Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Locrian Chamber Players

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The Locrian Chamber Players, a contemporary-music institution that specializes exclusively in works less than a decade old, present a potent blend of new and recent pieces by Georg Friedrich Haas (String Quartet No. 5) and Michael Daugherty (Regrets Only). Works by Jason Bahr, Mei-Fang Lin and Jeremiah Evans round out the free program.

  1. The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Dr, between 120th and 122nd Sts
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Dolan Morgan: That's When the Knives Come Down

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One of Greenpoint's own writers launches his debut story collection, an absurd and harrowing look at cities, relationships and lives gone awry. Authors B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson also read to mark the occasion.

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Today's best food and drink events

NoMad Upstairs

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Two weeks ago, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm—the young guns behind Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad—launched this classy jazz series evoking old-school New York. Sink into leather couches and listen to live bands, such as Grammy nominee Stacie Orrico, through Feb13. Butter-dipped radishes and chicken-liver mousse, along with other fine-dining snacks, are available on the bar menu, along with serious cocktails and wine.

  1. The NoMad Hotel 1170 Broadway, at 28th St, 10001
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Fri Aug 29
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Irabagon Festival

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A saxophonist who quietly refuses to conform to jazz orthodoxy, of either the mainstream or avant-garde variety, Jon Irabagon presents the latest in a series of multinight fests at the Café. He's booked three killer lineups: a new quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Rudy Royston (Aug 28); his powerhouse working trio with bassist Mark Helias and drummer Barry Altschul (Aug 29); and a mix-and-match group with bassist Michael Formanek, drummer Tom Rainey and special guests TBA (Aug 30).

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sat Aug 30
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Molly Pope

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Molly Pope is the next big thing of 1963: Her viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past. For the past few years she has been applying her Ed Sullivan Show style to contemporary pop at showcases like Our Hit Parade and the Meeting*; tonight she goes solo with an eclectic set.

  1. 42West 514 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Today's best arts and culture

Donkey Punch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Donkey Punch. SoHo Playhouse (see Off Broadway). By Micheline Auger. Directed by Audrey Alford. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Donkey Punch: In brief A woman tries monogamy while her best friend dates a pornographer in Micheline Auger's look at sex and love in the modern age. Audrey Alford directs. Donkey Punch: Theater review by Raven Snook Named for a raunchy (and supposedly fictitious) anal-sex maneuver, Micheline Auger's dramedy lands a few solid blows on relationships in the postfeminist era, both romantic and platonic. Two twentyish BFFs, promiscuous Kareena (Cleo Gray, achingly raw) and prudish Sam (Lauren Dortch-Crozier), think they're looking for that special someone, when really they're just trying to find themselves. Going outside her comfort

  1. 15 Vandam St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St
  2. $45
  3. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Aug 31
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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. Thu Aug 28 - Sat Nov 15
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Keld Helmer-Petersen, "122 Color Photographs"

  • Rated as: 4/5
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This look at the refined, formal photography of Keld Helmer-Petersen, who experimented with color film in the 1940s, is yet another example of how art history is being revised as the 20th century recedes from memory. The conventional narrative has it that black-and-white film reigned in fine-art photography until the late 1960s, when Bill Eggleston introduced the use of Ektachrome slide film to create dye-transfer prints. But Eggleston was hardly the first, as Helmer-Petersen’s example demonstrates. Still, Helmer-Petersen’s work wasn’t seen as art in his own day. When Life magazine published a seven-page spread of his images in 1949, they were presented in the context of photojournalism. Yet they were nothing like the “decisive moment” images usually promoted in Life that

  1. Yossi Milo Gallery 245 Tenth Ave, between 24th and 25th Sts
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Fri Aug 29
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Tonight's best comedy show

Comedy as a Second Language

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  • Free

Sean Patton and Chesley Calloway welcome stand-up comics to the stage in this weekly show.

  1. Kabin 92 Second Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Tonight's best nightlife

Homo Erectus

  • Price band: 2/4
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Matt Knife serves up a night of all-boy (or mostly boy) burlesque at this recurring show.

  1. The Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St, between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl , 10014
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Spanking the Lower East Side

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  • Free

The ’50s-pinup–inspired venue Nurse Bettie (named for Bettie Page, one of the 20th century's premier hotsy-totsies) is a natural setting for burlesque performers. This weekly get-together is produced by "Asian sexsation" Calamity Chang, and usually includes six or seven acts, as well as preshow go-go dancers. Prepare to get up close and personal in the small, intimate bar space.

  1. Nurse Bettie 106 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Thu Aug 28
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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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Tipsy Parson

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 156 Ninth Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts
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Café Boulud

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

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  1. 236 Fifth Ave, between 27th and 28th Sts
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Le Bernardin

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  1. 155 W 51st St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10019
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