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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"The Math Genius"

  • Critics choice

The human body is a fragile thing, so until we develop regenerating limbs and fully bionic organs, we’re largely stuck with the one we’ve got. Which is why Jason Padgett’s story is so remarkable: Ten years ago Padgett sustained significant brain damage during a mugging—as a result, he acquired mathematical synesthesia, the savantlike power to perceive and understand complex algorithms without any prior training. At The Math Genius, he chats with Mount Sinai neuroscientist Heather Berlin about the miracles of the mind. After the heady discussion, grab a postchat drink in the museum’s café, where DJ-producer Don Cerati spins house, Latin and funk as part of its K2 Lounge festivities.

  1. Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, at Seventh Ave, 10011
  2. Fri Apr 25
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LIVE from the NYPL: Steve Hindy, Kim Jordan and Charlie Papazian

  • Price band: 2/4
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As craft beer continues to rise in popularity, Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Steve Hindy, New Belgium cofounder Kim Jordan and American Homebrewers Association founder Charlie Papazian (also author of zymurgist bible The Complete Joy of Homebrewing) expound on the importance of artisanal suds.

  1. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
  2. Fri Apr 25
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The Lost Lectures: NY

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London’s Lost Lectures has jumped the pond and landed in New York. The series aims to bring speakers, performers and a small audience to a secret location. Tonight, see musician Blood Orange and the Awl’s Choire Sicha. Ticket holders will be made privy to the finer details of the evening, like the venue, as the date approaches.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Fri Apr 25
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James Baldwin: This Time

  • Price band: 2/4
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This weeklong celebration of the groundbreaking writer and his work marks the beginning of our city's "Year of James Baldwin," to celebrate what would have been his 90th birthday. An amazing crew of writers and performers have signed on to talk, read and present new pieces, inspired by the Go Tell It on the Mountain author. Among those participating: Suzan-Lori Parks, Carl Hancock Rux, Fran Lebowitz, Colm Tóibín and HIlton Als. Go to newyorklivearts.org for the complete schedule.

  1. Various locations
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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Found Footage Festival

  • Price band: 2/4

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, the curators of this quirky, humorous and occasionally heartbreaking “fest,” discover joys long buried in boxes of forgotten VHS tapes. Whether screening ancient training videos, self-defense demonstrations or workout tapes, the guys calmly and cleverly dissect the action.

  1. Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Ave, at 2nd St
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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The Stepfathers

  • Price band: 1/4
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Seven of the theater’s best players (including TONY resident hack Silvija Ozols) create smart, patient improv in this flagship show.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down

  • Price band: 1/4
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Jonathan Toubin and guests bring rock and soul to the Lower East Side every Friday, with an emphasis on prized vinyl recordings from the '50s and '60s.

  1. Home Sweet Home 131 Chrystie St, between Broome and Delancey Sts
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Steve Gunn + Kevin Morby + Prince Rupert Drops

  • Price band: 2/4
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Guitarist Steve Gunn—whose latest is Time Off, an arrestingly lovely set of gently rambling psych-folk—cobills in the ’Burg with Kevin Morby (of Woods and the Babies), who's playing behind his recent solo debut, Harlem River.

  1. Rough Trade NYC 64 North 9th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11249
  2. Fri Apr 25
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The Bad Plus

  • Price band: 2/4
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Once known mainly as the quirky trio that made its name covering rock and pop tunes, the Bad Plus now comes off as the consummate contemporary jazz combo, by turns cerebral, visceral and disarmingly emotive. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King boast a rare magnetism that transcends genre, even when the band undertakes something as outre as Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring, on its latest CD. Don't miss its maiden voyage at the Standard.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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The Orb

  • Price band: 2/4
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The 25-year-old British group—which consists of permanent member Alex Paterson and his collabortors—shaped ambient house as we know it. These days, they continue to push boundaries, employing obscure samples and inspiration from across the spectrum.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Fri Apr 25
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See a new film tonight

Locke

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Othello

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Fading Gigolo

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Manakamana

  • Rated as: 5/5
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The Young Girls of Rochefort

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Only Lovers Left Alive

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Under the Skin

  • Rated as: 5/5
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