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25 lovely things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
David Goldberg

November 13

Moby-Dick: A Marathon Reading The Whitney Museum of American Art; Nov 13, 14 11am until finish; $22 or free with museum admission
If you thought Shia LaBeouf’s movie marathon this week was intense, then wait till you experience this passionate two-day celebration of Herman Melville’s white whale classic. If Salman Rushdie reading Captain Ahab doesn’t shake you to the core, then you may be in need of a soul. 

Encuentro NYC Festival Le Poisson Rouge; 4pm; $25
Le Poisson Rouge is throwing a full-service Colombian celebration, with more than 50 cumbia, electronica and folk performers tearing up the stage, delicious dinner and custom cocktails at the bar. Make sure to take a disco nap before arriving. 

New York Horror Film Festival presents Friday the 13th Times Scare; 7pm; $20
Watch one of the definitive slasher films among horror fans who probably know every line. After the movie, director Sean Cunningham receives a lifetime achievement award.

The Hunger Games: Trivia The Strand Book Store; 7pm; $15 Strand gift card
Do not disappoint Ms. Effie Trinket with unrefined answers to challenging questions about all 13 districts. If you and your teammates survive this quell, you’ll score tickets to Mockingjay Part II and to the Hunger Games Exhibit at Discovery Times Square.

Clarissa Explains It All Book Party and Trivia Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
Na-na na-na…. It’s been nearly 25 years since one of the sharpest characters of ’90s teen TV stepped on the scene in her Mary Janes. Watch classic moments of the show (likely involving the Ferg-face) and hear a reading from showrunner Mitchell Kriegman’s new Clarissa Book, Things I Can’t Explain.

Fantasia 75th Anniversary Peter Jay Sharp Theatre; 7pm; $18, children $16
We can’t blame you for wanting to see one of the most iconic Walt Disney films on the big screen. We can blame you for forgetting tissues. Enjoy the grand opera of animated movies at this retrospective event.

Sarah Silverman and Friends BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn; 8pm; $45–$60
The queen, the badass and the bed-wetter herself returns to her favorite city for an unpredictable set of manic comedy and music, with accompaniment from equally fearless comic friends.

Late Night Basement Livestream Public, Brooklyn; 9pm; free
If you’ve had horrifying experiences waiting in line to be in the live studio audience for The Daily Show or The Tonight Show, then try your hand at this live, untelevised talk-show experiment, which features dapper host Chris Rose, rapper Khary Durgans, and Cecil Baldwin and Dylan Marron of Welcome to Night Vale.  

2 Dope Queens Union Hall, Brooklyn; 10pm; $10
The no-nonsense team-up of comedian Phoebe Robinson and The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams has yielded a fan-favorite Brooklyn night. The best friends will likely pull out the stops for this New York Comedy Festival edition, so expect big names to make surprise appearances.

Scream 2 IFC Center; Nov 13, 14 at midnight; $14
Scream 2 appeals to all kinds of fans; it features some of the most inventive horror scenes of the franchise, ups the body count (like all sequels should) and revels in the camp glory of Laurie Metcalf, Courteney Cox and even Sarah Michelle Gellar. There’s nothing like hearing that phone ring on the big screen. 

November 14

Stache Dash Hudson River Park, Pier 25; 10am; $32.50–$40
Glue on your biggest facial hair wig or grow out your own lip locks for this race on the Hudson that partially benefits the Movember Organization. After completing the 5K or 10K (your choice), enjoy a beer and endorphins with your fellow runners.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition Discovery Times Square; 10am; $27.50
With Disney retiring Princess Leia’s controversial Tatooine bikini, this may be your last chance to see the outrageous bronze getup from Return of the Jedi. Check out iconic costumes and suits from the first two trilogies at this new fan exhibit, along with special peeks at characters from The Force Awakens.

Renegade Craft Fair Metropolitan Pavilion; Nov 14–15, 11am; free
You’ll be overwhelmed and over-saturated by the unbelievable range of jewelry, wares and clothes available at this stupendous jamboree. And with food vendors like Puffs of Doom lining the way, you’ll find yourself in constant and convenient need of food fuel to keep shopping. 

Victorian Hair Workshop Morbid Anatomy Museum; 11am; $150
Learn how Victorian-era women honored their fallen loved ones by weaving together their hair. Learn how to make complex and beautiful art upon your head at this daylong style intensive.

Brooklyn Children’s Book Festival Brooklyn Museum; 12pm; free with museum admission
There’s no better time for a family stroll into Prospect Park, followed by a bounding book fest featuring some of the borough’s best kid’s authors. Your kids will relish the chance to meet writers and illustrators who live just around the corner. 

Keep On Sucking, NYC! The Space at Villain; Nov 14-15; 12pm; free
This weekend pop-up gallery is the perfect example of looking at the glass half-full when it comes to New York. The glass you're using for your leaky apartment roof. The interactive art show will feature parodies of subway "Showtime!" performers, a throne made of trash, a re-creation of a crappy Craigslist apartment and even a hop-scotch game through a garbage heap. See, NYC isn't that bad after all.

Trevor Noah The Town Hall; 7, 9:45pm; $41–$62
The Daily Show host and Time Out New York cover boy is officially hotter than ever, so consider yourself one of the fortunate if you can snag tickets to one of his New York Comedy Festival stand-up sets. Here’s hoping he gets started on Ben Carson.

Kate Berlant & John Early The Bell House, Brooklyn; 8:30pm; $15
There’s something equally unsettling and total familiar about Berlant and Early’s demented stand-up and viciously passive-aggressive duo videos. Enter one of NYCF’s most unique corners at this batty, totally unforgettable show.

The King Khan & BBQ Show Knitting Factory, Brooklyn; 9pm; $15, at the door $17
Head to the Knitting factory for a mad-cap rock show featuring 1950s Bollywood guitar riffs, Masters of the Universe costumes, whiteface makeup and other sublimely kitschy spectacles.

Justin Vivian Bond & The Freudian Slippers: The Lost Set Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; Nov 14 at 9pm, Nov 15 at 9:30pm; $25 plus two-drink minimum
The NYC cabaret goddess will perform an unreleased show of songs and standards that was originally set for September 11, 2001. We don’t know what V has planned, but it’s likely to be intense, rousing and emotional.

November 15

Fall Foliage Walk: Fort Greene Trail Fort Greene Park; 11am; free
Cancel your brunch plans and take a walk in the perfectly brisk sunshine. Park Rangers will show you some of Brooklyn’s most vivid and verdant trees at the peak of their color change. You don’t have to pay a cent to rule Instagram for the weekend. 

The Ridiculous the Raucous the Romantic The Room—the Reading—The Remount Silent Barn, Brooklyn; 3pm; free
How many times have you seen The Room? Pass the football around with other fans while the Silent Barn’s actors give the moronic (or is it genius?) cult film favorite The Rocky Horror Picture Show treatment with a live performance over a big-screen projection.

The Parallax View with Larry Wilmore Film Forum; 3pm; $20
Film Forum gave The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore the chance to screen his favorite movie, and he chose this Watergate-era conspiracy thriller starring Warren Beatty. Get new insight into the political classic from the sharp-witted writer and comedian.

In Situ: Afripedia National Sawdust, Brooklyn; 7:30pm; $25
If you’ve been meaning to check out the marvelous new National Sawdust club but don’t have much interest in partying all night, then head to this rich evening of art and performance from the Afripedia group. See two documentaries on the rising art scenes in Ghana and Kenya, then meet some of the profiled musicians and creators in the films. 

Kathy Griffin Carnegie Hall; 8pm; $45–$90
The indefatigable badass and world-record breaker for most televised comedy specials brings her most vicious A-game of celeb gossip, trash-talk and politically incorrect opinionating for her adoring NYC fans. Expect Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump and Barbra Streisand to be on the hit list.  

Daisy Eagan & Jordan Kai Burnett: Rejected Bond Girls Feinstein’s/54 Below; 9:30pm; $25–$65 plus $25 dollar minimum
If you’ve been belting out Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice” and Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” since you saw Spectre, then indulge your musical Bond needs at this tribute night to the songs of 007 that features a host of Broadway powerhouses.

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