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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Free things to do today

We’re All Mad Here

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  • Free

Weird. Outlandish. Magical. These words could all describe the work of Lauren Beukes (Broken Monsters), Lev Grossman (The Magician's Land) and Jeff VanderMeer (Acceptance), who talk about genre and fantastical writing, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

  1. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, between E Houston and Prince Sts, 10012
  2. Mon Sep 22
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Whiplash

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  • Free

Leo Allen presents top local comics in the newest incarnation of the UCBT’s popular late-night Monday slot.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Sep 22
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Mobile Mondays! 45s

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Free

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Sep 22
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Today's free and cheap concerts

The Brain Cloud

  • Price band: 1/4
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Dennis Lichtman, of the lively New Orleans–style jazz band the Cangelosi Cards, leads a highly talented group of musicians into energetic Western-swing territory. A mainstay at Barbès and several other local haunts, the Cloud is one of the city's most dependably charming retro acts.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Mon Sep 29
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Today's best arts and culture

"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

  • Price band: 2/4
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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. Mon Sep 22 - Sun Oct 12
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The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Price band: 2/4
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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. Mon Sep 22 - Fri Oct 31
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Dry Land

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Dry Land. HERE (see Off-Off Broadway). By Ruby Rae Spiegel. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Dry Land: In brief Teenage girls wrestle with abortion in a new play by Ruby Rae Spiegel, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Colt for her rapidly rising Colt Coeur troupe. Dry Land: Theater review by Helen Shaw Watching Ruby Rae Spiegel’s ruthlessly honest Dry Land, you wonder: Girls, how did theater miss you?!? Everything else belongs to them: film, television, fiction. Yet it takes Spiegel’s simple, fierce play to put a young woman’s capacity for pain center stage—and the choice feels thrilling, even political. Dry Land drops us into a Florida high-school locker room, where two teens are changing after swim practice. Amy (Sarah

  1. 145 Sixth Ave, between Dominick and Spring Sts
  2. $18
  3. Mon Sep 22 - Sat Sep 27
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Tonight's best comedy show

Whiplash

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  • Free

Leo Allen presents top local comics in the newest incarnation of the UCBT’s popular late-night Monday slot.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Sep 22
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Tonight's best nightlife

Deep Space

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Dance-music deity François K and his Deep Space soiree—focusing on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms, but extending its reach to all types of underground dance music—have been ruling Monday nights for years. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Mon Sep 22
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3 comments
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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Rubirosa

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 235 Mulberry St, between Prince and Spring Sts
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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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Char No. 4

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  1. 196 Smith St, between Baltic and Warren 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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