CURRENT EVENTS

Happening This Week Only (October 20th- 26th) 

October 21st – It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks – Central Park will be transformed into a stage, museum, and art studio for a free day of public art to celebrate this milestone. Art lovers, families, and park-goers will be delighted by free art exhibits, performances, and hands-on art workshops.  11:00am – 3:00pm, Central Park’s East Pinetum field, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Through October  21st – BRIC Jazzfest – the third annual BRIC JazzFest features film, dance, panel discussions, and a three-stage, three-night live music marathon that brings some of the most exciting global legends in jazz and groundbreaking emerging jazz artists to Brooklyn. Each evening is designed so that the audience can move freely among performances and catch some or all of the artists each night while enjoying great food and drink from the BRIC House café and bar.

Through October 21st –   Moving Sounds Festival – this year’s festival on experimental music and aesthetic dialogue brings together two renowned institutions in the fields of art, technology and social awareness to curate this year’s program: Austrian electronic arts center Ars Electronica and Brooklyn-based nonprofit technology studio Eyebeam.  The festival takes place at various locations in Brooklyn and at the Austrian Cultural Forum.  

October 21st & 22nd – Gowanus Open Studios – 300 artists in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn will open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists.  There’s also free canoeing with the Gowanus Dredgers  Noon to 6:00pm each day

October 22nd – Trezana Beverley’s Mabel Madness – A one night only encore presentation of this one-woman show about singer Mabel Mercer.  I saw this play last year and recommend it – you can read my review here.  8:00pm, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)

Through October  22nd – Chelsea Film Festival – Now in it’s fifth year, featuring international shorts, feature length and documentary films by independent or emerging filmmakers from 19 countries, with a focus on climate change.

Through October 22nd – The Margaret Mead Film Festival – More than 40 ground-breaking, international, nonfiction films and media present fresh cross-cultural perspectives. Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street

Happening This Week and Continuing On

October 26th – 28th – Crown Heights Film Festival – Three evenings of excellent short films from around the world. Full program available here.  Each night features ten to thirteen short films for about 1h 30 minutes of screening time.  7:00pm, FiveMyles, 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn

October 26th – 29th – The International Art Fair for Prints and Editions – Now in its 26th year, the Fair presents 81 leading art dealers, from old master to modern to publishers of contemporary editions.  River Pavilion, The Javits Center, 11th Avenue at 35th Street

October 1st – 31st – Archtober – NYC’s Architecture and Design month; the annual festival of architecture tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions.

Upcoming Events

October 27th – Dialogos for Bass Clarinet and Guitar – Brazilian guitarist and composer Richard Boukas is joined by bass clarinetist Louis Arques.  I’ve heard Richard before, and he’s great!   New School for  Performing Arts, 55 West 13th Street, Recital 450 (4th Fl)  FREE, Limited Seating

October 28th – Day of the Dead Celebration – Traditional dances honoring ancestors willl be performed by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa around the community ofrenda, or altar. Hands-on activities include embellishing paper skull masks, decorating skeleton puppets, creating paper flowers and painting plaster skulls. FREE  12:00pm – 5:00pm, Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green.

October 28th – November 1st – TEFAF New York Fall – The European Fine Arts Fair returns to the Big Apple, showcasing masterpieces in every category of art and design – from antiques, Old Masters and Haute Joaillerie to contemporary painting, works on paper and 20th century design.  I’ve been, and you should put it on your list.  Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue @ 67th Street.

October 30th – Living to Gig in NYC’s Freelance Economy – NYC’s workforce is increasingly populated by freelancers, working from contract to contract for a variety of companies. As the “gig economy” overtakes more traditional career structures, dramatic changes could be on the horizon. Join Sara Horowitz, Executive Director and Founder of the Freelancers Union, in a lively conversation with The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson about the gig economy’s impact on New York City and the safety nets we need to support the 21st-century workforce.  Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

October 30th – The 24 Hour Plays – Each year, actors from film, television and Broadway come together for a mere 24 hours. What happens next is magic.  Together with great writers and directors, the cast meets one another for the first time on Sunday night to create six new plays to perform on one evening only.  8:00pm, American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street.

November 1st – Cabaret Français – Luxembourg/German chanteuse Adrienne Haan in concert with classics by Edit Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Kurt Weil, and others. Sure to be a high energy performance!  7:00pm, Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street

November 2nd – Chavela: Think Of Me – Singer Stephanie Trudeau creates a docu-cabaret performance of the life and music of the iconic Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas. Songs, story-telling and visual images present Chavela and some friends who shared her long and incredible life (Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Liz Taylor and Pedro Almodovar) All set within the art world and social milieu of mid century Mexico City, when it was the cultural capital of Latin America. Accompanied by David Lahm on piano and Ben Lapidus on guitar. 7:30pm, Pangea, 178 Second Avenue (11th & 12th Streets)

November 2nd – Combating Islamophobia through Dance and Spoken Word  Battery Dance presents this inaugural performance of storytelling through the choreography and performance of dancer Hussein Smko, and spoken memoirs of a boyhood in Baghdad by journalist Riyadh Mohammed. Both are Iraqi Muslims relocated to the U.S. FREE 6:30 pm, NY Public Library, 53rd Street Branch, 18 West 53rd Street

November 4th – Bi-Lingual Fair – Geared toward parents looking for information, more than 80 companies and organizations will be here presenting their offers to parents and families in all languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, etc.) in one space to answer your questions. 10:00am – 4:00pm,  Fordham University School of Law, Lincoln Center

November 7th – Paris-American Club, Soirée d’Automne – details on the web site

November 9th – Chavela: Think Of Me  – Singer Stephanie Trudeau creates a docu-cabaret performance of the life and music of the iconic Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas. Songs, story-telling and visual images present Chavela and some friends who shared her long and incredible life (Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Liz Taylor and Pedro Almodovar) All set within the art world and social milieu of mid century Mexico City, when it was the cultural capital of Latin America. Accompanied by David Lahm on piano and Ben Lapidus on guitar. 7:30pm, Pangea, 178 Second Avenue (11th & 12th Streets)

November 14th – Legacy Awards Gala Dinner    Join the Museum of Chinese in America as they honor  The Sit Family of Minneapolis, Chieh Huang of Boxed.com, Gish Jen, Author and Phillipa Soo, Actress (Hamilton (Eliza) and Amelie)  at Cipriani, 25 Broadway

November 16th – Chavela: Think Of Me – Singer Stephanie Trudeau creates a docu-cabaret performance of the life and music of the iconic Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas. Songs, story-telling and visual images present Chavela and some friends who shared her long and incredible life (Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Liz Taylor and Pedro Almodovar) All set within the art world and social milieu of mid century Mexico City, when it was the cultural capital of Latin America. Accompanied by David Lahm on piano and Ben Lapidus on guitar. 7:30pm, Pangea, 178 Second Avenue (11th & 12th Streets)

November 16th – Museum of Folk Art Fall Benefit Gala – honoring Elizabeth & Irwin Warren, Jill Soltau, President and CEO, Joann Stores, and Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College.  6:30pm, J.W. Marriot Essex House, 160 Central Park South.

November 28th – French American Foundation Gala – honoring Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman of Sodexo and Jane D. Hartley, former Ambassador of the United States to France and Monaco (with others to be announced).  At Gotham Hall.

December 6th – Paris-American Club Dinner – details will be on the website

December 7th & 8th – Forward Festival – hear fabulous music by today’s top musicians, including some previews.  Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi, presenting their new album Telepathic Alliances; Legendary musicians Andrew Lamb and Warren Smith; the experimental songs of L’Rain; Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein presenting their new album Tense Life.  At Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (between 1st and Carroll Streets, off 4th Ave)

December 17 & 18 – Gift of the Magi  – hear Ekstrom’s opera in Queen’s Flushing Town Hall, performed by the borough’s newest opera company!  

FREE (and low cost) Events

Brooklyn Bridge Park

On the East River waterfront, you’ll find dance parties, opera, film, kids activities and great public art!  Not to mention a view of the NYC skyline like in the movies.  Brooklyn Bridge Park’s activities go through the end of October.  To see the full list, click here

Ongoing throughout the year, walking tours by the Historic Districts Council and the Municipal Arts Society 

Jocelyn Medina’s Sunday Vocal Jam Series – Each week showcases a different featured vocal artist in trio from 8-9pm followed by an open jam session till 11pm. Come early to sign up, stay late for the hottest build up of collective improv! Vocalists and instrumentalists welcome, house piano, amps, mics and drums available.  Luca’s Jazz Corner at the Cavatappo Grill, 1712 First Avenue (88th & 89th Streets)