Things to Do Around NYC: October 28–November 3

October 27, 2016 Updated: October 27, 2016



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.


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.


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.



Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table
Oct. 20–May 29
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion
Nov. 8–Feb. 5
The Met Fifth Avenue in Galleries 980–981
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.

Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant
Through Jan. 8
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Splendors of Korean Art
Through Sept. 17
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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.



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.

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.


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.

Daphnis and Chloe
Through Oct. 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.

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.


Deseos: Stories of Longing and Desire
Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Rd., Brooklyn
Founded in 1997 by the distinguished dancer and choreographer Carolina Soler, Argentine tango company Estampas Porteñas returns to the U.S. with a spectacular new production celebrating the greatest artistic elements of Argentina including the indomitable tango, the athletic malambo of the gauchos, and passionate musical styles ranging from soulful to celebratory. $36–$55.



Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel: A Century of American Musical Theater
Nov. 1 & 3 at 8 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W. 67th St.
Richard Rodgers’ legacy included not only his sophisticated, street-wise songs written with Lorenz Hart and his groundbreaking work with Oscar Hammerstein III but also the indispensable music of his descendants: daughter Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress) and grandson Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza). Their songs are like a hundred-year history of American mores, from the Jazz Age to the Information Era. $20–$55.

Jerusalem Quartet
Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Kaufmann Concert Hall at Lexington Ave.
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary (and formed when they were all teenagers), the Quartet presents masterworks from Central and Eastern Europe. The Jerusalem Quartet has won multiple awards for its Haydn recordings, including the lyrical “Lark” Quartet. They then perform Prokofiev’s rarely-heard First Quartet and Dvorak’s joyous G-major Quartet, written as a homecoming after the composer’s sojourn in New York. $40.

Genius of England: Henry Purcell & Contemporaries
Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Central Park West
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.

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.

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.


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.

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.