Cider Week NYC
Cider is booming, with the first brewery opening in the city and more brands and flavors than ever before hitting mainstream bars and shops. There’s no better place than New York for apples, and there’s no better time for cider than fall. Show your appreciation for the movement with Cider Week NYC, which features 10 days of events from tastings and food pairings to classes and parties. Tickets to each event are bought separately, with plenty of free activities.
TED Talks Live: ‘Science & Wonder’
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St.
Explore the universe and pursue the meaning of our feeble existence through presentations, videos and performances during the final chapter of TED Talks Live. “Science & Wonder” features talks from Juan Enriquez, an expert on genomic code, and Latif Nasser, reporter and research director for Radiolab. Each show is hosted by comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston. Tickets are free to educators and students who RSVP, or $100.
Great Beer Expo
Nov. 7, 12:30-4 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m.
Belmont Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, L.I.
Finally, a real reason to get on the LIRR: The Great Beer Expo is returning to Nassau. Now in its eighth year, the expo will feature more than 75 brewers with over 100 beers to sample (including several ciders, shandys and more). Get to one of two 3.5-hour sessions in the afternoon or evening, with $12 tickets for non-drinkers, too. The price includes entry and a take-home souvenir glass.
The Secret World Inside You
Through Aug. 14, 2016
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th Street
$27 adults, $16 kids
Museums are usually for preserving knowledge, but the newest exhibit at AMNH is about a field that’s changing almost daily. Scientists are just beginning to figure out how our individual microbiomes — the trillions of bacteria, viruses and other organisms who call us home — influence everything from our health to our behavior and emotions. Explore the world inside you through interactive stations, larger-than-life exhibits and presentations.
Relaxed Performances: ‘Cuckooed’
Nov. 7, 2:15 p.m. & Nov. 17, 7:15 p.m.
59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59 th St.
59E59 Theaters is launching a new way to experience the arts. A project called Relaxed Performances is offering sensitive individuals the chance to experience theater on their own terms. For example, people on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities can attend shows where the movement, lighting and sound are all modified to provide a calming atmosphere. Pilot dates are Nov. 7 and 17 for “Cuckooed,” the hilarious true story of an activist who learns he’s being spied on by a British arms dealer.
Urban Action Showcase
Get into the art and science of action movies at this international film festival and expo. The official fest is also bookended with events like the Nov. 7 screening of “Legends of Freestyle,” a documentary by Steve Stanulis. This year honors three cult classics: “Mortal Kombat,” “The Last Dragon” and “American Ninja.” Tickets get you into screenings, the expo (with panels and workshops), the awards ceremony and/or the after-party at Skyroom.
Godiva Grand Opening
Nov. 8, 2-5 p.m.
Macy’s Herald Square, 6th Floor
The first 250 guests to Godiva’s newest boutique — which will have the largest chocolate case in North America, so budget your time accordingly to make those assorted gift boxes — will receive complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberries. Chocolatier Thierry Muret will be creating a display out of chocolate (not edible), and the shop has lots of seating to relax after your holiday blitz.
NYC Wine Week
Since it’s still somehow bar crawl weather, invest in a wristband for discounts at over 35 bars across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Your pass is good for $4 pours and appetizer deals, sponsored by CBS New York, at spots including Jones Wood Foundry and The Shakespeare.
The Lilly Awards Broadway Cabaret
Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 nd St.
Just this week, controversy flared when the press glorified a few Broadway actors over their equally deserving counterparts—who, of course, were female. The Lilly Foundation is dedicated to women’s equality onstage, and the very best of Broadway’s leading ladies are turning up to support the cause during the Lilly Awards Broadway Cabaret—which is written, directed, produced and starring women. It features songs from musicals like “Kinky Boots” (Cyndi Lauper) and “Fun Home” (Jeanine Tesori).
Trump/Sanders Mock Debate
Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
The Bell House
149 Seventh St., Brooklyn
The 2016 presidential race has been far from funny — sure, there are a lot of kooky characters, but the idea of them in office is terrifying. Two comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade, James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik, are taking this dilemma all the way to its natural conclusion: a face-off between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in a fantasy debate for the highest office in the land.