The Anti-Anti-Hero Debate Housing Works Bookstore Cafe; 7pm; free
Some of the best critics in town, including The New York Times’ A.O. Scott and The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, will be talking about TV’s favorite fixation: the anti-hero. Whether you love Walter White or Hannah Horvath, you’re certain to glean new knowledge about your favorite series from this sharp panel.
Ask Me Another The Bell House, Brooklyn; 7pm; $20, at the door $25
Impress all your NPR-addicted friends and attend a live recording of the addicting puzzlemaster’s game show. This week, guest host and funnygal Faith Salie puts SNL’s charming ensemble player Taran Killam through the brain maze.
Neil Gaiman in conversation with Junot Díaz Congregation Beth Elohim; 7:30pm; free with R.S.V.P.
Neil Gaiman, the prolific medium-defying master behind Coraline, Stardust and Sandman, will be signing his new collection of Sandman comics and revealing how his fascinating process works. He’ll be chatting with The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao author Junot Díaz, who is no stranger to comic books.
Shonda Rhimes: Year of Yes 92nd Street Y; 7:30pm; $90
The reigning queen of prime time reads from her new book, Year of Yes, which details her affirmative new approach to life. Hopefully she’ll dish on some behind-the-scenes drama from Grey’s Anatomy.
Marina and the Diamonds + Christine and the Queens Terminal 5; November 9, 10, 8pm; $39.50
High drama Britpop goddess Marina Diamandis attacks Terminal 5 with a set of twirling, energetic synth ballads. She’ll have backup from soultry French songstress Christine and the Queens.
Nobodies Talking Shit Don Pedro, Brooklyn; 9pm; free
The agenda for this weekly drag-dance night in Williamsburg dive Don Pedro is “talking shit, shitty shows, dancing until we shit.” Fabulously shameless draq queens Ariel Italic and Lady Bearica Andrews will have you spitting out your cheap drinks with their boundless self-deprecation and bizarre acts.
HERsterical! Carolines on Broadway; 9pm; $27.25–$98
Comedian Cristina Cote has assembled an unstoppable platoon of women comics for a hilarious show that supports the Gilda’s Club cancer-support nonprofit. Don’t miss uproarious sets from Lynne Koplitz, Janelle James, Stacy Koplitz and other witty ladies at this phenomenal intro to the New York Comedy Festival.
Canstruction Brookfield Place Winter Garden; 10am; free
You won’t believe what happens when top architects and designers get handed hundreds of thousands of cans of food. Marvel at the majesty of canstructed models of Superman, SpongeBob and other larger-than-life installations. Be sure to catch this show before November 16, after which the pieces are deconstructed and the cans are donated to food banks.
Unbound: Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; 7:30pm; $25
Rosanne Cash, the road warrior of Americana music, sits down with Elvis Costello to discuss his four-decade career in rock & roll in celebration of his new memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.
A Conversation with Lewis Black 92nd Street Y; 7:30pm; $15–$44
Feeling freshly energized by his hilariously irate performance in Inside Out and a recent return to The Daily Show, the beloved man of rants takes a seat at the 92nd Street Y and releases his aggression. We’re hoping Donald Trump is brought up.
Patti Smith and Her Band Beacon Theatre; 8pm; $49.50–$79.50
Forty years after Patti Smith and bandmates Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty made rock & roll history with breakout album Horses, the gang returns to perform the album’s poetic singles for fans of many generations.
Stand Up for Heroes The Theatre at Madison Square Garden; 8pm; $105–$5,005
Your likely-pricey tickets for this all-star show will benefit soldiers and veterans in a big way. And with acts like Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers and Bruce Springsteen on the bill, you likely won’t regret what you paid for admission.
A Creative Look Inside TV Land’s Younger Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; 8:30pm; $15 with Time Out promo code FCIFINSIDER
Catch this lively chat with Sex and the City and Younger creator Darren Star, costume maven Patricia Field and stars Debi Mazar and Hillary Duff as part of Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. Can we hope for a preview of Younger's season two?
Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir by Truman Capote The powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
Saucy and sardonic Weeds star Mary Louise Parker will be reading from the combined collection of written and photographic love letters to 1950s Brooklyn. Experience Truman Capote’s unique descriptive style combined with the stunning visual aid of David Attie.
Carly Rae Jepsen Irving Plaza; 7pm; $25
Don’t mess with Carly Rae Jepsen. The bubblegum supernova will make an addict of you yet with tracks from her new album Emotion, including heartbreak ballad “Your Type” and direct dance-floor jam “I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance.” Once she’s in your head, there’s no use pretending you’re not in love.
The Weeknd + BANKS + Travi$ Scott Prudential Center; 7:30pm; $39.50–$125
Give in and let the dark prince of soul pop seduce you with hits from his pulsing, primal new album Beauty Behind the Madness. Try to focus on the sexy beats and not on his hair.
Salty Brine: I’m a Lot Like You The Red Room; 7:30pm; $15
Dirty boy chanteuse Salty Brine has become a cabaret staple in past months with all-night covers of Adele, Cyndi Lauper and other divas. This month, Brine gets more ambitious than ever with a mash-up of Weezer and Madame Butterfly. At the least, you’re guaranteed a night of totally loony costumes.
Margaret Cho The Town Hall; 8pm; $39.50–$59.50
The brassy comic will hopefully cover everything salacious and shocking in her latest stand-up set for the New York Comedy Festival, including her past as a dominatrix, the slate of Republican presidential hopefuls and, of course, her mother.
AntiBalas with SantiGold + Superhuman Happiness Brooklyn Bowl; 8pm; $15
You better believe that members of the cheeky Afrobeat crew AntiBalas will be bringing it to their home turf for this lively concert, which features the joyous Cake-esque act Superhuman Happiness and ubiquitous indie pop liege Santigold.
Strangers with Candy Bingo Videology, Brooklyn; 8:30pm; free
Boozers, users and losers unite! Videology is welcoming high school freshman of any age to watch their favorite demented heroine try to break good at Flatpoint High.
Picture This Littlefield, Brooklyn; 8:30pm; $5, at the door $8
Watch artists attempt to capture the manic energy of onstage comedians Ilana Glazer, Sean Patton, Chris Gethard and Michelle Buteau as they bring their best sets for the New York Comedy Festival.
NYC Horror Film Festival Times Scare; 12pm; feature screening $15, festival pass $150
With Halloween over, fair-weather horror fans have moved on to their next obsession. But the real aficionados have only just begun. Gather with other die-hard fans for screenings of fun and futuristic new frightening entries, including high school reunion slasher Most Likely to Die. Then rejoice in a screening of seminal summer-camp killing classic Friday the 13th.
Getting Started in Genealogy New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; 12pm; free
Find out where you come from with the aid of the New York Public Library's vast archives. Library experts will show you how to construct your family tree and discover your origin story.
Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments Gramercy Theatre; 7:30pm; $25
Though she’s a regular season ender on Inside Amy Schumer, Bridget Everett is meant to be experienced live. Wearing loose clothes and making timid male audience members her slaves, Everett rules the stage, and her conquest of the Gramercy Theatre is sure to be her bawdiest, most fearless show yet.
Declaration of Sentiments Cooper Union; 7:30pm; $45, students $25
With video testimonials from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and performances by Samantha Bee and Sweet Honey in the Rock, this thrilling tribute to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the first wave of feminists (the suffragettes) will send up some of history’s fiercest ladies in style.
Nathan For You: Sneak Peak and Q&A Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; 7:30; $25
Notorious goon Nathan Fielder will be screening material from the new season of his delightfully dim Comedy Central series Nathan For You and answer questions in his signature droll deadpan style at this special New York Comedy Festival event.
Lord & Taylor Holiday Windows Unveiling Lord & Taylor; 5pm; FREE
The department store unveils their 78th annual world-renowned holiday windows this Thursday with a special live performance by Austin Mahone. All 10 floors of the store will be filled with fun activities including a santa photo booth, braid bar, eyelash and brow bar and special discounts.