The 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

Photograph: Joseph Moran
Shakespeare in the Park

Midsummer Night Swing

Critics' pick

Lincoln Center's social-dance series returns for its 27th season, coaxing novices and veterans alike onto the Damrosch Park dance floor for a season that includes salsa (Conjunto Sabrosura plays July 7), disco, tango, Hawaiian swing (Kahulanui plays July 3) and rock & roll. Is your Lindy Hop a little rusty? Each evening begins with an open-level lesson (6:30–7:15pm); the live music starts at 7:30pm and typically continues until 10pm.

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Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Tuesday July 7 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Deep Space

Critics' pick

Dance-music deity François K's weekly Deep Space soiree focuses on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms but extends its reach to all types of underground dance music. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.

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Cielo Monday July 6 2015 - Monday December 28 2015

Shakespeare in the Park

8pm. Delacorte Theater, Central Park at 81st St. As it did last summer, the Public Theatre is running two plays in repertory at the Delacorte. The grown-up fairy tale All’s Well That Ends Well, which follows resourceful Helena’s gambit to win the heart of snooty Count Bertram, is probably more kid-appropriate than Measure for Measure, which might be too raunchy and Machiavellian for children weaned on Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Ages 10 and up.

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Delacorte Theater Until Sunday August 23 2015 Free

"Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967"

Critics' pick

On July 9, 1962, Andy Warhol made his one-person debut at a Los Angles gallery called Ferus, founded five years earlier by curator Walter Hopps and artist Edward Keinholz. It represented the first showing of Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can paintings, an image he became indelibly linked with. Often installed in a grid, they were originally hung in a single line at Ferus, an installation MoMA revives here in its look at Warhol's early years, when he turned the art world upside down.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Monday October 12 2015

Frida Kahlo, “Art, Garden, Life”

Critics' pick

Botanical subjects were a running theme throughout the work of Frida Kahlo. The art-historical icon maintained an ornate garden just outside her studio that inspired much of her art. That connection is explored here in this tribute to the artist, which includes a replica of her garden and a display of paintings related to it.

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The New York Botanical Garden Tuesday July 7 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

The Time Out New York Comedy Showcase

Critics' pick

Time Out New York’s brand new monthly show launches tonight with some of the biggest names on the NYC comedy scene, including Gary Gulman, Bonnie McFarlane, Ted Alexandro, Michelle Wolf and others.

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Carolines on Broadway Wednesday July 29 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015

Stargazing on the High Line

Critics' pick

This dreamy affair gives you an astronautworthy view of the stars from the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association. And here we all thought we couldn't gaze at constellations in New York City. Just in case you're worried you'll have no idea what you are looking at, the AAA leads the star-spotting expeditions, pointing out celestial bodies above the park. 

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The High Line Tuesday July 7 2015 - Tuesday October 27 2015 Free

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

Critics' pick

This show presents some 160 pages culled from the artist’s notebooks—mostly sketches but also original poetry and other writings—along with related paintings and works on paper.

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Brooklyn Museum Until Sunday August 23 2015

Smorgasburg

Critics' pick

The epicurean extravaganza returns to the great outdoors Sat 4, with Saturdays in East River State Park, and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Over 75 vendors from Kings County and beyond sell food and drink as varied as oysters, artisanal sodas, gluten-free baked goods and caramelized apples.

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East River State Park Until Sunday November 22 2015 Free

Annie Ross

Critics' pick

Now 84, Annie Ross remains as hard-swinging, glamorous and funny as when she was one third of the legendary jazz-vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. See her and you’ll understand what jazz used to be: an expression of the danger, fun and high-wire life between the notes.

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Metropolitan Room Tuesday July 7 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Joss Whedon’s first Avengers movie was the epic finale to Marvel’s cinematic “Phase One,” herding all the franchise’s disparate elements in a rousing, rewarding whole. Age of Ultron, though, has a definite mid-season feel to it, telling a compelling but never game-changing story while laying the foundations for the epic, two-part Infinity War due in 2018.  It may be piled with MacGuffins, magic crystals, red-skinned demigods and psychic asides, but at the heart of Ultron is a simple, even derivative plot about overweening ambition and technology run amok.

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Dior and I

Fashionistas will love this fly-on-the-wall doc about eight make-or-break weeks at the house of Dior, filmed in 2012 as newly appointed creative director Raf Simons puts together his first haute couture collection against the clock. The Belgian was hired in the toxic wake of John Galliano, terminated for unleashing an anti-Semitic rant filmed on a cell phone. Couture is as elitist as fashion gets, bought by a few 100 super wealthy women who don’t blink at spending the equivalent of a year’s rent on a few new-season must-haves. (Prices typically start at $30,000.) The pressure for Simons to succeed in the ultrafeminine world of Dior is intense.

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Now Showing

Dope

Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy follows three high-school nerds who call Los Angeles’ frightening Inglewood home. It’s a euphorically funny indie that flips the script on Boyz n the Hood.

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Eden

The ’90s French house-music scene (the very one that produced Daft Punk) is lovingly evoked in Mia Hansen-Løve’s bittersweet drama about losing yourself in the moment.

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Ex Machina

Screenwriter Garland’s directorial debut takes place at the moment that artificial intelligence might be about to doom the human race. It’s the tale of Caleb (Gleeson), an ace computer programmer, and his boss’s new invention: Ava, a robot whose LEDs combine with the lithe features of actor Vikander. Her presence is spellbinding, but an obvious twist drains much of the credibility from a story with promise.

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Now Showing

Far From the Madding Crowd

Burning with understated passion and a fine central performance from Carey Mulligan, Thomas Hardy’s romantic classic comes to life in an adaptation that’s far from stodgy. 

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Now Showing

Furious 7

Released in the wake of star Paul Walker’s untimely death in a car wreck, Furious 7 was always going to lay it on thick with the nostalgic montages and hug-it-out “I’m gonna miss you, dog” macho bonding. But the seventh installment of this auto-porn series—this time, our heroes are being chased around the world by a homicidal Statham—isn’t quite as blood-pumping as it ought to be, largely due to director James Wan’s decision to shoot every car sequence in jittery close-up.

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Heaven Knows What

This extraordinary indie stars Holmes as a heroin-addicted angel of the streets who’s frighteningly committed to her daily fix, to her deranged boyfriend (a scary Jones), and to scamming energy drinks. Holmes wrote the story from her own experiences and let the Safdie brothers turn her life into a personal purgation.

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Home

A smart concept is thoroughly wasted in
this cute but grating DreamWorks animated comedy. It opens with an alien invasion—our new extraterrestrial overlords, the cheerful, squishy Boov, merely want to shift the population of Earth to a new home in Australia so they can enjoy the rest of the planet in peace. But it’s not long before their plans are threatened by Oh, a renegade Boov voiced tiresomely by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. The result is inoffensive but flavorless, crammed with familiar elements from better movies (Lilo & Stitch, Despicable Me) but lacking any clear identity of its own.

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Infinitely Polar Bear

Line up now for Mark Ruffalo’s most complex and likable performance to date, as a mentally unstable parent who, despite frequent mood swings, must care for two rambunctious girls.

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Olaf Breuning, “The Life”

Critics' pick

The Swiss artist fields a riotous ensemble of large, circular and elliptical panels, covered in collagelike motifs. Leaned against the walls or mounted on easel-like stands, they work together to create an immersive environment of seemingly unrelated images—mannequin heads, planets, piles of trash, various fruits and more. Sayings such as “Can’t Seem to Get Enough” also crop up in an installation the artist describes as an exercise in modeling the world.

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Metro Pictures Tuesday July 7 2015 - Friday July 31 2015 Free

“Marjorie Strider: Come Hither”

Critics' pick

The Pop Art movement of the 1960s was largely a boy's game, though a few female artists managed to elbow their way in. Marjorie Strider was one such figure, largely forgotten until a 2010 survey of women Pop artists at the Brooklyn Museum brought her work back into the public eye. This exhibition features artworks dating from the 1960s and ’70s, including some of her self-described “build-outs,” in which elements of the images—the breasts of a woman in a bikini top, a yellow rose—literally protrude out of the painting.

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Broadway 1602 Tuesday July 7 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015 Free

Jack Pierson, "onthisisland"

Pierson, who divides his time between New York and Joshua Tree, California, has worked in numerous mediums—photographs, collages, sculptures, installations and drawings—over the course of a 25-year career. He’s best known, perhaps, for elegant, homoerotic photographs of young male models as well as three-dimensional works made from found sign letters (stamped out of plastic or metal; sometimes lit up with neon or incandescent bulbs) forming words and phrases, such as “Hell,” “Faith” and “The World Is Yours.” Pierson’s is an art of desire, memory and loss, darkened by L.A. noir and unfulfilled Hollywood dreams, the last echoed by his forays here into the Surrealist practice of automatic drawing.

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Cheim & Read Tuesday July 7 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015

JJ Peet, MAGiCSTANCE

Critics' pick

Peet’s work represents an unusual hybrid of whimsy and sociopolitical themes, and these latest works (shelflike reliefs, cobbled out of parts that are both found and crafted by the artist) are consistent with his previous videos, paintings and sculptures, as well as the ceramic objects he’s noted for. Clay figures prominently here, too, as in one piece featuring a pair of silencers made of porcelain. 

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On Stellar Rays Until Friday July 31 2015 Free

Lisa Ruyter, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”

Critics' pick

Ruyter’s paintings start with schematized photos, broken up into outlined segments like a paint-by-numbers set, before being translated into clashing jigsaw patterns of color. Her latest series, taking up both gallery locations, are based on photo documents of rural Americans commissioned by the WPA during the Depression.

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Eleven Rivington Wed Jul 1 - Fri Jul 3 Free

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Cecily O
Cecily O

"Drinking with Dorothy" is at the Player's Theatre, Macdougal St. on June 5 & 6 at 10pm. Tickets : $12. 

Based on Dorothy Parker's stories, this in an evening of alcohol-fuelled romance and music, presented by 2Time Theatre.

Claire B
Claire B

Basque Cider House is this Sunday at Txikito! Michelin rated James Beard nominated Chefs prepare a Curated dinner highlighting Basque cultural appreciation through specially crafted Ciders and Art including projections and documentary film. Eder Montero, Alex Raij, Emily Lobsenz and Leah Rinaldi invited me to unique experience of a tradition. This Sunday, March 29th at 6, Totally worth sharing!

Mark W
Mark W

The BEST, and longest-running, Dueling Pianos show in NYC - SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL DUELING PIANOS - 10pm every Saturday night.  All request rock n roll party.  Part concert, part cabaret, part comedy - all fun!


The Cellar @ 22 Warren St. NYC 10007

www.ShakeRattleRollPianos.com for tix and info!

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 !

Blair Y
Blair Y

how about the Spike Lee block party in Brooklyn...