Our picks for the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking this weekend range from catching Garrison Keillor and friends performing live to learning more about fermented grapes to seeing some shorts (as in movies, not clothes). Read on for details. By Jessica Allen.
Presented by HBO, the 11th annual South Asian International Film Festival features the best of films from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and elsewhere in South Asia and the Indian Diaspora, and it seeks to “create unprecedented exposure for filmmakers and unparalleled experiences for its attendees.” In addition to movie premieres, various events, including a gala, will be held. Tuesday, November 187, through Sunday, November 23, see schedule for details, tickets required.
For the second year in a row, the Shorts Festival at Nitehawk Cinema will feature five days of short films (all under 20 minutes) by filmmakers and artists, with an emphasis on folks from NYC. The shorts range from animated to narrative to documentary to non-narrative. There’s also a special screening of works by Aldo Tambellini. Wednesday, November 19, through Sunday, November 23, see schedule for details, tickets required.
A self-described “food drive on two wheels,” Cranksgiving began in New York in 1999. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to ride your bike to various grocery stores and buy the required items (you’ll be given a list once you register). While this charity bike ride is free to register for and participate in, you’ll need $10 to $20 to shop. Food will be given to City Harvest at the end of the ride. Saturday, November 22, registration begins at 12:30 pm.
Another weekend, another wine festival. Ain’t it grand? The New York City Autumn Wine Festival “celebrates wine downtown.” More than 200 wines, curated by Vintry Fine Wines, will be offered, and all attendees get a special program guide to jot down tasting notes, etc. There will be food too, including cheese and hors d’oeuvres, along with live jazz. Take a wine class for an additional $25. Saturday, November 22, 3 to 6 pm and 8 to 11 pm, $99, tickets required.
This weekend the American Fine Craft Show arrives at the Brooklyn Museum for two days. On display (and for sale) will be handmade works from 90 craftspeople, including local folks who have studios in Brooklyn. Among the objects on hand will be jewelry, mixed media, wearable and decorative fibers, ceramics, and furniture. It’s an awesome way to get a start on your holiday shopping. Saturday, November 22, 12 to 6 pm, and Sunday, November 23, 11 am to 6 pm, $12 at the door, tickets required.