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
Stop Hitting Yourself

"Pheromone Hotbox"

A group of female artists (Amanda Charchian, Aneta Bartos, Shae Detar, Olivia Locher and Marianna Rothen) challenge the concept of post-feminist ideologies by each presenting 10 of their most recent photographs that portray womanhood. All five photographers are known for often including nudity and illustrating elusive stories in their work.

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Steven Kasher Gallery Until Saturday February 28 2015

Jack White

Critics' pick

Jack White's genius is undoubtedly bolstered by an uncompromising workaholism—evidenced by a long series of sharp side projects (The Raconteurs, the Dead Weather), collaborations (Wanda Jackson, Insane Clown Posse) and the prolific output of his Third Man label—as well a recent solo LP, Lazaretto, that handily sums up his patented roots-punk eccentricity. Hear White work his magic at this Madison Square Garden victory lap.

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Madison Square Garden Friday January 30 2015

Jazz & Colors

The Jazz & Colors event, which spread out across Central Park in 2012 and 2013, moves indoors, while retaining its core premise: a bunch of jazz combos muse on a predetermined set of standards. For this installment, musicians including Amir ElSaffar, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Brandee Younger, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra and Jenny Scheinman spread out across the Met, soundtracking your tour of the museum's masterworks. This'll be a treat.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday January 30 2015

Whitney Cummings

Critics' pick

Cummings, a Chelsea Lately regular, sidesteps the merely spunky with the aid of a tart tongue and enough vitriol to knock down all idiots she encounters. Her recent work, including Comedy Central special I Love You, has detailed the little stupidities inherent in relationships.

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Carolines on Broadway Until Saturday January 31 2015

Winter Carnival at Bryant Park

Winter is here and it ain’t leaving anytime soon. Enjoy it with the inaugural Winter Carnival at Bryant Park, where you can take free curling lessons, taste soothing hot chocolate and enjoy some of the best seasonal ales at the Outdoor Winter Brew House. See short plays by the Drilling Company on Fri 30 at 5pm, and come back on Sat 31 at 7pm for the Silent Disco.  

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Until Saturday January 31 2015 Free

Queer Memoir: Naked

Critics' pick

For its fifth anniversary show, Kelli Dunham's LGBT storytelling series's theme is "naked," which may translate to metaphorical or literal flesh baring. Participating potentially nude artists include M. Taueret Davis, Sarah Schulman, Erica Cardwell, Elana Lancaster, Robin Cloud, J Mase III, Drae Campbell and Vivien J Rotundo.

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Bowery Arts and Sciences Sunday February 1 2015

Outsider Art Fair

Since the first Outsider Art Fair some 22 years, interest in self-taught and folk artists has grown exponentially in the art world—so much so that the genre has had a major stylistic impact on many insider artists, including some with MFAs from the most important graduate programs in the country. This fair remains the premier showcase for this category of work, with a reach that's become worldwide.

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Center 548 Until Sunday February 1 2015

Constellations

Critics' pick

Constellations. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (see Broadway). By Nick Payne. Directed by Michael Longhurst. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson. Running time: 1hr 5mins. No intermission. Constellations: In brief Jake Gyllenhaal, who proved his stage chops in 2012's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, reteams with that play's author, Nick Payne, for a U.S. premiere. Gyllenhaal plays a beekeeper who meets a quantum theorist (The Affair's Ruth Wilson), and their romance unfolds in a dazzling series of what-if scenarios. Constellations: Theater review by Adam Feldman Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are the stars of Constellations, and as that implies, they must make themselves multiple. Inspired by quantum mechanics, Nick Payne’s captivating play, directed crisply by Michael Longhurst, explores the idea of parallel universes in a mosaic of scenes that often restart and branch off in new directions, skipping forward and backward in time. “Every decision you’ve ever and never made” creates a different reality, and the play shows us fragments of some of them. It puts narrative in a house of infinite shattered mirrors. Beekeeper Roland (Gyllenhaal) and cosmologist Marianne (Wilson) are on-again, off-again lovers: in some worlds on, in some worlds off. Their relationship and its challenges—infidelity, illness, death—vary in ways that sometimes reflect nuances of their behavior and sometimes stem from forces beyond their control (which may not be such different things). Informed by author

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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Until Sunday March 15 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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Now Showing

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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Now Showing

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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Now Showing

"Matters of Pattern"

Repeating motifs, paradigms, archetypes and the like unite the works in this classy show, which features a stellar cast of artists that includes Louise Bourgeois, Mike Kelley, Cindy Sherman and Christopher Wool.

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Skarstedt Gallery Until Saturday February 21 2015 Free

Vera Lutter

Critics' pick

Views of New York, including such iconic landmarks as the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, are the subjects of this German photographer's latest show. As usual, the works have been created using her trademark technique: Transforming an empty shipping container (or room) into a gigantic camera obscura. The results are equally huge, comprising negative images with a nightmarish, Twilight Zone vibe.

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Gagosian Shop Until Saturday March 7 2015 Free

Outsider Art Fair 2015

Critics' pick

If your tastes in art range from folky and visionary to surreal and paranoid, head over to the annual fair devoted to self-taught artists, where you'll find all of that and more. On tap are works presented by 50 international galleries from 27 cities representing 8 countries—including painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed-media and photography. Also on view: A special exhibition spotlighting five artists (Melvin Way, Emery Blagdon, Adolf Wölfli, Mark Lombardi and the Philadelphia Wireman) curated by art dealer Jay Gorney and artist, writer and Time Out contributor Anne Doran.

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Center 548 Until Sunday February 1 2015

Djordje Ozbolt, "More paintings about poets and food"

Critics' pick

Born in Belgrade (while it was still in Yugoslavia), Ozbolt has called London home since the 1990s. Since then, he's established a reputation for creating paintings and sculpture featuring generous helpings of the bizarre and macabre. His work is a surreal stew of styles (both Western and not), brimming art-historical and pop-cultural references, as well as his takes on traditional genres such as landscape, portraiture and still life. All of it is occasionally spiced with passages of abstraction. The results are apiece with the contemporary vogue for mix-and-match painting, but Ozbolt's panache and technical skills set him apart. An allegorist of his own imagination, Ozbolt knows how to grab your attention.

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Hauser & Wirth New York Until Saturday February 21 2015 Free

Christopher Knowles

Critics' pick

On view are large versions of Knowles's "typings" series of drawings done on a typewriter, including pictograms that form progressions of the letter C (for Christopher). They remain the best-known work by this autistic poet and artist who provided the libretto for Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s 1976 avant-garde opera, Einstein on the Beach.

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Gavin Brown's Enterprise Until Sunday February 22 2015 Free

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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...