Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Natalie Eilbert: Conversation with the Stone Wife

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  • Free

Trust us on this one: You want to remember Natalie Eilbert's name. Tonight, the talented young poet celebrates the release of her chapbook with readings by herself, Morgan Parker, Monica McClure and May-Lan Tan.

  1. Mellow Pages Library & Reading Room 56 Bogart St, at Seigel St, 11206
  2. Fri Aug 1
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8th Annual Welcome to Boog City Festival

  • Free

David Kirschenbaum and the rest of the team behind small poetry press Boog City began this festival to celebrate underground authors and new talents who have been published by indie houses. This year's festival features 66 poets, 16 musical acts, 9 plays and so much more.

  1. Unnameable Books 600 Vanderbilt Ave, at St. Marks Ave, 11238
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Tue Aug 5
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Queer Book Diorama Show

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  • Free

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and Lambda Literary Foundation bring you this unique exhibition in which artists created dioramas inspired by notable LGBT books, including Chelsea Girls, by Eileen Myles; Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel; and Dancer from the Dance, by Andrew Holleran.

  1. New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Library 425 Sixth Ave, between Christopher and W 10th Sts
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Wed Sep 24
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Today's best food and drink events

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

  • Price band: 2/4

It's your chance to dine for a steal at more than 300 Gotham eateries during this three-week food blowout. High-profile spots like Seamus Mullen's Tertulia, Michael White's Costata and Julian Medina's Yerba Buena will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Fri Aug 15
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Mary Halvorson Fest

  • Price band: 1/4
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Edgy, prolific avant-jazz guitar standout Mary Halvorson presents a trio of projects over three nights. On Aug 1, she leads a new trio featuring bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Jim Black; on Aug 2, she gigs as part of saxist Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House quintet; and on Aug 3, she turns up with saxist Jon Irabagon for an evening of solos and duets.

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sun Aug 3
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Jeffery Self and Cole Escola: Postcards from the Edge 2

  • Price band: 1/4
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Internet-comedy darlings Jeffrey Self and Cole Escola are back with a new collection of sketches inspired by Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and the ghost of Edith Head.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Fri Aug 8
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Today's best arts and culture

"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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  • Free

Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have shifted over time, as well as how nightgowns and other silhouette-framing pieces (like the Juel Park couture favored by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor) have inspired formal wear and everyday clothes alike.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Nov 15
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"Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism"

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Despite its name, Capitalist Realism wasn’t a movement so much as it was a collaborative art project, encompassing several exhibition-slash-performances in West Germany during the early- to mid-1960s. Of its principals—Manfred Kuttner, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter—two became hugely famous, which is why this art-historical epiphenomenon has garnered so much interest. Artists Space recalls this chapter in postmodernism through an unconventional format that presents re-creations of paintings and other artifacts instead of the originals (in the spirit of Capitalist Realism’s critical examination of mass-media reproductions, though the cost of loans undoubtedly played a part). The result, which includes films selected by artist Christopher Williams, is more of a

  1. Artists Space 38 Greene St, between Broome and Grand Sts, 10013
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sun Aug 17
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Nancy Rubins, "Our Friend Fluid Metal"

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From more than 30 years, Rubins has been using mass quantities of mobile homes, aircraft fuselages and engines, canoes, water heaters and other detritus to create sculptural assemblages whose ambitions of scale never cease to astound. The results sublimate recognizable parts into an abstract whole that can evoke at times a tornado or giant blossom. Her latest works are created out of old playground rides mounted on steel springs that take such kid-friendly forms as carousel horses, cars and planes.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 522 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Sep 13
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Tonight's best comedy show

Jeffery Self and Cole Escola: Postcards from the Edge 2

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Internet-comedy darlings Jeffrey Self and Cole Escola are back with a new collection of sketches inspired by Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and the ghost of Edith Head.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Fri Aug 8
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Tonight's best nightlife

Girls & Boys: DJ Mustard + Shift K3Y

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Alex English and GBH are back with their weekly electronic-dance-music bash, the Girls & Boys affair, held in Webster Hall’s massive Grand Ballroom. Stepping up to the decks is hip-hop's producer du jour, the relentless DJ Mustard, who in the past year has worked with Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Kid Ink and Rihanna, to name a few. Just try not to lose your shit when he drops "Paranoid"—we dare you.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Neon Indian (DJ set) + The Great Void +Ta$$y

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Young Texan songsmith Alan "Neon Indian" Palomo, a guy who knows his way around a groovy electropop tune, turns up at Cameo to spin a few songs that will make you both happy and sad (sad in a good way, of course—wistful might be more like it).

  1. Cameo 93 North 6th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11211
  2. Fri Aug 1
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The Plume Revue

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Duane Park presents this weekly, feather-heavy salute to hot jazz and steamy burlesque. Cunio is among the night's rotating roster of hosts, the Duane Park house band plays the tunes, and stars of the NYC burly-Q scene (Gal Friday, Tansy Tandora, Essence Revealed and Peekaboo Pointe among them) work their onstage magic. Dinner is available for $80.

  1. Duane Park 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and E Houston Sts, 10012
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Kerry A
Kerry A

I have a complaint: I'm an avid reader of the "Undateable" section in Time Out, where Time Out sets up two strangers on a date. Well, last week's article featured a boy who wrote extremely cruel things about his date. I understand you want people to be honest, but I can hardly support someone ripping their date to shreds publicly.

Melodie D
Melodie D

Calle 13 is doing a signing today at 6pm at El Barrio Music Center in Harlem!

Arlene
Arlene

So many different kinds of events. Not your usual touristy stuff , and free. Love this site.

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