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Here We Go Magic + Coastgaard + White Bike

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Picture a hazy Glastonbury morning in June 2010. With most festivalgoers still asleep in their tents, the day’s music had already begun. Brooklyn favorite Here We Go Magic was playing to a sparse, bleary-eyed crowd when its members noticed a couple of listeners up front, the only two who were really rocking. Upon further examination, these guys turned out to be Thom Yorke (whose trademark wiggle must have been a giveaway) and Nigel Godrich. Wowed by the band’s performance, Radiohead’s frontman and unofficial sixth member hooked up with the musicians after their set. That meeting led to Godrich producing Here We Go Magic’s latest record, A Different Ship—a big step for the melodic art-rockers, who’d previously produced themselves. It was a risk worth taking: From the nervous optimism of “How Do I Know” to the dreamy, spacious build on “Over the Ocean,” the new tracks are thick with moods, methods and cryptic layers just begging to be peeled away over copious listens. The result is easily the band’s most riveting work yet, but don’t give Godrich all the credit. The seeds of an exciting record were already planted with 2011’s overlooked but gorgeous The January EP, which presaged the shimmering expansiveness heard on A Different Ship. No surprise, then, that Here We Go Magic, which earned a cult following for its off-the-cuff shows, is now touring the world and just scored an enviable slot opening for Andrew Bird. Next time the band plays Glastonbury, it’ll surely merit prime ti

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Piggy Bear

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Pigs and bears? Oh my! Urban Bear's Robert Valin brings you this party for hirsute, cuddly dudes. DJ Bill Pfeiffer spins while go-go bears dance and $15 pitchers help you work on that sexy beer belly.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19
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The Fifth Annual Brooklyn Indie Party

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A hotbed of literary innovation, Brooklyn is home to some of the best magazines and presses in the country, like (to name only a few) A Public Space, Archipelago Books, Melville House and Tin House. These folks and more gather to kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival weekend; join them for drinks, refreshments, prizes and music by Brooklyn Literary Council chair Johnny Temple.

  1. Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton St, at South Portland Ave
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Today's best food and drink events

Feast of San Gennaro

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Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

  1. Little Italy Mulberry St, between Broome and Canal Sts
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sun Sep 21
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Smorgasburg at SummerStage Central Park

Brooklyn’s street-food flea invades SummerStage with a buffet of grub—including food-fair staples like El Super (seafood tostadas), Butter & Scotch (maple-bacon cupcakes) and Brooklyn Soda Works (apple-ginger, yerba mate)—and a Shabbat dinner by Mile End tuned with mixes by Mister Saturday Night DJs Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin.

  1. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Enter park at Fifth Ave , at 69th St
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Oystoberfest

Combining the half shells of Oyster Week with the casks of Oktoberfest, this Time Out New York tasting includes all-you-can-eat Blue Point oysters and Rosamunde's bratwurst, plus unlimited pours of Oyster stout from Blue Point Brewing Company and Finlandia vodka and Plymouth gin cocktails.

  1. Openhouse Gallery 201 Mulberry St, between Kenmare and Spring Sts, 10013
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Nico: Underground

  • Price band: 1/4
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The fascinating Tammy Faye Starlite revisits her witty and insightful tribute to the glacial German singer Nico, whose bored baritone vocals added eerie Continental glamour to the first Velvet Underground album.

  1. 155 First Ave, between 9th and 10th Sts
  2. $15
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Sep 28
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Here We Go Magic + Coastgaard + White Bike

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  • Free

Picture a hazy Glastonbury morning in June 2010. With most festivalgoers still asleep in their tents, the day’s music had already begun. Brooklyn favorite Here We Go Magic was playing to a sparse, bleary-eyed crowd when its members noticed a couple of listeners up front, the only two who were really rocking. Upon further examination, these guys turned out to be Thom Yorke (whose trademark wiggle must have been a giveaway) and Nigel Godrich. Wowed by the band’s performance, Radiohead’s frontman and unofficial sixth member hooked up with the musicians after their set. That meeting led to Godrich producing Here We Go Magic’s latest record, A Different Ship—a big step for the melodic art-rockers, who’d previously produced themselves. It was a risk worth taking: From the nervous optimism of “How Do I Know” to the dreamy, spacious build on “Over the Ocean,” the new tracks are thick with moods, methods and cryptic layers just begging to be peeled away over copious listens. The result is easily the band’s most riveting work yet, but don’t give Godrich all the credit. The seeds of an exciting record were already planted with 2011’s overlooked but gorgeous The January EP, which presaged the shimmering expansiveness heard on A Different Ship. No surprise, then, that Here We Go Magic, which earned a cult following for its off-the-cuff shows, is now touring the world and just scored an enviable slot opening for Andrew Bird. Next time the band plays Glastonbury, it’ll surely merit prime ti

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Pass the Mic: A Night of Women Emcees

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Pass the mike and get ready for a night with some of the hardest-working women in hip-hop. The showcase features Brooklyn's Nitty Scott, who's collaborated with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Estelle; the rapper who wrote "Roxanne's Revenge" (ranked No. 42 on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs), Queensbridge rapper Roxanne Shanté; and Rajé Shwari, a.k.a. the Queen of BollyHood, who was featured on Jay Z's "The Bounce" off his album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.  

  1. BAMcafé 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Today's best arts and culture

"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. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Oct 12
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"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. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Nov 15
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed. Rock Bottom: Theater review by David Cote I was a Bridget Everett virgin before Rock Bottom, so yes, there was some blood. There was also lots of spilled Chardonnay, sweat and a few other fluids I’d rather not name. In other words, it

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $33
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Thu Oct 16
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Tonight's best comedy show

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed. Rock Bottom: Theater review by David Cote I was a Bridget Everett virgin before Rock Bottom, so yes, there was some blood. There was also lots of spilled Chardonnay, sweat and a few other fluids I’d rather not name. In other words, it was all flavors of crazy, and I loved every second. How is it possible that for years I’ve missed Everett’s vaginocentric shock comedy and rafter-splitting rock belt? Fear, if we’re being truthful. I’d seen the pictures, heard the titles and assumed she was too much woman to handle. Still, her latest cabaret act—with songs cowritten by Broadway vets Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), as well as with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz and Matt Ray­—is a nice way to ease, semi-lubed, into the Everett aesthetic. Between a ditty about sampling international dong, “Tell Me (Does This Dick Make My Ass Look Big?),” and a nearly scatological dalliance with a British film star, “A Man So Fine,” Everett works

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $33
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Thu Oct 16
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Tonight's best nightlife

The Slipper Room Show

  • Price band: 2/4
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Burlesque and variety headquarters the Slipper Room provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends, attracting the cream of the city's scene for plenty of bump-and-grind fun. Shows are at 10pm and midnight; check the club's website for the (generally awesome) lineup.

  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Dec 27
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Piggy Bear

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  • Free

Pigs and bears? Oh my! Urban Bear's Robert Valin brings you this party for hirsute, cuddly dudes. DJ Bill Pfeiffer spins while go-go bears dance and $15 pitchers help you work on that sexy beer belly.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way

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  • Free

Busy burlesque babe Calamity Chang is the host of this Friday-night parade of pulchritude on Hotel Chantelle's street-level floor, with resident performers Aurora Black, Mr. Gorgeous, Rosie Cheeks and guests strutting their stuff as you tipple your cocktail.

  1. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10022
  2. Fri Sep 19
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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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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

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  1. 409 Greenwich St, between Beach and Hubert Sts
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Marea

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  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 240 Central Park South, between Seventh Ave and Broadway
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  1. 50 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002-24
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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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