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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.
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Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sun). NEW STUFF!
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.
“With the COVID restrictions requiring bars and restaurants to close at 10pm still in effect, we’ll have to reimagine NYC nightlife into… daylife? While the days are definitely getting shorter and colder, we’ve still got to work together to stop the spread. That means continuing to meet outdoors, wearing our masks, and even (ugh) spending a little more time inside our apartments.
This weekend, you can get your full of fun before the clock strikes 10 by ordering two of everything on the menu at a hot dog pop-up, mastering the sport of curling at an iceless rink, or streaming the world premiere of a Broadway show—we’ve rounded up nine actually cool things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC.”
Maison Yaki just launched SuperSonic, a pop-up that’s all hot dogs, all the time. Inspired by street food around the world, they’re serving up five frankfurters including the Boy Wonder, topped with cornichons and dijonnaise; the Best Friend’s Dad, served with bok choy slaw and five-spice ketchup; and the SuperSonic, slathered in brisket chili and cheez whiz. If you’re feeling particularly strong-of-stomach, order “The Dog Pound,” which comes with two of each hot dog and two orders of curly fries.
Cost: Hot dogs are $6 or 3 for $15
Playdate, a brand-new Taiwanese street food-inspired eatery (and—in the near future—an arcade!) is now open in Flushing, Queens. Founded by a group of friends who think a little fun competition should be rewarded by great food, go for the skewers, which you can get with a combo of meats (including chicken feet, fish balls, and duck wings), or a fried chicken meal paired with bubble tea. While the arcade games onsite are currently unavailable for playing due to COVID, you can still get down with their street treats in the meantime.
Cost: Skewers start at $2
Melissa Weller, the James Beard-nominated baker with stints at Per Se, Roberta’s, and Sadelle’s, is beginning a cold-weather residency at Gertie, a “Jew-ish” deli in Brooklyn, to warm you right up. She’ll be serving up traditional treats—including schneken, babka, rugelach, and challah—with a twist (think chocolate marzipan babka, candied lemon poppy rugelach, and sourdough challah). Bagels will be on the menu, too, to pair with Gertie’s selection of smoked fish and other delicatessen faves like corned beef and pickles. This weekend, they’re offering a special pastry box to celebrate the launch of Weller’s cookbook A Good Bake, featuring five goodies and a signed copy of the book.
Cost: Pastries start at $2; pastry box is $60
Michelin-starred The Musket Room has opened MR All-Day, a cafe that’s serving up pastries and meals from a very Instagrammable 1962 International Harvester truck. The sweets—from chef Camari Mick, alum of Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park—include guava cream cheese brioche donuts, Japanese-style milk bread, and miso toffee chip cookies. If you’re in the mood for more of a meal, they’re also serving up food from The Musket Room’s menu and to-go cocktails for happy hour from 5-7pm.
Cost: Pastries start at $3.50
Poets Anaïs Duplan and Uche Nduka are reading from their work at a virtual event from Brooklyn independent book store, Books Are Magic—and you can listen while drinking wine from a tiny plastic cup in your very own home. Anaïs Duplan will read and discuss his new book Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture, which focuses on experimental artists of color, and Uche Nduka will share poems from Facing You, a new collection of love lyrics.
Since jetting to Aspen for a week on the slopes is out of the picture this year, you might as well pick up a new wintry skill! Luckily for you, the Curling Café, an iceless intro to the noble sport of curling, is opening at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. A reservation scores you your very own curling lane, plus a keep-your-fingers-warm bubble tent with food and drinks during your 90-minute game.
Cost: Packages for 1-4 people start at $250
Tompkins Square Park
Need a good reason to get away from your computer screen and take in some fresh air? See the East Village/Alphabet City in some actual daylight as Tompkins Square Park’s Urban Park Rangers lead a tour through the history and geography of Manhattan South (in what used to be called Manahatta). Bring a date (and plenty of hand sanitizer), wear a mask, and learn about the area’s storied history of hidden streams and wetlands as you make your way through this thoroughly modern park.
Founded by Brooklyn musician David Ellenbogen, the Ragas Live Festival has streamed and performed 24 hours of raga—improvisational frameworks from Indian classical music—every year since 2012. This year, they’re joining with the Rubin Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and NYC Radio Live to showcase 24 hours of music from artists in Chennai, Mali, Nepal, Japan, and more. From 7 pm on Saturday to 7 pm on Sunday, more than 90 artists will perform for you to vibe to from home.
Broadway’s Best Shows, which streams live theater to benefit the Actors Fund, is putting on the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. But this isn’t your uncle’s Uncle Vanya: With stars including Alan Cumming, Samira Wiley, and Constance Wu, it’s a totally fresh take on the 19th-century Russian masterpiece. Tickets start at $5, but you can pay as you wish to help support actors through the continued Broadway shutdown.
Cost: Tickets start at $5
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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)
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 19 – November 25)
11/19 – Lucinda Williams: night of Bob Dylan songs
11/19 – Soccer Mommy, Summerstage Anywhere
11/19 – John Doe, fan favorites
11/20 – “A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” Q&A
11/20 – Rickie Lee Jones from New Orleans
11/20 – Mac DeMarco solo and guests
11/20, 27 – Trey Anastasio from the Beacon Theatre
11/20 – James Maddock and Friends, City Winery
11/20 – The Wild Feathers, Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
11/21 – Patty Griffin, Austin’s Continental Club
11/22 – Punch Brothers from Blackbird in Nashville
11/22 – The Kennedys: Songs of Emmylou Harris
11/25 – Drive-By Truckers Thanksgiving Filter Variety Show
11/25-29 – The 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute concert with Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal and new artists
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.
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.
calperformances.org, starting November 12.
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.
youtube.com/c/hocketensemble, starting November 13.
Anthony McGill and the New York Philharmonic
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.
92Y.org, November 14.
The Liz Swados Project
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
youtube.com/user/JoesPubNY, November 24.
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
joyce.org, through December 6.
“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!