Things to do in New York today

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Ariel Schrag: Adam

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  • Free

Acclaimed graphic memoirist and screenwriter Schrag reads from her debut novel about Adam, a teen boy who joins his older sister in New York's LGBT subculture…only to be mistaken for a transgender guy and to fall in love with a lesbian.

  1. Bluestockings 172 Allen St, at Stanton St
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Nurse Bettie Burlesque

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  • Free

Shelly "The Singing Siren" Watson hosts this night of burly-Q action at the intimate Nurse Bettie, which features both nightlife newbies and stars of the Gotham scene.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Jonathan Kreisberg Trio

  • Price band: 1/4

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, an ace straight-ahead player who also wades into swirly psychedelic territory in his sideman appearances with soul-jazz great Dr. Lonnie Smith, continues his long-running Bar Next Door residency.

  1. The Bar Next Door (downstairs at La Lanterna di Vittorio) 129 MacDougal St, between 3rd and 4th Sts
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Wed Sep 24
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Mostly Other People Do the Killing

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Mostly Other People Do the Killing has been on a tear in recent years, demonstrating anew why it's one of the most appealing jazz ensembles in town. The local quartet—led by bassist Moppa Elliott and featuring trumpeter Peter Evans, saxist Jon Irabagon and drummer Kevin Shea—has as much fun laying down a funky, whimsical groove as it does exploding form altogether, resulting in performances that feel at once anarchic and oddly wholesome. In the wake of Red Hot, a septet album inspired by ’20s and ’30s jazz and blues, the band scales back to a quintet featuring pianist Ron Stabinsky.

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Wed Aug 27
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The Mandingo Ambassadors

  • Price band: 1/4
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Guitarist Mamady Kouyaté formed the Mandingo Ambassadors in Guinea in the late ’60s. Now living in New York, Kouyaté leads a new version of the outfit through funky, festive West African tunes every Wednesday night at Barbès.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Today's best arts and culture

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. Wed Aug 27 - Sun Aug 31
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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. Wed Aug 27 - Sat Nov 15
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Keld Helmer-Petersen, "122 Color Photographs"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

This look at the refined, formal photography of Keld Helmer-Petersen, who experimented with color film in the 1940s, is yet another example of how art history is being revised as the 20th century recedes from memory. The conventional narrative has it that black-and-white film reigned in fine-art photography until the late 1960s, when Bill Eggleston introduced the use of Ektachrome slide film to create dye-transfer prints. But Eggleston was hardly the first, as Helmer-Petersen’s example demonstrates. Still, Helmer-Petersen’s work wasn’t seen as art in his own day. When Life magazine published a seven-page spread of his images in 1949, they were presented in the context of photojournalism. Yet they were nothing like the “decisive moment” images usually promoted in Life that

  1. Yossi Milo Gallery 245 Tenth Ave, between 24th and 25th Sts
  2. Wed Aug 27 - Fri Aug 29
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Tonight's best comedy show

The How I Learned Series

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story tied to a specific lesson.

  1. Union Hall 702 Union St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Tonight's best nightlife

Dirt Cheap

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Downtown nightlife survivors Daniel Nardicio, Sammy Jo and Sweetie come together for a night of inexpensive fun. For this edition, burlesque siren Julie Atlas Muz and "rock-bottom" dancers round out the bill.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Nurse Bettie Burlesque

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Shelly "The Singing Siren" Watson hosts this night of burly-Q action at the intimate Nurse Bettie, which features both nightlife newbies and stars of the Gotham scene.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Roots

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than ten years with their long-running midweek dance party.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed Aug 27
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3 comments
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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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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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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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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ilili

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 236 Fifth Ave, between 27th and 28th Sts
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