Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
For November we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.
We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Breaking News: Rudy Giuliani discusses Trump legal strategy to steal back the election.
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
“After a stressful and nail-biting week, we deserve to have the best weekend ever. And because it looks like we might have plenty of watching and waiting (and drinking to make all that watching and waiting a little easier…) ahead of us, we’ve got your fun weekend plans to stay busy and help pry you away from the election results for a bit.
This weekend, you can relax with a jackfruit beer in Manhattan’s new nanobrewery, celebrate autumn at a Native American dance festival, or skip straight to Christmas during the first weekend of a holiday-themed pop-up bar—we’ve rounded up eight actually cool things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC. And as COVID-19 cases in NYC continue to increase, as always, please wear a mask and social distance responsibly.”
Harlem’s Sugar Hill Creamery opened a brand-new location in Hamilton Heights for those of us who need to eat our feelings after this long week. With flavors like The Unicorn, made with homemade vanilla cake, royal frosting, and rainbow sprinkles; A$AP Rocky Road, filled with hazelnut, marshmallows, Oreos, and graham crackers; and Don Cartagena, inspired by East Harlem’s cheese and guava breakfast pastries, they’ve got treats to soothe your sweet tooth and your spirit.
Cost: Scoops start at $4.50
Downtown institution Pearl River Mart is opening an edible offshoot, Pearl River Mart Foods, in Chelsea Market. Working with some of the best food vendors in NYC, the food market will feature a rotating selection of Asian drinks, snacks, and sweets. During the opening weekends, you can expect Korean comfort food from Kimbap Lab , pan-fried soup dumplings from Mao’s Bao , and bubble teas from Tea and Milk . If you register in advance, you’ll get a free gift with your purchase.
Cost: Free to enter; prices vary
At Manhattan’s newest nanobrewery (fun fact: a nanobrewery produces fewer than 15,000 barrels of beer a year!) That Witch Ales You, they’re serving up funky small-batch brews like ginger IPA, lychee red ale, and jackfruit Kölsch. (If you want to try them all, a flight is only $12!) Pair the beers with fish cake skewers and mini lobster and pork dumplings for a boozy lunch in their backyard. They’re only open on the weekends, so make sure to stop by to reward yourself after this extremely long week.
Cost: Beers start at $8
If you need to blow off a little steam—or if you’ve just really been missing leg day—Barry’s is offering outdoor classes at the Moxy East Village’s rooftop bar. The 50-minute classes are done silent disco-style, so you can get all the heart-pumping tunes sent straight into your ears. Wear your favorite leggings, work up a good sweat, and get in a workout that doesn’t involve a walk from your couch to your bed.
Cost: Single classes are $38
Friday, November 6 – Saturday, November 7
This fall, the Brooklyn Museum is streaming art films on an LED screen near the museum’s fountain. Using the tiered seating of the plaza as a gigantic “stoop,” their Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings program offers a free spot to sit, snack, and take in some culture. This Friday and Saturday, they’re streaming Glenn Ligon’s The Death of Tom , Ja’Tovia Gary’s An Ecstatic Experience , and Ka-Man Tse’s Gahp Song , among others.
Halloween is over… and for some of us, that means it’s time for the holidays. Although it might seem a little early to start trimming your tree, we could all use a little cheer these days. At Sippin’ Santa, a Christmas-themed bar that’s popping up inside the East Village’s Boilermaker, you can kick off the Christmas spirit with drinks like the Runaway Sleigh (with gin, lime, and cranberry-sage syrup) or the Blitzen Bowl (with two kinds of rum, apricot brandy, and ginger).
Cost: Depends how blitzened you get
Saturday, November 8 – Sunday, November 9
Floral Park, Queens
Held at the Queens County Farm Museum, the Autumn Dance Celebration showcases Native American dances in a tradition that honors the past summer months’ harvest. With eight nations—including Hopi, Winnebago, Lenape, Choctaw, Mayan, Seneca, Santo Domingo, and Chickahomin—performing over twenty dances, there’ll be two days of outdoor, socially-distanced performances along with a market of Native American art, textiles, and food. Bring your own chairs and blankets to get a front-row seat to the show.
Cost: Tickets start at $10
Sunday, November 8, 9am
At Brooklyn’s Ecology Park, located in the Paerdegat Basin Natural Area Preserve, you can spend your morning volunteering to help protect its forest. Alongside the park’s Stewardship Team, you’ll learn how to identify and remove invasive plants in order to aid the park’s ecosystem. Wear sturdy shoes, comfortable clothes, and enjoy spending a mind-clearing morning digging in the dirt. You can always go home and doomscroll through your phone for hours for the rest of the afternoon!
Cost: Free but space is limited and registration is required
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New York magazine is biweekly these days and every issue has a wonderful section, “The Culture Pages,” which includes a “To Do” list – 25 things to see, hear, watch, and read. Here are my favorites from the current issue (Oct.28-Nov.11).
The Ghosts of Versailles
Featuring a young Renée Fleming.
In 1991, the Metropolitan Opera made its long-awaited return to contemporary opera after 25 years of wallowing in the past. It did so with a work that wallowed in the past. Long gestating, theatrically dazzling, sumptuously cast, wildly expensive, and ambivalently reviewed, John Corigliano’s romp through 18th-century styles made a splash, popped up again a few years later, and then vanished from the company’s repertoire. Fortunately, the broadcast, first televised in 1992, is still around to stream. —Justin Davidson
metopera.org, October 31.
State of Darkness
It’s been more than 30 years since dancer and choreographer Molissa Fenley first performed her fiercely concentrated State of Darkness, set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Now she’s spent the summer coaching (from a distance) seven dancers, all from different companies with different styles, each of whom gives the work a distinctive stamp. The series, streamed from the Joyce Theater, concludes with successive turns by Lloyd Knight, Cassandra Trenary, and Sara Mearns. —Justin Davidson
joyce.org, through November 1.
In two parts.
Weill and Brecht’s grit-crusted “play with music” was built to fit just about any stage or even no stage at all. The start-up company City Lyric Opera has found a way to adapt it to technology and separation, without stinting on theatrical effect, for a two-week run. —J.D.
citylyricopera.org, October 29 to November 15.
Leilah Babirye is one of the strongest artists to have emerged in the past five years. Her ceramic, wood, metal, and found-object sculptures and assemblages pack optical punches and deliver dollops of passion, power, material intelligence, spiritual wisdom, off-the-wall humor, and almost revolutionary ancestral identity politics. She’s taking back whole swaths of art history, deploying stolen tropes, remaking visual history, and remembering the past in medium-size objects that all possess talismanic dignity and tenderness. —J.S.
Gordon Robichaux, 41 Union Square West, through November 22.
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare
All the men and women merely silverware.
In 2018, British experimental troupe Forced Entertainment visited New York with its sweetly brilliant object-theater series Table Top Shakespeare: In each episode, an actor retells a condensed version of one of Shakespeare’s plays, “casting” the parts with various bits and bobs like teapots or pepper grinders. I caught the ensemble’s Antony and Cleopatra — the Egyptian queen was a gilded bit of crockery — and it absolutely knocked my saltcellar off. Now, with kitchen tables among the few sanctioned performance spaces, the company has begun streaming a domestic version of the series, making every miniature play available for free. A new one appears online each night; all told, there are 36. Collect ’em all. —Helen Shaw (Sept.17 – Nov.15)
*This article appears in the October 26, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.” (TONY)
WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (November 05 – November 11)
Editors’ Picks: 13 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From David Zwirner’s Massive Donald Judd Show to Thornton Dial at David Lewis
“There’s a lot going on this week, from Julie Mehretu and Donald Judd shows, to a Wide Awakes panel at a virtual art fair.” (artnet.com)