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.
Monday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
Relax at a concert performance by Mannes collaborative piano majors and their partners featuring works for violin and piano and clarinet and piano. The students will perform pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Grieg. Free.
Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St.
Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.
Join animation enthusiasts at Animation Night, a free monthly screening of curated animated works. 21+. Free.
The Gutter Bar, 200 N 14th St., Brooklyn
Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Spend your night dancing for good at the lively bar/venue, C’mon Everybody. The $5 cover charge benefits the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. DJs Logan’s Run and BRGZR, as well as performances by Will Sheridan and The Maine Attraction, will keep you dancing. 21+, $5.
C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn
Thursday, Nov. 23 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Staying in the city during the break? Gather in the University Center for a Thanksgiving meal. Make sure to register before Wednesday, Nov. 22 using the registration link on the event page. Free for residents and international students. $19.95 for non-resident students.
University Center Cafeteria, 63 5th Ave.
Open daily (except for Thanksgiving) through December 24
Black Friday may have plenty of deals at big-name stores, but you won’t find many unique creations. Instead, get started on your holiday shopping with artists, jewelers, printmakers and more in Union Square. Grab a hot apple cider, try some chocolate truffle samples, and walk through the market! Free entry.
Union Square Park
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. until December 17th
A.I.R. Gallery is an exhibition space that features women artists. The artist of Seeing Things, Ann Stoddard, asks in her artist statement, “Are we seeing things? Is our vision warped by implicit bias? Can art and technology increase empathy?” The work responds to racial and ethnic profiling with multimedia installations. Free entry.
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St., Brooklyn
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until December 16th.
The art of polka-dotted pop art star, Yayoi Kusama, has come to New York. Her star-lit Infinity Rooms are mirrored from floor to ceiling, creating the illusion of an infinite space. The rooms are popular for their photogenic quality but her paintings and sculptures are just as eye-catching. Free entry.
David Zwirner Gallery, 525 W 19th St.
Open daily (except for Thanksgiving) until February 12, 2018
Gain inspiration and awe at The Met’s exhibition of Michelangelo’s masterful drawings (and a few sculptures). Seeing this array of work is a unique opportunity as pencil drawings are sensitive to light so are rarely displayed. (Pay what you wish for entry)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave.
Sunday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Obscura’s store in the East Village is known for its oddities and antiques. Their holiday market gathers vendors and artists from along the East coast to sell their wares. There’s only one way to find out what kind of treasure you might come across! $3 entry.
The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn
Illustration by Ashlie Juarbe