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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: Joan Marcus
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Hot Chocolate Festival

Critics' pick

Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February. The lineup won’t be announced until late January but previous year’s highlights included Earl Grey Tea hot chocolate, a delicate blend with notes of bergamot, and Sunken Treasure, an indulgent cup with submerged caramel coins and chocolate truffles. Be sure to show up on Jan 31 for the opening-night party.

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City Bakery , Flatiron Until Monday February 29 2016

Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

Critics' pick

Unfriendly ghosts should steer clear of Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the first day of the New Year, when the Better Chinatown Society lights 600,000 firecrackers to welcome the Year of the Monkey and ward off evil spirits. In addition to the pyrotechnics, there will be lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus craft vendors and food booths where you can get your fill of traditional delicacies. It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you’ll make in the year ahead. Grand St at Forsyth St.

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Sara D. Roosevelt Park , Lower East Side Monday February 8 2016

Chinese New Year Family Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the China Institute. Take your friends and family to the traditional lion dance and kung fu performance, along with zodiac-themed arts and crafts. If the yummy holiday treats make you curious, you can learn how to make dumplings and lanterns at workshops ($15). 

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China Institute , Lenox Hill Saturday February 13 2016

Company XIV: Snow White

Critics' pick

Having previously given an haute-burlesque twist to Cinderella and The Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick invites us to take a bite of his latest nightlife-performance spectacle: an elaborate, adults-only version of Snow White, featuring Company XIV's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

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Minetta Lane Theatre , Greenwich Village Until Saturday March 12 2016

Road to the White House

Master impersonator David Carl made a name for himself with renditions of over-the-top personalities like Gary Busey. But now Carl’s taking on his most bonkers challenge yet: the 2016 presidential candidates. Carl plays all the parts in the debates, including the moderators, politicians and hard-hitting journalists like Miss Piggy, in a whirlwind of gaffs, insults and botched policy proposals that rival the onstage antics of the real thing.

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Peoples Improv Theater , Flatiron Tuesday February 9 2016 - Tuesday March 8 2016

Fiddler on the Roof

Critics' pick

Although the titans Zero Mostel, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince are reflexively linked to this 1964 classic, there’s another, uncredited, father of Fiddler on the Roof. It’s Marc Chagall, the painter whose flying violinists inspired the title. During the development of Fiddler (when it was still called Tevye), director-choreographer Robbins approached Chagall to do the set and costumes. The artist couldn’t commit, but his spirit lingered. Now, in Bartlett Sher’s magnificent, life-affirming revival, the Chagallian gift of levitation extends not just to an airborne fiddler (in a purple coat straight out of Green Violinist) but also to the very buildings of Anatevka, which designer Michael Yeargan suspends in midair. 

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Broadway Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

NPR's Ask Me Another

Critics' pick

Attend a live taping of this NPR radio show hosted by comedian Ophira Eisenberg. A typical program features trivia, brainteasers, music from guitarist Jonathan Coulton and special guests.

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The Bell House , Gowanus Wednesday February 17 2016

Frankie’s at the Jane Hotel

Critics' pick

DJ Nita Aviance and rotating guests lead fun-seeking ravers, club kids, muscle boys and fashion deviants on a midweek binge in the ballroom. Staying late will be rewarded with live music and drag performances. 

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The Ballroom at the Jane Hotel , Downtown Tuesday February 9 2016 - Tuesday March 1 2016

The Big Quiz Thing

Critics' pick

Show off your impressive stash of trivial knowledge, or your ability to come up with smart-alecky witticisms, at this live trivia game show. Hosted by quizmaster Noah Tarnow, the event includes audio and video puzzles. If you don’t know an answer, create a clever one for a potential Smart-Ass Point. The winning team receives nerdy bragging rights—and a cash jackpot! This special flashback version features some of this year's best (and most difficult) questions.

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Q.E.D. , Astoria Tuesday March 1 2016

The Woodsman

Critics' pick

Even before writer, codirector, set- and puppet-designer star James Ortiz asks the audience to “imagine” in a brief prologue, we’ve already been thrust into a dark corner of Oz, where gnarled branches loom and unsettling noises signal danger. Strangemen & Co.’s immersive and practically wordless adaptation of the writings of L. Frank Baum uses low-tech stagecraft like evocative Bunraku puppets.

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New World Stages , Hell's Kitchen Until Saturday December 31 2016

Amy

Anyone with a beating heart will be forgiven for allowing it to break during this unflinching and thoughtful account of the life of soul singer Amy Winehouse. Moving from Winehouse’s first steps into the music business in 2001 to her death in 2011 at just 27, Amy gives equal weight to her talent and the tragedy of its loss. Smartly, the film refuses to offer easy answers to explain her demise.—Dave Calhoun 

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Ant-Man

Marvel’s smallest origin story begins with scientist Hank Pym (Douglas), the inventor of a top-secret particle capable of shrinking ordinary objects down to insect size. Ousted from his own tech company, Hank needs a skilled stooge to break into his old lab and steal some research, and sweet-natured thief Scott Lang (Rudd) is the only man for the job. Rudd is inhibited in the role, as if he felt there was too much at stake, and that impulse to play it safe typifies a film that shrinks in the face of a challenge.—David Ehrlich

 

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Black Mass

This is the entertaining, if limited, tale of how seriously nasty South Boston crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp, hiding behind terrible teeth and a bald patch) operated with near immunity from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Bulger cut a deal with an FBI agent, childhood pal John Connolly (Edgerton), who in turn was seduced by the rewards of the thug life he was meant to be eradicating. The key relationships in the film are fatally undercooked, but it’s hard to care about that whenever Depp is onscreen—the actor is more engaging than he’s been in years.—Dave Calhoun

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

“We had swag,” Black Panther Party member Ericka Huggins says with a small smile in this vital,
well-organized documentary. Loaded with the militant images that grabbed worldwide media attention in the late ’60s, director Nelson’s chronicle strikes an intelligent balance between funk-scored pride and a more universal story of activism threatened by infighting and accidental celebrity.—Joshua Rothkopf

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Yay for this indie drama, which breaks Hollywood rules about adolescent female sexuality with Lena Dunham levels of brutal honesty (and humor). It’s the story of precocious 15-year-old Minnie (British actor Powley, terrific), growing up in 1970s San Francisco. Dangerously curious, Minnie slips into a relationship
with her mother’s boyfriend, Monroe (Skarsgård). It’s a squirm-inducing idea to build a plot around, but to the movie’s credit, the sex is dealt with sensitively, always with a woman’s perspective in mind.—Cath Clarke

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Dope

Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy follows three high-school nerds who call Los Angeles’ frightening Inglewood home. It’s a euphorically funny indie that flips the script on Boyz n the Hood.

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The End of the Tour

Reporter David Lipsky (Eisenberg) spent five days in 1996 with novelist David Foster Wallace (Segel), recording their back-and-forth over car rides and late-night junk food. Both leads are thorny and excellent, but Segel turns the film into a feast of subtle fragility.—Joshua Rothkopf

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Everest

Critics' pick

An unrelenting real-life disaster movie that strands you near the top of the world’s tallest mountain and dares you to imagine what it must be like to be part of an expedition that goes horribly, horribly wrong, Everest is based on an actual 1996 summit attempt that ended in tragedy. The film crosses into soppy territory when it cuts to the climbers’ nervous wives, but director Baltasar Kormákur creates such a convincing world that you’re willing to forgive its less delicate touches.-—DC


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Fantastic Four

Reed Richards (Teller) and his bulky best-pal-cum-bodyguard Ben Grimm (Bell) are set to work on the world’s first inter-dimensional teleportation device. Soon, Reed and Ben trip
off to a parallel universe in the company of similarly nerdy youngsters Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and her adopted brother Johnny (Jordan). But after an encounter with an energy force, the quartet returns with superpowers and are immediately whisked off by shady government forces.The second half is nothing more than a roundelay of superhero tics: lame catchphrases, brain-grinding exposition and lifeless action scenes, the talented cast overwhelmed by iffy special effects.—Tom Huddleston

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The Gift

Edgerton slides effortlessly behind the camera with this satisfying, smart and darkly unnerving psychological thriller in which the perfect life of a seemingly perfect couple is smashed to smithereens when they move to a new suburb and bump into an oddball who begins to turn up with creepy presents.—Daisy Bowie-Sell

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Robert Smithson, “Pop”

Though Smithson is indelibly linked to the monumental Earthworks he created in the late-’60s and early-1970s (the most iconic of which is, of course, Spiral Jetty, constructed on the shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake in the Spring of 1970), he began the decade experimenting with all manner of styles current at the time—from Expressionistic drawings of totemic figures to Minimalist sculpture. The examples revisited in this exhibit fall somewhere in between, with works on paper featuring pop-cultural imagery (including soft-porn snippets, both homo- and heterosexual) and reliefs with a decidedly cybernetic flavor, incorporating photos, Plexiglas and metal. What unites them is an encyclopedic sensibility that would eventually distill into some of the most important artworks of the 20th century.

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Until Sun Jan 10

Pat O’Neill, “Let's Make a Sandwich”

This exhibition marks the New York debut of Pat O’Neill, a Los Angeles artist and filmmaker Little know on the East Coast, his work touches upon a number of strains of L.A. art, from the deconstructive film- and photo-collage aesthetics of Bruce Connor and Robert Heninecken (who was O’Neil’s teacher at UCLA during the early 1960s), to the “Finish Fetish” school of sculpture associated with John McCracken and Craig Kauffman and others. O’Neill’s surreal sculptural tableaux and his rapid-fire abstract films respectively reflect those influences on his efforts, surveyed here in this primer, covering his 50-year career.

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Sat Dec 12 - Sat Jan 23

Monika Baer, “On Hold”

A graduate of the famed Düsseldorf Art Academy, this German artist mixes and matches trompe l’oeil realism. Expressionism and gestural abstraction into atmospheric compositions that treat the canvas like a theatrical stage for enigmatic motifs to act out pictorial dramas.

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Until Sat Jan 16

Deborah Kass, “No Kidding”

A feminist artist who mines art history, pop culture and her own Jewish identity, Deborah Kass’s best-known works include parodies of Warhol’s “Elvis” paintings and portraits of Liz Taylor, which ironically led to a 2012 retrospective at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Fresh off the unveiling of her public sculpture, OY/YO, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, she offers a new series of sober black-and-blue paintings adorned with ironic puns rendered in neon lettering.

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Until Sat Jan 23

Morton Bartlett, “Family Planning: Early Photographs and Archival Material”

A Harvard dropout whose life remains something of a mystery, Barlett is best known for creating a fantasy family of lifelike dolls of children ages 6 to 16, which he dressed up and posed before the camera. But he also shot other photographic subjects, including conventional images of kids, which he hoped to market. Here his signature work is presented alongside archival material to chart his development from hobbyist to outsider artist.

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Until Wed Dec 23

Comments

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Olga L
Olga L

GUYS! I LOVE YOUR CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh S
Josh S

@Olga L Thanks! Get a profile on Iceberg (www.iceberg.travel/meet/new-york) to meet some locals and other travellers. We love NYC!!!!!

Chris O
Chris O

Is anyone going to any of these? Possibly in Brooklyn? 

Cecily O
Cecily O

"Drinking with Dorothy" is at the Player's Theatre, Macdougal St. on June 5 & 6 at 10pm. Tickets : $12. 

Based on Dorothy Parker's stories, this in an evening of alcohol-fuelled romance and music, presented by 2Time Theatre.

Claire B
Claire B

Basque Cider House is this Sunday at Txikito! Michelin rated James Beard nominated Chefs prepare a Curated dinner highlighting Basque cultural appreciation through specially crafted Ciders and Art including projections and documentary film. Eder Montero, Alex Raij, Emily Lobsenz and Leah Rinaldi invited me to unique experience of a tradition. This Sunday, March 29th at 6, Totally worth sharing!

Mark W
Mark W

The BEST, and longest-running, Dueling Pianos show in NYC - SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL DUELING PIANOS - 10pm every Saturday night.  All request rock n roll party.  Part concert, part cabaret, part comedy - all fun!


The Cellar @ 22 Warren St. NYC 10007

www.ShakeRattleRollPianos.com for tix and info!

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 !

Blair Y
Blair Y

how about the Spike Lee block party in Brooklyn...