Courtesy NY Comedy Festival
Nov 2, 2023
The NY Comedy Fest and the Rock Hall of Fame: 17 things to do this weekend
Saturday has your last chance to celebrate Day of the Dead, and don't forget set your clocks back on Sunday!
As fate would have it, this Sunday the NYC Marathon happens the same morning that daylight savings time ends (weren’t we going to outlaw that?). If a 26.2-mile run isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of things happening around the borough.
The New York Comedy Festival brings some of its biggest acts to Brooklyn starting on Friday, including Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Todd Berry and more. Also Friday, Barclays Center 0nce again hosts the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the 38th Induction Ceremony.
Saturday comes with several opportunities to celebrate Día de los Muertos if you couldn’t during the week. Elsewhere, the ice skating rink at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park opens for the season, and you can see Doug E. Fresh (!) live in concert at Polygon.
Once the weekend is over, on Monday, Wilco frontman and solo artist Jeff Tweedy will discuss his new book “World Within a Song” with Amanda Petrusich of The New Yorker at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope. Tickets here.
Then on Tuesday, you have the chance to catch a screening of the new indie comedy “What Doesn’t Float,” at the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with producer Rachel Walden and cinematographers Sean Price Williams and Hunter Zimny, moderated by this writer.
Thursday, November 2
Cinthya Santos-Briones: ‘Mictlán,’ a Día de los Muertos installation
Now through November 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit Green-Wood Cemetery’s large-scale community altar on Thursday for Día de los Muertos. The centerpiece, called “Mictlán,” was created by Brooklyn-based artist Santos-Briones and draws inspiration from the underworld of Aztec mythology. Visitors are encouraged to pay tribute to lost loved ones by lighting candles and leaving personal offerings, including flowers, photographs, food and notes. 500 25th Street.
Friday, November 3
New York Comedy Festival
Friday through November 12
The New York Comedy Festival brings together the country’s top comedians at more than a hundred shows across all five boroughs. Brooklyn hosts some of the festival’s biggest draws including Todd Berry, Ilana Glazer, Monét X Change, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Ziwe, Conan O’Brien, Lucas Zelnick, Zach Zimmerman and dozens more over nine days of laughs. Check out the festival website for a complete list of artists coming to various locations — BAM, Littlefield, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, Union Hall, The Gutter, The Bell House and more — throughout the borough.
‘FOOD’ at BAM’s Next Wave Festival
Now through November 18
Performer and theater artist Geoff Sobelle will host an intimate dinner party of smell, taste and touch at BAM beginning this weekend as part of the institution’s fall Next Wave Festival. Audience members are invited to a culinary experience that’s “human and surreal, universal and personal.” Sobelle’s creation is an absurdist, immersive and rigorously designed meditation on how we eat, what’s in the soup, and who pays the bill. But be warned: There’s no actual eating at this dinner party, so don’t come hungry. 30 Lafayette Avenue. Tickets are $65.
38th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
What do you get when you combine Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan and Willie Nelson? 1. The ultimate Boomer/Gen X playlist, and 2. The new class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that you can see perform live at Barclays Center on Friday night. Special guest performers include Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Elton John, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, New Edition, Stevie Nicks and many more. 620 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets are $95.
A hit with a successful run in San Francisco, Tinder Disrupt finally lands in Brooklyn. Performers give powerpoint presentations to “pitch” their single (or otherwise available) friends in front of a lusty live audience. The host, Rose Oser, then asks them hard-hitting questions so you can see if they are right for you. Do they miss their ex? Would they rather have a threesome or a three-bedroom apartment? Then after the show, you chat them up at the Brooklyn Art Haus bar. 20-26 Marcy Ave. $25.
The Voidz in concert
If tickets for the Rock & Roll Hall ceremony are too steep, check out NY favorites The Voidz in concert at Murmrr Theatre instead. Led by alt-rocker Julian Casablancas, The Voidz wrap up their Halloween residency at Murmrr, with opener Malice K. 17 Eastern Parkway. Tickets start at $45.
Caleb Hearon and friends
Caleb Hearon — in his words, “one of the youngest and most gorgeous comedians currently living/working” — invites his favorite comedians and musicians to put on a show. Come for the Día de los Muertos show, hang around after for a party at The Bell House. 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue).
Saturday, November 4
Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Brooklyn
Technically Día de los Muertos ends on November 2, but on Saturday, Brooklyn has a complete day of events for everyone who couldn’t celebrate during the week. Here are a few offerings around town:
- The Brooklyn Children’s Museum hosts a day of art-making, dance, music, food and a visit to their community ofrenda to add memories and stories of your loved ones. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- C’mon Everybody invites you to Catrina, A Day Of The Death Day Party at 4 p.m. The party is themed after La Catrina, a tall female skeleton wearing a hat with feathers and one of the most recognizable symbols of The Day of the Dead celebrations.
- The US Mexico Chamber of Commerce transforms a section of Meserole Street into Mexico for its second annual celebration of Día de los Muertos. The event highlights Mexican cuisine, entertainment, culture and cocktails. 6 p.m. to midnight.
Ice skating returns to LeFrak Center
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The holiday season hasn’t quite arrived, but the LeFrak Center opens its ice skating rink for the season on Saturday. The covered rink opens this weekend, and on November 11, the uncovered rink makes its debut. The rinks will be open daily with timed tickets available for purchase in advance. 171 East Drive inside Prospect Park.
Drag Brunch at Arlo Williamsburg
1 to 5 p.m.
Experience the wildest drag brunch in Williamsburg on Saturday at Arlo WIlliamsburg’s famed Mirror Bar. Join queens Jazmine, Ruby Fox, Dev Doee and Jupiter Genesis for an afternoon of outrageous performances, glamour and laughter. Music will be by The Muses, a DJ group consisting of Jack James and Daniel Walters. RSVPs are encouraged. 96 Wythe Avenue.
Doug E. Fresh in concert
The “Human Beat Box” himself, Doug E. Fresh is performing at Polygon late on Saturday night. There are a bunch of ticket packages that come with table service and drinks, but if you want standing GA tickets, they’re only $25 plus fees. Grab yours fast because they’re running low. 299 Vandervoort Avenue.
Sunday, November 5
Downtown Brooklyn NYC Marathon Cheering Station
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meet at Mile 8 of the NYC Marathon on Sunday to cheer for your fellow New Yorkers taking on the 26.2-mile challenge. There will be live music, coffee and Downtown Brooklyn cowbells to cheer on the runners. The Plaza at 300 Ashland in Downtown Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Museum Pop-up Market
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., every Sunday through mid-November
The Brooklyn Pop-up meets every Sunday for a weekly artisan market with 30-plus vendors at the Brooklyn Museum. Hosted at the museum’s front plaza, this year’s pop-up expands its food offerings and offers new activations and other initiatives to bring Brooklyn together. 200 Eastern Parkway. Free.
Orange Glou Wine Fair
Two sessions: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
Brooklyn is a natural wine hotspot, and on Sunday, it will welcome America’s first and only wine fair dedicated exclusively to natural orange wines. Spotlighting wines made from white grapes whose skins stay in contact with the juice after pressing, the fair will take place at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Attendees will have the chance to taste more than 100 orange wines from over 35 wineries from around the world, including highly allocated labels and rare bottlings – some available in the U.S. for the first time. 80 Wythe Avenue. Tickets for the first session are $55 and $49 for the second.
‘The MotherF**ker With The Hat’
2 to 4 p.m.
The Heights Players bring Steven Adly Guirgis’ play “The MotherF**ker With The Hat” to Brooklyn Heights this weekend and next. Addiction, pain and explosive tempers are not exactly ingredients for a side-splitting comedy, yet Guirgis’ profane and hilarious play earned six Tony nominations in 2011. See it for yourself on Sunday afternoon. 26 Willow Place. Tickets are $18 to $20.
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