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The three best things to do in New York today

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Jillian Anthony

See classic films from the West Coast at BAM's Set it Off: LA Hip-Hop on Film
With Straight Outta Compton smashing the box office and returning hip-hop fans to the early years of N.W.A., Tupac, and gangsta rap, BAM is screening some of the pioneering movies of L.A.'s '90s hip-hop culture. On the series' final day, catch The Glass Shield with Ice Cube at 4:30 and 9:30pm. 
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, $14

Chat with Wikileaks creator Julian Assange (via video link) at The Wikileaks Files: The World According to U.S. Empire 
The man behind Wikileaks won't be able to share a drink with you at the Bell House, but you'll be able to see him on a live video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Journalist Jeremy Scahill discusses The Wikileaks Files, the collated collection of Wikileaks' most important discoveries, with the man who started it all. Ticketholders receive a free copy of the book.
The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, $10

Visit with the butterflies at the newly reopened Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH
Frolic with the butterflies in the American Museum of Natural History's conservatory, open once again for the season. The colorful Pieridae (white and sulphur butterflies), the Papilionidae (black and yellow swallowtail butterflies) and the Nymphalidae (psychedelic-colored longwing butterflies) will fly around you in the museum's verdant Vivarium compound.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St, 10am–5:45pm, suggested donation $22 

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