Well hey! It’s your last weekend before (potentially) having to suffer through loads of uncomfortable familial conversation over turkey and jellied cranberry sauce! Use this time wisely! There’s tons happening this weekend to help you make the most of these precious moments INCLUDING but not limited to a revamp of Little Italy in support of The Irishman, free parties at the Ace Hotel to celebrate 10 years in NYC, a very Thanksgiving-approved brunch screening of Planes, Trains and Automobiles (our GIF theme // RIP JOHN CANDY) at Nitehawk Williamsburg and more!
Before we get into all o’ them details, here’s what you might’ve missed on BYT this week if you were too busy wishing Tulsi Gabbard would just GO’N ‘N GIT:
- My buddy Greta quit NYC life and thru-hiked 2000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 5.5 months like a true American hero! I asked her all about that, and only used Reese Witherspoon in Wild as a point of reference like 800 times.
- Here’s Kim Petras on how the Christmas song market was oversaturated, so she pivoted to Halloween and dark pop! (I support this logic!)
- It’s end of the decade season! Here are 10 of the best late night standup sets, 10 drag queens who should’ve been on TV and 10 most overlooked rap albums of the past decade!
- Also, here’s the first part of our breakdown of the fifty best films from the 2010s!
- And we premiered Lostboycrow’s new track “MOONLIGHT”, which is chockablock full o’ posi-vibes!
Thursday November 21
- Hi, do you love The Bachelor? Probably get to the Bell House for Here To Make Friends Live w/ Emma Gray and Claire Fallon, then! Tickets are $20+.
- Or maybe you’re more into Channing Tatum vibes, in which case get to Littlefield for Then Bones Theatre Company’s presentation of Magic Mike Entirely From Memory! Tickets are $10-$12 a pop.
- For something entirely less mind-melting, head on over to Symphony Space for a $48 talk w/ Ta-Nehisi Coates!
- Personally I feel like we should head to Caveat for the 10th anniversary of How I Learned! The theme this time is How I Learned It’s Not Like On TV, and the lineup will feature Aparna Nancherla, Anita Flores and more // tickets are $10-$12 each.
- If you’re more into tunes, be sure to RSVP for Ace Hotel NY’s 10 year anniversary ft. Justin Strauss and Nancy Whang! Free entry if you get on that list!
- Speaking of free w/ RSVP, we’ve also got a Dr. Martens-presented Combo Chimbita gig at Barbés…
- …and there’s a new round of always-free, always-queer-friendly PAT Party at Union Pool w/ the one and only JD Samson!
- Should you find yourself able to scrounge up $20-$25, you might also consider a DāM-FunK DJ set with DJ Fat Tony, Starchild and J.R. Bohannon at Baby’s All Right!
- Plus you can catch BOYTOY over at Market Hotel for a v. reasonable $13-$15!
Friday November 22
- For starters, there’s going to be a pop-up for The Irishman happening today and tomorrow only from 9am to 7pm! Little Italy will be transported back to August 1, 1975 – the day after Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing – and there’ll be free giveaways at each participating location so long as you “tell ’em Jimmy sent ya!”, which is the “secret” PW!
- For comedy, head to Union Hall for TWO good gigs – 1. Karen (Chee) & Rachel (Pegram) Do One Collective Hour of Comedy ($8) and 2. Thanks But No Thanksgiving ft. Brian Bahe, Tai Leclaire and Dash Turner ($8-$10)!
- There’s also a new round of Ride or Die: Oregon Trail Live at Caveat tonight! Go forth ‘n ford that river for $20!
- More into tunes? You can catch a $55 Gesaffelstein gig over at Kings Theatre!
- Plus Dave Hill’s Witch Taint will be taking over Mercury Lounge for $10-$12!
- But my personal top tunes pick of the night goes to the one and only babe-a-licious Alex Cameron! He’ll be playing Webster Hall for $25.
- If you’re lookin’ for tunes AND wanna support a good cause, post up at Sultan Room for Dance For The Cause ft. The Illustrious Blacks, Bottoms (DJ), Nomi Ruiz (DJ), Andrew Raposo (DJ) // tickets start at $10 and will help raise funds for the LGBT Network’s lifesaving HIV/AIDS programs!
- (Plus stick around for a $15-$20 Le1f show after that!)
- Back in the realm of free things, you can RSVP for the latest round of VICE Night Market 2019 at Villain ft. food, drinks and music! (Of course, you will need to purchase the food and drinks, but free to hang out!)
- Or if you’re into mingling and networking with LGBTQ+ buddies, just hit up C’mon Everybody after work for the latest round of Select All, aka America’s favorite free queer mixer!
Saturday November 23
- Kick things off w/ a seasonally-appropriate brunch screening of Planes, Trains & Automobiles at Nitehawk Williamsburg! Tickets are $15 each.
- Or if that’s too early for ya, just hit up a late-night (11:50pm) screening of Mad Max: Fury Road at Syndicated! Tickets are $7.
- For conversational vibes, head to 92Y for a chat with Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox with Ruthie Fierberg re: Betrayal! Tickets are $35.
- In terms of LOLs, park yourself at Union Hall for 1. Charlene Yi Variety Show ($15), 2. Sandwich ft. hosts Jess Salomon & Gastor Almonte ($8) and 3. Lo-Fi NYC ft. Karen Chee, Blythe Roberson and MORE ($8-$10)!
- The 10 year anniversary celebrations continue at Ace Hotel, meanwhile, and tonight’s free w/ RSVP programming includes CreateART and Animal Feelings!
- Shifting gears over to free tunes, all of Angel Olsen’s shows have rightfully been sold out, but you can still get a bit of a vibe at Villain, where Spotify’s got an immersive audio journey going on for $0 w/ RSVP.
- But maybe you have the most money on the planet, in which case catch Hozier and Angie McMahon for $137+ at Hammerstein Ballroom!
- I do not have the most money on the planet, so I will suggest calming it down at the Knitting Factory for a $15 FM Attack show!
- Meanwhile, you can dance your face off at Elsewhere, where Bonobo will be doing a $35 DJ set!
- More into queer dance parties? Get to Littlefield for a new round of Be Cute! Tickets are $10.
- Or if you need a break from ye olde black mirror, hit up House of No at House of Yes // no phones allowed! Tunes by Lauren Flax and Bryan Kasenic, and tickets are $15-$35 each.
Sunday November 24
- For starters, it’s OBVIOUSLY sold out, but if you can finagle your way in to seeing Phoebe Waller-Bridge speaking at Town Hall, CLEARLY DO IT. SELL YOUR SOUL! OR YOUR DOG! WHATEVER IT TAKES!
- Over in comedy land, meanwhile, we’ve got two shows at Union Hall – 1. Langston Kerman ($15) and 2. WALT ft. Mike Hanford, Alex English, Mary Beth Barone and more ($8-$10)!
- Or if tunes are more your speed, catch a $30 Jukebox The Ghost gig at C’mon Everybody!
- You can also catch a daytime dance party starting at 3pm over at Le Bain! A Very Friendsgiving Paradisco appears to be free, and runs ’til 9pm.
- For more cinematic vibes, I’d highly recommend catching a $7 screening of The Handmaiden at Syndicated, ’cause BOI-OI-OI-OI-OING!
- I’d also super suggest posting up at Metrograph today, where Noah Baumbach will be there for screenings of While We’re Young and Working Girl, and Lulu Wang will be at a screening of The Farewell!
- (Or if you wanna get there super duper early, like 11am, you can get familiar w/ the OG 1933 Little Women before Greta Gerwig’s take hits theaters!)
- But maybe the occult is more your jam, in which case head over to Catland for the latest installment of Witch School 2019! Tickets start at $20.