New York City in October is a great time of year (well anytime is a great time in NYC). This week there is outdoor sculpture in Harlem, Jazz in Brooklyn, Pizza in the Bronx and Dance honors its own at The Bessies. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Maren Hassinger: Monuments consists of eight site-specific sculptures installed for approximately one year (through June 10, 2019) in Marcus Garvey Park (Madison Avenue between 120th and 124th Streets), beginning in June 2018. Hassinger, who has been associated with the Studio Museum since 1984, is a Harlem-based multidisciplinary artist whose work, spanning performance, installation, sculpture, and video, are often meditations on nature and community. Working in the tradition of her earlier projects such as Wreath (1979), Hassinger uses branches to create forms that respond to aspects of the park’s landscape—an outcropping of rock, a triangle near flower beds, an oval near the pool. The artist created the works with the assistance of volunteers from the Studio Museum’s Teen Leadership Council and Expanding the Walls program, so that Monuments is a project made in Harlem and for Harlem.
Constantin Brancusi Sculpture: The Films at the Museum of Modern Art (through Feb. 18) celebrates MoMA’s extraordinary holdings—11 sculptures by Brancusi will be shown together for the first time, alongside drawings, photographs, and films. A selection of never-before-seen archival materials shed light on his relationships with friends, sitters, and patrons, including this Museum. What emerges is a rich portrait of an artist whose risk-taking and inventive approach to form changed the course of the art that followed.
Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done at The Museum of Modern Art (through February 3, 2019) in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium is organized into multiple-week segments, each of which focuses on the work of one artist: Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, David Gordon, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton and Trisha Brown. Additionally, a video installation edited by the artist Charles Atlas and related to the work of the choreographers featured in the performance program will be on view. Including footage of both individual and group pieces made during the Judson era and after, Atlas’s installation emphasizes the relationship of the soloist to the ensemble and shows how Judson influenced the later careers of these artists. In the final weeks of the exhibition, Movement Research, an organization with a direct lineage to Judson, will hold classes and workshops.
The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY Monday, October 8, 2018 7:30PM, is the dance world’s most stellar annual gathering. Hosted by dance legends Desmond Richardson and Ayodele Casel, this year’s ceremony will include live dance performances, videos of all nominated work, and presentations of awards for outstanding choreography, performance, visual design, music composition, revival, service to the field of dance and lifetime achievement in dance. All are welcome to come salute and enjoy the best of New York’s wide world of dance!
Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies have saluted outstanding and groundbreaking creative work by independent dance artists in NYC for 33 years. Known as “The Bessie” in honor of revered dance teacher Bessie Schönberg, the awards were established in 1983 by David White at Dance Theater Workshop. They recognize exceptional work in choreography, performance, music composition and visual design. For tickets and a complete list of nominees visit bessies.org.
Donna Uchizono Company makes a long-awaited return to The Joyce Theater October 10 thru October 13 with a world premiere, March Under an Empty reign. Featuring six dancers, the work acknowledges the NY Quadrille’s four-perspective stage, and explores what seeps through the cracks of confinement.
Clark Center NYC and El Barrio’s Artspace presents Dance Festival from Sunday, Oct 14 through Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at El Barrio’s Artspace 216 E. 99th Street. The festival begins on Sunday October 14 with an Open House and a free Dance Sampler 1-4:30pm Ballet with Ronald K. Alexander, Jazz with Shelley Frankel, Hip hop with Robin Dunn, Afro-Caribbean with Carolyn Webb, Tap with Tony Waag & Flamenco with Xianix Barrera. The festival will offers dance classes, dance showcase, dance on film, and the 2nd Annual Clark Center House Party. For a complete schedule and tickets at eventbrite.com.
Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent super alter-ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organisation looking for a symbiote of their own.
In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers–and falls in love with–struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
A Star Is Born
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. The Hate U Give is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Common, Anthony Mackie and Issa Rae.
The Hate U Give
serpentwithfeet’s Josiah Wise, Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn on Tuesday, October 9 at 8pm., creates pop music manages to be both cavernous and intimate, experimental and accessible. His stunning debut album, soil, appeared in June and excellently showcases Wise’s otherworldly vibrato, giving it ample space to shiver against the potent, haunting textures of producers Clams Casino, mmph and Katie Gately. Expect to get some shivers of your own at this Elsewhere appearance.
BRIC JazzFest at Bric House, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn October 13 through October 20 is one of the borough’s most celebrated musical institutions, BRIC is best known for its staple summer concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park. The organization puts the same keen curatorial eye for both local and international musicians to work at this massive festival. A week of jazz-related films and works culminates in a three-night star-studden marathon at the BRIC House in Fort Greene. The 2018 edition of this festival also crowns the organization’s 40th anniversary
Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, returns to NYC at Stage 42, 422 W 42nd St, the Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
The NEW York International Fringe Festival returns in October of 2018 after a year hiatus with both a FringeNYC and FringeBYOV segment, as well as other exciting programming. The month long festival runs from October 1 through October 31. The revamped festival will present 90 production in both Manhattan FringeNYC and in the outer boroughs FringeBYOV. For a complete listing of the productions offered visit fringenyc.org.
New York Pizza Festival October 6 and 7, at Crescent Avenue, Bronx, NYSunday 12noon through 4pm.The 1st Annual New York Pizza Festival hosted by the Belmont Business Improvement District will be a national, star-studded, 2-day event showcasing the talents of the most renowned US Pizza Makers, Chefs, culinary personalities, as well as top pizza makers from Italy. With over 20,000 people expected in attendance over the two days, this will be the largest pizza festival in New York.
718 Sessions-16th Anniversary Party takes place on Sunday October 7 from 6 to 2am at the Good Room 98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn. the admission price is still $5 for the first 100 people before 7pm. $12 with a flyer/printout/membership card and $20 without. For more information email email@example.com.
Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise is a leisurely cruise up the Hudson River to gorgeous Bear Mountain State Park. After a 2.5-hour cruise, you’ll have three hours to explore the park’s natural beauty, abundant hiking trails and zoo. On the way back, join the onboard Oktoberfest complete with craft beer, German food and live music. Boat leaves from Pier 84 555 12th Avenue at 44th street at 12 noon on weekends through November 11th, 2018. For a complete schedule and tickets call (212) 627- 2020.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About