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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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Intrepid Summer Movie Series: Top Gun

Could there be a more atmospheric place to relive the tower-buzzing highs of Top Gun than the deck of the Intrepid? We can’t think of one—barring a trip to vaguely identified hostile waters. Bring a blanket or chair, some snacks and nonalcoholic drinks for the 1986 blockbuster, which stars Tom Cruise as a volleyball-loving Navy pilot, Val Kilmer as his jaw-chomping rival and Kelly McGillis as a Ph.D.-equipped flight instructor who’s all too easily impressed by barroom karaoke.

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27 May 2016
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“David Hammons: Five Decades”

David Hammons is one of the most important American artists today, though you wouldn’t necessarily know it. An artist of his stature would have been recognized by now in major museum surveys, but as one of the first African-American artists to have emerged in the context of  Conceptualism, he has always remained elusive and apart from the largely white art world as matter of strategy. Not that he’s unknown or hasn’t received significant exposure, but this must-see look back at his 50-year career really belongs at MoMA or the Whitney. The fact that it isn’t is the artist’s own choice, but since it’s being mounted in a gallery venue, it does have the virtue of being free.

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Until Fri May 27
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BJM—Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

Critics' pick

The Canadian ballet-and-modern company presents the New York premieres of Andonis Foniadakis’s Kosmos, Rodrigo Pederneiras’s Rouge and Itzik Galili’s Mono Lisa.

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Tue May 24 - Sun May 29
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Eclipsed

How rarely can anything like Eclipsed be seen in the starry firmament of Broadway? Musicals with all-black or mostly black casts come along every so often; so, recently, do revivals of white plays (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Trip to Bountiful) reimagined with an African-American spin. But a new play whose writer, director and entire cast of five are all women of African descent? On the Great White Way, that counts as a first. 

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Fri May 20 - Sun Jun 19
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Live Dubbed Sitcoms

Watch improvisers live-dub over muted sitcoms, giving shows like Full House and Family Matters random and hilarious new story lines. This installment features comedians Evan Altshuler, Zach Cherry, Becky Chicoine and others dubbing hilariously over two of the most curious entries of the reboot era: Fuller House and Girl Meets World.

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27 May 2016
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Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Artists gather to celebrate the artistic heritage of the Lower East Side. Celebrants at this 21st annual edition include Charles Busch, David Avram, Phoebe Legere, Gretchen Cyer, KT Sullivan, Reno, Luba Mason, Tammy Faye, Kinding Sindaw, Infinity Dance Theatre, Chinese Theater Works and a host of other performers, poets, personalities and playwrights.

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Fri May 27 - Sun May 29
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Well-Strung

This charming and cheekily named singing string quartet has been honing its craft all over the world for the past couple of years. In their latest set the boys share selections from their new album, Popssical, which includes their take on the likes of Beethoven, Ravel and Taylor Swift.

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Tue May 24 - Sat May 28
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American Ballet Theatre Spring 2016

The company—including dancers Stella Abrera, Roberto Bolle, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Maria Kochetkova, Alban Lendorf, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns, Diana Vishneva and James Whiteside—returns for its spring season. ABT resident choreographer Alexei Ratmansky dominates the lineup with two triple bills of repertory pieces (May 17–23) and two full-length works: The Golden Cockerel (June 6–11) and The Sleeping Beauty (June 27–July 2). Other highlights of the season include two ballets by Frederick Ashton, Sylvia (May 9–14) and La Fille mal gardée (May 24–30).

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Fri May 20 - Sat Jul 2
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Fully Committed

Before he became a household name as the uptight Mitchell on Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was one of New York’s most inventive comic character actors. You can sense his delight at stretching those muscles in the Broadway revival of Fully Committed, Becky Mode’s 1999 comedy about the power of entitlement.

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Lyceum Theatre , Midtown West Sunday July 31 2016
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Lesbo-a-GoGo

Gay ladies pack the upstairs dance floor at Stonewall for this Friday night party featuring cheap drinks with visiting guests rotating on the decks.

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The Stonewall Inn , West Village Friday August 5 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

The Shallows

Blake Lively’s enjoyably trashy shark-survival movie is the definition of summer fun

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Now Showing

Men Go to Battle

Director Zachary Treitz makes his feature debut with an atmospheric tale of brothers on the Civil War battlefield

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Wiener-Dog

Todd Solondz continues his career-long plunge into the dark side of human nature with this fierce, sneakily profound tale of heavy petting

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Finding Dory

Pixar dives 13 years into its past for a sequel that, for the most part, goes swimmingly

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De Palma

A master of lurid thrills, Brian De Palma sits for a revealing feature-length interview

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The Nice Guys

A dazzling throwback to ’70s sleaze and ’80s buddy flicks, Shane Black’s detective story scratches an itch you didn’t know you had

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Weiner

Sexting ex-politician Anthony Weiner won’t be remembered for his discretion, but you have to wonder what inspired him to let a documentary crew queasily capture his comeback—even as more allegations arise.

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Sunset Song

British filmmaker Terence Davies is back with a gorgeous turn-of-the-20th-century romance about a young farm girl, her abusive father and the glorious second chance she gets after he’s gone.

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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: Christina Izzo

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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By: Dan Q. Dao

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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!!!!