Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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Tropical Goth: Raving George + Stijn + Kiddo + Chris Video + Ded

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  • Free

Get tropical with pineapple juice, watermelon juice and some dark, melancholic techno. Belgium's 22-year-old Raving George pays Bossa Nova Civic Club a visit, joined by fellow Belgian beat (and waffle) maker Stijn and Bossa bad boys Kiddo and Chris Video.

  1. Bossa Nova Civic Club 1271 Myrtle Ave, at Hart St, 11221
  2. Wed Nov 26
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The Sherry Vine Show

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  • Free

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

  1. Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Jun 24
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Today's free and cheap concerts

AVAN LAVA + Clementine & the Galaxy + The Adversary

  • Price band: 2/4

Brooklyn indie-pop outfit AVAN LAVA's high-energy gigs include choreographed dance routines and trippy light shows. Plan to work up a sweat.

  1. Glasslands 289 Kent Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11249
  2. Wed Nov 26
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The Kin + Sophie and the Bom Boms

  • Price band: 2/4

Folksy alt-rocking trio the Kin—made up of Aussie brothers Thorald and Isaac Koren, and drummer Shakerleg (real name: Mark Nicosia)—hits MHOW after last year's solid EP, Get on It. If we're lucky the band will play tracks from their full-length debut, currently in the works.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26
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Today's best arts and culture

Holiday Under the Stars

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  • 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. Wed Nov 26 - 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. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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  • Free

Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains, cobblestones, scattered camellias and all-around holiday whimsy.

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Thu Jan 1
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Tonight's best comedy show

The Sherry Vine Show

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  • Free

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

  1. Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Jun 24
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Tonight's best nightlife

Nutcracker Rouge

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

[Note: The review below is from a previous run of Nutcracker Rouge. The revived production is at XIV, Company XIV's new home in the East Village, and the current cast does not include Marisol Cabrera and Jeff Takacs.) Nutcracker Rouge. Minetta Lane Theatre (see Off Broadway). Directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 50mins. One intermission. Nutcracker Rouge: In brief Austin McCormick and his risqué neobaroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of a classic holiday tale (adapted by Jeff Takacs), complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Nutcracker Rouge: Theater review by David Cote Around this time of year, the word nutcracker conjures so much innocent wonder: Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the dance of the sugarplum fairy, glitter pasties, stripper poles, comically large stuffed penises.… Oh, did I lose you there? Director-choreographer Austin McCormick has taken the Christmas staple and given it a NSFW spin. Nutcracker Rouge is the perfect hot date: a rated-R riff on the tale of Clara and an enchanted appliance—which may require batteries. Our wide-eyed heroine is now an adult named Marie Claire (Laura Careless, agog and breathing heavily), and the world she discovers is a wintry realm of half-naked dancers and acrobats, gyrating and performing physical stunts that send her into ecstasies of arousal. They get the audience riled up, too. Decked out in Zane Pihlstrom’s eye-po

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $65–$175
  3. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 31
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Fire in the Hole

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
More info

Dworld Underwear Party: American Whore Story

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Daniel Nardicio brings you a Thanksgiving Eve edition of his ultrapopular panty party with DJ Sammy Jo spinning all night. Clothes check is mandatory in the basement, but you can keep your pants on upstairs if you must.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Wed Nov 26
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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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Tipsy Parson

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 156 Ninth Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts
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Per Se

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, fourth floor, 10019-11
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Torrisi Italian Specialties

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 250 Mulberry St, between Prince and Spring Sts
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Marea

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 240 Central Park South, between Seventh Ave and Broadway
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