Things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

Discover plenty of things to do over Thanksgiving weekend, whether you're in the holiday spirit, or if you're more ho-ho-oh forget it

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Things to do on Thanksgiving weekend if you want to forget the holidays

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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. Until Sun Nov 23
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Death From Above 1979

  • Price band: 2/4
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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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Thanksgiving Eve featuring Zeds Dead + Meaux Green + Tyler Sherritt + Lestat

  • Price band: 2/4

Toronto's Zeds Dead delivers hip-hop and electro-tinged dubstep rhythms at this pre-Thanksgiving affair, which also features twerk aficionado Meaux Green and tech-house man Tyler Sherritt.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26
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The Williamsburg Spelling Bee

  • Free

This bee, hosted by Jen Dziura and Bobby Blue, isn’t an exercise in adolescent humiliation; it’s a gathering of adults taking a stab at triskaidekaphobia and other hard-to-spell words. If you strike out, assuage your bruised ego at the bar. Sign-up starts at 7pm and the first 18 people get to play.

  1. Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St, between Frost and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Mon Dec 1
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Central Park Moonlight Ride

  • Free

Meet at Columbus Circle, southwest corner of Central Park and 59th St (212-802-8222, times-up.org). Subway: A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th St–Columbus Circle. There is something awesomely metal about riding your bike in the light of the moon. Admittedly, it would be way more metal if the bikes in question were Harleys and not fixies, but it's still pretty badass. Join the Time's Up crew for its monthly nighttime sojourn.

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Spoons, Toons and Booze Specials

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Remember those childhood Saturdays when you’d wake up early just to catch your favorite cartoons? This nostalgic occasion is like that, only all grown up. You’ll have cereal, of course, but there’ll also be delicious cocktails. Just like at home, you get to choose what to watch, but with a much bigger selection of animation, ranging from the 1930s to the ’90s. Get ready for themed cartoons for Thanksgiving (Sat 15 and Sun 16).

  1. Nitehawk Cinema 136 Metropolitan Ave, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11249
  2. Sat Dec 13 - Sun Dec 14
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Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch

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Brunch and gospel music is the best combination since chicken and waffles, so get thee to Harlem and watch a gospel choir sing about the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as you tuck into a brunch so good it can only be the work of the Lord himself. Praise bacon, folks.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 14
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Eve

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Whitney Day's Thanksgiving Eve throwdown packs more than 1,000 queer revelers into the sprawling Park every year. This year, her cohorts on the decks are Jessamess, M.O., Nikki Lions, Robi D. Lite and RosyQ. Expect a crowd eager to cut loose before the next day's caloric and familial dysfunction.

  1. The Park 118 Tenth Ave, at 18th St, 10011
  2. Wed Nov 26
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Fire in the Hole

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  • Free

Got a thing for carrottops? You'll find plenty of them at this monthly soiree for gingers and their friends. DJ Sean McMahill (guess what color his hair is) presides while you knock back $2 pints and $3 whiskey gingers.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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Saved by the ’90s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers

  • Price band: 1/4

Clinton-era nostalgia looks like it's here to stay, and the Saved by the ’90s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers bash is a great place to revel in it. The Bayside Tigers is a four-piece cover band with a pretty big cult following that specializes in songs of all genres—as long as they're from the ’90s—and the group really knows how to make Le Poisson Rouge’s glitzy downtown dance floor feel like a genuine house party. Dressing up is encouraged: snap bracelets, Converse, big hair and overly baggy JNCO jeans; you name it, somebody will probably be wearing it. If you want to mosh to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or are simply looking for an excuse to “save tonight,” a ’90s-themed soiree is a great way to blow off some steam and “give it away, give it away, give it away now.” Celebrities such as Aaron Carter, Naughty by Nature and Dustin Diamond (a.k.a. Screech from Saved by the Bell) have been known to partake in LPR’s semifamous Friday night ’90s dance party, so you never know who might show up.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Until Fri Dec 26
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Doubles Shuffleboard Tournament

On the last Monday of every month, Diamond Brooklyn in Greenpoint hosts a shuffleboard tournament exclusively for doubles. It's just $3 per person to enter or $6 for each two-person team. When there are at least eight teams, you'll have the chance to win the grand prize of $100 that you can split with your teammate. Or not? Also, if you're more intrigued by fame than cash, winners will be immortalized on a plaque on Diamond's wall. R.S.V.P. to reserve a spot.

  1. The Diamond 43 Franklin St, between Calyer and Quay Sts
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Dec 29
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Gazillion Bubble Show

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

Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed by his son, Deni) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add to the trippy visuals.—David Cote

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Until Wed Dec 31
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Wednesday Night Bingo

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Bingo gurus Murray Hill and Linda Simpson bring their old-school antics to Brooklyn for a weekly night of ball-pulling and wisecracking.

  1. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 514 Union St, between Nevins St and Third Ave, 11215
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

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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 Tue Jun 30
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jjust a few cool things for thanksgiving xx

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