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21 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner
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Nov 10

In Search Of...; Union Hall, Park Slope, 9pm. $6.
Cassie J. Sneider and Nate Waggoner host an evening of comedy and storytelling aimed at answering age-old questions like "What comes first—the chicken or the egg?" Seriously, what the hell comes first?

"Puddle, pothole, portal"; SculptureCenter, Long Island City, 11am. Suggested donation $5.
A lively roundup of mostly young talents, whose works shares a cartoonish quality (literally and figuratively). The pieces give a conceptualist take on the leaped-from-the-page bleeding of 2-D into 3-D, favored by vintage Hollywood animators like Betty Boop maestro Max Fleischer.

"Sturtevant: Double Trouble"; MoMA, Midtown West, 10:30am. $25.
When Sturtevant first began to copy the work of her Pop Art betters in the 1960s, and claim it as her own, she was dismissed as an eccentric and crackpot. But the artist was simply carrying Pop Art to its logical conclusion, answering the question: If the entire buffet of low culture was available for artistic appropriation, why not high-cultural artworks as well?

Franklin Park Reading Series; Franklin Park, Crown Heights, 8pm. Free.
Series curator Penina Roth presents an evening of well-known and up-and-coming local talent including Ugly Girls author Lindsay Hunter.

Antithesis: Daniel Lanois + The Antlers + Tinariwen + Lonnie Holley; Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Fort Greene, 8pm. $40–$45.
Brian Eno disciple, ambient pioneer and famed producer Daniel Lanois is releasing his latest hypnotic LP, Flesh and the Machine.

Muldoon's Picnic; Irish Arts Center, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $20, includes one drink.
Okay, it's not actually a picnic but a music-and-literature extravaganza, and you can hardly complain when the guests are Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon (and his band the Wayside Shrines), novelist Rick Moody, poet-memoirist Meghan O'Rourke and pop trio Fay La Foe.

Independent Projects; Center 548, Chelsea, 12pm. Free.
The folks behind the Independent Art Fair, which usually runs during Armory Week in March, launched this fall event, in Dia's old space. The focus is on solo presentations of artists by a host of international galleries.

Nov 11

Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era + CJ Fly + Kirk Knight + Nyck Caution; Irving Plaza, Gramercy & Flatiron. 5:30pm. $25.
Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ boasts a smoother-than-most flow, plus a fine line in mellow beats and keys. Here he headlines with his homegrown Pro Era posse.

Wicked Frozen!; Peoples Improv Theater, Gramercy & Flatiron, 9:30pm. $12, online $10.
Toby Singer and Zoe Farmingdale have never seen Wicked or Frozen, but that didn't stop them from guessing each story line and creating an entirely new mash-up show.

Veteran's Day Parade; Manhattan (Fifth Ave  from 26th St to 56th St), 11am. Free.
Salute brave servicemen and women, and watch marching bands step in time up Fifth Avenue.

Jeremiah Cymerman Residency; The Stone, East Village, 8pm & 10pm. $10–$15. Nov 14 8pm set $25. 
Jeremiah Cymerman, a clarinetist with an unusually intense and exacting approach to experimental sound-sculpting, plays a series of promising gigs.

MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival; Mix Hive, Gowanus, 8pm. Free–$25.
The 27th annual MIX fest is chock-full of subversive, experimental works in forms ranging from 16mm to digital.

Nov 12

AFF in New York; Metropolitan Pavilion, Chelsea, 6:30pm. $250.
Enjoy exclusive tastings by chefs Anne Burrell, Adam Richman, and Pat LaFrieda along with drinks at this event to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation.

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.

New York Philharmonic; Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side, 7:30pm. $48–$149.
Star violinist Joshua Bell continues his stint with the orchestra this week. Under guest conductor Case Scaglione, the soloist and ensemble dig into Glazunov's Violin Concerto.

The HiFi Reading Series; HiFi, East Village, 8pm. One drink minimum.
There's a twist to this night of literary recitation: It is curated not by the show's producers, Lena Valencia and Ryan Britt, but by an outstanding writer who recommends scribes the audience may not know.

Lost Lake; Manhattan Theatre Club, Midtown West, 7pm. $90.
Back in 2000, playwright David Auburn's Proof took Broadway by storm; now he's back with an intimate tale about two people in a cabin.

Michael Jackson Beer & Whiskey Fest; Brooklyn Brewery, Williamsburg, 7pm. $55.
To honor Michael Jackson—the late, great beer-and-whiskey writer, not the moonwalking pop star—local distillers and brewers will gather in Brooklyn to create suds-and-spirits pairings featuring the likes of Catskill Distilling Co., Kings County Distilling, Captain Lawrence and Ommegang.

Endless Boogie + Zachary Cale + Daniel Bachman; Union Pool, Williamsburg, 9pm. $10.
Devotees of the Stooges and other scuzzbucket legends who treat rock & roll like a tranced-out minimalist assault will find a lot to love—assuming they haven't already—in the work of Endless Boogie, an eccentric local crew that specializes in hammering simple, bluesy riffs into your skull.

Nov 13

Claudia Rankine in Conversation; New York University, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, Greenwich Village,  7pm. Free.
Rankine has written one of the best, and most relevant, books of year, Citizen. She's a brilliant poet and social commentator—you do not want to miss her discussion of contemporary culture and race.

Steamboat Humor Reading; Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene, 7:30pm. Free. 
Once a month, Bob Powers (You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero) hosts like-minded comic writers for an evening of prose readings.

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