Don’t miss out! Every week, NewYork.com picks the best things to do in New York City. Read on for the best events from November 21 to November 23, from a special tour around an exclusive area in Central Park to watching Macy’s Thanksgiving balloons being inflated.
1. MUSIC: Goo Goo Dolls at Beacon Theatre on November 21
Relive the early 1990s with the beloved Goo Goo Dolls this Monday as they play a live show with special guests, SafetySuit. Though they haven’t released a new album since 2013, they are finally offering their records in a boxed set, which you can buy at the show.
DETAILS: 8pm; from $39.50pp; 2124 Broadway; beacontheatre.com
2. MUSEUMS: Wonders of the Arctic at the American Museum of Natural History
One way to warm up is by exploring a land even colder than NYC, the Arctic. During this special IMAX film at the American Museum of Natural History, guests can witness the beauty of this frigid land as polar bears glide, narwhales play and huskies romp around like puppies. Not only is this area stunning, but it’s also important to scientists, the Inuit tribes that live there and our planet as a whole. See the film at the museum now until March 2.
DETAILS: Playing every hour from 10:30am-4:30pm; Central Park West at 79th Street; buy tickets
3. MUSIC: Kiiara at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 21
One may best remember Kiiara as the creator of Gold, that catchy electro-pop song that played during a commercial for the Apple watch. Well, after a string of successful singles, the young singer has come out with her first full-length album, Low Kii Savage. See her perform songs from the record tonight in Brooklyn.
DETAILS: Doors 8pm, show 9pm; $20pp; 66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn; musichallofwilliamsburg.com
4. NATURE: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond Tour at Central Park on November 22
Of the park’s three woodland landscapes, the Hallett Nature Sanctuary is the smallest and has been closed to the public since 1934. It wasn’t until 2001 that this area got a new look as the Central Park Conservancy revitalized and restored the area. While you can’t go tromping about this space any time, the park does offer occasional tours, like the one hosted today. It’s a rare glimpse into a secluded area of the park and a must for anyone who likes to explore.
DETAILS: 11am to 12:15pm; $15pp; Sixth Avenue and Central Park South in the park; nycgovparks.org
5. THEATER: iluminate at New Word Stages on November 22
Get into the holiday spirit with a new kind of light show that just might rival the grand tree in Rockefeller Center. There isn’t much of a plot; mostly, it’s just dancers doing all sorts of crazy things in the dark to music while being highlighted by lit up clothing. It’s definitely not something you see everyday, and there’s a reason this show was named the best new act in the country by America’s Got Talent.
DETAILS: 8pm; from $77pp; 340 W. 50th St.; iluminate.com
6. EVENT: Alton Brown’s Eat Your Science at The Barrymore Theatre on November 22
Alton Brown, that nerdy chef from the Food Network, is taking his show on the road. This is nothing like what he does on television; more, it’s a accumulation of all his talents from cooking to singing to telling jokes. Expect puppets, crazy food experiments and talk show antics as this wacky personality shows us why food is fun, both to eat and to play with. See him today, until November 27.
DETAILS: 8pm; from $49pp; 243 W. 47th St.; altonbrowntour.com
7. COMEDY: Jo Koy at Carolines on November 23
Comedian Jo Koy is known for his roles on Chelsea Lately, his two Comedy Central specials, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out, The Joy Behar Show and for appearing on all sorts of other programs. See this Los Angeles-based funny man tonight as he shows the Big Apple why they should pay attention to him.
DETAILS: 7:30pm and 9:30pm; from $41pp; 1626 Broadway; carolines.com
8. EVENT: Macy’s Giant Balloon Inflation in front of the Museum of Natural History on November 23
Since 1924, giant balloons have been a big part of the annual Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving, and the day before the fun, you can see these creatures get inflated. Watch as Snoopy, Charlie Brown and other beloved characters come to life. Heck, it might be even more fun than trying to squeeze into a spot to see the parade.
DETAILS: 3pm to 10pm; free; 79th Street and Columbus Avenue; social.macys.com/parade/2016
9. THEATER: The Front Page at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 23
What happens when a star Chicago tabloid reporter accidentally uncovers a runaway prisoner? Aside from bringing his editor in on the job, he has to keep the man a secret in order to get the big scoop. Get ready for a comedy featuring some of the best talent around including Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane, John Goodman, John Slattery and more.
DETAILS: 2pm and 8pm; 235 W. 44th St.; buy tickets
10. MUSIC: Thurston Moore and John Zorn at Rough Trade on November 23
Music lovers best know Thurston Moore for his decade-plus stint with the band Sonic Youth, which he started in the 1980s right after moving to NYC. Sadly that band no longer plays together, but Moore’s composing work with music legend John Zorn continues. See the pair tonight as they take on Brooklyn.
DETAILS: Doors 8pm, show 9pm; $20pp; 64 N. 9th St.; roughtradenyc.com