Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress introduces fellow stand-ups.  

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 28
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Scissor Sundays

  • Critics choice
  • Free

JD Samson's beloved weekly tea dance features a friendly, mixed crowd grooving to tunes by a rotating cast of local and visiting DJs, plus deliciously strong drinks and gorgeous sunsets over the Hudson.

  1. Rusty Knot 425 West St, at 11th St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 28
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Turntables on the Hudson

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Turntables on the Hudson's Nickodemus, Nappy G and Sid Vaga bring their driving global-dance rhythms to the Standard Hotel's penthouse boîte for a Sunday-night soiree.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Hessismore + Lorna Dune

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Hessismore, the brainy pop vehicle of Danish oddball Mikkel Hess, returns to Nublu in support of Myheadisaballroom/Whoneedsapalaceanyway, a recent LP featuring weaving guitar lines, dubstep-like synth bass, strange but touching lyrics (“I love to sleep with you/But what I love even more is to be awake with you”) and punchy saxophone.

  1. Nublu 62 Ave C, between 4th and 5th Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Box of Rain: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

  • Price band: 1/4

Six-piece tribute band Box of Rain plays seminal Grateful Dead songs recorded between 1968 and 1974. Not quite Woodstock, but who wants to be covered in mud anyway? Enjoy the hits with a drink in hand and perhaps get in on a bowling match beforehand.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Today's best arts and culture

Holiday Under the Stars

  • Critics choice
  • 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. Sun Nov 23 - 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. Sun Nov 23 - Wed Dec 31
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Straight White Men

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Straight White Men. Public Theater (see Off Broadway). Written and directed by Young Jean Lee. With Austin Pendleton, Pete Simpson, James Stanley, Gary Wilmes. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Straight White Men: In brief Young Jean Lee, whose experimental work has delighted in metatheatrical mind games, offers what she says is a relatively straightforward American father-sons drama on themes of identity and privilege. Is tradition the new subversion? Her cast comprises Austin Pendleton, Pete Simpson, James Stanley and Gary Wilmes. Straight White Men: Theater review by David Cote After years of dabbling in identity-politics plays about Asian-Americans (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven), African-Americans (The Shipment), Elizabethan-Americans (Lear) and

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $35–$45
  3. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 14
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Tonight's best comedy show

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress introduces fellow stand-ups.  

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 28
More info
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Tonight's best nightlife

Scissor Sundays

  • Critics choice
  • Free

JD Samson's beloved weekly tea dance features a friendly, mixed crowd grooving to tunes by a rotating cast of local and visiting DJs, plus deliciously strong drinks and gorgeous sunsets over the Hudson.

  1. Rusty Knot 425 West St, at 11th St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 28
More info

Church of Titillation

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Follow Pastor Jonny Porkpie and his flock of the faithful, including Bombazeen Bean, Melody Jane and Bunny Buxom, down a path of divine delights.

  1. Times Scare 669 Eighth Ave, between 42nd and 43rd Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23
More info

Turntables on the Hudson

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Turntables on the Hudson's Nickodemus, Nappy G and Sid Vaga bring their driving global-dance rhythms to the Standard Hotel's penthouse boîte for a Sunday-night soiree.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Sun Nov 23
More info
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Users say

3 comments
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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Café Boulud

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 20 E 76th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10021
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Telepan

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 72 W 69th St, at Columbus Ave
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Per Se

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, fourth floor, 10019-11
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wd~50

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 50 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002-24
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