Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

The Morbid Anatomy Anthology

  • Critics choice
  • Free

At the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, visitors will find preserved snakes, false teeth, anatomical maps and other curiosities. Now, the musuem's new anthology collects essays at the intersection of medicine, death, religion and the macabre. Editor Colin Dickey, writer Michelle Legro and the Science Channel’s Evan Michelson join forces to celebrate this strange, wonderful book.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Whiplash

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  • Free

Leo Allen presents top local comics in the newest incarnation of the UCBT’s popular late-night Monday slot.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Dive Comedy

  • Free

Brooke Van Poppelen and Giulia Rozzi host this stand-up showcase in the back room of a friendly Sunset Park bar.

  1. Freddy's Bar 627 Fifth Ave, between 17th and 18th Sts, 11215
  2. Mon Jul 28
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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. Mon Jul 28 - Fri Aug 15
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Today's free and cheap concerts

The Brain Cloud

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Dennis Lichtman, of the lively New Orleans–style jazz band the Cangelosi Cards, leads a highly talented group of musicians into energetic Western-swing territory. A mainstay at Barbès and several other local haunts, the Cloud is one of the city's most dependably charming retro acts.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Mon Aug 25
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Today's best arts and culture

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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. Mon Jul 28 - Sun Aug 10
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Danh Vo, We the People

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In this remarkable project, Vo—a Danish artist living in Berlin whose family fled his native Vietnam for Denmark after the fall of Saigon—has created a full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, in 250 unassembled pieces. Each segment has been constructed using the original material and method—copper sheeting over a wooden armature—devised by the monument's designer, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Vo has stated that he has no intention of ever assembling the parts, that the point of the work is to leave them separate as abstract sculptures brought closer to human scale. Different elements of We the People have previously exhibited, both indoors and out, and here, the Public Art Fund presents nearly a fifth of their total number, in concurrent installations at Brooklyn Bridge and

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Fri Dec 5
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Amie Siegel, Provenance

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

In the early 1950s, a newly independent India commissioned Le Corbusier to design a city, Chandigarh, as a regional administrative center in the northern part of the country. The institutional buildings he created with other modernist architects were outfitted with functional furniture (designed by his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret), that has become collectible in Europe and the United States. Provenance, Amie Siegel’s slow-paced, engrossing HD video, traces this narrative of objects in reverse. Using long takes, ambient sound and no voiceover, she starts with shots of midcentury chairs, tables, stools, desks and sofas ensconced in tony New York apartments and offices, and on a luxury yacht. The images unfold in time through auction houses, photographers’ and restorers’ studios,

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Tonight's best comedy show

Whiplash

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Leo Allen presents top local comics in the newest incarnation of the UCBT’s popular late-night Monday slot.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Tonight's best nightlife

Deep Space

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This edition of François K's weekly dub soiree features an extended set from the dance-music deity himself. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Mon Jul 28
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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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  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 50 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002-24
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Marea

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 240 Central Park South, between Seventh Ave and Broadway
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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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Isa

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 348 Wythe Ave, at South 2nd St
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