With the holidays now in full swing, here are some of our favorite finds for celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Head to the New York Botanical Garden for some runaway trains; put the “can” in pecan pie by volunteering for a food drive; and continue the seasonal food frenzy with a multi-ethnic cuisine tour in the Lower East Side–or the (lower-calorie!) cultural diet version with Francis Morrone. And true to our mission to connect creative professionals to the marketplace, we’ve also got some quality edutainment in the mix to stimulate your genius.

Today we’re launching of a new Ideablog feature of the Ideasmyth team’s favorite top cultural picks with our in-house audiophile Kim Kaletsky’s gratitude-themed playlist for Thanksgiving, a perfect accompaniment for feast preparation and merrymaking with your loved ones.

And of course t’is also shopping season. If you want to help Ideasmyth A LOT without spending an extra dime, please shop on Amazon via our BRILLIANCE BAZAAR portal on Just by entering  Amazon via our link (you don’t even have to buy one thing we recommend!) Amazon rewards affiliate stores like us with very generous financial thank-yous based on a % of WHATEVER you buy for 24 hours afterwards on Amazon. We think this is a pretty nifty win-win for this major big business to support small businesses like us.

 Happy adventuring! & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Wednesday November 26th: Holiday Train Show
Thursday November 27th: Gobble Gobble Give 2014
Friday November 28th: The Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multi-Ethnic Food Tour
Saturday November 29th: Cultural Landscapes of Greenwich Village with Francis Morrone
Sunday November 30th: Portrait in the Twenty-First Century
Monday December 1st: Be Social Change Class–Building Partnerships with Impact
Tuesday December 2nd: Improvisation in the Arts–A Symposium
Wednesday December 3rd: Music Business Now–How Music Makes Money


Wednesday, November 26th

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Holiday Train Show
10-6PM, $28
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Choo Choo’s and Ho Ho Ho’s!

 Beat the cold and tour New York City in one of the most festive ways possible: in miniature mode. This 23 year tradition at The New York Botanical Garden displays over 150 iconic buildings and decorative ice sculptures, set to a quarter-mile model train track. Visitors will even have access to the designing artist, Paul Busse’s studio, who has been recognized for his spectacular shrunken cities at the Guggenheim, the New York Public Library and City Hall.

Thursday, November 27th

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Gobble Gobble Give 2014
10-1PM, FREE
Church of the Intercession (550 W 150th St.)
Put the GIVING in Thanksgiving!

Gobble Gobble Give is a community-driven charity initiative that began ten years ago with just one man and one bicycle, and with spearheading success fed almost 3,000 homeless people all over the US just last year. From your family to theirs–sign up to deliver homemade potluck dishes and other basic essentials (like toiletries, clothes, blankets etc.) to those less fortunate in the NYC area.

Friday, November 28th

The Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multi-Ethnic Food Tour
11-2PM, $23
Southwest Corner of Delancey and Essex St.
This melting pot is hot!

Want to work off the calories from your extravagant Thanksgiving meal from the night before, but keep the “noshing” spirit alive? Big Onion Tours is hosting its annual post-Thanksgiving walking tour of diverse Lower East Side culinary meccas. Covering the Jewish East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown, enthusiasts will get to sample treats (mostly vegetarian and dairy) from local Mom & Pop shops–wouldn’t it be great if all history lessons were edible?!

Saturday, November 29th

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Cultural Landscapes of Greenwich Village with Francis Morrone
2-4PM, $25
The East Village
Get your fun facts!

Ever wonder: “Can we still find inspiration in the streets of the Village as we contemplate its past?” Francis Morrone’s tour is proof positive. The last tour in this three-part series focuses on the erratic boundaries of the East Village, which began as an Eastward extension of the Greenwich Village but got swallowed by the northward-expanding Lower East Side, only to be influenced again by Greenwich Village as mid-20th century writers, artists and musicians reclaimed the blocks east of the Bowery. Bring your notebook, because you will be wanting to pepper these fun facts into cocktail-party conversation in the future…!

Sunday, November 30th

Portrait in the Twenty-First Century 
11-6PM, FREE
Postmasters Gallery 
Where innovation meets creative expression!

Ready to historicize the #selfie?! The Postmasters Gallery in TriBeca, known for showcasing innovative thought in painting, sculpture and photography, explores  portraiture — particularly through the lens warp of technology.

Monday, December 1st

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Be Social Change Class: Building Partnerships with Impact
6:45-8:30PM, $30
Center for Social Innovation (601 W 26th St.)
Get your entrepreneurship education!

BeSocialChange is the first base in the game of change-making social-consciousness for young passionate entrepreneurs. Emily Chong, VP of Strategic Partnerships at NationSwell, a hub for local American heroes, will lead a class on how to rev up momentum for your business using the power of corporate alliances and other tools such as crowd-sourcing support for your cause.

Tuesday, December 2nd

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Improvisation in the Arts: A Symposium
10-4PM, FREE
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University
Academia, art and politics!

African-American musician, artist and author of A Black Odyssey, Romare Bearden, will lead a discussion with a multi-disciplinary group of experts, addressing the implications of black social life as it manifests differently in art, dance, music, literature and pop culture.

Wednesday, December 3rd

Music Business Now: How Music Makes Money
Arnold Hall, The New School
Get jiggy with the piggy (bank)!

The Parsons Institute for Intellectual Property and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music are hosting a panel discussion about the future and finances of the rapidly evolving music industry–especially of interest to artists: how to understand new licensing agreements and payment models. The panel will feature experts on different aspects of the process chain, with Kickstarter music community managers, vocal artist developers, producers and entertainment lawyers.


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~~~Dipti Anand is an Editorial and Social Media Intern at Ideasmyth. Enrolled in the circus of life, she juggles an Interdisciplinary Master’s of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU, along with her passion for writing short fiction and poetry. When she’s not thinking, writing, or thinking about writing, Dipti likes to make long-distance phone calls and also eats one truffle a day.

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