Things to Do Around NYC: October 21–27

October 21, 2016 Updated: October 21, 2016



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.”


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
Through Oct. 30
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx,
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.

Shakespeare on Screen
Through Nov. 5
Peter Jay Sharp Building at BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave.
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.



Oct. 22–26
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave.
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.

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.

Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece From the Norton Simon Museum
Oct. 25–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.


Through Nov. 20
The Museum at FIT, 227 W. 27th St.
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.

Fabergé From the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection
Through Nov. 27
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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.

Campaigning for the Presidency, 1960-1972: Selections from the Museum of Democracy
Through Nov. 27
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Coinciding with the 2016 presidential election, the New-York Historical Society will showcase more than 120 objects from The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection, considered one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of historical and political campaign memorabilia.

Proust’s Muse: The Countess Greffulhe
Through Jan. 7
The Museum at FIT, 227 W. 27th St.
Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe features 40 extraordinary fashions and accessories from the fabulous wardrobe of Elisabeth 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.”

The Battle of Brooklyn
Through Jan. 8
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
On August 27, 1776, on the marshy fields of Gowanus and Red Hook, George Washington and his rag-tag army of untrained soldiers fought the Royal Army, one of the most powerful military forces in the world.



Daphnis and Chloe
Oct. 19–30
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
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.

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.


Tristan und Isolde
Through Oct. 27
Metropolitan Opera
“Tristan und Isolde” opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Trelinski (the director responsible for the 2014–15 season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met. From $27.

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.


Park Armory Recital Series
Through Nov. 20
634 Park Ave., Brooklyn
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.



A Gershwin Celebration
Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
A Gershwin Celebration is an evening of music by celebrated American composer George Gershwin, including Rhapsody in Blue, interpreted as “a musical portrait of New York City” and stunning, exciting, and moving selections packed with human emotions from Porgy and Bess. The production features Karen Slack, Janinah Burnett, Robert Mack, Kenneth Overton, and pianist Michael Fennelly. $30–$100.

Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India
Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Schimmel Center, 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 at 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
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.


Siberian Virtuosi
Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.
Kingsborough College, Brooklyn
Siberian Virtuosi, the State Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), is an ensemble of 11 violinists and a pianist. The program will feature classical highlights, from Bach and Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian, alongside contemporary music from Western and Russian composers. $32–$37.