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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Hanukkah in New York

From New York's best potato latkas and kosher restaurants to Hanukkah events and activities, find everything you need to know to celebrate this Jewish holiday

  1. Various locations
  2. Tue Dec 16 - Wed Dec 24

Harry and the Potters Present Yule Ball

  • Critics choice

It's an event perfectly suited for Potterheads: a performance featuring a Hogwarts-inspired musical group, Harry and the Potters. These robe-wearing headliners will be joined by the Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, and the Potter Puppet Pals, known for their bizarre YouTube videos. A

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Sun Dec 21
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Lypsinka! The Trilogy

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The demented alter ego of John Epperson, Lypsinka raises lip service to a dance form in rigorous collages of songs and words, mouthing along to clips drawn from collective camp memory. Her first show in nine years is a triptych, in rep, of The Boxed Set (a greatest-hits collection), The Passion of

  1. Connelly Theater 220 E 4th St, between Aves A and B
  2. Until Sat Jan 3
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Holiday windows in New York City

These iconic department-store window displays add some eye candy to your holiday shopping spree. Half the fun of holiday shopping in New York is ogling the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue that pop up to coincide with the merriest, spendiest time of the year. In between picking out

  1. Various locations

The Matzo Ball NYC

If you're tired of using JDate, then this is the party for you. It's the 28th year of this holiday bash, and no, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy it.

  1. Capitale 130 Bowery, at Grand St, 10013
  2. Wed Dec 24 - Thu Dec 25
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Christmas in New York

Our guide to the best Christmas movies and gift ideas, plus festive activities like Bryant Park ice skating and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  1. Thu Dec 25

Big Eyes

Walter Keane's (Christoph Waltz) portraits of saucer-eyed waifs make him a popular artist in the 1950s, but no one knows that it's his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams), who's the real genius behind the paintbrush.

  1. Various locations
  2. Opens Fri Dec 25

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Fifty Shades of Grey ain’t got nothin’ on these steamy tales. Eight esteemed jokesters will add their own twists as they narrate carnal stories written by fans of an array of TV shows, books and films, who happen to have dirty, dirty minds. Hosted by comedian Bryan Cook, this raunchy humor show

  1. Union Hall 702 Union St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Sun Dec 28
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Deer Tick 10

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Rhode Island faves Deer Tick celebrate 10 years of rollicking, Southern-tinged roots and alt-country rock at this ambitious six-nighter, which features full-album covers sets—and a different opener each night—Dec 26 through 30 and a fan-chosen set at the NYE finale.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Wed Dec 31
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Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Radio personality, poet and songwriter Imhotep Gary Byrd hosts this annual Kwanzaa showcase of music and dance. This year’s roster includes author Sonya Sanchez along with Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

  1. Apollo Theater 253 W 125th St, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)
  2. Sat Dec 27
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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

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

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