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20 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner
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Nov 17

Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair; Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, Midtown East, 10am. Free.
GCT turns into New York City’s finest indoor Holiday Fair, which features art, clothing, jewelry and home goods plus more men’s and American-made products this year than ever before.

Secret Science Club Presents: "Quantum Chemist" Garnet Chan; The Bell House, Gowanus, 8pm. Free. 
Princeton University professor Garnet Chan treats science lovers to a presentation on the intersection of chemistry and physics.

Whiz Khalifa + Uzi; Webster Hall, East Village, 9pm. $39.50.
Perma-stoned "Black and Yellow" MC Wiz Khalifa supports his fifth album, Blacc Hollywood, which came out this summer and produced the anthemic single "We Dem Boyz."

National Book Award Judges Reading; KGB Bar, East Village, 7pm. Free.
What do Eileen Myles, Robert Polito, Katie Peterson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips have in common? Well, not only are they excellent writers, they're also poetry judges for the prestigious National Book Awards this year.

Nov 18

StarTalk Live!; Beacon Theatre, Upper West Side, 8pm. $35–$55.
Science and comedy duo, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman, reunite for another hilarious StarTalk Live! And this time Richard Dawkins will be there too!

Third Annual Spirits of New York; The Shanty, Williamsburg, 7pm. $40.
Taste some of the best booze in the state and meet their makers with samples of local spirits including vodka, gin, shine, and Bourbon.

You're the Expert; Le Poison Rouge, Greenwich Village, 8:30pm. $20 advance $15.
Hosted and produced by Chris Duffy, this live show, podcast and public-radio program features comedians trying to wrap their heads around the work of a distinguished expert.

Side Show; St. James Theatre, Midtown West, 7pm. $49–$155.
Cult musical Side Show, about gorgeous blond conjoined twins, tries its fortunes a second time on the Great White Way.

Jesse Boykins + MeLo XThe Marlin Room (at Webster Hall), East Village, 9pm. $15.
Young, talented Brooklyn (via Chicago and Miami) R&B man Jesse Boykins III plays behind his newest LP, Love Apparatus.

Nov 19

Love, Sex & Dating in the Digital Age; French Institute Alliance Française, Upper East Side, 7pm. $25.
Find out whether technological developments like texting are helping or hurting our relationships in a talk featuring anthropologist Helen Fisher. 

"Madame Cézanne"; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side, 10am. Suggested donation $25.
The Met surveys 20 years of work by giant of Post-Impressionist painting, by focusing on compositions featuring his favorite model: His wife. The show is the first to examine this intimate aspect of Cézanne's career which until now has been largely overlooked by art historians.

Teenage Diaries Revisited LIVE with Robert Krulwich; 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side, 8:15pm. $30.
In the late ’90s, then-teenagers Josh Cutler, Amanda Brand and Melissa Rodriguez documented their lives for radio as subjects of NPR’s Teenage Diaries. Watch them revisit those stories and share new ones about adulthood with host Robert Krulwich.

St. Lucia; Terminal 5, Midtown West, 9pm. $25.
Jean-Philip Grobler—originally from Johannesburg, not St. Lucia, thanks very much—creates thumping, euphoric, synth-driven electropop that's retro but refreshingly unkitschy.

Masters of Social Gastronomy presents; All American Pie; Littlefield, Gowanus, 8pm. Free.
This discussion explores culinary wonders apple pie and pumpkin pie as American staples. Mmmm.

Selected Shorts: The Best American Short Stories 2014; Symphony Space, Upper West Side, 7:30pm. $29, $15 for 30 and under.
The Best American anthologies are truly that, collecting the year’s highlights of a given genre in a neat package.

Nov 20

The How I learned Series; Union Hall, Park Slope, 8pm. 10 advance $6. 
Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story tied to a specific lesson.

We Are Scientists + TEEN + Cookies; Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, 8pm. $17.
Peppy, hooky, booty-moving dance-rock crew We Are Scientists hits the Bowl with tunes from its latest disc, TV en Français.

The Moth StorySLAM; Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Soho, 7pm. $8. 
The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific theme.

Relationshit; Treehouse Theater, 8pm. $8.
Lynn Bixenspan and Morgan Pielli host this panel of comedians who discuss their own relationship highs and lows, then offer lucky audience members hilarious advice.

It's Sooo Up and Coming; 739 Franklin, Crown Heights,  8:30pm. One drink minimum. 
Comedy infiltrates Kings County as Khalid A. Rahmaan hosts a monthly stand-up show featuring a rotating roster of comics.

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