Gothamist Guide To November: 20 Fresh Things To Do This Month

<br/><br/>Wait, is it November already? We're not sure how that's possible, or if it's officially confirmed, but our sources indicate that today is already the 3rd. You should really call your family and get those holiday plans sorted, come on. But first click through on the photos for all the best music, art, film and food events on tap in NYC this November. There is so much going on this month it's kind of ridiculous.

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<br/><br/><strong>The Queens Museum of Art will <a href="">celebrate</a> <a href="">four</a> <a href="">new</a> <a href="">exhibitions</a></strong> of photography, film, and mixed media art as a grand finale to its <a href="">Asian Contemporary Art Week</a>. The most dazzling gallery is sure to be that of Chinese art collective Polit-Sheer-Form-Office, whose work utilizes propaganda-style posters, hundreds of photographs, a massive library of books devoid of content, and mock exercise machines as it delves into issues of individualism and how it can (or can't) be found in 21st Century Socialist China. Asian Contemporary Art Week ended yesterday, but the exhibits are ongoing.<br/><br/><em>Ongoing // <a href="">Queens Museum of Art</a> // Suggested Admission $4-8</em>

<br/><br/>We've been saying it over and over again: the <a href="">New York Botanical Garden</a> is one of the best things about this town, an oft-missed slice of Eden nestled just above the Manhattan clamor. And with fall almost over (yes, it's true) there's no excuse not to visit during the <strong><a href="">NYBG's Fall Forest Weekends</a></strong>.<br/><br/>Hosted in the massive old-growth Thain Family Forest, the Weekends are a kind of loose circus of outdoor activities. Canoeing down the Bronx River, organized tree-climbing, and raptor demonstrations are just a few of the ways one could while away the hours. There's only so much time left until winter comes and turns the city into a freezing slush pile, so get out among the leaves while you can!<br/><br/><em>Saturdays &amp; Sunday, 8th &amp; 9th 10 a.m.-6 p.m. // <a href="">New York Botanical Garden</a> // <a href=";categorygroupexternalid=PUBcg&amp;categoryexternalid=pagp15">Tickets $20 adults, $18 students, $8 kids</a></em>

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<br/><br/>One of Christopher Marlowe's greatest life works will be given new life in Brooklyn when <strong><a href=""><em>Tamburlaine</em> opens at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center</a></strong> on November 1st. The play is loosely based on the life of the 14th Century emperor <a href="">Timur</a> the Lame, and tells the story of a lowly shepherd who comes to rule over much of the world. Why go see this 3 1/2 hour double drama feature written in the ye olde time of the <a href="">Spanish Armada</a>? Because <em>Tamburlaine</em> was what inspired much of Shakespeare's work, the play hasn't been given a major production in NYC since 1956, and this one is being put on by the first-rate Theatre for a New Audience company. Any fans of Shakespeare's <em>Henry</em> and <em>Richard</em> plays will find much to love in Marlowe's wartime story of soldiers and royalty wrapped up in their passions. These productions also include a 30 minute intermission, during which dinner will be offered to hungry drama-lovers.<br/><br/><em>Opens Saturday, November 1st, 7 p.m. // <a href="">Polonsky Shakespeare Center</a>, 262 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $55-75</a></em>

<br/><br/>When you pair the Midwest's best rapper with the West Coast's best beatmaker, some glorious hip-hop is bound to come about. Indiana MC Freddie Gibbs has been riding an artistic high since the release of his latest record, <em><a href="">Pinata</a></em>, which was soulfully produced in full by hip-hop legend Madlib. But this isn't the kind of sensitive, navel-gazing rap that's playing in the dorm rooms of hip NYU freshmen. <br/><br/><a href="">Gibbs is hardcore</a>, and while his gangster-shaded verses might turn off the casual rap fan, listen <a href="">deeper</a> and you'll catch tales of strung-out recession survival, good highs gone wrong, and crooked cops delivered express in rhythmic helixes that stick to the inside of your skull for days. Those powers will be on full display when <strong><a href="">Freddie Gibbs comes to Rough Trade NYC</a></strong>, armed with <em>Pinata</em>'s gems, plus his<a href=""> past classics</a>. It's all-but-certain the MC's show will do justice to his boastful rhymes, but if anything you should go and get a lesson in the wonders of Harold's Chicken:<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Monday, November 3rd, 8 p.m. // <a href="">Rough Trade NYC</a>, 64 North 9th Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $20</a></em>

<br/><br/>With Hillary Clinton maybe, possibly, almost considering weighing the idea of debating about thinking of running for <strike>Queen of the Americas</strike> President, there's no time like the present to refresh yourself on Bill's ascent to power. Luckily, <strong><a href="">IFC Center is screening "The War Room,"</a></strong> Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's 1993 chronicle of a bright-eyed George Stephanopoulos and slightly-less-bald James Carville leading the Clinton-Gore '92 campaign to the White House. In addition to the screening, Hegedus and Pennebaker will also give a Q&amp;A during the Center's Election Night Special. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, November 4th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">IFC Center</a>, 323 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $16</a></em>

<br/><br/>Musical greats will converge upon BAM (do they ever really leave?) as part of the Next Wave Festival's <strong><a href="">Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films</a></strong> event. On-screen talent is set to include the likes of Edie Sedgwick and Marcel Duchamp, but be forewarned that if you're coming for the show, you're also in for an earful. Expect to see CBGB legends like Television's Tom Verlaine and Suicide's Martin Rev performing live scores alongside Galaxie 500's Dean Wareham, Eleanor Friedberger and Deerhunter's Bradford Cox. <em>(Sandra Song)</em><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 6th-Saturday, November 8th, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="">BAM Howard Gilman Opera House</a>, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $25</a></em>

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<br/><br/>This one's a doozy. <a href="">Part-time spaceport</a> and full-time modern art depot The New Museum has been showcasing <a href="">AUNTSforcamera</a>, a collaborative exhibit of dance, light, and video, for some time now. This month things will get even more interesting, as the museum is inviting you to grab your camera and take control of the exhibit for a day. <a href=""><strong><em>Bring Your Own Camera: Where the Audience Controls the Frame</em></strong></a> will be a six hour party-art happening that invites visitors to take personal photos of the AUNTS installations, and at the same time will bring a special 360-degree camera in for patrons to control. <br/><br/>As you move the lens around the museum, your cinematographic moves will be Livestreamed directly onto monitors installed by AUNTSforcamera co-conspirators at the <a href="">Trouw</a> gallery/club in Amsterdam. The New Museum is bringing in its own DJ for local shutterbugs to enjoy, and the BYOCamera session is slated to end in a transcontinental video-linked dance party. Because art. Because technology.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 6th, 3-9 p.m. // <a href="">The New Museum</a>, 235 Bowery, Manhattan // <a href="">Admission $10-16</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Add some strange and multi-colored lumens to your weekend at the first-ever <strong><a href="">New York Festival of Light in DUMBO</a></strong>. Artists and lighting designers from all over the world will converge each night at sunset for this eminently photogenic display of light, sculpture, and performance art. The event has been organized to suit a young audience, but anyone who enjoys strange and beautiful lighting (read: anyone with an Instagram account) will want to make the trip to the archway under the Manhattan Bridge. Maybe grab a drink at Superfine and head over once the DJs start spinning? Best of all, the festival is free.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 6th 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday &amp; Saturday, November 7th &amp; 8th, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. // Manhattan Bridge archway at Adams Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Free</a></em>

<br/><br/>Drink, laugh, and revel all while taking a stand against homophobia at <strong><a href="">The Bell House's Uncivil Union</a></strong>, a star-studded comedy showcase that will raise funds for both the <a href="">Ally Coalition's</a> work to foster LBGT tolerance and support in the entertainment industry, and <a href="">New Alternatives</a>, which offers direct support for local homeless LBGT youths. It's one of the obvious highlights of this month's <a href="">New York Comedy Festival</a>, and features genius comedians like Reggie Watts and Jim Gaffigan at one of the best live venues in all of Brooklyn. But after Watts and Gaffigan warm up the crowd it'll be time for the headliners. James Adomian will have the room keeling over with his <a href="">hilarious Jesse Ventura routine</a> and many a side will split during <a href="">Cameron Esposito's tales of Not Sleeping With Men.</a><br/><br/><em>Friday, November 7th, 7 p.m. // <a href="">The Bell House</a>, 149 7th St, Brooklyn // <a href=";__utmb=;__utmc=1&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=1.1414712945.4.2.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=210812053">Tickets $25-98</a></em>

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<br/><br/><strong><em><a href=""> Waiting For Guffman</a></em></strong>, Christopher Guest's very strange and much-beloved mockumentary ode to small town community theater, is being screened by the Young Professionals group of the Actors Fund on November 10th. Fred Willard, who played Ron Albertson, the lead actor in the scrumtrulescent play-within-the-movie, will be giving a Q&amp;A before the screening, while Monsieur Touton Selection wines and US Beverage beers are sponsoring the pre-show reception. All proceeds from the evening will go to benefit the <a href="">Actors Fund</a>.<br/><br/><em>Monday, November 10th, 7:00 p.m. // <a href="">The Actors Fund Arts Center at the Schermerhorn</a>, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $20 advance, $25 door</a></em>

<br/><br/>Lincoln Center's Koch Theater will host Russia's world-renowned <strong><a href="">Mikhailovsky Theatre ballet company for a run of of performances</a></strong> throughout the second half of November. In that run there'll be something for everyone, from the dark netherworld fantasy of <a href="">Giselle ou Les Wilis</a> to the bombastic French Revolution tale of <a href="">The Flames of Paris</a> (allegedly Stalin's favorite ballet) to the classic <a href="">Don Quixote</a>. All of these productions will showcase the commitment to perfection that the Mikhailovsky is known for, with no shortcuts taken when it comes to choreography, costume, direction, and music.<br/><br/>November 18th and 19th might prove to be the most interesting nights of the Mikhailovsky's American sojurn. It's then that the company will put on a "Three Centuries of Russian Ballet" series of one-act shows; short ballets that will offer casual dance fans a wide sampling of styles, while delivering unto seasoned enthusiasts a peek at Nacho Duato's new ballet <em>Prelude</em>. <br/><br/><em>November 11th-23rd, Performance times vary // <a href="">David H. Koch Theater</a>, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $89-129</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Blackened Music and Pitchfork's Show No Mercy continue to nail it with the latest installment of their ongoing Tinnitus series - this time bringing the <a href="">rave-murdering</a>, <a href="">piano-dropping</a> ambient/drone great <a href=""><strong>Tim Hecker to play at Bushwick venue The Wick</strong></a>. Haunting, eerie and a little like being trapped inside a dusty organ pipe (in the best way possible), Hecker's music is the kind of moody noise that's sure to compliment your autumnal midweek blues. His music is founded on plodding, wooly synth bass lines that fill the space between seconds while staccato piano and sharp electric clips bounce back and forth; it's like the static you'd hear if your long-distance phone call to Saturn were put on hold. <br/><br/>Support also comes from experimental legend Loren Mazzacane Connors and the dirge-driven Circuit des Yeux, who'll just add another dimension of doom-gloom distortion to an overwhelming show that’ll definitely have you rethinking the meaning of “ambient drone.” <em>(Sandra Song)</em><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, November 12th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">The Wick</a>, 260 Meserole St., Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $15</a></em>

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<br/><br/><strong>Jay Rayner</strong>, the longtime restaurant critic for London's <em>Observer</em> and Britain's top food journalist, has written reviews of over 700 restaurants during his tenure there. And while all of those reviews have been generally great, his most-loved ones are the bad ones. Specifically, the scathingly-awful tear-you-a-new-asshole ones, like <a href="">this gem from 2012</a>. Because of this, Rayner released an e-book entitled <a href="">My Dining Hell</a> where he compares some of his worst dinners to, erm, "bodily fluids." Raynor will be giving a talk with the same title at Brooklyn's Union Hall this month, where he'll discuss his most-hated food trends, worst nights out, and even a few scathing reviews of his own work. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="">Union Hall</a> // <a href="">$10</a></em>

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<br/><br/><em>"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul..."</em><br/><br/>For those among us not interested in running 26.2, <a href=""><strong>New York City's Moby-Dick Marathon</strong></a> is back for its second biennial reading, which will span three days in three different venues across Manhattan. Gather round and listen to 150+ cultural/literary luminaries finish each others' sentences at this reading of the seafaring classic, including author Emily Gould, music critic Rob Sheffield, Girls actor Alex Karpovsky, and <a href="">many others</a>. Melville called New York home for much of his life, and the fictional great white whale tale begins here, so such a reading is only proper. It's also not being done <a href="">popcorn-style</a>, so thankfully, no horrific fiction class flashbacks. (Sandra Song)<br/><br/><em>Friday, November 14th at Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St., Manhattan Saturday, November 15th at South Street Seaport Museum, 213 Water St., ManhattanSunday, November 16th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., Manhattan // <a href="">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Every month at <a href="">Littlefield</a>, gastronomists Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma explore the history and science behind a given food topic for their <strong><a href="">Masters of Social Gastronomy Series</a></strong>, and this month they're taking some seasonal favorites: specifically apple and pumpkin pie. Learn about the many different varieties of apples found at your local grocery store (and how Red Delicious came to regrettably dominate them all), and find out why pumpkin spice has made its way into <a href="">fucking</a> <a href="">everything</a>. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, November 19th, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="">Littlefield</a>, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Free (RSVP encouraged, not required)</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Beat the oncoming wind chill and toast the Bell House's now-famous Takedown series of cooking gauntlets by stopping in at the <strong><a href="">Chili Takedown</a></strong>. Chili competition is the nudge that got the <a href="">bacon ball</a> rolling, and so this month's cook-off will turn things up to "Hi," with no restrictions on ingredients, so long as the chili keeps thick and warrants a spoon. Free <a href="">Caleb's Kola</a> cocktails will be passed around in hopes of cooling the burn, but really there's little you can do to overcome a great bowl of chili.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, November 19th, 2-4 p.m. // <a href="">The Bell House</a>, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn // <a href=";__utmb=;__utmc=1&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=1.1414712945.4.2.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=9043253">Tickets $20</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Words, in this case, are deficient and almost foolish. A classically-trained German pianist who adores digital loops and synthesizers as much as he does Chopin and Steinways, <strong><a href="">Nils Frahm will play Manhattan's Church of St. Paul &amp; St. Andrew</a></strong> in what will without a doubt be one of the year's greatest concerts. Frahm's playing draws upon the ambient works of Brian Eno and Aphex Twin and pulls them into a more human space, injecting melodic playfulness a la Tchaikovsky and drenching it all in feverish Steve Reich-style repetition; the result is a kinder, more warm-blooded minimalism, built of fragments that meet and fuse into rich, supernal tones. <br/><br/>If there's a "signature move" in Frahm's art, it's his penchant for playing two keyboards at the same time, in the same octave, creating overlapping note-clusters that shift and bend your mind to his ardent will. Last year's Le Poisson Rouge performance was triumphant, and now to hear his ideas echo off the soaring limestone walls of one of New York's most historic churches will be something truly astonishing. If you're skeptical of these praises, take a moment and watch a live clip of Frahm below. Artistic expression doesn't get much purer than this. <br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Friday, November 21st, 8:00 p.m. // <a href="">Church of St. Paul &amp; St. Andrew</a>, 263 W 86th St, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $25</a> </em>

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<br/><br/>The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge celebrates its 50th birthday this month, and the <strong><a href="">Museum of the City of New York is bringing in Gay Talese to talk</a></strong> of the days before, during, and after its construction. In 1964 Talese was reporting for the New York Times and wrote extensively about the Verrazano; his coverage brought forth stories of both the city hall politics and construction workers' courage that made it possible to build what was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. Talese, 82-year-old journalism vanguard (and <a href="">dashing hat model</a>) that he is, will surely spout charming anecdotes a-plenty, making this talk a must for both history buffs and journalism superfans a like. If you've got a free hour, prep by listening to <a href="">Talese talk about his career</a>; if you've got a free afternoon, treat yourself to <a href="">reading some of his best life's work</a>.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 20th, 6:30 p.m. // <a href="">Museum of the City of New York</a>, // <a href=";pid=188402&amp;eid=3160623&amp;evd=11%2f20%2f2014&amp;evt=18%3a30%3a00">Tickets $12-16</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Overgrown, cliche, and corporatized as it may be, the <strong><a href="">Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade</a></strong> is still a quintessential part of November in NYC. Parade-goers brave (or foolish) enough to join the hordes of camera crews, marching bands, and costumed characters and will want to pick out a spot early to watch the parade as it winds down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle, over to 6th Avenue, and eventually ends at Herald Square. This year's parade will bring back all the familiar balloons, from Spiderman to Hello Kitty to <a href="">Harold the Fireman</a>.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, November 27th, 9 a.m. // Upper West Side &amp; Midtown, Manhattan // <a href="">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/><a href="">The free release</a>. <a href="">The accolades</a>. <a href="">The local cred</a>. <a href="">The Southern style</a>. <a href="">The indie Harlem production</a>. <a href="">The Grammy-winning Atlanta feature</a>. <a href="">The Ferguson commentary</a>. <a href="">The CNN follow-up</a>. <a href="">The precursor to it all</a>. <a href="">The fully-funded cat album remix kickstarter</a>. <a href="">The worldwide graffiti campaign</a>. <a href="">The tumult at Nitehawk Cinema</a>. At the end of it all we got the album of the year, and at the end of the month <strong><a href="">Run The Jewels plays New York City</a></strong>. Lock the door, turn it up, and buy your ticket as quick as you can.<br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Saturday, November 29th, 6 p.m. // <a href="">Stage 48</a>, 605 W 48th St, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $25</a> (and <a href="">slightly more on Stubhub</a>)</em>