Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

PAWS + Flashlights + Orenda Fink + Amanda X

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CMJ. Fuzzed-out yet super melodic Glasgow punks PAWS headline a Flowerbooking showcase.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sat Oct 25
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El Ring

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Scenester and shutterbug Marco Ovando presides over this wrestling-themed party soundtracked by local and visiting DJs.

  1. Atlas Social Club 753 Ninth Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts, 10019
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Today's best food and drink events

Smorgasburg

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The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park through November. The 2014 lineup features beloved vendors such as seafood-shack maestro Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut, offering fried-to-order whiting fillets smothered in coleslaw and tartar sauce between two slices of Texas toast ($8). Stake out a spot in front of Milk Truck Grilled Cheese for the three-cheese sandwich—a gooey blend of gruyere, New York cheddar and Wisconsin blue oozing over sweet-and-tart caramelized Granny Smith apple slices ($7.25). Head out to the open-air fair before it gets too cold: The season's final iterations will be November 22 at the Williamsburg waterfront and November 23 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Visit smorgasburg.com for more information.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 23
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Cider Week NYC

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To celebrate the season of spiked apple spirits, 50 restaurants and retailers around the city will host cider-pairing classes and tap takeovers spotlighting upstate cideries including Bellweather, Bad Seed and Harvest Moon. Be among the first to sample New York’s first urban cidery, Descendant Cider, during a free party at Queens Kickshaw on Oct 24. Throughout the week, stop into shops like PJ Wine and Astor Wine & Spirits for free tastings, Murray’s Cheese Bar for $25 three-course lunches (cheese-and-cider flights, pear-cider sorbet), and pick from prix-fixe menus matched with local and international hard ciders at Marlow & Sons, Gramercy Tavern and the NoMad.

  1. Various locations
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 2
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Tony Malaby's Tamarindo Trio

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Local saxophone star Tony Malaby leads a bewildering range of bands; Tamarindo, his trio with bassist Michael Formanek (filling in here for William Parker) and drummer Nasheet Waits, is among the more freewheeling and fiery. Here the group gigs in support of its latest disc, Somos Agua.

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Sat Oct 25
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PAWS + Flashlights + Orenda Fink + Amanda X

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  • Free

CMJ. Fuzzed-out yet super melodic Glasgow punks PAWS headline a Flowerbooking showcase.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sat Oct 25
More info

Julia Weldon

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The proudly queer New Yorker shows off her raw and lyrical strumming and singing at this CMJ showcase.

  1. Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Today's best arts and culture

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions such as a pumpkin-carving demo with Ray Villafane (Oct 19, 20).

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Fri Oct 31
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Stevie Nicks’s 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit

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You probably know Stevie Nicks as the legendary, raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, but Stevie Nicks, the seasoned photographer? Perhaps not. Well, for a very limited time, you can see her exhibition, "24-Karat Gold," a group of images she took between 1975 through 1987. (It's titled the same as her new album, 24-Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.) The short showcase begins at Openhouse Gallery Fri 10 and Sat 11, then moves to Morrison Hotel Gallery Sun 12–Oct 31.

  1. Morrison Hotel Gallery 116 Prince St, between Greene and Wooster Sts, second floor
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Fri Oct 31
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Jacuzzi

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Jacuzzi. Ars Nova (Off Broadway). By Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed by Oliver Butler. With Bos, Thureen, Chris Lowell, Peter Friedman. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Jacuzzi: In brief Family tensions rise to the surface when a pair of slackers crash the hot tub at a Colorado chalet in a new play by Ars Nova company-in-residence the Debate Society (Buddy Cop 2), one of New York's smartest and funniest troupes. Oliver Butler directs; playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen costar with Peter Friedman and Chris Lowell. Jacuzzi: Theater review by Adam Feldman They say that a frog will jump out of hot water, but that if you put it in cool water and turn the heat up slowly, the frog will stay and get boiled. That’s the basic strategy of the Debate Society’s exquisitely

  1. 511 W 54th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. $35
  3. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 8
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Tonight's best comedy show

Death by Roo Roo: Your F'ed Up Family

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The improvisers in this late-night–friendly team play it fast and loose, exploring a different family dysfunction, garnered from audience interviews, each week.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Tonight's best nightlife

Company XIV: Rococo Rouge

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Austin McCormick and his Company XIV move into their new digs on Lafayette Street with a new nightlife-performance spectacle, featuring the company's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $55–$125
  3. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 2
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Le Scandal Cabaret

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Bonnie Dunn, the MC-chanteuse behind this burlesque-circuit stalwart, presides over a lively mix of stand-up, magic, acrobatics and high-concept strip. The city’s longest-running girlie revue, Le Scandal is still looking young, hot and ready to party.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Dec 27
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The Slipper Room Show

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Burlesque and variety headquarters the Slipper Room provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends, attracting the cream of the city's scene for plenty of bump-and-grind fun. Shows are at 10pm and midnight; check the club's website for the (generally awesome) lineup.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Dec 27
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Kerry A
Kerry A

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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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Gotham Bar and Grill

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  1. 12 E 12th St, between Fifth Ave and University Pl, 10003
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