Saturday Night Live

NBC’s late-night variety show, hosted by a different celebrity every week, features skits, sketches and spoofs of pop culture. Top pop and rock artists provide the musical interludes. A competitive ticket lottery, conducted via email, is held several months before the start of a new season of shows; go online for details. Standby tickets for either the 8 p.m. dress rehearsal or 11:30 p.m. live performance are distributed under the NBC Studios marquee (W. 48th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plz.) at 7 a.m. on taping days.

Sea Wall / A Life

(Previews begin July 26, 2019, opens Aug. 8, 2019, closes Sept. 29, 2019)

The double bill by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne, respectively, stars two of today’s in-demand stage and screen actors. Tom Sturridge performs Stephens’ “Sea Wall,” a dramatic monologue about love and the human need to know the unknown. Jake Gyllenhaal takes center stage in Payne’s solo piece, “A Life,” a meditation on how sons become fathers and the transformative power of love.

Schedule: M-Sa 8 pm, W & Sa 2 pm

Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, beginning in late-May and ending in mid-August, The Public Theater presents two Shakespeare productions, staged outdoors and under the stars in Central Park.

May 21-June 23, 2019: “Much Ado About Nothing”

July 16-Aug. 11, 2019: “Coriolanus”

M-Sa 8 pm


Harlem's old-school jazz club has been jiving since 1942. Everyone from Lionel Hampton to Pearl Bailey to Grady Tate to Ruth Brown performed here.

Live entertainment: W-Sa

No music charge, but two-drink minimum per person per set.


Patrons groove to several live bands nightly at Harlem’s world music bar.

Nightly 4 pm-4 am

Signature Theatre

The Signature Theatre Company presents new plays and revivals in its permanent home, a state-of-the-art, Frank Gehry-designed multistage venue.

April 23-May 26, 2019: “Curse of the Starving Class” by Sam Shepard

April 30-June 9, 2019: “Octet” by Dave Malloy

Schedules vary

Tickets: $30-$95

Sleep No More

(up to 3 hrs) In this immersive, interactive theater piece, mask-wearing audiences wander at will and at their own pace through a 100,000-square-foot environment—an abandoned 1930s luxury hotel—eavesdropping on scenes and characters that conjure up Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

Schedule: Entry times M-Th 7-8 pm, F 7:30-8:30 pm, Sa 5-6 pm and 9-10 pm, Su 3-4 pm and 7-8 pm

Tickets: vary


This tiny jazz club offers at least three live acts nightly.

Sets: Nightly 7:30 pm, 10:30 pm & 1 am (times can vary)

SPiN New York

This 13,000-square-foot table tennis club is backed by actress Susan Sarandon and features a lounge, pro shop, bar, restaurant and private room. Visitors can sign up for private and group lessons with internationally known coaches and players.

Hours: M-Tu 11 am-midnight, W 11 am-1 am, Th-Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 11 am-10 pm

Cost: Before 5 pm: $19 for 30 mins; after 5 pm: $29 for 30 mins


(1 hr 45 mins, no intermission)

In a dazzling percussive performance, the eight-member cast conjures rhythm out of brooms, dustbins, hubcaps and more.

Schedule: Tu-F 8 pm, Sa 3 & 8 pm, Su 2 & 5:30 pm

Tickets: $48-$88


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