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Those Darlins + Landlady + Heat + Dirty Nil

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Twangy Nashville troupe Those Darlins—purveyors of enjoyably bratty girl-group/Runaways-style rock & roll tunes—plays with local outfit Landlady, which plies plaintive art pop with appealingly wide-eyed rock-operatic instrumentation.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Sep 20
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The Atlas Review Launch Party

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One of the city's best young literary magazines, The Atlas Review fetes the launch of its fourth issue with snacks, adult beverages and readings by an impressive group of contributing writers, like Amy Lawless, Cecily Iddings and Alexis Pope.

  1. BookCourt 163 Court St, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11201
  2. Sat Sep 20
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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 Sep 20
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Today's best food and drink events

Feast of San Gennaro

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Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

  1. Little Italy Mulberry St, between Broome and Canal Sts
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sun Sep 21
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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 Sep 20 - Sun Nov 23
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Wine Riot New York

Snap a vino selfie at the Instagram booth during this laid-back tasting that highlights more than 250 wines from around the world. Learn about your grapes during 20-minute Crash Course and Wine 101 classes, then head to the Bubbly Bar for glasses of Spanish cava and German sekt.

  1. 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th Sts, 10010
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Nico: Underground

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The fascinating Tammy Faye Starlite revisits her witty and insightful tribute to the glacial German singer Nico, whose bored baritone vocals added eerie Continental glamour to the first Velvet Underground album.

  1. 155 First Ave, between 9th and 10th Sts
  2. $15
  3. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 28
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Mat Maneri and Lucian Ban

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Progressive-jazz mainstays Lucian Ban (piano) and Mat Maneri (viola), heard on a spare yet impassioned 2013 duo release, Transylvanian Concert, continue their collaboration on Sept 13, coleading a promising combo with saxist Tony Malaby, tuba player Bob Stewart and drummer Billy Mintz. Then on Sept 20, they scale back to the duet format.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Those Darlins + Landlady + Heat + Dirty Nil

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Twangy Nashville troupe Those Darlins—purveyors of enjoyably bratty girl-group/Runaways-style rock & roll tunes—plays with local outfit Landlady, which plies plaintive art pop with appealingly wide-eyed rock-operatic instrumentation.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Today's best arts and culture

"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

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Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons and set designers to instrument makers and media-art collectives. The exhibit dedicated reveals how connected these seemingly very different art forms are. And maybe after this, you’ll spot how all of these creative styles exist in our everyday New York City lives.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Oct 12
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed. Rock Bottom: Theater review by David Cote I was a Bridget Everett virgin before Rock Bottom, so yes, there was some blood. There was also lots of spilled chardonnay, sweat and a few other fluids I’d rather not name. In other words, it

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $33
  3. Sat Sep 20 - Thu Oct 16
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"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 Sep 20 - Sat Nov 15
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Tonight's best comedy show

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed. Rock Bottom: Theater review by David Cote I was a Bridget Everett virgin before Rock Bottom, so yes, there was some blood. There was also lots of spilled chardonnay, sweat and a few other fluids I’d rather not name. In other words, it was all flavors of crazy, and I loved every second. How is it possible that for years I’ve missed Everett’s vaginacentric shock comedy and rafter-splitting rock belt? Fear, if we’re being truthful. I’d seen the pictures, heard the titles and assumed she was too much woman to handle. Still, her latest cabaret act—with songs cowritten by Broadway vets Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), as well as with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray­—is a nice way to ease, semi-lubed, into the Everett aesthetic. Between a ditty about sampling international dong, “Tell Me (Does This Dick Make My Ass Look Big?),” and a nearly scatological dalliance with a British film star, “A Man So Fine,” Everett works

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $33
  3. Sat Sep 20 - Thu Oct 16
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Tonight's best nightlife

Le Scandal Cabaret

  • Price band: 2/4
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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 Sep 20 - 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. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Dec 27
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High Homodays

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Hebro honcho Jayson Littman invites gay Jews and bagel chasers alike to party down in celebration of the year 5775 at this pre–Rosh Hashanah and –Yom Kippur dance party.

  1. Hudson Terrace 621 W 46th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sat Sep 20
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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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  1. 236 Fifth Ave, between 27th and 28th Sts
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Marea

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