The 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

Photograph: Erin Baiano
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The Time Out New York Comedy Showcase

Critics' pick

Time Out New York’s brand new monthly show launches tonight with some of the biggest names on the NYC comedy scene, including Gary Gulman, Bonnie McFarlane, Ted Alexandro, Michelle Wolf and others.

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Carolines on Broadway Wednesday April 29 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015

Astronomy on Tap

Join tipsy astronomers every fourth Thursday as they feature some of the best science shows and films with a night of geeky, liquor-filled commentary. On Thur 26, the scientists lead you through the third episode of last year’s nerdy hit; Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, called When Knowledge Conquered Fear. They’ll reveal never-before-told secrets from the making of the show and even throw a little sciencey shade as they discuss what Neil deGrasse Tyson’s series could have done differently. Expect astro-themed trivia games, prizes and astronomical tunes from DJ Carly Sagan.

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Videology Thursday April 30 2015 - Thursday October 22 2015 Free

Macy's Flower Show

Critics' pick

Escape to a not-so-secret garden at this two-week floral display, this year titled "Art in Bloom." The ground level of Macy's Herald Square turns into something from Alice in Wonderland, all covered in ceiling-to-floor greenery—and then you get to the clothes! Go tosocial.macys.com/flowershow for information on free workshops, including terrarium making and floral design.

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Macy's Herald Square Until Saturday April 4 2015 Free

Hold on to Your Butts

Critics' pick

The painfully funny live shot-for-shot reenactment of Jurassic Park returns to the PIT for 15 nights following a sold-out run in September that received rave reviews. With every character (including the dinosaurs) played by just two guys, you'll never see this classic movie (or Jeff Goldblum) the same way again.

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Peoples Improv Theater Monday March 30 2015

Freaks and Geeks Bingo

Critics' pick

Wow, Freaks and Geeks lasted for only 18 episodes. The nerdy cult classic was surely gone too soon, but it packed enough pop references (Bionic Woman costume, anyone?) and inside jokes for a weekly night of bingo.

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Videology Wednesday April 1 2015 - Wednesday April 29 2015 Free

"Sinatra: An American Icon"

It’s the centennial birthday of Old Blue Eyes and the crooner still lives on as one of one of the most famous performers of all time. This multimedia exhibition tells the story of his life as an actor and singer, and displays memorabilia like personal letters, private photos, rare interviews and concert footage.

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Until Friday September 4 2015 Free

Annie Ross

Critics' pick

Now 84, Annie Ross remains as hard-swinging, glamorous and funny as when she was one third of the legendary jazz-vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. See her and you’ll understand what jazz used to be: an expression of the danger, fun and high-wire life between the notes.

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Metropolitan Room Tuesday March 31 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

Taken 3

The stakes are higher, the LA locations are nicely photographed and, best of all, there’s an actual plot, with twists and everything.

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Predestination

Ethan Hawke stars in a goofily fatalistic time-travel thriller so busy chasing its own tail that it loses sight of everything else.

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Human Capital

Just when you thought Italian cinema was on a roll, it comes under the malign influence of Paul Haggis’s Crash.

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Unbroken

Angelina Jolie’s old-school war drama gets so much right—but still somehow fails to get under its subject's skin.

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Into the Woods

What’s in the woods? A-listers dressed like Game of Thrones extras, belting out show tunes. Sondheim's darkness makes it through.

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"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

Critics' pick

While it may be a cliché, Jean-Michel Basquiat was the embodiment of an artist who who lived fast, died young and left a beautiful corpse. But his paintings—ferociously packed with imagery and texts, and crackling with street smart insights—have stood the test of time. The seeming spontaneity of his work was one of its hallmarks, but in truth, they were a lot more thought out than some people might imagine. That’s one revelation of this show, which presents the Brooklyn native’s previously unseen sketches and writings, some 160 pages in all. The show also includes examples of his poetry, demonstrating that he was just as interested in the word as he was in the brush.

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Brooklyn Museum Friday April 3 2015 - Sunday August 23 2015

"Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold"

Critics' pick

This show is timed to coincide with the release of the Helen Mirren vehicle Woman in Gold, which tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who successfully sued Austria to repatriate five Gustav Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis. Altmann was also the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the only subject Klimt painted twice. His Adele Bloch-Bauer I serves as centerpiece for this roundup of 50 works, including paintings, related drawings, vintage photographs, decorative arts and archival material.

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Neue Galerie New York Thursday April 2 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

Pierre Bismuth, "Where is Rocky II?"

In the 1970s, California art legend Ed Ruscha created a site-specific project in the Mojave Desert. One problem: You couldn't see it because it was an artificial boulder indistinguishable from the surrounding rocks. Locating Rocky II, as Ruscha's piece is titled, would literally entail leaving no stone unturned. The French artist Pierre Bismuth, who lives and works in Brussels, is currently finishing a film about his own quixotic quest to find Ruscha's work. This show presents a Hollywood-style trailer for the upcoming movie.

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Team Gallery Tuesday March 31 2015 - Sunday April 26 2015 Free

Keith Haring, “Heaven and Hell”

Critics' pick

There’s more evidence of hell than heaven in this selection of Haring’s paintings, which show him at his apocalyptic best. Images of demons, flying saucers and mushroom clouds mesh in a polymorphous, perverse matrix of squiggly lines against cartoonishly hued backdrops. It’s Dante’s Inferno as coloring book.

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Skarstedt Gallery Tuesday March 31 2015 - Saturday April 18 2015 Free

"One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North"

Critics' pick

Centering around a 60-panel series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, this show deals with a chapter of the nation’s history unfamiliar to a lot of people, especially whites: the story of 5 to 6 million African-Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South for the cities of the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast between 1910 and 1970. African-Americans left their homes to escape poverty, segregation, harassment, an unfair legal system and the violence routinely perpetrated upon them by their white neighbors. Lawrence was among the first to grasp the import of the Great Migration, which he set out to immortalize in his paintings. Besides Lawrence, MoMA includes other artists such as Charles White, Romare Bearden and Gordon Parks, as well as posters and books. It’s all part of a fascinating look not just at race but at how people chase the American Dream, even with the odds stacked against them.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Friday April 3 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

Comments

6 comments
Claire B
Claire B

Basque Cider House is this Sunday at Txikito! Michelin rated James Beard nominated Chefs prepare a Curated dinner highlighting Basque cultural appreciation through specially crafted Ciders and Art including projections and documentary film. Eder Montero, Alex Raij, Emily Lobsenz and Leah Rinaldi invited me to unique experience of a tradition. This Sunday, March 29th at 6, Totally worth sharing!

Mark W
Mark W

The BEST, and longest-running, Dueling Pianos show in NYC - SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL DUELING PIANOS - 10pm every Saturday night.  All request rock n roll party.  Part concert, part cabaret, part comedy - all fun!


The Cellar @ 22 Warren St. NYC 10007

www.ShakeRattleRollPianos.com for tix and info!

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...