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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Nancy Rubins, "Our Friend Fluid Metal"

  • Critics choice

From more than 30 years, Rubins has been using mass quantities of mobile homes, aircraft fuselages and engines, canoes, water heaters and other detritus to create sculptural assemblages whose ambitions of scale never cease to astound. The results sublimate recognizable parts into an abstract whole that can evoke at times a tornado or giant blossom. Her latest works are created out of old playground rides mounted on steel springs that take such kid-friendly forms as carousel horses, cars and planes.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 522 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Sat Sep 13
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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

  • Price band: 2/4

It's your chance to dine for a steal at more than 300 Gotham eateries during this three-week food blowout. High-profile spots like Seamus Mullen's Tertulia, Michael White's Costata and Julian Medina's Yerba Buena will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Fri Aug 15
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Juicy J + Project Pat

  • Price band: 2/4
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Expect to hear some new tracks from Three 6 Mafia crunk party-rapper Juicy J—you know you love, or at least love to hate, "Bandz a Make Her Dance"—whose next album, Pure THC: The Hustle Continues, is rumored to drop later this year. Joining him at this show will be fellow Memphis MC Project Pat, who's also his big bro.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Tue Jul 22
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A Batalha do Passinho + Rennie Harris Puremovement

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The Rio dancers of A Batalha do Passinho—which offers a fusion of break and traditional Brazilian movement, a style begun in the city favelas—make their U.S. debut in a shared program with Rennie Harris's wonderful Puremovement hip-hop company. The performance, part of Puremovement's 20th anniversary, is a production of Lincoln Center Out of Doors and features several New York premieres.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Thu Jul 24
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  • Price band: 1/4

This annual festival showcases short and feature-length LGBT films from the U.S. and around the world. Among the offerings are Kate Kunath's documentary We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite (Fri 25) about the late, lamented Crown Heights gay bar; Julián Hernández's genre-blurring I Am Happiness on Earth (Sat 26); and Gerontophilia (Tue 29), the latest from the ever-controversial Bruce LaBruce.

  1. Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center) 165 W 65th St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Tue Jul 29
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Bacon and Beer Classic

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There’s bacon and beer. Honestly, we could just write those four words and leave it at that. But you’d probably like to know some more information about the Bacon and Beer Classic. There’ll be more than 20 restaurants selling all kinds of bacon-related treats. Like, say, candied bacon. Chocolate bacon. Spicy jerked bacon. The list goes on. There’ll also be 35 breweries (and counting at time of going to press), allowing you as many three-ounce samples of their craft beers as you can handle. Yep. So, to recap: That’s unlimited bacon and unlimited beer for just $59. Designated drivers get a $20 discount, and the fancy $129 VIP ticket gets you a tour of the stadium and an extra hour to chow down. Think of all that bacon, though. And all that beer. We’d appreciate it if you didn’t drool all over our magazine as you read this.

  1. Citi Field Roosevelt Ave, at 126th St, 11368
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Kiss + Def Leppard + Kobra and the Lotus

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Party-metal icons from two different generations come together for a hit-saturated blowout in Jersey. With all that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drama behind them, expect Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons & Co. to be in maximum, blood-spitting bombast mode, abetted by the Hysteria crew's own brand of arena-tailored rawk excess.

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Sat Jul 26
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The Fourth Annual NYC Poetry Festival

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  • Free

For the last three years, poetry reading series and poetically minded organizations—from NYC and beyond—have taken over Governors Island for two days, creating a stage for both celebrated and up-and-coming poets. This year, the crew of the Poetry Society of New York does it again, presenting readings from more than 250 poets and 60 organizations.

  1. Governors Island Colonels Row Governors Island
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Buyer & Cellar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

[Note: This is a review of the original production at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The show has now moved to the Barrow Street Theatre. Barrett Foa takes over the role on May 27.] Theater review by Adam Feldman. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Off Broadway). By Jonathan Tolins. Dir. Stephen Brackett. With Michael Urie. 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Stars are to be wished upon, not touched. This is one of the lessons of Jonathan Tolins’s giddily funny solo play, Buyer & Cellar, which imagines an evolving pas de deux between Barbra Streisand and a gay employee at her California home. As documented in her 2010 book, My Passion for Design, Streisand’s Malibu Barbra dream house includes a basement reproduction of a quaint old mall, where she keeps her collection of decorative Americana. (It includes a doll shop and a clothing boutique stocked with her old costumes, displayed with what the play calls “totalitarian precision.”) In Tolins’s fictional account, a struggling actor named Alex is charged with minding the stores. And when the erstwhile ugly duckling swans downstairs from time to time—to nosh on a frozen yogurt or haggle over the “prices” of items on display—Alex is drawn to her magnetic mix of power, insecurity, entitlement and perpetual dissatisfaction. Happily for us, Alex is played by Michael Urie, a performer of enormous charm and warmth who can also whip out fine dramatic acting when required. Directed by Stephen Brackett, Urie begins with breakneck volubility, hu

  1. Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow St, at Seventh Ave South
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Sun Jul 27
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Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown 2014

  • Price band: 2/4

Witness an epic battle between nearly 30 amateur ice-cream churners, armed with two gallons of their finest creations. Past flavors have included stout-and-bacon and cannoli, so expect more zany combos to impress judges from local shops like Hay Rosie and Mikey Likes It. Winners can take home KitchenAid Stand mixers, plus cookware from Anolon and Microplane.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Sun Jul 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

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Blair Y

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

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