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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Pieter Schoolwerth, “Your Vacuum Blows, which Sucks”

Critics' pick

Schoolwerth should probably be included on the long list of artists criminally omitted from MoMA’s “Forever Now” survey of contemporary painters, if for no other reason than his work is genuinely weird. His approach could be described as a compositional maelstrom in which figurative fragments and objects vanish into a wormhole of Photoshoplike effects and abstract flourishes, as if Stephen Hawking were channeling Francis Bacon or vice versa. The show’s title refers to an epiphany the artist had while cleaning his house with a subpar vacuum cleaner, which, he realized, “sucked” in both senses of the word. This duality of meaning becomes the theme for his latest show of paintings and drawings, as well as a video also called Your Vacuum Blows, which Sucks.

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Miguel Abreu Gallery Wednesday April 1 2015 - Sunday May 3 2015 Free

Joe Goode

Critics' pick

Goode is probably not that well-known to New York’s current art audience, but he was a seminal figure in the development of the Los Angeles art scene in the early 1960s. A colleague of Ed Ruscha, Goode was included in one of the very first exhibitions of Pop Art in America, “New Painting of Common Objects,” curated in 1962 by Walter Hopps at the former Pasadena (now Norton Simon) Museum. Goode’s work evolved over the ensuing years to include expansive painted views of the sky, which he then defaced by tearing away or gouging substantial portions of the image. Much like the slashed canvases of Italian abstractionist Lucio Fontana, Goode’s work focused on the space behind the painted surface. This show presents a small selection of his “Torn Cloud” and “Vandalism” series, dating between 1967 and 1976.

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Van Doren Waxter Tuesday March 31 2015 - Friday May 1 2015 Free

Alisa Baremboym

Critics' pick

Baremboym presents a spare installation of enigmatic objects, including ceramic grapefruit-size spheres, packed into upright cylindrical configurations held together by rings. Placed on the flooror pushed against stretchy vinyl sheets set into lit bays along one wall, they’re meant to evoke grapeshot canisters, an antipersonnel ordnance designed to inflict maximum shrapnel damage. Contrasting these is a black ramp-shaped piece, also on the floor, fabricated out of steel. A ceramic outline of the female reproductive system is fixed to its face, suggesting that the whole show is setting up a birth-death (or perhaps a male-female) dichotomy.

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47 Canal Wednesday April 1 2015 - Sunday April 5 2015 Free

Chamberlain|Prouvé

Critics' pick

John Chamberlain’s crushed-car sculptures have long been compared to the slashing brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism, an analogy that’s perfectly suitable but misses the more salient quality of Chamberlain's oeuvre: the way he compresses the kinetic energy of violence into stately, even opulent, forms. The inherent refinement of his work is made all the more evident thanks to this installation, in which French architect and designer Jean Prouvé places Chamberlain’s sculptures within and around a pair of elegant pavilions, including one that resembles a high-modern bungalow.

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Gagosian Gallery Tuesday March 31 2015 - Saturday April 4 2015 Free

Martín Soto Climent, "The Contemporary Comedy: Glossy Mist"

Critics' pick

The Mexican artist, who sometimes incorporates pantyhose in his objects and installations, has curated a group exhibition as part of his own show. Based on the prevalence of skulls and skeletal imagery, the common thread here is evidently death, in which case you might describe this show as memento mori by committee.

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Clifton Benevento Tuesday March 31 2015 - Saturday April 25 2015 Free

Comments

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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...