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

Poets After Pride

  • Free

Five immensely talented LGBT poets gather to read their recent work. Even poetry newbies won't want to miss hearing Stephen Boyer, Saeed Jones, Timothy Liu, Lonely Christopher and Robert Siek.

  1. McNally Jackson Books 52 Prince St, between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Romance Writers Night

  • Free

Because everyone needs a little more love in their life, romance writers Lauren Willig, Maya Rodale and Sarah MacLean share their thoughts on bodice ripping, heroines and reimagining history.

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Comedy as a Second Language

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Sean Patton and Chesley Calloway welcome stand-up comics to the stage in this weekly show.

  1. Kabin 92 Second Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Today's best food and drink events

NoMad Upstairs

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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 Aug 21 - Fri Aug 22
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Hessismore

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Hessismore, the brainy pop vehicle of Danish oddball Mikkel Hess, plays five consecutive nights' worth of album-release shows in support of Myheadisaballroom/Whoneedsapalaceanyway, a new LP featuring weaving guitar lines, dubstep-like synth bass, strange but touching lyrics (“I love to sleep with you / But what I love even more is to be awake with you”) and punchy saxophone.

  1. Nublu 62 Ave C, between 4th and 5th Sts
  2. Thu Aug 21 - Fri Aug 22
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Adam Sank: Mama, I Want to Sing Showtunes: A One 'Mo Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Gay comedian Adam Sank branches out with this cabaret show, packed with songs and delightfully self-deprecating stories. Duplex nature force Maria Gentile directs.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Molly Pope

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Molly Pope is the next big thing of 1963: Her viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past. For the past few years she has been applying her Ed Sullivan Show style to contemporary pop at showcases like Our Hit Parade and the Meeting*; tonight she goes solo with an eclectic set.

  1. 42West 514 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Today's best arts and culture

Downtown Dance Festival

  • Critics choice

Battery Dance Company offers its 33rd annual festival. The five-day series of events showcases an eclectic range of styles, and includes the Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, curated by the Indo-American Arts Council (Aug 20). Each evening ends with an open dance party at 7:45pm.

  1. Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl, between West St and 1st Pl
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Donkey Punch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Donkey Punch. SoHo Playhouse (see Off Broadway). By Micheline Auger. Directed by Audrey Alford. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Donkey Punch: In brief A woman tries monogamy while her best friend dates a pornographer in Micheline Auger's look at sex and love in the modern age. Audrey Alford directs. Donkey Punch: Theater review by Raven Snook Named for a raunchy (and supposedly fictitious) anal-sex maneuver, Micheline Auger's dramedy lands a few solid blows on relationships in the postfeminist era, both romantic and platonic. Two twentyish BFFs, promiscuous Kareena (Cleo Gray, achingly raw) and prudish Sam (Lauren Dortch-Crozier), think they're looking for that special someone, when really they're just trying to find themselves. Going outside her comfort

  1. 15 Vandam St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St
  2. $45
  3. Thu Aug 21 - Sun Aug 31
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This is Where We Live

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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In Vivienne Walshe's updated take on Orpheus and Eurydice, Chloe (Shaelee Rooke) finds herself in another dead-end Australian town after her mother moves in with another deadbeat boyfriend. Brash, sexy, and illiterate, Chloe soon catches the attention of the aloof, French-Symbolist–reading Chris (Oliver de Rohan), and from this attraction of opposites blooms an intimate story of first love and loss. The script borrows only the bare bones from the Greeks, much to its benefit. There’s no mythical underworld that Chloe and Chris need escape from: Theirs is a hell founded on a fear of stasis and predetermination, and the only escape they can see is through each other. Walshe’s verse, which jumps between lyrical odes and onomatopoeic beat poetry, is what gives the piece its punch; the

  1. 18 Bleecker St, at Elizabeth St, 10012
  2. $18
  3. Thu Aug 21 - Sat Aug 23
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Tonight's best comedy show

Adam Sank: Mama, I Want to Sing Showtunes: A One 'Mo Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Gay comedian Adam Sank branches out with this cabaret show, packed with songs and delightfully self-deprecating stories. Duplex nature force Maria Gentile directs.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Tonight's best nightlife

Spanking the Lower East Side

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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 Aug 21
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Code

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes leather, rubber and uniforms. Check the website for more extensive info. And don't fuck it up—the doorman's decision is final.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Downtown Top Ranking

  • Critics choice

Drown out the week with roots, rocksteady, dub and good classic reggae played by the aficionados of Deadly Dragon Sound.

  1. The Delancey 168 Delancey St, at Clinton St
  2. Thu Aug 21
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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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Le Bernardin

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 155 W 51st St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10019
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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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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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Tamarind Tribeca

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  1. 99 Hudson St, at Franklin St
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