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: Joseph Moran
Shakespeare in the Park

Kevin Hart: What Now Tour

Critics' pick

The stand-up sensation brings his What Now tour to two of NYC’s biggest venues, as we all ponder the more important question of, What Next? Hart is already the biggest comedian in the country and comfortably expanding out into movies.

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Madison Square Garden Tuesday July 7 2015 - Thursday July 9 2015

Midsummer Night Swing

Critics' pick

Lincoln Center's social-dance series returns for its 27th season, coaxing novices and veterans alike onto the Damrosch Park dance floor for a season that includes salsa (Conjunto Sabrosura plays July 7), disco, tango, Hawaiian swing (Kahulanui plays July 3) and rock & roll. Is your Lindy Hop a little rusty? Each evening begins with an open-level lesson (6:30–7:15pm); the live music starts at 7:30pm and typically continues until 10pm.

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Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Tuesday July 7 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

New York Asian Film Festival

More than 50 new films premiere at the 14th edition of this 10-day festival. Some of the movies—including mega-blockbusters, critically acclaimed art films and beautiful historical dramas—are making their way from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia to New York. On Saturday, sit on the edge of your seat with Hong Kong cop thrillers Cold War, Port of Call featuring Aaron Kwok and City on Fire, the 1986 classic that inspired Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center Until Thursday July 9 2015

Deep Space

Critics' pick

Dance-music deity François K's weekly Deep Space soiree focuses on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms but extends its reach to all types of underground dance music. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.

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Cielo Until Monday December 28 2015

Lianne La Havas + Keenan OMeara

Critics' pick

Soulful, thoroughly unpretentious U.K. singer Lianne La Havas visits behind her new silky, honeyed sophomore effort, Blood.

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Bowery Ballroom Thursday July 9 2015

Vision Festival 20

Critics' pick

The crucial local free-jazz fest presents its 20th annual installment, featuring Vision mainstays such as Roscoe Mitchell (July 7), the Sun Ra Arkestra (July 8), Milford Graves (July 9), William Parker (July 10), Joelle Leandre (July 11) and Matthew Shipp (July 12). For the full schedule, visit artsforart.org.

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Judson Memorial Church Tuesday July 7 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Taylor Swift + Haim + Vance Joy + Shawn Mendes

Critics' pick

T. Swift was always a little more Madonna than Miranda Lambert, so her decision to leave Nashville for NYC—and pop-country for plain old pop—isn't necessarily shocking. What is mind-blowing is that the 25-year-old's latest album, 1989, has broken sales records long held by Britney Spears and Eminem, something unfathomable in today's music world. Swifty celebrates her overwhelming success with these good-as-sold-out stadium gigs in Jersey. Get ready to "Shake It Off," people.

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MetLife Stadium Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Hold on to Your Butts

Critics' pick

The painfully funny, live shot-for-shot reenactment of Jurassic Park returns to the PIT for 13 nights following two sold-out runs that received rave reviews. With every character (including the dinosaurs) played by just two guys, you'll never see this classic movie the same way again.

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Peoples Improv Theater Until Monday July 27 2015

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Composer Danny Elfman has written many tunes that are now a permanent part of our collective cultural conscience, like the theme songs for The Simpsons, the Batman animated series theme and Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He’s also worked on many films with iconic filmmaker Tim Burton—hear his infectious score, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Beetlejuice, live onstage featuring a full orchestra and choir. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite character!

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Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) Until Sunday July 12 2015

National Ballet of China

Critics' pick

Lincoln Center Festival hosts the National Ballet of China, formed in 1959 and led by Feng Ying, in The Peony Pavilion (July 8–10) and The Red Detachment of Women (July 11, 12). Choreographed by Fei Bo in 2008, Peony Pavilion melds ballet with traditional Chinese opera and folk dance to tell a love story about a young woman who dreams of meeting a scholar. In The Red Detachment of Women (1964), with choreography by Li Chenxiang, Jiang Zuhui and Wang Xixian, a farmer's daughter joins the revolution as a soldier.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) Wednesday July 8 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Joss Whedon’s first Avengers movie was the epic finale to Marvel’s cinematic “Phase One,” herding all the franchise’s disparate elements in a rousing, rewarding whole. Age of Ultron, though, has a definite mid-season feel to it, telling a compelling but never game-changing story while laying the foundations for the epic, two-part Infinity War due in 2018.  It may be piled with MacGuffins, magic crystals, red-skinned demigods and psychic asides, but at the heart of Ultron is a simple, even derivative plot about overweening ambition and technology run amok.

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Dior and I

Fashionistas will love this fly-on-the-wall doc about eight make-or-break weeks at the house of Dior, filmed in 2012 as newly appointed creative director Raf Simons puts together his first haute couture collection against the clock. The Belgian was hired in the toxic wake of John Galliano, terminated for unleashing an anti-Semitic rant filmed on a cell phone. Couture is as elitist as fashion gets, bought by a few 100 super wealthy women who don’t blink at spending the equivalent of a year’s rent on a few new-season must-haves. (Prices typically start at $30,000.) The pressure for Simons to succeed in the ultrafeminine world of Dior is intense.

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Dope

Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy follows three high-school nerds who call Los Angeles’ frightening Inglewood home. It’s a euphorically funny indie that flips the script on Boyz n the Hood.

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Eden

The ’90s French house-music scene (the very one that produced Daft Punk) is lovingly evoked in Mia Hansen-Løve’s bittersweet drama about losing yourself in the moment.

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Ex Machina

Screenwriter Garland’s directorial debut takes place at the moment that artificial intelligence might be about to doom the human race. It’s the tale of Caleb (Gleeson), an ace computer programmer, and his boss’s new invention: Ava, a robot whose LEDs combine with the lithe features of actor Vikander. Her presence is spellbinding, but an obvious twist drains much of the credibility from a story with promise.

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Now Showing

Far From the Madding Crowd

Burning with understated passion and a fine central performance from Carey Mulligan, Thomas Hardy’s romantic classic comes to life in an adaptation that’s far from stodgy. 

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Now Showing

Furious 7

Released in the wake of star Paul Walker’s untimely death in a car wreck, Furious 7 was always going to lay it on thick with the nostalgic montages and hug-it-out “I’m gonna miss you, dog” macho bonding. But the seventh installment of this auto-porn series—this time, our heroes are being chased around the world by a homicidal Statham—isn’t quite as blood-pumping as it ought to be, largely due to director James Wan’s decision to shoot every car sequence in jittery close-up.

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Heaven Knows What

This extraordinary indie stars Holmes as a heroin-addicted angel of the streets who’s frighteningly committed to her daily fix, to her deranged boyfriend (a scary Jones), and to scamming energy drinks. Holmes wrote the story from her own experiences and let the Safdie brothers turn her life into a personal purgation.

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Home

A smart concept is thoroughly wasted in
this cute but grating DreamWorks animated comedy. It opens with an alien invasion—our new extraterrestrial overlords, the cheerful, squishy Boov, merely want to shift the population of Earth to a new home in Australia so they can enjoy the rest of the planet in peace. But it’s not long before their plans are threatened by Oh, a renegade Boov voiced tiresomely by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. The result is inoffensive but flavorless, crammed with familiar elements from better movies (Lilo & Stitch, Despicable Me) but lacking any clear identity of its own.

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Infinitely Polar Bear

Line up now for Mark Ruffalo’s most complex and likable performance to date, as a mentally unstable parent who, despite frequent mood swings, must care for two rambunctious girls.

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Sadie Laska, “I, Clouded”

Critics' pick

The paintings here are washy and bright paintings, and covered in appealing blots of color, squiggly lines and symbols such as arrows and stars. Yet the show's title suggests a certain dolefulness under all the chromatic cheer, and indeed a sense of melancholy is notable, especially in a group of cutout figures stacked upright along the walls. Crude and posed in awkward positions, they resemble crime-scene outlines left on the sidewalk.

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Canada Wednesday July 8 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015 Free

“The Rise of Sneaker Culture”

Critics' pick

Like blue jeans, sneakers have become ubiquitous, must-have accessory around the globe. were a largely American phenomenon that conquered apparel and fashion. The Brooklyn Museum retraces the history of kicks, from their emergence in early 20th-century to the present.

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Brooklyn Museum Friday July 10 2015 - Monday October 5 2015 Free

“Deborah Remington 1963–1983”

Critics' pick

Artists who could rightly be labelled sui generis are a rare breed especially women, but certainly the work of Deborah Remington (1930-2010) fits the bill. Remington moved to New York in 1965, when Pop Art, hard-edged painting and Minimalism were all the rage. She assimilated elements of each, achieving some measure of art-world success with haunting abstractions featuring irregular shapes that somehow seem both machinelike and organic. This revival curated by independent dealer Jay Gorney is a welcome reminder of a semi-forgotten talent.

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Wallspace Tuesday July 7 2015 - Friday August 7 2015 Free

Roger Brown, “Virtual Still Life”

Critics' pick

Brown (1941–1997) was most closely associated with the Chicago Imagist school, which began in the 1960s with a group of Windy City artists who pursued eccentric, genre-defying approaches to representation that borrowed from comic books and folk art, and also employed punchy colors and graphics. This show present a late-career series of largely abstract canvases abutted by shelves lined with assortments of thrift-store ceramics. Meant to contrast the concrete world with then emerging phenomenon of virtual reality, these painting also speak to Brown’s passion for collecting.

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Maccarone Tuesday July 7 2015 - Friday August 7 2015 Free

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Cecily O
Cecily O

"Drinking with Dorothy" is at the Player's Theatre, Macdougal St. on June 5 & 6 at 10pm. Tickets : $12. 

Based on Dorothy Parker's stories, this in an evening of alcohol-fuelled romance and music, presented by 2Time Theatre.

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 !

Blair Y
Blair Y

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