier Toby, who has done

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Aug 23
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Arcade Fire

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

“I’m not a dork,” Win Butler told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “I’m a fucking rock star.” The jury is still out on that one, with half the music obsessives we know lining up to saint the towering frontman and his fantastical, shamelessly dramatic art-rock battalion, and the other

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Aug 24
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed by his son, Deni) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Wed Dec 31
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