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NYC November Cultural Calendar
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NYC November Cultural Calendar

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Updated: 10 January 2017
New York is ready to give you an amazing November with a number of great events, like a marathon, a film festival, theater performances, museum exhibit openings, restaurant and food events, parades, and performances. Here are some things to keep in mind this November.
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The New York City Marathon

Get ready for 26.22 miles through New York. You’ve trained for this, you’re ready, and you’re going to be ecstatic when you cross the finish line. For those who are less inclined the run, the New York City Marathon has space for spectators wishing to watch 50,000 participants as they complete feats of athletic endurance. The marathon starts in Staten Island, then moves through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx; it then moves back into Manhattan for the final leg. Runners finish in Central Park. So either get out your running sneakers or take out your cameras.

November 1, 2015

Finish Line: Central Park, West Drive and West 67th Street, New York, NY, USA

Other Israel Film Festival

Founder Carole Zabar created the Other Israel Film Festival to depict the lives of the important Arab community living in Israel. The festival focuses on this because Israel is home to approximately 1.7 million Arabs. There is a complicated cultural connection between these people, and the film festival provides a creative platform to discuss this. Look out for Censored Voices by director Mor Loushy, a documentary with recordings of Israeli soldiers after the Six Day War in 1967. The closing film, Women in Sink, by director Iris Zaki, focuses on women in a hair salon and their candid opinions on politics and Arab-Israeli relations. The festival will be showing films at different locations, so check the schedule to see what you’re interested in.

November 5 – 12, 2015

14th Street Y, 334 East 14th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 217 780 0800

Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 924 3363

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Cider Week New York City

Have a drink to all the fallen apples at Cider Week NYC, a week dedicated to the delicious beverage. Cider Week is dedicated to bringing the product of local cideries to New Yorkers. These craft orchards are given access to a wider range of distributors, which then gives drinkers more access to the cider. Learn about the science behind making cider or the economics of its trade. Have a drink at one of Cider Week’s many host locations, like 61 Local, and support the local cideries.

November 6-15, 2015

61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 875 1150

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Indian Accent

New Delhi’s award-winning restaurant is coming to New York, so get ready for innovative and delicious Indian food. Chef Manish Mehrotra launched Indian Accent in 2009, and it has received awards and praises from around the world. Mehrotra’s unique style combines local produce, traditional Indian food, and modernist cuisine in a mouth-watering environment. Details on the upcoming NYC menu have not yet been released, but foodies can be certain that the food will impress.

Indian Accent, Le Parker Meridien, 123 West 56th Street, New York, NY, USA

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The Color Purple

Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, was published in 1982, and it explains the challenges African American women faced in rural Georgia in the 1930s. The story centers on Celie, a girl who is met with hardship throughout her lifetime. The Color Purple became a film in 1985, and it was brought to Broadway in 2005, where it ran until 2008. And now, it’s coming back to Broadway with an all-star cast, including Cynthia Erivo as Celie, Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery, and Danielle Brooks as Sofia. After this production received acclaim in London, it is coming to Broadway to awe New York, so pre-order your tickets, theatergoers.

Previews begin November 10, 2015

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 239 6200

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Who cares that Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet; New York is ready for Christmas. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a show that everyone in the family can enjoy. Watch as this Christmas tradition features the classic elements of the show, like the Nativity, and new features, like a three-dimensional experience. And, of course, who could forget the incredible high-kicking Rockettes? Members of the audience will receive complementary Radio City Spectacular Santa hats at shows on November 23-25 and November 30-December 2 to remember the day forever.

November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 465 6741

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Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be home to fashion this season with its exhibit, Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style. This exhibit will feature the styles from the French designer’s personal wardrobe, from 1959 to present. De Ribes was known for cutting elements from dresses and combining them to form unique gowns, and some of these will be featured. The exhibit will also look at her personal life and show her progression into fashion from the dress-up she played as a child. This exhibit is a definite must-see for anyone interested in high fashion.

November 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 535 7710

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Photo-Poetics: An Anthology

It’s true; there are people who still buy 35 mm film to take pictures. It just so happens that some of these people will be featured at the Guggenheim’s new exhibit, Photo-Poetics: An Anthology. The artists (Claudia Angelmaier, Erica Baum, Anne Collier, Moyra Davey, Leslie Hewitt, Elad Lassry, Lisa Oppenheim, Erin Shirreff, Kathrin Sonntag, and Sara VanDerBeek) have created art that is designed to explore the art of photography using more traditional techniques. Much of the still-life material they photographed is representative of the older photographic methods that these artists have reinvigorated.

November 20, 2015 – March 23, 2016

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 423 3500

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the perfect precursor to turkey. This year will be the 89th year of the parade, and it will feature over 8,000 participants, a live audience of over 3.5 million people watching from the streets, and an at-home audience of 50 million people. The parade will feature some of its staples: Hello Kitty, Snoopy and Woodstock, Virginia, Macy’s Believe Stars, and, of course, Tom Turkey. See marching bands from states including New York, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Illinois. Macy’s has yet to release the lineup, but viewers can expect extraordinary performances from Broadway shows and singers. And, don’t forget, Santa will be making his appearance at the end of the event.

November 27, 2015

Starting Point: Central Park West and West 77th Street, New York, NY, USA

Ending Point: Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 695 4400

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Winter’s Eve

Celebrate winter at the sixteenth annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. This event features great food, artists, street-performers, and dancers. At 5:30, The Chapin Family will perform for audiences as the Christmas tree is lit for the public in Dante Park. Other performers to look out for include: Mariachi Real de Mexico, Cynthia Sayer and Joyride, and Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. The Upper West Side will become the center of the holiday season, and there’s something for everyone at this great festival event.

November 30, 2015

Dante Park, Columbus Avenue and West 63rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 639 965