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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Death by Audio farewell shows

  • Price band: 1/4

Near the East River in Williamsburg, indie-rock space Death by Audio is small and stuffy (patrons flagrantly violating the smoking ban does not help things). But the club books its share of solid shows by rising local indie stars and touring bands alike. Visit

  1. 49 South 2nd St, (between Kent and Wythe Aves)
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Following her rescue from the devastating Quarter Quell, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) awakes in the complex beneath the supposedly destroyed District 13. Her home, District 12, has been reduced to rubble, and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is now the brainwashed captive of President Snow (Donald

  1. Various locations
  2. Opens Fri Nov 21

Thomas Scheibitz, "Studio Imaginaire"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Thomas Scheibitz has been a dependable presence in New York galleries since the ’90s, and his neomodernist approach has been just as reliable. His latest paintings and sculptures are business as usual, offering schematic lines and forms binding a deft puree of references to early-20th-century

  1. Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 521 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 20
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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

  • Critics choice

Stephen King and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John "Cougar" Mellencamp have come together to create a supernatural Southern Gothic musical, and you can see it for one night only at the Beacon Theatre. This play that's been 16 years in the making focuses on a brotherly bond and eventual

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Mon Nov 24
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Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

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

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Public Theater (see Off Broadway). By Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Jo Bonney. With ensemble cast. Running time: 3hrs. One intermission. Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3): In brief Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) imagines the

  1. Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Until Sun Dec 7
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El Anatsui

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Ghanaian artist returns to New York for the first time since his triumphant 2013 Brooklyn Museum survey with concurrent shows uptown at Mnuchin Gallery and downtown at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea. On view will be the latest iterations of the artist's shimmering wall hangings and sculptures

  1. Mnuchin Gallery 45 E 78th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10075
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 13
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after more than eight decades—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Wed Dec 31
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Interpol

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Interpol had a brief moment in the indie-rock limelight—Turn on the Bright Lights holds up as one of the most memorable debuts of the ’00s—but the band still manages to churn out solid, Joy Division–esque anthems on its new, fifth LP, El Pintor. Art-pop up-and-comers Hundred Waters open Nov

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Wed Nov 26
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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

  • Critics choice

Stephen King and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Mellencamp have come together to create a supernatural Southern Gothic musical, and you can see it for one night only at the Beacon Theatre. This play that's been 16 years in the making focuses on a brotherly bond and eventual tragic

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Mon Nov 24
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s almost that time! (Yes, again.) Suck it up and join the party: This guide tells you when to go, what to watch for and where to find free hot dogs when it’s all over. RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving in New York guide 1. Smurf balloon and floatA member of the original blue-man group makes its

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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

Blair Y
Blair Y

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

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