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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CineKink NYC

See the steamier side of New York at the 12th annual CineKink festival, celebrating sexuality and kink in television and film. The gala kicks off at Taj Lounge with raffles and prizes, followed by naughty movie screenings throughout the week, including a special film tribute to Club 90, the first porn-star support group. Be sure to attend the last day held at Bowery Bliss, which includes a DIY porn workshop, a free toast to the filmmakers and a late-night sexy rave. Go to cinekink.com for more information.

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Taj Until Sunday March 1 2015

"Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s"

Two designers who ruled over the fashions of the 1970s come together in one exhibition that flaunts their similar styles and takes on glamour. Eighty ensembles and 20 accessories, including pieces donated by Lauren Bacall, Marina Schiano and Aimée de Heeren, show the shift to casual in high fashion, as well as the career and aesthetic parallels of Saint Laurent and Halston.

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Fashion Institute of Technology Until Saturday April 18 2015 Free

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

Face Off Presents: BATSU!

Batsu is a Japanese variety-show genre whose name loosely translates to “penalty.” Members of improv group Face Off act as contestants on this live version, in which losers must undergo various Jackass-style punishments.

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Jebon Sushi & Noodle Until Thursday December 31 2015

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 Monday March 2 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

Hot Chocolate Festival

Critics' pick

Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February. The lineup won’t be announced until late January but previous year’s highlights included Earl Grey Tea hot chocolate, a delicate blend with notes of bergamot, and Sunken Treasure, an indulgent cup with submerged caramel coins and chocolate truffles. Be sure to show up on Jan 31 for the opening-night party.

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City Bakery Saturday February 28 2015

Fire in the Hole

Critics' pick

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is?) presides while you knock back cheap pints and whiskey gingers.

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Nowhere Thursday March 26 2015 - Thursday June 25 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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Now Showing

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 Until 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 Until 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 Until 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 Until 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 Until 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...