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14 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Nov 21

Wondershow: Acts of Magic, Mischief and Mystery; Galapagos Art Space, Dumbo, 8pm. $20, advance $15.
You'll have to see it to believe it at this weird and wonderful spectacle full of mystical magicians, bizarre comedians and quirky jugglers.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opens in theaters
We're not quite feeling Jennifer Lawrence fatigue yet, especially with her return to her signature role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1.

Gilmore Girls Party Presented by TV Hangover; Videology, Williamsburg, 8pm. $5.
Celebrate the fact that the girly dramedy is finally streaming on Netflix with themed games, drinks and two screenings of the hit show's most popular episodes. 

The Imitation Game opens in theaters
Buzz is strong for Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, a WWII drama about real-life codebreaker Alan Turing, whose private life came into conflict with traditional notions of heroism.

#YesAllWomen Raise Your Voice concert; The Tank, Midtown West, 9:30. $15.
What started as a mere tweet has now snowballed into an entire concert in support of gender equality, featuring Wicked's Jenna Leigh Green.

Nov 22

Cranksgiving; Manhattan (Meet at Solar One), 2pm. Free to register. 
Burn some calories on a scavenger hunt/bike ride before you enter a Turkey Day food coma next week, all while helping provide meals to hungry New Yorkers (how’s that for a productive weekend?).

NYC Autumn Wine Festival; Broad Street Ballroom, Financial District, 3pm–6pm and 8pm–11pm. $109.
Get boozy with over 200 vinos selected by Vintry Fine Wines along with light hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at this downtown celebration of all things wine.

Beat It!; Littlefield, Gowanus, 1pm. Free.
Punch teddy bears and swing away your stress with rubber bats for fun at this art installation about self defense.

Nicholas Nixon: Forty Years of The Brown Sisters; MoMA, Midtown East, 10:30am. $25
Starting in 1974, the renowned photographer began to shoot a yearly group portrait of his wife and her three sisters, and over time the series has become a poignant chronicle of the effects of time's inexorable march on one small group of women standing in for all of us. All 40 prints are on view, newly reprinted as 20 inch by 24 inch enlargements.

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.

Big Freedia; Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, 12am. $20, advance $15.
Bow down before the magnificence of Big Freedia, NOLA's biggest (in almost every sense) star of bounce, the hip-hop style so named for its high spirits and the frenzied ass-shaking it inspires on the dance floor, at the walls, against pinball machines—a veritable booty-quake.

Nov 23

Box of Rain: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead; Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, 8pm. $8.
Six-piece tribute band Box of Rain plays seminal Grateful Dead songs recorded between 1968 and 1974. Not quite Woodstock, but who wants to be covered in mud anyway?

37th Annual Empire State Golden Arm Tournament of Champions; Cheap Shots Sports Bar, Flushing, 1pm. Spectators $5, Women $10, Amateurs $25, Pros $30
Witness strong-arm contestants show each other who's really the boss at the 37th annual Golden Arm series tournament of champions. 

Obsolete Cinema presents Homeland Insecurity and Jazz; Freddy's Bar, Sunset Park, 2pm. Free.
Freddy's Bar wants to prepare us all to handle ourselves in even the toughest national crisis with two screenings of security disaster films starting with Red Dawn and ending with Steven Spielberg's 1941.

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