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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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Company XIV: Snow White

Having previously given an haute-burlesque twist to Cinderella and The Nutcracker, director-choreographer Austin McCormick invites us to take a bite of his latest nightlife-performance spectacle: an elaborate, adults-only version of Snow White, featuring Company XIV's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

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Minetta Lane Theatre , Greenwich Village Until Saturday March 12 2016
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“Martin Wong: Human Instamatic”

The late, great Martin Wong (1946–99) arrived in New York in 1978 and quickly became a bard of the pre-gentrified Lower East Side, with moody depictions of burned-out tenements, often graced by hunky male Latinos. Big Heat (1988), for example, shows a pair of firemen kissing in front of abandoned buildings patchy with whitewashed graffiti. A self-taught painter, Wong cultivated an outsider artist’s obsessiveness, meticulously rendering every rough brick in his cityscapes and strange, nearly abstract pictures of blank walls.

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Bronx Museum of the Arts , The Bronx Until Sunday February 14 2016
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The Humans

Critics' pick

The Humans: Theater review by Adam Feldman “Dontcha think it should cost less to be alive?” muses Erik (Reed Birney) to Richard (Arian Moayed) as they ready themselves for Thanksgiving dinner. He’s complaining about his expenses, but in Stephen Karam’s beautifully wrought The Humans, even the small talk has larger echoes. Erik and his wife, Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell, lovably stubborn), are a working-class couple in their early sixties; money is growing scarce, but the Blake family’s troubles hardly end there. Erik’s mother, Momo (Lauren Klein), is lost in the terminal stages of dementia, and his daughter, Aimee (Cassie Beck), is reeling from a year of deep medical, professional and romantic trauma. The costs of living pile up everywhere. Richard and Brigid (Sarah Steele), Erik’s other daughter, have just moved into a cavernous ground-floor duplex apartment in Chinatown—a chilly, indifferent space rendered well in David Zinn’s bi-level set—and the others have traveled up from Pennsylvania to spend the holiday with them. A nuanced group portrait of life in the shadow of disaster, The Humans unfurls in a single 95-minute scene, but it never feels static. As incarnated by a seamless ensemble cast that includes some of New York’s finest stage actors, expertly conducted for the Roundabout by director Joe Mantello, the Blakes constantly move around, adjusting their defenses. The testy warmth of their interaction seems genuine—often amusingly, sometimes painfully—and is rooted in h

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Helen Hayes Theatre , Midtown West Until Monday July 25 2016
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park , Midtown West Until Sunday March 6 2016
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"Superheroes in Gotham"

Masked marvels may be dominating Hollywood, but their real-life origin stories, inspirations and publishing histories could only come from New York City. Witness the cosmic leaps superheroes such as the X-Men and Thor have taken from the sketchbooks of struggling postwar Manhattan artists such as Jack Kirby to radio, TV, film and beyond. This exhibit offers you the chance to look to the skies and around your neighborhood for the world’s mightiest supergods.

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New York Historical Society Until Sunday February 21 2016
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Evie M
Evie M

CHILIFEST at Chelsea Market Sunday January 31! A great way to warm up today!

bubblesoccernyc
bubblesoccernyc

Anyone interested in something a bit wacky and crazy fun - check out bubble ball soccer NYC. We have pick up games on Sundays (and can host private games for children's birthday parties / adult birthday, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and corporate / team building events)

http://www.bubbleballsoccernyc.com


In case you're not familiar w/ the game, this pic below just about sums it up

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.