Donated canned goods become the materials for architects, engineers and contractors to create elaborate, large-scale designs like a skull made of sardine cans and the core of a giant apple. The touring exhibit stops at Brookfield Place for two weeks; once a winner is chosen all of the canned food will be donated to City Harvest and distributed to families in need — just in time for Thanksgiving. Free, Nov. 3-16, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St.,



Taste of T

Experience what it would look and feel like to live your best life when the New York Times Style Magazine’s Taste of T returns for its 13th year with participants like Black Seed Bagels, Shuko, Tula House, Hearth and La Boite. The event combines three of the most satisfying pastimes: You can perusing gorgeous showrooms styled by top interior designers while sampling bites from some of the city’s best chefs, all to support a good cause, God’s Love We Deliver. $100, Nov. 3, 6-8:30 p.m., Architects & Designers Building, 150 E. 58th St.,



It’s your last weekend to catch the thrilling interactive theatrical production now playing at House of Yes. Performed by Hideaway, Brooklyn’s all-female circus troupe, “Slumber” is also the story of an all-female circus troupe -- except the girls onstage are performing on what happens to be the last night of their lives. It’s a murder mystery with the audience choosing who lives and dies. Framed in neon lights and electropop, the story is told through dance, aerial acts and acrobatics. $35-$75, through Nov. 6, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn,


Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

The borough will be thumping to an electric beat this weekend during the annual BEMF. Since 2008, the fest has been debuting talent from around the neighborhood and the country, and setting trends in the electronic music world. This year it spans eight venues across the borough and features artists like Roison Murphy, Black Madonna, FaltyDL, Banji B and Kidnap Kid. There are also gallery shows, movie screenings, panels and more. $70-$75, Nov. 4-13, Multiple locations,


“On the Inside”

Inspired by an overwhelming response to a call for art by LGBTQ prisoners in Black and Pink, a monthly newsletter by and for the incarcerated, “On the Inside” showcases the voices of those with sexuality or gender identities that put them at a much higher risk of imprisonment in their lifetimes than the general population. Guests are invited to text the artists from the exhibit, and they can sign up to become pen pals. A panel discusses prisoner justice and activism on Nov. 14. Free, Nov. 4-Dec. 18, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.,


Pumpkin Smash

Not sure what to do with that jack ‘o lantern now that you’ve slayed Halloween? Instead of the indignity of putting it in the trash, you can have way more fun at the Pumpkin Smash. Choose the location nearest to you (with options in every borough) and destroy your gourd with other gleeful maniacs. Then the NYC Compost Project will turn the remains into nourishment for parks instead of releasing methane in a landfill. No tools required. Free, Nov. 5, multiple locations,


Voice of a Woman Film Festival

Having women behind the camera changes the stories told in front of it. VOW Fest honors leading female creators in film, as well as television and even virtual reality during a daylong affair sponsored by HBO. There are screenings, readings, panels, art displays, live performances and a cocktail party. $10-$100, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Spring Studios, 50 Varick St.,


World Culture Festival

Get in on the ground floor of a new festival at the Met with the first-ever World Culture Festival, kicking off with an inaugural theme of Epic Stories. The full-day event includes live performances like Cherokee and Choctaw songs, Afro-Caribbean music by Legacy Women, art-making activities (create a comic book!), storytelling sessions (English and Spanish) and in-depth lectures. All are included with the cost of admission to the museum. $25 suggested, Nov. 5, Noon-5 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.,


The Internet Yami-Ichi

The Internet comes to the real world at this “obsessive market” that originated in Tokyo and returns for a second year at the Knockdown Center. Over 100 vendors will be selling objects like frameable memes and offering experiences like a photobooth that reveals what emotion you project. Last year, you could watch a Japanese father sleeping in real time. The internet is weird and beautiful, so be ready for anything.Free, Nov. 6, 12-6 p.m., 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth,


“Power at Ground Zero”

The devastation of Sept. 11, 2001, left behind one of the biggest reconstruction projects in U.S. history. At this talk, presented by the New York Public Library, head from author Lynne B. Sagalyn, as well as other experts on the politic, money and power that shaped the new Lower Manhattan. Free, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave.


Nitehawk Cinema Shorts Festival

Based on our declining attention spans, short films may be the way of the future. Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema celebrates the best of this format with a five-day festival featuring 55 diverse shorts, from students art pieces to Academy Award-nominated works all under 25 minutes, competing for prizes up to $45,000. The Opening Nite lineup focuses on independent filmmakers and includes a free after-party sponsored by Jameson at 9:30 p.m. $16, Nov. 9-13, Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn,

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