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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.

Brooklyn Bowl
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Alaska: The Gayest Show You've Ever Seen

Critics' pick

Much-adored RuPaul's Drag Race alum Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 makes her returns to NYC with a night of musical comedy, raunch and blasphemy. Expect to hear songs from her surprise hit, the new album, Anus.

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Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe Friday July 31 2015
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Hozier

Before heading to the office, wake up extra early to sing "Work Song" with thousands of other Hozier fans when the "Take Me to Church" singer-songwriter takes the stage at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Part of the Good Morning America summer concert series, expect plenty of adoring fans to arive before dawn for a chance to see the hunky Irishman.

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Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Friday July 31 2015 Free
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Glorious Technicolor

Critics' pick

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the invention of Technicolor by George Eastman House, the MoMA is showing a series of films that exemplify the vibrant early color films, particularly those made between 1922 and 1955. From silent films to musicals to animated classics, many of the best films in American cinema used Technicolor and on Friday evenings during UNIQLO Free Friday Nights (4–8pm) you can skip the usual $12 ticket price and see these flicks for nada.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Until Wednesday August 5 2015 Free
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Ice Factory Festival 2015

Critics' pick

In the helter-skelter of summer theater festivals, the cool curatorial heads of the Ice Factory always provide a welcome breeze. This year’s lineup of plays and multimedia performance includes work by the Assembly, Glass Bandits and Morgan Gould & Friends. For details about individual shows, visit the Ice Factory's site.

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New Ohio Theatre Until Saturday August 8 2015
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Godfrey

Critics' pick

Longtime club comic Godfrey has been inching his way toward greater success—he starred in a special last year, Black by Accident, and was recently featured on 30 Rock and Louie—but he continues to bring a naughty, impish glee to his stage sets.

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Gotham Comedy Club Until Sunday August 2 2015
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U2

Critics' pick

Last year was a weird one for U2, what with that unfortunate iTunes snafu surrounding the release of Songs of Innocence, and Bono's Central Park bike accident, which led to the surreal occurrence of the Boss (and, yes, Chris Martin) filling in for the famed frontman at a World AIDS Day gig this past December. Tepid as Songs was, though, you know you still want to be there when these Irish stadium-rock faves blast through their myriad hits as part of an insane eight-night MSG run.

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Madison Square Garden Friday July 31 2015
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Tangerines

There may be no such thing as a “just” war, but the folly of large-scale violence is all the more evident in combat for which no simple explanation exists. And the more complicated the conflict, the easier it is to make an antiwar movie about it—the story has much less work to do if viewers literally can’t understand why its characters are fighting each other. That makes the War in Abkhazia (1992–93) an ideal backdrop for a film like Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines, a pacifist plea that distills one of the most complicated armed conflicts in recent history to a morality play that a child could understand.  

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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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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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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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Phoenix

Germany’s hypnotically fascinating Nina Hoss plays a Holocaust survivor so transformed by plastic surgery she’s unrecognizable to her husband (who may have sold her out to the Nazis) in this superb, unsettling psychodrama.

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Tangerine

Hell hath no fury like a trans Hollywood hooker scorned in Sean Baker’s grab-you-by-the-collar indie. Captured via iPhone with a grungy beauty, the tale has a serious core of defiance.

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Trainwreck

Amy Schumer is due for her TV-to-film crossover, and with this dazzling Judd Apatow–directed NYC dating comedy (also a roar of feminist pride), she’s got it.

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Minions

Remember those weird little blobs from the Despicable Me movies? Of course, you do—they eclipsed the main story. Now they have their own supremely silly vehicle. Rejoice.

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A Poem Is a Naked Person

Long buried by its subject, rocker Leon Russell, this doc is finally getting a proper release. It’s not only a delivery device for the music, but a time capsule of early ’70s lifestyles.

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Jimmy's Hall

The politically engaged Ken Loach, one of England’s most accomplished directors, brings an Irish tale of rebellion and community to life. The film thrums with tenderness and rage alike.

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Minions

Remember those weird little blobs from the Despicable Me movies? Of course you do—they eclipsed the main story. Now they have their own supremely silly vehicle. Rejoice.

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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!!!!