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The three best things to do in New York today

Written by
Jillian Anthony

Hear the smooth sounds of Gary Clark Jr.
This Austinite's appeal is almost comically broad—he's been heard onstage with the Stones and Clapton, at Jay Z's Made in America fest and even at the freakin' White House—but amid the slickness, he manages to retain the essential snarl of the blues. This week, Clark shows off his smooth pipes and edgy licks at a pair of high-profile gigs.
Terminal 5, 610 W 56th St, 8pm, $38, also Oct 30

See Carrie Brownstein in conversation with Gaby Hoffman
Rock icon and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein reads from her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, about growing up in the Pacific Northwest and how her feminist punk-rock band Sleater-Kinney changed her life. She speaks with Girls and Transparent star Gaby Hoffman.
Barnes and Noble Union Square, 33 E 17th St, 7pm, entry with book purchase

The former street artist—who's taken his game up a notch designing a ballon for the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade and also creating the set for last year's MTV Music Awards at the Barclays Center—fills the Brooklyn Museum's lobby with an 18-foot-tall wooden sculpture depicting his signature character, Companion, a sort of skull-headed Mickey Mouse with Xs for eyes, as a pair of of identical figures, with one consoling the other. Also on view are two of his energetically Pop precisionist canvases.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, 11am–6pm, $16, through Dec 6 

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