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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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Hot Chocolate Festival

Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February. The lineup won’t be announced until late January but previous year’s highlights included Earl Grey Tea hot chocolate, a delicate blend with notes of bergamot, and Sunken Treasure, an indulgent cup with submerged caramel coins and chocolate truffles. Be sure to show up on Jan 31 for the opening-night party.

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City Bakery , Flatiron Until Monday February 29 2016
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Wilco

Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind last year's well-received effort, the laid-back, freewheeling Star Wars. Nashville's William Tyler opens Feb 2; Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia crooner Steve Gunn kicks things off Feb 3 and Feb 6; setting the stage Feb 5 is the Bill Frisell Trio.

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Kings Theatre , Brooklyn Saturday February 6 2016
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Alice + Olivia sample sale

Stacey Bendet’s infamous party attire is highly desired, so now’s the time to stock up on discounted duds for your next shindig. An Aubrey strapless A-line gown in rich orange-and-white horizontal stripes is $450 (once $1,498), and an Evita silver metallic skirt ($174, instead of $495) would pair nicely with a beaded stone motif ivory clutch ($209, formerly $595).

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Until Fri Feb 5
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Hamilton

What is left to say? After Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s prodigious quill scratched out 12 volumes of nation-building fiscal and military policy; after Lin-Manuel Miranda turned that titanic achievement (via Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography) into the greatest American musical in decades; after every critic in town (including me) praised the Public Theater world premiere to high heaven; and after seeing this language-drunk, rhyme-crazy dynamo a second time, I can only marvel.

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Richard Rodgers Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016
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Lyrical Dances for a Lost Generation

Director-performer-choreographer and resolute Andy Warhol fan Raja Feather Kelly invites 13 choreographers to take the stage themselves and get moving to pop music. Kelly curates and hosts an evening devoted to celebrate the "J.O.D." (Joy of Dance).

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Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter , DUMBO Saturday February 6 2016

Lamb

Well-wrought if nerve-shredding, Ross Partridge’s second indie, about an unusual friendship between a broken-down adult and a sad preteen girl isn’t the kind of drama that screams out to be made

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Anomalisa

The hand-wringing neurotics of writer Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) take on a touching fragility via stop-motion animation in his latest dark night of the soul

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Son of Saul

The subject of Auschwitz does not suffer fools, and Hungarian director László Nemes is not one. He uses his feature debut to create an immersive hellscape of unspeakable power

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A film that straddles nostalgia (expertly wrought) with a modern sense of humor, J.J. Abrams’s sequel is more than anyone could have expected. Prepare to bliss out

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45 Years

Into a lifetime of marriage an ocean of love (and pain) is poured, the waves of which can be scanned in Charlotte Rampling’s magnificent, tremulous turn as half of a couple that’s about to mark its anniversary

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The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino is back and doing what he does best: talk, talk, talk. His latest, a wintry Western, is actually a nail-biting conversation piece

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Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore, still the baseball-hatted icon of lefty discontent (if looking schlumpier 26 years after Roger & Me), delivers his latest documentary provocation, which refreshingly turns out to be one of his more hopeful and celebratory efforts. Of course, he’s celebrating everyone but Americans: After setting up his slightly wacky premise—a fictional meeting with military generals who, exhausted from their war-mongering, send him out to plant the U.S. flag on foreign soil and steal their resources—Moore heads abroad to examine how foreigners live, work, play and punish. The people and policies he comes to know will shock all viewers, not just the Moore faithful, who have come to settle for less: Sexy Italians enjoy their six weeks of paid vacation and five-month maternity leaves, yet still boast higher national productivity. French public-school kids are taught to treat lunchtime like a class, tucking into cheese courses, lamb skewers and tomato salads. (Moore tries to push a Coke on a little girl who wrinkles her nose.) The documentary gets increasingly serious as we meet intelligent Finns with no homework, Slovenians with no college debt, Germans with no illusions about their national shame, and humane Portuguese cops with no war on drugs (they’re not illegal there). Of course the director is picking and choosing here—defaulting Greece is conspicuously absent—but only the stubborn will find fault in these compassionate social programs, many of which originated in the U.S

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Joy

David O. Russell’s wacky screwball spin on the rags-to-riches biopic opens with the title: "Inspired by stories of brave women." He could just as easily have borrowed the opening line from his last film, American Hustle: "Some of this actually happened." Joy is loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), the Long Island single mom who in the early 1990s invented the self-wringing Miracle Mop and became a shopping channel superstar. Cinema is full of American dreams: stories of men battling to build empires. This is a film about three generations of women. It has some of the macho stuff—the nostalgic voiceover, Scorsese-style, by Joy’s grandma (Diane Ladd); Cream’s "I Feel Free" blasting out; and it ends with Joy sitting behind a giant I’ve-made-it desk like Don Corleone. But Russell also mixes in elements of kitsch soap opera, allowing the dialogue to tip over in bigger-than-life melodrama. Only he could pull off a film with one foot in daytime TV and the other in Goodfellas. Written by Russell and based on a story by Annie Mumolo (who co-wrote Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig), Joy is brilliantly feminist. We first see Joy as a little girl, making a fairytale forest kingdom out of paper. All that’s missing is a prince, says her sister. "I don’t need a prince," she replies. Later, Joy meets Bradley Cooper’s TV exec, the boss of the QVC Channel that will make her a star. Both their hearts skip a beat—but this woman doesn't have time for that. Joy is too busy

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Carol

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara lay out a feast of finely shaded acting in director Todd Haynes’s tender, exquisitely wrought romance

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Macbeth

Critics' pick

Many great directors have tackled Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, but they didn’t come armed with actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, a perfect power couple.

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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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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!!!!