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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.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Shantavia Beale II, 2012. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier, courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Jason Wyche)
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"Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967"

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On July 9, 1962, Andy Warhol made his one-person debut at a Los Angles gallery called Ferus, founded five years earlier by curator Walter Hopps and artist Edward Keinholz. It represented the first showing of Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can paintings, an image he became indelibly linked with. Often installed in a grid, they were originally hung in a single line at Ferus, an installation MoMA revives here in its look at Warhol's early years, when he turned the art world upside down.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Monday October 12 2015
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iLoveMakonnen + Key! + Sonny Digital

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Fledgling hip-hop singer-rapper iLoveMakonnen, born Makonnen Sheran, is weird and fearless, which is a sort of trademark of the Atlanta scene he came out of. He's also signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label, which released the singer's debut EP. You've no doubt heard his laidback drawl on "Tuesday"—now see him play it live, on a Tuesday, no less.

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Bowery Ballroom Until Wednesday April 29 2015
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Charline von Heyl, "Düsseldorf: Paintings from the early 90s"

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In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Charline von Heyl lived in Düsseldorf, Germany. She was showing her paintings, however, in Cologne, where the scene was dominated by Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen and others. They shared a refusal to create a signature style, an embrace of “bad” technique and a loathing of Neo-Expressionism. As this show of Von Heyl’s compositions from the period demonstrates, these ideas found their way into her work.

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Petzel Gallery Until Saturday May 2 2015 Free
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Stargazing on the High Line

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This dreamy affair gives you an astronautworthy view of the stars from the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association. And here we all thought we couldn't gaze at constellations in New York City. Just in case you're worried you'll have no idea what you are looking at, the AAA leads the star-spotting expeditions, pointing out celestial bodies above the park.

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The High Line Until Tuesday October 27 2015 Free
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Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic

The new edition of Cynthia von Buhler's immersive, interactive mystery has a 1930s showbiz theme and is staged site-specifically at the old Liberty Theater, a vintage venue hidden behind storefronts in Times Square. Audience members are free to wander a space filled with showgirls, aerialists and specialty cocktails.

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Liberty Theater Thursday April 30 2015 - Saturday May 9 2015
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WE F
WE F

Is there a Takashi Murakami exhibit going on or something? Why is it the feature image?

Briana P
Briana P

Do TimeOut's 'undateables' include any senior citizens?   I haven't seen any, but maybe I missed something.    If you haven't featured any yet, it would be great to see some soon.   There are plenty of us around, and many of us are single.  And please - by senior citizens, I mean those of us who have actually passed our 65th birthdays.  Far too often, those in their 20's think of anyone over 40 as a senior.

As someone who is the same age as your guest editor, Susan Sarandon, I see a distinct lack of attention paid to the social needs of those in my decade of life who are not celebrities.   It would be great to see that change. Thanks!

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.