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.

Brooklyn Bowl
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Magic Mike XXL

It's been three years since Mike Lane's (Channing Tatum) retirement from stripping, but the former dancer misses the excitement and feeling of being on stage.

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Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead Simulcast

It has been a half century since jam-band progenitors the Grateful Dead first started truckin’. To celebrate this decidedly American act’s big b-day, the band’s surviving founding members will be joined by Phish’s Trey Anastasio—sitting in for the late Jerry Garcia on guitar—for a trio of shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. 

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Brooklyn Bowl Until Sunday July 5 2015
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International African Arts Festival

Critics' pick

While this four-day festival started as a small community fund-raiser, it now attracts a crowd of 75,000 from around the world. This year’s lineup is as jam-packed as ever: Catch a performance by Talib Kweli today.

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Commodore Barry Park Until Sunday July 5 2015 Free
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Gap x Big Gay Ice Cream

Critics' pick

This denim chain has teamed up with Big Gay Ice Cream in honor of Pride week for a special collaboration.

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Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapBody Until Sunday July 26 2015
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Midsummer Night Swing: Kahulanui

Critics' pick

Imagine that Manhattan is a slightly different sort of island on July 3, when the Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui (the Big Dance) strikes up its instruments for a big band–inflected set that will include the appropriate amount of ukulele. 

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Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Friday July 3 2015
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Jaws at Nitehawk Cinema

There’s a very good reason some of us won’t be spending the holiday weekend at the beach, and that’s because we’ve seen Jaws and want to be as far away from the water as possible when a monstrous fish starts devouring everyone, thank you very much. 

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Nitehawk Cinema Until Sunday July 5 2015
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Rooftop Films

Critics' pick

For more than 15 years this outdoor gathering of indoor types (sorry, sorry, film buffs) has hosted screenings in a variety of creative locales—beaches, parks, plazas, farmland and roofs (duh). 

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Location TBA Until Friday August 14 2015
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DanceBrazil

Critics' pick

Get ready for the much-loved DanceBrazil to return to the Joyce. Company members (and artistic director Jelon Vieira) are masters of capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, and the group's sexy, exhilarating choreography tends to knock audiences out.

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Joyce Theater Friday July 3 2015
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New York Asian Film Festival

Over 50 new films premiere at the 14th edition of this 10-day festival. Some of the movies—including mega-blockbusters, critically acclaimed art films and beautiful historical dramas—are making their way from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia to New York.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center Until Thursday July 9 2015
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Fresh Dressed

Behind hip-hop’s beats and rhymes was an equally important impulse to carve out a unique fashion identity. Sacha Jenkins’s thoughtful, thorough documentary charts the rise of rap style.

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Dope

Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy follows three high-school nerds who call Los Angeles’ frightening Inglewood home. It’s a euphorically funny indie that flips the script on Boyz n the Hood

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Infinitely Polar Bear

Line up now for Mark Ruffalo’s most complex and likable performance to date, as a mentally unstable parent who, despite frequent mood swings, must care for two rambunctious girls.

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The Third Man

Carol Reed’s 1949 comedy-thriller feels unlike any movie of its era. Now, thanks to an immaculate restoration, it looks like it was filmed only yesterday.

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Eden

The ’90s French house-music scene (the very one that produced Daft Punk) is lovingly evoked in Mia Hansen-Løve’s bittersweet drama about losing yourself in the moment

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Inside Out

Critics' pick

A new Pixar movie is always cause for celebration, this one more than most: By comically exploring a young girl’s internal psychology, the studio approaches near-experimental highs. 

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Love & Mercy

Beach Boys fans, catch a wave to this heartbreakingly good biopic of Brian Wilson, portrayed by two dynamite actors: Paul Dano as the young genius and John Cusack as the fragile, overmedicated adult.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Post-apocalyptic visionary George Miller returns to the series that made his name, and the results are spectacular: jaw-droppingly violent, surreal and worth the 30-year wait

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Eating out?

The 50 best brunch places in NYC

A weekend in New York just isn’t complete without brunch. See our picks for a late breakfast on the weekend.

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By: Tazi Phillips

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!!!!