November marks the beginning of the holiday marathon that will take us to the end of the year. While the end of the month will inevitably be spent cross-country traveling and carving the turkey with relatives, you’ve got plenty of time to pack your calendar with events that do not involve Uncle Bob talking about his garage renovations. Below, SIXTY‘s resident culture writer selects some of his favorite events happening this month, from inaugural exhibitions to first-run premieres. Herewith, your guide to November.
NEW YORK CITY: When she rose to indie prominence in 2014, dancer/songwriter FKA twigs appeared to be the next R&B megastar, the femme answer to The Weeknd, one big-budget record away from sold-out arenas and Grammy accolades. But rather than take over the world, twigs turned inward and focused on perfecting a style that collaged music, modern dance, light design, and more. There is truly nothing like an FKA twigs show, and they don’t happen very often. That’s what makes this month’s performance at the King’s Theater all the more essential, thanks to the venue’s brilliant acoustics and old-style regal decor. It’ll be a genre-defying glimpse at the future delivered in a classicist setting. Wednesday, November 20th, 7 p.m. // Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn // Tickets $45 and up
NEW YORK CITY: Presenting an exhibition of Hans Haacke is an exercise in artsy risk. For over fifty years, the Cologne-born polyglot has used sculpture, installation, and kinetic location-specific works to not only challenge a museum-goer’s assumptions, but to challenge the museum itself. But Manhattan’s New Museum is carrying on undaunted with a large-scale exhibition of Haacke’s work, the first major American showing of his art in over 30 years. You’ll find dilapidated furniture, a horse skeleton made of stock quotes, and several wispy pieces that utilize moving air to bring numerous museum floors to life. Exhibition runs through January 26th, 2020 // New Museum, 235 Bowery, Manhattan // Admission $18
NEW YORK CITY: Now boasting two locations in Brooklyn, Nitehawk Cinema has risen to the highest tier of New York City’s arthouse theaters. On any given week, cinephiles can choose from both new indies and classic repertory films, buy a ticket, and then kick back and enjoy selections from their expansive menu, which is served up on tables during the movies in discreet, rapid fashion. This month Nitehawk is hosting its annual festival of short films, a showcase of new works from international directors that changes every night of the week. Both locations (Prospect Park and Williamsburg) will be included in the program, showing documentaries on New York City, music videos and short concert docs, quests for intimacy, and dark comedies. Tuesday, November 12th through Monday, November 18th // Showtimes vary // Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park and Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg // Tickets here
LOS ANGELES: Some of the best new dance works in the world will premiere at L.A. Dance Project this month, boasting cutting-edge work from choreographers like Tino Sehgal, Madeline Hollander, Bella Lewitzky, and artistic director Benjamin Millepied. Many of the pieces on hand will be first-run premieres, and each will be performed nightly through the 10-day run. Praised by the L.A. Times for its genius open-stage design, which thrives off the energy that results from audience members positioned up close and directly on level with the dancers themselves. Both dedicated modern dance lovers and occasional fans will find much to love. Tickets are a steal, with six performances playing out each night. Thursday, November 14th through Sunday, November 24th // Performance times vary // Los Angeles Dance Project, 2245 East Washington Blvd, Los Angeles // Tickets $45
LOS ANGELES: Colorful pop-ups that beg to be Instagrammed are a dime a dozen in L.A., but no one does it better than Refinery29. Boasting works from an array of talented visual artists, 29Rooms offers a chance see cutting-edge new design, sculpture, painting, and installations from women and non-binary artists. Whether it be Kali Uchis’s beautiful twists on Latinx R&B, Carlota Guerrero’s socially-engaged photography, or Yvette Mayorga’s use of Candy Land to comment on the U.S.-Mexico border, the rooms on offer at this sprawling show will each serve as a gallery-sized worlds unto themselves. Tickets for 29Rooms in previous years have sold out quickly, so get yours quickly to secure a spot. Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 17th // 4315 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles // Tickets $25
LOS ANGELES: Gone are the days when Adult Swim was just a three-hour block of edgy programming on Cartoon Network. It’s grown into a cultural hub all its own, launching video games, podcasts, music releases, wild stunts, and more. All that dopeness is coming together for Adult Swim Festival this month, when Banc of California Stadium will host live music, comedy sets, original art, and more. Headliners include Jamie XX, Lil Nas X, Vince Staples, Captain Murphy (aka Flying Lotus), Young Thug, Eric Andre, and many more. Friday and Saturday, November 25th and 26th // Banc of California Stadium, 3939 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles // Tickets $49 and up
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