What else is there to do this weekend besides Thanksgiving and shopping? – Metro US

What else is there to do this weekend besides Thanksgiving and shopping?

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Whether you need a spiritual detox after Thanksgiving with your family or just want to tune out the craziness of Black Friday, you can quiet your mind and take some quality “me time” with a free meditation session at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. The hour-long session is inspired by nature and led by a member of Wave Hill’s Yoga for Bliss team. It’s free with admission to the grounds, so you can spend the rest of the afternoon onsite basking in your Zen. Nov. 25, 11 a.m., 649 W. 249th St., Bronx, free with admission, wavehill.org
What good have humans done for you lately? Do something good for your fellow dogs instead at this night of comedy “for dogs, by humans” at the Bell House that benefits Brooklyn Animal Rescue. Performers include Colin Quinn, Jordan Carlos (Obama on College Humor), Comedy Central up-and-comer Julio Torres and more. Nov. 26, 7 p.m., 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn, $7-$10, thebellhouseny.com
Dance off all that pie at Webster Hall’s new Saturday night party series celebrating all that makes our city move. DJs take over all four floors of the venue with an immersive house and techno party showcasing underground artists and what’s brewing on the music scene. This weekend, catch Ac Slater, Jack Beats, Alex English, Dischetto and Tjani. Nov. 26, 10 p.m., must be 19+, 125 E. 11th St., $20, websterhall.com
Known for stirring the pot with cult classics like “Hairspray” and “Pink Flamingos,” filmmaker John Waters steps into the spotlight to deliver his special brand of smutty snark firsthand at City Winery. And he comes just in time to stoke the bitter embers of your holiday spirit. His one-man show confronts the strange perversions of our seasonal tidings, from rapturously welcoming a stranger in a red suit into our homes to the more revealing rise in crime that occurs close to Christmas. Nov. 27, 8 p.m., 155 Varick St., $47.50-$110, citywinery.com
Like a classic holiday baby, showbiz pro Murray Hill is overcompensating for all of those combo birthday-Christmases by throwing himself an extra special party this year at Joe’s Pub. Well, two, actually, in one night — “A Murray Little Christmas” returns with skits, songs and burlesque, featuring appearances from guests like Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani and Carmine C. Covelli. But this year, there might just be some cake, too. Nov. 27, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 425 Lafayette Ave., $20-$55, joespub.com
Grand Bazaar NYC, a nonprofit market on the Upper West Side, adds a sprinkle of holiday magic to transform into the Grand Holiday Bazaar from now through Christmas. Featured pop-up shops include Voila Chocolate, Soukup Farms, LulaRoe and Esmerelda Designs. About 100 vendors rotate each Sunday, with wares ranging from food and jewelry to antiques and art. All profits go directly to local schools, benefiting over 4,000 students; so you’ll feel great about this year’s gifts. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Grand Holiday Bazaar, 100 W. 77th St., free, grandbazaarnyc.org
An ordinary-looking storefront in Nolita will seem like it’s selling tech services straight out of “Black Mirror,” with staff offering to look up any of your lost passwords for you or help you create fake news that’s more appealing than what’s online now. “The Glass Room” is a free interactive exhibit revealing how much of our data we give away, and what’s at stake. Workshops let you learn more about networks or how to “De-Googlize Your Life.” Nov. 29-Dec. 14, Glass Room, 201 Mulberry St., free, theglassroomnyc.org
Journalist and culture maven Caitlin Moran has just released her “Moranifesto,” a collection of her award-winning newspaper and magazine columns spanning topics from celebrity couples and entertainment to poverty and politics. It all comes together as a cohesive exploration of the world we live in, revealing how a voice like Moran’s can help us digest the big picture while enjoying the smaller bites. She visits the Strand to discuss her diverse career and sign copies of the new book. Nov. 29, 7-8 p.m., Strand Books, 828 Broadway, $15, strandbooks.com
Although his new book, “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science,” may sound like a mouthful, Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel will be giving a free talk to walk you through some of its more approachable themes at Cooper Union next week. For example, what starts firing in our brain when we look at art and think it’s “good”? More importantly, what happens when we start relying on those same pathways to process our own truths? He will also be signing copies of his book. Nov. 30, 6:30-8 p.m., Cooper Union’s Great Hall, 7 E. Seventh St., Free, cooper.edu
Choreographer Emily Johnson joins experimental percussion quartet So Percussion for a new show that aurally explores the Second Amendment as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival. “A Gun Show” uses drums and spoken word to evoke the nostalgic, historic, contemporary and controversial angles of this complex staple of the Constitution. The piece is directed by Ain Gordon. There will be a post-show reception with the performers and creative team on Dec. 1. Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, $16-$40, bam.org
Who makes the best meatball? Find out at the End of Movember Ball, where city chefs from the likes of Covina, Freud, Trademark and other hot spots will compete for the title. They’ll be judged by Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop and Dominic Chianese of HBO’s “Sopranos,” then join a ceremonial shave-off of their awareness-raising Movember mustaches. Between sampling balls, you’ll also enjoy an open bar serving cocktails named for celebs with famous mustaches, and all proceeds will benefit the Movember Foundation. Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m., Refinery Rooftop, 68 W. 38th St., $60, movemberball.splashthat.com

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