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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Mika

Critics' pick

British singer Mika is garish and fearless: As a pop star, his impulsive audacity isn’t exasperating but liberating. Early singles from his recently released fourth album, No Place in Heaven, indicate that Mika will be continuing his operatic ascent. Hear him play at Central Park for free.

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Central Park, Rumsey Playfield 03 Jul 2015 Free
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Verboten StageONE

Critics' pick

Williamsburg club Verboten returns this summer with a huge outdoor event series just down the street from their lovely indoor home. Visit their website for further details.

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50 Kent Until Saturday September 19 2015
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International African Arts Festival

Critics' pick

While this four-day festival started as a small community fund-raiser, it now attracts a crowd of 75,000 from around the world. This year’s lineup is as jam-packed as ever: Catch a performance by Talib Kweli on Fri 3, and return on Sat 4 for jazz musician Norman Connors, Grammy Award–winning rock band Living Colour, and special events including a barber competition, parade and fashion show.

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Commodore Barry Park Until Sunday July 5 2015 Free
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Rooftop Films

Critics' pick

For more than 15 years this outdoor gathering of indoor types (sorry, sorry, film buffs) has hosted screenings in a variety of creative locales—beaches, parks, plazas, farmland and roofs (duh). This year’s series will be held at seven al fresco spots including the Industry City complex in Sunset Park. There’s something about looking out over the city from up high, soaking in the skyline, that makes the experience much more, dare we say, cinematic. Programming runs the gamut from tried-and-true cult faves to world premieres. See site for specific times and locations.

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Location TBA Until Friday August 14 2015
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DanceBrazil

Critics' pick

Get ready for the much-loved DanceBrazil to return to the Joyce. Company members (and artistic director Jelon Vieira) are masters of capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, and the group's sexy, exhilarating choreography tends to knock audiences out.

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Joyce Theater Friday July 3 2015
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9 comments
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.