Things to do in New York today

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Art and Monsters

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We could not possibly love Eimear McBride and Jenny Offill's recent books more. Here's your chance to see both brilliant authors in one room! Join Baileys prize winner McBride (A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing) and Offill (Dept. of Speculation) for an assuredly entrancing conversation about writing, publishing and art haunted by monsters. Editor Isaac Fitzgerald moderates.

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Sat Nov 1
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The So So Glos + Slothrust + Dinowalrus + Weird Womb

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Anthemic local fuzz-punks the So So Glos headline this Halloween gig, also including noise-rock group Slothrust and hypnotic art-punks Dinowalrus.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Nov 1
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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 Nov 1
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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 through November. The 2014 lineup features beloved vendors such as seafood-shack maestro Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut, offering fried-to-order whiting fillets smothered in coleslaw and tartar sauce between two slices of Texas toast ($8). Stake out a spot in front of Milk Truck Grilled Cheese for the three-cheese sandwich—a gooey blend of gruyere, New York cheddar and Wisconsin blue oozing over sweet-and-tart caramelized Granny Smith apple slices ($7.25). Head out to the open-air fair before it gets too cold: The season's final iterations will be November 22 at the Williamsburg waterfront and November 23 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Visit smorgasburg.com for more information.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 23
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Cider Week NYC

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To celebrate the season of spiked apple spirits, 50 restaurants and retailers around the city will host cider-pairing classes and tap takeovers spotlighting upstate cideries including Bellweather, Bad Seed and Harvest Moon. Be among the first to sample New York’s first urban cidery, Descendant Cider, during a free party at Queens Kickshaw on Oct 24. Throughout the week, stop into shops like PJ Wine and Astor Wine & Spirits for free tastings, Murray’s Cheese Bar for $25 three-course lunches (cheese-and-cider flights, pear-cider sorbet), and pick from prix-fixe menus matched with local and international hard ciders at Marlow & Sons, Gramercy Tavern and the NoMad.

  1. Various locations
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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NYC Craft Beer Festival

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This suds shindig offers unlimited two-ounce pours of more than 150 brews from 75 breweries across the country, such as Harpoon, Kona and Rogue. Booze-sopping snacks include Tater-Tot nachos from the Stand and Gouda-bacon sandwiches from Morris Grilled Cheese. Hops-heads can attend expert-led seminars that highlight home-brewing techniques and introduce up-and-coming microbrewers from New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

  1. 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th Sts, 10010
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Kris Davis and Tim Berne

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Kris Davis just doesn't stop. The local avant-jazz pianist released a pair of discs in 2013—the brain-scrambling solo effort Massive Threads and the all-star quintet date Capricorn Climber—and earlier this year returned with more: the bracingly unconventional Waiting for You to Grow, which she wrote and recorded while pregnant with her first child. Here, Davis duets with alto-sax visionary Tim Berne.

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Sat Nov 1
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The So So Glos + Slothrust + Dinowalrus + Weird Womb

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Anthemic local fuzz-punks the So So Glos headline this Halloween gig, also including noise-rock group Slothrust and hypnotic art-punks Dinowalrus.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Today's best arts and culture

"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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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 Nov 1 - Sat Nov 15
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Jacuzzi

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Jacuzzi. Ars Nova (Off Broadway). By Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed by Oliver Butler. With Bos, Thureen, Chris Lowell, Peter Friedman. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Jacuzzi: In brief Family tensions rise to the surface when a pair of slackers crash the hot tub at a Colorado chalet in a new play by Ars Nova company-in-residence the Debate Society (Buddy Cop 2), one of New York's smartest and funniest troupes. Oliver Butler directs; playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen costar with Peter Friedman and Chris Lowell. Jacuzzi: Theater review by Adam Feldman They say that a frog will jump out of hot water, but that if you put it in cool water and turn the heat up slowly, the frog will stay and get boiled. That’s the basic strategy of the Debate Society’s exquisitely

  1. 511 W 54th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. $35
  3. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 15
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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

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The explanatory text on the wall at the beginning of MoMA’s blockbuster of around one hundred of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs notes that these well-known works attempted to resolve the “eternal conflict of drawing and color.” Epic though that reconciliation may have been, it feels faraway and quaint these days. Despite his immense popularity, Matisse’s emphasis on formal innovation and aesthetic pleasure may make him the modern master most alien to the dry, over-intellectualized “conceptual” maneuvers that fill so many New York galleries. Thus, this rather glorious exhibition feels tonic. Matisse first took scissors to paper in the 1930s to work out figural compositions for murals and theater curtains, representing dancers with schematic forms alternately sinuous and angular,

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Feb 8
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Tonight's best comedy show

Never Sleep Alone

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Talented character actor and cabaret comic Roslyn Hart plays "sexual psychologist" Dr. Alex Schiller in this interactive bash. The doctor’s goal: getting the audience in the mood with a few choice tunes and making sure all the single people in the audience hook up. For more information, go to neversleepalone.com.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Tonight's best nightlife

Company XIV: Rococo Rouge

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Austin McCormick and his Company XIV move into their new digs on Lafayette Street with a new nightlife-performance spectacle, featuring the company's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $55–$125
  3. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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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 Nov 1 - 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. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Dec 27
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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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Ardesia

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  1. 510 W 52nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
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Torrisi Italian Specialties

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  1. 250 Mulberry St, between Prince and Spring Sts
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Freemans

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  1. Freeman Alley off Rivington St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
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Marea

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  1. 240 Central Park South, between Seventh Ave and Broadway
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