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13 Amazing Things to Do in November

We've rounded up the month's best in art, film, theatre, music and food.

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Art

"Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume," Denver Art Museum

This month, the Force is coming to the Denver Art Museum in the form of costumes, drawings and memorabilia from all seven Star Wars films. Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at the design and creative process for more than sixty iconic costumes including Princess Leia’s gold bikini, Darth Vadar’s black uniform and Queen Amidala’s dress. Also on view: exclusive videos with designers, actors and George Lucas.

"Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty," Brooklyn Museum

Marilyn Minter’s work looks at the ways in which the beauty industry manipulates desire through images. On November 4, decades’ worth of her pieces — paintings, photographs, videos — will be on display at The Brooklyn Museum in an exhibition called “Pretty/Dirty.” Visitors can also attend talks with the artist and curator.

"Renaissance and Reformation," Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The German Renaissance (1460-1580) brought about changes in thought, philosophy, science, religion and art in Central Europe, and now, nearly 500 years later, you can see the era come to life in "Renaissance and Reformation" at LACMA starting November 20th. The collection will include more than 100 paintings by such greats as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein.

"Creature," The Broad

"Creature," the Broad’s latest free admission installation, will explore scientific and cultural representations of the human body in more than 50 post- ‘80s works. Thomas Houseago’s 15-foot-tall Giant Figure (Cyclops) sculpture stands at the exhibit’s entrance, setting the tone for the remainder of the installation, which showcases artists like Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

"Julio Le Parc: Form->Action," Pérez Art Museum Miami

Argentine artist Julio Le Parc is among the founders of the Kinetic Art movement (which brings together art and viewer through color, line, light, shadow and movement). His upcoming exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum showcases the form at its most engaging and conceptually daring, using animated paintings, serpentine sculptures and other proto-participatory works amassed over his sixty-year career. See it during Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

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Restaurants

Made Nice, NYC

We first heard about Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s newest project more than a year ago. Now, it’s finally becoming a reality. The pair behind the three-Michelin-star Eleven Madison Park is slated to open the grab-and-go casual spot Made Nice in NYC’s NoMad neighborhood later this month. While it has no menu details yet, diners can expect nutritious, vegetable-driven dishes priced around $15 per person—music to the ears of any budget-conscious foodie looking for a taste of Eleven Madison Park at a fraction of the price.

The Shaw Bijou, D.C.

Nearly 1,000 people are already on the waitlist for The Shaw Bijou, Top Chef finalist Kwame Onwuachi’s highly-anticipated D.C. restaurant, which opened November 1st. Set in an 1860’s Brownstone in the historic Shaw neighborhood, the tasting menu-only restaurant is a pricey affair, with dinner for two (inclusive of the 13-course menu, beverage pairings, sales tax and tip) ranging between $800 and $1,000. What that’ll get you? Next-level globally-inspired dishes (think: foie gras with shrimp and pork marmalade and Norwegian king crab cooked in a roasted-garlic beurre monté), plus bespoke cocktails and vintage spirits.

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Film

Hawaii International Film Festival

Not every Hawaii-bound traveler seeks sun and sand. Proof? Every fall, more than 70,000 descend on Honolulu to take part in The Hawaii International Film Festival, a ten-day cinematic event showcasing films from the Asia-Pacific region. Standouts for this year include The Last Princess, director Hur Jin-Ho’s heart wrenching tale about the last princess of the Korean Empire, who was forced to leave her country under Japanese rule and then denied re-entry; and Lion, an Australian family drama starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman.

St. Louis International Film Festival

Now in its 25th year, the St. Louis International Film Festival has established itself as one of the festival circuit’s big hitters. On the docket at this year’s fest? Buzzy Hollywood flicks like Pablo Lorraín’s Jackie and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea; politically-charged documentaries such as Out of the Box, an activist film that seeks to curb recidivism, and Bob’s Tour: Understanding What We See, which explores the state of race relations in St. Louis; and revival screenings like Destiny, a new restoration of Fritz Lang’s 1921 silent film.

Napa Valley Film Festival

Spread across Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, The Napa Valley Film Festival brings together the winning trifecta of film, food and wine in a seriously breathtaking setting. Not only will attendees get to access to more than 120 new independent films and studio sneak previews—they’ll also get the chance to interact with over 300 filmmakers at screenings and panel discussions, and enjoy wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, VIP parties and the Awards Ceremonies. Speaking of VIPS, Matthew McConaughey will be around to receive the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute, which recognizes outstanding contributions to acting and cinematic storytelling.

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Courtesy of the St. Louis Film Festival

Theater

Othello, New York City Theatre Workshop

Daniel Craig will star as the treacherous Iago in the New York City Theatre’s Off Broadway production of Othello, which begins previews at the end of this month. Craig will star opposite of fellow British movie star, David Oyelowo (Selma), who will play the title role, along with Rachel Bosanahan (House of Cards) as Desdemona and Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) as Cassio. With a cast such as this, it’s no wonder that tickets sold out in a number of minutes. But if you’re prepared to drop some serious cash, the New York Theatre Workshop has just announced additional benefit performance in January, with tickets priced at a whopping $1,500.

Women of A Certain Age, Public Theatre, NYC

In a surreal example of art imitating life, playwright Richard Nelson’s Women of a Certain Age – an all-women production about one family as they await the results of a Presidential Election—opens on Election Night 2016. The play takes place over the course of a single night, and revolves around the family matriarch and her children and daughters-in-law as they consider the future of their country, town and home. Depending on how the actual Election Night goes, it could the perfect way to celebrate/ commiserate.

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Music

House of Creatives Music Festival, Miami

For a first-time festival, House of Creatives has drawn talent that rivals more established Miami Festivals like Ultra, III Points and Rolling Loud. We’re talking headlining performances by The Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids and Crystal Castles, along with international DJ’s like Shigeto, Beacon and Shallou. The fest will take place on the beachfront Bandshell Park, and will also offer art installations, gourmet food selections, and local artisan vendors.

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