Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Literary BFFs: Adam Wilson and Justin Taylor

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Two of Brooklyn's literary darlings—and Carroll Gardens neighbors—discuss their new story collections (Taylor's Flings and Wilson's What's Important is Feeling) and the existential crises that plague their characters.

  1. McNally Jackson Books 52 Prince St, between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Buddies

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DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Word for Word: BOA Editions

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Nonprofit literary publisher BOA Editions partners with Bryant Park to bring some of their best poets to the great outdoors. Aracelis Girmay, Katy Lederer and Anthony Tognazzini take the mike to read their recent work.

  1. Bryant Park Reading Room W 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Slavic Soul Party!

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Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party!—in residency at Barbès for more than a decade—is the coolest. And the group isn’t preoccupied with rebelling against the Old World. Live, the band’s members prove they're acutely aware of the common principle that unites the traditions they borrow from: Music ought to move you.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Tue Sep 30
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Old New York Live

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This unpredictable variety show is hosted by various members of "the best band in late night," the Roots. Expect performances from guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, lead singer Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and rapper Dice Raw. plus spontaneous apparances by emerging musicians and artists from the East Coast. The hip-hop and R&B group was apparently inspired by its run on The Tonight Show, because this show will be televised before a live audience.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Today's best arts and culture

"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have shifted over time, as well as how nightgowns and other silhouette-framing pieces (like the Juel Park couture favored by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor) have inspired formal wear and everyday clothes alike.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sat Nov 15
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"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

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Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons and set designers to instrument makers and media-art collectives. The exhibit dedicated reveals how connected these seemingly very different art forms are. And maybe after this, you’ll spot how all of these creative styles exist in our everyday New York City lives.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Oct 12
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The Bullpen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The Bullpen. Playroom Theatre (see Off-Off Broadway). By Joe Assadourian. Dir. Richard Hoehler. With Assadourian. 1hr 10mins. No intermission. The Bullpen: In Brief Joe Assadourian plays 18 characters in his solo show about a man on trial, which he developed while serving 12 years in prison for attempted murder. Richard Hoehler directs under the aegis of the pro–ex-con Fortune Society. The Bullpen: Theater review by Adam Feldman The first time you see a performer as blazingly gifted as Joe Assadourian, you may wonder: Where has this guy been? In Assadourian’s case, there’s an answer. Less than a year ago, he was released from prison, where he had served 12 years for a 2001 assault. Now 35, he has written The Bullpen, a comedic solo show inspired by his experience after getting

  1. 151 W 46th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10036
  2. $20
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Wed Dec 31
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Tonight's best comedy show

ComedyJuice

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This revered weekly show features lots of worthy local stand-ups and often one or two big names, thanks to the draw of producing organization ComedyJuice.

  1. Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Tonight's best nightlife

Buddies

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  • Free

DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

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The Grammy-nominated DJ Disciple, a fixture of the NYC scene for years, takes control of the Lower East Side's intimate Sapphire every Tuesday for a night of house rhythms.

  1. Sapphire 249 Eldridge St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2
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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.

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ilili

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  1. 236 Fifth Ave, between 27th and 28th Sts
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Tipsy Parson

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  1. 156 Ninth Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts
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Marea

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 240 Central Park South, between Seventh Ave and Broadway
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Ardesia

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  1. 510 W 52nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
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