OYSTER SHUCKING CLASS
Oyster lovers, get your wrists ready for this shucking class and beerfest hosted by Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.’s Long Island City location and Bluepoint Brewing. Take home some oysters to try out your new skills. Tickets are $45- $70 and the event starts at 8 PM.
KIPS BAY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: HOLIDAY LIVE
Love design? Love helping kids? Combine the two at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club annual New York Design Center fundraiser. There is a silent auction of designer wreaths, and a special holiday performance by members of the organization. Tickets start at $75.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES@THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB & 1844 GILDED AGE TILDEN MANSION
The National Arts Club is one of New York’s architectural gems and today you can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with New York Adventure Club. The group limits the bi-annual, hour-long event to 15, so grab tickets, $35-$39, now. The tour starts at 1 PM.
BROOKLYN FLEA HOLIDAY MARKET
Need last minute gifts this season? Swing by Brooklyn Flea’s holiday market right before Christmas. With more than 100 vendors you’ll find just something for everyone. Be sure to sip on some mulled wine as you shop.
AMY WINEHOUSE TRIBUTE
American Idol finalist Elise Testone is a huge fan of the British jazz, R&B and soul singer Amy and pays tribute in two shows, one at 8 PM, and a second at 11:59 PM, along with Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles and other bands. Tickets are $15 ahead of time; $20 at the door.
ACCESSIBLE ART FAIR
The latest art fair to land in the U.S. by way of Europe: Brussels’ Accessible Art Fair. Reps from Sotheby’s, Gagosian Gallery and Artnet helped screen the more than 60 artists showcased at the National Arts Club. Tickets range from $10 to $125.
TOLD IT FIRST HAND: HIP-HOP AND THE NEW GENERATION OF PODCASTERS
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, famous, yes, for its hip-hop extravaganzas, also sponsors talks about trends in the business. Tonight the group heads to the Brooklyn Historical Society for a conversation about podcasters. $10 general admission.
It’s a cliffhanger that has dragged on for two years and the end is finally here. After you’ve cast your vote for president (and down ballot candidates), head to 230 Fifth’s election party to find out how the story ends.
MOUSE: THE PERSISTENCE OF AN UNLIKELY THOUGHT
A writer in a London warehouse, someone a lot like author/performer Daniel Kitson, is working on a story about a woman and a mouse, when a stranger calls, looking for his cell phone. What follows is a strange and magnificent night of theater. Tickets are $25.
THE MORGAN EVENING BENEFIT
Financier Pierpont Morgan loved rare books, ancient manuscripts and art, and the fortune he amassed allowed him to collect all three. His collection eventually became the The Morgan Library & Museum, one of Murray Hill’s cultural gems, and tonight is its annual benefit gala.
VALRHONA PASTRY CLASS – FOR A FABULOUS THANKSGIVING
Forget your mom’s pumpkin pie! French luxury chocolate brand Valrhona now has a pastry school in DUMBO, where it offers classes for the pros, but this Thanksgiving-themed pastry workshop is designed for the general public. Tickets are $99.
NYC CRAFT COFFEE FESTIVAL
Unlimited coffee right off the ferry? Sign us up! This festival, in a Williamsburg warehouse, features 20 vendors, a dream for any java enthusiast. Need a bite as you sip? Biscuits and doughnuts will be on hand for dunking.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
PEDRO REYES DOOMOCRACY
Experimental artist Pedro Reyes combines Halloween and the presidential election in his latest installation, a politically themed haunted house at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. It’s scary, but tickets are free.
SIMON STARLING: AT TWILIGHT
The Japan Society rarely hosts non-Japanese solo artists, but they’re making an exception for multimedia darling Simon Starling, whose newest work incorporates Japanese masks and the poetry of W.B. Yeates. Admission is $12, but free on Friday nights.
W. KAMAU BELL
Funnyman W. Kamu Bell (check out his podcast, Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period) comes to the Gramercy Theater to share some of his socio-political comedy. Grab a drink at the bar, and have a laugh. The doors open at 8 P.M.
QUIET CLUBBING SUNDAY FUNDAY
No band, just headphones at this quiet clubbing fest just steps from the Long Island City ferry landing, where partygoers don headphones and jam to the music of their choice. If dancing makes you hungry burgers and drinks will be for sale. The party starts at 6 P.M.
Craft Beer Festival
Missed the brews at Oktoberfest? The Armory has you covered. Come to any of the three sessions and sample 150 craft beers. Advanced sale general admission tickets are $55; advanced sale VIP tickets are $75 and get you in the door an hour early.
BARGEMUSIC NOW LABOR DAY FESTIVAL
If Mozart in the Jungle conductor Rodrigo De Souza wanted to hear some chamber music this weekend, where would he go? Our bet: Bargemusic, the East River’s famous floating performance space. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 4 pm.
WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NEXT
Interior design lovers, take note. The annual New York Design Center event is a great way to find out what’s coming for furniture, fabrics and more. Mingle with showroom reps and designers and attend presentations by top industry editors and manufacturers.
24 DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC
In 2012, Taylor Mac began creating this staggeringly-original performance-art concert to document the intersection of music and activism in America. Finally, he’s done. See the world premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse. There are tickets for individual concerts, or for $400, book the 24-hour experience.
MODERN SKY FESTIVAL
First first produced in Beijing in 2007, this festival is a day-long mash-up of Chinese music, edibles and, yes, bubble tea. Take a ferry to Governor’s Island to catch a scratch wizard and bands on the rise. From 3:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
The Gotham Base Ball Club, works to bring baseball history to today’s fans, and plays the game the old fashioned way—no home plate, no gloves. They’ll stage a double-header on the Parade Grounds next to Fort Jay, starting at noon.
COOK OUT NYC CIDERFEST
Quick: What’s better, beer or hard cider? If you’re in the cider camp (and 21 or over!), today’s your day. Regional makers will pour more than 30 of their best at this annual CookOut NYC party on the East River, from noon to 9 pm.
MoMA ON THE BEACH
German artist Katharina Grosse has turned a dilapidated aquatics building at Fort Tilden into a psychedelic celebration of a Rockaways sunset. The outdoor work, on exhibit until Thanksgiving, is sponsored by MoMA’s PS1 in collaboration with the Rockaway Artists Alliance. READ MORE
SPICE WURLD COMEDY TOUR
Laugh it up with funny folks. Included in the show at the Gramercy Theater: SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata; MTV’s Nicole Byer; oil painter and opera singer turned comic, Matteo Lane; and Comedy Central Stand-Up vet, Liza Treyger. Show starts at 7 pm.
UP ON THE ROOF
Weather predictions for the weekend are for sun, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. In other words, time for late night, al fresco rooftop cocktail, brew, prosecco, or just some great star-gazing with a friend. READ MORE
BROOKLYN BIKE RAVE
It’s the first NYC night-time bike rave. At 6:30 pm, hundreds of cyclists will bling-up their wheels, blast party tunes and cycle en masse for seven miles, starting in Greenpoint and ending in DUMBO. Funds go to the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.