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

By Alison Durkee

As 2017 heads into its final stretch, it’s time to begin your holiday preparations and enjoy the last few days of fall before winter sets in. Make the most of the month with these upcoming talks and events, including appearances by David Sedaris, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Gloria Steinem.

Wednesday, Nov. 1. Immerse yourself in the lecture-performance I Utter Other (2014–), a scholarly/comedic look at Orientalism within a Soviet context. Guggenheim Museum.

Thursday, Nov. 2. Get inspired as best-selling author Walter Isaacson sits down with Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk about Isaacson’s new book, parsing the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. 92nd Street Y.

Friday, Nov. 3. Go behind the scenes of the new Broadway revival of M. Butterfly with playwright David Henry Hwang and director Julie Taymor. Asia Society and Museum.

Saturday, Nov. 4. Lend an ear to The Politics of Language, as Gloria Steinem and Festival Albertine 2017 look into an era of communication liberated from gender and race. Albertine.

Sunday, Nov. 5. Finally learn who exactly provided egress for the canines at “Who Let Who Let the Dogs Out Out?”, an in-depth multimedia presentation on one of the catchiest pop hits of the 2000s. Ace Hotel.

Monday, Nov. 6. Get out the vote at this event commemorating 100 years of women’s suffrage with a discussion on recruiting, training and empowering Democratic women to run for office. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Tuesday, Nov. 7. Take a literary look at Israel with this discussion between author Lauren Sanders and Oslo playwright J.T. Rogers about Sanders’ new book, The Book of Love and Hate. BRIC.

Wednesday, Nov. 8. Have love on the brain at the Attraction Lab, a fun night of interactive experiments and activities dealing with the neuroscience of attraction and love. Caveat.

Thursday, Nov. 9. Shack up with the Architectural League of New York and a reception and conversation for All the Queens Houses, a loving look at adaptive housing stock in the city’s most diverse borough.

Friday, Nov. 10. Nerd out with looks at unexpected genius, H.P. Lovecraft, and the channeling of language into data at the next Nerd Nite. Littlefield.

Saturday, Nov. 11. Say “cheese” on this tour discussing several of photography’s early pioneers at their final resting spot. Green-Wood Cemetery.

Sunday, Nov. 12. Budget for this conversation between author John Hope Bryant and Chelsea Clinton on taking financial control of one’s life. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, Nov. 13. Eyeball the artist and designer Milton Glaser, of I♥NY fame, as he speaks on the re-release of his iconic The Design of Dissent, newly subtitled Greed, Nationalism, Alternative Facts and the Resistance. The Cooper Union.

Tuesday, Nov. 14. Look back on the New York of 100 years ago at this book talk with author Mike Wallace on Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919. The Skyscraper Museum.

Wednesday, Nov. 15. Go on an odyssey to this discussion with memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn and New Yorker staff writer Rebecca Mead on Mendelsohn’s book An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Thursday, Nov. 16. Invest your time in this lecture on how history can be a useful investment tool. Museum of American Finance.

Friday, Nov. 17. American Ballet Theater principal dancer James Whiteside and fashion maven Isaac Mizrahi come together for a session of Icons & Innovators, celebrating artists chafing at limitations. The Greene Space.

Saturday, Nov. 18. Don’t throw out your leftovers at this workshop sharing how to have a zero-waste Thanksgiving.

Sunday, Nov. 19. Play 20 questions at Person Place Thing, a conversation with playwrights Paula Vogel and Daniel Alexander Jones on the people, places, and things that are important to them. The Park Avenue Armory.

Monday, Nov. 20. Be haunted by the story of the HMS Jersey, a living hell for thousands of Americans, in the talk The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story from the American Revolution. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Tuesday, Nov. 21. Fall in love scientifically at this examination of the life cycle of a relationship and the 36 questions that can supposedly lead any two people to fall in love—complete with a chance to try the questions out for yourself. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Photo: Ingrid Chirstine

Wednesday, Nov. 22. Talk pretty one day at this conversation with famed writer David Sedaris. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Thursday, Nov. 23. 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. 24. After you finish your Black Friday shopping, have a culture-filled night out at the Rubin Museum’s K2 Friday Night, complete with a guided exhibition tour, food, drinks and a DJ. Rubin Museum of Art.

Saturday, Nov. 25. Get a Revolutionary look at New York at this Evacuation Day walking tour centered on when the British troops ended their occupation of New York City as the Revolutionary War came to an end. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Sunday, Nov. 26. Swipe your MetroCard for this secret history of the subway system, which will tour some of the transit system’s oldest stations. New York Adventure Club.

Monday, Nov. 27. Explore the intersection between art and the world around us at a Here/Say conversation on the shifting role of critics and criticism. Barnard College.

Tuesday, Nov. 28. Appreciate your freedom at Breakout: Voices from the Inside, PEN America’s annual event celebrating excellence in prison writing. SubCulture.

Wednesday, Nov. 29. Mobilize yourself to attend this conversation between Alexander Calder biographer Jed Perl and Calder’s grandson, Sandy Rower, about the iconic sculptor and his work. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Thursday, Nov. 30. Stay informed as a pair of experts talk “Deciphering Jihadi Culture,” looking at how groups like ISIS are able to construct shared values among their adherents. National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

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

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