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.

Photograph: Installation view of Alex Da Corte
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Albert "Tootie" Heath / Ethan Iverson / Ben Street

Critics' pick

Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson makes a habit of communing with his elders, both via his exemplary blog, Do the Math, and on the bandstand. Here he turns up as one third of a trio featuring bassist Ben Street and nominally led by 79-year-old bop drum master Albert "Tootie" Heath, spark plug of jazz institution the Heath Brothers and collaborator of countless legends. The band's offbeat approach to repertoire and loose, conversational flow makes it one of the most engaging combos in town. This run celebrates Philadelphia Beat, a new disc brimming with sly charm and good-natured groove.

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Village Vanguard Until Sunday March 8 2015
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"I'm New Here-Can You Show Me Around?"

Critics' pick

Jon Ronson, recent New York transplant, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats and Time Out New York contributor, is joined by Irish storyteller Maeve Higgins for a show that takes an amusingly exasperated look at the experience of moving to New York City.

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Union Hall Tuesday March 3 2015
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"Sinatra: An American Icon"

It’s the centennial birthday of Old Blue Eyes and the crooner still lives on as one of one of the most famous performers of all time. This multimedia exhibition tells the story of his life as an actor and singer, and displays memorabilia like personal letters, private photos, rare interviews and concert footage.

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Wednesday March 4 2015 - Friday September 4 2015 Free
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The Orchid Show: Chandeliers

Critics' pick

Admire the ornamental flowers and greenery inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as it blossoms into spring. Every Saturday and Sunday expert gardener Sonia Uyterhoeven gives tips on orchid-growing, and poet Deborah Landau reads from her book Orchidelirium on Mar 7 at 2pm.

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New York Botanical Garden Until Sunday April 19 2015
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Videology Presents Movie Trivia

Don’t let your knowledge of Nicolas Cage quotes go to waste. Gather your friends for six rounds of cinema trivia, complete with video clips and dramatic reenactments. Prizes include a free round of drinks for third place, a $75 bar tab for second, and for first place, two hours for your team and friends in the screening room plus a $150 bar tab.

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Videology Until Tuesday December 29 2015 Free

Comments

8 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.