"Life is full of banana skins. You slip, you carry on."
Daphne Guinness
Hold on. Wait ... what?! Humans share 60% of their DNA with a banana? Think about that for a moment.

Nope ... too long ... mind blown.

This is just one of the fascinating facts I learned this week. Another is that the first banana to be introduced to the US was the Gros Michel, otherwise known as the Big Mike. Which happens to be my roommate's name. He is also sweet, hardy, and looks good in yellow.

And down the rabbit hole I went. The banana tree isn't, in fact, a tree. Its trunk, which consists of layers of tightly overlapping leaves rather than wood, means it's really a massive herb. Which makes the banana a massive berry.


The inside of a banana peel can help relieve anything from headaches and mosquito bites to burns and poison ivy. It can also shine shoes and polish silver. More songs have been written about bananas than any other fruit. The fastest marathon ever run by someone dressed as a fruit was 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 20 seconds. The runner was a man named Patrick Wightman from the UK, and he was dressed as – you guessed it – a banana.

Are you still with me? Good, because the humble banana is at risk from a fungus that threatens to wipe out everyone's favorite phallic fruit (thanks Rihanna). We can't save it. There's no petition to sign or march to attend. We can only enjoy them while they're still with us. Peel with me, friends.  May your weekend be fruity, fabulous, and fungus free.

See Her Kind

This new play follows the early poetry career of Anne Sexton, and examines what it meant to be an American woman in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It’s free, friends. Just RSVP at for performances through December 8. Find out more.

Hear Edwin Bonilla
The Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican star performs a free concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium. This guy has worked with Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, and Marc Anthony, and was part of On Your Feet on Broadway. So, you know, he's kind of a big deal. Tonight, he celebrates his new album, Infinito, a tribute to the golden era of salsa. Find out more. 

Go Bravo!
Stars from the Real Housewives and all your other guilty pleasure Bravo shows will be coming to Bravocon this weekend. There will be panels, live screenings, and photo ops galore. No one’s judging you … Find out more.

LOL for real
This is no joke. An 11am laughter fitness class in Riverside Park. Pay what you wish, and leave with a smile. Find out more.

Eat all the chocs
Tastings, demonstrations, giant sculptures, and a chocolate fashion show – who’s in? Salon du Chocolat is at Javits all weekend. Find out more.

Enter the Sugar Chalet
PopSugar kicks off the winter season with the opening of its Sugar Chalet and fantasy après-ski party, complete with meditation den, yoga classes, food kiosks, and an interactive holiday shopping bazaar. Find out more.

Get ready for the holidays
The first ever holiday market is happening at Bella Abzug Park this weekend, with DJs, performances, and more than 30 vendors selling unique gifts. Find out more. 

Fall in love with America’s Sweethearts
Tight harmonies. Cute dresses. And victory rolls. There is nothing not to love about these women. They’ll be performing numbers like ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' at The Green Room 42. Yes, you will sing along. Resistance is futile. Find out more.

See an NYC premiere
Eryc Taylor Dance addresses the climate change crisis with a special performance of Earth. Find out more.

Challenge the sexual status quo

I don’t usually send you to events in deepest Brooklyn, but this one looked interesting – an afternoon of talks and workshops that challenge what we consider to be the norm in love and sex and invite us to pause, listen, and reconsider our beliefs. Find out more.

Remember Prince
The New Power Generation performs and Spike Lee speaks at this special launch of the memoir Prince: The Beautiful Ones at the Town Hall. Find out more.

Hear autumn jazz
The Martha Lorin Jazz Trio brings some fall tunes to Don’t Tell Mama. Find out more.

Sing with Susie
This week’s Lineup includes performances by Lesli Margherita, Jennifer Barnhart, Sidney Myer, and Anthony Fett. And is hosted by the always hilarious Susie Mosher. Find out more.

See the Macy’s windows
It’s not even Thanksgiving, and the Macy’s holiday windows are unveiled this week. The theme? Believe in the wonder. Find out more.

Get down with The Gershwins
The Orchestra of St Luke’s play the Gershwins’ gem Let ‘em Eat Cake at Carnegie Hall. Find out more.

Bid on some original art
Stuck for gift ideas? Fountain House Gallery’s annual Mad About Art benefit could have the answer. Starting bids around $200. Find out more.

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