Things to Do Around NYC: October 14–20

October 14, 2016 Updated: October 14, 2016



White Light Festival
Oct. 16–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.

Margaret Mead Film Festival
Oct. 13–16
American Museum of Natural History
This year’s festival includes 45 films featuring issues and cultures across the globe; dialogues that allow audiences to engage with artists and scholars; and installations and interactive events that complement the extraordinary slate of films. The theme “Re:Frame” invites viewers to probe their own perspectives and to celebrate stories and art forms that offer us opportunities to see the world anew. $12–$45.

Open House New York
Oct. 15–16
Various locations
The Annual Open House New York Weekend returns with tours, talks, and special events at more than 250 sites across all five boroughs. OHNY provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city.

Conversation With David Henry Hwang, Librettist and Playwright
Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
330 Seventh Ave.
David Henry Hwang is the author of such plays as M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child and The Dance and the Railroad. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, working with composers Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Bright Sheng, Unsuk Chin, Huang Ruo, and Howard Shore. $10 members, $25 non-members.


New York Film Festival
Through Oct. 16
Various locations
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. $10–$20,000.

New York & The Nation
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.


Kiku: Celebrating the Art of the Japanese Garden
Oct. 8–30
New York Botanical Garden
The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants. Enjoy a stunning exhibition of these carefully trained flowers in the Haupt Conservatory.


Thursday Nights at the Brooklyn Museum
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.



Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio
Oct. 7–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.

Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe
Through Jan. 7
The Museum at FIT
Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe features 40 extraordinary fashions and accessories from the fabulous wardrobe of Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952). A famous beauty celebrated for her “aristocratic and artistic elegance,” the countess fascinated her contemporaries, including Marcel Proust who told her cousin, Robert de Montesquiou, “I have never seen a woman so beautiful.” When Proust wrote his great novel In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), the Countess Greffulhe was one of the primary inspirations for his immortal fictional character, Oriane, the Duchess de Guermantes, of whom he wrote, “Each of her dresses seemed like…the projection of a particular aspect of her soul.”

Borrowed Time: Icelandic Artists Look Forward
Oct. 5–Jan. 14
Scandinavia House at 58 Park Ave.
Works by contemporary Icelandic artists currently engaged in the global dialogue on sustainability and the ethical issues—environmental, economic, cultural, and social—that surround it. Featuring photography, video, collage, and installation, the exhibition invites viewers to challenge their assumptions and explore new modes of seeing.

Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece From the Norton Simon Museum
Oct. 25–Jan. 22
The Frick Collection
Guido Cagnacci was one of the most eccentric painters of seventeenth-century Italy, infamous for the unconventionality of both his art and his lifestyle.


Oct. 22–26
Park Avenue Armory
Established in 1988, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent fair of art and antiques. We champion the finest quality art from across the ages by creating a community of the world’s top art dealers and experts to inspire lovers and buyers of art everywhere.



Fit for a Queen
Oct. 8–30
3LD Art & Technology Center at 80 Greenwich St.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director; David Roberts, Managing Director) presents the world premiere of “Fit for a Queen,” a comedy inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled as a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. Hatshepsut’s female lover helps her usurp the throne, only to finds herself at odds with an unexpectedly ruthless rival for power—her daughter. $20–$40.

Daphnis and Chloe
Oct. 19–30
David H. Koch Theater
Benjamin Millepied’s Daphnis and Chloe features color-infused, geometric scenery designed by acclaimed French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, awarded the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. $25–$160.

L’Italiana in Algeri
Through Oct. 29
Metropolitan Opera
James Levine conducts this comedy of a feisty Italian girl turning the tables on her bumbling captors via Rossini’s blend of madness and fun. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong is poised to conquer the title role, opposite tenor René Barbera and baritone Nicola Alaimo. Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov plays the pasha who is overcome by love and pasta. From $25.

Masters at Work
Oct. 15
David H. Koch Theater
George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins’ contrasting styles created a repertory unmatched the world over, and this duo of masterworks, a landmark piano ballet distilling the spectrum of human emotions and a lush fairytale awash in Chagall’s surreal sets and costumes, is the perfect pairing. $30–$175.

Guillaume Tell
Oct. 18–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.

Taylor 2 Dance Company
Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
Schimmel Center at 3 Spruce St.
Paul Taylor’s renowned Taylor 2, composed of six professionals with a particular gift for his style, are headed back to the Schimmel for their fourth appearance with “Aureole,” “Dust,” and “Piazzolla Caldera.” $29.


Don Giovanni
Sept. 27–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.

Sept 28.–Oct. 2
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
Inspired by a visit to Van Cleef & Arpels, this full-length masterwork manifests the multifaceted opulence of three coveted stones to awe-inducing effect. Sight and sound conjoin in a brilliant display of music and mood, eliciting audible gasps from every audience. $30–$175.



Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra
Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra invites you on an astonishing musical journey 5,000 years in the making. Reviving Eastern musical traditions through a grand symphony orchestra, this is an experience like no other. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa. $38–118.

Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined
Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. & Oct. 18 at 9:30 p.m.
Joe’s Pub at The Public
Riabko, star and creator of the hit West End show “Close to You: Bacharach “and the earlier acclaimed Off-Broadway version “What’s it All About? Bacharach Reimagined,” will bring his extraordinary Burt Bacharach arrangements to solo concerts and album launches this fall in both New York and Los Angeles. $22.

Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India
Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Schimmel Center at 3 Spruce St.
In Drums of India, the internationally renowned tabla player, Bickram Ghosh, brings together a virtuosic five-person ensemble that explores the ancient world of Indian percussion in an electrifying evening of drumming and vocalizing, with added sitar. $29, $39.

Angela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey
Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.
Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Ave at 92nd St.
After her extraordinary performance of The Art of Fugue in October 2015, British pianist Angela Hewitt returns to 92Y for a four-season-long exploration of the entire corpus of Bach’s keyboard works. This season she presents three programs, beginning with a lively night of fantasias, inventions, sinfonias and capriccios, including the famed Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother–though no one’s sure who the “brother” is. $40.

Genius of England: Henry Purcell & Contemporaries
Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West at 68th St.
Early Music New York Chamber Orchestra performs 17th-century works of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, John Blow and Mathew Locke, from England’s Restoration period under Charles II. An acoustically superb Beaux-Arts style auditorium, this historic venue is conveniently located in the heart of the Lincoln Square neighborhood. $20–$40.


Spiral Music
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.