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.

Photograph: Installation view of Alex Da Corte
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Jessie Ware + Jesse Boykins III

Jessie Ware first piqued the interest of tastemakers back in 2011 after contributing her velvety vocals to tracks by postdubstep bass master SBTRKT and ’90s garage throwbacks Disclosure. The London soul-pop diva’s beguiling debut, Devotion, retooled the silken stylings of Sade with a modern polish and cemented Ware’s star status. While early singles like “Wildest Moments” soared majestically, last year’s Tough Love came off as surprisingly reserved. We think the stylistic pullback offers some very welcome subtlety.

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Terminal 5 Wednesday April 1 2015
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Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Critics' pick

You don’t have to take a 15-hour flight to Japan to experience the wonder of cherry-blossom trees in bloom; hop the train to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to stroll through the most majestic springtime beauty New York City has to offer. Check out the "Plants in Bloom" report on the garden’s website to plan your visit like a pro.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Until Sunday April 26 2015
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Twin Shadow + Lolawolf

Critics' pick

Since George Lewis Jr. introduced himself to the public as north Brooklyn's one-man laptop act Twin Shadow, he's added a live band to the fray and made for some kind of Prince-inspired, slick-dance-ballad endeavor, which is to say that it's awesome. His new full-length, Eclipse, is his most fully realized vision yet, so be ready to move to sparkly new jams. Fronted by one Zoë Kravitz, Lolawolf plays arty, energetic electro-pop.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday April 1 2015
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The Mandingo Ambassadors

Critics' pick

Guitarist Mamady Kouyaté formed the Mandingo Ambassadors in Guinea in the late ’60s. Now living in New York, Kouyaté leads a new version of the outfit through funky, festive West African tunes every Wednesday night at Barbès.

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Barbès Until Wednesday April 29 2015
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Freaks and Geeks Bingo

Critics' pick

Wow, Freaks and Geeks lasted for only 18 episodes. The nerdy cult classic was surely gone too soon, but it packed enough pop references (Bionic Woman, anyone?) and inside jokes for a weekly night of bingo.

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Videology Until Wednesday April 29 2015 Free

Comments

8 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.