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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American Ballet Theatre 2015

Critics' pick

American Ballet Theatre returns to the Metropolitan Opera House for its 75th-anniversary season. The highlight is the New York premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty, with scenery and costumes by Richard Hudson, who based his designs on those of Léon Bakst. In addition to an assortment of full-lengths—Othello, Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella—the run highlights historic company repertory, including Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, and Antony Tudor's Pillar of Fire and Jardin aux Lilas.

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Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Until Saturday July 4 2015

Frida Kahlo, “Art, Garden, Life”

Critics' pick

Botanical subjects were a running theme throughout the work of Frida Kahlo. The art-historical icon maintained an ornate garden just outside her studio that inspired much of her art. That connection is explored here in this tribute to the artist, which includes a replica of her garden and a display of paintings related to it.

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The New York Botanical Garden Until Sunday November 1 2015

Craig Robinson

Critics' pick

The stand-up and actor best known for his roles in The Office and Hot Tub Time Machine hits the stage to show off his hilarious and often musical talents.

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Carolines on Broadway Until Sunday May 24 2015

"Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967"

Critics' pick

On July 9, 1962, Andy Warhol made his one-person debut at a Los Angles gallery called Ferus, founded five years earlier by curator Walter Hopps and artist Edward Keinholz. It represented the first showing of Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can paintings, an image he became indelibly linked with. Often installed in a grid, they were originally hung in a single line at Ferus, an installation MoMA revives here in its look at Warhol's early years, when he turned the art world upside down.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Monday October 12 2015

Intrepid Summer Movie Series: Top Gun

Critics' pick

Could there be a more atmospheric place to relive the tower-buzzing highs of Top Gun than the deck of the Intrepid? We can’t think of one—barring a trip to vaguely identified hostile waters. Bring a blanket or chair, some snacks and nonalcoholic drinks for the 1986 blockbuster, which stars Tom Cruise as a volleyball-loving Navy pilot, Val Kilmer as his jaw-chomping rival and Kelly McGillis as a Ph.D.-equipped flight instructor who’s all too easily impressed by barroom karaoke.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Friday May 22 2015 Free

Switch n' Play: Staches & Lashes

Critics' pick

Gender-bending burlesque collective Switch n' Play bumps and grinds all over this Prospect Heights drinkery at its monthly show.

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Branded Saloon Saturday May 23 2015

Shwick Market

Critics' pick

This part indoor, part alfresco market hosts more than 100 vendors at its Bushwick location—and judging by the list of "makers," it’s worth the trek if you’re coming from across the bridge. Shop products from local artists, like photography from The BQE and hip wares by Funk and Grace, as well as artisanal foods like MixedMade’s spicy honey. This part of Brooklyn is known as New York’s most maker-y ’hood, so you know the spread is gonna be impressive.

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Shwick Market Saturday May 23 2015 - Sunday December 27 2015 Free

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 Monday May 25 2015 - Monday December 28 2015

Fleet Week at the Intrepid

The Intrepid pays homage to veterans with a full week of events. Learn how recycling helps the armed forces or about the naming of naval ships in one of the many presentations, which also include a Top Gun screening (May 22) and a "Meet the Pilots" session with astronauts or aviators like Ron Garan, Gregory C. Johnson and Scott Altman(May 23). Plus check out interactive displays that allow you to examine WWII artifacts used by pilots for safety in a flight.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Until Wednesday May 27 2015

Adult Beginners

Kroll is Jake, a rich-dick entrepreneur who, after his Google Glass–like wearable fails to launch, becomes a penniless pariah. He retreats to his childhood home on Long Island and engages in catty rebonding with his sister, Justine (Byrne), while also taking awkward care of her child. It soars whenever it sticks to lived-in sibling banter. Still, you’ll wish the movie didn’t resort to metaphorical swimming lessons and big office speech like a zillion lesser efforts already have.

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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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Clouds of Sils Maria

Combining the acute professional paranoia of All About Eve with the existential crisis of Persona, this heady and brilliant psychodrama stars Binoche as Maria Enders, a fading star who’s agreed to be in a revival of the play that made her famous as a young ingenue. Retreating to the Swiss Alps with her unfailingly honest assistant (Stewart, a deadpan revelation), Maria begins a rehearsal process that will force her to grapple with the presentness of her past.

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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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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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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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Far From Men

French director David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men—an adaptation of a short story, The Guest, by French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus—is an intelligent, slow-burning western with an atmospheric score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and an outstanding performance by Viggo Mortensen.

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Felix and Meira

Félix (Dubreuil) is an agnostic French Canadian loner; soft-spoken Meira (Yaron) is an Orthodox Jew who’s failed her traditional husband by bearing him only one child. A somber romance that’s as much about the cultural confluence of city life as it is about the unlikely couple who manage
to find each other in it, the film captures the dislocating loneliness of Lost in Translation without leaving its characters’ native Montreal.

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Forbidden Games

A film about children that is most definitely not a children’s film, this enduring minor classic follows an orphaned girl through WWII as she wanders onto a rustic farm in the countryside and makes friends with a local boy. The pair obsessively busy themselves building a cemetery for all the little things the war has left in its wake, creating a bubble and making their own sense of the horror that brought them together.

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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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“The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe”

Critics' pick

Pierre Huyghe, a French artist know for poetic projects that encompass video, sculpture and landscaping, has transformed the Met’s rooftop into a mystical, Huy installation—a kind of archaeological excavation of that metaphorical place where the interaction between culture and nature makes the natural world seem unnatural. Segments of the roof’s paving stones have been pried off, stacked to the side like lids from freshly exhumed sarcophagi. Nearby, a large aquarium features a boulder inexplicably floating in a tableaux that periodically assumes a milky opacity, as if someone suddenly flipped a switch to hide the scene. The piece goes back and forth like that, alternately obscuring and revealing the contents within—an enigmatic, even unsettling, reminder that all is not what it seems.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Until Monday November 2 2015

Leon Golub, “Riot”

Critics' pick

A dedicated leftist throughout his life, the indomitable Golub (1922–2004) railed against injustice and political oppression with fiercely Expressionistic paintings created with an equally ferocious technique of applying paint, then scraping it away at with a meat clever. Soldiers in Vietnam, mercenaries and members of the secret police made up the cast of characters in his compositions, which dealt with atrocities, including depictions of torture long before anyone heard of Abu Ghraib. Late in his life, these themes took an allegorical direction, but there was no mistaking their meaning.  This show offers a selection of paintings and works on paper from all phases of his illustrious career. 

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Hauser & Wirth New York Until Saturday June 20 2015 Free

“#RAWHIDE”

This exhibition of western and cowboy-themed art from the 19th century to the present is bound to make you yell, Yee-haw! Co-curators  Dylan Brant and Vivian Brodie delve into the pervasiveness of cowboy mythology in American culture, with works that run the gamut from sincere celebration to jaundiced satire. And of course, the homoerotic subtext of frontier machismo is made text in several works. Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Prince and Andy Warhol are among the 35 artists shooting it out in this OK Coral of a show. 

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Venus Over Manhattan Tue May 19 - Sat Jul 11 Free

Lee Ufan

This Korean artist, who divides his time between Kamakura, Japan and Paris, France was one of the founders of the Japanese Mono-ha school, which filtered Minimalist aesthetics through Japan’s tradition of animism and the formal restraint in found cultural expressions as rock gardens, bonsai trees tea ceremonies, etc. Ufan, who believes object possess a sort of consciousness, often juxtaposes boulders and steel plates as a feature of his sculptural installations. His paintings, meanwhile, are made up of single huge brushstrokes of blended color applied to equally large, though otherwise empty, backgrounds. His latest sculptures and paintings are presented here.

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Pace Gallery Until Saturday June 27 2015 Free

Yayoi Kusama, “Give Me Love”

Critics' pick

Celebrated for her hallucinatory dot paintings and mirrored rooms, Kusama returns to Chelsea with new variations on her recent themes. A series of brightly-colored acrylic canvases continue the sort of folk/outsider art vibe that’s been a feature of her paintings over the past five years. There are more of her polka-dotted pumpkin sculptures, this time in stainless steel. In lieu of painted dots, some are riddled with swiss-cheese holes revealing interiors painted a single vibrant hue. The highlight of the show is an all-white room containing pieces of furniture painted to match. Visitors are encouraged to apply differently sized colored stickers provided by the artist (dots, naturally) on whatever surface they choose, with the idea of visually “obliterating” the piece over the course of the show.

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David Zwirner Until Saturday June 13 2015 Free

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Al A
Al A

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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...