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.


Evening of Sonatas

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.



Animation Night

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



Turk N Twerk

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



Thanksgiving Dinner

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.



Holiday Market

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



Seeing Things

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



Yayoi Kusama’s Festival of Life

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.



Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer

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.



Obscura Antiques Holiday Bazaar

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

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