Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Wasabassco Sundays at Bathtub Gin

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Doc Wasabassco leads his parade of vaudevillians and burlesque beauties to this speakeasy-style boîte every Sunday, with Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle, Medianoche, Nasty Canasta and guests entertaining the tipplers.

  1. Bathtub Gin 132 Ninth Ave, between 18th and 19th Sts
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Broadway Brassy and the Brass Knuckles

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  • Free

Broadway Brassy, "The Golden Throat of Burlesque," and her band commandeer the swanky Flatiron Room's stage every Sunday, bringing in an array of burly-Q buddies for hot action.

  1. The Flatiron Room 37 W 26th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave, 10010
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Today's best food and drink events

Smorgasburg

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  • Free

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 at the walled-in, open-air Tobacco Warehouse through the summer. The 2013 iteration features returning vendors such as comfort-food maestro Buttermilk Channel, offering its beloved fried chicken and cheddar waffles. Welcome newbies like Vermont’s Rockville Market Farm, peddling breakfast gorditas ($5) with farm-made sausage, eggs, butternut-squash hot sauce and Shelburne Farms cheddar wrapped in a double tortilla; they’ll also be hawking farm-fresh eggs by the carton ($5 for a dozen). Last year saw the debut of Smorgasbar, an all-weather outdoor bar within the market, and though the beercentric watering hole won’t open until May or June, expect an expansion of offerings from breweries beyond Kings County. Visit smorgasburg.com for more information.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Today's free and cheap concerts

"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

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  • Free

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. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jul 6
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Delicate Steve + Dustin Wong + Deradoorian

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Delicate Steve, a project spearheaded by New Jersey home-recorder Steve Marion, churns out charming, mostly wordless tunes that can feel like the psychedelic equivalent of soft rock—mellow but also teeming with life. Ex–Ponytail member Dustin Wong (who offers sparkly, loop-driven guitar collages) and Angel Deradoorian (formerly of Dirty Projectors) open.

  1. Baby's All Right 146 Broadway, at Bedford Ave, 11211
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Today's best arts and culture

Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe

  • Price band: 2/4
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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. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jun 1
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"The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary"

  • Price band: 2/4
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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. Sun Apr 20 - Mon Apr 21
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"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jul 6
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Tonight's best comedy show

The Stand

  • Critics choice

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

Wasabassco Sundays at Bathtub Gin

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Doc Wasabassco leads his parade of vaudevillians and burlesque beauties to this speakeasy-style boîte every Sunday, with Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle, Medianoche, Nasty Canasta and guests entertaining the tipplers.

  1. Bathtub Gin 132 Ninth Ave, between 18th and 19th Sts
  2. Sun Apr 20
More info

Broadway Brassy and the Brass Knuckles

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Broadway Brassy, "The Golden Throat of Burlesque," and her band commandeer the swanky Flatiron Room's stage every Sunday, bringing in an array of burly-Q buddies for hot action.

  1. The Flatiron Room 37 W 26th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave, 10010
  2. Sun Apr 20
More info

Kitty Nights Burlesque

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This burlesque show has been purring along since 2006, featuring Fem Appeal and stars of the local scene titillating the crowd on a weekly basis with their bump-and-grind allure.

  1. M.White Bar 448 E 13th St, between First Ave and Ave A
  2. Sun Apr 20
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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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Café Boulud

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

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 21 E 16th St, between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West, 10003
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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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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 409 Greenwich St, between Beach and Hubert Sts
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