Post-Election Distraction Guide

Seven things you can do in New York (including your apartment) to take your mind off of what has been a draining, vitriolic campaign

Regardless of your political preference or candidate of choice — the results of the 2016 presidential election are in. People are responding in different ways: some are celebrating, some are grieving and some have chosen to stay out of it from the start.

But despite one’s opinions or level of involvement, the past year and a half has been one bursting with chaos, exhaustion and melodrama — leaving many of us with the urge to crawl beneath the covers, pop our thumbs in our mouths and begin to rock back and forth for all time.

Following a histrionic campaign, we are hoping to help ease you back out into the world with some comforting, if only distracting, activities.

1. Catch the premiere of “Billy On The Street”

This one is a great option for those who need a gentle push back into the swing of things, mostly because it doesn’t involve leaving the house — or even putting on pants. On November 15th the sidewalk talk show will return for its fifth season. Starring Jewish actor and comedian, Billy Eichner, this fast paced, eccentric take on man-on-the-street style interviews, offers comic relief many of us may be seeking. Watch as Eichner bombards busy New Yorkers with bizarre trivia questions by jumping in front of them and shouting in his signature, hysterical way. Winners sometimes get rewarded with a single dollar and in some cases, unusual items like a car tire.

Watch the season premiere on TruTv.

2. Attend a mixology class

When in doubt, drink. This election season could drive even non-alcohol enthusiasts to a glass (or 10) of wine. Learn to make cocktails while helping the cause of literacy at an exclusive mixology event at the Institute of Culinary Education. Hosted by JOIN Israel’s young leadership division, the evening’s proceeds will purchase books for an elementary school library in Ashkelon, Israel. Beverages and bites will be provided.

Tuesday Nov. 15, 7pm, ICE, Brookfield Place, 3 FL, 225 Liberty St., $80

Get tickets here

3. See “Oh, Hello on Broadway”

Dynamic comedy duo Nick Kroll and John Mulaney bring their hit act to the stages of Broadway. Featuring the crotchety styles of two elderly, Upper West Side, New Yawkahs, this comedy will shift your focus away from any post-election blues still lingering. And if you’re lucky (or depending on your affinity for the stuff, unlucky) you may just be pulled onstage and presented with an enormous amount of tuna-fish.

Get tickets here

4. Go to a comedy Show

Next to a cocktail or 15, laughter is the best medicine. Israeli stand-up comedian, Benji Lovitt, brings his satirical spin on daily routines and irreverent take on current events from Tel Aviv to New York for one night. Forget your troubles and focus on his as he deconstructs the details of Israeli society and Jewish culture, and draws the line between the differences in American Jewish and Israeli Jewish life. Vegetarian snacks will be provided, BYOB.

Tuesday Nov. 15, Doors open at 7:30, show to begin around 8:15, $23, first 30 tickets sold will be seated, others may be standing, event to be held in private home, RSVP for exact address.

Get tickets here

5. Learn about the history of Jewish delis (and more importanty sandwiches)

It’s natural to find comfort in food, and there’s something extra nurturing about a classic, Jewish deli sandwich with a sour pickle on the side. Ted Merwin, Ph.D. and author of “Pastrami On Rye, An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” will read from his book and discuss the significant role the New York Jewish deli played in American, Jewish life thgouhout the 20th century. Kosher deli lunch included.

Sunday Nov 13, Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Ave, 10:30 am, limited space, membrs $18, non-members $20, for more information on registration and tickets email or call  (516) 239-1140.

6. Go to a dance party

Letting loose with the Macarena or the chicken dance, (or if your moves are more smooth and updated that’s cool too), can be quite cathartic. Jewish single organization, JSTF, is throwing a blowout bash to celebrate the end of another year of intense back to back High Holidays. Dance, drink, mix, mingle and maybe meet someone special. This event is for singles 35-50.

Saturday Nov 12th, 9 pm Croton Lounge, 108 West 40th street, advance $20, door $30,

Register, here. Get tickets here.

7. Take in some art

Drink in two new fall exhibits along with some wine (oh yeah), at the Jewish Museum’s young patron Shabbat dinner. Get ready for a night of art, food, drinks and sweet escape.

Friday, Nov 18, 7 pm, The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th ave., members $50, non-members $75

Get tickets here.


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