November 2013 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and our picks for theater, the arts and more.

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    Fall Forest Weekends at New York Botanical Garden's Thain Family Forest

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    ING New York City Marathon

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    New York Comedy Festival. Pictured: Larry David

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    3. The McCarren Rink and holiday market opens November 15 (Pictured: McCarren Park Pool; apologies, you'll have to use your imaginations.)

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    No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot performed in rep at the Cort Theatre

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    Kanye West

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    "Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective"

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    Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

    "Gilded New York" at Museum of the City of New York. Pictured: Michele Gordigiani, "Cornelia Ward Hall and Her Children,"

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Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for November 2013

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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 things to do, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the ING New York City Marathon, and more of our favorite arts and culture events.

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Featured events in November 2013

ING New York City Marathon

  • Critics choice
  • Free

More than 40,000 marathoners hotfoot it (or puff, pant and stagger) through all five boroughs over a 26.2-mile course. Stake out a lively spot—we recommend along Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn; First Avenue between 60th and 96th Streets in Manhattan; or Central Park South near the finish line—to cheer on the passing throngs. Visit ingnycmarathon.org for more details.

New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival and Comedy Week brings a riot of stand-up comics, improv, sketch and variety shows, podcast tapings and marquee benefits to town.

"Gilded New York"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The phrase more money, more problems would not have sat well with upper-class early-20th-century New Yorkers, who flaunted their wealth in the form of jewelry, furs and elaborate houses. This exhibit, the first in the newly christened Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, displays 100 glamorous costumes, portraits and household objects, including a silver-gilt place setting and an “Electric Light” dress owned by the Vanderbilt family, John D. Rockefeller's luxe toiletry set, and loads of diamond, gold and platinum bling.

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Until Wed Dec 31
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The McCarren Rink

  • Critics choice

Run by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), this brand new attraction will feature 7,200 square feet of ice—enough room for 300-plus skaters—as well as a holiday market produced by the folks behind Northside Festival. Of course, local vendors—a collaboration between Tyler Kord of No. 7 Sub and Josh Cohen of Anella and Jimmy's Diner—will supply the grub. The rink’s not quite big enough for regulation hockey, but the OSA does have tentative plans to provide a variety of sports programming and clinics—so curling fans, keep your fingers crossed.

  1. Opens Nov 15

Fall Forest Weekends

Experience the colors of the season in the New York Botanical Garden's Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre thicket that boasts sweet gums, whose star-shaped leaves turn red and purple as autumn progresses, and tulip trees and hickories that display vivid golden yellows. During this annual series, gratis guided tours will point out seasonal foliage and birds, as well as offering free canoe trips, courtesy of the Bronx River Alliance. While you'll also see arborists demonstrating how to scale trunks, sign up in advance for a Recreational Tree Climbing class ($135, members $122) to try it yourself.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sun Nov 10
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Along with George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall, the Spectacular has become one of NYC's most hallowed holiday traditions, drawing tourists and locals alike. Unlike the other two, however, there's nothing highbrow about Radio City Music Hall's pageant of glitz. It celebrates classic holiday values—peace! Love! Consumer confidence!—by deploying a flying Santa, a massive LED screen, and the sea of legs known as the Rockettes, all kicking in fabulous unison.



Thanksgiving events in November 2013

Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This pre–Turkey Day ritual, held near the American Museum of Natural History, has become almost as crowded as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we prefer it to the main event. Why? We prefer to weave through the crowds, walking past the inflation stations to see Kermit the Frog, Julius the Paul Frank monkey, Sonic the Hedgehog, Buzz Lightyear et al. at our own pace. Arrive later in the evening, when the gigantic characters have taken shape; the crowds are at their peak, so you can also show off the famed New York sidewalk shuffle. Enter at W 79th St at Columbus Ave.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Wed Nov 27
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the 87th 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. Location TBA
  2. Thu Nov 28
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Theater events in November 2013

An Enemy of the People

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

In-your-face German director Thomas Ostermeier, a fixture of BAM's Next Wave Festival for the past decade, hits the fest again with a theatrically violent take on Henrik Ibsen's antimajoritarian 1882 classic, in which a doctor tells the unpopular truth about his town's main tourist attraction. The description promises/threatens “audience interaction, paint bombs and rock-concert-style set destruction.”

  1. BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton St, between Ashland and Rockwell Pls
  2. Wed Nov 6 - Sun Nov 10
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The God Projekt

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Kevin Augustine, the mad genius behind 2008's Bride, returns with another mash-up of gruesome puppets and theological fantasy. This new work imagines the Supreme Being as a ghoulish Beckettian wraith trying to maintain order in his celestial office. Expect borscht belt routines alongside gory puppetry.

  1. La MaMa E.T.C. 74A E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave
  2. Until Sun Nov 24
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Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Recently minted Broadway star Jessie Mueller finally gets a vehicle specially crafted for her gorgeous voice and her innate warmth. She plays the great singer-songwriter Carole King in a retrospective about King's early life and career. Playwright Douglas McGrath provides the book.

  1. Stephen Sondheim Theatre 124 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. Until Wed Dec 31
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What's It All About?: Bacharach Reimagined

  • Price band: 3/4

The rich pop catalog of composer Burt Bacharach and Hal David got the cruise-ship treatment in the 2003 Broadway musical The Look of Love. Now director-choreographer Steven Hoggett (Once, Peter and the Starcatcher) and performer-arranger Kyle Riabko take a very different approach aimed at making the songs resonate with younger audiences. Will it work? We say a little prayer.

  1. New York Theatre Workshop 79 E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave
  2. Until Sun Feb 16
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No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

One of the earliest and most influential examples of theater of the absurd, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot returns to Broadway with X-Men collaborators Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. They perform it in rep with Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, a crepuscular study of death and memory. Shuler Hensley and Billy Crudup round out the casts.

  1. Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sun Mar 30
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Music events in November 2013

James Blake

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

With a new album under his belt—Overgrown is the follow-up to 2011's stunning debut—24-year-old Brit James Blake returns to the city for two big dates. Expect a set of his trademark sparse, dubstep-wobbled falsetto soul, with funky, R&B-flecked new material, and (fingers crossed) his lovely cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You."

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Until Thu Nov 7
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Deer Tick + Robert Ellis

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Deer Tick features John McCauley’s Tom Waits–level voice, coupled with Southern-tinged roots and country rollicking; the music, as heard on The Black Dirt Sessions, makes for potent, lived-in Americana.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Thu Nov 7
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The Eagles

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Pull on your best denim shirt and surrender to the noncool, mighty power of these Cali legends, whose current tour—including principals Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, as well as founding guitarist Bernie Leadon—arrives on the heels of a sprawling documentary, History of the Eagles.

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10119
  2. Fri Nov 8 - Mon Nov 11
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Kanye West

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

It's been a busy year for Kanye West: The artist released his latest record, the controversial Yeezus, in June; he headlined this summer's Governors Ball Music Festival; he appeared on Saturday Night Live and at last month's MTV Video Music Awards; and, oh yeah, there was that whole having-a-baby-with-Kim-Kardashian thing. West follows all that up with a big fall tour, beginning in Seattle in October and making two NYC stops in November at the Barclays Center on November 19, and Madison Square Garden on November 23. (There's also the promise of special guests for those shows—hmm, could a Watch the Throne reunion be in the cards?)

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Until Sun Nov 24
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Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A Jonathan Richman show is always cause for excitement, particularly in the last few years, as he lightens his Dylan-like touring schedule. A few decades after he helped start punk rock with the Modern Lovers, Richman remains one of the country's most entertaining live acts—a real old-fashioned song-and-dance man. As always, he's joined by drummer Tommy Larkins, a singer-drummer setup established years before the White Stripes.

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Thu Nov 21 - Fri Nov 22
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Arts events in November 2013

"Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective"

  • Critics choice

Spiegelman, who did more than anyone to legitimize the graphic novel with his Holocaust-themed classic, Maus, gets the retrospective treatment, with a survey that includes hundreds of original drawings spanning his groundbreaking career, from his late-1960s days as part of the underground comix movement to his work on some of The New Yorker's most compelling and controversial covers.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Sat Nov 9 - Tue Dec 31
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"Isa Genzken: Retrospective"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Born in 1948, Isa Genzken is one of the most prominent figures within the postwar generation of German artists, and among the most influential female artists working today. Her best-known work here is probably the gigantic rose she created for the New Museum's facade. Prolific as she's been in recent years, this production only scratches the surface of a four-decade career that has taken a sharply incisive, postfeminist perspective on our globalist society and the way that culture functions within it.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Mon Mar 10
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Holiday events in November 2013

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $14 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius, or browse the surrounding shops. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Mon Mar 3
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Holiday Train Show

  • Critics choice

In NYBG's wildly popular diorama, more than a dozen model railway trains traverse an incredibly detailed New York City scene, including such landmarks as 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. Until Sun Jan 12
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Origami Holiday Tree

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

More than 500 handmade origami ornaments adorn the holiday season's craftiest Christmas tree. This year's theme is "Museum’s Collections," so keep your eyes peeled for baubles representing exhibits and creatures from the AMNH’s trove, including lemurs, spiders, monkeys and even a murder of crows.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Schedule varies; visit nycballet.com for details. Through Jan 2. Since 1954, the New York City Ballet has transported audiences to a world of frost fairies, toy soldiers and towering mice. Tchaikovsky’s score may be hummably familiar, but the choreography still feels magically fresh.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Until Sat Jan 4
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