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New York City This Week: Antibalas Afrobeats & the Renegade Craft Fair

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Chris Rose at Late Night Basement

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Chris Rose at Late Night Basement

Five of the coolest things to do in and around NYC this week

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This week we’ve got the skinny on where you can get your laughs, start and finish all of your holiday shopping in one fell swoop, sample high-end Nordic cuisine, and dance the night away to some electrifying Afrofunk sounds. Beer and baseball lovers looking for a quieter way to spend their downtime can check out Cooperstown, NY for a weekend getaway.

November 13 | Comedy
Late Night Basement
If you're a fan of late-night TV shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and @Midnight but you've never been to Late Night Basement, a free live comedy show in Brooklyn, this is a great week to check it out . Host and comedian Chris Rose uses the late-night talk show format as a model, interspersing comedic monologues with videos and stand-up from a variety of guests. On the lineup for this week are Welcome to Night Vale podcast stars Cecil Baldwin and Dylan Marron, Adam Conover of the show Adam Ruins Everything, and Phoebe Robinson, co-host of comedy show 2 Dope Queens. The first 30 attendees will get a Narragansett beer on the house, and there is an after-party at nearby Arrogant Swine with music by DJ Treatz.
8:30 p.m. | Livestream Public, 195 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn | (646) 762-5999 | Free | website

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November 14–15 | Holiday market
Renegade Craft Fair
With Hanukkah early this year and Christmas just over a month away, it’s definitely not too early to think about holiday gifts. The holiday edition of the Renegade Craft Fair (which can be found in eight cities around the world) brings together 225 makers and small businesses to sell their wares under one roof. With items that range from filet mignon beef jerky to handcrafted knives and from one-of-a-kind jewelry to artisanal bath products, there is something for everyone on your list. There will also be food and drinks available to help fuel your shopping spree. Chai-spiced pear cider, anyone?
11 a.m.–6 p.m. | Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. | Free | website

November 16 | Restaurant pop-up
The Bride of the Fox
Nordic cuisine is all the rage these days, but most of us don’t have the luxury of hopping on a plane to check it out at the source. Fortunately for New Yorkers, Bo Bech, the chef/owner of Geist restaurant in Copenhagen, is hosting a series of pop-up dinners here called The Bride of the Fox. It’s all very mysterious, with each meal in a different setting. Bech has said guests could eat in an apartment or a fancy kitchen, and they won’t know until they have purchased a ticket. If you’re up for a bit of culinary adventure, be sure to check out the first dinner, which is happening on Monday. Somewhere.

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November 18 | Music
During their 18 years together, the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat funk group Antibalas has seen members come and go. But no matter how the group changes, they always manage to make the same high-energy, supremely danceable music that keeps people coming back. This show at Brooklyn Bowl should be particularly fun with Raja Kassis (their guitarist) opening with his second group, Superhuman Happiness, and funk legend Lee Fields making a guest appearance. Antibalas will be performing tracks from their five albums, plus new music, covers, and deep cuts. Be sure to put on your dancing shoes—there is no way you can resist moving to these beats.
8 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.) | Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn | (718) 963-3369 | $15 | website

Weekend Escape
Cooperstown, NY
If you’re still hurting from the Mets losing the World Series, then maybe a trip to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame is just what you need. And if admiring the greats of baseball history doesn’t do the trick, you can drown your sorrows at one of the town’s four craft breweries, like Ommegang or Cooperstown Brewing Company. The local farmers' market, which is indoors, heated, and open year-round, is also well worth a stop for local produce, cheese, baked goods, handcrafted items, and even live music. Or visit Fly Creek Cider Mill to sample wassail, a spiced hot cider-based holiday drink. For accommodations, check out the historic Cooper Inn, which is walking distance from downtown and the Baseball Hall of Fame and has lovely views of Lake Otsego.

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A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.

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