Best things to do this week in NYC

Find the biggest and best events, activities and things to do in New York City this week, as chosen by Time Out's editors.



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Ingrid Michaelson + Neulore

  • Critics choice

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has a cute, husky voice, which she applies to pretty, quirky songs. When discussing her latest disc, Lights Out, the New York native says she's gone from "the poppy ukulele girl to platforms-and-eye-makeup pop." Well, maybe it's Maybelline, but we get the feeling this talented songstress was born with it. Nashville folk duo Neulore opens.

  1. Central Park SummerStage Mainstage Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Victory Dance

  • Critics choice

The theater hosts a free dance series geared toward kids and families. In addition to three daytime performances for schools and day camps, each week includes one public evening show. The platform kicks off (July 16–18) with Keigwin + Company, Full Circle Souljahs and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence; the following week features LAVA, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Lil Buck and Ballet Hispanico. The final program (July 30–Aug 1) showcases Gallim Dance; Michelle Dorrance; doug elkins choreography, etc.; and Ballet Tech's Kids Dance.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, Guardians of the Galaxy is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-size crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging, all exploding with sweetness and surprises.

  1. Opens Aug 1

HA! The Musical

  • Price band: 2/4

A musical, behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be a stand-up comedian. Featuring Christian Finnegan, Kevin Farley, Big Jay Oakerson and other funny stand-ups singing and dancing like they've never done before.

  1. Stage 72 158 W 72nd St, between Columbus Ave and Broadway
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Thu Aug 7
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Nine Inch Nails + Soundgarden

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

’Scuse us, what year is it, again? Though both Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden have comeback albums to promote—the impressive Hesitation Marks and the disappointing King Animal, respectively—you know you're going to hear plenty from these alt-rock icons' signature discs, NIN's The Downward Spiral and Chris Cornell & Co.'s Superunknown, which dropped on the very same day in March of ’94. Replacing recently disbanded hip-hop provocateurs Death Grips in the opening slot are esteemed local dronesmith Daniel Lopatin, a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never (Aug 1 at Jones Beach) and mathcore visionaries the Dillinger Escape Plan (Aug 2 at PNC Bank Arts Center).

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 2
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  • Free

We know, you're still waiting hopefully for that acceptance letter sent to you via owl to let you know you've finally made it into Hogwarts. News flash: That's never happening. But the next best thing! PotterCon is for all you Potterheads out there who have since come into adulthood but would still wear your wizard robe with pride. There will be butterbeer, costume contests and of course a chance for you to be sorted into your witchcraft-and-wizardry house. Gryffindor, anyone? Or maybe you're more Hufflepuff. Go find out at this Muggle mingle for grown children in honor of the Boy Who Lived.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Left Bank Picture Show

  • Free

This week features Rear Window, a Hitchcock film based on short story "It Had to Be a Murder," which gives you a nice idea of the grim direction this suspense thriller will take you. Seriously, what do you expect from the director of Psycho? To ease your anxiety while watching this 1950s film, which received four Oscar noms, order from the special themed menu. (No live fingers, we promise.) No cover, but food will cost you.

  1. Left Bank 117 Perry St, at Greenwich St
  2. Sun Aug 3 - Sun Aug 31
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Gertrude: The Cry and Pentecost

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

PTP/NYC proffers a miniseason comprising two plays in rep: Howard Barker's Gertrude—The Cry, the U.S. premiere of a Hamlet riff by one of England's most bracing playwrights; and a revival of David Edgar's Pentecost, about art in post–Iron Curtain Eastern Europe.

  1. Atlantic Stage 2 330 W 16th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, downstairs
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Beatrice B
Beatrice B

Have to see Queen. Lambert is no impersonator! I saw them in Chicago and again in Vegas, now MSG. This show deserves a 4 star !!! That if you like great music and a front man with an amazing voice and commands the stage. Its like hearing Queen for the first time . Go see this show, if you can get seats !

Joyce W
Joyce W

Try this tasty experience in Chinatown tomorrow.  What a great way to do lunch!

We're going crazy for 4th of July and getting started early. Join our NEW Chinatown highlights tour and get tickets for only $25. That's a full meal and 2 hrs. of interesting history tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Just buy tickets on our site and use code CFTFB2014. Hurry up. You can also call 917-979-4833

Blair Y
Blair Y

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