November 2014 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Thanksgiving activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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Give thanks for our events calendar for November, which will help you make plans for Thanksgiving and the rest of the month. Use our guide to find the best holiday events, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. For those who just want to rock out, November has a ton of great concerts including Alt-J and FKA twigs.

Featured events in October 2014

The Dalai Lama

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Tue Nov 4
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  1. Manhattan
  2. Fri Nov 28
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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Jan 3
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Wed Dec 31
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Free events in November 2014

ING New York City Marathon

  • Critics choice
  • Free

After last year’s cancellation (screw you, Sandy), the New York City Marathon is back. On the first weekend in November, more than 45,000 runners will hoof it from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge through all five boroughs to Central Park. 

Canstruction

  • Critics choice
  • Free

You don’t need to wear chef’s whites to turn food into art. Each year, teams of architects, engineers and designers build large-scale sculptures out of canned food for this competition and food drive. Twenty-six entries will be displayed and judged in categories such as Best Use of Labels, Most Cans and People’s Choice; favorites from last year’s contest, including a replica Jefferson Memorial made of tuna fish, will also be shown at other locations around town (through Nov 8).

  1. Brookfield Place Winter Garden 220 Vesey St, at West St, 10281
  2. Thu Nov 6 - Thu Nov 20
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Smorgasburg

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Head out to the open-air fair before it gets too cold: The season's final iterations will be November 22 at the Williamsburg waterfront and November 23 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Visit smorgasburg.com for more information.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Nov 23
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have shifted over time, as well as how nightgowns and other silhouette-framing pieces have inspired formal wear and everyday clothes alike.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Nov 15
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the 88th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route, visit macys.com/parade.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Thu Nov 27
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Music events in November

Alt-J

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Leeds, England–based quartet Alt-J traffics in a distinct sound, combining clever songwriting and colorful, jazzy instrumentation with world beats and skittering drops for a quirky brand of alt pop. The band's Mercury Prize-winning debut, An Awesome Wave, made a big splash in 2012, and now Alt-J's back with sophomore effort This is All Yours.

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Sun Nov 16
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Interpol + Hundred Waters

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Interpol's brief moment as indie-rock gods didn't last forever—Turn on the Bright Lights holds up as one of the most memorable debuts of the ’00s—but the band still manages to churn out solid, Joy Division–esque anthems on its new, fifth LP, El Pintor. At Terminal 5, art-pop up-and-comers Hundred Waters open.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Wed Nov 26
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Julian Casablancas & the Voidz

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

NYC rock legend (and the last guy still swapping s for z) Julian Casablancas isn't resting on his considerable laurels as frontman for New York's beloved Strokes, who played a knockout gig at this year's Governors Ball. With his new band the Voidz, Casablancas has just released the dark,sprawling Tyranny, his first extracurricular effort since 2009's Phrazes for the Young. Snag your tickets as this hometown show is sure to sell out fast.

  1. Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center) 311 W 34th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 10001
  2. Tue Nov 25
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Death From Above 1979

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

One month shy of a decade since the release of their much-acclaimed debut, 2004's You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, the amped-up Canadian dance-rawk duo finally dropped their follow-up, The Physical World, just in time to ride the early aughts nostalgia wave. Smart move, guys.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Arlo Guthrie's Annual Thanksgiving Concert

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Every Thanksgiving, Woody's son Arlo hosts a big charity concert at Carnegie Hall—expect guests, folk standards and a blowout rendition of "Alice's Restaurant Massacree."

  1. Carnegie Hall 154 W 57th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Sat Nov 29
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Arts events in November 2014

"Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness"

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A MoMA retrospective is usually an indicator of an artist about to become a household name, but I suspect that the work of Christopher Williams is too difficult for that to happen. His show was sparsely attended when I was there, while crowds thronged through a concurrent Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit. An unfair comparison, sure, but given that MoMA is in the business of promoting art as a spectacle for tourists, I couldn’t help making it.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Sun Nov 2
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Smoke

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Outlines of other plays flicker in Smoke, Kim Davies’s erotic one-act: obviously Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Davies uses it as armature) but also Venus in Fur and even Fool for Love. As in those pieces, a couple maneuvers through a fog of flirtation and power, an atmosphere so sexually frank some watchers will be embarrassed or even repelled. As others before her, Davies repurposes discomfort, making Smoke a cynical, magnetic miniature about consent itself.

  1. Flea Theater 41 White St, between Broadway and Church St
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sun Nov 9
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"Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The ancient Egyptians didn't need no stinkin' Internet to make cats a cultural trope: The animals were believed to have been first domesticated in the Land of the Pharaohs, and they were represented almost everywhere and in practically every speciation, from votive renderings of Abyssinian kitties in private homes to the lion-bodied Sphinx on the Giza Plateau.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Nov 30
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Amie Siegel, Provenance

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

In the early 1950s, a newly independent India commissioned Le Corbusier to design a city, Chandigarh, as a regional administrative center in the northern part of the country. The institutional buildings he created with other modernist architects were outfitted with functional furniture (designed by his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret), that has become collectible in Europe and the United States.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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More events in November 2014

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Frozen surpassed all expectations and became one of the most talked-about Disney movies since The Lion King. Now, Disney takes the show on the road with Disney on Ice's Frozen. Which makes sense since the whole thing is on ice. Ever wanted to see someone sing “Let It Go” while struggling not to fall over on two metal blades attached to their feet? Exactly. The kids will love it.

  1. Prudential Center 165 Mulberry St, between Edison Pl and Lafayette St
  2. Tue Nov 11 - Sun Nov 23
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Batsheva Dance Company

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Gaga innovator Ohad Naharin & Co. return to BAM with Sadeh21, a collaboratively developed movement study performed by 18 dancers that unfolds in 21 sections.

  1. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Wed Nov 12 - Sat Nov 15
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Holiday Train Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Watch choo-choo’s go vroom-vroom in a circle. In NYBG's wildly popular diorama, more than a dozen model railway trains traverse an incredibly detailed New York City scene, including landmarks like the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall, made of natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark and berries.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sun Nov 16 - Wed Dec 31
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

  • Critics choice

This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally re-created version of the vaunted Rockette kick line. Tours leave every half hour.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Wed Dec 31
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WindowsWear

  • Price band: 2/4

Window-shopping went to a whole new level in November 2012 with the launch of WindowsWear, which catalogs the current displays of 500 retailers in cities like New York, Milan and Paris. The veneer-monitoring site offers an offline tour of Fifth Avenue’s most impressive glass facades.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Wed Dec 31
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