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: Erin Baiano
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NYC Beer Week 2015

Bottoms up with the Brooklyn Brewery, Eataly Birreria and other brew maestros at this seventh annual celebration of all things beer. Kick the week off with the Opening Day Bash, and taste unlimited samples from 40 of New York’s most celebrated breweries, including Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint Brewery. 

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Various locations Until Mon Mar 2

"I'm New Here-Can You Show Me Around?"

Critics' pick

Jon Ronson, recent New York transplant, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and Time Out New York contributor, is joined by Irish storyteller Maeve Higgins for a show that takes an amusingly exasperated look at the experience of moving to New York City.

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Union Hall Tuesday March 3 2015

Albert "Tootie" Heath / Ethan Iverson / Ben Street

Critics' pick

Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson makes a habit of communing with his elders, both via his exemplary blog, Do the Math, and on the bandstand. Here he turns up as one third of a trio featuring bassist Ben Street and nominally led by 79-year-old bop drum master Albert "Tootie" Heath, spark plug of jazz institution the Heath Brothers and collaborator of countless legends. The band's offbeat approach to repertoire and loose, conversational flow makes it one of the most engaging combos in town. This run celebrates Philadelphia Beat, a new disc brimming with sly charm and good-natured groove.

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Village Vanguard Tuesday March 3 2015 - Sunday March 8 2015

Freaks and Geeks Bingo

Critics' pick

Wow, Freaks and Geeks lasted for only 18 episodes. The nerdy cult classic was surely gone too soon, but it packed enough pop references (Bionic Woman costume, anyone?) and inside jokes for a weekly night of bingo.

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Videology Wednesday March 4 2015 - Wednesday April 29 2015 Free

The Armory Show

Critics' pick

The megafair returns, with exhibitors of contemporary and modern art divided, respectively, between Piers 92 and 94. Brace yourself for the 17th chapter of this annual spectacle.

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Piers 92/94 Thursday March 5 2015 - Sunday March 8 2015

The Johnny Cash 83rd Birthday Bash

Critics' pick

Local country stalwarts Alex Battles and the Whisky Rebellion continue a popular annual tradition, covering the Man in Black for two straight nights in celebration of what would have been his 83rd b-day (Feb 26). The Calamity Janes lend a hand with Carter family material, and the Sun 8 matinee program focuses on Cash’s gospel output.

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The Bell House Friday March 6 2015 - Sunday March 8 2015

Astronomy on Tap

Join tipsy astronomers every fourth Thursday as they feature some of the best science shows and films with a night of geeky, liquor-filled commentary. On Thur 26, the scientists lead you through the third episode of last year’s nerdy hit; Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, called When Knowledge Conquered Fear. They’ll reveal never-before-told secrets from the making of the show and even throw a little sciencey shade as they discuss what Neil deGrasse Tyson’s series could have done differently. Expect astro-themed trivia games, prizes and astronomical tunes from DJ Carly Sagan.

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Videology Thursday March 26 2015 - Thursday October 22 2015 Free

First Fridays at Tenement Museum

Critics' pick

Every first Friday, the Tenement Museum opens its doors to unadulterated excitement with unusually late hours, food and drink for sale and an event specially designed for grown-people fun. This month, don the hat of an inspector in an interactive tour. At Tenement Inspectors, snoop around 97 Orchard Street and examine old building codes. Talk to former residents (a.k.a. actors), and play your best Sherlock Holmes to find out more about their lives. It’s mighty exhausting work, so be sure to grab a beer or two afterward.

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The Tenement Museum Friday March 6 2015

"Sinatra: An American Icon"

It’s the centennial birthday of Old Blue Eyes and the crooner still lives on as one of one of the most famous performers of all time. This multimedia exhibition tells the story of his life as an actor and singer, and displays memorabilia like personal letters, private photos, rare interviews and concert footage.

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Wednesday March 4 2015 - Friday September 4 2015 Free

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

16 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn. Subway: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza. See the New Place Players perform a classic theatrical play in a beautiful brownstone right across from Prospect Park. It's a fully produced play—costumes and all—only you get the unique experience of watching Shakespeare from a living room. For a more laid-back show, go Sat 13 for pasta, salad and beer for $75 per person. And if you're feeling fancy, see this show Sun 14, and get a five-course meal by Zachary O’Neil for $125 per person. Only 22 spaces are available each day, so get your ticket quickly.

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Brooklyn Wednesday March 4 2015 - Friday March 20 2015

Taken 3

The stakes are higher, the LA locations are nicely photographed and, best of all, there’s an actual plot, with twists and everything.

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Now Showing

Predestination

Ethan Hawke stars in a goofily fatalistic time-travel thriller so busy chasing its own tail that it loses sight of everything else.

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Human Capital

Just when you thought Italian cinema was on a roll, it comes under the malign influence of Paul Haggis’s Crash.

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Unbroken

Angelina Jolie’s old-school war drama gets so much right—but still somehow fails to get under its subject's skin.

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Into the Woods

What’s in the woods? A-listers dressed like Game of Thrones extras, belting out show tunes. Sondheim's darkness makes it through.

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Alec Soth, "Songbook"

Critics' pick

The photographer takes a road trip through the heartland with black-and-white images of people (some posing formally for portraits, others caught candidly) and landscapes, all with the aim of capturing the "American community."

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Sean Kelly Gallery Tuesday March 3 2015 - Saturday March 14 2015 Free

“Jon Kessler’s Gifts”

Critics' pick

Kessler's balancing act of kinetics and complexity has only become more assured as his sculptures and installations have grown in scale and intricacy. But for his latest show, he slows his roll with a group of modestly sized mobiles, made of found tchotchkes—figurines, seashells, jewelry—and other elements created by the artist. Originally made as presents for friends, the pieces blend magic and whimsy.

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Salon 94 Freemans Tuesday March 3 2015 - Saturday March 28 2015 Free

Claire Fontaine, “Stop Seeking Approval”

Critics' pick

Droll might be the mot juste for this artist's sensibility, which relies heavily on ready-mades. That starts with her name (or nom de guerre), borrowed from a brand of compositional notebooks used by French schoolchildren. Her latest show, which takes security as its main theme, features works created with products meant to deter crime. Monochrome canvases are limned with "anti-climb" paint, which is usually used on fences and the like and never dries, marking would-be intruders the way exploding dye packs inside stolen cash bags stain thieves.

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Metro Pictures Tuesday March 3 2015 - Saturday April 4 2015 Free

Subodh Gupta, "Seven Billion Light Years"

Critics' pick

The art world's increasing globalization over the past 20 years or so has brought with it a new breed of artists from regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East) previously ignored by dealers, curators and collectors in Europe and the United States. They create art that might be called ambassadorial conceptualism: rooted somehow in their respective cultures, yet couched in a lingua franca of stylistic tropes borrowed from Western contemporary art. Indian artist Subodh Gupta is arguably exhibit A in this phenomenon. His installations incorporate such indigenous items as metal buckets used by ordinary Indians to take their lunch to work. His current show continues in a similar vein with works old and new, including a huge pile of battered cooking utensils, sprouting pipes and faucets gushing water.

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Hauser & Wirth New York Tuesday March 3 2015 - Saturday April 25 2015 Free

"System and Vision"

Critics' pick

If you need additional convincing that outsider art has become insider art, look no further than this Zwirner group show, organized with Berlin gallery Delmes & Zander. Included are the visionary flights of fancy expected of such roundups, by obsessives with established reputations such as pre–Laurie Simmons doll maker Morton Bartlett. But there are also completely unknown contributors, like the artist Type 42, so called for the Polaroid film he used to shoot stalkerish images of female actors on the television screen.

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David Zwirner Tuesday March 3 2015 - Saturday April 18 2015 Free

Comments

4 comments
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

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