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Friday 18th of November 2016

It’s an exciting week of culture in NYC, from new art exhibitions to Othello with Daniel Craig to a brand new exhibition on Cuba, which is co-presented by the Natural History Museum and the Cuban National Museum of Natural History. We’re craving it. We picked our favorite openings of the week to help you make plans. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving.

Holiday events are popping up around town. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes began last week. Explore Holiday Express: Toys and Trains at the New York Historical Society or the Holiday Train Show begins at the New York Botanical Garden on Saturday. See American Festival Choir: Christmas in New York at Carnegie Hall on Monday. The Union Square Holiday Market and Winter Village at Bryant Park are also both open.

Fashion designer Tom Ford — who is now a film festival darling and whose film Nocturnal Animal is opening this weekend — is doing a Times Talk on Friday. It’s sold out but you can watch the webcast live.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. We’re kind of excited about J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The Met Costume Institute’s fall 2016 exhibition, Unpacking Fashion, opens on Friday.

Jason Bishop: Straight up Magic — a magic show for kids aged 6 and up — is at the New Victory beginning from Nov. 18 – 27.

Do you have any small dinosaur lovers? There’s a story time at 11AM at the Lincoln Center Atrium.

Tiny dance cravers should check out Just Kidding: National Dance Institute at Symphony Space on Saturday afternoon.

 Saturday and Sunday, the Japan Society is presenting Treasured Noh Plays, which explores noh — traditional Japanese masked drama with dance and song — inspired by W.B. Yeats.

Sunday, internationally renowned jazz musician and artist Oran Etkan is doing an interactive concert at BAM, Timbalooloo, at BAM.

The New York Youth Symphony is performing at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon. Expect Brahms, Bruch, Ravel, and the world premiere of Viet Cuong’s Neon.

Experience Ryan Trecartin’s videos — billed at sci-fi theater of the absurd for our manically paced YouTube era” — at the Park Avenue Armory beginning on Monday, Nov. 21.

Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction comes to MoMA starting on Monday. It’s a comprehensive survey of the French avant-garde painter’s work.

Starting Monday, the Natural History Museum is presenting Cuba! in collaboration with the Cuban National Museum of Natural History. The bilingual exhibition will explore biodiversity across Cuba’s forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs — as well as the country’s people and history.

Starting Monday, Company XIV is bringing back its sexy Nutcracker — which is a mix of opera, circus, dance, and burlesque.

On Monday, join a wide-ranging conversation on Shakespeare’s influence on American culture at the Polansky Shakespeare Center.

Othello — with an all-star cast starring David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig — is coming to the New York Theatre Workshop. Performances begin on Tuesday and run into January.

Starting Wednesday, explore One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers at MoMA. It features photos he took at the Bauhaus between 1928 and 1932.

It’s the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch the Balloons getting blown up on Wednesday afternoon and evening and watch the parade on Thanksgiving morning.