Things to Do in New York in November: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

The cooling temperatures and changing leaves mean that November is almost here—and while you may be getting excited for Thanksgiving feasts and the start of the holiday season, there’s also plenty going on in the city to look forward to. Spend your month learning about everything from books to Batman with these upcoming talks and events.

Friday, Nov. 1. Croon a tune at this conversation and performance with singer Harry Connick Jr. The TimesCenter.

Saturday, Nov. 2. Explore the lost history of the Jews of Rhodes and enjoy music and poetry inspired by the post-Shabbat tradition of the Havdalah at the installation “Los Corassones Avlan.” NYU (Other).

Sunday, Nov. 3. Trace the origins of New York’s Jewish population on this walking tour exploring the first Jewish community in New Amsterdam.

Monday, Nov. 4. Make a split-second decision to attend this session on what happened during the very first seconds of the universe’s existence. American Museum of Natural History.

Tuesday, Nov. 5. Celebrate Election Day with a look at reasonable minds disagreeing, as an expert in computational neuroscience delves into illusions of perceptionSubject.

Wednesday, Nov. 6. Be flexible enough to attend this screening and discussion on Mongolian contortionists with Mongolian filmmaker Sarnai Tessitore. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, Nov. 7. Tolerate this debate over whether we should tolerate the intolerant in our increasingly divided landscape. Columbia University.

Friday, Nov. 8. Skip the Whitney Museum and head to its original home instead with this tour of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s studio, where the museum was first born. New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

Saturday, Nov. 9. Feel right at home at this workshop covering methods for conducting research into your house and its history. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

Sunday, Nov. 10. Fight for this talk on environmental justice and how to ensure that local governments take strides against climate change that are fair to everyone. Moderated by Bill McKibben at Albertine.

Monday, Nov. 11. Stay on “pointe” at this conversation between New York City Ballet’s new artistic directors, Jonathan Stafford and Wendy Whelan, and ballet dancer Edward Villella. Symphony Space.

Tuesday, Nov. 12. Use your noodle to understand early brain development and how it impacts later life with neuroscientist Nim Tottenham and the Secret Science Club. The Bell House.

Wednesday, Nov. 13. Ride over to this talk shedding light on Paul Revere’s famous ride and the man behind it. New-York Historical Society.

Thursday, Nov. 14. Think about attending this Q&A session with neuroscientist David Rock to understand what goes on in your brain. 1803 NYC.

Friday, Nov. 15. Go “to the lighthouse” with Willem Dafoe as he talks about and screens his latest film, the psychological thriller The Lighthouse92nd Street Y.

Saturday, Nov. 16. Brush up at this deep dive into hair, featuring a ritual that leverages its transformative power. Rubin Museum of Art.

Sunday, Nov. 17. Get diagnosed as real-life ER doctors share medical history and real facts with over-sharing comedians at Doctors Without BoundariesCaveat.

Monday, Nov. 18. You’ll remember this session on intergenerational trauma and how we “remember” the remote past, even if it did not happen directly to us. Columbia University.

Tuesday, Nov. 19. Split up for this session on the process of breaking up from a scientific perspective. Subject.

Wednesday, Nov. 20. Parse the issues at this Democratic debate watch party, which will feature Mystery Science Theater 3000-style commentary. Q.E.D.

Thursday, Nov. 21. Bat-signal your interest in this celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

Friday, Nov. 22. Bring an appetite to this conversation with Questlove, who’ll present his new book, Mixtape PotluckThe TimesCenter.

Saturday, Nov. 23. Bring your budding bookworm to the 13th Annual Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair. Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, Nov. 24. Stand up for this talk on Clara Lemlich, a turn-of-the-century garment worker who led the “Revolt of the Girls” with a massive strike against poor working conditions. Museum at Eldridge Street.

Monday, Nov. 25. Enjoy your “moment of zen” at this panel discussion covering the power of political satire on TV. Paley Center for Media.

Tuesday, Nov. 26. Preserve the past at this talk on the battle for our shared culture heritage and how libraries, museums, and organizations are fighting to preserve important artifacts of material culture. The National Arts Club.

Wednesday, Nov. 27. Choreograph your way to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for The Dance Historian Is In with Ishmael Houston-Jones.

Thursday, Nov. 28. Before or after giving thanks, drink in the sky-high view of the city from the Empire State Building, which is open 365 days a year.

Friday, Nov. 29. Walk off your Thanksgiving with a Then and Now walking tour of the Lower East Side, hosted by the Tenement Museum, focused on comparisons between what was and what is.

Saturday, Nov. 30. Bid adieu at the Fraunces Tavern Museum’s special open house commemorating Washington’s Farewell, which includes $1 admission to the museum all weekend.

For a printable PDF of the November calendar, click here.

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