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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Last day to hit the beach

Plan a beach outing with our guide to New York City's best seaside retreats

  1. Mon Sep 1

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee

  • Free

This bee, hosted by Jen Dziura and Bobby Blue, isn’t an exercise in adolescent humiliation; it’s a gathering of adults taking a stab at triskaidekaphobia and other hard-to-spell words. If you strike out, assuage your bruised ego at the bar. Sign-up starts at 7pm and the first 18 people get to play.

  1. Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St, between Frost and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Until Mon Dec 1
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En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams

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

Sit down and get comfortable as you listen to the life story of Tennessee Williams, delivered as a delightful front-porch chat that any Williams fan will appreciate. Writer-performer William Shuman has distilled Williams’s private journals into an illuminating solo piece that spans the late playwright’s whole career and touches on his struggles with alcoholism, drugs, depression and his own homosexuality. The show is peppered with beautiful quotations and interesting trivia.

  1. Stage 72 158 W 72nd St, between Columbus Ave and Broadway
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Literary BFFs: Adam Wilson and Justin Taylor

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Two of Brooklyn's literary darlings—and Carroll Gardens neighbors—discuss their new story collections (Taylor's Flings and Wilson's What's Important is Feeling) and the existential crises that plague their characters.

  1. McNally Jackson Books 52 Prince St, between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2
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"Red Hot"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Thomas Knights's stunning, vibrant portraits of red-headed men arrive in NYC on tital wave of (mostly gay) buzz. Stop by this LES gallery to check out more than 100 large-scale images, as well as several short films. In the highly likely event that you like what you see, books and calendars featuring the photos are available for purchase.

  1. Bosi Contemporary 48 Orchard St, between Grand and Hester Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Sep 3 - Sun Sep 14
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Veggiepalooza

Chefs from locavore restaurants Martha, Scratchbread, V-Spot and Northeast Kingdom tag-team this family-style, four-course vegetarian dinner. The no-meat menu includes cucumber-avocado summer rolls with mango-chili sauce, crostini with pickled pepper and smoked almond relish, and watermelon-and-basil cocktails.

  1. Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm 63 Flushing Ave, at Clinton Ave, building 3, 11205
  2. Wed Sep 3
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Questlove

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The beloved Roots man is a musical genius and, luckily for us, a Brooklyn Bowl institution: He runs the weekly Bowl Train soiree. Expect a boogie-inducing mix of hip-hop, house, ’80s jams and rare grooves—augmented with Soul Train videos, duh—to ensure you don't run out of moves.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Thu Sep 4 - Thu Dec 25
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Rite of Summer Music Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This congenial new-music series on Governors Island continues this afternoon with a program titled "American and Argentine Sounds from Bernstein to Piazzolla." Aside from works by those composers, the set list features pieces by William Bolcom and John Corigliano, and others. The ensemble includes pianist Pam Goldberg, soprano Allison Charney, violinist Esther Noh and cellist Caitlin Sullivan. Concerts in the series continue, on a monthly basis, into September; see riteofsummer.com for details.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Sep 6
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John Zorn's Masada

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Following up on his sprawling 60th-birthday festivities, John Zorn sets up shop at NYC's premier jazz haunt. The focus is on the Book of Angels series of his Masada songbook, which blends soulful Jewish themes with elements of freebop, fusion, chamber music and more, depending on who's playing. In a multinight expansion of Zorn's celebrated marathon gigs, each night features a different artist or group delving into the oeuvre, with the maestro's own classic Masada quartet—with trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Greg Cohen and drummer Joey Baron—turning up on Sept 6. See villagevanguard.com for the full stellar lineup.

  1. Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Sep 7
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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

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