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Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation

American Museum of Natural History : 3:00 p.m. November 26

Thinking about heading out to the Thanksgiving Day Parade this year? Don’t. Trust us on this one. Ass-bitingly cold temperatures are not made warmer by standing still in a crowd four tourists deep. Sleep in, eat pancakes, watch it on TV, be a winner. Instead, we find it much more pleasant... More >>

West 70s Thanksgiving, Recreation, Parades

NYC Pilgrim Pedal

East River at 23rd Street : 8:00 a.m. November 27

There are a lot of things to like about this bike ride: Turkey Day costumes are encouraged, their turkey mascot has a name (Tom Pedro), there’s a midway stop at a diner for pancakes and eggs, and if you really feel you have to see the Bears-Lions game at 12:30, you will be home in time.... More >>

Gramercy Park Recreation

Post-Thanksgiving Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour

Delancey Street at Essex Street : 11:00 a.m. November 28

If you’re not still convalescing after a grand gorge on turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and generalized Americana, then shake yourself out of the food coma and head out to Big Onion’s Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. For over two decades the history-focused... More >>

Lower East Side Food and Drink

Thanksgiving Grindhouse

Videology : 7:30 p.m. November 28

What better way to attain post-Thanksgiving catharsis than with a grindhouse double feature in which large numbers of characters are outrageously dispensed with on the cherished day of feasting? This is precisely the event Videology — working in collaboration with the NY Horror Movie... More >>

Brooklyn Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

Evil Dead the Musical

New Jersey Performing Arts Center : 3:00 p.m. November 29

If you’re looking for someone to carve your Thanksgiving leftovers, you’re in luck. Your old friend Ash is just across the river, and has a chain saw for a hand. A road-show mash-up of Sam Raimi’s movie trilogy, Evil Dead: The Musical is either a cautionary tale about the dire... More >>

New Jersey Theater

TEDxxx in Brooklyn

Videology : 9:30 p.m. November 29

The now familiar platform of the TED Talk is one that's loveably academic and incredibly earnest -- and its been ripe for parody quite some time now. Enter TEDxxx -- Ideas Worth Dreading, a series of tongue-in-cheek lectures given by passionate, knowledgeable and very drunk writers and... More >>

Brooklyn Talks

The Moth GrandSlam

Music Hall of Williamsburg : 6:30 p.m. November 30

The Moth began as friends exchanging stories on a Georgia porch, where moths, attracted to the light, entered through a hole in the screen. Though their “StorySLAMs” now span the country and are growing internationally, that intimacy has barely shifted. Professional storytellers... More >>

Brooklyn Literary Events

Talent Show for the Ally Coalition

New World Stages : 8:00 p.m. December 2

Lena Dunham and life partner Jack Antonoff made headlines last month when they swore not to get married until Dunham’s gay sister is legally able to. Now they’re taking their oath of solidarity steps further with this Talent Show for the Ally Coalition, an organization created by... More >>

West 50s Music, LGBT Events

The Head and the Heart

Hammerstein Ballroom : 8:00 p.m. December 2

OK, so The Head and the Heart might be the poster band for a particular type of Millennial whimsy that’s almost universally scorned, even among Millennials themselves: bearded young men and long-haired young women whose principal occupation seems to be taking long, introspective road... More >>

Chelsea Music

Takashi Murakami

Gagosian Gallery : 10:00 a.m. daily until January 17

Takashi Murakami’s latest exhibition, “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow,” so generously feeds psychedelic spectacle to the pilgrims that flock to Gagosian Gallery’s Chelsea flagship that measuring the show by standards other than volume of... More >>

Chelsea Art - Galleries

Jean Grémillon

Museum of the Moving Image : 7:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until December 21

In 2012, the Criterion Collection performed an important service with the release of the three-film box set “Jean Grémillon During the Occupation,” which helped acquaint English-language audiences with the largely underseen work of a French filmmaker from the pre-New Wave... More >>

Astoria Film - Repertory and Special Screenings


Terminal 5 : 8:00 p.m. daily until November 26

What’s a better holiday present to yourself than a pre-Thanksgiving show from one of New York’s most beloved bands, Interpol? This year has been big for a band credited with redefining NYC’s rock sound in the early millennium. They returned to the festival scene, playing the... More >>

West 50s Music

Bob Dylan

Beacon Theatre : 8:00 p.m. daily from November 28 until December 3

Bob Dylan’s most recent release, The Basement Tapes Complete, lumbered into the spotlight a few weeks ago with a quantity and quality of critical approval it’s impossible to imagine any other contemporary artist inducing. Recorded in 1967 with the Band, during a self-imposed... More >>

West 70s Music

Takashi Murakami

Gagosian Gallery : 10:00 a.m. daily until January 17

Takashi Murakami’s latest exhibition, “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow,” so generously feeds psychedelic spectacle to the pilgrims that flock to Gagosian Gallery’s Chelsea flagship that measuring the show by standards other than volume of... More >>

Chelsea Art - Galleries

African Diaspora Film Festival

Symphony Space : 7:30 p.m. daily from November 28 until December 14

Husband-and-wife team Reinaldo Barroso-Spech and Diarah N’Daw-Spech created the African Diaspora Film Festival, aiming to redesign the black cinema experience and introduce new, diverse audiences to the work. Over the past decade they’ve done just that by featuring up-and-coming... More >>

West 90s Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

Straight White Men

Public Theater : 8:00 p.m. daily until December 7

Playwright-director Young Jean Lee likes to investigate identity issues — ethnicity, class, gender — and, more importantly, the loopy psychological and political dynamics that arise when we try to deal with them. The results can be provocative, at least by the mild-mannered... More >>

Greenwich Village Theater

Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter

80WSE Gallery : 10:30 a.m. daily from December 2 until February 14

As our eyeballs migrate to phablets, some commentators have prophesied the demise of the printed page. Yet handmade artists’ books have matured into a vibrant art form: “Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter” documents four decades of ephemera, exhibition... More >>

East Village Art - Galleries

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

New York City Center : 7:00 p.m. daily from December 3 until January 4

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the country’s largest and most successful modern dance troupe, returns for its annual five-week City Center run, bringing a new work by Matthew Rushing to recordings by the activist songwriter Odetta Holmes, known as “the voice of the civil rights... More >>

West 50s Dance
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Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Brooklyn Museum : 11:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until February 15

It’s the same argument every Fashion Week, every runway show: “Sure, it’s beautiful. But who would actually wear that?” Wearing high fashion is about as much the point as hanging the Mona Lisa in your rec room or hoisting a Rodin into your five-story walk-up. Such is the... More >>

Prospect Heights Fashion and Style, Arts, Art - Museums

Phong Bui

Red Bull Studios New York : 10:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 14

Spread out over two expansive floors — one laid with Jim Lambie’s shiny colored-tape installation, another carpeted with wispy pink shag — curator Phong Bui’s Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior induces a mycological journey without the ingestion of mushrooms. Fungi do... More >>

Chelsea Art - Openings and Events, Art - Galleries

Tommy Hartung

On Stellar Rays : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 30

Tommy Hartung’s show, modestly titled “THE BIBLE” — the all-caps shout seems fitting — orbits around his 48-minute film of the same name, which is projected on a large wall. Loosely based on the Old Testament, the film’s most prevalent images are of... More >>

Lower East Side Art - Galleries

Garden of Unearthly Delights

Japan Society : 11:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 11

Renowned artist Manabu Ikeda uses a mere pen to depict uprooted cities collapsing into themselves, with details like derailed trains and kites stuck in trees. They are, essentially, the most breathtaking doodles you’ll ever see. In Garden of Unearthly Delights, the Japan Society brings... More >>

East 40s Arts, Art - Galleries

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : 10:30 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 18

Sometimes a sink is just a sink. And sometimes — in the craftsmanship of Robert Gober, at least — it is memories remade and recombined. “I can remember,” Gober once wrote, “a recurring dream of a roomful of sinks, the fact that a friend was dying of AIDS.”... More >>

West 50s Arts, Art - Museums

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : 10:00 a.m. daily until February 1

Wearing all black may be de rigueur in New York or Paris, but the girl wearing all black wasn’t always so cool. “As a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order,” says Harold Koda, curator of the... More >>

East 80s Art - Openings and Events

Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond

Brooklyn Museum : 11:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

The “Brooklyn arts scene” is a vague term thrown around by real estate agents, based on the notion that art is made in some Bushwick loft when its residents aren’t on molly brandishing glowsticks. Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, an exhibit at the... More >>

Prospect Heights Arts, Art - Museums
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