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Things to Do on the Upper West Side This Week - October 8-October 15

October 8, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Located on the west side of NYC's iconic Central Park, the Upper West Side is home to the Museum of Natural History, The Juilliard School, Levain Bakery, and the Catherdral of Saint John the Divine, among many other iconic hangouts. City Guide has compiled the best things to do on the Upper West City this week, and you won't want to miss out on any of it.

Turandot - Metropolitan Opera
Through October 12, 0201 - New York

Puccini's grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato.

Colloquy - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 08, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Room 508 Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects. The group meets at 9:30 on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except July and August). Put Colloquy on your calendar and be part of the discussion!

Chorus Practice - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 08, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Ceremonial Hall Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings?–?and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

Sunday Meeting - Danny Goldberg: 1967 and the Hippie Idea - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 08, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor Based on my book, a reflection on diverse elements of 50 years ago: spiritual, protest, black power, psychedelics, hippies, rock and roll, and how it relates to the Trump era. Danny Goldberg is President of Gold Village Entertainment, an artist management company whose clients include Steve Earle. Danny formerly managed Bonnie Raitt and Nirvana, and ran several major record companies. He is the author of the book "Bumping Into Geniuses" and graduated form Fieldston in 1967. Shared charity: ACLU

Brunch/Social Hour - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 08, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: School Cafeteria, 6th Floor Admission: $10 per person. FREE for first time newcomers.

Ethics in the News - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 08, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Room 508 Abe Markman presides A lively give and take on compelling issues and events

Ethical Death Café - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 08, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Ceremonial Hall Admission: $5 suggested donation Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial.

Sunday Story Time: Brontorina - New-York Historical Society
October 08, 2017 - New York

This week at Sunday Story Time we are exploring ballet and the importance of dance in New York City culture! We will read Brontorina by James Howe, illustrated by Randy Cecil and children will create a popsicle stick dancer puppet to take home. Brontorina written by James Howe. Illustrated by Randy Cecil, 2010. Support for Sunday Story Time provided by Macy's.

Reading into History Family Book Club: Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer - New-York Historical Society
October 08, 2017 - New York

As Halloween approaches, explore the history of one of the holiday's most sinister symbols: witches. What's the truth behind the witch panic that led to more than a dozen deaths in a small town in colonial Massachusetts? You'll find out as you read this beautifully illustrated work of non-fiction by acclaimed author-illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer. Schanzer will join us via Skype and then families will head to our library to explore witchcraft-related treasures from our collection—rarely on view to the public! About Witches In 1692 in Salem, MA, two girls became suddenly and mysteriously ill. Town officials declared their strange fits and groans could only have one cause: witchcraft! Just six months later, 14 women and five men were hanged as witches, shaking their small town to its core. Hundreds of years later, historians have discovered a fascinating tale of corruption and hysteria that led to the deaths of these so-called witches. Find out the true story in Rosalyn Schanzer's multi-award winning book exploring the colorful cast of characters in this all-too-real historical tragedy. Readers will be engrossed as much by the text as the book's gorgeous, even magical, illustrations ... (read more)

Closer-Look Tour in Polish - American Folk Art Museum
October 08, 2017 - Lincoln Center

A Polish-language public tour of War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics, led by museum gallery guides.

Junk - New York City Theatre
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind Disgraced, turns his attention to Wall Street in new work Junk. This meticulously constructed financial thriller, which receives its New York premiere at the Beaumont, centers on an investment bank's hostile takeover of a manufacturing firm, and the ruthless wunderkind who's heading the deal. Set in the mid-eighties, it portrays the crucial moment in history when pure, unalloyed greed for money became the dominant driving force in America. The cast is led by Tony nominee Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County). Junk debuted in Los Angeles last year, where it was met with unanimous praise from the critics for its brisk pace and moral complexity. This Broadway production is directed by Doug Hughes.

Lonely Planet - New York City Theatre
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

Absurdity and poignancy intertwine in Stephen Dietz's quietly brilliant examination of the AIDs epidemic through the eyes of two gay men, Jody, a worldly yet introverted map store owner and his more outlandish friend Carl, whose penchant for chairs carries more meaning than meets the eye. As time goes on in the isolated store, it becomes apparent that Jody hasn't left it for very long time. As a result, his knowledge of what is happening to their community is scant. Carl, being his only link to the outside world, decides he must bear witness to what is happening and begins to place the chairs of their fallen friends in the shop. Reminding us that hiding away from the world and its problems can have devastating consequences, Lonely Planet is a beautifully simple, yet highly resonant work that still reverberates into today's climate.

La Bohème - Metropolitan Opera
October 09, 2017 - New York

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

Eloise at the Museum - New-York Historical Society
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

This summer, the New-York Historical Society celebrates the feisty charm and audacious spirit of Eloise, who continues to be a picture book superstar more than sixty years after her debut. On view June 30 - October 9, 2017, Eloise at the Museum reveals the creative collaboration between cabaret star Kay Thompson (1909-1998) and the young illustrator Hilary Knight (b. 1926) that brought the precocious character to life. The exhibition showcases more than 75 objects, ranging from original manuscript pages to sketchbooks, portraits, photographs, and vintage dolls. Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, where it debuted earlier this year, New-York Historical's presentation fully immerses visitors into Eloise's world with evocations of the grand lobby of the Plaza Hotel, her bedroom?complete with a storytelling corner?and her bubbly "bawthroom," where she often made mischief.

Springsteen on Broadway - New York City Theatre
October 10, 2017 - New York

Start distressing your denims and prepare to rock that bandana because this isn't a drill, The Boss is coming to conquer Broadway. That's right, the one and only Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen brings his iconic slice of Americana to the Great White Way for a series of shows in which he'll take the audience through his life and career in only the way he can. Citing that he wanted to keep the event as 'personal and intimate as possible', he'll be blessing the 960 seat Walter Kerr Theatre for five nights a week for eight weeks this fall, promising a mixture of song and conversation for lucky ticket holders.

New York City Ballet - 20th Century Violin Concertos - New York City Theatre
October 10, 2017 - New York

While it may be incendiary to suggest that other instruments of the orchestra are mere accompaniments, the violin is certainly one of the most important. Throughout the history of music and dance, it has been the muse of many a choreographer. Now the NYCB offers its renowned choreographers interpretations of three of the most famous violin concertos. The company will explore the delicate angularities and flights of technical prowess of Corigliano's film score The Red Violin (paired with Martins) , as well as Berg's deeply personal Violin Concerto (paired with Jerome Robbins) and Stravinsky's neoclassical Violin Concerto (paired with Balanchine).

Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 10, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Elliott Library, Room 507 Admission: Members Free; Guests $5 per session Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday With Leader Anne Klaeysen Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

Race, Systems, and Society - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 10, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Elliott Library, Room 507 Admission: Members free; Guests $5 per session With Leader Dr. Richard Koral Even among those who are mindful of the subtle racial, ethnic, and class distinctions that persist in society, we are all participants in a larger societal structure that perpetuates injustices. We will read and discuss books and articles that explore the features of systemic racism and classism in America to better understand the ways in which society can recreate itself to permit all people to flourish and thrive.

Die Zauberflöte - Metropolitan Opera
October 10, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis

Die Zauberflöte - The Metropolitan Opera
October 10, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Additional funding from John Van Meter, The Annenberg Foundation, Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha

Stuffed - New York City Theatre
Through October 10, 2017 - New York

Written by comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Stuffed is honest look at women's relation to food and body image. In a culture that celebrates excess, being overweight is nevertheless a touchy subject, and a huge cause of anxiety for many Americans. Set on a simple stage, dressed with a few pieces of furniture and a refrigerator in the background, it's a hilarious and poignant conversation between four different women who have very different attitudes to their own bodies. Together they tackle every food-related topic imaginable, from ridiculous diets to muffin tops. Stuffed debuted last year at Off-Broadway's Women's Project Theatre. Lisa Lampanelli will reprise her role as Lisa, while Jackson Gay returns to direct.

Springsteen on Broadway - New York City Theatre
October 11, 2017 - New York

Start distressing your denims and prepare to rock that bandana because this isn't a drill, The Boss is coming to conquer Broadway. That's right, the one and only Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen brings his iconic slice of Americana to the Great White Way for a series of shows in which he'll take the audience through his life and career in only the way he can. Citing that he wanted to keep the event as 'personal and intimate as possible', he'll be blessing the 960 seat Walter Kerr Theatre for five nights a week for eight weeks this fall, promising a mixture of song and conversation for lucky ticket holders.

New York City Ballet - 20th Century Violin Concertos - New York City Theatre
October 11, 2017 - New York

While it may be incendiary to suggest that other instruments of the orchestra are mere accompaniments, the violin is certainly one of the most important. Throughout the history of music and dance, it has been the muse of many a choreographer. Now the NYCB offers its renowned choreographers interpretations of three of the most famous violin concertos. The company will explore the delicate angularities and flights of technical prowess of Corigliano's film score The Red Violin (paired with Martins) , as well as Berg's deeply personal Violin Concerto (paired with Jerome Robbins) and Stravinsky's neoclassical Violin Concerto (paired with Balanchine).

Massimo's Philosophy Cafe - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 11, 2017 - Manhattan

Location: Adler Study, Room 514 Admission: $5 Nonmembers Please join us for a Socratic discussion. Topic: The five traits of rational discourse

Norma - Metropolitan Opera
October 11, 2017 - New York

Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list," declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini's masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma's unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar's evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

Tedeschi Trucks Band - New York City Theatre
Through October 11, 2017 - New York

The Grammy-winning husband and wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are hitting the road on the Wheels of Soul Tour this Summer, with a handful of solo dates towards the end of the year. Comprised of slide guitar virtuoso Trucks, the feisty vocals of Tedeschi and a backing band of killer brass and rhythm section musicians, the Tedeschi Truck Band do southern-fried soul like no one else's business. These talented musicians are the perfect match, not only in their marriage, but each brings an electrifying energy to stage. Tedeschi, who knows a thing or two about guitar herself, could blow the roof off of any venue with her powerhouse pipes while Truck's slide solos have earned him the reputation as one of the best guitarists in the world. Expect upbeat, stomping blues numbers and rapturous applause.

Dialogue + Studio: Combat Paper - American Folk Art Museum
October 12, 2017 - New York

Combat Paper is an artist collective that transforms military uniforms into handmade paper. Join Ithaca-based artist and veteran Nathan Lewis as he demonstrates how to transform uniforms into pulp, while discussing the myriad ways that textiles carry stories. The Dialogue + Studio workshop series offers participants opportunities to gain insight into and engage with self-taught art, past and present, at a deep level. Focused discussions about select themes, techniques, and materials featured in current exhibitions couple with related expert-led hands-on workshops. Nathan Lewis is a papermaker and bookbinder (but his parents only know about the tree service he works for). The first time that he made paper, he used the U.S. Army uniform that he wore in the United States military invasion of Iraq. His work continues to deal with themes of war and the military. Nathan maintains a secret book arts bunker in the hills of the Finger Lakes. Look for his neatly stacked pile of firewood.

Leader Lunch Discussion - New York Society for Ethical Culture
October 12, 2017 - Manhattan

Readings: "Nuclear Diplomacy: From Iran to North Korea?" by Jessica T. Matthews, The New York Review of Books, 8/17/17 Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online

Citymeals on Wheels' Fall For Truffles - Urbani Truffles USA
October 12, 2017 - New York

Join the Friends of Citymeals for a cocktail party at Urbani Truffles USA for the organization's Fall For Truffles event. Mix and mingle with fellow gourmands and indulge in a deluxe truffle experience curated by Chefs Michael White, Stephanie Sarikaya and Lauren DeSteno. Guests will also savor the flavors of Piedmont with sumptuous bites from East Village favorite Risotteria Melotti. Order a VIP ticket to enjoy early access and an exclusive dish prepared by Chef White. Proceeds from ticket sales will fund meals for NYC's older neighbors in need.

Waves of Change: Challenges and Solutions for the Ocean - American Museum of Natural History
October 12, 2017 - New York

Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series Panel Discussion During this special evening panel, we will explore how managing the oceans through innovative policies and conservation approaches can help sustain seascapes and species — including the billions of people who depend on the ocean for their livelihoods and well-being. SPEAKERS: Jeremy Jackson, Professor of Oceanography Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Senior Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution Nai'a Lewis, Creative Director, 84 and Sunny Merry Camhi, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society New York Seascape Moderator: Ana Luz Porzecanski, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History

Turandot - The Metropolitan Opera
October 12, 2017 - New York

Puccini's grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato. Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington Revival a gift of the NPD Group, Inc.

Folk Art Explorers: Trip to Los Angeles - American Folk Art Museum
October 13, 2017 - New York

The American Folk Art Museum invites you on a four-day trip to Los Angeles, California, for a fun exploration of folk art and self-taught art throughout the city. Highlights of the trip include a special tour of the inaugural exhibition Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles with Exhibition Curator and Executive Director Elsa Longhauser, a tour at the Craft & Folk Art Museum and the Hammer Museum, stops at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Getty Center, private collection tours, and fabulous meals throughout the city. Ticket price includes round-trip airfare from JFK International Airport; deluxe hotel accommodations for three nights; ground transportation for excursions throughout Los Angeles; Friday lunch, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday brunch and dinner, and Monday breakfast; and museum tours. Taxes and gratuities are included.

Dialogue + Studio: Bookbinding with Combat Paper - American Folk Art Museum
October 13, 2017 - New York

On day two, Nathan Lewis offers a bookbinding workshop with handmade paper created from military uniforms. Participants will learn two styles of bookbinding, as well as explore the relationship between Combat Paper's work and objects on view in the War and Pieced exhibition. Limited to 15 individuals. The Dialogue + Studio workshop series offers participants opportunities to gain insight into and engage with self-taught art, past and present, at a deep level. Focused discussions about select themes, techniques, and materials featured in current exhibitions couple with related expert-led hands-on workshops. Nathan Lewis is a papermaker and bookbinder (but his parents only know about the tree service he works for). The first time that he made paper, he used the U.S. Army uniform that he wore in the United States military invasion of Iraq. His work continues to deal with themes of war and the military. Nathan maintains a secret book arts bunker in the hills of the Finger Lakes. Look for his neatly stacked pile of firewood.

The World of Midori Kashiwagi - Florence Gould Hall
October 13, 2017 - New York

Encounter the elegant and refined art form of Nihon Buyo, traditional Japanese dance, led by master dancer Midori Kashiwagi performs dramatic love story, "The Love Suicide at Sonezaki", one of the Japanese historical tale expresses love and betrayal. This story has been playing on Kabuki and Japanese traditional puppet play since three handled years ago. Midori Kashiwagi completes this sorrowful tale combining the traditional Japanese dance with jazz dance and modern dance with a puppet master Hiroshi Hori and a talented famous contemporary dancer Yu Yamamoto. Midori Kashiwagi also plays "Bolero" the solo dance performance, and she has choreographed and directed for this magnificent show. Midori Kashiwagi is a master of the traditional Japanese dancer, as well as a choreographer. She is the director of the Midori kashiwagi Jazz Dance Studio in Japan. She takes conventional Japanese subject matter, often from Noh and Kabuki, and create eloquent and fierce narratives expressed by original dance fusion of Nihon Buyo and Western modern and jazz dance. She has been performing in theaters in Japan and NY for decades.

Springsteen on Broadway - New York City Theatre
October 13, 2017 - New York

Start distressing your denims and prepare to rock that bandana because this isn't a drill, The Boss is coming to conquer Broadway. That's right, the one and only Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen brings his iconic slice of Americana to the Great White Way for a series of shows in which he'll take the audience through his life and career in only the way he can. Citing that he wanted to keep the event as 'personal and intimate as possible', he'll be blessing the 960 seat Walter Kerr Theatre for five nights a week for eight weeks this fall, promising a mixture of song and conversation for lucky ticket holders.

Bach-Beethoven-Barber & Fugues - Bloomingdale School of Music
October 13, 2017 - New York

Bloomingdale School of Music - Free Concert Series Bach, Beethoven, Barber, & Fugues One of the most exciting features of music for the piano is the combination of fugues with other compositional forms, the most notable being J.S. Bach’s preludes and fugues in The Well Tempered Clavier. By the early 19th century Beethoven began including fugues as final movements in his piano sonatas, a practice he continued and perfected throughout his life. The 20th century American composer Samuel Barber also included a fugue as the final statement in his celebrated “Piano Sonata” from 1949. This program illustrates the influence and treatment of fugue within a broader compositional spectrum by three masterful composers spanning 200 years. Monica Verona, piano*

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt: A Site-Specific Opera for Families - American Museum of Natural History
October 13, 2017 - New York

Join Rhoda as she hunts for missing fossils throughout the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs! This opera by composer John Musto is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist illustrator whose paintings and sculptures are still on display at the Museum today. About the Opera Co-commissioned and co-produced with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is based on the real-life experiences of 8-year-old Rhoda Knight Kalt and her trips to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist who was commissioned to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures – many still on display at the AMNH today. The opera premieres in the AMNH's Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs in the fall 2017 before traveling to Chicago (Lyric Unlimited) and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Opera).

Stroller Tour Through History - New-York Historical Society
October 13, 2017 - New York

Second Friday of each month, 9:15 – 10 am Children under 24 months and their adults $25 per family ($20 per Member family) (includes up to 2 adults plus kids) Take a stroll through history with your little one! Grownups and their children (up to 2 years old) will explore America's past, present, and future in this lively and interactive tour. Our early childhood educator will lead you on an exploration of art, history, and creativity—all before the museum opens for the day! Singing, movement, texture exploration, and art-making in the galleries will make for a memorable morning. "The museum educators create a welcoming space for children and their families, making the visit accessible to children in all stages of mobility. The walk is interactive and children are encouraged to run, touch, explore, sing, and parents can feel comfortable letting them express themselves. Our 20- month-old son had a blast!" -Gina S.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) - Metropolitan Opera
October 13, 2017 - New York

Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the tortured poet in Offenbach's glittering treatment of the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Bartlett Sher's production provides a vibrant backdrop for this operatic journey through the hero's many love affairs. Johannes Debus conducts. Production a gift of the Hermione Foundation, Laura Sloate, Trustee; and the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa Additional funding from the Estate of Helen F. Kelbert, and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) - The Metropolitan Opera
October 13, 2017 - New York

Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the tortured poet in Offenbach's glittering treatment of the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Bartlett Sher's production provides a vibrant backdrop for this operatic journey through the hero's many love affairs. Johannes Debus conducts. Production a gift of the Hermione Foundation, Laura Sloate, Trustee; and the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa Additional funding from the Estate of Helen F. Kelbert, and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

Springsteen on Broadway - New York City Theatre
October 14, 2017 - New York

Start distressing your denims and prepare to rock that bandana because this isn't a drill, The Boss is coming to conquer Broadway. That's right, the one and only Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen brings his iconic slice of Americana to the Great White Way for a series of shows in which he'll take the audience through his life and career in only the way he can. Citing that he wanted to keep the event as 'personal and intimate as possible', he'll be blessing the 960 seat Walter Kerr Theatre for five nights a week for eight weeks this fall, promising a mixture of song and conversation for lucky ticket holders.

La Bohème - Metropolitan Opera
October 14, 2017 - New York

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

Die Zauberflöte - Metropolitan Opera
October 14, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis

Die Zauberflöte - The Metropolitan Opera
October 14, 2017 - New York

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart's magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor's spectacular production, which captures both the opera's earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Additional funding from John Van Meter, The Annenberg Foundation, Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha

Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World - Lincoln Center
Through October 14, 2017 - New York

ilary Knight was born stage-struck, ninety years ago. Best known as the illustrator of the American classic Eloise, he cites the performing arts as the single greatest influence on his life and career. As a child, Knight was fascinated by the circus and could not get enough of Broadway. His artist parents introduced him to musicals with Jumbo in 1935. His early theatrical influences were Ethel Merman in Red, Hot and Blue; Gertrude Lawrence in Lady in the Dark; and the sensational Carmen Miranda in The Streets of Paris. The movies were another source of inspiration and obsession. Designer Adrian's extravagant costumes for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) mesmerized him; child star Sabu in Elephant Boy (1937) became a hero. After studying at the Art Students' League with Reginald Marsh, and then a stint in the US Navy in World War II, Knight designed sets under the exacting eye of the legendary George Abbott at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Eloise became a national and international bestseller in the 1950's, and Knight's children's book career took off with titles such as Where's Wallace, and The Circus is Coming! Yet his work in the theater continued with iconic Broadway posters, inc... (read more)

Tedeschi Trucks Band - New York City Theatre
Through October 14, 2017 - New York

The Grammy-winning husband and wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are hitting the road on the Wheels of Soul Tour this Summer, with a handful of solo dates towards the end of the year. Comprised of slide guitar virtuoso Trucks, the feisty vocals of Tedeschi and a backing band of killer brass and rhythm section musicians, the Tedeschi Truck Band do southern-fried soul like no one else's business. These talented musicians are the perfect match, not only in their marriage, but each brings an electrifying energy to stage. Tedeschi, who knows a thing or two about guitar herself, could blow the roof off of any venue with her powerhouse pipes while Truck's slide solos have earned him the reputation as one of the best guitarists in the world. Expect upbeat, stomping blues numbers and rapturous applause.

NYC Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
October 15, 2017 - New York

Come discover and meet 25 of the best "sweet" makers in New York City. Shop and enjoy the best artisanal macaroons, spiced pumpkin pies, freshly baked cupcakes, experimental ice cream sandwiches, and the most mouthwatering truffles and chocolates you ever had. Everything will be to scream for! In addition, explore the over 100 vendors of Grand Bazaar NYC's weekly market. Entrance is free. Discover + Shop + Eat & Be Social! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grand Bazaar NYC is the city’s largest curated weekly market. Open every Sunday, indoors and outdoors, with over 100 amazing vendors offering the finest and most distinctive goods (e.g., antiques, vintage collectibles, art, jewelry, artisanal foods). Grand Bazaar NYC donates all proceeds to four neighborhood public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children.

BALLET HISPÁNICO Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Dance! - Ballet Hispanico
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

BALLET HISPÁNICO Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Dance! Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 2017 with free events, performances, exhibitions and dance lessons for children and adults. Events include a Salsa Extravaganza, an "A la Calle" Block Party, an Instituto Coreográfico dance showing and discussion, an intimate Tablao flamenco performance, and an exhibition of visual artwork at the Ballet Hispánico's headquarters, The Arnhold Center, at 167 W. 89th Street. "No other Latino organization can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month like Ballet Hispánico, because we will do it with dance!" said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "We've been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance for more than 45 years. Our Hispanic Heritage Month events and activities will bring the celebration to the Upper West Side neighborhood, which has been our home from the very beginning of Ballet Hispánico." The celebration begins on Friday, September 15, 2017* with the PBS broadcast of Lincoln Center at the Movies present... (read more)

Son of Sofia - NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
October 15, 2017 - New York

central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, ... The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man ... copious descriptions of her visions and dialogues with the "Virgin Sophia" ... Athens, 2004 summer Olympic Games. 11-year-old Misha arrives from Russia to live with his mother, Sofia.

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt: A Site-Specific Opera for Families - American Museum of Natural History
October 15, 2017 - New York

Join Rhoda as she hunts for missing fossils throughout the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs! This opera by composer John Musto is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist illustrator whose paintings and sculptures are still on display at the Museum today. About the Opera Co-commissioned and co-produced with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is based on the real-life experiences of 8-year-old Rhoda Knight Kalt and her trips to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist who was commissioned to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures – many still on display at the AMNH today. The opera premieres in the AMNH's Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs in the fall 2017 before traveling to Chicago (Lyric Unlimited) and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Opera).

Sunday Story Time: I Live in Brooklyn - New-York Historical Society
October 15, 2017 - New York

This week at Sunday Story Time we are exploring the five boroughs of New York City. We will read I Live in Brooklyn by Mari Takabayashi and children will create an art project to take home. I Live in Brooklyn written and illustrated by Mari Takabayashi, 2004. Support for Sunday Story Time provided by Macy's

Ballet Hispánico offer Adult Classes in Caribbean Flow, Afro-Latin Jazz Fusion, and Salsa - Ballet Hispanico
October 15, 2017 - New York City

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, announces the Fall 2017 Adult Class Schedule, with classes in Caribbean Flow, Afro-Latin Jazz Fusion, and Salsa. Celebrating over 45 years of dance and culture, the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is a leading center of excellence in dance education located at 167 W. 89th Street, NYC.   During Hispanic Heritage Month, participants may take one class and bring a friend for free until October 15, 2017.   Caribbean Flow with Dana Manno Mondays at 7:15 pm, Teens & Adults, open to ages 15 and up. Dana's high-energy style transports dancers of all levels straight to the islands of the Caribbean in this fun and lively class. Each session fuses dance styles of Salsa, Rhumba, Soca, Merengue, and more. Get strong, get loose, and learn some cultural history while you move! All levels welcome.   Afro-Latin Jazz Fusion with Sekou McMiller Wednesdays at 7:15 pm, Adults ages 18 and up. At the forefront of a new movement in the Latin dance world, Sekou's unique and exciting style of Afro-Latin Jazz Fusion introduces Latin rhythms and techniques deeply rooted in the Caribbean (salsa/mambo, cha-cha-cha, rumba) while blendin... (read more)

55th New York Film Festival - The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

The 55th New York Film Festival's Main Slate has been announced, featuring a selection of 25 films from around the globe. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, "Every year, I'm asked about the themes in our Main Slate line-up, and every year I say the same thing: we choose the best films we see, and the common themes and preoccupations arise only after the fact. As I look at this slate of beautiful work, I could just make a series of simple observations: that these films come from all over the globe; that there is a nice balance of filmmakers known and unknown to many here in New York; that the overall balance between frankness and artistry holds me in awe; that there are two gala selections with the word 'wonder' in their titles; and that eight of the 25 films were directed by women." This year's Main Slate showcases films honored at Cannes including Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or–winner The Square; Robin Campillo's BPM, awarded the Cannes Critics' Prize; and Agnès Varda & JR's Faces Places, which took home the Golden Eye. From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki's Silver Bear–winner The Other Side of Hope and Agnieszka Holland's Alfred Bauer Prize–winner Spoor mark th... (read more)

The Duchess of Carnegie Hall: Photographs by Editta Sherman - New York Historical Society
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

The New-York Historical Society will celebrate the creative legacy of New York through the lens of late photographer Editta Sherman in The Duchess of Carnegie Hall: Photographs by Editta Sherman, on view August 18 – October 15, 2017 in the recently opened Center for Women's History. The exhibition highlights the career of the renowned female photographer, who was also Bill Cunningham's friend and the subject of his Facades series, and features portraits of 65 notable film stars, authors, musicians, and athletes, including actress Kim Hunter, country music star June Carter Cash, and authors Betty Smith and Pearl Buck. As a female living in the male-dominated society of the 1940s through 1960s, Editta's thriving career exemplifies a fiercely independent woman's drive for success.

The Metropolitan Opera Guild Debuts DaCapo Arts Administration Program - The Metropolitan Opera Learning Center
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

Enhancing its mission to provide opera-based education for the wider community, the Metropolitan Opera Guild unveils DaCapo (Developing Artistic and Creative Administrative Professionals) to educate the arts administration students, who will be the next generation of performing arts directors, managers, and stewards. Registration will open Tuesday, August 29 for the new two-day intensive arts education program, which will take place October 14th and 15th at the Opera Learning Center. Session topics include: Advanced Planning & Production; Crisis Management; Artist & Personnel Management; Community Outreach & Education; Development in Action; and Building a Career in the Arts.

Junk - New York City Theatre
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind Disgraced, turns his attention to Wall Street in new work Junk. This meticulously constructed financial thriller, which receives its New York premiere at the Beaumont, centers on an investment bank's hostile takeover of a manufacturing firm, and the ruthless wunderkind who's heading the deal. Set in the mid-eighties, it portrays the crucial moment in history when pure, unalloyed greed for money became the dominant driving force in America. The cast is led by Tony nominee Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County). Junk debuted in Los Angeles last year, where it was met with unanimous praise from the critics for its brisk pace and moral complexity. This Broadway production is directed by Doug Hughes.

Lonely Planet - New York City Theatre
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

Absurdity and poignancy intertwine in Stephen Dietz's quietly brilliant examination of the AIDs epidemic through the eyes of two gay men, Jody, a worldly yet introverted map store owner and his more outlandish friend Carl, whose penchant for chairs carries more meaning than meets the eye. As time goes on in the isolated store, it becomes apparent that Jody hasn't left it for very long time. As a result, his knowledge of what is happening to their community is scant. Carl, being his only link to the outside world, decides he must bear witness to what is happening and begins to place the chairs of their fallen friends in the shop. Reminding us that hiding away from the world and its problems can have devastating consequences, Lonely Planet is a beautifully simple, yet highly resonant work that still reverberates into today's climate.

Stuffed - New York City Theatre
Through October 17, 2017 - New York

Written by comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Stuffed is honest look at women's relation to food and body image. In a culture that celebrates excess, being overweight is nevertheless a touchy subject, and a huge cause of anxiety for many Americans. Set on a simple stage, dressed with a few pieces of furniture and a refrigerator in the background, it's a hilarious and poignant conversation between four different women who have very different attitudes to their own bodies. Together they tackle every food-related topic imaginable, from ridiculous diets to muffin tops. Stuffed debuted last year at Off-Broadway's Women's Project Theatre. Lisa Lampanelli will reprise her role as Lisa, while Jackson Gay returns to direct.

Early-Morning Bird Walks in Central Park - American Museum of Natural History
Through October 27, 2017 - New York

Observe the exciting fall migration of birds in Central Park with ornithologists Paul Sweet (Tuesdays, 7 am and Fridays, 9 am) and Joseph DiCostanzo (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 am). Learn how to use field marks, habitat, and behavior to identify warblers, thrushes, sparrows, and raptors as they pass through Central Park en route to their winter homes. Birder field cards included.

Folk Art Reflections - American Folk Art Museum
Through December 07, 2017 - New York

This interactive and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer's and their family members or care partners brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. Museum admission and program are free. Registration is required. Stools are provided.

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) Announces 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign - Theater Resources Unlimited
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

25 years of service to the theater. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) Announces 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign: $25 for 25 In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)announces a fundraising campaign: $25 for 25, in honor of 25 years of service to the theater community. The goal is to raise $25,000 by end of year to help support and expand the educational programming TRU offers the theater community, as well as to make possible travel stipends to out-of-state writers who are accepted into the annual TRU Voices Reading Series. In a nation where arts programs have been depleted if not discarded, TRU provides an economic opportunity to continue an education in the art (and business) of producing theater. As a professional producer for over twenty-five years, TRU has given me the opportunity to retrace my journey, re-confirm my knowledge. - Michael Alden, theater and film producer (Disgraced, Come from Away, Grey Gardens, Not That Jewish, Bat Boy; films: The Hours, Kissing Jessica Stein)   The quarter-century of accomplishments of this modest arts service organization are surprising to those who do not know TRU, including: 25 YEARS of he... (read more)

War and Pieced: the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics - American Folk Art Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

Organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, in collaboration with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Lincoln–Nebraska. Cocurated by Dr. Annette Gero, international quilt historian, author, and collector, and Stacy C. Hollander, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator, and Director of Exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum. War and Pieced is the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. Once termed "Soldiers'" or "Convalescent Quilts," the pieced textiles are most closely associated with the Crimean War as well as conflicts in India, South Africa, and other troubled regions of the British Empire during the nineteenth century. The exhibition further relates these military quilts to an earlier technique of pictorial inlaid or intarsia quilts, made with felted wools during the Prussian and Napoleonic wars beginning in the mid-eighteenth century. The visual virtuosity of the quilts, often incorporating many thousands of pieces no larger than one-inch square, assumes a deeper emotional r... (read more)

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times - New-York Historical Society
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times is a new exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy's private life and public trajectory. One of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, it brings together images from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives that capture public and private moments from Kennedy's life. Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen. Kennedy's administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America. No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy—from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946 and his fairy-tale wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960 and the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. Documentary photographers such as Ed Clark, Lisl Steiner, Ralph Crane, Philippe Halsman, Ted Spiegel Jacques Lowe, Lawrence Schiller, Steve Schapiro, and Sam Vestal captured the optimism and challenges of the early 1960s in some of the finest and most vivid images of the period. New-York H... (read more)

Bottlenose Dolphins 3-4 Years (Drop-Off) - JCC Manhattan
Through January 08, 2018 - NEW YORK,

Students will be engaged in the fundamentals of swimming with songs and activities in a safe and fun social setting during this parent/child class.

Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art - New York Historical Society
Through January 21, 2018 - Upper West Side

Ominous threats filled the years around World War II—Nazism, the escalating plight of European Jews, Fascism, Japanese militarism, and racism. Arthur Szyk, the great 20th-century activist in art, confronted the turbulent, hate-filled period with forceful artistic depictions caricaturing Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito as the evil architects of their regimes' destructive and inhumane policies. Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art explores the activism of the Polish-born artist through more than 40 politically incisive works that underscore Szyk's role as a kind of "one man army" fighting odious policies and protagonists and advocating civil and human rights. Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art is curated by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts, with Irvin Ungar, project adviser. The book, Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, is available from the NYHistory Store. Support for Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art is provided by Shelley and Steven Einhorn, the David Berg Foundation, the Edward and Sandra Meyer Foundation, and Nancy and Morris W. Offit. Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, and the New York Sta... (read more)

Dark Universe - A New Hayden Planetarium Space Show - The American Museum of Natural History
Through December 31, 2018 - New York City

Dark Universe will celebrate the scientific breakthroughs that have paved the way for our increased understanding of the universe, revealing that it is dominated by two mysterious phenomena: dark matter and dark energy. To bring this story to the Hayden Planetarium dome, the Space Show uses stunning visualizations based on authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions, ground-based telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe, including the Museum. In Dark Universe, viewers will see the night sky at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, soar across the Milky Way Galaxy, and parachute through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Dark Universe was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.

Inside You - American Musuem of Natural History
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way! Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us. Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the ... (read more)

Picasso's Le Tricorne - New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 - Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso's "Le Tricorne." It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical's collection. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called "Le Tricorne" the artist's "supreme theatrical achievement." The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet. Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict... (read more)

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