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

Albert "Tootie" Heath / Ethan Iverson / Ben Street

Critics' pick

Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson makes a habit of communing with his elders, both via his exemplary blog, Do the Math, and on the bandstand. Here he turns up as one third of a trio featuring bassist Ben Street and nominally led by 79-year-old bop drum master Albert "Tootie" Heath, spark plug of jazz institution the Heath Brothers and collaborator of countless legends. The band's offbeat approach to repertoire and loose, conversational flow makes it one of the most engaging combos in town. This run celebrates Philadelphia Beat, a new disc brimming with sly charm and good-natured groove.

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Village Vanguard Until Sunday March 8 2015

Freaks and Geeks Bingo

Critics' pick

Wow, Freaks and Geeks lasted for only 18 episodes. The nerdy cult classic was surely gone too soon, but it packed enough pop references (Bionic Woman costume, anyone?) and inside jokes for a weekly night of bingo.

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Videology Wednesday March 11 2015 - Wednesday April 29 2015 Free

The Armory Show

Critics' pick

The megafair returns, with exhibitors of contemporary and modern art divided, respectively, between Piers 92 and 94. Brace yourself for the 17th chapter of this annual spectacle.

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Piers 92/94 Until Sunday March 8 2015

The Johnny Cash 83rd Birthday Bash

Critics' pick

Local country stalwarts Alex Battles and the Whisky Rebellion continue a popular annual tradition, covering the Man in Black for two straight nights in celebration of what would have been his 83rd b-day (Feb 26). The Calamity Janes lend a hand with Carter family material, and the Sun 8 matinee program focuses on Cash’s gospel output.

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The Bell House Friday March 6 2015 - Sunday March 8 2015

Astronomy on Tap

Join tipsy astronomers every fourth Thursday as they feature some of the best science shows and films with a night of geeky, liquor-filled commentary. On Thur 26, the scientists lead you through the third episode of last year’s nerdy hit; Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, called When Knowledge Conquered Fear. They’ll reveal never-before-told secrets from the making of the show and even throw a little sciencey shade as they discuss what Neil deGrasse Tyson’s series could have done differently. Expect astro-themed trivia games, prizes and astronomical tunes from DJ Carly Sagan.

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Videology Thursday March 26 2015 - Thursday October 22 2015 Free

First Fridays at Tenement Museum

Critics' pick

Every first Friday, the Tenement Museum opens its doors to unadulterated excitement with unusually late hours, food and drink for sale and an event specially designed for grown-people fun. This month, don the hat of an inspector in an interactive tour. At Tenement Inspectors, snoop around 97 Orchard Street and examine old building codes. Talk to former residents (a.k.a. actors), and play your best Sherlock Holmes to find out more about their lives. It’s mighty exhausting work, so be sure to grab a beer or two afterward.

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The Tenement Museum Friday March 6 2015

"Sinatra: An American Icon"

It’s the centennial birthday of Old Blue Eyes and the crooner still lives on as one of one of the most famous performers of all time. This multimedia exhibition tells the story of his life as an actor and singer, and displays memorabilia like personal letters, private photos, rare interviews and concert footage.

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Until Friday September 4 2015 Free

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

16 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn. Subway: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza. See the New Place Players perform a classic theatrical play in a beautiful brownstone right across from Prospect Park. It's a fully produced play—costumes and all—only you get the unique experience of watching Shakespeare from a living room. For a more laid-back show, go Sat 13 for pasta, salad and beer for $75 per person. And if you're feeling fancy, see this show Sun 14, and get a five-course meal by Zachary O’Neil for $125 per person. Only 22 spaces are available each day, so get your ticket quickly.

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Brooklyn Until Friday March 20 2015

"Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s"

Two designers who ruled over the fashions of the 1970s come together in one exhibition that flaunts their similar styles and takes on glamour. Eighty ensembles and 20 accessories, including pieces donated by Lauren Bacall, Marina Schiano and Aimée de Heeren, show the shift to casual in high fashion, as well as the career and aesthetic parallels of Saint Laurent and Halston.

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Fashion Institute of Technology Until Saturday April 18 2015 Free

Fire in the Hole

Critics' pick

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is?) presides while you knock back cheap pints and whiskey gingers.

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Nowhere Thursday March 26 2015 - Thursday June 25 2015 Free

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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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

"Björk"

Critics' pick

MoMA celebrates the multi-faceted career of the Icelandic alt diva with a retrospective encompassing the many mediums she’s worked in: Music of course, but also art, costume design and video, among others. The installation includes an immersive “experience” in sound and film created especially for the show.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Sunday March 8 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

Victor Moscoso, "Psychedelic Drawings, 1967–1982"

Critics' pick

This show offers an acid flashback to the ’60s counterculture, courtesy of Victor Moscoso, one of the original artists behind the underground publication Zap Comix. He also created concert posters for the Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom, including one for a May 1967 appearance by the Doors. These and other works are characterized by a lysergic combination of Surrealism, Art Nouveau and M.C. Escher—in a word, trippy.

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Andrew Edlin Gallery Friday March 6 2015 - Saturday April 25 2015 Free

“In the Studio”

Critics' pick

This two-space show, uptown and down, is divided into halves dealing with painting and photography, respectively. The subject for both is the artist's studio—a recurring theme for painters and photographers alike, who often turn to their own ateliers for inspiration. Two curatorial heavyweights late of MoMA handle the organizational duties: John Elderfield tackles painting and Peter Galassi the photography. On view is a who's who of art history, running the gamut from the 18th century to the postwar era.

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Gagosian Gallery Until Saturday April 18 2015 Free

"The Hugo Boss Prize 2014: Paul Chan, Nonprojections for New Lovers"

Critics' pick

The work of Paul Chan, this year's winner of The Hugo Boss Prize, is hard to characterize, but his multimedia installations all seem to share a haunted, enigmatic quality and a predilection for representing presence with absence. His piece for this show consists of a circular arrangement of running projectors that project nothing, while getting their power from worn shoes repurposed as electrical outlets.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Friday March 6 2015 - Wednesday May 13 2015

Charline von Heyl, "Düsseldorf: Paintings from the early 90s"

Critics' pick

Petzel inaugurates its uptown space with this look at Von Heyl's early career, when she was in the orbit of the Cologne art scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The milieu was dominated by outsized artistic personalities like Martin Kippenberger and by boisterous, alcohol-fueled debates over the efficacy of painting in the postmodern era. The compositions actually produced were some of the best of the era. While Von Heyl kept her distance by basing herself in Düsseldorf, her canvases then and since have been influenced by ideas cooked up in Cologne's hothouse atmosphere.

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Petzel Gallery Friday March 6 2015 - Saturday May 2 2015 Free

Comments

4 comments
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...