(11/13-11/19) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. Read on for our picks for the best of this week in New York City. Queen lovers won't want to miss We Will Rock You-A Musical at the Hulu Theater, plus you can check out other wonderful live performances at the Met Opera and the Iridium, plus hurling and table tennis competitions, holiday markets, and much more!
THE BIG EVENT
(Now-11/24) White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. Now in its tenth year, the Lincoln Center White Light Festival brings together extraordinary global performers for a five-week celebration. This annual event presents dance, theater, and musical performances in a wide range of genres and features exemplary work from exemplary creators and performers.
EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
JR (French, born 1983). The Chronicles of New York City, 2018–19 (detail). © JR-ART.NET.
(Ongoing) JR is a consummate 21st-century artist. As a young man, he began taking pictures of his fellow street-artist friends and posting them around his native France. Later, his photography projects expanded in scope and deepened in tone without losing their populist flair. Now, this celebrated artist will receive the first major North American retrospective of his work, JR: Chronicles at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition, named after the artist’s new mural of New York City, debuted October 4. The mural itself, The Chronicles of New York City, portrays over one thousand New Yorkers that the artist interviewed and photographed in summer of 2018.
(Ongoing) For a brief few years, fine art, folk art, Hollywood, and Pentecostal fervor all came together in hand-painted advertisements for VHS screenings in Ghana. Now open at Poster House in Chelsea, Baptized By Beefcake: The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana features colorful takes on vintage horror and action flicks, seen through a localized religious lens. It's amazing any of this even survived—painted on recycled rice sacks and meant for short-term use, the show reflects a remarkable effort of preservation, holding up an uncanny mirror to '80s and '90s America. posterhouse.org
Dinner and cake in Intrepid’s wardroom in October 1944. Photo from National Archives and Records Administration.
(New!) Making a beautiful cake is pretty challenging, but what if you had to make it on a Navy ship, for a crew of thousands? The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s new exhibition, Navy Cakes: A Slice of History, explores the history of naval personnel and their incredible cakes.
Installation View: Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
(Ongoing) For the first time in its history, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has invited artists to serve as curators, creating Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection. Drawing on the institution’s vast collection of fine art, the show is a fitting complement to the 60th anniversary of the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. The six artists are Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weems, all major figures in the contemporary art world.
(Now-8/30/20) The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, explores the legacy of history’s deadliest mass murder site. More than 700 original objects and 400 photographs are on display, many for the first time in North America. Among the artifacts: personal possessions, fragments of a barrack, a gas mask used by the SS, and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland. mjhnyc.org
Anna Walinska, 1960, Figures in Landscape. Shan paper collage with oil on paper.
(Ongoing) Artist Anna Walinksa (1906-1997) had a strong connection to Manhattan's Upper West Side. She worked as a teaching artist-in-residence at the Riverside Museum (then located at the Masters Apartment, a landmark 27-story Art Deco skyscraper at 310 Riverside Drive) and exhibited frequently there from 1954 to 1971, joining other prominent artists like Louise Nevelson, Jasper Johns, and Barnett Newman. Work from Walinska's studio residence at The Masters has now circled back to the neighborhood in the exhibit Anna Walinska: Return to the Riverside, on view through January 25, 2020.
(Ongoing) You can experience the world of history’s most famous spy at Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE, a new exhibition inside New York’s spy museum, SPYSCAPE. This immersive exhibition brings you into the Bond universe with sets, props, and insights about the creation of the ageless secret agent. Among the highlights: an Aston Martin DB5, the lab of Quartermaster (or Q), M16’s gadget master, concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adams, and an exploration of 2012 Bond film Skyfall’s unforgettable final scene.
(11/14) The Gotham Comedy All-Stars hosted by Hasan Minhaj at Gotham Comedy Club.
(11/13) Upright Citizens Brigade:The George Lucas Talk Show at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Join Star Wars creator George Lucas, performed by comedian Connor Ratliff, as he interviews special guest NASA's Steve Howell along with Kepler exoplanet researcher, astrophysicist, primatologist, and comedian Natalia Reagan. Find out how the Star Wars universe can be strikingly similar to our own. Yes…there is a Tatooine! Space Shuttle Pavilion. Ages 21+. Beer and wine for purchase. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for museum members.
(11/14-11/17) D.L. Hughley at Carolines.
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(11/15-11/17) Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures at Barclays Center. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations.
(Now-2/2/20) Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park is back, and while it's still appealing for kids, it's gotten a makeover, making a concerted effort to appeal to young and old alike, with a selection of high end cocktails now on sale, a VIP tent, new performers, and more. bigapplecircus.com
(Now-Nov. 30) Just extended! Color Factory, a massive interactive art space, began in August 2017 in San Francisco. Wildly popular, the project has set up shop in SoHo and is sure to inspire lines as long as the cronut did at nearby Dominique Ansel Bakery. Designed by a wide spectrum of artists, Color Factory walks visitors through 16 rooms devoted to the wonder of color. You’re invited to compliment someone using color words, discover your signature color, and read wishes for the world written by NYC school children on varicolored balloons. Each room is equipped with a camera that can take a picture of you and send it to your phone: the better to post with! 251 Spring St., firstname.lastname@example.org,colorfactory.co, @colorfactoryco
(Ongoing) “Here Be Dragons,” a new interactive scavenger hunt in the American Museum of Natural History offered by Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures, draws from the menageries of creatures in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald. Participants will explore galleries throughout the museum as they answer questions, solve clues, engage in creative activities, and track down the origins of some of the creatures from both the Fantastic Beasts stories as well as other classic myths and tales. Grab your nifflers and join! Advance registration required. fableandlark.com
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Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock.
The iconic Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink is open for the winter season. For information on reservations, skate lessons, or season passes, call 212-332-7654 or visit therinkatrockcenter.com. VIP packages are available. For more information on Rockefeller Center, visit rockefellercenter.com. (Please note, tree won't be up 'til Dec. 4.)
(New!) Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway. Take a magical journey starting with a cocktail at the Broadway Bar, and then traveling through a kaleidoscope of your favorite musicals. Enter the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, and Cats. You can sing “Memory” with Grizabella the “Glamour Cat” and wear the Dreamcoat yourself as you become a Broadway star. The Phantom of the Opera will also guide you through this dazzling backstage experience, and perhaps do a little singing himself along the way. Live actors will be on hand to enhance the rush both on- and offstage.
(Ongoing) Get the full stadium experience with Yankee Stadium Tours, which offers exclusive access to New York Yankee historic spots like Monument Park, The Great Hall, and even down to the dugout. The daily tours also bring you close to baseball artifacts like Babe Ruth’s bat, Lou Gehrig’s jersey, and rings and trophies representing the Yankees’ 27 world championships. Here is a $5 off coupon!
(Ongoing) Part show. Part tour. All entertainment. THE RIDE is a one-of-a-kind experience that turns the streets of New York into a stage. Journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan as the city’s landmarks unfold before your very eyes. THE RIDE’s theatres-on-wheels also tour lower Manhattan, with THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE, which lets visitors re-live iconic moments in New York history through the magic of TimeLooper Virtual Reality Headsets. Use our coupon and save $10 off!
FOOD, MUSIC, AND NIGHTLIFE
(Now-1/5/20) The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes® returns to dazzle for another holiday season! The 90-minute show features more than 140 performers and an original musical score and combines singing, dancing, and humor with traditional scenes.
(Now-11/14, 11/22, 11/24) Screening of Downtown 81 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Directed by Edo Bertoglio. Shot in 1981 but not completed for nearly two decades, this essential slice of downtown-scene cool stars a then-unknown, 19-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat as a penniless, recently evicted young artist wandering the streets of Manhattan as he searches for a mystery woman and a place to crash. Featuring a who’s-who of demimonde luminaries—including Debbie Harry, Arto Lindsay, Fab 5 Freddy, James Chance, and Kid Creole—this freewheeling urban picaresque is a seductively absorbing record of the art, music, and energy of bohemian New York at a time when punk, no wave, and hip-hop were all shaking the underground.
(11/13) Queer Ladies Night at Union Hall.
(11/14) Guess Who, B*tch Game Night: BravoCon Edition at Bar Feroce at Moxy Chelsea. In celebration of BravoCon, Moxy Chelsea will host Guess Who, B*tch?!, Moxy’s ultimate Real Housewives game, to Moxy Chelsea, hosted by Kelly Dodd, star of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Email email@example.com with “GUESS WHO” in the subject to reserve a spot.
(11/14-11/16) Joe Bonamassa at the Beacon Theatre.
(11/15) Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.
(11/16) Don’t Pass the Peppa Sauce Presents: Coquito Caribbean Christmas at The Tank. Enjoy some holiday-themed entertainment from a Caribbean sketch comedy troupe. Complimentary cocktail hour at 10pm!
(11/14, 11/17, 11/21) La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera. For the first time since the Metropolitan Opera’s inception in 1883, this year sees Sunday matinees. This week, in addition to Thursday evening shows, you can find an afternoon performance of Giacomo Puccini’s legendary La Bohème. The classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers is never better than in Franco Zeffirelli’s immortal staging. It’s just a part of an inspiring 2019-20 season, packed with opera’s most talented stars, performing across a wide range of repertoire.
(11/15) Philip Glass's Akhnaten at the Metropolitan Opera. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti.
(11/15-11/16) David Grisman Trio at The Iridium.
(11/16) The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes at Kings Theatre.
(11/16) Pro Table Tennis: PingPod Champions Invitational at NYC Table Tennis Academy. Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988. Now, it's time to start treating it like one. Catch an 8-player, single elimination, pro tournament - the first of its kind in New York City. Hosted by the New York City Table Tennis Academy, watch the sport in a professional stadium setting and get a glimpse of why this is one of the most-televised, most popular sports in the world.
(11/16) New York Hurling Classic at Citi Field. Witness the ancient Irish sport first-hand for "The New York Hurling Classic."
(11/16-11/17) Artists & Fleas Williamsburg Market features talented indie designers, vintage clothing and jewelry vendors from NYC showcasing their unique designs. The market offers a balance of items ranging from jewelry, handbags, clothing, art, tapestry, ceramic to boutique bath products. Adding to the mix will be a collection of unique artisan food and vegan vendors! Nestled in the heart of North Williamsburg and easily accessible by both train (L or G) and car (BQE), at 275 N. 8th St., (corner of Havemeyer St). Open every weekend from 10am-7pm.
(Ongoing) Rosé Mansion, everyone's favorite excuse to sample rosé, continues its fabulous run through 2019. You get tastings of 8 different pink wines as you travel through a champagne ball pit, a mini-theme park called Roséland, and a tree house. There are also two rosé wine bars where you can hang out, plus grub from Taco Dumbo. rosewinemansion.com, @rosewinemansion
Throughout November, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square is having a Food Drive for the Food Bank for New York City. Donate at least ONE non-perishable and receive $10 off admission. (Not valid for Ripley's Relic.)
Photo: Russ Rowland.
(Ongoing) Sit back and enjoy music and three cocktails, while the cast of The Imbible gives insight into the history and science behind alcoholic beverages. Shows include A Spirited History of Drinking; Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical; and Christmas Carol Cocktails, which opens on November 22nd for its fifth smash/smashed season. Cheers to that! Save $15 with City Guide's coupon.
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SNEAK PEEK, NEXT WEEK
You can double dip so to speak at Union Square, where the city’s largest farmer’s market (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) meets the Union Square Holiday Market held November 21–December 24 (weekdays 11am-8pm, 10am opening on Saturdays, 11am-7pm Sundays; closed Thanksgiving). Look for past-year hit fragrant Persian soup, perfect for sipping while browsing the extensive selection of handmade items.
(11/18-11/27) Judy Collins: Winter Stories with Chatham County Line and Jonas Fjeld at Joe's Pub.
(11/21) Trisha Yearwood at Town Hall.
(11/23-1/5) Randall's Island isn't the most trafficked place in New York, but come the holidays this year it'll be a major destination as the home of the LuminoCity Festival. This dynamic immersive art experience will bring a very photogenic wonderland of lights. It will also bring scavenger hunts, workshops, themed nights, and a holiday market. luminocityfestival.com
(11/20-11/21) FKA twigs-Magdalene at Kings Theatre.
(11/21-1/5) Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights. Highlights will include The Ice Jubilee (Ice Bar, Ice Throne & Ice Slide (December 21 to 31) , nightly ice carving demonstrations , an Ice Carving Competition (December 28) , carolers, characters, train rides, and a lantern safari.
(11/23) Gladys Knight with special guest Will Downing at Kings Theatre.
(11/23) Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins at Barclays Center.
(11/23-12/6) Bob Dylan and His Band at the Beacon Theatre.
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