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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The New York International Fringe Festival 2014

The 18th edition of this sprawling annual downtown festival features work by 205 frantically repping companies. The wild variety of shows includes musicals, dance pieces, classical revivals and ramshackle new works on subjects that include Moses, Taylor Swift and pretty much everything in between. Click here for full TONY coverage of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, including multiple reviews.

  1. Various venues
  2. Tue Aug 19 - Mon Aug 25
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Downtown Dance Festival

  • Critics choice

Battery Dance Company offers its 33rd annual festival. The five-day series of events showcases an eclectic range of styles, and includes the Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, curated by the Indo-American Arts Council (Aug 20). Each evening ends with an open dance party at 7:45pm.

  1. Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl, between West St and 1st Pl
  2. Tue Aug 19 - Thu Aug 21
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Robyn + Röyksopp

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Norwegian duo Röyksopp and Swedish dance-pop queen Robyn team up in support of their collaborative Do It Again EP, which came out in May. When they aren't playing songs off that, listen for Röyksopp's enveloping electropop and Robyn's stable of 'tude-packed hits ("Call Your Girlfriend," "Dancing on My Own," "Hang with Me") to get the dance party going.

  1. JBL Live at Pier 97 W 55th St, and the Hudson River, 10019
  2. Wed Aug 20
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Arcade Fire

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

“I’m not a dork,” Win Butler told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “I’m a fucking rock star.” The jury is still out on that one, with half the music obsessives we know lining up to saint the towering frontman and his fantastical, shamelessly dramatic art-rock battalion, and the other half coming down firmly on the "dork" side of things, or worse. No haters at this trio of supergigs, though—just several arenas' worth of disciples, likely dressed in "formal attire or costume," according to the band's stated wishes, and swooning in time to old favorites and sleek, dance-friendly cuts from last year's James Murphy–assisted Reflektor.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Aug 24
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Love Is Strange

  • Rated as: 5/5

New York-based filmmaker Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) creates a special kind of urbanity: softer and more inclusive than Woody Allen's, openly gay but family-focused, alive to the city's tensions and lulls. His latest movie also features a Chopin piano score, adding an exquisite sense of proportion to, what in the hands of most other directors, might have felt like a cautionary tale about the perils of gay marriage. Instead, Love Is Strange emerges as a total triumph for Sachs.

  1. Opens Aug 22

Astronomy Night

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Saturn and Mars will be unusally close to Earth tonight, making your view of the stars on the deck of the Intrepid quite literally otherworldly. Amateur astronomers will guide your observation through eight telescopes of varying strengths, so look from the closest north star to the farthest visible planet. Also look for multimedia presentations and gratis tea and coffee. Make sure to R.S.V.P for a spot in advance.To R.S.V.P., e-mail educationevents@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5164. Bad weather cancels.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Fri Oct 24
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Thaithentic Food and Culture Festival

More than 30 Gotham eateries challenge guests to sharpen their kitchen skills with Iron Chef toque Hong Thaimee (Ngam) at during this inaugural celebration. Fellow festivities include traditional Thai dancers, a street-style marketplace and an elaborate dessert display courtesy of Sripraphai.

  1. Espace 635 W 42nd St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Aug 23
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Afropunk Fest

  • Critics choice

This annual Fort Greene fest—a celebration of black music in all its many forms—presents its finest lineup yet, encompassing forward-thinking R&B (D'Angelo, Meshell Ndegeocello), cutting-edge hip-hop (Shabazz Palaces, the Internet), riff-happy metal (Body Count, Unlocking the Truth), mosh-fueling punk (Trash Talk, Fishbone) and a whole lot more. See afropunkfest.com for ticket info.

  1. Commodore Barry Park Navy St, between Flushing and Park Aves
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sun Aug 24
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“Here and Elsewhere”

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

With the reverberations of the Arab Spring still in the air, it may be the perfect time for this survey of contemporary artists from the Arab world, the first of its kind in New York. The show, which takes its title from a film by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin and Anne-Marie Miéville, presents the work of 40 artists hailing from Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, among other Middle Eastern regions. Rejecting the perception that Arab culture is monolithic, the artists are nevertheless united in their desire to deal with historical events—of which there have been many in this turbulent region.

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Wed Aug 20 - Sun Sep 28
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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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