10 best art, dance, music & comedy events in November 2021


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From exciting in-person dance premieres to a plethora of art exhibits and everyone’s favorite TV parade, there’s so much to be excited – and thankful for – for this month’s rich cultural lineup. Catch the Gibney Company debut at the Joyce Theater in New York or meet pioneering artist Hank Willis Thomas at his solo show in Los Angeles. In Washington, DC? The Smithsonian is set to open a groundbreaking museum experience with a must-see free festival and concert. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off the holiday season in a festive style, while the New York Comedy Festival will have you laughing at. Check out the full list of events below and upgrade your November calendar.

1. Gibney Company at the Joyce Theater
2-7 November

Gibney Company, a creation-based repertoire dance company, will present three world premieres in its week-long debut at the Joyce Theater in New York City. In addition to a piece by Tony-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh, which will be performed on an original composition performed live by folk-rock duo The Bengsons, the show will feature work by writer, director and choreographer Norwegian Alan Lucien Øyen, which incorporates text, movement and visuals, as well as a work by Gibney Company choreographic partner Rena Butler, who reinvents the narrative of King Kong.

Alan Lucien Øyen The game is rigged

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2. “Richard Avedon: In the American West” at Gagosian Beverly Hills
Opening on November 4

Gagosian’s Richard Avedon show brings together 10 full-scale documentary portraits of the legendary fashion photographer and BAZAAR donor First shown at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth in 1978. The monumental engravings, each nearly seven feet tall, include a physiotherapist from Montana and two coal miners from Wyoming, and were captured on a trip by car through 21 western states, during which Avedon photographed more than a thousand people going about their daily lives.

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that of Richard Avedon Charlene Van Tighem, physiotherapist, Augusta, MT, June 26, 1983, 1983, printed 1984-1985

© The Richard Avedon Foundation Courtesy of Gagosian

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3. The Other Art Fair
November 4-7

Located at the Brooklyn Expo Center in New York, the fall edition of The Other Art Fair will feature the work of 130 independent and emerging artists. Participants include pop artist Maria Qamar, better known by her Instagram handle, @hatecopy; Sarah Nisbett of Drawn on the Way; local tattoo artist Bluestone Babe, who will be open to stick and stroke designs on a first come, first served basis; and textile artist Anna Marie Tendler, who will sell handmade Victorian lampshades, as well as prints and posters of her Rooms in the first house series of photos.

the other art fair

Courtesy of l’Autre Art Fair

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4. “Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks” at the Guggenheim
Opening on November 5

Gillian Wearing’s Guggenheim retrospective traces the British conceptual artist’s enduring fascination with the performative nature of identity. Over 100 pieces on display range from ’90s Polaroids to his latest masked self-portraits, including a Mona Lisa tribute, a version of which was ordered in 2019 for BAZAAR, and a recent series produced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gillian wearing Me as Mona Lisa, 2020

© Gillian Wearing, courtesy of Maureen Paley, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Photo: Mark Blower

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5. “Black American portraits” at LACMA
Opening on November 7

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Black American Portraits” exhibit features approximately 150 works centered on black subjects, exploring the ways in which black Americans have used the portrait as a powerful means of affirmation. Drawn primarily from the museum’s permanent collection, the paintings and photographs span over two centuries, providing an intimate window into landmark historical moments including emancipation, the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with “The Obama Portraits Tour,” which features the Smithsonian portraits of Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald of Barack and Michelle Obama, and is presented by Gucci.

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6. New York Comedy Festival
Open from November 8 to 14

The annual celebration returns in person with more than 200 comedians performing in more than 100 shows in New York’s five boroughs. Headliners include Tim Dillon, Michelle Wolf, Megan Stalter, Vir Das, Gary Gulman, Nick Kroll, Amanda Seales and Andrew Santino, along with Bill Maher, Alok and Jon Lovett also performed. This year the festival is also launching a new series of programs called Comedy Inclusive, which will focus on diversity, equality and gender gaps within the comedy industry through panel discussions and special appearances.

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Michelle Buteau

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7. “Hank Willis Thomas – Another Justice: Divided We Stand” from Kayne Griffin
Opening on November 12

For her second solo exhibition at the Kayne Griffin Gallery in Los Angeles, acclaimed conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas will present a selection of new works that explore the American Dream against the backdrop of anti-darkness, police brutality and the mass imprisonment. Along with large-scale steel sculptures that inspire viewers to think about their place within power systems, the exhibition will feature several quilted pieces constructed from flags and prison uniforms intended to show the evolution of the differentiation between patriotism and nationalism.

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Hank willis thomas America, 2021

© Hank Willis Thomas Courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles. Photo: Flying Studio, Los Angeles

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8. Twyla now In downtown New-York
November 17-21

Pioneering choreographer Twyla Tharp made history with Deuce Coupé, the first crossover ballet to blend classical and modern dance, which had its New York premiere at the City Center in 1973. Nearly five decades later, it is back at the City Center for the world premiere of All-in, featuring a mega-star cast from the New York City Ballet (Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns and Roman Mejia), American Ballet Theater (Cassandra Trenary and Aran Bell) and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (James Gilmer and Jacquelin Harris), as well as a Tony Robbie Fairchild nominated actor and dancer, alongside an ensemble of young performers. The program also includes Cornbread, second duo, and Pergolesis, three duets from Tharp’s repertoire.

twyla tharp

Courtesy of downtown

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9. Smithsonian Futures Remix Festival
November 19-21

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Smithsonian and scheduled for the opening of the “FUTURES” exhibit in the Arts and Industries building, the Futures Remixed Festival will feature a series of panels and concerts designed to foster discussion of possible solutions to the problems. urgent global issues. The events are free and open to the public with RSVP and will also be streamed live. The celebration kicks off with Unexpected Conversations, a panel discussion with leaders from the worlds of music, art, science and activism, including actor, comedian and author Kal Penn; Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye; environmental advocate drag queen Pattie Gonia; and the 2021 national champion of the Zaila Avant-garde spelling contest.

Future Smithsonians Remixed

Courtesy of the Smithsonian

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10. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
25 november

Your favorite Turkey Day lineup is welcoming audiences once again after an audience-less parade in 2020. The 95th annual event kicks off at 9 a.m. ET and features 15 character balloons, including favorites like Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants, and new crew members including The Mandalorian the star Grogu, aka Baby Yoda. Santa will make his annual appearance on one of the 28 participating floats, while you can expect entertaining performances from the Radio City Rockettes and members of the Broadway musicals. Six, Red Mill!, and Bad. The celebrity list is also stacked and includes Jon Batiste, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Kelly Rowland and many more. Watch the celebration live on NBC or Telemundo, or stream it on Peacock.

macy's thanksgiving parade

NBC / Getty Images

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