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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Downtown Top Ranking

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Drown out the week with roots, rocksteady, dub and good classic reggae played by the aficionados of Deadly Dragon Sound.

  1. The Delancey 168 Delancey St, at Clinton St
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Thu Dec 18
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Comedy as a Second Language

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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 Oct 23 - Thu Dec 25
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The Kills + Moon Duo + Nuns + Slothrust

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CMJ. The Kills—Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince—don't have a new album, but that won't stop the American-British blues-rock duo from headlining this sure-to-be-packed gig.

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Today's best food and drink events

Cider Week NYC

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To celebrate the season of spiked apple spirits, 50 restaurants and retailers around the city will host cider-pairing classes and tap takeovers spotlighting upstate cideries including Bellweather, Bad Seed and Harvest Moon. Be among the first to sample New York’s first urban cidery, Descendant Cider, during a free party at Queens Kickshaw on Oct 24. Throughout the week, stop into shops like PJ Wine and Astor Wine & Spirits for free tastings, Murray’s Cheese Bar for $25 three-course lunches (cheese-and-cider flights, pear-cider sorbet), and pick from prix-fixe menus matched with local and international hard ciders at Marlow & Sons, Gramercy Tavern and the NoMad.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Nov 2
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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 Oct 23 - Fri Oct 24
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Today's free and cheap concerts

The Kills + Moon Duo + Nuns + Slothrust

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  • Free

CMJ. The Kills—Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince—don't have a new album, but that won't stop the American-British blues-rock duo from headlining this sure-to-be-packed gig.

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Bottoms + Clinical Trials + Brett Gleason

  • Price band: 1/4
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Queer-music podcast Homoground presents this CMJ showcase, headlined by gender-shredding electropunk combo Bottoms, along with heavy-rocking duo Clinical Trials and an acoustic set by singer-songwriter Brett Gleason.

  1. Friends and Lovers 641 Classon Ave, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11238
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Big Sleep + Heaven

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CMJ. Local coed duo the Big Sleep splices together classic-rock bombast and postpunk atmospherics. Fellow locals Heaven open with melancholic, indie slowcore.

  1. Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St, between Essex and Ludlow Sts, 10002
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Today's best arts and culture

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions such as a pumpkin-carving demo with Ray Villafane (Oct 19, 20).

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Fri Oct 31
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Stevie Nicks’s 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit

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You probably know Stevie Nicks as the legendary, raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, but Stevie Nicks, the seasoned photographer? Perhaps not. Well, for a very limited time, you can see her exhibition, "24-Karat Gold," a group of images she took between 1975 through 1987. (It's titled the same as her new album, 24-Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.) The short showcase begins at Openhouse Gallery Fri 10 and Sat 11, then moves to Morrison Hotel Gallery Sun 12–Oct 31.

  1. Morrison Hotel Gallery 116 Prince St, between Greene and Wooster Sts, second floor
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Fri Oct 31
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Jacuzzi

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Jacuzzi. Ars Nova (Off Broadway). By Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed by Oliver Butler. With Bos, Thureen, Chris Lowell, Peter Friedman. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Jacuzzi: In brief Family tensions rise to the surface when a pair of slackers crash the hot tub at a Colorado chalet in a new play by Ars Nova company-in-residence the Debate Society (Buddy Cop 2), one of New York's smartest and funniest troupes. Oliver Butler directs; playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen costar with Peter Friedman and Chris Lowell. Jacuzzi: Theater review by Adam Feldman They say that a frog will jump out of hot water, but that if you put it in cool water and turn the heat up slowly, the frog will stay and get boiled. That’s the basic strategy of the Debate Society’s exquisitely

  1. 511 W 54th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. $35
  3. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 8
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Tonight's best comedy show

Comedy as a Second Language

  • Critics choice
  • 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 Oct 23 - Thu Dec 25
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Tonight's best nightlife

Company XIV: Rococo Rouge

  • Price band: 3/4
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Austin McCormick and his Company XIV move into their new digs on Lafayette Street with a new nightlife-performance spectacle, featuring the company's signature blend of live music, decadent dance and luxuriant design.

  1. 428 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $55–$125
  3. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Nov 2
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Downtown Top Ranking

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Drown out the week with roots, rocksteady, dub and good classic reggae played by the aficionados of Deadly Dragon Sound.

  1. The Delancey 168 Delancey St, at Clinton St
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Thu Dec 18
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Code

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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 Oct 23
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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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Hecho en Dumbo

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  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 354 Bowery, between Great Jones and E 4th Sts
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Quality Meats

  • Price band: 4/4
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  1. 57 W 58th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Char No. 4

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  1. 196 Smith St, between Baltic and Warren Sts
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Boulud Sud

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  • Price band: 3/4
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  1. 20 W 64th St, between Broadway and Central Park West, 10023
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