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Things to do in New York this Friday

It's time to punch out, wind down and start your weekend. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling.

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I love the '90s Show with the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air

Mark it with your Jelly Roll: Friday night is '90s night at Le Poisson Rouge. Local revivalist crew The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air do the best covers of Ace of Base, Third Eye Blind and TLC you've heard since your school assembly talent show. Le Poisson Rouge's basement location is the perfect set up to roll with your homies.

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Le Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village Friday September 4 2015 - Friday December 18 2015
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Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco

Have you ever wanted to dress up like a character from Xanadu, The Great Gatsby, or the "Thriller" video and then go dance in a park with a lot of other like-minded people? Join the insanity at Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco, where you'll need to unleash your inner Rollerblade vixen to keep up with the crowd and the week's theme. A DJ will be blasting ’80s and ’90s jams all night long, making the LeFrak Center at Prospect Park’s Lakeside the coolest roller rink this side of 1978.

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Lakeside at Prospect Park, Prospect Park Friday September 4 2015 - Friday October 9 2015
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We Are Your Friends

This enormously fun late-summer surprise, which borrows both its title and its pulsating beat from a 2006 dance hit by the electronic duo Justice, is every bit as ridiculous as you might expect (and hope for) from a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a DJ and directed by the gray-haired camera guy from Catfish: The TV Show (Max Joseph). Essentially cobbled together from all of the excitement that was cut from Mia Hansen-Løve’s far superior Eden (a more sober exploration of club music subculture), We Are Your Friends stars Efron as 23-year-old Cole Carter, whose evolution the film traces from puppy-eyed party promoter to genuine musician. The movie follows a silly, trite yet totally seductive trajectory that finds its beefcake hero becoming the protégé of a burned-out success story named James (Wes Bentley). A tortured alcoholic who’s rich from spinning the same tired jams in clubs from Paris to Ibiza, James has everything Cole wants—including a sultry girlfriend-assistant, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski)—but nothing he admires. Meanwhile, Cole’s soulful posse of delinquent buddies, each one of them striving to climb out of the San Fernando Valley, are caught up in a house-flipping scheme with a shady real estate developer. “The world is ours,” these kids keep telling themselves, but they’re emblematic of a generation that’s paradoxically stifled by the infinitude of its own potential. We Are Your Friends doesn’t rewrite the tune on movies about sexy young musicians who learn “

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Farmers Market Fridays

Get some green ambition and scoop up fresh produce straight from three local farms, including the Queens Botanical Garden’s own urban farm.

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Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Friday September 4 2015 - Friday November 20 2015
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Friday Night Poetry Slam

Critics' pick

Performing poets make things lively at this weekly spoken-word event. They spit their best verses onstage in hopes of charming the crowd, winning over the judges and coming back to compete another time.

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Nuyorican Poets Cafe, East Village Friday September 4 2015 - Friday December 25 2015
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The Friday Night Sh*w

Audience members are encouraged to let loose, revealing their demons with anonymous rants and confessions, which a cast of improvisers then uses for comedic fodder.

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Magnet Theater, Chelsea Friday September 4 2015 - Friday December 25 2015
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ElevenEleven

Critics' pick

This packed multilevel throwdown, the creation of nightlife queen Ladyfag, features resident spinner Michael Magnan and Honey Dijon, plus their weekly guests.

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Open House, East Village Friday September 4 2015 - Friday December 25 2015
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"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971"

Critics' pick

Before Yoko Ono became inextricably linked with John Lennon—and disparaged as the woman who "broke up" The Beatles—she was an artist, with a career stretching back to the early 1960s. 

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West Until Monday September 7 2015
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Jeppe Hein, "Please Touch the Art"

Brooklyn Bridge Park just added 18 brand-new sculptures by Danish artist Jeppe Hein to its massive playground and waterfront gardens.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights Until Friday January 1 2016
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We Are Your Friends

Since Neighbors, Zac Efron continues to outfox his critics with this knowingly silly (and fun) drama about a rising DJ, crafted in the same mold as Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.

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Mistress America

Effervescent Greta Gerwig and NYC specialist Noah Baumbach (on fire this year with While We’re Young) collaborate on this tart comedy about urban free fall and frenemy frictions.

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The Mend

Sibling dysfunction gets an exhilarating shake-up in John Magary’s NYC-set ultra-indie, starring an intense, totally transformed Josh Lucas, who flips the script.

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The End of the Tour

You won’t see Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segel through the same eyes after you witness his dense dramatic turn as late Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace. 

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Ricki and the Flash

Suffused with heart and a scrappy sense of bar-band durability, Jonathan Demme’s latest, starring Meryl Streep in a defiant turn, serves up family drama at a driving, insistent pace.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Check out funky British newcomer Bel Powley as a free-spirited San Francisco kid making her adventurous way into ’70s-era womanhood in this ambitious female-friendly comedy.

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Only Aardman Animations—the British creators of Wallace & Gromit and other lovable, moldable claymation characters—could find an irresistible movie to be made about the story of an amnesiac farmer and his flock at loose in the big city. Much of the beauty of this big-hearted, stop-motion caper (a spin-off of an insanely successful BBC kids series) is the entire absence of decipherable language. Instead imagine grunts, mumbles, bleats and screams as Shaun the Sheep tries to engineer a day off from Mossy Bottom Farm but causes his bewildered owner to bang his head and wander off into the unnamed metropolis (which looks a lot like England’s Bristol, where Aardman has its HQ).  Amid the chaos, it’s sometimes hard to work out exactly which sheep is Shaun, but that doesn’t matter when there are great slapstick scenes in a hospital, a hair salon, a fancy restaurant and an ominous animal pound. Maybe an hour would have been enough, yet even the slower patches have charm to burn.

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The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer surpasses his devastating The Act of Killing with another essential doc about the Indonesian genocide. The follow-up hits even harder as an indictment.

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Amy

The sad, self-destructive story of Amy Winehouse gets a sympathetic airing in Asif Kapadia’s documentary, which is both a cautionary tale and, when the music’s on, a celebratory one.

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Eating out?

Grab a drink

The 50 best New York bars

Whether you favor craft brews or serious cocktails; a beer-and-shot special or a transporting glass of wine, NYC has a game-changing bar to slake your thirst

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William F
William F

You say kayak on the Hudson on Friday, but it says it's ONLY available on SATURDAYS in August!!!!!!  Please fix!!!!