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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Feast of San Gennaro

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

  1. Little Italy Mulberry St, between Broome and Canal Sts
  2. Until Sun Sep 21
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Movement Research at the Judson Church

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Judson Mondays are here again. Pop by for a free evening of movement experimentation, curated by Neal Beasley, Bradley Ellis, devynn emory, Malcolm Low and Molly Poerstel.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Sep 29 - Mon Feb 9
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Jenny Holzer, "Dust Paintings"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the past several years, Holzer has been creating a series of paintings sourced from redacted government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. She bases her latest show on accounts related to the use of "enhanced interrogation" (i.e., torture) by the U.S. military and the CIA on detainees captured during the War on Terror. Heavily censored, the files feature large areas of blacked-out text, and by playing upon their abstract shapes, Holzer draws a line connecting art history to the deep state.

  1. Cheim & Read 547 W 25th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 25
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Visit Central Perk for the twentieth anniversary of Friends

Open weekdays from 8am to 8pm, and weekends from 10am to 8pm, the pop-up café will be kitted out with signature Friends props (yup, that's the real sofa from the show) and will host Phoebe-worthy live musical performances, trivia contests, daily giveaways and a special guest appearance by James Michael Tyler, who played everyone's favorite platinum-haired barista, Gunther. Along with the free java at the café, Eight O'Clock Coffee will also be selling a special Central Perk-themed blend at its stores throughout the country. Could we be any more excited?

  1. 199 Lafayette Street
  2. Tue Sep 17 - Sat Oct 18

North Coast

  • Price band: 1/4

This spirited improv troupe weaves beat-boxing and freestyle verse into it's long-form. Expect more raps about office life than thug life.

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sat Mar 28
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Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg in Conversation with Stephen Colbert

  • Critics choice

"Just google it" is a thing we say these days about any old fact we're not sure about. And to think it was once a mere search engine like, say, Bing. At this googleable 92nd Street Y conversation, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Google adviser Jonathan Rosenberg discuss their new book, How Google Works, about the ins and outs of the wildly successful software system and how it's changed today's business environment. Of course, this discussion would not be the same without satire king and host of "The Colbert Report" Stephen Colbert, who plays a political nuisance on TV but in real life actually knows a thing or two about, well, everything. Hey, he's kind of like Google.

  1. 92Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall 1395 Lexington Ave, and 92nd St, 10128
  2. Tue Sep 23
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The Wayside Motor Inn

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

The Signature's season of A.R. Gurney begins with a revival of the playwright's 1978 portrait of ten travelers at a motel near Boston. Lila Neugebauer's cast includes Marc Kudisch, Lizbeth MacKay, Jon DeVries, Rebecca Henderson and Kelly AuCoin.

  1. Pershing Square Signature Center 480 W 42nd St, at Tenth Ave
  2. Until Sun Oct 5
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Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life

  • Critics choice

Barbara Nessim is a pioneer in graphic design. The Bronx-born artist and illustrator was one of the first women in the field in the early 1960s, and her complex designs made waves in the creative world. Her new exhibit features more than150 of her works, ranging from computer-generated illustrations to textiles to fashion and more. The book Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life, exploring the details of the creative designer's career, accompanies the installation.

  1. Bard Graduate Center Gallery 18 W 86th St, between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Mon Jan 12
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Writer-director Robert O'Hara (In the Continuum) takes a satirical look at growing up black and gay in the New York premiere of his anthology of interconnected sketches on related themes. Phillip James Brannon plays the central role.

  1. Playwrights Horizons 416 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Oct 12
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20,000 Days on Earth

  • Rated as: 5/5

“This is my 20,000th day on earth,” says Australian rock musician and writer Nick Cave as we see him waking up in a luxurious bed and baring his chest in the mirror. What are we watching? Is this At Home with Nick Cave—The Royalties Years? Far from it.

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Users say

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

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