Meet Princess Leia, feast on chili and oysters, and more things to do in NYC – Metro US

Meet Princess Leia, feast on chili and oysters, and more things to do in NYC

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Union Square Holiday Market

Get your fill of festive cheer at the Union Square Holiday Market, packed with artisanal snacks, gift shopping and live performances. Booths offer treats from apple cider and jams to jewelry, clothing, art and more, with signs that let savvy shoppers know what’s organic, handmade, conscientiously crafted or locally sourced. Updates this year include a warming station and a kids craft area; plus, the market gets a whole new look. Free, Nov. 17-Dec. 24, south end of Union Square Park, urbanspacenyc.com


Lust: An Alternative Thanksgiving

Definitely don’t bring your parents to this celebration of abundant desire at Lot 45. The night begins with a feast served on human bodies (eaten entirely with your hand or… however you dare) then moves into a night of erotic art installations and performances that goes on until 3 a.m., including cuddle puddles, fetish zones, live music, a fire initiation ritual and more. Dress your bacchanal best. $75-$125, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 411 Troutman St., Brooklyn, eventbrite.com


The Powerpuff Girls Powfactor Pop-Up Shop

The Cartoon Network heroines are stepping off the screen and into real life for an em-Power-ing experience. At their first-ever pop-up shop, visitors can Powerpuff themselves, then buy swag featuring your Powerpuffed alter ego. And just as the Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, plus a little extra, you can get a Powfactor patch symbolizing your special ingredient. Free, Nov. 18-20, 168 Bowery, Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Blue Jeans Go Green

You would think it’s impossible to appreciate jeans more, but Cotton Incorporated has managed it with a pop-up gallery that traces it from seed to style through installations and custom works by local artists. Explore denim’s history (it may not be red carpet style now, but it had its moment in Hollywood) then learn about the socially responsible way to dispose of your favorite pair after loving it to death. Visitors are encouraged to bring old denim to be recycled. Free, Nov. 18-19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 170 Mercer St.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

Travel through time with some of the most gorgeous looks of the past few centuries when the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition opens at the Met. “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion” pays homage to the museum’s 70-year history of acquiring and showcasing works of fashion as art. It includes 60 pieces from the 18th century to the present, cheekily displayed in packing crates and arranged in order of arrival with an explanation of why each item was included in the collection. $25 suggested admission, Nov. 18-Feb. 5, 2017, The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Ave., metmuseum.org


Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo

The nation’s premier Latino dance company appears at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem with three pieces in “Reshape/Reverse/Replay.” The centerpiece is the world premiere of “Linea Recta” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, an homage to flamenco with live Spanish guitar. There’s also Eduardo Vilaro’s “Danzon,” which puts a fresh spin on the classic dance of Cuba, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s “Flabbergast,” a cheeky Spanish piece to music by Juan Garcia Esquivel. $35-$65, Nov. 18-19, 253 W. 125th St., ballethispanico.org


Oyster Festival

Before we all retreat into hibernation, have one last hurrah for summer at Docks Oyster Bar’s bi-annual bivalve festival this Saturday. The unlimited oysters are raw, fried, baked broiled and served in fritters, po’ boy sandwiches and chowders, so however you like it, they’ve got it, plus live music and beers, cider, wines and vodka. $75-$80, Nov. 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m., 633 Third Ave., eventbrite.com


Holiday Train Show

The Holiday Train Show returns to the New York Botanical Garden for its 25th anniversary, with model trains winding through mini recreations of 150 iconic landmarks. But the best part is arguably the dedicated Bar Car Nights, where adults are invited to browse the exhibit after hours and drink signature cocktails while enjoying live performances from musicians and local street artists. Regular access is included with NYBG admission ($20), while Bar Car Nights are $35. Nov. 19-Jan. 14, 2017, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, nybg.org


Cranksgiving Ride

Earn a guilt-free Thanksgiving thanks to calories burned during the Cranksgiving Ride. It’s a bike race that doubles as a food drive — and a scavenger hunt. Register for free at Hudson Yards and get a list of the items you have to hunt. You’ll need about $20 to buy a few of them from local stores, plus a lock to leave your bike outside while you shop and scout. All proceeds go to Bowery Mission, and there’s an after-party at Soho Patagonia from 4 to 7 p.m. Free, Nov. 19, 1-7 p.m., Hudson Yards, 11th Ave. btwn 34th and 35th sts., cranksgiving.org


Emo Night Brooklyn

If you went to high school around Y2K, it’s likely you and your black-clad clique shared many an emo night with your car’s CD player working overtime. The angst may be behind you, but you can relive the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy and Dashboard Confessional with Emo Night Brooklyn at the Bell House. This traveling party started in Williamsburg and returns for a night of guilt-free dancing, singing, shouting and, well, emoting. Black attire optional. $10-$12, Nov. 19, 10 p.m., The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn, thebellhouseny.com


Whiskey Feast

Taste more than 40 whiskeys at this nationally touring open bar party coming to Brooklyn this Saturday. In addition to tastings and cocktails, there will be over 20 dishes from local restaurants, ranging from pumpkin spice cannoli to ramen burgers available for purchase. There’s also an array of games like corn hole and giant jenga, plus a brass band and a DJ. There are two sessions (2-4:30 or 7-9:30 p.m.) with early access for VIPs. $69-$125, Nov. 19, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., whiskeyfeast.com


Brooklyn Chili Takedown

Is there a better deal than sampling 27 chilis for only $20? Get to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club this Sunday for a two-hour feast of the perfect cold winter night food, vote for your favorite to help them win some great equipment to make their next batch even better, then stick around for some indoor gaming if this weather decides it’s sticking around. Nov. 20, noon-2 p.m., 514 Union St., Brooklyn


“Nutcracker Rouge”

Scandalize your own childhood with this sexy retelling of a holiday classic. “Nutcracker Rouge” has become an annual tradition of Company XIV, known for its inventive burlesque-baroque style and dark reimagining of classic fairy tales. The performance blends ballet, opera, acrobatics, theater, music and fashion. The atmosphere extends into the audience with a nightclub vibe, drinks and immersive elements. You’ll never think of the Sugarplum Fairy the same way again. $35-$200, Nov. 21-Jan. 7, 2017, Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn, companyxiv.com


“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”

Leaping from the small screen to a Broadway stage, the world’s most diabolical celebrity chef Alton Brown returns to NYC starting next week. “Eat Your Science” blends Brown’s signature quirky humor and food science sensibility with comedy, puppetry, singing and live experiments into a family-friendly show (and yes, there’s audience participation). $49-$157, Nov. 22-27, Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., altonbrowntour.com


Meet Carrie Fisher

Everyone’s favorite rebellion leader Carrie Fisher has unearthed her journals from the filming of the “Star Wars” films and is sharing what it was like to kiss Harrison Ford and other less important things in “The Princess Diarist.” She’ll be signing copies at The Strand, where you can get a wristband beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fisher will be signing only copies of the book purchased at the Strand from 7-9 p.m. $26,Nov. 22, 7-9 p.m., 828 Broadway


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation

Thanksgiving doesn’t happen without the Macy’s parade, that’s just a fact. But did you know the tradition actually starts Wednesday night on the lawn of the American Museum of Natural History? Gather to watch the famous balloons take flight beginning at 3 p.m., though the balloons won’t begin to take shape until about 5 p.m. You’ll want to arrive before work lets out if you’re hoping to beat the crowds. Free, Nov. 23, 3-10 p.m., Central Park West and 79th St., Free, macys.com