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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Wes Hempel

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Wes Hempel's large-scale sexy, playful paintings incorporate burly muscle boys into neoclassical settings.

  1. George Billis Gallery 525 W 26th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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Michal Samama

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

In Background Materials, Samama draws attention to the less predominant senses. The choreographer and performer explores how the unfocused data of sound and touch tie us to space and time.

  1. The Chocolate Factory 5-49 49th Ave, between Vernon Blvd and 5th St, 11101
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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Bassnectar

  • Price band: 2/4

Death-metal enthusiast turned producer Bassnectar makes—you guessed it—bass music. His particular brand is a heavy mix of dubstep, hip-hop and glitch. It's just the sort of seething, toothy sound that you'd expect from, well, a death-metal enthusiast turned producer. He hits town behind his latest effort, Noise vs. Beauty.

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Sat Oct 4
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ShakesBEER

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

To drink or not to drink—is that even a question? Boozing and Bardolatry come together in New York Shakespeare Exchange's pub crawl through four midtown establishments, where plainclothes actors spit verses from Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and more.

Gone Girl

  • Rated as: 5/5

Transformed into the kind of wickedly confident Hollywood thriller you pray to see once in a decade, Gillian Flynn's absorbing missing-wife novel emerges—via a faithful script by the author herself—as the stealthiest comedy since American Psycho.

  1. Various locations
  2. Opens Fri Oct 3

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

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

The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Thu Oct 16
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Tail! Spin!

  • Price band: 3/4

Politicians on the hunt for strange bedfellows are the subjects of Mario Correa’s ribald documentary collage, drawn from years of lurid government sex scandals and remixed into an amusing theatrical blunder reel. Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch headlines a cast that also features Sean Dugan, Arnie Burton, Nate Smith and Tom Galantich. Directed by Dan Knechtges.

  1. Lynn Redgrave Theatre 45 Bleecker St, at Lafayette St
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Nov 30
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"From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945–1952"

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

The default assumption about Abstract Expressionism is that it was overwhelmingly white, straight and male. The Jewish Museum sets out to complicate that picture by revisiting the careers of Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, artists who were female and African-American, respectively. The show is worth a visit even if its premise is bogged down by identity politics’ propensity to reduce individuals to categories—here, gender and race.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Feb 1
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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!


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Blair Y
Blair Y

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

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