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

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JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns with Carry Nation, Amber Valentine and Justin Strauss joining JD on the decks.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Jul 24
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The Loaded Canon

  • Free

Author and Second Skin Books cofounder Nathaniel Kressen welcomes up-and-coming authors to read their latest unpublished works, while audience members suck down a few drinks.

  1. Brooklyn Oenology 209 Wythe Ave, Between North 3rd and 4th Sts
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Nickel Creek + The Secret Sisters

  • Price band: 3/4
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  • Free

Chris Thile and the Watkins siblings revive their rootsy yet stylistically unfettered bluegrass trio in support of A Dotted Line, their first LP since 2005’s Grammy-winning Why Should the Fire Die? Beehived country duo the Secret Sisters opens the show.

  1. Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) Prospect Park West, at 9th St
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Today's best food and drink events

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

  • Price band: 2/4

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. Thu Jul 24 - Fri Aug 15
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Tour de France at Gotham West Market

  • Price band: 2/4

Spin your wheels over to the Hell's Kitchen food hall for discounts and specials in honor of France's famed cycling event. Early risers can watch the race on two projection screens starting at 8am, and the first guest to arrive gets a free Choza taco and Blue Bottle coffee. Show up in riding gear and score two-for-one françaises beers at the Cannibal (Jenlain Blonde Biere de Garde, La Goutte d'Or Charbonniere) and an extra-scoop upgrade at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. At NYC Velo, find complimentary bike concierge service and a storewide 10 percent discount.

  1. Gotham West Market 600 Eleventh Ave, between 44th and 45th Sts, 10036
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Jul 27
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NoMad Upstairs

  • Price band: 2/4
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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 Jul 24 - Fri Jul 25
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Nickel Creek + The Secret Sisters

  • Price band: 3/4
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  • Free

Chris Thile and the Watkins siblings revive their rootsy yet stylistically unfettered bluegrass trio in support of A Dotted Line, their first LP since 2005’s Grammy-winning Why Should the Fire Die? Beehived country duo the Secret Sisters opens the show.

  1. Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) Prospect Park West, at 9th St
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Crocodiles + Christines + The New Lines

  • Price band: 1/4
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Crocodiles takes its cue from the dark drones of decades past, including Suicide and, especially, the Jesus and Mary Chain. The San Diego duo has been hyped with good reason: Its music is well styled, gently anarchic and extremely catchy. Listen for songs from their forthcoming fifth album.

  1. Death by Audio 49 South 2nd St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Thu Jul 24
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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. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Aug 17
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"Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

  • Price band: 2/4
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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. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Aug 10
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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 Jul 24 - Sat Nov 15
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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 Jul 24
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Tonight's best nightlife

Pat

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  • Free

JD Samson's party for cute Brooklynites returns with Carry Nation, Amber Valentine and Justin Strauss joining JD on the decks.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Jul 24
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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 Jul 24
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Code

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  • Free

Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks keep your kicks glossy while you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes leather, rubber and uniforms. Check the website for more extensive info. And don't fuck it up—the doorman's decision is final.

  1. The Eagle 554 W 28th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Jul 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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Le Cirque

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  1. 151 E 58th St, between Lexington and Third Aves
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The Standard Grill

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  1. 848 Washington St, at 13th St
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Aldea

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  1. 31 W 17th St , between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Daniel

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  1. 60 E 65th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10021
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