Things to Do Around NYC: November 4–10

November 3, 2016 11:43 am Last Updated: November 3, 2016 11:43 am

COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEW IN MANHATTAN

World Culture Festival: Epic Stories
Nov. 5 at noon–5 p.m.
The Met Fifth Avenue
Through performances, art-making activities, storytelling, and more, participants of all ages will discover larger-than-life characters and tales from cultures around the world. The festival is free with Museum admission. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

My First Film Fest
Nov. 3–8
Film Society of Lincoln Center
All kids remember the first movie they ever saw or the first time they went to a movie theater. My First Film Fest, which aims to bring the excitement and vibrancy of the festival experience to young movie lovers. FilmLinc.org

3-D Auteurs Film Festival
Nov. 11–29
Film Forum at 209 W. Houston St.
A 19-day, 34-film festival spotlighting stereoscopic movies by some of history’s most distinguished directors spans 3-D’s earliest days (including some turn-of-the-century films by pioneer Georges Méliès) to the present, and represents virtually every genre, including Westerns, Film Noir, and Science Fiction. $14. FilmForum.org

ONGOING IN MANHATTAN

White Light Festival
Through Nov. 16
Lincoln Center
This year we focus on what it means to be human in an increasingly fractious world—a world where communication, compassion, and creative expression remain vital to our survival as a global community. The festival opens with the Rundfunkchor Berlin’s Human Requiem, an intimate reinvention of Brahms’s masterful “Ein deutsches Requiem.” WhiteLightFestival.org

New York & The Nation
Ongoing
The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History
170 Central Park West
Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. $20 for adults, $12 for students, $15 for seniors. NYHistory.org

NEW ELSEWHERE

Pushing the Envelope: A Decade of Documentary at the Cinema Eye Honors
Nov. 4–Jan. 8
Museum of Moving Image, Queens
Highlights from the Cinema Eye Honors’ first decade with a series featuring more than twenty films that have won or been nominated, along with a few key films released in the year before that inaugural Cinema Eye Honors award ceremony. MovingImage.us

ONGOING ELSEWHERE

Thursday Nights at the Brooklyn Museum
Thursdays
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy.
See all that the Brooklyn Museum has to offer—compliments of Squarespace. Get access to world-class permanent collections and tours of special exhibitions and events like films and salsa dancing. Free. ThursdayNightsBKM.org

Shakespeare on Screen
Through Nov. 5
Peter Jay Sharp Building at BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Filmed live performances of the Bard of Avon’s most beloved plays, screened in glistening HD at BAM Rose Cinemas. This season’s lineup features critically acclaimed productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Julie Taymor, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. $25. BAM.org

VISUAL ARTS

NEW IN MANHATTAN

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion
Nov. 8–Feb. 5
Galleries 980–981 at the Met Fifth Avenue
The Costume Institute’s fall 2016 exhibition will feature significant acquisitions of the past 10 years and explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy to amass masterworks of the highest aesthetic and technical quality, including iconic works by designers who have changed fashion history and advanced fashion as an art form. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
Nov. 9–13
Pier 94 at 711 12th Ave.
Preeminent exhibitors showcasing impressive collections of antique and estate jewelry, Asian antiquities, sculpture, textiles, American and European silver, furniture, fine art, and more. $20. NYFallShow.com

Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Nov. 16–Feb. 19
The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection is organizing the first exhibition to focus on Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), the great French bronze chaser and gilder who worked for Louis XV and Louis XVI. The exhibition will shed new light on the artist’s production, life, and workshop through the presentation of twenty-one objects from public and private collections. Frick.org

Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant
Through Jan. 8
The Met Fifth Avenue
Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806)—one of the most forward-looking and inventive artists of the 18th century—was equally skilled in painting, drawing, and etching. Unlike many old masters for whom drawing was a preparatory tool, Fragonard explored the potential of chalk, ink, and wash to create sheets that were works of art in their own right. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece From the Norton Simon Museum
Through Jan. 22
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St.
Guido Cagnacci was one of the most eccentric painters of seventeenth-century Italy, infamous for the unconventionality of both his art and his lifestyle. Frick.org

ONGOING IN MANHATTAN

Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table
Through May 29
The Met Fifth Avenue
This exhibition of Renaissance maiolica, drawn exclusively from The Met’s world-renowned collection, will celebrate the publication of Maiolica, Italian Renaissance Ceramics in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Timothy Wilson. As Wilson writes, “Painted pottery, at its most ambitious, is a serious form of Italian Renaissance art, with much to offer those interested in the wider culture of this astoundingly creative period.” $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

On Time: The Quest for Precision
Through Nov. 19
Grolier Club at 47 E. 60th St.
From sundials to atomic clocks, the story of the development of precision in timekeeping is documented in rare books and journals from the fifteenth century to the present. Curator Bruce Bradley tells a timely story with 86 illustrated books that graphically and artistically depict the sweep of timekeeping. Free. www.GrolierClub.org

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning
Through Nov. 27
The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave.
This landmark exhibition will feature more than 100 photographs that together redefine Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio
Through Jan. 16
Gallery 999 at The Met Fifth Avenue
This will be the first monographic exhibition devoted to Valentin, who is little known because his career was short-lived—he died at age 41—and his works are so rare. Around 60 paintings by Valentin survive, and this exhibition will bring together 45 of them, with works coming from Rome, Vienna, Munich, Madrid, London, and Paris. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

Faith and Photography: Auguste Salzmann in the Holy Land
Through Feb. 5
Gallery 852 at The Howard Gilman Gallery at The Met Fifth Avenue
The first-ever exhibition devoted exclusively to the career of the French academic painter, archaeologist, and photographer Auguste Salzmann. In 1853, Salzmann embarked on the arduous journey from Paris to Jerusalem. Hoping to objectively verify religious faith through the documentation of the city’s holy sites, he turned to photography, creating one of the most enigmatic bodies of work of the 19th century. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

Splendors of Korean Art
Through Sept. 17
The Met Fifth Avenue
Thirteen masterpieces on loan from the National Museum of Korea are highlighted, including Silla gold jewelry and pottery, Goryeo Buddhist sculpture and celadon, and Joseon porcelain and paintings—some of which have never before crossed the Pacific Ocean. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

ENDING IN MANHATTAN

Uniformity
Through Nov. 20
The Museum at FIT
Uniformity explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, considering both their social role and their influence on high fashion. The exhibition is organized thematically to focus on four categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports. FITnyc.edu

Fabergé From the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection
Through Nov. 27
The Met Fifth Avenue
Louisiana heiress and philanthropist Matilda Geddings Gray (1885–1971) acquired her first object by Fabergé in 1933. An artist herself, with a refined aesthetic sensibility, she was a sophisticated collector, while the name of the Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920) was almost unknown in the United States. Over the following years, Matilda Geddings Gray amassed one of the finest Fabergé collections in the world, and Fabergé’s art has become widely known and internationally sought after. $12–$25 suggested. METMuseum.org

PERFORMING ARTS

NEW IN MANHATTAN

Aida
Nov. 5–April 20
Metropolitan Opera
The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires. Three commanding sopranos—Liudmyla Monastyrska, Latonia Moore, and Krassimira Stoyanova—appear in the title role, the slave girl Aida, who is secretly a princess. Ekaterina Gubanova and Violeta Urmana are the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, and Marco Berti is the hero Radames, caught between them. Marco Armiliato and Daniele Rustioni conduct. From $25. MetOpera.org

Manon Lescaut
Nov. 14–Dec. 10
Metropolitan Opera
Anna Netrebko stars in the title role, a heroine as alluring and irresistible as her adored city of Paris. Marcelo Alvarez is her obsessed lover in the opera that made Puccini famous, showcased in Richard Eyre’s heated,1940s film noir–inspired production, with Marco Armiliato on the podium. From $32. MetOpera.org

ONGOING IN MANHATTAN

Guillaume Tell
Through Nov. 12
Metropolitan Opera
Rossini’s epic telling of the William Tell fable returns to the Met stage after an absence of more than 80 years, in a new production by Pierre Audi. Gerald Finley sings one of his signature roles as Tell, the revolutionary on a quest for freedom. Marina Rebeka is Mathilde and Bryan Hymel is her suitor, Arnold. Fabio Luisi conducts Rossini’s final, crowning operatic achievement. From $27. MetOpera.org[/color]

Don Giovanni
Through May 11
Metropolitan Opera
Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. From $25. MetOpera.org

NEW ELSEWHERE

On Kentucky Avenue
Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.
Kingsborough College, Brooklyn
There once was a hot, jumpin’ street in Atlantic City called Kentucky Avenue. Tucked right in the middle and reigning supreme was Club Harlem, host to such legends as Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Richard Pryor, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Temptations. On Kentucky Avenue takes us back to a time of great entertainment, leggy showgirls, elegant crooners, uproarious comedians, and a hot, live band. The show features an original score interwoven with hit songs of the time, such as “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Shout,” and “Old Black Magic.” $32–$37. OnStageAtKingsborough.org

MUSIC

NEW IN MANHATTAN

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1
Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall at 129 West 67th St.
Host Rob Kapilow explores how this symphony—which launched the symphonic career of the young Beethoven—honored the Viennese tradition in a voice that was unmistakably original and uniquely his own. With the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia. KaufmanMusicCenter.org

Chita: Nowadays
Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall
Features signature favorites, new selections and special collaborations with her guests, plus a very unique version of the West Side Story classic “America”–will be directed by Graciela Daniele with music director Michael Croiter leading a 15-piece band. $49–$135. ChitainConcert.com

Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad–A Spiritual Journey
Nov. 13 at 4 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera
The soprano makes an historic return to the Met—accompanied by choir and special guests—in a recital of Spirituals inspired by the journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad. From $25. MetOpera.org

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony – with the triumphal “Ode to Joy”—is the most powerful celebration of Man’s faith and freedom ever written. It captures our musical imagination like no other work in the repertory. Featuring Angela Brown, Teresa Buchholz, John Pickle, and Erik Kroncke. $30–$100. NationalChorale.com

New York Philharmonic Ensembles
Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th St.
Up close and personal, an Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Hear the individual talents that make up the orchestra. Experience the passion and personality of the performers. And see how a small setting can make for a huge musical event. $36. KaufmanMusicCenter.org

ONGOING IN MANHATTAN

Park Armory Recital Series
Through Nov. 20
634 Park Ave.
Since its reopening, the Belle Epoque splendor of the Board of Officers Room has shown through in magical recitals that invoke the salon culture of the Gilded Age. Featuring recitals by Lisette Oropesa, Roderick Williams with Jenny Agutter and Susie Allan; Kristóf Baráti amd Klára Würtz; and Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin; as well as two Lindemann Young Artist Concerts; and Roomful of Teeth. ArmoryOnPark.org

Spiral Music
Wednesdays
Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. Free. RubinMuseum.org

NEW ELSEWHERE

Tony Danza: Standards & Stories
Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Emmy-nominated song-and-dance man Tony Danza performing his newest one-man show, Standards & Stories. Accompanied by his talented four-piece band, Brooklyn-born Danza will perform a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, including “My Way,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “I’ll be Seeing You,” and “It Was a Very Good Year,” along with selections from the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas (in which Danza starred), while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. $35–$55. BrooklynCenter.org