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11 amazing things to do in NYC this weekend, Nov. 16-19

Be the first to hear Talib Kweli's new album, check out a secret concert (if you're lucky!), a Torah party with art and wine and more things to do in NYC.

COMEDY

Latin History for Morons

John Leguizamo is back on Broadway with his sixth one-man comedy show, Latin History for Morons, which opened Wednesday. After trying to help his son with a homework assignment, Leguizamo realizes how little Americans are taught about Latin heritage and ponders the lasting effect of historical erasure. He pieces together a narrative of the most important Latin heros of the past 3,000 years, from the massacre of the Aztecs to the triumph of Sonia Sotomayor. Through Feb. 4, 2018, Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., $55-$139, latinhistorybroadway.com

MUSIC

Sofar Sounds

Be still, hipster hearts: Sofar Sounds, a club for adventuring art lovers, is holding a series of pop-up concerts at a secret spot. Past performers have included Ed Sheeran and Bastille. Pick a night and neighborhood; if you gain access, you get the details. Tickets are typically $15, drinks are usually BYOB. Nov. 15 is Showtunes; Nov. 16 is Date Night; Nov. 19 is Friendsgiving. Nov. 15-19, Locations TBA, $15, sofarsounds.com

ARTS

Diabolique

It’s a night of flashy, theatrical and, of course, erotic dance as former The Voice contestant Amber Nicole hosts a burlesque soiree at Green Room 42 — a recent addition to the Midtown scene, hosting cabaret acts and events that skew toward Broadway themes (often with talent straight off the surrounding stages). There’s food and drink available with no table minimums, and VIP tickets get preferred seating and a signed poster. Nov. 16 & 30, 9:30 p.m., Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave., fourth floor, $39-$75, thegreenroom42.com

CAREER

WeWork Creator Awards

The Creator Awards are a blend of a live pitch competition for entrepreneurs (think Shark Tank), an open market for shoppers (think “crap, Christmas is in five weeks”), masterclasses on business leadership and, of course, the namesake awards ceremony hosted by supermodel Adi Neumann. It’s all about encouraging visionaries, and it’s all free to attend. As a bonus, there’s also an after-party featuring sets by Sky Ferreira at 10. Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Skylight Clarkson Sq., 550 Washington St., Free, creatorawards.wework.com

PARTY

Light + Space

Inspired by the iconic nights of Studio 54 and held at Bushwick’s own iconic House of Yes, Ariana and the Rose presents Light + Space, a one-night-only immersive party that blends ‘80s club culture with the ‘90s rave scene. It offers five hours of theatrical performances with live music (from Ariana and special guests), DJ sets, mystics, body painting, a photobooth and “one on one character encounters.” Guests are invited to dress “celestially” and “glitter is a must.” Nov. 16, 9 p.m., House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, $15-$20, lightandspaceexperience.com

MUSIC

Talib Kweli: “Radio Silence” Album Release Party Extravaganza

This Thursday is a special edition of Brooklyn Bowl’s weekly Bowl Train, featuring Talib Kweli with an album release party for “Radio Silence,” the DJ’s eighth studio album and the first to drop since 2015. You’ll be among the first to hear the 11 new tracks — featuring collaborators like Jay Electronica, Waka Flocka, BJ the Chicago Kid, Rick Ross and Anderson .Paak — spun by the artist himself at one of his home bases in NYC. “Radio Silence” is officially out on Friday. Nov. 16, 11:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, $10, brooklynbowl.com

FANS

Anime NYC

A convention devoted exclusively to anime (and manga) is debuting at the Javits Center. Anime NYC is a three-day celebration of the comics, film, fashion, gaming and even snacks of Japan. There’s a “Sailor Moon” panel, the premiere of the live-action “Fullmetal Alchemist” movie, a ramen summit and musical guests from Tokyo. Plus, be prepared for some sick cosplay. Nov. 17-19, Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., $35-$275, animenyc.com

ARTS

Street Smart: Intersection of Art and Design in the City

Lifelong New Yorkers will confirm it: There are always new ways to look at this city. You can get a new perspective this month at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, where 19 artists display multimedia pieces including murals, drawings, paintings and sculptures. Street Smart is an interactive and site-specific exhibition where all of the pieces seen together are the real work of art, just like NYC as a whole is greater than its parts. There’s a reception on Nov. 30 and panel on Dec. 13. Nov. 18-Dec. 20, SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 15th St., 15th floor, free, sva.edu

CULTURE

DRUNK: A Night of Art, Drinking and Torah

Whoever thought: “Sure, learning about Jewish heritage is awesome, but it would be even more fun if you were hammered” should be given a raise immediately. LABA, a nonprofit for Jewish art and culture, hosts its 10th annual Drunk night to explore the teachings of the Torah by pairing classic texts with pieces of modern art like video installations and choreographed singing, all paired by a sommelier with glasses of wine. Yes, there are also noshes. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., The Theater at the 14th St. Y, 344 E. 14th St., $25-$30, 14streety.org/drunk

HISTORY

Free Friday: Big Bad Brooklyn

This month’s Free Friday at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Pierrepont location takes visitors deep into the dark past (and present) of the borough. Hear about Brooklyn’s organized crime syndicates — the bootleggers and kingpins, mobsters and mafiosos that have called the borough home for decades — from representatives of the Museum of the American Gangster, author Frank DiMatteo and MafiaLife blogger Chris Chiarmonte. The Brooklyn Brewery beer is, as always, free. Nov. 17, 5-9 p.m., 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, free, brooklynhistory.org

FUNDRAISER

Movies at the Palace: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Film buffs can step back in time (or fly back in a magical buggy) at the annual gala for the Washington Heights Wonder Theater, with its screening of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Movies at the Palace series event features a full-sized replica of the famous flying car, plus a Q&A with Chita Rivera on the golden era of filmmaking and her friendship with Dick Van Dyke. VIPs can get a photo with the car and/or attend a meet-and-greet with the actress. Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m., United Palace of Cultural Arts, 4140 Broadway, $15-$100, unitedpalace.org

 
 
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