Things to Do Around NYC: October 7–13

October 6, 2016 Updated: October 6, 2016



Autumn Crafts Festival
Lincoln Center Plaza
Oct. 1–2 & 8–9
Juried craft displays selected from every region of the United States. Continuous entertainment, craft demonstrations. Free.

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.

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.

IAWA Features: Embroidered Stories from the Italian Diaspora
Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Sidewalk Café at 94 Ave. A
Edited by Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra, “Embroidered Stories” is a collection of work that interprets Italian women’s needlework, a cultural touchstone as powerful as pasta and Neapolitan music. The collection is an interdisciplinary collection of creative work by 37 authors ranging from meolire, poetry, and visual arts. Joining them will be three contributors: Paola Corso, Joanna Clapps Herman, and Marisa Frasca. $8.

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.


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.


Textile Month, with The Milliners Guild in collaboration with NYC Fire Museum
Through Oct. 7
278 Spring St., Second Floor
The art of Millinery dates back to the 16th century. This exhibit will Feature contemporary hand crafted hats in various materials. Each an individual homage to the bravery and passion of firemen throughout history designed by over 20 Milliners. Hats are hot stuff and the Museum has an assortment of international helmets and headgear as well. The museum is a treasure trove of history and artifacts. The exhibit will be on display only 2 weeks. $8 Adults, $5 students with ID.

Kogei: Contemporary Japanese Art
Through Oct. 8
Onishi Gallery, 521 W. 26th St.
Even more than a display of the exquisite artistry of over 30 Japanese contemporary artists, this exhibition introduces into the international art market “Kogei”—a category of art object translated from Japanese as “Art Crafts.” This category of “Art Crafts” has specific qualifications, and refers to a class of artistic creations produced with advanced technical skill and refined design aesthetics.

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting
Through Oct. 11
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Over the last forty years, the Metropolitan’s collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy has grown to be one of the greatest in the world. Replete with masterpieces dating from the Tang dynasty (608–917) to the present, the collection encompasses the vast historical sweep of the brush arts of China, from serene Buddhist scriptures to bombastic court portraits to lyrical scholars’ paintings. This exhibition, presented in two rotations, will highlight the gems of the permanent collection in a chronological display, with an emphasis on works from the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties. $12–$25 suggested.

In The South Bronx of America
Through Oct. 16
Museum of the City of New York
An astonishing collection of 42 original prints by the photojournalist Mel Rosenthal, revealing the harrowing social conditions of the South Bronx from 1976-82. When these photographs were taken, city officials targeted the South Bronx to become an Enterprise Zone, where factories would be built and their owners given special tax privileges. This marked the start of a tumultuous period of decline in the South Bronx.

Drawings and Prints: Selections From The Met Collection
Through Oct. 24
The Met Fifth Avenue
The Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery displays highlights of European and American prints, drawings, and illustrated books from the Museum’s vast holdings of works on paper. Because of their sensitivity to light, these works cannot be on permanent exhibition; each installation remains on view for approximately 13 weeks. $12–$25 suggested.



L’Italiana in Algeri
Oct. 4–29
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. 11, 13–15
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.


Balanchine B&W: All Stravinsky
Sept. 21–Oct. 8
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
Highlighting a signature NYCB style, this collection of boundary breaking ballets celebrates the apex of the Stravinsky/Balanchine collaboration, each work a streamlined marvel of music and movement that continues to astonish decades after its creation. $30–$175.

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.

La Bohème
Sept. 28–Jan. 14
Metropolitan Opera
The Met presents its spectacular Zeffirelli production, with multiple excellent casts: Ailyn Pérez and Kristine Opolais are paired with Dmytro Popov, Piotr Beczala, and Michael Fabiano, as the young Parisian lovers at the center of the story. Susanna Phillips, David Bizic, and Massimo Cavalletti also star. Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato conduct. From $25.



All Nite Soul 2016
Oct. 9, 5 p.m.
Saint Peter’s Church at 619 Lexington Ave. (at 54th Street)
The first All Nite Soul was held in 1970 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Jazz Vespers at Saint Peter’s. It is now the longest-running jazz festival in New York City, featuring hours of the best jazz in the world every October. This year, The Jazz Ministry of Saint Peter’s Church is partnering with WE ACT for Environmental Justice to call attention to environmental issues impacting quality of life in Harlem.

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.


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.