Welcome to There or Square, the New School Free Press’ weekly post that delivers the low-down on the most time-worthy and can’t-miss events of the upcoming week.


Build-Your-Own Information Literacy (BYO IL): Overcome Information Anxiety with Dessert

Monday, Nov. 13 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Dessert makes everything better, including information anxiety. Join The New School Libraries and Archives for an hour of information literacy and critical thinking led by New School librarians. Bring your laptop and learn the recipe to curb your anxiety, while indulging your appetite. Free.

University Center Library, 63 5th Ave., Room 703.



Lunchtime Chamber Music

Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Support your fellow New School students at an informal concert presented by Mannes School of Music and The School of Jazz. Admission is free, but seating is first-come, first-served.

Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St.




Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Food art is taken to another level at the 25th annual cans-for-a-cause competition. More than 120,000 nonperishable foods are stacked into spectacular “canstructions.” Check out which pieces took home the title of Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, or Structural Ingenuity. Don’t worry, these cans won’t go to waste! All food is donated to City Harvest. Admission is free, but canned food donations are requested.

Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St.



Downtown Brooklyn Gets Lit

Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with DJ Mike Doelo and other special guest performers for the first ever Downtown Brooklyn Gets Lit Holiday Lighting Party! Get hyped for the inaugural menorah, tree and street lighting ceremony. Free.

Albee Square, 551 Fulton St., Brooklyn



Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall

Friday, Nov. 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Mannes Orchestra, led by music director David Hayes, comes to the stage to perform Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky, and Varese. Tickets are free, but seats are filling fast!

Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway



Sacred Spaces: The Road To…

Friday, Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of The Rubin’s new exhibit through the museum’s K2 Friday Nights series. The ongoing Sacred Spaces exhibit “invites visitors to reflect on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places.” This newest iteration, The Road To…, focuses on the act of pilgrimage. Food and drinks available for purchase. Admission is free.

The Rubin, 150 W 17th St.



Upscale Penthouse Party

Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Don’t miss out on a night of drinking, dancing, and delicacies at one of New York City’s most popular and exclusive penthouse lounges! Enjoy two for one drinks, complimentary appetizers, a DJ and dancing, giveaways and more, while surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and awe-inspiring views of the Manhattan skyline. Rooftop access is included in the ticket, which starts at $20. 21+

Rooftop Bar, Penthouse, 20th Fl., 230 5th Ave.



Renegade Craft Fair

Sunday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For grub and goods, check out the Renegade Craft Fair, where DJs, dancing, DIY opportunities and more than 150 vendors will meet for one of the most exciting winter events. Explore the hottest trends, from pottery and jewelry to artwork and home decor. If you don’t have gifts to give for the holidays, this is the perfect place to get them!

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St.



2nd Annual Print & Zine Fest at New Women Space!

Sunday, Nov. 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Print & Zine Festival is here and an exciting line-up awaits. The festival features an array of women/trans/gender non-conforming publications and artists! The suggested $2 ticket will benefit the Ali Forney Center.

New Woman Space, 188 Woodpoint Rd., Brooklyn

Illustration by Ashlie Juarbe

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