Things to do in New York today

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Free things to do today

Edan Lepucki: California

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Thanks to a recommendation by some guy named Stephen Colbert, Lepucki's debut novel has become a summer sensation; luckily, the attention is very well deserved. See for yourself tonight as the author reads from and signs California.

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Tue Jul 22
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Lee Grant: I Said Yes to Everything

  • Free

From Academy Award nominee to Vogue It girl, Lee Grant had quite a start to her career. But when she landed on the Hollywood blacklist, everything fell apart. Tonight, Grant talks with Tom Santopietro about that difficult time, how she rebuilt her life and all the stars she met along the way.

  1. Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway 2289 Broadway, at 82nd St
  2. Tue Jul 22
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Toca Tuesdays

  • Free

Tony Touch—joined by DJs June and Butta L—spins hip-hop, funk, reggae, house and more for an intimate Tuesday evening.

  1. Sutra 16 First Ave, between 1st and 2nd Sts
  2. Tue Jul 22
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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. Mon Jul 21 - Fri Aug 15
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Tour de France at Gotham West Market

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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. Tue Jul 22 - Sun Jul 27
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Slavic Soul Party!

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Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party!—in residency at Barbès for more than a decade—is the coolest. And the group isn’t preoccupied with rebelling against the Old World. Live, the band’s members prove they're acutely aware of the common principle that unites the traditions they borrow from: Music ought to move you.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Tue Jul 22
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Today's best arts and culture

Bolshoi Ballet

  • Price band: 2/4
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The glorious Bolshoi Ballet makes a six-day New York appearance as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The company will perform Yuri Grigorovich's Swan Lake (July 15–20), Alexei Fadeyechev's 1999 production of Don Quixote (July 22, 23), based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, and Grigorovich's Spartacus (July 25–27). The performances feature dancers Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Vladislav Lantratov, Olga Smirnova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Maria Vinogradova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Artem Ovcharenko and Denis Rodkin.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Sun Jul 27
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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. Tue Jul 22 - 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. Tue Jul 22 - Sat Nov 15
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Tonight's best comedy show

Lady Bunny: Clowns Syndrome

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies, original videos and savagely hilarious takedowns of everyone from Chris Christie to Justin Bieber.

  1. Escuelita 301 W 39th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Jul 22
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Tonight's best nightlife

Release: DJ Disciple and Friends

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Grammy-nominated DJ Disciple, a fixture of the NYC scene for years, takes control of the Lower East Side's intimate Sapphire every Tuesday for a night of house rhythms.

  1. Sapphire 249 Eldridge St, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Jul 22
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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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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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Ardesia

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  1. 510 W 52nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh 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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Quality Meats

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  1. 57 W 58th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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