Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

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Daptone Records, the kids who safely shepherded soul singer Sharon Jones from wedding-band anonymity to semi-pop-star status, have another worthy veteran on their hands with Brooklyn gospel purveyor Naomi Shelton, whose raspy delivery recalls such greats as Wilson Pickett. We adore her, and recommend seizing any chance you get to revel in her kickass songs of praise. Here, you'll hear from a fresh Daptone set, Cold World.

  1. Rough Trade NYC 64 North 9th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11249
  2. Tue Jul 29
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We Are What We Eat, After All

  • Free

Grab a (healthy) lunch, and join Paul Greenberg (American Catch) and Karl Weber (Food Inc.) for an enlightening discussion of the food industry, sustainability and our contemporary eating habits.

  1. Bryant Park Reading Room W 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Anya Ulinich: Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel

  • Free

The Russian-American writer presents her first graphic novel, a dark and comic work that follows the travails of single mother Lena Finkle as she embarks on a string of online dates.

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Today's best food and drink events

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

  • Price band: 2/4

It's your chance to dine for a steal at more than 300 Gotham eateries during this three-week food blowout. High-profile spots like Seamus Mullen's Tertulia, Michael White's Costata and Julian Medina's Yerba Buena will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.

  1. Various locations
  2. Tue Jul 29 - Fri Aug 15
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Daptone Records, the kids who safely shepherded soul singer Sharon Jones from wedding-band anonymity to semi-pop-star status, have another worthy veteran on their hands with Brooklyn gospel purveyor Naomi Shelton, whose raspy delivery recalls such greats as Wilson Pickett. We adore her, and recommend seizing any chance you get to revel in her kickass songs of praise. Here, you'll hear from a fresh Daptone set, Cold World.

  1. Rough Trade NYC 64 North 9th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11249
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Chain and the Gang + Ed Schrader's Music Beat

  • Price band: 1/4
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D.C. post-hardcore eccentric extraordinaire Ian Svenonius—you might know him from Nation of Ulysses or the Make-Up—takes the stage with his kitsched-up garage-rock vehicle Chain and the Gang. Floor-tom-smackin' Baltimore art-punk oddball Ed Schrader, in a duo with bassist Devlin Rice, supports a recent full-length, Party Jail.

  1. Baby's All Right 146 Broadway, at Bedford Ave, 11211
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Slavic Soul Party!

  • Price band: 1/4
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Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party!—in residency at Barbès for more than a decade—is the coolest. And the group isn’t preoccupied with rebelling against the Old World. Live, the band’s members prove they're acutely aware of the common principle that unites the traditions they borrow from: Music ought to move you.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Tue Jul 29
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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. Tue Jul 29 - Sat Nov 15
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"Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art may be known for its paintings and ancient treasures, but fashion is increasingly what brings crowds to the institution. Nearly 700,000 people came to the stunning “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” retrospective in 2011, making it one of the most-visited exhibitions in the museum’s history. Last year’s “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” was a more modest success, as 450,000 people clamored to see a replica of CBGB’s grotty bathroom. With more fashion-focused visitors than ever, the timing is perfect for the museum to open its revamped Costume Institute on May 8. It’ll be bigger and better—and thanks to a particularly helpful benefactor, it’ll be known by a new moniker: the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Yes, that Anna Wintour. Condé Nast’s

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Tue Jul 29 - Sun Aug 10
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Nancy Rubins, "Our Friend Fluid Metal"

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From more than 30 years, Rubins has been using mass quantities of mobile homes, aircraft fuselages and engines, canoes, water heaters and other detritus to create sculptural assemblages whose ambitions of scale never cease to astound. The results sublimate recognizable parts into an abstract whole that can evoke at times a tornado or giant blossom. Her latest works are created out of old playground rides mounted on steel springs that take such kid-friendly forms as carousel horses, cars and planes.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 522 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Jul 29 - Sat Sep 13
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Tonight's best comedy show

Lady Bunny: Clowns Syndrome

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies, original videos and savagely hilarious takedowns of everyone from Chris Christie to Justin Bieber.

  1. Escuelita 301 W 39th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Tonight's best nightlife

Linda Loves Bingo

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  • Free

Linda really does love bingo! The delightful drag hostess is the city's undisputed champion ball-puller, and on Tuesdays you can find her doing her thing at this cozy Gramercy lounge. Prizes range from kitschy trinkets to a big cash jackpot.

  1. Cibar 56 Irving Pl, between 17th and 18th Sts, 10003
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

  • Price band: 1/4
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The Grammy-nominated DJ Disciple, a fixture of the NYC scene for years, takes control of the Lower East Side's intimate Sapphire every Tuesday for a night of house rhythms.

  1. Sapphire 249 Eldridge St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Jul 29
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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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Union Square Cafe

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  1. 21 E 16th St, between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West, 10003
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Isa

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  1. 348 Wythe Ave, at South 2nd St
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  1. 50 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002-24
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Le Cirque

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  1. 151 E 58th St, between Lexington and Third Aves
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