Gothamist Fall Guide: 20 Fun Things To Do In November

<br/><br/>Winter's clutches haven't closed around our throats just yet, so put off your hibernation plans for a bit and go out there and conquer November!


<br/><br/>Celebrate the life of legendary New Yorker Lou Reed and relive his epic contribution to the world of music with a screening of <strong><a href=""><em>Berlin</em></a></strong>, a live performance recording of his concept album of the same name. Performed over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse, the film features an exquisite performance by Reed, his band, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Painter and director Julian Schnabel provides visuals from daughter Lola, creating a textured performance piece that became a landmark in his career.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, Novebmer 2nd, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="">Museum of the Moving Image</a> // <a href=";txobjid=b6574b55-4350-45a8-81c0-d8b41b100afe">Tickets $12</a></em>

<br/><br/>The American Museum of Natural History debuts their newest space show, <strong><a href="">Dark Universe</a></strong>, which chronicles pivotal discoveries about the universe and also pushes forward into the unknown, the next uncharted territory. Narrated by astrophysicist/badass Neil deGrasse Tyson, the show features renderings of all kinds of cosmic phenomena and explains scientific instruments used to explore and document the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond. You'll even take a journey deep into Jupiter's atmosphere, courtesy of a NASA probe, all without ever leaving the ground.<br/><br/><em>Opens Saturday, November 2nd // <a href="">American Museum of Natural History</a> // <a href="">Tickets $27</a></em>

<br/><br/>Last year's event got canceled so expect this year's <strong><a href="">New York City Marathon</a></strong> to be even more exuberant than usual. Follow the <a href="">runner's progress</a> [pdf] as they make their way from Staten Island, all the way through western Brooklyn with a quick jaunt into Queens. Then they're over Roosevelt Island and into Manhattan, where they'll take over 1st Avenue into the Bronx and then back down through Central Park. Cheer on the runners—it means a lot, trust me—at any point along the route, keeping in mind this year's <a href="">tight security measures</a>. Finish up your morning of walking at a local bar and buy a deserving marathoner a celebratory beer.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, November 3rd // <a href="">All 5 Boroughs</a> [pdf] // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>Banksy wasn’t the <a href="">only one with the idea</a>: Sacred Gallery’s new exhibit <strong><a href="">Re-Thrifted</a></strong> features artwork salvaged from thrift shops and reworked by new artists. The exhibit seeks to “bring a new life” to tired thrift store paintings. With over 25 confirmed artists, and more anticipated to join, the project promises a spectrum of unique interpretations on “re-thrifting”. The exhibit will host its opening reception at 8 p.m. on November 7. <em>Kelly Weill</em><br/><br/><em>November 7th through November 30th // <a href="">Sacred Gallery</a> // Free</em>

<br/><br/>The venerable <strong><a href="">Patti Lupone</a></strong> brings her powerhouse voice to Carnegie Hall this month to perform <em>Far Away Places</em>, a "travelogue of styles and stories" that showcases her love for exploring the world. The two-time Tony Award winner, known for her exemplary work on Broadway (<em>Gypsy</em>, <em>Sweeney Todd</em>, myriad others), performs songs from the likes of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and Edith Piaf in her fourth solo concert at the storied institution. For those not familiar with her incredible career on the stage, Lupone currently stars as uptight Bible thumper Joan Ramsey on this season of <em>American Horror Story</em> and the <em>Life Goes On</em> actress will also lend her talent to the upcoming season of <em>Girls</em>.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="">Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage</a> // <a href="">Tickets $29 - $125</a></em>

<br/><br/>This year's <strong><a href="">New York Comedy Festival</a></strong> lineup is downright preposterous. Stand-up performances, live sketch shows, and extended discussions with some of the best funny people in the world will take place November 4th - 10th in venues all over the city like Town Hall, Carolines on Broadway, The Beacon Theatre, and NYU's Skirball Center. Hannibal Buress, Stephen Colbert, SNL's impersonator-extraordinaire Jay Pharaoh, Wanda Sykes, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Charlie Murphy (game, blouses), Nick Kroll, and David Cross all crowd a bill that also features a trove of locally renowned talent. <em>Scott Heins</em><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, November 6th through Sunday, November 10th // <a href="">Multiple Venues</a> // <a href="">Ticket Prices Vary</a></em>

<br/><br/>November 14 marks the 100th anniiversary of Marcel Proust's seminal <em>Swann's Way</em>, a novel that captures the essence of memory and remembrance through the mind of its title character. To celebrate the centennial, the French Embassy has put together <strong><a href="">Swann's Way: A Nomadic Reading</a></strong>, where authors, scholars and Proust fans read from the novel in three hour increments in locales similar to those of the book. Ira Glass and Dominique Ansel are just two of the special guests tapped to read passages; the novel is closely associated with madeleines, of course, but that doesn't preclude Cronuts, right?<br/><br/><em>November 8th through November 14th // <a href="">Multiple Locations</a> // Free</em>

<br/><br/>Does "fashion, food, publicity, social media, social events, and, maybe, sex" sound like a milieu that you and your Brooklynite pals can relate to? If you answered "yes," then seek self-discovery this month in the thespian craft of <strong><a href="">Collisionworks newest theater performances</a></strong> at The Brick in Williamsburg. <em>The Strategist</em> is claimed to be a comedy of manners centered upon a young, unemployed Brooklyn-dweller who just can't seem to get it together, while <em>The Purchase</em> imagines a revolution-ridden American future in which one's political positions come with very precarious consequences. <em>Scott Heins</em><br/><br/><em>November 8th through November 23rd // <a href="">Brick Theater</a> // <a href="">Tickets $18</a></em>

<br/><br/>In 7th grade, I was removed from my English class and permanently placed in a different class with none of my friends for laughing at a pal's ridiculous arm wrestling T-shirt. On Sunday, November 10th, The New York Arm Wrestling Association (obviously it exists) will hold the <strong><a href="">36th Annual Empire State Golden Arm Tournament of Champions</a></strong>—<em>the</em> Official New York State Arm Wrestling Championships. <br/><br/>The feats of strength go down at Cheap Shots Sports Bar in Flushing, Queens. With 14 weight classes, right and left arm brackets, and $100 cash prizes to the winners, your destiny awaits. If you want to compete, it's $20 for amateurs, $30 for professionals, and—ladies, this is your chance to fight bitches for cheap!—$5 for women. If your biceps aren't ready for primetime, spectator's tickets are also $5. I'll be there finding nothing funny. <em>Marc Yearsley</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday, November 10th, 1 p.m. // <a href="">Cheap Shots bar</a> in Flushing, Queens // Spectator admission $5</em>


<br/><br/>Expect everything from expert mixologists to zucchini fritters at <strong><a href="">New York Taste 2013</a></strong>. The annual New York Magazine-sponsored food fest takes place November 11, with all proceeds going to City Harvest, an organization committed to fighting hunger in the city. Over 40 of New York’s top chefs, restaurants, and mixologists will be on hand to prepare food, answer questions, and offer samples. Whether you’re hoping to meet you favorite celebrity chef, or just explore new cuisines, New York Taste has something for everyone. <em>Kelly Weill</em><br/><br/><em>Monday, November 11th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. // <a href="">The Waterfront</a> // <a href=";eventId=3636684&amp;pl=newyorkmag">Tickets $100</a></em>

<br/><br/>Legendary French chef <strong>Francois Payard</strong> left his mark on New York's pastry scene long before the Cronut entered our collective minds. The dessert connoisseur was the master behind confections from le Bernadin and Daniel before he opened his <a href="">own shops</a> specializing in macarons, chocolate and all manner of cream-filled treats. This month he <a href="">brings his culinary insight to the 92nd Street Y</a> to celebrate the launch of his new book, <em>Payard Desserts</em>. The chef will offer insight about making your own treats, from buying ingredients to composing the dishes. He'll also share some fun stories from his time behind the line; fingers crossed for some good dirt on Eric Ripert.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 14th, 2 p.m. // <a href="">Weill Art Gallery at 92nd Street Y</a> // <a href="">Tickets $25</a></em>

<br/><br/>One of the most <a href="">beautiful rooms to soak up jazz</a> in New York City is <a href="">Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola</a>, which boasts a stellar view of Central Park through a big window behind the stage, in addition to excellent acoustics. Part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center triumvirate at the Time Warner Center, the venue has a consistently strong live music lineup, and once a month the cover charge drops to $20 ($10 for students) for a late night dance party. All the tables and chairs are cleared to the side, and a variety of jazz musicians filter in for informal uptempo sessions called "cutting contests." <a href="">This month's session</a>, which starts at 11:30 p.m., is hosted by Michael Mwenso and the Joe Saylor Quartet. <em>John Del Signore</em><br/><br/><em>Saturday, November 16th // <a href="">Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola</a> // Broadway and 60th Street // $20</em>

<br/><br/>The Met's artist in residence program continues with <strong><a href="">Alarm Will Sound</a></strong> performing the works contemporary American composer Steve Reich. The ensemble performs six of Reich's pieces, including the New York Premiere of <em>Radio Rewrite</em>, which was inspired by the music of Radiohead. You'll hear influences of Phillip Glass, staccato and intense, in addition to fluid, shoegazer movements punctuated with repetitive melodies and bursts of sound. Before the show, stop by for the Museum's <a href="">new cocktail program</a> for a pre-show drink.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, November 16th, 7 p.m. // <a href="">Grave Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> // <a href="">Tickets $50</a></em>

<br/><br/>The New York Botanical Garden's charming <strong><a href="">Holiday Train Show</a></strong> returns for another season at the venerable flora institution. Replicas of NYC landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, (old!) Yankee Stadium and many more are on display starting this month through mid January. Miniature trains zip between buildings, cross dainty bridges and tunnel through the scene, making it come alive for people of all ages. Special <a href="">Bar Car Nights</a>, however, are adults-only, and feature complimentary cocktails as you watch late-night New York twinkle in the darkness.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, Novebmer 16th through Sunday, January 12th. See specific dates/hours <a href="">here</a> // <a href="">New York Botanical Garden</a> // <a href="">Passes start at $20</a></em>

<br/><br/>The Claque is back with another <strong><a href="">Mac Off</a></strong>, a macaroni and cheese throwdown, now in its 4th year. It's a very cheesy competition, with chefs trying to prove their pasta is the most mactacular around. The possibilities—and the cheese—are endless and patrons get to sample all the creamy goodness and vote for the fav fromage concoction of the evening. Tickets include a complimentary beer and as much macaroni and cheese as you can shove in your mouth hole.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, November 17th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. // <a href="">Littlefield</a> // <a href="">Tickets $15 advance</a>, $20 at the door</em>

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<br/><br/>SucideGirls, the popular online community and publication famous for its tattoo-clad female models celebrating alternative beauty and sex positivity, is bringing their <strong><a href="">Blackheart Burlesque</a></strong> show to NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 19th. It's been six years since "the most popular burlesque show in the U.S." went on tour, and this new iteration features choreography from Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with Beyonce, J. Lo, and Lady Gaga. You can join them <a href="">here</a> and find more information about the tour <a href="">here</a>. <em>Marc Yearsley</em><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, November 19th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">Gramercy Theatre</a> // <a href="">Tickets $22.50</a></em>

<br/><br/>Rapper, new dad and <a href="">that proposal guy</a> <strong>Kanye West</strong> bestows <a href="">four nights of music</a> upon New York City this month. First up, Yeezy drops by the Barclays Center for two nights of skirt-wearing, beat dropping good times; next, he's at Madison Square Garden, raining greatness down upon Manhattan. He's splitting performances up between hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and A Tribe Called Quest, so plan your ticket buying accordingly.<br/><br/><em>November 19th/20th; November 23rd/24th // Barclays Center/MSG // <a href="">Tickets $49.50 - $199.50</a></em>

<br/><br/>Organic food guru <strong>Alice Waters</strong> is <a href="">sitting down with New Yorkers</a> to discuss gardening, sustainable living, and getting children to finally eat their vegetables. Waters, a pioneer of the organic food movement, will lead a Q &amp; A at P.S. 107 in Brooklyn, moderated by Michael Moss, the author of Salt, Sugar, Fat. The $65 includes an autographed copy of Waters’ newest cookbook, <em>The Art of Simple Cooking II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden</em>. The talk marks the latest in Waters’ activism in Brooklyn. In 2010 she founded the Edible Schoolyard, a greenhouse/organic farm/healthy kitchen at Brooklyn’s P.S. 216. <em>Kelly Weill</em><br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 21st, 5:15 p.m. // <a href="">MS 88</a> in Park Slope // <a href="">Tickets $65</a></em>

<br/><br/>Thanksgiving is a holiday fraught with complications: travel headaches, your weird extended family, Black Friday’s looming shadow, our history of screwing over Native Americans, and that inevitable hazy food coma that comes after one too many slices of pumpkin pie. But if there’s one thing we can all get behind, it’s the parade. The annual <strong><a href="">Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade</a></strong> will once again set off from West 77th street to Columbus Circle, turn toward 6th Avenue, and march all the way down it to the 34th street, stopping outside Macy's flagship in Herald Square. Giant balloon forms of Hello Kitty and Spider Man, a new Seaworld float (with a real whale, one can only hope), and marching bands from all over the country will be on hand. Everything gets started at 9 a.m. <em>Scott Heins</em><br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 28th, 9 a.m. to noon // <a href="">Parade Route</a> // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>If you enjoy grooving out to some seriously funky, upbeat jams, you absolutely cannot miss <strong><a href="">Robert Randolph and the Family Band</a></strong> when they perform for four nights at Brooklyn Bowl. If Randolph's soulful tunes, coupled with his rocking on the pedal steel guitar, don't have you on your feet and stomping in name of the Lord, it's possible you might be dead. And don't give me lip, <a href="">superstitious Knicks fans</a>; the Friday Night Theme Curse doesn't translate to bowling scores.<br/><br/><em>November 27th, 29th and 30th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">Brooklyn Bowl</a> // <a href="">Tickets $15</a></em>