As Obama has said, we can’t let the election results make us cynical. We can still make a difference, so start by educating yourself at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival screening 100 movies over the course of a week touching on issues familiar and obscure. There are two films about the trans experience (“The Joneses,” “The Pearl”), or explore a safe haven created for women in the Congo in “City of Joy.” Lighter fare includes “The Lure,” about an eccentric millionaire who buried a large cache of cash in the Rocky Mountains and dared people to find it. Nov. 10-17, various locations
Remember that ‘90s TV show “Ghostwriter,” where a benevolent specter helps kids solve mysteries by moving printed words around to spell clues. Did you know it was filmed in Fort Greene? It’s not the only factoid you’ll take away from the screening party at Videology, where you’ll watch the pilot episode followed by a trivia contest. $5, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., 308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
Shop, dance and party as Latin music label Fania’s pop-up club and store in Bushwick, part of the ongoing Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. Armada Fania puts art installations in unique spaces, then fills those spots with trendy products and music from DJs like Kenny Dope, Jose Marquez, Nina Sky, Uproot Andy and DJ Turmix. $20, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.-midnight, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn
For the first time, to commemorate Veterans Day, former military personnel share the stage with refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan to share their stories of what it’s like to return home after war. “Voices from the Long War,” scripted by Jonathan Wei, was created by U.S. Army veteran Tom Berry in coordination with the Telling Project, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing a richer understanding of the military experience with civilians. It’s free and first come, first served. Free, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W. 62nd St.
Use your day off work wisely (should you be so lucky) to honor the men and women who serve our country by attending the Veterans Day Parade, aka America’s Parade. NYC is home to the largest celebration of veterans in the nation, featuring live music, marching units and over 500,000 attendees. This year also commemorates the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and 25 years since Desert Storm. The parade is preceded by an opening ceremony at Madison Square Park. Free, Nov. 11, 11:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Fifth Ave. from 26th to 52nd sts.
Local talents get on one of Brooklyn’s most prestigious stages with no cover charge and happy hour specials on food and drink. What more could you want? BAMCafe hosts a rotation of genre-crossing performances on Fridays and Saturdays in November and December for the 17th year, hosted by Phillip Andry with DJ Leighton Pope. This season’s artists include Katrese Barnes & ChamberFusic, the Firey String Sistas! and WYATT. Free, Nov. 11-Dec. 3, BAMCafe, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Veterans Day brings an opportunity not just to recognize, but to support the men and women who keep us free. One way to do that is Dine Out for Heroes, now in its third year raising funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps veterans through various programs from rehabilitation to work placement. On Nov. 11, participating New York City restaurants are contributing $1 for every guest, ranging from Alex Guarnaschelli’s Butter, Irvington in Union Square and the Todd English Food Hall, the Plaza Hotel’s basement market. Nov. 11, various locations
It’s the fall edition of the biannual Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival, with two sessions offering over 175 wines and ciders, with guided tastings hosted by award-winning sommelier Joshua Wesson. Sips are paired with bites of cheese and crackers, plus samples of artisanal treats (charcuterie, chocolates, jams) and signature dishes from local restaurants like Table 87 and Crow Bar. There will also be live music by Elan Trotman. $59-$120, Nov. 12, 2:30-5 & 7:30-10 p.m., Industry City, 233 37th St., Brooklyn
Part game show, part karaoke, the Cabaret Showdown is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend so expect some especially memorable moments and zany tunes. Contestants pick a song they either need to sing with a pianist, pass to a friend (with a one-time lifeline) or entirely improvise. It’s hosted by Mark McDaniels and DiVanna, and the prize is a one-hour show of their own at the Kraine Theatre following the next month’s competition. $10-$12, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., The Kraine Theater, 85 E. Fourth St.
Who said it's hard to get a show on Broadway? In just one day, six new plays will be written, cast, designed, directed and staged on the Great White Way. For the 16th year, some of the biggest names in showbusiness will quickly bring productions to life out of nothing, all in the name of charitably supporting young artists. This year’s talents includes Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”), Hugh Dancy (“Hannibal”), Tracie Thoms (“Rent”) and Jason Biggs (“Orange Is the New Black”). $175-$500, Nov. 14, 8 p.m., American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St.
Tis certainly the season when Vanderbilt Hall takes on some glitz with the arrival of the Holiday Fair. Even the grumpiest and busiest commuters will feel a little Christmas cheer by browsing the red and gold booths for the latest trinkets and gifts from 40 vendors of art, clothing, jewelry and more. The market is open through Christmas Eve. Free, Nov. 14-Dec. 24, 89 E. 42nd St.
Monday kicks off five weeks of free performances from Broadway stars, straight from the latest hits onstage now and coming soon, under the holiday stars at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Each performance will feature 20 minutes of songs, beginning with the Cirque du Soleil musical “Paramour.” Free, Nov. 14-Dec. 12, Mondays at 5 p.m., 10 Columbus Circle