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

Keith and the Girl Week

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Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili, a.k.a. Keith and the Girl, found podcasting before almost everyone else in the comedy world. They inspired Marc Maron, have a rabid fan base and get their guests talking about some fairly personal stuff with ease. During this annual fest, they host loads of different shows; all are taped for broadcast later.

  1. The Creek and the Cave 10-93 Jackson Ave, at 11th St, 11101
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sat Apr 19
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Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure

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Though his father once warned him not to write "like a self-hating Jew," satiric novelist Shteyngart's new memoir can't help but dig into a childhood marked by illness, an awkward adolescence and a lonely adulthood with relish—or, say, a dish of Russian gherkins.

  1. New York University, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 W 10th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Pat

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JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns with Christy Love, Amber Valentine and Lauren Flax joining JD on the decks. Leo Peo and Merkin Muffley warm you up in the front room. Two-for-$5 Budweisers will maximize your partying, while delicious tacos will help offset your hangover.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Today's best food and drink events

NoMad Upstairs

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Two weeks ago, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm—the young guns behind Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad—launched this classy jazz series evoking old-school New York. Sink into leather couches and listen to live bands, such as Grammy nominee Stacie Orrico, through Feb13. Butter-dipped radishes and chicken-liver mousse, along with other fine-dining snacks, are available on the bar menu, along with serious cocktails and wine.

  1. The NoMad Hotel 1170 Broadway, at 28th St, 10001
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Fri Apr 18
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Today's free and cheap concerts

"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

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Last spring, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine teamed up with local store the City Quilter to host a national contest for blankets inspired by the 100-year-old terminal. The grand prize, first- and second- place winners, and 27 finalists in this display draw from the building’s design elements—clocks, chandeliers and the iconic celestial ceiling—as well as each artist's connection to the historic New York landmark.

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Jul 6
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Elliott Sharp's Terraplane + Aram Bajakian

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Multifarious electric-guitar maestro Elliott Sharp is one of New York's most unfettered creative forces; in Terraplane, he serves up gritty urban blues in the company of vocalist Tracie Morris, bassist Dave Hofstra and drummer Don McKenzie, as heard on the new 4AM Always. Sharing the bill tonight is fellow eclectic shredder Aram Bajakian, whose recent release, There Were Flowers Also in Hell, encompasses rough-edged fusion, twangy roots rock and ethereal vintage pop.

  1. The Grand Victory 245 Grand St, between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, 11211
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Banning Eyre

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Author Banning Eyre is probably best known for his encyclopedic knowledge of African music, but he’s actually a fine guitarist who’s more than held his own in the presence of folks like Bonnie Raitt and Malian ax hero Djelimady Tounkara. He plays solo here.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Today's best arts and culture

Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe

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The newest addition to AMNH's Hayden Planetarium launches you on an astronomical adventure—from Jupiter's atmosphere to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, where Edwin Hubble first discovered other galaxies. Learn how dark matter (a.k.a. invisible matter) and dark energy (the force that accelerates the universe's expansion) shape outer space, and follow scientists on their journey to unearth cosmological mysteries. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Jun 1
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"Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!"

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  • Free

On the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four arriving stateside, the Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Grammy Museum showcase memorabilia, recordings, videos and photos of the mop-topped musicians—and the Beatlemania that followed them.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sat May 10
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"The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary"

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Treat your eyes to some much-needed color therapy at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual orchid explosion. This year’s Floridian theme combines thousands of tropical blooms with modernist architecture; the display was inspired by an award-winning garden that landscape architect Raymond Jungles designed in 2005 for Judge Richard K. Eaton and MCNY president Susan Henshaw Jones. There’s even a re-creation of the couple’s backyard oasis for us humble apartment dwellers to envy—and admire.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Mon Apr 21
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Tonight's best comedy show

The Stand

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Sons of Essex’s Seth Levine turns out comfort-food spins—like cheeseburger pot stickers and duck-topped pizzas—at this comedy club–restaurant hybrid. After dinner, head downstairs to the club, where you can sip cocktails designed by Minetta Tavern vets, while acts like Judah Friedlander and Artie Lange supply the belly laughs. Test your stand-up knowledge and try to name all the comedians on the wallpaper in the bathrooms.

  1. 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Average main course: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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Tonight's best nightlife

Mr. Nude York

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Daniel Nardicio (of course) brings you this pageant in which contestants showcase what they've got—all of what they've got. Dare to bare and you could win $100, plus a $50 bar tab and a two-night getaway to the Belvedere on Fire Island. DJ Scott Ewalt and a gaggle of naked dancers provide diversions on the sidelines. The contest starts at the stroke (!!!) of 1am.

  1. The Cock 29 Second Ave, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Pat

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  • Free

JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns with Christy Love, Amber Valentine and Lauren Flax joining JD on the decks. Leo Peo and Merkin Muffley warm you up in the front room. Two-for-$5 Budweisers will maximize your partying, while delicious tacos will help offset your hangover.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Spanking the Lower East Side

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The ’50s-pinup–inspired venue Nurse Bettie (named for Bettie Page, one of the 20th century's premier hotsy-totsies) is a natural setting for burlesque performers. This weekly get-together is produced by "Asian sexsation" Calamity Chang, and usually includes six or seven acts, as well as preshow go-go dancers. Prepare to get up close and personal in the small, intimate bar space.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Arlene
Arlene

So many different kinds of events. Not your usual touristy stuff , and free. Love this site.

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Jewel Bako

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  1. 239 E 5th St, between Second and Third Aves
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Le Bernardin

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  1. 155 W 51st St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10019
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Union Square Cafe

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  1. 21 E 16th St, between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West, 10003
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Café Boulud

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  1. 20 E 76th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10021
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