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China Through the Looking Glass

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : 10:00 a.m. daily until August 16

Starting today, the Met's Costume Institute and Asian Art Department launch China Through the Looking Glass, a collaboration that explores China's influence on Western design and fashion. Beginning with the Silk Road, Chinese luxury goods proliferated throughout Asia; later, in the 1500s, the... More >>

East 80s Art - Museums

The Flick

Barrow Street Theatre : 7:30 p.m. daily until August 30

Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize winner, The Flick, is the best kind of wall-breaking meta-drama: the kind with heart. On its set are rows of foldout seats, an onstage theater facing out to mirror the room's own. But the show makes you feel something for its trio of downtrodden characters —... More >>

West Village Theater

Notes of a Native Song

Harlem Stage Gatehouse : 7:30 p.m. June 3

We recently ran into our mono-monikered friend Stew, who's been rehearsing "Notes of a Native Song," a new assemblage of songs, texts, and video inspired by writer James Baldwin. As with his Tony Award–winning musical Passing Strange, "Notes" is a collaboration with Heidi Rodewald, a... More >>

Harlem Music

Sultans of Deccan India: 1500-1700

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : 10:00 a.m. daily until July 26

The Deccan Plateau, a region of southern India through which people of countless cultures passed during the sixteenth century, gave birth to a number of distinctive works of art. Thanks to a series of sultans who patronized the efforts of artists, poets, and musicians, Deccan India made... More >>

East 80s Art - Museums

Rumble & Twang

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill : 8:00 p.m. July 21

featuring the Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Jimmy Vivino and guests More >>

West 40s Music

Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection

Japan Society : 9:30 a.m. daily until June 7

Depictions of felines, it seems, have been popular throughout the ages. Before there was “Best Cat Vines of 2014,” Japanese artists created woodblock prints of their furry friends. Starting today, the Japan Society Gallery features Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e... More >>

East 40s Art - Museums

La MaMa Moves!

La MaMa : 6:00 p.m. daily until June 21

Nicky Paraiso, arts entrepreneur extraordinaire, reins in his diverse enthusiasms only a little for this year's La MaMa Moves! dance festival, celebrating the tenth anniversary of his East Village bash. Tonight's gala celebrates Ellen Robbins, whose classes for kids have launched generations of... More >>

East Village Dance

Obscura Day

Roosevelt Island : 9:00 a.m. May 30

Atlas Obscura, David Plotz's National Geographic–like compendium of curios, just raised itself a cool $2 million in funding. The result? More feature-length articles, a 2016 book on the horizon, and more cool excursions. Way more, actually. Today's first annual Obscura Day comprises 150... More >>

Roosevelt Island Festivals

World Science Festival

Brooklyn Bridge Park : 12:00 p.m. daily until May 31

Long gone are the days when science festivals were considered nerdy. With technology so entwined in our lives, we have a duty to be interested in how it all affects us — and, perhaps more pressingly, in what effects we are having on the world. Oh, and space; it's always cool to learn... More >>

Dumbo Festivals

Matthew Weiner's Mad Men

Museum of the Moving Image : 10:30 a.m. daily until September 6

The final season of Mad Men debuted on April 5, and we’ll have to say goodbye, after eight years, to all the smoking, drinking, striving, cheating, casual sexism, and slick mid-century style of Don Draper and his pals. But now the Museum of the Moving Image is hosting a tribute to the... More >>

Astoria Television

Chelsea Nights Concert Series

The Chelsea Market : 7:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month

Ever since it got cozy with the High Line in 2009, Chelsea Market has solidified its status as the classiest shopping mall that ever there was — where else can you pry into top-notch lobster while enjoying the sprawling vistas of an Anthropologie store? It also houses the Food Network... More >>

Chelsea Music

Rob Bell

Town Hall : 8:30 p.m. July 24

West 40s Spoken Word

39 Steps

Union Square Theatre : 2:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat. until September 7; 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 7; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 7; 7:00 p.m. every Mon. until September 7

This Tony­-winning spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 classic has played in New York numerous times before — prior venues include the American Airlines Theatre, the Cort Theatre, and the Helen Hayes — and was such a rousing success that a return run ought to be embraced with open... More >>

Union Square Theater

Bill Frisell: Up & Down The Mississippi

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Appel Room : 7:30 p.m. May 29; 7:30 p.m. May 30

Remember how much fun Bill Frisell had bouncing through Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied” back on Have a Little Faith? Swag-a-licious. This show is subtitled “Traveling Highway 61,” so you can assume his spin on blues and gospel fosters a similar feel when... More >>

West 50s Music

BookCon

Jacob Javits Center : 10:00 a.m. daily from May 30 until May 31

Publishing and pop culture will collide this weekend as BookCon makes its way to the Javits Center. Authors as varied as John Green, Austin Kleon, and Judy Blume will appear alongside celebrities like Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, and Nick Offerman as they come together to "bring your favorite... More >>

Chelsea Literary Events

Reel Big Fish

Best Buy Theater : 7:30 p.m. June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 22

Last December was bittersweet for Reel Big Fish. The ska-punk band gave fans something to celebrate with the surprise Happy Skalidays EP, six tracks of Christmas covers and crudely named originals. On the other hand, the final month of 2014 brought about the departure of drummer Ryland... More >>

West 40s Music

Einsiferum

Irving Plaza : 7:00 p.m. May 29

For those who aren’t aware, folk metal is a thing. And while that may seem like a pairing of opposites — the simple quietude of folk music and the brash blitzkrieg of metal — they work quite well together. That is, if you don’t take it too seriously. Finnish band... More >>

East Village Music

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : 10:30 a.m. daily until July 19

In 1955, the MoMA exhibited a ten-year survey called "Latin American Architecture Since 1945." You can imagine how much building in Latin America has expanded, parsed down, twisted, and gone beyond the imaginations of anybody who saw that original exhibit 60 years ago. Latin America in... More >>

West 50s Art - Museums

Downtown Urban Theater Festival

HERE : 8:30 p.m. daily until May 30

The lively theater scene, drastically downplayed or virtually nonexistent in every other part of the country, is one of the indisputable benefits of living in this city. But, too often, the stage does not accurately reflect New York's incredibly diverse population — this city's other... More >>

Tribeca Theater

Black & White 'Scope: International Cinema

BAM Rose Cinemas : 2:00 p.m. daily until June 16

Back in February, BAMcinématek debuted its "Black & White 'Scope" series with a focus on the magnificent widescreen cinematography of such American works as Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960) and Samuel Fuller's China Gate (1957). This month, the program turns its attention to the... More >>

Fort Greene Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

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City Winery : 8:00 p.m. August 1; 8:00 p.m. August 2; 8:00 p.m. August 3

featuring original members of the band: Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake More >>

Tribeca Music

Prize Prints: The Queen Sonja Print Award

Scandinavia House : 11:00 a.m. daily until August 1

Celebrating Scandinavian printmaking, the gallery presents work by two recent recipients of the queen of Norway's prize. Svend ­Allan Sørensen's roughly made images of birds and hunting convey a backwoods irreverence, as do his primitive graffiti­-like woodcuts of quips and... More >>

Murray Hill Art - Galleries

To Live and Shave in L.A.

Palisades : 8:00 p.m. May 31

Noise pur,bists hell bent on chaos and destruction have been craving the return of genre-shattering art-punk collective To Live And Shave In L.A. since it's alleged final ripper, 2011's The Cortège, was cranked out at Sonic Youth's studio in Hoboken. Now, TLASILA — the brainchild... More >>

Bushwick Music

New York City Ballet

David H. Koch Theater : 7:30 p.m. daily until June 7

The dazzling local team slices and dices its extensive repertory many ways for the 42 bills making up the New York City Ballet's spring season. This week, see George Balanchine's "Black & White" ballets: brilliant choreography, simply dressed. Later the dances are sorted by composers'... More >>

West 60s Dance

Queens Museum Studio Program Exhibition

Queens Museum of Art : 5:00 p.m. daily until June 28

The Queens Museum is perhaps best known for its massive panorama of the city, but there's a lot more going on, especially since its dramatic renovation in 2013. The institution celebrates its diverse home borough with cutting-edge and international art, and its studio program, which hosts... More >>

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