Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

NYC Unicycle Festival

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  • Free

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents three days of one-wheeled races, games and exhibitions. Demonstrate your cycling prowess on a 13-mile ride from City Hall to Coney Island in honor of Brooklyn Unicycle Day (Aug 31 at 3pm; unibridgetour.info). On September 1 and 2 join New York’s legendary King Charles Troupe for team activities—all on a cycle—including hockey, basketball and even sumo wrestling. Expect attempts to break Guinness World Records, DJ Sky King spinning and plenty of beginner lessons for newbies.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Sweet Spot Festival

  • Free

Harlem’s roving monthly dance party and artisan market is back. If you’re a DIY maker, apply online to be a vendor at one of the upcoming jamborees.

  1. Pier I, Riverside Park South W 66th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sat Aug 30
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El Ring

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Scenester and shutterbug Marco Ovando presides over this wrestling-themed party soundtracked by local and visiting DJs.

  1. Atlas Social Club 753 Ninth Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts, 10019
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Today's best food and drink events

Smorgasburg

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The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the walled-in, open-air Tobacco Warehouse through the summer. The 2013 iteration features returning vendors such as comfort-food maestro Buttermilk Channel, offering its beloved fried chicken and cheddar waffles. Welcome newbies like Vermont’s Rockville Market Farm, peddling breakfast gorditas ($5) with farm-made sausage, eggs, butternut-squash hot sauce and Shelburne Farms cheddar wrapped in a double tortilla; they’ll also be hawking farm-fresh eggs by the carton ($5 for a dozen). Last year saw the debut of Smorgasbar, an all-weather outdoor bar within the market, and though the beercentric watering hole won’t open until May or June, expect an expansion of offerings from breweries beyond Kings County. Visit smorgasburg.com for more information.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Nov 23
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Staten Island Philharmonic Concert

  • Free

Celebrate Labor Day with a free concert from Staten Island Philharmonic featuring the wind ensemble and chorus at Alice Austen Park.

  1. Alice Austen House 2 Hylan Blvd, at Edgewater St
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Irabagon Festival

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A saxophonist who quietly refuses to conform to jazz orthodoxy, of either the mainstream or avant-garde variety, Jon Irabagon presents the latest in a series of multinight fests at the Café. He's booked three killer lineups: a new quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Rudy Royston (Aug 28); his powerhouse working trio with bassist Mark Helias and drummer Barry Altschul (Aug 29); and a mix-and-match group with bassist Michael Formanek, drummer Tom Rainey and special guests TBA (Aug 30).

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Today's best arts and culture

Donkey Punch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Donkey Punch. SoHo Playhouse (see Off Broadway). By Micheline Auger. Directed by Audrey Alford. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Donkey Punch: In brief A woman tries monogamy while her best friend dates a pornographer in Micheline Auger's look at sex and love in the modern age. Audrey Alford directs. Donkey Punch: Theater review by Raven Snook Named for a raunchy (and supposedly fictitious) anal-sex maneuver, Micheline Auger's dramedy lands a few solid blows on relationships in the postfeminist era, both romantic and platonic. Two twentyish BFFs, promiscuous Kareena (Cleo Gray, achingly raw) and prudish Sam (Lauren Dortch-Crozier), think they're looking for that special someone, when really they're just trying to find themselves. Going outside her comfort

  1. 15 Vandam St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St
  2. $45
  3. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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"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. Sat Aug 30 - Sat Nov 15
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Bargemusic Labor Day Festival

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A welcome tradition of relatively recent vintage, the Bargemusic Labor Day Festival is a multinight celebration of new and recent music, played by outstanding performers and accentuating American music, largely if not exclusively. Composers represented during this year's series include David Del Tredici, Elizabeth Adams, Michael Brown, David Shoal, Hsueh-Yung Shen, David Taylor and Randal Woolf.

  1. Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing, at Furman and Old Fulton Sts
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Tonight's best comedy show

Death by Roo Roo: Your F'ed Up Family

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The improvisers in this late-night-friendly team play it fast and loose, exploring a different family dysfunction—garnered from audience interviews—each week.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Tonight's best nightlife

Le Scandal Cabaret

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Bonnie Dunn, the MC-chanteuse behind this burlesque-circuit stalwart, presides over a lively mix of stand-up, magic, acrobatics and high-concept strip. The city’s longest-running girlie revue, Le Scandal is still looking young, hot and ready to party.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sat Dec 27
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The Slipper Room Show

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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 Aug 29 - Sat Dec 27
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Back to the '80s Show with Jessie's Girl

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Leg warmers live on with Reagan-era fixated combo Jessie’s Girl playing vintage hits like “We Built This City” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” bookended by period-apropos DJ sets. Kelly Ripa apparently endorses this party—and since she’s a graduate of the seminal ’80s teen dance show Dance Party USA, it’s safe to consider her something of an expert.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Aug 30
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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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