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10 fun things to do in NYC this weekend, Nov. 9-12

Party Stranger Things-style, eat all the grilled cheese, tell your Modern Love story to be included in the podcast and more things to do in NYC.

COMEDY

New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival kicked off this week, with more than 200 comedians performing in over 60 shows at 20 venues across NYC. Of course the weekend brings out the biggest billings, with headliners like Kevin Smith, Iliza Shlesinger, Bill Maher, 2 Dope Queens and Nick Offerman. Events also include improv nights, comedy classes, roasts, podcasts, a bar crawl, the Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser for veterans and off-Broadway’s “Stuffed” by Lisa Lampanelli. Through Nov. 12, various prices and locations, nycomedyfestival.com

ARTS

What We’re Up Against

The Germans probably have a word for what women will feel when they see What We’re Up Against, which opened this week at the WP Theater. It’s a dark comedy about why women still work twice as hard to go half as far as men. The problem? It was written in 1992. It’s funny, but it aches that every line feels so relevant. Guys who wanted to “do something” about that #metoo thing? Here’s an easy pass: Treat yourself and just listen to female reactions in the audience. Through Nov. 26, WP Theater, 2162 Broadway, $39-$89, wptheater.org

HOLIDAYS

Christmas Spectacular

You might hate the memes saying that every day after Halloween is Christmas, but it’s official when the Christmas Spectacular opens at Radio City Music Hall. The Rockettes get kicking this weekend and they don’t stop until after the ball drops, so there’s plenty of time for families to get in the holiday spirit with the famous kick lines, toy soldier dance and visit from Santa. Nov. 10-Jan. 11, Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, $50-$130, rockettes.com

PARTY

Stranger Things 2 Theme Party

If you had the coolest Stranger Things costume on the streets this year — or better yet, if you got a killer idea for one during Season 2, but didn’t get to bust it out in time for Halloween — you’ll have a second chance this weekend at the Stranger Things 2 Theme Party. You can come in full regalia or just clothes inspired by the ‘80s, with prizes for best looks and the night’s trivia contest. You’ll dance to music from the best decade and from the show, with free entry before 11 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 p.m., Lot 45 Bushwick, 411 Troutman St., Brooklyn, free, lot45bushwick.com

DATING

Zola’s Love Stories Tour

If you’re a fan of the Modern Love podcast (or just a fan of romance), you’ll want to get to Zola’s Love Stories Tour, where you’ll have the chance to share your tales of love 21st-century style to be included in the show. You can hop on board Zola’s Registry on Wheels with products for sale and a recording studio. If they don’t make the podcast, recorded stories will be posted online in time for Valentine’s Day. To sweeten the deal, they’re also giving away 1,000 Magnolia cupcakes! Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 22nd St. between Fifth Ave. and Broadway, free, zola.com

DRINKS

Whiskey Feast

Isn’t it nice when a name says it all for you? Whiskey Feast gives you two hours to sip straight whiskey or wimp out with cocktails (just kidding!) while enjoying “harvest-inspired” bites. Drink brands include Four Roses Bourbon, Highland Park and Wyoming Whiskey, with restaurants like BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe, Burger Envy, Ponti Rossi and Rahi, plus food fest staple Wowfulls. There’s also spin art, a photobooth, a cigar-rolling station, a donut wall and a DJ. Nov. 11, 1:30, 4:30 or 7:30 p.m., Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St., $69-$85, whiskeyfeast.com

PARTY

Soiree on Surf: The 1208 Centennial Celebration

If you’ve ever ridden your way through the rides of Coney Island (or strolled on the Boardwalk with a frozen drink in hand — it’s all good), then you’ve passed 1208 Surf Avenue, a staple of the community for 100 years and the center of celebrations this weekend at Coney Island’s Fall Gala. The evening includes an illustrated history of the site, plus a performance, food and an open bar. Funds support Coney Island’s museum and arts programs, including the Mermaid Parade and Coney Island Film Festival. Nov. 11, 7-11 p.m., Coney Island USA, 2018 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, $100, coneyisland.com

COMEDY

Pam Ann: Miss Worldwide

Air travel humor is, itself, the subject of many a punchline, but celebrity flight attendant Pam Ann has been dishing out first-class sass for 20 years and keeps adding mileage to the trope. Case in point, her new show at Joe’s Pub: Miss Worldwide. She’ll be regaling the audience with tales from her time on private jets with the likes of Elton John, Madonna and Cher. She may rub elbows at 30,000 feet, but onstage the white gloves come off. Return dates are Dec. 1-2. Nov. 11, Midnight, Joe’s Pub, 465 Lafayette St., $30, joespub.com

MARKET

American Field

Trendsetters who love to shop American made have an entire market dedicated to the best of emerging brands and hip businesses at American Field. The marketplace for over 100 up-and-coming fashion, beauty, lifestyle and even food vendors is coming to Industry City this weekend. It’s free to browse, shop or snack, plus sample drinks from Maker’s Mark and Virginia Dare Winery. Nov. 11-12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Industry City, 274 36th St., Brooklyn, free, americanfield.us

FOOD

Grilled Cheese Meltdown

Is there a food more perfect in its simplicity than a grilled cheese sandwich? On Sunday, the annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown lets you loose to sample takes on the classic from the likes of Grilled Cheese Alley, Molly’s Milk Truck, Creamline and the Press Shop — and if you dare, you can mess with perfection at the Cholula Hot Sauce station while enjoying tunes by DJ Jeronimo. Nov. 12, 12:30-3 & 4:30-7 p.m., Second Floor NYC, 849 Sixth Ave., $35-$45, timeout.com

 
 
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