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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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“Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld”

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Like her better-known colleagues Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) was a key member of the Pictures Generation. Like them, she emerged in the late 1970s to dissect the workings of images—photographs, in particular—within popular culture. This small but punchy retrospective—astoundingly, her first in New York—opens with a room of her early “Stills,” a series of large, cropped and grainy blowups of newspaper photos, capturing people falling from buildings. The serial arrangement of these shocking pictures into a dispassionate typology reveal roots in ’60s and ’70s Conceptual Art, but their charged emotional content and interest in the conventions of media representation mark them as harbingers of Postmodernism.

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New Museum of Contemporary Art, Lower East Side Until Sunday September 20 2015
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US Open

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For two weeks each summer, New York becomes the capital of the tennis world as the sport's final Grand Slamthwacks its way into Queens. Watch stars play under the lights during the popular evening sessions.

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Arthur Ashe Stadium, Queens Until Sunday September 13 2015
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ASICS sample sale

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Athletes and fitness addicts won’t want to miss this warehouse bonanza offering major price cuts on sporty pieces that will keep you looking sharp during your next sweat sesh. Score men’s FujiTrail hoodies (from $100 to $35) and women’s Gel-Fit Sana running sneakers (once $80, now $50) as well as Kanani bikini tops (originally $30, going for $17).

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260 Sample Sale, Midtown Until Sunday September 6 2015
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"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971"

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Before Yoko Ono became inextricably linked with John Lennon—and disparaged as the woman who "broke up" The Beatles—she was an artist, with a career stretching back to the early 1960s. Ono was a conceptual and performance artist, a sincere absurdist influenced by Duchamp and the Fluxus movement. But her delicately minimal aesthetic owed just as much to her Japanese background. This survey—which mostly covers the years leading up to her pop-cultural celebrity—is the first of its kind, and is anchored by her odd, previous association with MoMA: An unofficial show she mounted for herself at the museum in 1971.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West Until Monday September 7 2015
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Peking Opera Productions

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Zhang Huoding is a superstar of the Peking Opera, known for her soft but deep voice and dramatic interpretations. She makes her American debut in a pair of Chinese costume dramas, Legend of the White Snake on Sept 2 and The Jewelry Purse the following night.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side Until Thursday September 3 2015
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WE F
WE F

Is there a Takashi Murakami exhibit going on or something? Why is it the feature image?

Briana P
Briana P

Do TimeOut's 'undateables' include any senior citizens?   I haven't seen any, but maybe I missed something.    If you haven't featured any yet, it would be great to see some soon.   There are plenty of us around, and many of us are single.  And please - by senior citizens, I mean those of us who have actually passed our 65th birthdays.  Far too often, those in their 20's think of anyone over 40 as a senior.

As someone who is the same age as your guest editor, Susan Sarandon, I see a distinct lack of attention paid to the social needs of those in my decade of life who are not celebrities.   It would be great to see that change. Thanks!

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.