Special this Week
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street 212-598-0400 x209/224 www.henrystreet.org/abronsartscenter
Fall Classes Classes and workshops for kids, teens and adults available in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Registration hours are Tues. - Fri. from 2-8pm and Sat. from 10am-6pm.
Halloween Extravaganza A fright-fest featuring a haunted playhouse tour and interactive performances with ghoulish cast members along with the original theater piece, Whats So Different About Me? Mon., Oct. 31 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30pm. Harry De Jur $5.
Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents Association
free for senior citizens Free shopping trips to Pathmark for Senior Citizens every Thurs. There are two van pick-up spots at 8:45am on River Terrace across from Pan Latin and at 9am on South End Ave. & Rector Place. The van leaves Pathmark at 11am for the return trip to BPC. Sponsored by BPCNPA and the Downtown Alliance. For reservations, please contact Ella Reape at 212-945-2197.
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Weekly programs Special adult programming for the summer months will be offered thru Oct. 31. Check here weekly for upcoming events.
Lunch Hour Backgammon & Chess - Take a break from work and enjoy these lunchtime strategy games with the guidance of Chess Master Alex Rasic and backgammon aficionado Andy Rubien. Mon. & Tues. from Noon - 1:30pm. Upper Room, access Albany St.
Womens Basketball - Join other women for basketball. Referee and balls provided. Mon. from 6-7:30pm. Rockefeller Park, access Chambers St.
Elements of Nature Drawing - In the gardens of Wagner Park, participants create works of art in a variety of media. Wed. from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Wagner Park, access Battery Place. $5 per class. Materials provided.
Figure Al Fresco - A traditional figure drawing class for beginners and advanced students. Wed. from 3-5pm. South Cove, access W. Thames St. $5 per class. Materials provided.
Volleyball After Work - Join other adults for volleyball. Scorekeeper and balls provided. No experience necessary. Wed. from 6-7:30pm. Esplanade Plaza.
Tai Chi - Learn the ancient Chinese martial art with master Alex Hing. No experience necessary. Thurs. from 4-5pm. Also Fri. from 8:30-9:30am. $5 per class. Rockefeller Park, access Chambers St.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry St., 2nd floor 212-619-4785
Chinatown Walking Tour Discover the history and experience the energy of one of New York Citys oldest neighborhoods. Get an inside look at what life was like and is currently like in the area as Museum docents with personal or family roots guide you around the neighborhoods historic streets. Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 & 19 from 1-2:30pm. $12 adults, $8 members, $6 students & seniors, Kids 5 and under are free. Reservations required.
Chinatown Eateries The earliest Chinese eateries in New York catered to the needs of Chinatowns turn-of-the-century bachelor society. Over time, however, the restaurants changed to reflect the neighborhoods immigrant populations and needs. This walking tour will trace the ways in which these eateries have both reflected and shaped the community. Sat., Nov. 12 from 1-2:30pm. $12; $8 members; $6 students/seniors; Free for kids 5 and under. Reservations required.
Downtown for Dinner Throughout the week of Nov. 14-20, dozens of the neighborhoods top restaurants will offer a prix-fixe three-course dinner for just $20.05. Youll enjoy fabulous food and a great bargain while getting to know your neighborhood restaurants.
121 Fulton Street 212-791-5014 www.elevationyoga.com
Hip Hop/Street Jazz Lesson with Kordelia every Wednesday from 7:30-8:45pm. $15.
Tone, Stretch & Relax Lesson with Kordelia every Tuesday & Thursday from 1:15-2pm. Bring a towel. $10.
The Hallmark of Battery Park City Retirement Community
455 North End Avenue 917-522-1318
caregiver support group Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 - 8:15pm. Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.
Halloween Walking Tour
Call for reservations and meeting place 212-475-9585 x34
Haunted NYC Celebrate Halloween with some of the finest ghosts youll ever meet. Visit the haunts of such departed New Yorkers as Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe. Learn the Villages connection to the Titanic disaster. Walk the block where you might just meet the ghost of Alexander Hamilton. Sun., Oct. 30 at 2pm. $15.
820 Washington St.
THE PLAIN OF HEAVEN An International exhibition inspired by the impending redevelopment of the High Line. The exhibition looks at the way we re-mystify the world we already know. Thru Nov. 20. Fri. - Sun. from 12-6pm. Southern end of the High Line. Organized by Creative Time.
League for the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway, 6th Floor 917-305-7766
Free Hearing Screenings Every Tues. from 12-2pm and every Thursday from 4-6pm. Call to make an appointment.
NYPD Downtown Center
Conference Room, 104 Washington St., just north of Rector St. 212-475-3394 www.auto-free.org
Light Rail in a Red State Join STV Inc. Project Manager Jonathan Boyer for some insight from Dallas and Houston. Tues., Nov. 22 from 6-8pm. _____________________________
201 Lafayette St. 212-226-4904
Costume Party Halloween B-Movie festivities at Obivia on Saturday, October 29, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. features contest for the best costume of a movie star from a B movie; $500 prize awarded at midnight. Free admission.
West Side Highway at North Moore St.
William Shakespeares Haunted Pier An interactive performance featuring a cast of 20 performers leading audiences on a walking tour around scenic Pier 25 and onto the decks of the historic Yankee Ferry. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 29 & 30 from 2-6pm; Mon., Oct. 31 from 4-8pm. $5 at the door.
Entrance is on 14th St. and the West Side Highway 212-627-2020
Pier of Fear Hudson River Parks 6th annual free haunted house with reasonably priced Halloween fun for kids and adults alike. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 29 & 30 from 12pm - 9pm.
115 MacDougal Street 212-340-1066
Producing Off-Broadway Event is intended for anyone interested in working in Off Off Broadway theater and focuses on the unique logistical, creative and financial challenges of producing non-commercial theater. Fri., Nov. 4 - Sun., Nov. 6. Seating is limited. $265 for entire weekend including 2 cocktail events.
South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets www.southstseaport.org
Halloween at Sea Calling all mermaids, pirates, sea monsters and Halloween creatures. Come aboard the tall ship Peking for face painting, craft activities, a haunted room and storytelling. Sat., Oct. 29 & Sun., Oct. 30 from 12-5pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St. $5. 212-748-8758.
Book Talk Monthly New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series event. Tues., Nov. 1 at 7pm. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton & Beekman. $5 suggested donation. 212-748-8735.
Reading An afternoon of readings selected from the literary magazine, New York Stories. Wed., Nov. 2 at 3pm. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton & Beekman. $5 suggested donation. 212-748-8735.
Book Talk Eighteenth-century Irish immigrant William Johnson established himself as a fur trader, landowner and military leader in early New York. Author Fintan OTooles colorful narrative makes clear the key to Johnsons effectiveness was the style in which he lived as a White Savage. Signing of White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America. Thurs., Nov. 3 at 7pm. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton & Beekman. $5 suggested donation. 212-748-8735.
african american life Come for a walking tour of African American Life in Lower Manhattan. The tour connects the African Burial Ground to other historic sites including stations on the Underground Railroad, the former location of New York's slave market, the African Free School and the Colored Sailor's Home. Sat., Nov. 5 from 2-4:30pm. Meet at Museum Lobby Entrance, Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St. $12/$10 members, not including museum admission. Call for reservations or more information. 212-748-8786.
Free Fridays On the 3rd Friday of every month, the Museum will remain open for extended hours from 6-9pm. During those hours, admission will be free of charge and guests can enjoy special themed arts and cultural events for adults and children. Fri., Nov. 18: Family Fun - Its harvest time and what better time to learn the art of basket weaving. Make a small basket to take home. From 6-9pm: Visit the exhibition Soundings to explore American life at sea over the course of 2 centuries. At 7pm: A guided tour of the exhibition Nieuw Amsterdam: Dutch New York as Represented in the Archaeological Collections of South Street Seaport Museum. Canned food items will be collected for distribution to a local food bank.
Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space
49 White Street 212-966-7141
Gestural abstraction Exhibition highlights the works of 6 artists from a variety of backgrounds. Large vibrant paintings reveal a strong sense of compositional integrity within the picture plane and incorporate the energy of spontaneous gesture and process, aesthetic values that are deeply rooted in the history of Western and Eastern painting. Opening reception on Thurs., Nov. 3 from 6-8pm. Continues thru Dec. 11.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
BMCC, Theater 2, 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460
Marie-Christine Giordano Dance Premiere of Nurtured or Neutered? With a special concern for both aesthetics and sincerity, the Marie-Christine Giordano Dance Company strives is to present uniquely thoughtful and deeply moving pieces while exploring the complex landscape of the human heart. Thurs. - Sat., Nov. 3-5 at 8pm. $20.
Tuesday Evening Hour
49 Fulton St. 212-385-3650
Portraiture & Natures Flowers Join Dorothy A. Mills, photography specialist in flowers and portraits, for a slide lecture. Tues., Nov. 1 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.
New Jersey to Alaska Join John Drennan for a slide lecture on less visited places. Tues., Nov. 8 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.
World Financial Center
Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street www.DowntownNY.com 212- 945-0505
Great Pumpkin Party Bring the kids in their costumes for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, face painting, entertainment and pumpkin decorating. Sat., Oct. 29. Free.
Free Dance Concert Decadancetheatre will perform a free lunchtime concert entitled The Firebird, an urban ballet. Fusing break-dancing with ballet, the all-female cast challenges the ballet convention of a handsome prince and instead creates a world where women battle for the right to rule the dance floor. Wed., Nov. 9 at 12:30pm.
132 Perry Street www. yamunastudio.com 212-633-2143
Free Dancers Workshop Yamuna Body Rolling helps heal and prevent injuries. With small balls specially designed by Yamuna Zake, you can roll out every muscle group and free your bodys restrictions. You will elongate your individual muscles, increase your flexibility and help keep your body properly aligned. Workshop is offered the third Saturday of the month to professional dancers from 4-6pm. Please RSVP the Friday before and present proper identification.
291 Church Street 212-431-5270
It Could be Disinformation Exploring the complex relationship between mass media and global corporate culture, artists use the strategies of grassroots activism to demand freedom of information rights and bring forward what is being omitted. Thru Nov. 26.
Where is Cezary Street Exhibition examines mechanical reproduction and seemingly analogue approaches to art-making in our contemporary digital world. Nov. 30 - Jan. 7.
35 N. Moore Street
Pal B. Stock New works will be on view. Continues thru Nov. 14.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry St., 2nd floor
Archivist of the Yellow Peril A seminal collection of Americana that both demonizes and humanizes the Asian American community. Thru Dec. 31.
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
18 Jay Street
Zhou Xiao Hu: Solo Show Continues thru Nov. 12.
Gallery Viet Nam
345 Greenwich St. 212-431-8889
Walls & Conversations Paintings reflect the people of Viet Nam - their past, present and visions into the future.
59 Franklin Street 212-226-6762
Drift A collaboration between Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and visual artist Leah Singer. This exhibition features a one-hour installation version of Drift, an immersive sonic/visual environment consisting of music, sounds and texts by Ranaldo in response to Singers dual projection 16mm analytical film system. The exhibition also includes collaborative and individual works on paper, film and sound works. Opening reception on Fri., Nov. 4 from 6-9pm. Continues thru Jan. 14. Live performance on Wed., Nov. 16 at 7pm.
90 W. Broadway at Chambers 212-732-6196
Vieques Horses An exhibition of new photographs by David Krueger featuring the wild horses of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Thru Oct. 28.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
120 Broadway Residency Space, 8th Floor
Open Studio Weekend 15 of New Yorks latest and most notable emerging artists to debut new work. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 29 & 30. Opening party Fri., Oct. 28 from 7-10pm. Special poetry reading Oct. 29 from 4-5pm. Free. RSVP required. Visit www.lmcc.net/RSVP.
Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green 212-514-3700 www.americanindian.si.edu
Native American Ceramics The exhibition, Born of Clay: Ceramics from the National Museum of the American Indian, features 300 ancient, historical and contemporary ceramic figures, vessels and pipes, as well as voices from contemporary Native potters commenting on the cultural and artistic relationship they each have with their medium. Opens Sat., Nov. 5.
gallery discussion Every Mon. - Fri. come for an informal gallery discussion with one of the museums cultural interpreters. Rotunda, 2nd floor. 2pm.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place 646-437-4339 www.mjhnyc.org
Muslim-Jewish Understanding The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding will be presented for the first time to a NY audience. Jack Lyden, Senior Correspondent of National Public Radio, will moderate. Sun., Oct. 30 at 2:30pm. $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 members & students.
275 Church Street, 3rd Floor (between Franklin & White Sts.) 212-925-8270
Dream House: Seven + Eight Years Of Sound And Light Composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela produce a collaborative sound and light environment utilizing concepts of structural symmetry. Thursdays and Saturdays from 2pm until midnight. $4 contribution.
art on the plaza Creative Time will present a 9-ton camouflage curtain entitled Look and See by Jim Hodges. The piece will fuse reflections of viewers with the opposing landscape raising questions about identity and nature. Thru Oct. 30.
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place 212-945-6324 www.skyscraper.org
Favorites 100 experts pick their top 10 New York Towers. Number 1 is the Chrysler Building. Admission $5, $2.50 students & seniors.
Synagogue for the Arts
49 White Street 212-966-7141
Exploring Hidden Meanings The Transformative Sculptures of Renata Stein will be on display exploring the provocative nature of the Bibles hidden messages as well as its evocation of transcendental possibility. Continues thru Oct. 30.
Gestural Abstraction Large vibrant paintings, created by 6 distinctive individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds, reveal a strong sense of compositional integrity within the picture plane and incorporate the energy of spontaneous gesture and process, aesthetic values that are deeply rooted in the history of Western and Eastern painting. Opening reception is Thurs., Nov. 3 from 6-8pm. Continues thru Dec. 11.
5 Harrison St. 212-566-7030
Japanese Basket Art Exhibition features contemporary Japanese basket art from the collection of Robert and Mary Coffland. Continues thru Dec. 3.
Tribeca Gallery Association
Second wednesday nights The galleries of the Tribeca Gallery Association will offer an open gallery night on Wed., Nov. 9 from 6-8pm. Participating galleries include: Art in General, 79 Walker St; Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts,13 Jay St; DFN Gallery, 176 Franklin St; Franklin 54 Gallery, 54-56 Franklin St; Gigantic Art Space, 59 Franklin St; Latin Collector, 153 Hudson St; MELA Foundation, 275 Church St; and Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, 86 Walker St.
The World Financial Center
Homeland Security Garden A public art installation by Korean-born conceptual artist Chang-Jin Lee investigating the complex issues of safety, security and personal freedom in the post 9/11 world. For most of the year, the artist has worked with 200 participants who have donated mundane items relating to their personal notion of safety. Artworks have been created from the objects and will be displayed on pedestals arranged like a 19th-century garden maze. Winter Garden.
134 Reade Street 212-941-9401
jazz brunch Join The Tony DiGregorio Trio as they perform original compositions and the music of Duke, Django, Monk, Mulligan and more. No Cover. No Minimum. Every Sunday from 1- 4pm.
live jazz The jazz group Rifftide, with Bryant DuPre and Roman Ivanoff, performs each Monday from 7 -10 pm. No cover.
20 Greene Street bet. Canal & Grand Sts. 212-219-8242 www.roulette.org
Roulette Mon., Nov. 7: Daniel Carter & Matt Mikas. Tues., Nov. 8: Zeljko McMullen & M.V. Carbon. Wed., Nov. 9: Maryanne Amacher & Stefan Tcherepnin. Thurs., Nov. 10: Davey Williams & Tony Buck. Fri., Nov. 11: Julia Heyward. Sat., Nov. 12: LaDonna Smith & Bisset and Beins. Sun., Nov. 13: Peter Evans & Glenda Goodman. Shows start at 8:30pm. $15/$10 students/Free for members.
74 leonard st www.knittingfactory.com 212-219-3006
Drop Dead Festival New Yorks biggest festival for dark and experimental music, this horror-themed event is the festival to end all festivals. Also at Avalon Club. 4days, 66+ bands and DJs. Fri., Oct. 28 - Mon., Oct. 31.
St. Pauls Chapel
Broadway & Fulton St. 212-602-0747
Concerts at One Cellist Katherine Cherbas accompanied by pianist Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoffs Romance and Sonata in G minor and Peter Tchaikovskys Pezzo Capricciosa. Mon., Oct. 31 at 1pm. $2 suggested donation.
Broadway & Wall St. 212-602-0747
Concerts at One Larry Woodard, vocalist, will accompany himself on the piano in a program of Songs of Great American Composers as part of the Distinguished Artists Series. Thurs., Nov. 3 at 1pm. $2 suggested donation.
World Financial Center
Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts 212-945-0505 For information, call 212-904-1330
Music of Meredith Monk A musical tribute to one of Americas coolest composers. Wed., Nov. 9 & 16 at 7pm. Free.
380 Broadway, 4th floor, two blocks below Canal St. 212-868-4444 Full schedule available at www.sightlinestheater.com
The East End Plays: A Festival of Works by George F. Walker Works include Criminals in Love, Love and Anger, and Tough. Oct. 29 - Nov. 20. $15. Student discounts available.
Ace of Clubs
9 Great Jones Street 212-352-3101
Harvey Finklesteins Sock Puppet Showgirls A unique and unauthorized parody of Joe Eszterhas film, Showgirls as performed by sock puppets. The play, like the film, follows an ambitious young drifter as she navigates her way through the world of power, topless dancing, seduction, vulgarity and gambling that we call Las Vegas. Thru Oct. 30. Sat. & Sun. at 8pm. $15.
CRS Studio Theater
123 4th Ave., 2nd floor 212-352-3101
Deathwatch Explores the hierarchy of crime underlying the twisted relationships between three prison convicts. In their feverish competition to outdo one another, two inmates will stop at nothing to win the admiration of the highest-ranking criminal in the cell. Oct. 28 - Nov. 20. Sat. at 7pm and Sun. at 8pm. $15.
The Culture Project
45 Bleecker www.theatermania.com 212-352-3101
The Revengers Tragedy Written just a few years after Hamlet, this is a pastiche of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Set in a corrupt and mythical Venice, Vindice vows revenge on the salacious Duke who murdered his fiancee. This sets off a chain reaction of vengeance exposing the courts outrageous indulgences and government hypocrisy. Previews begin Sat., Nov. 26. Opens Mon., Nov. 28 and continues thru Dec. 18. $15.
Karla The story of Karla Faye Tucker who was sentenced to death and executed in 1998 for a double homicide, making her the first woman in Texas to receive that sentence and have it carried out since the Civil War. Thru Nov. 13. Thurs. - Sun. at 8pm. $15.
La MaMa ETC
74A E. 4th St. 212-475-7710
The Lesson A journey where totalitarianism transforms people and makes them savage. Through music, dance and spoken word, the characters of Eugene Ionesco are transfixed to project the inner image of the characters in an unpredictable form. Thru Nov. 6.
Hamlet A swift 90-minute version of the Shakespeare classic favoring story over poetry, scenes are played out of order, each from the perspective of a different character. Nov. 3-20. Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2:30 & 8pm. $15.
The Red Room
85 E. 4th Street 212-868-4444
The Eight Reindeer Monologues A Christmas comedy for consenting adults only. Santa himself is at the top of the naughty list this year and you wont believe what his 8 most trusted reindeer have to say. Fri. & Sat., Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 & Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 10:30pm. $15, $10 students & seniors.
Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. 212-254-1109
Bread and Puppet Theater Two shows, one for kids of all ages and one for adults. National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment will show for adults Dec. 8-11, 14-18, 21-23 at 8pm. Cardboard Celebration Circus will show for kids Dec. 10-11, 17-18 at 3pm. A passion play for adults, a circus for kids and the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. $12.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers Street www.tribecapac.org
Moscow Cats Theatre Features non-stop action by a troop of talented felines performing original and astounding acrobatic feats, integrated into a unique, non-verbal, colorful and fun-filled family show for all ages. Thru Oct. 30. Fri. at 8pm; Sat. & Sun. at 12 & 3pm. $47.50.
46 Walker St., bet. Church & Broadway 212-868-4444
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt Pushing the boundaries of realism with fantastical transformations and deformities, the play investigates the nature of otherness and isolation with humor and pathos. Thru Oct. 29; Wed. - Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 3pm. Also Sat., Oct. 29 at 3pm. $15.
The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeares classic comedy about love between a perfect pair of divas. Everybody loves Bianca but no one can marry her until her feisty older sister, Kate, is married off. Let the fireworks begin! Nov. 5 - 20. Wed. - Sat. & Mon. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 3pm. $15. Wednesdays are 2 for 1 nights.
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