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Looking Ahead: November 2015

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Taste of T - November 5 Foodies, welcome to your dream kitchen: an expansive marble countertop space with a six-burner and rangetop griddle and quaint breakfast nook… At Taste of T,The New York Times style magazine, T, invites you to tour the ultra-luxe Architects & Designers Building showroom and decorate your fantasy home with high-end furnishings and appliances. As you debate between the Carrara versus Tennessee marble, enjoy hors d’oeuvres from esteemed New York chefs. Sorry, but no, you can’t move in.

 

 

Cider WeekNovember 6-15 Forget that basic pumpkin-spice latte, apple cider is the real drink of the season. It gained popularity this summer when hard-cider bars started popping up in Manhattan, and this momentum will carry over into fall when apple cider’s demand hits its peak. Cider Week is a tasting festival dedicated to toasting this delicious nectar. Meet local apple growers and sample a variety of America’s oldest libation from New York and Vermont orchards.

 

 

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts - November 8 This is not your usual elephant-and-clown circus. The National Circus of China surpasses even the gravity-defying acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil. This premier league of acrobats, contortionists and daredevils has carried on its unique and awe-inspiring acts for generations, some dating back to the Ming Dynasty. This year’s theme, Peking Dreams, is expected to feature a grand flying trapeze, a great teeterboard and an elaborately choreographed juggling routine.

 

 

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker - November 20-21 You have never seen Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker performed like this. This modern re-imagination transports Clara, the Mouse King, and Sugar Plum Fairies from St. Petersburg to present-day Washington Heights. Nary a pointe shoe or tutu in sight, The Hip-Hop Nutcracker dancers don high-top sneakers and leather jackets and dance to the ballet’s score remixed by a hip-hop DJ and accompanied by an electric violin.

 

 

The Chocolate Expo - November 22 Raw chocolate pips, chocolate fountains, chocolate-covered strawberries galore! This Secaucus, NJ, expo is a chocoholic’s cocoa-dusted heaven, featuring 80 local and international vendors offering tastes of their rich, decadent chocolate truffles, crepes and cakes. Be warned: this isn’t simply trick-or-treating for adults. The Chocolate Expo caters to confectionery connoisseurs who are serious about their sweets.