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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Dead Stars + Penicillin Baby + Nude Beach + Ages & Ages + Cheerleader + Mainland + Iska Dhaaf + Laura Gibson

  • Free

CMJ. Garagey local rock & roll mainstays—and Time Out New York faves—Nude Beach support a brilliant new double LP, 77, in the middle of a crowded no-cover showcase.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Fri Oct 24
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CMJ Music Marathon 2014

Surviving this weeklong urban bonanza, now in its 34th year, requires stamina, comfortable shoes and an unquenchable thirst to be able to say you saw them first. Much like SXSW, thousands of bands descend upon grimy bars, DIY venues and concert spaces across town to vie for the attention of label

  1. Various venues
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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Dean Moss

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Moss explores the complicated legacy of white abolitionist John Brown in a production that includes video performances of a script commissioned from playwright Thomas Bradshaw.

  1. The Kitchen 512 W 19th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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"Mike Kelley: Reconstructed History"

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Originally presented as a limited-edition artist book, Mike Kelley’s 1989 series, “Reconstructed History,” consists of 50 works on paper depicting defaced images of historical figures taken from old U.S.-history textbooks. As seen here, the suite of scrawled-over illustrations mock

  1. Skarstedt Gallery 550 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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The Joshua Light Show

  • Critics choice

“Liquid light” artist Joshua White provided consummately trippy backdrops for Fillmore East performances during the hippie-rock era (not to mention the memorable illuminations during that acid-party scene in Midnight Cowboy). This week White aligns with some of today’s vanguard outfits for a

  1. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 La Guardia Pl, at Washington Sq South, 10012
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Village Halloween Parade is fun and all, but does it have a plethora of puppies in adorable outfits? For that, you’ll have to head to the East Village for this annual dog parade. The getups are remarkably elaborate and conceptual—no surprise given the $4,000 worth of prizes on offer,

  1. Tompkins Square Park Ave A, between 7th and 10th Sts
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Punk Rock and Heavy Metal Flea Market

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Get rowdy at this rebel of a flea for rock loyalists everywhere. There'll be punky trinkets by Weird Luke, vintage band T-shirts, handmade leather accessories by On the Edge of Time, select rock-band photos, live DJ sets, and rock records courtesy of Clockwork Records and DJ Rebel Rouser. You can

  1. Sage 299-301 Graham Ave, at Ainslie St, 11211
  2. Sun Oct 26
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Jacuzzi

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

Jacuzzi. Ars Nova (Off Broadway). By Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed by Oliver Butler. With Bos, Thureen, Chris Lowell, Peter Friedman. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Jacuzzi: In brief Family tensions rise to the surface when a pair of slackers crash the hot tub at a Colorado

  1. Ars Nova 511 W 54th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 8
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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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