Events to check out this weekend, November 8 to 11.
1. Go the extra eight miles.
Today Eminem is a … political rapper? But he was once just a guy who loved his mom’s spaghetti. Relive his past with a screening of the loosely autobiographical film Eight Mile, also starring Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, and Kim Basinger, tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse. The screening will be followed by a DJ set by the Rub of music from and inspired by the film.
2. Shine a light.
Lincoln Center’s invigorating White Light festival continues through November 18. This weekend, catch an especially accessible and slapstick take on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot by Druid Theater Company. Because ennui is pretty hilarious.
3. Yuk it up.
Speaking of things that are hilarious, through Sunday, have all the laughs at the New York Comedy Festival. There’ll be stand-up by Insecure’s Yvonne Orji, a Rolling Stone comedy and politics panel, duos like Sasheer Zamata and Nicole Byer and Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski, and comedy legends like Tracy Morgan. (Plus, if you were lucky enough to already get tickets, Tig Notaro.)
What a week, right? If you need some liquid help to wind down, the New York Whiskey Fest on Saturday has you covered, with over 100 styles of whiskeys, from Scotch to bourbon to Canadian, plus spirits including vodka, tequila, and local brews. Learn about them, then sip ‘em. A ticket gets you a souvenir glass for unlimited tastings.
5. See Mean Girls, but in Africa.
Jocelyn Bioh’s funny and award-winning School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, is back at the Lucille Lortel Theatre through December 9. Follow girls at a Ghanaian boarding school as they compete in a beauty pageant, and learn that even though they’re on another continent, the drama of teenagers is all basically the same.
6. Hang with some New Bohemians.
Edie Brickell may have gone solo and done an album with Steve Martin, but she’ll always go back to the New Bohemians. The reunited rockers play Irving Plaza this Friday in support of their fourth album, Rocket.
7. Visit Sakina’s Restaurant.
20 years ago, Aasif Mandvi won an Obie for Sakina’s Restaurant, a one-man play about an Indian immigrant in New York working in a restaurant and trying to live out the American dream. The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent has revived his show at the Minetta Lane Theatre, with performances though Sunday.
8. See truth in film.
New York’s annual DOC NYC festival is back through November 15, taking over theaters in the Village and Chelsea with treasures like the world premiere of Kleptocrats, about one of the world’s biggest financial crimes, when $3.5 billion was stolen from a Malaysian government fund, and Instant Dreams, following three Polaroid enthusiasts and the quest for the secret chemical formula for Polaroid film. One of the film’s subjects is expected to be in attendance and is none other than New York’s City Editor and author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid, Christopher Bonanos. If you show up, say hi!
9. Take a trip to Atlantic City.
Oh, boy, could we all use a little vacation. Ideally one with good food involved. Head down to Atlantic City from Friday to Sunday for Savor Borgata, a food festival that gets you face time with high-profile chefs like Michael Symon, Wolfgang Puck, and more. Learn a new cooking skill, stuff your face, hit the blackjack table, repeat. And if you’re feeling fancy, set yourself up with a rooftop spa treatment at the hotel. You deserve it.
10. Salute Veterans.
Sunday is Veterans Day, and if you’re looking for servicemen to thank, you’ll find a bunch at the parade on Fifth Avenue, running between 26th and 46th Streets. The largest in the country, this year’s parade commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I (1918-2018). Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with marching kicking off at 11:15 a.m.