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

Live from Outer Space

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

  1. The Cobra Club 6 Wyckoff Ave, between Jefferson and Troutman Sts, 11237
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Fri Dec 26
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Akim Funk Buddha's Hip-Hop Holiday

  • Free

Sound takes a backseat to dancing on Nov 28 and 29, as Zimbabwean cross-cultural B-boy Akim Funk Buddha and his crew show us what hip-hop inspired by Eastern philosophies looks like.

  1. BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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Hot Rabbit

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  • Free

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Akim Funk Buddha's Hip-Hop Holiday

  • Free

Sound takes a backseat to dancing on Nov 28 and 29, as Zimbabwean cross-cultural B-boy Akim Funk Buddha and his crew show us what hip-hop inspired by Eastern philosophies looks like.

  1. BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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Today's best arts and culture

Holiday Under the Stars

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  • Free

Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you won’t even care that you maxed out your MasterCard getting Aunt Judy that back massager she’s been wanting.

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 4
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after more than eight decades—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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  • Free

Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains, cobblestones, scattered camellias and all-around holiday whimsy.

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Thu Jan 1
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Tonight's best comedy show

Live from Outer Space

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

  1. The Cobra Club 6 Wyckoff Ave, between Jefferson and Troutman Sts, 11237
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Fri Dec 26
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Tonight's best nightlife

Nutcracker Rouge

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

[Note: The review below is from a previous run of Nutcracker Rouge. The revived production is at XIV, Company XIV's new home in the East Village, and the current cast does not include Marisol Cabrera and Jeff Takacs.) Nutcracker Rouge. Minetta Lane Theatre (see Off Broadway). Directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 50mins. One intermission. Nutcracker Rouge: In brief Austin McCormick and his risqué neobaroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of a classic holiday tale (adapted by Jeff Takacs), complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Nutcracker Rouge: Theater review by David Cote Around this time of year, the word nutcracker conjures so much innocent wonder: Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the dance of the sugarplum fairy, glitter pasties, stripper poles, comically large stuffed penises.… Oh, did I lose you there? Director-choreographer Austin McCormick has taken the Christmas staple and given it a NSFW spin. Nutcracker Rouge is the perfect hot date: a rated-R riff on the tale of Clara and an enchanted appliance—which may require batteries. Our wide-eyed heroine is now an adult named Marie Claire (Laura Careless, agog and breathing heavily), and the world she discovers is a wintry realm of half-naked dancers and acrobats, gyrating and performing physical stunts that send her into ecstasies of arousal. They get the audience riled up, too. Decked out in Zane Pihlstrom’s eye-po

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $65–$175
  3. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Jan 31
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The Slipper Room Show

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Burlesque and variety headquarters the Slipper Room provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends, attracting the cream of the city's scene for plenty of bump-and-grind fun. Shows are at 10pm and midnight; check the club's website for the (generally awesome) lineup.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Dec 27
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Let's Play House: Jacques Renault + Tom Noble + Luke Jenner

  • Price band: 1/4
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Beloved party series and label Let's Play House heads over to Bossa Nova Civic Club for a night of dancey revelry featuring LPH's own Jacques Renault, disco maestro Tom Noble and Rapture frontman Luke Jenner.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Fri Nov 28
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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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Hecho en Dumbo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 354 Bowery, between Great Jones and E 4th Sts
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Torrisi Italian Specialties

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 250 Mulberry St, between Prince and Spring Sts
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Ardesia

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 510 W 52nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
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Per Se

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, fourth floor, 10019-11
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