November NYC Events + NYC Weekend Culture (11/15)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.”
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
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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.

Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sun). NEW STUFF!

8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This Weekend Thrillist

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.

“We’ll get through this together, just like the first time.

After a weekend spent dancing, screaming, and popping champagne in the streets , NYC was really starting to feel like itself again. But with the recent rise in the city’s COVID-19 cases, a new set of restrictions to help curb the infection rate was announced this week by Governor Cuomo. Starting November 13, a 10pm curfew will go into effect for restaurants and bars, forcing all indoor and outdoor spaces to close at this hour. While restaurants will be allowed to offer takeout and delivery food after this time, sale of to-go cocktails after 10pm is prohibited. Also in effect, all social gatherings of any kind must be limited to 10 people.

We know the news of these new mandates weren’t what any of us were hoping to hear, but as long as we continue to mask up and social distance responsibly, there’s still plenty of fun stuff to do this weekend. Release all that angst like a ninja warrior; get extra-cozy in a wintry rooftop cabin with your seasonal squeeze; or celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with some bomb Indian food–we’ve rounded up eight actually cool things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC.”

Try dishes at a brand-new restaurant

Upper West Side
Be one of the first to try dishes at Tasca, a Spanish and Latin-Caribbean restaurant opening this week on the Upper East Side from the owners of Don Pedro’s. The menu, which was inspired by the Iberian Peninsula, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, is ideal for pairing with their extensive rum collection (featuring lots of rare and vintage bottles) and Spanish wine list. Go for the cassava-crusted scallop, sancochito–a Caribbean soup–and the paella for two with saffron rice, seafood, chorizo, and chicken. 
Cost: Entrees start at $28

Cozy up with hot cocktails in Manhattan’s version of a cabin

Pier 17
The Greens, Pier 17’s rooftop bar and restaurant, is reopening for the winter this weekend. With cozy heated cabins and a virtual fireplace, it’s easy to pretend that you’re spending the day at your upstate estate. They’re serving up festive cocktails from Dante (which was recently named the world’s second-best bar !), including hot buttered rum, smoked toddies, and an alpine Negroni with Montana spruce roots. Cabins can be reserved for groups of two to ten, so bring a date or the whole crew.
Cost: Reservation fees start at $5; cocktails start at $18

Sip an on-tap cocktail from a brand-new bar

Lower East Side
Fresh off their pop-up serving cocktails out of a VW minibus, bartenders GN Chan and Faye Chen are opening their LES spot Double Chicken Please this weekend. They’ll be serving on-tap cocktails using an elaborate seven drink system (plus, they’ll be serving bottled drinks for those of us who prefer to drink without pants on). Each drink is called by a number—the #5, with Taiwanese whisky, oolong tea, and honey, is a twist on a Whisky Highball—and the #7, with gin, cherry liquor, and bell pepper, is an homage to the classic Negroni.  
Cost: On-tap cocktails start at $12

Have a backyard barbecue

Friday, November 13 – Saturday, November 14, 12pm-7pm
The Meat Hook’s new Curbside Smokehouse is serving up takeout barbeque in the beloved butcher shop’s backyard. Sip on some beers, order up a platter of smoked brisket or pastrami pulled beef with a side of pimento mac and cheese or jalapeno and honey cornbread, and eat until you get the meat sweats. They’ll be there from 12-7, so you’ve got plenty of time to swing by after work or, if you’d rather, get your day drink on. 
Cost: Meat starts at $13/pound

Get an eyeful at an outdoor burlesque show

Friday, November 13 – Saturday, November 14, 6:30pm, 8pm
This weekend, Duane Park is moving their burlesque shows outside (don’t worry, there won’t be any al fresco flashing!). Dress for the weather and expect a performance of aerialists, jugglers, fire-breathers, and contortionists… all while you enjoy your three-course prix fixe meal. With two seatings a night–at 6:30pm and 8pm–you’ll enjoy a 90-minute show that may just inspire you to take up a new hobby this winter. Fire-breathing can’t be that hard to learn, right? 
Cost: Meals start at $70/person

Release all that angst like a ninja warrior

Hell’s Kitchen
Lace up your sneakers and head to the New York Ninja Academy, where you can train like an American Ninja Warrior–you know, these guys . You’ll climb, swing, jump, and balance your way through a series of ever-changing obstacles that’ll make your workout feel like less of a slog and more like a fight to stay upright. While you won’t get dunked in freezing water on national television right away, if you work hard enough, you just might get there! 
Cost: $40/class

Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights

Sunday, November 15
East Village
Diwali is a Hindu celebration of the victory of light over darkness—sounds just about right for this week, doesn’t it? Here’s our comprehensive list of Indian restaurants where you can celebrate, and at BAAR BAAR in the East Village, the eatery is serving a one-day-only prix fixe meal in both their indoor and outdoor spaces, which they’ll be decorating with traditional oil lamps, rangoli floor art, and fresh flowers. The meal includes a kachori chaat with chickpeas and tamarind, an Amul cheese fondue, duck kebab with sheermal bread, and housemade kulfi ice cream. 
Cost: $60 per person

Watch the Masters without getting a sunburn

While the Masters will be played without fans this year, you can watch the golf tournament with fellow golf enthusiasts at J.Bespoke, where they’ll be opening early to show the tourney on the big screens and a projector. To faithfully recreate the iconic Augusta National experience, order up a pink Azalea cocktail—the signature drink of the Masters—and J.Bespoke’s version of the golf club’s signature pimento cheese sandwich. 
Cost: The Azalea cocktail is $16

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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

“Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more

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)



Go Ahead, Binge Old Movies and Jam Out to ’90s HitsNYT

Decades old movies, songs and video games have ssurged in popularity over the pandemic. Psychologists say conjuring nostalgia during stressful times is a healthy coping mechanism.


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 12 – November 18)

11/12 – Lucinda Williams, Lu’s Jukebox In Studio

11/12 – Kim Gordon discusses her book, No Icon, with Carrie Brownstein

11/12 – Gloria Gaynor, Summerstage Anywhere

11/13-14 – Iceland Airwaves: Of Monsters and Men, Ásgeir, Emiliána Torrini and Friends, and more

11/13 – Dolly Parton‘s Comin’ Home for Christmas

11/13 – Elvis Costello Q&A

11/13 – Trey Anastasio from the Beacon Theatre

11/14 – Save Tip’s for Tipitina’s: Jon Batiste and Stay Human w/Trombone Shorty, Willie Nelson, Tank & the Bangas, Galactic, Pres Hall Jazz Band

11/14 – Brendan Benson and band from Nashville

11/15 – Hollis Brown, “50 Years of Getting Loaded, A Tribute to the Velvet Underground” via City Winery

11/15, 11/22 – Punch Brothers from Nashville

11/16 – Emmylou Harris and Friends ft. Marty Stuart

11/17 – Sylvan Esso, “From the Satellite” concert

11/17 – San Fermin from Le Poisson Rouge

Online concert calendar and links at


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 (Nov.11-Nov.25).

NY Magazine – Our biweekly guide on what to see, hear, watch, and read.

Classical Music

David Finckel and Wu Han
A chamber-music power couple.
The Harry and Meghan of chamber music, David Finckel and Wu Han have been marinating in Beethoven’s cello sonatas for their entire married lives. Now they perform all five sonatas in one livestream blowout, courtesy of the Berkeley-based Cal Performances. —J.D., starting November 12.

Thomas Kotcheff
An album-release concert.
Few concert-music composers could be as well attuned to this moment, with all its wildness, hope, and disciplined rage, as Frederic Rzewski. A lifelong lefty, the 82-year-old Rzewski wrote a series of improvisatory piano pieces, Songs of Insurrection. Thomas Kotcheff, who has now recorded them, marks the release with a livestream recital. —J.D., starting November 13.

Anthony McGill and the New York Philharmonic
Lighthearted strings.
A chamber music chip off the New York Philharmonic — four string players plus the sublime principal clarinetists Anthony McGil — performs clarinet quintets by Brahms and the less canonical but deeply melodious Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (not to be confused with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge) from the 92nd Street Y. —J.D., November 14.


The Liz Swados Project
In memoriam.
The much-missed Liz Swados was a wildly prolific composer and director, a true downtown spirit with deep social consciousness, whose work ranged from musical theater on Broadway (Runaways) to the farthest reaches of the avant-garde. She taught for decades, and her students and colleagues come together via Joe’s Pub’s online platform to perform songs from her tribute album, which was released in CD form in October. Do not miss your chance to hear her songs sung by stage greats like Amber Gray, Taylor Mac, Stephanie Hsu, Ali Stroker, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Damon Daunno. —Helen Shaw, November 24.


Richard Tinkler
Kaleidoscopic paintings.
Richard Tinkler’s geometric abstract paintings emit a mystic bioluminescence and sense of grandeur. In this wee gallery, the seven paintings hang on every side, so you’re cocooned in a kind of universal erotics of looking, thinking, making, and believing in art. Everything is subtilized, revealing more the more you look. —J.S.
56 Henry gallery, 56 Henry Street, through November 25.


The Joyce Fall Season
Dance like everyone is tuning in.
The Joyce mounts an entire fall season, available for free, on its streaming platform. You’ll be able to see Michela Marino Lerman’s jazz tap piece Love Movement; Sankofa Danzafro’s Fecha Limite (Expiration Date), which is choreographer Rafael Palacios’s portrait of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian traditions under threat; the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in a series of social dances; and two pieces from Pioneer Winter Collective, one of which is Gimp Gait, a duet for Winter and Marjorie Burnett, a dancer with cerebral palsy. —Helen Shaw, through December 6.


Titus Kaphar
“From a Tropical Space.”
Titus Kaphar’s new paintings of Black women, almost all of them with the cut-out shape of a child or baby leaving a gaping, blank vacuum, are supremely haunting and exude orphic authority. These imaginative works are more than just illustrations of loss and social injustice. Infused with an iridescent inner light, Kaphar’s somber work reveals itself slowly, pulling you in and then knocking you over by his philosophical accomplishment. These paintings are what the past four years have looked and felt like. —Jerry Saltz
Gagosian, 522 West 21st Street, through December 19.

*This article appears in the November 9, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!


Editors’ Picks: 19 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Piece of Venice in New York to Mierle Laderman Ukeles in Conversation Online

“There’s plenty of art to keep you busy this week.”  

“Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area.”  (



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