Make it a movie night—for the next eight weekends.
It might sound more like a boxing match than a film series, but that doesn’t mean The Contenders 2019 lineup of studio releases and festival darlings doesn’t pack a cinematic punch. The Museum of Modern Art kicks off its annual multiscreening event with an exposé on notorious lawyer Roy Cohn, director Petra Costa’s deep dive into Brazil’s corruption and politics, and a crime drama starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. Through Wednesday, January 8, 2020; 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Midtown
Avant-jazz saxophonist and Eastern healing practitioner Travis Laplante brings a deeply spiritual and meditative weight to his playing. His live shows involve a great deal of continuous sound via circular breathing, marathon-length songs, breathtakingly harmonious melodies, and sudden, aching silences. He’ll premiere his new live LP, Human, at the downtown Zürcher Art Gallery. Sunday, November 17; 8 p.m.; 33 Bleecker Street (between Lafayette Street and Bowery), NoHo
These artists are taking their charity and artwork very seriously. Architects, contractors, and engineers put their skills to the test during the annual design competition Canstruction, where they’ll create breathtaking sculptures made solely from unopened cans of food. (Bonus: All of the materials used will be donated to the nonprofit charity City Harvest to help feed New Yorkers in need.) Through Friday, November 22; 3 p.m.–1 a.m.; Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, Battery Park
Gardening + Design
Sorry to break the bad news to you (at least if you don’t sign up for New York Times notifications): The end is nigh. Prep yourself for the end of days with North Brooklyn Farms and Enlightenment Wines’ Planting for the Apocalypse. We may be in misery soon, but at least you’ll have a killer garden to feed you fresh produce. Sunday, November 17; 2:30–5 p.m.; Enlightenment Wines Meadery, 93 Scott Avenue, Bushwick
Performance + Conversation
Part memoir, part multimedia experiment, part visual project: Five Oceans in a Teaspoon is an artistic and literary feat 40 years in the making. Readers and musicians present Dennis J. Bernstein and Warren Lehrer’s labor of love during an evening of performances influenced by the book’s poems and stunning animations. Friday, November 15; 7 p.m.; Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing