"November's sky is chill and drear, November's leaf is red and sear"
(photo courtesy of BAM)
Treats & Eats
1. On Thursday Nov 19th, April Bloomfield, of Michelin Star Spotted Pig and The Breslin, is cooking the treats at a 1620s Pop-Up Pub, taking over Flatiron Hall. Hosted by Saints & Strangers, a new film about the first Thanksgiving. Attendees have free access to food, drink, and games. "The Saints & Strangers Pub 1620 is located at 38 West 26th Street and will be first-come, first-served between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m., and then again from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m." Get there early and be transported to 1620s new England.
2. Looking for something a little different than leftover turkey sandwiches? Talde in Park Slope is serving 10 orders of Thanksgiving Ramen each night from Monday Nov 23rd-Friday Dec 4th. "With slices of roasted turkey in place of char siu pork; a roulade made with seasoned stuffing; dumplings filled with creamed spinach; tart pickled cranberries and a mushroom-soy gravy poured at the table", it's bound to be unlike anything you've ever tried before.
Sights & Sounds
1. At Brooklyn Academy of Music from Nov 19-21st, as part of their Next Wave Festival, check out Taiwan’s U-Theatre's Beyond Time. Pitched gongs, thunderous taiko drums, nomadic chanting, and enlightened laughter score this multi-dimensional foray into temporal transcendence. Skirting material limits, bodies whirl with a controlled yet ineffable precision that combines martial arts mudras, contemporary dance, and Gurdjieffian movement practice, while projections render rainfalls, eclipses, and full moons in shimmering blue light. Redoubled by mirrored flooring, the incomparable ensemble subverts the tyranny of time in this ceremonious, percussive vortex where void and substance, human and universe, mastery and wonder lead to sensuous spiritual awakening.
2. I recently discovered a couple of wonderful museums in Spanish Harlem right at the top of Central Park. One of which is the Museum of the City of New York. They have some excellent permanent exhibitions like the Activism New York, which is well worth the trek alone. Two highlights at the moment are Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's other half, which runs through Mar 20th; this retrospective highlights Riis's photographs, handwritten journals, and personal correspondence depicting the city’s slums at the turn of the 20th century which revealed “How the Other Half Lives". The other is Folk Music, which will run through Jan 10th. View original instruments, handwritten lyrics, as well as video and film footage tracing the roots of the folk revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s.
Both of these institutions are part of one of the IDNYC benefit programs where you can get free and reduced price admission/tickets to many of New York's cultural institutions. You do have to go to each location in person to sign up for their annual membership and unless they extend the program, you only have till the end of the year, so make an appointment to get your IDNYC card ASAP!
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