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Weekend Agenda

Events to catch this weekend, 11/2–11/5.

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Grizzly Bear performs at Brooklyn Steel this weekend.   

1. Chris Rock tickets went on sale this week. Chris Rock tickets sold out this week. But if you’ve got the will, you know the drill. His Total Blackout Tour graces BAM on Friday and Saturday, and either way, he’ll be back in NYC in December.

2. Some chill music is happening this weekend. Grizzly Bear plays Thursday through Saturday at Brooklyn Steel in support of their latest, the gorgeous and "disorienting" Painted Ruins. Grab onto a wall, and enjoy.

3. And at Kings Theater on Friday are the Shins, who released their latest, Heartworms, back in March. On Sunday you can catch them at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester.

4. The biannual performance-art extravaganza Performa brings together an international group of artists and runs through November 19. Tis year’s highlights include a rare public performance by anthropological artist Wangechi Mutu and new work from genre-defying South African artist Zanele Muholi. There are also Barbara Kruger MetroCards to be found by some lucky straphangers at vending machines at four subway stations. Purchase wisely.

5. And this Friday through Sunday is the Irish Arts Center’s PoetryFest, curated by Nick Laird, with a lineup including former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes, and poet-filmmaker Alice Lyons. Friday night's program of guests reading their favorite poems includes Rachel Weisz and Colum McCann.

6. This Sunday is the NYC marathon, but you can kick off your cheering early with the Parade of Nations on Friday, which showcases runners from around the world crossing the finish line in Central Park. It's free, with a preshow beginning at 4:45 and post-parade fireworks.

7. And this month the iconic Blue Ribbon Brasserie turns 25. For the occasion, the restaurant is offering two specials that you can try from Friday through November 17: a take on its signature fried chicken tossed in foie gras fat with crispy chiles and herbs, paired with a flute of Champagne Armand de Brignac’s Gold Brut ($90); and, for super high rollers, a seafood tower served with a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac’s Gold Brut ($579). Or just stop by for a cocktail and some bone marrow.

8. Natural wine lovers, rejoice. On Sunday, the RAW Wine fair returns to Bushwick, with more than 135 winemakers peddling their wares. Beginning Friday, there will also be a series of events around the city.

9. And explore the future of food through panels and tastings from chefs including Seamore’s Michael Chernow and Untitled's Suzanne Cupps at the Food Loves Tech expo at Industry City on Friday and Saturday.

10. There are only a few weeks left to check out Tiny Beautiful Things, adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” columns. It won our critic over against her will.

11. And this Sunday, do some good while being entertained at the Pathway to Paris climate action concert at Carnegie Hall, in partnership with the United Nations and 350.org. The lineup of musicians and speakers includes Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Achim Steiner, Olafur Eliasson, Flea, Talib Kweli, Michael Stipe, and much more. Power to the planet, and happy weekend!


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