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

Whiplash

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This wildly popular show, started by Leo Allen and adopted by Aparna Nancherla, has run for more than five years and been home to the best up-and-comers and biggest names in comedy.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Dec 29
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Frantic!

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Michael Kosta, presents a rotating lineup of the club's regulars each Monday.

  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Dec 29
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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 Nov 24
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Today's best arts and culture

Holiday Under the Stars

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you won’t even care that you maxed out your MasterCard getting Aunt Judy that back massager she’s been wanting.

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 4
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after more than eight decades—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Wed Dec 31
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Straight White Men

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

Straight White Men. Public Theater (see Off Broadway). Written and directed by Young Jean Lee. With Austin Pendleton, Pete Simpson, James Stanley, Gary Wilmes. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Straight White Men: In brief Young Jean Lee, whose experimental work has delighted in metatheatrical mind games, offers what she says is a relatively straightforward American father-sons drama on themes of identity and privilege. Is tradition the new subversion? Her cast comprises Austin Pendleton, Pete Simpson, James Stanley and Gary Wilmes. Straight White Men: Theater review by David Cote After years of dabbling in identity-politics plays about Asian-Americans (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven), African-Americans (The Shipment), Elizabethan-Americans (Lear) and

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $35–$45
  3. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Dec 14
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Tonight's best comedy show

Whiplash

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This wildly popular show, started by Leo Allen and adopted by Aparna Nancherla, has run for more than five years and been home to the best up-and-comers and biggest names in comedy.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Dec 29
More info
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Tonight's best nightlife

Deep Space

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Dance-music deity François K's weekly Deep Space soiree focuses on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms but extends its reach to all types of underground dance music. 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 Nov 24
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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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Café Boulud

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 20 E 76th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10021
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Telepan

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 72 W 69th St, at Columbus Ave
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Per Se

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, fourth floor, 10019-11
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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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