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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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Tribeca Film Festival

Critics' pick

The star-studded festival that made Tribeca even cooler is back. Robert De Niro’s downtown fest draws roughly 400,000 movie fans each year to view 97 movies, from high-profile premieres to breakout indies. We’re especially excited about the premiere of Live from New York!, the much-anticipated Saturday Night Live documentary—with unprecedented access granted by Lorne Michaels. The full schedule of screenings and panels can be found on the site.

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Tribeca Cinemas Until Sun Apr 26

Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Critics' pick

You don’t have to take a 15-hour flight to Japan to experience the wonder of cherry-blossom trees in bloom; hop the train to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to stroll through the most majestic springtime beauty New York City has to offer. Check out the "Plants in Bloom" report on the garden’s website to plan your visit like a pro.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sunday April 26 2015

Ex Hex + Sheer Mag + Kuroma + Roya

Critics' pick

Bona fide indie-rock hero Mary Timony, formerly of Wild Flag and Helium, hits town with her latest power trio, Ex Hex. Whereas heavenly angular licks and slanted rhythms made Helium records like Pirate Prude life changers, Ex Hex makes a straightforward, fetching noise-pop racket, as heard on its 2014 debut, Rips.

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Le Poisson Rouge Friday June 12 2015

Green Festival

Critics' pick

New York may be one of the greenest cities in America—we have the highest percentage of workers who commute by public transportation, bike or foot–but there’s still more individuals could do. Over 300 exhibitors gather at this annual three-day festival to offer eco-friendly services, earth-conscious products and educational demonstrations. There will also be a vast selection of vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO and organic food items available for sale—tasty and good for the environment!

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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Sunday April 26 2015

Mark Morris Dance Group

Critics' pick

Spring officially takes hold with two programs of Mark Morris's joyous ensemble. Program A includes Pacific (1995), Words (2014), Grand Duo (1993) and a new work. Program B features three works from 2013: Crosswalk, Jenn and Spencer and Spring, Spring, Spring, Morris's take of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, arranged and performed live by The Bad Plus.

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BAM Howard Gilman Opera House Sunday April 26 2015

Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic

The new edition of Cynthia von Buhler's immersive, interactive mystery has a 1930s showbiz theme and is staged site-specifically at the old Liberty Theater, a vintage venue hidden behind storefronts in Times Square. Audience members are free to wander a space filled with showgirls, aerialists and specialty cocktails.

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Liberty Theater Thursday April 30 2015 - Saturday May 9 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 Until Sunday December 27 2015 Free

Tulip Festival

Critics' pick

Every year during spring, the West Side Community Garden overflows with tulips, and this year there are nearly 12,000. You can also see spring flowers and blossoming cherry trees. If you have questions about what you see, have a chat with the volunteers on the grounds. Saturdays during the show, Tom Thies, the chief horticulturist, gives an educational tour and garden lesson.

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West Side Community Garden Until Sun Apr 26 Free

Smorgasburg

Critics' pick

The epicurean extravaganza returns to the great outdoors Sat 4, with Saturdays in East River State Park, and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Over 75 vendors from Kings County and beyond sell food and drink as varied as oysters, artisanal sodas, gluten-free baked goods and caramelized apples.

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East River State Park Until Sunday November 22 2015 Free

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Critics' pick

The mercurial Jefferson Mays (Tony winner for I Am My Own Wife) plays multiple members of an aristocratic clan in this new musical by Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, based on the same novel that inspired Kind Hearts and Coronets. A distant and disinherited member of the D'Ysquith family slays his way to the earldom. Darko Tresnjak directs.

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Walter Kerr Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

About Elly

This Iranian drama was made in 2009, prior to its writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning A Separation. As in that film, social strictures and tensions loom large in a narrative that defies easy prejudices during its early scenes of lively young Iranians leaving Tehran for a coastal holiday. Tagging along is Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), a teacher whom one of the women, Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani), has invited in the hope that she’ll hit it off with divorced Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini).  If it all sounds too modern to be true, it is: Things go wrong when one of them has an accident and the group’s free-and-easy bubble is burst. The writing and direction lean toward the heavy-handed, but there’s much to chew on regarding tradition, progress and the power of the white lie.

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Now Showing

Chappie

After the out-of-nowhere sucker punch of his 2009 debut District 9, Neill Blomkamp’s second film, 2013’s Elysium, felt like the work of a Hollywood-designed, blockbuster-producing robot: slick and anonymous. So it’s a huge relief to discover that, with Chappie, the South African filmmaker has re-engaged his emotion chip and ramped up the weirdness factor for a lovably scattershot cybernetic satire.

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Cinderella

Enough with the feminism. Disney has clearly had enough of these uppity princesses getting all empowered and messing with their fairytales. After Frozen, and Into the Woods, it’s back to the basics of being a princess in director Kenneth Branagh’s lavish, sappily sweet version of Cinderella.

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Now Showing

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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Now Showing

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

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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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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Get Hard

Like a small child with a set of steak knives, Get Hard gleefully wields sharp ideas but doesn’t inspire confidence. It’s a please-don’t-let-me-get-raped-in-prison comedy—there’s really no other way to put it—on top of which is layered a mock coating of racist hauteur, tush-ogling sexism and plenty of sweaty gay panic. And still, miraculously, the movie doesn’t feel mean-spirited so much as profoundly awkward. (A large part of the credit belongs to stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.)

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Now Showing

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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“Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm”

Critics' pick

Frank plumbs the psychosexual depths of such familiar fairy tales as Cinderella and Red Riding Hood in a series of viscerally expressionists works on paper.

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The Drawing Center Until Sunday June 28 2015

Hank Willis Thomas, “Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015”

Critics' pick

Unpacking the racial subtext of print advertising is the forte of this African-African artist, whose photo appropriations subvert the way Madison Avenue uses people of color to sell products. Stripping away all traces of branding, Thomas exposes these images as constructs of the white imagination. In his latest show, Willis picks through the 20th century to find ads featuring Caucasian women, revealing in the process how they've functioned as a sexually fraught flashpoint for America's racial divide.

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Jack Shainman Gallery Tuesday April 28 2015 - Saturday May 23 2015 Free

Jeppe Hein, “All We Need Is Inside”

Critics' pick

Hein presents his latest feats of visual legerdemain in which he manipulates viewers' perceptions through their experience with the work. In this case, the job gets done through a series of mirrored and glass sculptures, including one reflective tondo with the ghostly image of a flame flickering at forehead height. An elegantly ironic evocation of enlightenment perhaps?

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303 Gallery Tuesday April 28 2015 - Saturday May 30 2015

David Shrigley

Critics' pick

This British artist based in Glasgow is one of the better practitioners of the faux-naive style that’s enjoying such a vogue among contemporary painters now. His spin combines childishly crude images with written jokes (often directed at art itself) revealing a cutting sense of irony that is, nonetheless, more self-deprecating than malicious.

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Anton Kern Gallery Wednesday April 29 2015 - Saturday May 23 2015 Free

"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

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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...