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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Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

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Poets, playwrights, puppeteers, and other performers in and around the Lower East Side partake in the 20th annual gathering centered at Theater for the New City. This year, the film program lasts 12 hours inside the Cabaret Theater on May 23.

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Theater for the New City Until Monday May 25 2015 Free
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Intrepid Summer Movie Series: Top Gun

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Could there be a more atmospheric place to relive the tower-buzzing highs of Top Gun than the deck of the Intrepid? We can’t think of one—barring a trip to vaguely identified hostile waters. Bring a blanket or chair, some snacks and nonalcoholic drinks for the 1986 blockbuster, which stars Tom Cruise as a volleyball-loving Navy pilot, Val Kilmer as his jaw-chomping rival and Kelly McGillis as a Ph.D.-equipped flight instructor who’s all too easily impressed by barroom karaoke. 

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Friday May 22 2015 Free
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TBA Brooklyn Opening Week

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After a painfully long hiatus—thanks to the cops cracking down on everything from sprinklers to noise complaints and capacity restraints—TBA Brooklyn is finally back! The popular happy-hour and late-night-DJ bar/club was shut down around Thanksgiving of last year, and they've finally received the a-okay from authorities to officially reopen. To celebrate, the Williamsburg venue is hosting a stacked lineup of local talent over the course of the coming four days. TBA will kick things off daily at 6pm for happy hour, followed by several notable DJ sets till close.

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TBA Brooklyn Until Sunday May 24 2015 Free
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Craig Robinson

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The stand-up and actor best known for his roles in The Office and Hot Tub Time Machine hits the stage to show off his hilarious and often musical talents.

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Carolines on Broadway Until Sunday May 24 2015
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Mysteryland

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Don’t stop grooving this Memorial Day weekend at the U.S. edition of the world’s longest-running dance-music festival. Electronic bands and DJs—including AudioFly, AndHim and Diplo—take the stages in Bethel Woods, home to the legendary Woodstock festival. Mysteryland offers shuttle buses from Grand Central Terminal and Newark, as well as camping passes.

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Until Monday May 25 2015
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9 comments
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.