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Holiday Train Show 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden
Photograph: Filip WolakHoliday Train Show 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden

12 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Nov 14

Foxcatcher opens in theaters
Steve Carell is utterly transformed into a psychopath in Foxcatcher, which is based on a true story of Olympic wrestlers, competitive zeal and out-of-control patriotism.

Wicked Frozen the Musical; The PIT, Gramercy & Flatiron, 7pm. $12.
What, you've never seen Frozen? "Let it Go" and head to this mash-up of Frozen and the hit Broadway musical Wicked, written by two folks who have never seen either of those things. This sounds like a doozy.

Moby Dick Marathon NYC; various locations
Don your striped shirt and practice your resounding, “Ahoy!” because our favorite biennial marathon reading is back, with three days of Melville, chowder and one great white whale.

Nov 15

Beerathon; R.S.V.P. for location, 12pm. $85.
Join fellow beer enthusiasts at this eighth annual tasting tour, during which you'll traverse the city sampling brews from 26 participating venues.

Holiday Train Show; New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, 10am. $10–$25
Toot toot! Today the annual train show chugs back into town with nearly a quarter mile's worth of mini tracks made of whimsically natural materials like leaves, twigs, bark and berries.  

Leslie Jamison and Charles D’Ambrosio; Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center, Prospect Park, 1pm. Free.
Even if you’re not a big nonfiction reader, Jamison and D’Ambrosio’s keenly detailed essay collections will convince you to embrace the genre, and their conversation will undoubtedly be as perceptive as their books.

Grand Central Holiday Train Show; Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse, Midtown East, 10am. Free.
While you’re exploring the New York Transit Museum, be sure to visit its vintage Lionel Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains, which are displayed on a 34-foot, two-level layout through February.

Ment'or Young Chef Competition; International Culinary Center, International Culinary Center, 2pm. $75–$100.
Competition heats up as four young chefs go head to head. Attendees watch and enjoy great food and wine at the acclaimed culinary arts school.

Gary Lucas's Fleischerei: Music from Betty Boop; BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, Fort Greene, 9pm. Free.
Guitarist extraordinaire Gary Lucas teams up with Broadway star Sarah Stiles and trombonist Joe Fiedler to re-create the tunes of Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons.

Batsheva Dance Company; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene, 7:30pm. $20-$70
Ohad Naharin returns to BAM with Sadeh21, a collaboratively developed movement study performed by 18 dancers that unfolds in 21 sections.

The River; Circle on the Square, Midtown West, 2pm & 8pm. $35–$175.
Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway—not singing and dancing, but brooding and fishing in a mysterious new play by Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem).

Nov 16

Out to See Festival; South Street Seaport, Financial District, 11am. Free.
The festival returns to the South Street Seaport district for the second year to showcase local crafters and artists, live music and delicious food.

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