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January 11

Damon Wayans

Critics' pick

As with many no-longer-young comics, this member of the Wayans clan now focuses his material on the vagaries of family and parenting, but he’s still essentially the same guy we fell in love with on In Living Color. And if you look closely, you can still make out the fluffy wig, bulbous red nose and loaded sock of Homey D. Clown.

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Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West Until Sunday September 6 2015

Electric Zoo Festival

Critics' pick

New York—just like the rest of the world—goes gaga for EDM (electronic dance music) and shows its love at this annual three-day dayglo rave-up on Randall’s Island. In its six year history, the fest has seen headlining DJ sets and live performances from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Avicii, Pete Tong and Moby—yep, the big names.

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Randalls Island Park, Randall's Island Friday September 4 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Dollypalooza: An Epic Fan Tribute to Dolly Parton

Critics' pick

Dolly Parton is a national treasure, right up there with the Washington Monument and the Golden Gate Bridge (although much better looking and possessing a more pleasant singing voice). This event, presented by nightlife vet Bevin Branlandingham and World Famous *BOB*, is a tribute to the living legend and all the good times and great songs she's shared with us over the years. Performers include DJ Nath Ann Carrera, Merrie Cherry, Sequinette, Lady Quesa'Dilla, West Vargina, Crimson Kitty and the Parton cover band Doll Parts. Come on down, y'all!

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Littlefield, Gowanus Friday September 4 2015

Here and Now Labor Day Festival

Bargemusic hosts a Labor Day boat party with a remarkable program including works by Gordon Beeferman, Dalit Warshaw, Morton Subotnick and John Zorn performed by pianists Warshaw, Kathleen Supove, and Ron Stabinsky, violinist Jennifer Choi and percussionist Kevin Shea, among others.

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Bargemusic, Downtown Friday September 4 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Xylouris White

Critics' pick

If you've caught drummer Jim White with the Dirty Three, Will Oldham, Nina Nastasia or one of his many other collaborations, you know that he's a loose-limbed marvel with an unusually sensitive ear. Don't miss the chance to catch him here in a heady, exotic new context: a well-matched duo with Cretan lute player George Xylouris.

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Union Pool, Williamsburg Until Friday September 4 2015

I love the '90s Show with the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air

Mark it with your Jelly Roll: Friday night is '90s night at Le Poisson Rouge. Local revivalist crew The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air do the best covers of Ace of Base, Third Eye Blind and TLC you've heard since your school assembly talent show. Le Poisson Rouge's basement location is the perfect set up to roll with your homies.

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Le Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village Friday September 4 2015 - Friday December 18 2015

Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco

Have you ever wanted to dress up like a character from Xanadu, The Great Gatsby, or the "Thriller" video and then go dance in a park with a lot of other like-minded people? Join the insanity at Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco, where you'll need to unleash your inner Rollerblade vixen to keep up with the crowd and the week's theme. A DJ will be blasting ’80s and ’90s jams all night long, making the LeFrak Center at Prospect Park’s Lakeside the coolest roller rink this side of 1978.

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Lakeside at Prospect Park, Prospect Park Friday September 4 2015 - Friday October 9 2015

We Are Your Friends

This enormously fun late-summer surprise, which borrows both its title and its pulsating beat from a 2006 dance hit by the electronic duo Justice, is every bit as ridiculous as you might expect (and hope for) from a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a DJ and directed by the gray-haired camera guy from Catfish: The TV Show (Max Joseph). Essentially cobbled together from all of the excitement that was cut from Mia Hansen-Løve’s far superior Eden (a more sober exploration of club music subculture), We Are Your Friends stars Efron as 23-year-old Cole Carter, whose evolution the film traces from puppy-eyed party promoter to genuine musician. The movie follows a silly, trite yet totally seductive trajectory that finds its beefcake hero becoming the protégé of a burned-out success story named James (Wes Bentley). A tortured alcoholic who’s rich from spinning the same tired jams in clubs from Paris to Ibiza, James has everything Cole wants—including a sultry girlfriend-assistant, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski)—but nothing he admires. Meanwhile, Cole’s soulful posse of delinquent buddies, each one of them striving to climb out of the San Fernando Valley, are caught up in a house-flipping scheme with a shady real estate developer. “The world is ours,” these kids keep telling themselves, but they’re emblematic of a generation that’s paradoxically stifled by the infinitude of its own potential. We Are Your Friends doesn’t rewrite the tune on movies about sexy young musicians who learn “

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Farmers Market Fridays

Get some green ambition and scoop up fresh produce straight from three local farms, including the Queens Botanical Garden’s own urban farm.

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Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Friday September 4 2015 - Friday November 20 2015

Friday Night Poetry Slam

Critics' pick

Performing poets make things lively at this weekly spoken-word event. They spit their best verses onstage in hopes of charming the crowd, winning over the judges and coming back to compete another time.

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Nuyorican Poets Cafe, East Village Friday September 4 2015 - Friday December 25 2015
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