Things to Do Around NYC: September 9–15

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
September 9, 2016 Updated: September 9, 2016



Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., through Sept. 27 (skipping Sept. 13)
Muhlenberg Library, 209 W. 23 St.
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.

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.


Brooklyn Book Festival
Sept. 12–18
Various locations
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace. Free.


Meditation at the Highline
Tuesdays, 8 a.m.–9 a.m., through September
22nd Street Seating Steps
Rise above the city streets and begin your day focused, centered, and connected with nature. Join the Integral Yoga Institute, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, and other guests for guided meditation. Free.

Stargazing at the Highline
Tuesdays, through Oct. 25
The Diller–von Furstenberg Sundeck (at West 14th Street)
Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. Free.

Art Tour: Wanderlust
The Highline Park
Mondays, 6:15 p.m.–7 p.m., through October
From sculptures and murals to performances and videos, the High Line is filled with public art. Join High Line Art Assistant Curator, Melanie Kress for an insider’s view on High Line Art’s current Wanderlust exhibition. Tour location provided via email following RSVP at

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 adults, $12 students, $15 seniors.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum
150 W. 17th St.
Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. Free.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St.; Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.
Year-round programming that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors. $14.


Through Sept. 23
NYC Parks
New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 free performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. Free.

Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
LOCATION 1: Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn
Thursdays 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., through Sept. 22
LOCATION 2: McKinley Park Library at 6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., Brooklyn
Thursdays 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m., through Sept. 29
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.

Paint It Up: Still-Life Watercolor
Through Sept. 27
Poe Park Visitor Center, the Bronx
Experience the thrill of bringing a blank piece of paper to life, by creating a still life with a brush, paint, and water. Free.



Faith and Photography: Auguste Salzmann in the Holy Land
Sept. 12–Feb. 5
The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 852, The Howard Gilman Gallery
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.

On Time: The Quest for Precision
Sept. 14–Nov. 19
Grolier Club, 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.

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.


Design for Eternity: Architectural Models From the Ancient Americas
Through Sept. 18
The Met Fifth Avenue
From the first millennium B.C. until the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century, artists from the ancient Americas created small-scale architectural models to be placed in the tombs of important individuals. $12–$25 suggested.

Ceramics by Francis Delille Editions Paris
Through Sept. 30
Vallois America, 27 E. 67th St.
Ceramics will showcase a selection of rare pieces of the most prominent contemporary ceramics artists, all produced in La Tuilerie Manufacture in France, a workshop dedicated to preserving the traditions and pushing the limits of ceramic work.

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.

Collector’s Choice, New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
A selection of paintings that characterize the highly individual tastes and historic contributions of several New York City collectors who shaped the New-York Historical Society’s holdings.

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.

Photographs by Larry Silver
Through Dec. 4
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
A showcase of 45 photographs of everyday New Yorkers and major New York City sites taken during a transformative period in history. This new exhibition highlighting the early works of the Bronx-born photographer captures the day-to-day life in the city’s post-World War II urban environment that has since largely disappeared.


Sept. 13–25
634 Park Ave., Brooklyn
Drawing on more than 50 manifestos by artists, architects, choreographers, and filmmakers, this highly theatrical cinematic installation by cinematographer and video artist Julian Rosefeldt reinterprets these famous texts as poetic monologues that are brought to life by Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett. $20.


American Gardens on Canvas
Through Sept. 11
New York Botanical Garden
American Impressionism, a prominent artistic style that flourished at the turn of the 20th century, comes to life in a captivating Garden-wide exhibition. In the Conservatory, stroll through an American Impressionist garden, a stunning interpretation by Francisca Coelho, NYBG’s renowned curator and designer, of the alluring gardens that influenced iconic artists such as Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent.

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.



Measure for Measure
Through Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, Sept 4, 3pm
See The Drilling Company perform Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” in the park! Free.

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.


Shakespeare on Screen
Through Nov. 5
Peter Jay Sharp Building at BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave.
Filmed live performances of the Bard’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.


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.



Organist Paul Jacobs
Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Paul Hall, Lincoln Center
An eloquent champion of his instrument who argues that the organ for too long has been excluded from the mainstream of classical music, Paul Jacobs is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. He has also been an important influence in the revival of symphonic music featuring the organ. The program includes Liszt, Brahms, and Reubke. $20.

Donovan: The Retrospective/Sunshine Superman Fiftieth Anniversary Tour 2016
Sept. 15, 8 p.m.
Zankel Hall
On the 50th anniversary of his song “Sunshine Superman,” Donovan’s Fall tour makes a stop at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Donovan returns to Carnegie Hall for the first time since his 1984 performance. In the early days, he traded songs with Bob Dylan and was an influence on the Beatles. Donovan was a voice for “flower power” and the psychedelic revolution.

Mariko Takahashi
Sept. 16, 8 p.m.
Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
Japanese vocalist Mariko Takahashi has been performing for over 40 years. She recorded her first songs with the band Pedro and Capricious, and has since released over 60 albums as a solo artist. She has performed at Royal Albert Hall in London and the Convention and Exhibition Centre Grand Hall in Hong Kong, and now returns to Carnegie Hall for a third time. $40–$120.


Piano in Bryant Park
Upper Terrace
Mon.–Fri., 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., through Sept. 30
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your and My Heart’s Delight. Free.

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.


New York Polyphony (5BMF)
Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Riverdale, the Bronx
Sept. 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Staten Island
The ensemble performs a mix of Renaissance and contemporary music, in a program entitled Passion, featuring works by Compere, Andrew Smith, de Penalosa and Kreek?.