Things to Do Around NYC: September 30–October 6

September 29, 2016 Updated: September 29, 2016



New York Film Festival
Sept. 30–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 visula 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 nstallations 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.


Bushwick Film Festival
Sept. 29–Oct. 2
Various Locations
The 9th Annual Bushwick Film Festival will host 26 screenings: 10 documentaries, 10 narratives, 4 short film screenings, a web series screening, and an art house film selection. In addition to film screenings, guests, and industry professionals have the opportunity to attend a series of workshops, events, and panels seated by leading representatives of the industry. $9–$300.

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.



The Battle of Brooklyn
Sept. 23–Jan. 8
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
On Aug. 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.

Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven
Sept. 26–Jan. 8, 2017
The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 899
This exhibition will illuminate the key role that the Holy City played in shaping the art of the period from 1000 to 1400. While Jerusalem is often described as a city of three faiths, that formulation underestimates its fascinating complexity. In fact, the city was home to multiple cultures, faiths, and languages. History records harmonious and dissonant voices of people from many lands, passing in the narrow streets of a city not much larger than midtown Manhattan. $12–$25 suggested.

The Gentleman With the Red Bow Tie
Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 59 E. Second St.
The Unveiling of Johnny Maroney’s portrait by Fernando Martin Diez Cabeza. Art soiree with live music.

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.


Lost in Old New York
Through Oct. 1
Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York is offering museumgoers a chance to travel back to the 19th and 20th centuries with Lost In Old New York , an interactive installation of eight classic images of to the city’s most iconic locations. From the beaches of Staten and Coney Islands and the old Penn Station to the 1939 World’s Fair, Lost In Old New York celebrates the places that, for well over a century, helped New York become a world-class city.

Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in 18th Century France
Through Oct. 2
The Frick Collection
Most know Jean-Antoine Watteau as a painter of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors, a dreamer of exquisite parklands and impossibly refined fêtes. Few artists would seem further removed from the misery of war. And yet, early in his short career, Watteau created a number of military scenes—about a dozen paintings and some thirty drawings.

Citizen Soldier: Ebenezer Stevens and the American Revolution
Through Oct. 2
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Ebenezer Stevens, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Continental Army, rose through the officer ranks during the Revolutionary War and participated in pivotal events like the Boston Tea Party and the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown. His life and military career are explored through objects from New-York Historical’s collection, including Stevens’ Society of Cincinnati badge and officer’s tailcoat, in addition to selections from New-York Historical’s manuscripts and prints collection.

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.



Balanchine B&W: All Stravinsky
Sept. 21–Oct. 8
David H. Koch Theater, 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.

Tristan und Isolde
Sept. 26–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.

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
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.

NYTB: Carnival of the Animals
Oct. 1,3 p.m.
Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce St.
In a magical forest, Queen Diana and her shaggy lion rule a charming assortment of animals who live more or less peaceably until a pair of lost children wander in, and then the fun begins! $10 children, $20 adults.

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.

Danspace Project: Legends & Visionaries
Oct. 6–7, 8 p.m.
St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St.
The evenings will include the World Premiere of a new piece by Antonia Franceschi set to an original musical score by Claire van Kampen. Also featured in the program is Jerome Robbins’ Antique Epigraphs set to Debussy’s “6 Epigraphes Antiques,” staged by Kyra Nichols, and Song Before Spring choreographed by Zhong-Jing Fang.

The Byer Legacy Celebration!
Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.
St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery at 131 E. 10th St.
The evening will include Judgment of Paris by Antony Tudor and new works created especially for the event by Alexandra Damiani, former Artistic Director of Cedar Lake; David Parker & The Bang Group. Marco Pelle with a new solo; Antonia Franceschi with a new solo for Romany Pajdak from London’s Royal Ballet; and Gemma Bond, followed by dancing with DJ Imogene Strauss.

Classic New York City Ballet
Oct. 7, 8, 12
David H. Koch Theater
A program of passion and high-spirits, the transcendent lift of Serenade and the brash humor of the Wild West bookend a recent premiere to George Gershwin’s beloved, jazz-inflected concerto and a world-famous showpiece known for its balance of romantic lyricism and virtuosic surprise. $30–$175.



Mark Schultz: An Evening of Stories and Song
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce St.
Join Dove Award winner Mark Schultz for an intimate evening of inspirational stories and song. Selling over 1 million albums and with 10, 1 songs Mark Schultz is a powerful performer not to be missed. $29, and $49 meet-and-greet.

Key Pianists: Ann Schein
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Celebrated pianist Ann Schein will perform Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” Sonata, Chopin’s Sonata No. 3, and Robert Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze.” $35.

All Nite Soul 2016
Oct. 9, 5 p.m.
Saint Peter’s Church, 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, 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.


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.