Things to do in New York today

The day's best things to do in New York—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

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Free things to do today

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JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns, this time with DJs Sparber, Mike Simonetti and Amber Valentine joining Samson on the decks, while Robi D Light and Briii Belukha work the front room. Cheap drink specials and tasty tacos enhance the scene.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Sep 18
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The Best American Poetry Reading 2014

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The Best American anthologies are truly that, collecting the year's highlights of a given genre in one neat package. The 27th edition, featuring 2014's most mesmerizing poems, launches tonight with first-class readers like Lucie Brock-Broido, Cornelius Eady, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds and many more.

  1. The New School, J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 W 12th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Code

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Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes leather, rubber and uniforms. Check the website for more extensive info. And don't fuck it up—the doorman's decision is final.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Today's best food and drink events

Feast of San Gennaro

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Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

  1. Little Italy Mulberry St, between Broome and Canal Sts
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sun Sep 21
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Harvest in the Square

  • Price band: 3/4
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The 19th annual tasting brings together 40 Union Square restaurants (The Gander, Botequim) and upstate wineries (Ravine Wine Cellars, Wölffer Estate Vineyards) for nibbles like Blue Smoke’s sweet-and-sticky spare ribs and sips such as merlot from Long Island’s Bedell Cellars—all under one tent in Union Square.

  1. Union Square 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Thu Sep 18
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The Joy of Sake

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Choose from more than 300 sakes to pair with contemporary Asian plates from restaurants like 15 East (slow-poached octopus), EN Japanese Brasserie (black-truffle chawanmushi) and wd~50 (sunflower-miso shiitake, daikon and tonburi).

  1. Altman Building 135 W 18th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Today's best arts and culture

"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

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Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons and set designers to instrument makers and media-art collectives. The exhibit dedicated reveals how connected these seemingly very different art forms are. And maybe after this, you’ll spot how all of these creative styles exist in our everyday New York City lives.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Oct 12
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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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. Thu Sep 18 - Sat Nov 15
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Smoke

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Smoke. Flea Theater (see Off-Off Broadway). By Kim Davies. Directed by Tom Costello. With Madeleine Bundy and Stephen Stout. Running time: 1hr 15mins. No intermission. Smoke: In brief A privileged college student and a cynical artist push the boundaries of BDSM in a new play by Kim Davies, directed by Tom Costello with a cast drawn from the Flea's resident young company, the Bats. Smoke: Theater review by Helen Shaw Outlines of other plays flicker in Smoke, Kim Davies’s erotic one-act: obviously Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Davies uses it as armature) but also Venus in Fur and even Fool for Love. As in those pieces, a couple maneuvers through a fog of flirtation and power, an atmosphere so sexually frank some watchers will be embarrassed or even repelled. As others before her, Davies

  1. 41 White St, between Broadway and Church St
  2. $15–$35, after Oct 9 $35
  3. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Nov 9
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Tonight's best comedy show

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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This annual Kings County event, conceptualized by the titular Brooklyn comic, continues to be a fall highlight of the local comedy scene. This year's happenings include a recording of StarTalk Live with Neil deGrasse Tyson and showcases with titles such as "Five Comics to Watch Get on Variety's Ten Comics to Watch List" and the already-sold-out "You Never Know Who Will Stop By."

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Tonight's best nightlife

Pat

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JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns, this time with DJs Sparber, Mike Simonetti and Amber Valentine joining Samson on the decks, while Robi D Light and Briii Belukha work the front room. Cheap drink specials and tasty tacos enhance the scene.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Be Your Own Superhero Burlesque

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Whatever it is, it’s naked! Join Velvet Kensington and her fellow crusaders as they show off their powers at a benefit for the Center for Anti-Violence Education.

  1. Galapagos Art Space 16 Main St, at Water St
  2. Thu Sep 18
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A Night of Burlesque Benefiting Planned Parenthood

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A star-studded lineup—including Foxy Vermouth, Francine “The Lucid Dream” and Legs Malone—bands together to support the tireless sexual-health org.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Thu Sep 18
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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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Marea

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  1. 240 Central Park South, between Seventh Ave and Broadway
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wd~50

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  1. 50 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002-24
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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

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  1. 409 Greenwich St, between Beach and Hubert Sts
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Gotham Bar and Grill

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  1. 12 E 12th St, between Fifth Ave and University Pl, 10003
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