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

2nd Whimsical Winter Wonder...Exhibition

Critics' pick

Enjoy this park exhibit featuring 14 artists' interpretations of winter through paintings, sculptures, photography and other creative mediums.

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Poe Park, Fordham Until Saturday January 31 2015 Free

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

Critics' pick

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours. Through Mar 1. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Midtown West Until Sunday March 1 2015 Free

Radio City Stage Door Tour

Critics' pick

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 re-created version of the vaunted Rockette kick line. Tours leave every half hour.

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Radio City Music Hall, Midtown West Until Tuesday June 30 2015

"Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection"

Critics' pick

Peruse vintage European trains at this premiere museum exhibition of the Jerni toy collection. A display of mini choo-choos, bridges, carousels and Ferris wheels, as well as the first-ever model of an elevated train station, creates a diorama populated by figurines in colorful 19th-century garb.

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New-York Historical Society, Upper West Side Until Sunday February 22 2015

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe"

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People—women and men alike—can't seem to get enough of high heels, and the higher the heel, the more likely that it will attract attention. That ability to captivate is the driving principle behind this show, which argues that, whatever the sexual connotations of high heels, they are also art objects. To illustrate this very sharp point, the exhibit trots out examples of fetishy footwear from the 16th century to the present, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

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Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights Until Sunday February 15 2015

Winter Antiques Show

Critics' pick

History buffs have 73 booths of decorative housewares, furniture and tableaux to riffle through at this vintage art and antiques fair. Perhaps take a look at some hard-core antique-armor from collector Peter Finer. Those obsessed with kittens can gawk at one of the oldest pieces—an Egyptian bronze seated cat (715–332 B.C) believed to be used to hold the body of a mummified feline. There are also daily lectures and works in preview especially for the show, including “Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life”. Entrance proceeds benefit East Side House Settlement, a community nonprofit in the Bronx. Go to winterantiquesshow.com for more information.

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Park Avenue Armory, Upper East Side Until Sunday February 1 2015

Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark

Critics' pick

The iconic Empire State Building is synonymous with New York City, and there's no better person than architectural historian John Tauranac to lead you through its background with his book Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, which was recently republished in celebration of 20 years since its release.

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Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem Wednesday January 28 2015

Larissa Velez-Jackson: Works-in-Progress

Critics' pick

Larissa Velez-Jackson celebrates humor through dance with this slightly improvised, very autobiographical performance.

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El Museo del Barrio, East Harlem Wednesday January 28 2015 Free

Tinder Live

Critics' pick

As if it weren't hilarious enough in real life, Tinder (the wildly popular dating app) gets exposed in this comedy show. If you're hoping for some swiping tips (no matter how ridiculous), this is the event for you.

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Knitting Factory, Williamsburg Wednesday January 28 2015

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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