Prepare for a full pre-Thanksgiving agenda this weekend as we help you sweat off the pounds (before you gain a couple next week) on the dance floor, and while you whiz through the shopping aisles.
Pack some water. You’re going to need it.
[Lit] Have a couple of shots tonight to honor comedy writer, author, and Broadway dancer Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever) as he presents his new cocktail book for the literati, Tequila Mockingbird. The evening includes a cocktail tasting and presentation. All donations will benefit the Greenpoint Food Pantry.
At 7 p.m., WORD Bookstore, Greenpoint, donations encouraged.
[Party] Brooklyn-based poetry press Lunar Chandelier pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of our 35th President of the United States with a JFK (Necrosis) Jubilee, a night of readings, puppetry, and dancing. How’s that for a commemoration? Sixties period dress is encouraged but optional, though we highly encourage it since you’ll be dancing to music from the late ’50s through early ’60s, including pop, show tunes, early soul, idiosyncratic country music and early rock anthems.
At 7 p.m., La Sala at Cantina Royal, Williamsburg, $10.
[Comedy] There’s a reason why men converge to the restroom for secret meetings, and why women go to the ladies room in groups, because that’s where deals go down. Join Jon Benjamin, Bridget Everett, Mike Bochetti, Patrick Salt Ryan, Sam Haft, Shaina Feinberg, and host Davis Hill along with Union Hall’s house band Valley Lodge for Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets. Nothing is off limits.
At 8:30 p.m., Union Hall, Park Slope, $10.
[Art] Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault is an exhibition of works selected and extended from the collection of Julie Ault and features art by Vikky Alexander, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Group Material, Tim Rollins & K.O.S, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Cerith Wyn Evans, and many more. Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault navigates the movement of the collection from Ault’s domestic contexts to the public realm. “Its multiplicity is indicative of an organic process of accumulation, foregrounding the ways in which the gifting and exchange of artworks cements both intellectual and emotional affinities.”
At 12 p.m., Artists Space, SoHo, free.
[Art]When graffiti first began popping up all over New York more than four decades ago, no one could have guessed that the urban art form, which originated in Philadelphia in the ’60s, would eventually spread around the world. Remembering the heyday of subway pieces and beyond, Write of Passage, an exhibition which closes today, explores the impact of modern American graffiti on global culture and the ways in which graffiti differs from street art. Curated by Sacha Jenkins (Mass Appeal), the show includes a vintage painted subway train installation, rare canvases, vintage apparel, and more than 100 original graffiti artifacts from Daze, Futura, COST, Claw Money, Miss 17, CES, Tommy Rebel, and more.
Opens at 1 p.m., Red Bull Studios New York, Chelsea free.
[Poetry] Learn about the topologies of Occitan language and culture (whose trobadors have inspired poets like Ezra Pound) as well as Occitan literature through the ages at Trobadors: A Symposium on Occitan Poetry. The symposium schedule includes talks and multimedia performances by Jakes Aymonino, Ariane Daguin, Pierre Joris, Deborah Kapchan, Sarah Kay, Domenja Lekuona, Nicole Peyrafitte, Richard Sieburth, Alem Surre-Garcia, and Joan Francés Tisnè.
At 2 p.m., Poets House, Tribeca, $10.
[Party] There’s no way to avoid the gluttony fest that is Thanksgiving. The only way we can justify gorging ourselves come Thursday is to burn some calories tonight on the dance floor. CHERYL presents A Very Club Kid Sexxxy Thanksgiving featuring a night of Thanksgiving debauchery with music by DJ Colby B and DJ Nick. Burn even more calories by dressing up as your favorite club kid side dish such as brussels sprout bonnets with pancetta visors, bondage pilgrims, and creamed corn evening wear. The options are endless, and we’re very grateful for that.
At 11 p.m., Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg, $10.
[Shopping] Forget the mayhem of Black Friday. If you want to score great deals on unique holiday gifts this season we’ve got two options for you this weekend. The first is one of our favorite shopping outings, Renegade Craft Fair: Brooklyn Winter. This lovely market includes a showcase of more than 200 indie makers, featuring knitted necklaces, embroidered gift tags, special hands-on workshop hosted by Kollabora, installation art from Amanda Hu, and much more.
At 11 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, Skylight One Hanson, Brooklyn, free.
[Shopping] Option two for holiday shopping is Fashion on the Factory Floor, a pop-up featuring more than 50 New York City-based designers held at Industry City for two consecutive weekends starting Saturday. The event, organized and curated by Pratt Center’s Made in NYC initiative, will have a ton of goods including women’s and men’s apparel, jewelry, accessories, handbags, and gifts at a range of price points, together with a full schedule of programs and locally-made food vendors.
At 10 a.m., Industry City, Sunset Park, free.
[Party] The best thing to pair your Sunday with, aside from all that shopping, is a good long brunch. But instead of just sleeping through your food and drink coma, try and stay active today with a Post-Brunch Dance Crunch. An evening of dancing, and, okay, more drinking, will make it seem as if your weekend was actually productive. We guarantee it!
At 4 p.m., The Woods, Williamsburg, free.