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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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Brasil Summerfest

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Get ready to get sweaty. Béco Dranoff, curator of this ambitious series, calls Brazilian music “the perfect soundtrack for summertime.” Checking out the schedule for the fifth annual installment of Summerfest, whose locations range from Central Park and Lincoln Center to Bushwick and several downtown locales, we’re inclined to agree. You’re going to want to make room in your warm-weather gig schedule for magpie fusionists Nação Zumbi, who appear at SummerStage on Aug 2 (the 20th anniversary of their U.S. debut), a samba showcase at South Street Seaport on Aug 1 and the lively, percussive beats of Bahian DJ Patricktor4 at the Wick on Aug 8. For the full schedule, visit brasilsummerfest.com.

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Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Until Saturday August 8 2015
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Kayak on the Hudson

Nothing strengthens a friendship like wading into water and having to count on your bud to keep a skinny boat afloat, so bring your comrade along to kayak on the Hudson. You'll get to go out on the water for 20-minute sessions, after a brief lesson, of course—just enough time to bond before your arms get tired.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 26 Until Monday October 12 2015 Free
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Lincoln Center Out of Doors

One of the great good things that New York does in the summer, this festival includes free offerings by major talents like Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, performing with Dorrance Dance (July 24), Randy Newman and Lil Buck (July 25) and Garth Fagan Dance (Aug 1).

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Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Until Sunday August 9 2015 Free
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Alaska: The Gayest Show You've Ever Seen

Critics' pick

Much-adored RuPaul's Drag Race alum Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 makes her returns to NYC with a night of musical comedy, raunch and blasphemy. Expect to hear songs from her surprise hit, the new album, Anus.

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Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe Until Friday July 31 2015
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Primus + Dinosaur Jr + The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Critics' pick

Back in the late ’80s, it was easy to write off Primus as just another self-indulgent thrash-funk novelty act, but no one could deny the band’s sheer musicianship. We'd like to tell you what to expect at this upcoming Hudson River show, but after the band released Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble last year (which, yes, is an album-length cover of the Willy Wonka soundtrack), it's become nigh-impossible to predict what the weirdo-crew will do next. Indie-rock stalwarts Dinosaur Jr. and Sean Lennon–fronted the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger open.

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Hudson River Park, JBL Live at Pier 97 Thursday July 30 2015
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9 comments
WE F
WE F

Is there a Takashi Murakami exhibit going on or something? Why is it the feature image?

Briana P
Briana P

Do TimeOut's 'undateables' include any senior citizens?   I haven't seen any, but maybe I missed something.    If you haven't featured any yet, it would be great to see some soon.   There are plenty of us around, and many of us are single.  And please - by senior citizens, I mean those of us who have actually passed our 65th birthdays.  Far too often, those in their 20's think of anyone over 40 as a senior.

As someone who is the same age as your guest editor, Susan Sarandon, I see a distinct lack of attention paid to the social needs of those in my decade of life who are not celebrities.   It would be great to see that change. Thanks!

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.