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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Nancy Rubins, "Our Friend Fluid Metal"

  • Critics choice

From more than 30 years, Rubins has been using mass quantities of mobile homes, aircraft fuselages and engines, canoes, water heaters and other detritus to create sculptural assemblages whose ambitions of scale never cease to astound. The results sublimate recognizable parts into an abstract whole that can evoke at times a tornado or giant blossom. Her latest works are created out of old playground rides mounted on steel springs that take such kid-friendly forms as carousel horses, cars and planes.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 522 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Jul 29 - Sat Sep 13
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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

  • Price band: 2/4

It's your chance to dine for a steal at more than 300 Gotham eateries during this three-week food blowout. High-profile spots like Seamus Mullen's Tertulia, Michael White's Costata and Julian Medina's Yerba Buena will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Fri Aug 15
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  • Price band: 1/4

This annual festival showcases short and feature-length LGBT films from the U.S. and around the world. Among the offerings are Kate Kunath's documentary We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite (Fri 25) about the late, lamented Crown Heights gay bar; Julián Hernández's genre-blurring I Am Happiness on Earth (Sat 26); and Gerontophilia (Tue 29), the latest from the ever-controversial Bruce LaBruce.

  1. Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center) 165 W 65th St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
  2. Until Tue Jul 29
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Kiss + Def Leppard + Kobra and the Lotus

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Party-metal icons from two different generations come together for a hit-saturated blowout in Jersey. With all that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drama behind them, expect Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons & Co. to be in maximum, blood-spitting bombast mode, abetted by the Hysteria crew's own brand of arena-tailored rawk excess.

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Wed Aug 6
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Lady Bunny: Clowns Syndrome

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies, original videos and savagely hilarious takedowns of everyone from Chris Christie to Justin Bieber.

  1. Escuelita 301 W 39th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Pat Kiernan's Trivia Food Fight

  • Critics choice

Whether you love food or happen to know an array of trivial facts, this night hosted by Canadian-born game-show host and side-part owner Pat Kiernan is sure to make you and your team hungry for a grub-themed prize. Come prepared with a brain full of some of the greatest food scenes, famous cuisines and fictitious dishes, and you just might win a raffle for the chance to go one-on-one onstage with the NY1 morning-news anchor himself.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Ingrid Michaelson + Neulore

  • Critics choice

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has a cute, husky voice, which she applies to pretty, quirky songs. When discussing her latest disc, Lights Out, the New York native says she's gone from "the poppy ukulele girl to platforms-and-eye-makeup pop." Well, maybe it's Maybelline, but we get the feeling this talented songstress was born with it. Nashville folk duo Neulore opens.

  1. Central Park SummerStage Mainstage Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Victory Dance

  • Critics choice

The theater hosts a free dance series geared toward kids and families. In addition to three daytime performances for schools and day camps, each week includes one public evening show. The platform kicks off (July 16–18) with Keigwin + Company, Full Circle Souljahs and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence; the following week features LAVA, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Lil Buck and Ballet Hispanico. The final program (July 30–Aug 1) showcases Gallim Dance; Michelle Dorrance; doug elkins choreography, etc.; and Ballet Tech's Kids Dance.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Rated as: 4/5

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, Guardians of the Galaxy is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-size crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging, all exploding with sweetness and surprises.

  1. Opens Aug 1

HA! The Musical

  • Price band: 2/4

A musical, behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be a stand-up comedian. Featuring Christian Finnegan, Kevin Farley, Big Jay Oakerson and other funny stand-ups singing and dancing like they've never done before.

  1. Stage 72 158 W 72nd St, between Columbus Ave and Broadway
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Thu Aug 7
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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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