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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.

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Electric Zoo Festival

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New York—just like the rest of the world—goes gaga for EDM (electronic dance music) and shows its love at this annual three-day dayglo rave-up on Randall’s Island. In its six year history, the fest has seen headlining DJ sets and live performances from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Avicii, Pete Tong and Moby—yep, the big names.

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Randalls Island Park, Randall's Island Until Sunday September 6 2015
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Dollypalooza: An Epic Fan Tribute to Dolly Parton

Critics' pick

Dolly Parton is a national treasure, right up there with the Washington Monument and the Golden Gate Bridge (although much better looking and possessing a more pleasant singing voice). This event, presented by nightlife vet Bevin Branlandingham and World Famous *BOB*, is a tribute to the living legend and all the good times and great songs she's shared with us over the years. Performers include DJ Nath Ann Carrera, Merrie Cherry, Sequinette, Lady Quesa'Dilla, West Vargina, Crimson Kitty and the Parton cover band Doll Parts. Come on down, y'all!

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Littlefield, Gowanus Friday September 4 2015
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Ida Engberg + Reset Robot + Sarah Myers

Critics' pick

Swedish wunderkind DJ and Verboten resident Ida Engberg returns to her home in Brooklyn. Ida got her first residency at 18, and was offered a life-changing summer residency in Ibiza in 2005. Her first single “Disco Volante” was released in 2007, and she has produced numerous club hits since. She's played virtually every techno festival in the world, and Brooklyn is lucky to have her back in full force!

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Verboten, Williamsburg Until Saturday September 5 2015
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Damon Wayans

Critics' pick

As with many no-longer-young comics, this member of the Wayans clan now focuses his material on the vagaries of family and parenting, but he’s still essentially the same guy we fell in love with on In Living Color. And if you look closely, you can still make out the fluffy wig, bulbous red nose and loaded sock of Homey D. Clown.

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Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West Until Sunday September 6 2015
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Jonny Woo: Glitter in the Groove

Critics' pick

London-based nightlife/art/drag star Jonny Woo comes to town with a night of comedy, music and more.

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Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, Hell's Kitchen Saturday September 5 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.