The Best Week November 2013

The big wind-up to the end of the year brings much cheer and plenty of vittles to fend off the chill of late fall. Postpone the start of holiday shopping to soak it in by enjoying the best week

3 Can’t Miss Events:

November 9
Queens Museum Re-Opening

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Don’t miss the Queens International signature biennial exhibition or the stunning Panorama of the City of New York in this greatly expanded space.

November 16
Arlo Guthrie

Patchogue Theatre
An evening of Arlo’s songs plus his dad Woody Guthrie’s most famous tunes to celebrate the folk legend’s 100th birthday.

November 25
The Amigos Band with David Amram

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Lincoln Center
Official cultural ambassadors for Americana music. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this.

7 Great Days:

Head way uptown to The Cloisters and be transported by the spiritual experience of listening to Janet Cardiff’s choral sound installation The Forty Part Motet. Spem in alium indeed.

Long Island Restaurant Week is when prix fixe menus come out to play everywhere from burger joints to purveyors of award-winning haute cuisine. Pick one of the participating eateries and indulge.

Check your shoes at the door and explore barefoot training at Port Washington’s Revolution in Motion. Exposed tootsies equal enlivened nerves and less injury.

Help Island Harvest put turkeys and trimmings on the tables of neighbors in need. Volunteer for the hunger relief organization to pick up and deliver meals, hand out flyers, run a food drive and more. Or join Pulse in raising funds for the noble cause.

Travel Europe on the North Shore: Enjoy French Perspectives at Gallery North in Setauket, painter Terence Netter’s modernist take on classic landscapes. Drop by Orto in Miller Place (meet chef Eric Lomando in our Who’s Cooking feature this month) for simple, satisfying Italian.

“To be or not to be?” The place to be is Broadway for a heavy dose of Shakespeare (see this month’s Stage feature). Mix eras with a pit stop at the Gatsby-chic Jane Hotel. Dressing in period attire not advised.

Encounter a tasty turkey day bird amongst the gobbles and cock-a-doodle-doos of LI poultry farms for an authentic throw-back holiday. While at the farm, pick up the stuff of nature for making a bountiful centerpiece.