Things to do in New York this week: Critics' picks

Find this week's best events, activities and things to do in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

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"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Last spring, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine teamed up with local store the City Quilter to host a national contest for blankets inspired by the 100-year-old terminal. The grand prize, first- and second- place winners, and 27 finalists in this display draw from the building’s design

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Jul 6
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"Bill Cunningham: Facades"

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In 1968, the legendary New York Times photographer set out to explore the idea of fashion as cultural history in a photo essay titled "Facades." More than 40 years later, 88 original prints from the project—featuring elaborate vintage attire culled from thrift shops and modeled in front of

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Jun 15
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"The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Treat your eyes to some much-needed color therapy at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual orchid explosion. This year’s Floridian theme combines thousands of tropical blooms with modernist architecture; the display was inspired by an award-winning garden that landscape architect Raymond

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Mon Apr 21
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"Re: Collection"

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More than 60 works of furniture, textile, jewelry and sculpture highlight MAD's permanent collection. The installation marks the fifth anniversary of the institution's move to 2 Columbus Circle.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Sep 7
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Gazillion Bubble Show

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

Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed by his son, Deni) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Wed Dec 31
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

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This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Wed Dec 31
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"Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

You may recognize the chuspa from your local flea market, but the handwoven Andean shoulder bags amount to much more than a Latin American–inspired fashion trend. Designed more than 1,500 years ago, before the arrival of the Spanish, chuspas are still used to carry coca leaves, a plant that has

  1. Bard Graduate Center Gallery 18 W 86th St, between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Aug 3
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"NY Hardcore"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

If you’re not one for water lilies and starry nights, don’t forget that oil paint can also yield some seriously tough stuff. This on-canvas series by Brooklyn-based punk rocker turned artist Dan Witz captures mosh pits in all their sweaty, bruise-inducing splendor. Hoards of T-shirted and

  1. Jonathan LeVine Gallery 529 W 20th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sat May 3
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"Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The latest in a growing crop of city museums to exhibit fashion garments as art, the American Folk Art Museum showcases the work of 13 contemporary designers. Not sure what this has to do with folk art? Here's the catch: In a Project Runway–style prompt, each designer or design team was asked to

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Tue Jan 21 - Wed Apr 23
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"Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls"

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  • Free

Leslie-Lohman presents a sure-to-be-steamy exhibit of illustrations featured in gay male magazines, from early beefcake "fitness" periodicals in the 1940s to the more blatantly porny titles of the 1990s. Artist Robert W. Richards curates the show, which includes works by Tom of Finland, George

  1. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St, between Canal and Grand Sts
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun May 25
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Bobby
Bobby

FREE: MGMT 'The Optimizer' event at Brooklyn's The Knitting Factory, tonight - 9/11! New album will be played in its entirety along with a visual optimizer produced by MGMT. Free pizza and drink specials!

Sophia Ojha Ensslin
Sophia Ojha Ensslin

For your events calendar, please consider the LIVE MUSIC event of THE WILHELM BROTHERS @ THE PATH CAFE, NYC on Monday August 26th, 2013 at 8pm FREE ADMISSION The Wilhelm Brothers – Indie Folk Rock which is insightful and infectious. The professional and full-time Asheville NC-based group combines the singer/songwriter talents of Chris Wilhelm with the sonic beauty and skill of cellist Cristof Ensslin. Their sound emphasizes love of a good story delivered in song and employs folk, roots and indie influences. The music is infectious and insightful. CONTACT: Sophia Ojha Ensslin 828-398-4701 Thank you

Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia

Hello, I am the marketing coordinator at John Jay College and I'm interested in submitting an event to be added onto your events calendar. Is it possible I can get the contact information of the calendar manager? Thank you so much for your time. Maria Garcia 212-621-3753