Things to do in New York today

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Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series

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You'll want to bring a picnic blanket to the 11th season of Madison Square Park's outdoor concert series—the Fatty Crew (that's restaurant trifecta Fatty Crab, Fatty Cue and Pig & Khao) will be dishing out some of their famous fare. Hosting a wide range of musical acts, the summer-long series kicks off with the folksy Suzanne Vega (June 19), followed by the clarinet-led Anat Cohen Quartet (June 26), bluegrass band the Grascals with eclectic collective Joy Kills Sorrow (July 3), jazz singer Rene Marie (July 10), cellist Ben Sollee (July 17), the Cuban-bred Dafnis Prieto Sextet with the Yosvany Terry Quintet (July 24), kooky folk star Erin McKeown with indie-poppers Lake Street Dive (July 31) and Big Easy natives Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (Aug 7).

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Aug 6
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Jay & Silent Bob's Blueprints for Destroying Everything

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The infamous duo make a rare appearance in honor of their new book, a guide to destroying...everything. From the glass ceiling to self-doubt, Jay and Silent Bob have the blueprints to wreck it. Join them for a reading and signing of this hilarious work.

  1. Bryant Park Reading Room W 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Amel Larrieux + Avery*Sunshine + The Jones Family Singers

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Former Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larrieux is one of alterna-R&B’s bright lights, primarily because her delivery comes with jazz seasoning. She also has a sizable globalist streak. Tonight she joins singer-pianist Avery*Sunshine and the gospel-funk Jones Family Singers.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Today's best food and drink events

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

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It's your chance to dine for a steal at more than 300 Gotham eateries during this three-week food blowout. High-profile spots like Seamus Mullen's Tertulia, Michael White's Costata and Julian Medina's Yerba Buena will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.

  1. Various locations
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Fri Aug 15
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series

  • Critics choice
  • Free

You'll want to bring a picnic blanket to the 11th season of Madison Square Park's outdoor concert series—the Fatty Crew (that's restaurant trifecta Fatty Crab, Fatty Cue and Pig & Khao) will be dishing out some of their famous fare. Hosting a wide range of musical acts, the summer-long series kicks off with the folksy Suzanne Vega (June 19), followed by the clarinet-led Anat Cohen Quartet (June 26), bluegrass band the Grascals with eclectic collective Joy Kills Sorrow (July 3), jazz singer Rene Marie (July 10), cellist Ben Sollee (July 17), the Cuban-bred Dafnis Prieto Sextet with the Yosvany Terry Quintet (July 24), kooky folk star Erin McKeown with indie-poppers Lake Street Dive (July 31) and Big Easy natives Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (Aug 7).

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Aug 6
More info

Amel Larrieux + Avery*Sunshine + The Jones Family Singers

  • Free

Former Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larrieux is one of alterna-R&B’s bright lights, primarily because her delivery comes with jazz seasoning. She also has a sizable globalist streak. Tonight she joins singer-pianist Avery*Sunshine and the gospel-funk Jones Family Singers.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Jonathan Kreisberg Trio

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Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, an ace straight-ahead player who also wades into swirly psychedelic territory in his sideman appearances with soul-jazz great Dr. Lonnie Smith, continues his long-running Bar Next Door residency.

  1. The Bar Next Door (downstairs at La Lanterna di Vittorio) 129 MacDougal St, between 3rd and 4th Sts
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Aug 27
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Today's best arts and culture

"Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism"

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Despite its name, Capitalist Realism wasn’t a movement so much as it was a collaborative art project, encompassing several exhibition-slash-performances in West Germany during the early- to mid-1960s. Of its principals—Manfred Kuttner, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter—two became hugely famous, which is why this art-historical epiphenomenon has garnered so much interest. Artists Space recalls this chapter in postmodernism through an unconventional format that presents re-creations of paintings and other artifacts instead of the originals (in the spirit of Capitalist Realism’s critical examination of mass-media reproductions, though the cost of loans undoubtedly played a part). The result, which includes films selected by artist Christopher Williams, is more of a

  1. Artists Space 38 Greene St, between Broome and Grand Sts, 10013
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 17
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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  • Free

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. Wed Jul 30 - Sat Nov 15
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"Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art may be known for its paintings and ancient treasures, but fashion is increasingly what brings crowds to the institution. Nearly 700,000 people came to the stunning “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” retrospective in 2011, making it one of the most-visited exhibitions in the museum’s history. Last year’s “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” was a more modest success, as 450,000 people clamored to see a replica of CBGB’s grotty bathroom. With more fashion-focused visitors than ever, the timing is perfect for the museum to open its revamped Costume Institute on May 8. It’ll be bigger and better—and thanks to a particularly helpful benefactor, it’ll be known by a new moniker: the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Yes, that Anna Wintour. Condé Nast’s

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 10
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Tonight's best comedy show

The How I Learned Series

  • Price band: 1/4
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Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story tied to a specific lesson.

  1. Union Hall 702 Union St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Tonight's best nightlife

Beardyman

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The British beat-boxer extraordinaire brings what seems to be physically impossible vocal talents to Williamsburg. He recently invented a bit of software, the Beardytron 5000, to loop, sample and manipulate his mouth-beat breaks with even more precision and flexibility. If you've never seen this guy in action, you owe it to yourself to check him out; he's quite amazing.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Nurse Bettie Burlesque

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  • Free

Shelly "The Singing Siren" Watson hosts this night of burly-Q action at the intimate Nurse Bettie, which features both nightlife newbies and stars of the Gotham scene.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Roots

  • Price band: 2/4
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House heroes Louie Vega (of Masters at Work) and Kevin Hedge (of Blaze) have kept New York dance music alive and kicking for more than ten years with their long-running midweek dance party.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Wed Jul 30
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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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Torrisi Italian Specialties

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  1. 250 Mulberry St, between Prince and Spring 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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wd~50

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 50 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002-24
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Cookshop

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  1. 156 Tenth Ave, at 20th St
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