Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

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 Oct 21 - Tue Dec 30
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The Library as Source Material with Valeria Luiselli

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  • Free

Luiselli, who recently published a debut novel and an essay collection with fan favorite indie publisher Coffee House Press, talks tonight about her monthlong October residency in the Poets House archives, where she is studying architecture, cities, spaces and urban landscapes.

  1. Poets House 10 River Terr, at Murray St
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Comic Book Club

  • Free

Comic-book nerds, take heed: Every week, local comedians talk shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic-book world in this hybrid show.

  1. Fontana’s 105 Eldridge St, between Broome and Grand Sts
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Slavic Soul Party!

  • Price band: 1/4
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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 Oct 21 - Tue Oct 28
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Amber Martin: The Days of My Lives

  • Price band: 1/4
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The multitalented Amber Martin traces the long and twisty road that has taken her from southeast-Texas teenage beauty-pageant queen to New York downtown singer and performance artist.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Today's best arts and culture

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. Tue Oct 21 - Fri Oct 31
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Stevie Nicks’s 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit

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  • Free

You probably know Stevie Nicks as the legendary, raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, but Stevie Nicks, the seasoned photographer? Perhaps not. Well, for a very limited time, you can see her exhibition, "24-Karat Gold," a group of images she took between 1975 through 1987. (It's titled the same as her new album, 24-Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.) The short showcase begins at Openhouse Gallery Fri 10 and Sat 11, then moves to Morrison Hotel Gallery Sun 12–Oct 31.

  1. Morrison Hotel Gallery 116 Prince St, between Greene and Wooster Sts, second floor
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Fri Oct 31
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Jacuzzi

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Jacuzzi. Ars Nova (Off Broadway). By Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed by Oliver Butler. With Bos, Thureen, Chris Lowell, Peter Friedman. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Jacuzzi: In brief Family tensions rise to the surface when a pair of slackers crash the hot tub at a Colorado chalet in a new play by Ars Nova company-in-residence the Debate Society (Buddy Cop 2), one of New York's smartest and funniest troupes. Oliver Butler directs; playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen costar with Peter Friedman and Chris Lowell. Jacuzzi: Theater review by Adam Feldman They say that a frog will jump out of hot water, but that if you put it in cool water and turn the heat up slowly, the frog will stay and get boiled. That’s the basic strategy of the Debate Society’s exquisitely

  1. 511 W 54th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. $35
  3. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Nov 8
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Tonight's best comedy show

Unitard: House of Tards

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The incredibly vicious and relentlessly hilarious trio of Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku returns with a new show vivisecting modern nuisances from pop-up shops and TED Talks to Instagram and Scruff. These guys return to the NYC stage all too rarely, so don't miss this brief run.

  1. The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St, between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl , 10014
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Tonight's best nightlife

Company XIV: Rococo Rouge

  • Price band: 3/4
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Austin McCormick and his Company XIV move into their new digs on Lafayette Street with a new nightlife-performance spectacle, featuring the company's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $55–$125
  3. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Nov 2
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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 Oct 21 - Tue Dec 30
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Stories of Love and Passion

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Canadian powerhouse Rosie Bitts bares all in this solo show, a burlesque-cabaret-storytelling hybrid that explores topics such as virginity loss and sex work.

  1. Theatre Row 410 W 42nd St, at Ninth Ave
  2. Tue Oct 21
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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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Hecho en Dumbo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 354 Bowery, between Great Jones and E 4th Sts
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Quality Meats

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 57 W 58th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Char No. 4

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 196 Smith St, between Baltic and Warren Sts
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Boulud Sud

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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  1. 20 W 64th St, between Broadway and Central Park West, 10023
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