10/14/19 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: October 14- 21, 2019

Fall is finally here! In New York that means cool mornings, sweater weather afternoons, jacket evenings and the arts. We have street art in Da Bronx, 90’s R&B in Harlem and Dance honors its own in the Village.  Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.



Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987 now through March 8, 2020 at the Bronx Museum,  1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10456. Widely regarded as one of the most significant documentarians of street art, Henry Chalfant has produced a voluminous body documenting the emergence of the trend since its early days in the Bronx, following its transformation into the international phenomenon it is today.

Chalfant’s photographs are a work of visual anthropology and one of the seminal documents of American popular culture in the late twentieth century. Chalfant became interested in graffiti art when he arrived in New York in 1973, after graduating from Stanford University. By 1977, he had developed a technique of capturing exposures in rapid succession on his 35mm camera from different positions on the platform, documenting the entire train in multiple, overlapping shots.

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall now through December 8 at Brooklyn Museum in the  Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor. The exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities.

The exhibition presents twenty-eight LGBTQ+ artists born after 1969 whose works grapple with the unique conditions of our political time, and question how moments become monuments. Through painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video, these artists engage interconnected themes of revolt, commemoration, care, and desire.

MoMA 11 West 53rd Street reopens on October 21st after a four month expansion to galleries and spaces for performance, conversation, and art making. The goal is to offer new ways to see more art. Get ready to discover new voices and fresh perspectives.

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion through January 5, 2020 in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor: The exhibition presents over 170 objects drawn from his atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films. The objects are displayed in an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes.

Art on the Farm offers unique family art projects inspired by nature and farm life.  The free event takes place at the Urban Farm, Randall’s Island Park every weekend from 2-4pm on Sunday and Saturday through 10/20/2019.

The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died in 1989, at the age of forty-two, cast a classicizing eye on subjects both conventional (calla lilies) and controversial (the underground S & M scene). As his muse and friend Patti Smith has written, “He will be condemned and adored. His excesses damned or romanticized. In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist.” The Guggenheim opens its yearlong two-part exhibition “Implicit Tensions: Robert Mapplethorpe Now.”

Alicja Kwade, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through October 27, a Polish artist who lives and works in Berlin is this year’s recipient of The Met’s annual commission to create an installation for the museum’s roof garden. These projects are perennial crowd-pleasers, as they add a touch of artistic enhancement to the rooftop’s spectacular views of Central Park and the Midtown skyline. Kwade’s approach seems tailor-made for the site, as it usually entails minimalist sculptural ensembles made of glass, stone and metal—materials that give her efforts a luxurious gloss. Kwade often plays perceptual tricks on the viewer as part of her overall interest in deconstructing the philosophical and scientific teachings we rely on to make sense of the world. At The Met, she reaches for the cosmos with a pair of pieces that evoke the Solar System.

Alicja Kwade, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ever since Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922, people have been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian treasures. The Met recently acquired one such object—a gold-leafed covered coffin for a High Priest from Egypt’s Ptolemaic period. It’s on display, along with 70 other Egyptian artifacts from the Met’s collection.

The 35th Annual New York Dance & Performance Annual NY Dance & Performance Bessie Awards October 14, 7:30 NYU Skirball 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York. 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 35 years. Known as “The Bessie” in honor of revered dance teacher Bessie Schönberg, the awards were established in 1984 by David White at Dance Theater Workshop. They recognize exceptional work in choreography, performance, music composition and visual design.





The Fever

Co-presented by La MaMa, The Public Theater, and Onassis USA

Kyle Abraham
The Runaway

New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater

Nick Cave
The Let Go
Park Avenue Armory

nora chipaumire
#Punk 100% POP* N!GGA
The Kitchen and Crossing the Line Festival

Merce Cunningham with stager Patricia Lent
Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
BAM Opera House

Tania El Khoury
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
Under the Radar/The Public Theater

Juliana F. May
Folk Incest
Abrons Arts Center

Alexei Ratmansky
The Seasons
American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE)
The Art of Luv (Part 6): Awesome Grotto!
Abrons Arts Center

Caleb Teicher
More Forever
Guggenheim Works & Process

Noa Wertheim
One. One & One
Vertigo Dance Company

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Ni’Ja Whitson
Oba Qween Baba King Baba
Co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center


Deuce Coupe
By Twyla Tharp

American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House

By Eleo Pomare, performed by Dyane Harvey
American Dance Guild Performance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater

Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done
By Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Simone Forti
Museum of Modern Art


Daina Ashbee*
Jonathan González
Stacy Grossfield
Caleb Teicher


Alice Sheppard


Xianix Barrera
in Latido by Xianix Barrera
Emerging Choreographers Series at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

Warren Craft
in Harlequin and Pantalone by Bill Irwin
Dorrance Dance
New York City Center

Leslie Cuyjet
Sustained Achievement with Jane Comfort, Niall Jones, Juliana F. May, Cynthia Oliver, Will Rawls

Kirsten Davis
in Oba Qween Baba King Baba by Ni’Ja Whitson
Co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center

Gabrielle Hamilton
in Oklahoma! choreographed by John Heginbotham
St. Ann’s Warehouse

Samantha Hines
in Attractor by Dancenorth Australia, Lucy Guerin Inc., Gideon Obarzanek & Senyawa
The Joyce Theater

Tiler Peck
Sustained Achievement with New York City Ballet

Molly Poerstel
Sustained Achievement with Ivy Baldwin, Hilary Clark, David Dorfman, Jeanine Durning, Alex Escalante, Juliana F. May, Susan Rethorst, RoseAnne Spradlin, Larissa Velez-Jackson

Nola Sporn Smith
in metamorphosis by Stacy Grossfield
The Kitchen, Dance and Process

Taylor Stanley
in The Runaway by Kyle Abraham
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater

Shamar Watt
Sustained Achievement in the work of nora chipaumire

Takaomi Yoshino (AKA Varvara Laptopova)
in ChopEniana by Alexandre Minz
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
The Joyce Theater


Design Team: Tei Blow, Sean McElroy, Eben Hoffer, & Hyung Seok Jeon
for The Art of Luv (Part 6): Awesome Grotto! by Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE)

Abrons Arts Center

Design Team: Jeanne Medina and Ni’Ja Whitson (Costumes), Gil Sperling, featuring art works by Wangechi Mutu and Galvin Jantejes (Video), Tuçe Yasak (Lighting)
for Oba Qween Baba King Baba by Ni’Ja Whitson

Co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center

Mirella Weingarten (set design)
for Xenos by Akram Khan

Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival at Rose Theater


Joseph Kubera and Adam Tendler for interpretation of music of Julius Eastman, and M. Lamar for original composition inspired by Eastman
for Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part by Kathy Westwater

Co-presented by New York Live Arts and Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts

Leyya Mona Tawil
for Future Faith by Lime Rickey International

Abrons Arts Center

Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher
for More Forever by Caleb Teicher

Guggenheim Works & Process

A.I.M. October 16- 20th at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue. Kyle Abraham’s brilliant company returns with an enticing program that includes the world premiere of the choreographer’s newest solo for himself, accompanied by a live gospel choir. Also on tap is Show Pony, a recent solo work by Abraham performed alternately by Princess Grace Award recipients Tamisha Guy and Marcella Lewis; and Big Rings, a dynamic group work created by A.I.M member Keerati Jinakunwiphat. The company premiere of Trisha Brown’s groundbreaking 1976 work Solo Olos rounds out the program.  The opening night performance will feature a one night only special guest appearance by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland performing a work created by Abraham.

Clark Center NYC’s 2nd Annual Dance Showcase October 15 and 16- 7pm at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 215 East 99th Street, New York. Join us for a concert featuring Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico’s Second Company, Christopher Rudd’s RudduR Dance, Makeda Thomas, Sandra Rivera, Danion Lewis, Cory Villegas, Isio-Maya Nuwere and The Charles Moore Dance Theatre. Showcase includes works by master choreographers Eleo Pomare and Geoffrey Holder, along with dances by established and emerging choreographers.

American Ballet Theatre- The Masters October 17- 7:30pm, October 19- 2pm & 8pm, October 22- 7:30pm at the David H. Koch Theater Lincoln Center, 70 West 63rd Street, New York. The American Ballet celebrates the genius of balletmasters past and present in this rousing triptych of groundbreaking dance. Each program kicks off with the George Balanchine’s iconic Theme and Variations, an astounding whirlwind of classical technique and demanding movement set to the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in G Major. Choreographed in 1947, it evokes the heyday of Russian ballet and its close relationship with the composer’s music. 

The company then honors Herman Cornejo’s 20th anniversary as a principal dancer in a hotly anticipated Twyla Tharp World Premiere, set to the music of Romantic era giant Johannes Brahms. It marks Tharp’s first new production with ABT for ten years. The evening comes to a close with Artist In Residence Alexei Ratmansky’s The Seasons, an abstract and re-energized vision of Marius Petipa’s 1900 ballet, set to the music of fellow Romantic composer Alexander Glazunov. 

NYC Drawing the Dance Workshop October 19- 12:30pm at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NY. This is a drawing/painting workshop with moving dancers. We expect you to have prior knowledge of drawing and painting to be able to try out these challenging workshops. Please bring your own supplies.

Swan Lake- Loch na hEala October 15- 20 at BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.One of Ireland’s most imaginative theater makers deconstructs the beloved classic for our modern age. Michael Keegan-Dolan and his company Teac Damsa transport audiences to a magical realist otherworld of light and dark, ecstasy and catharsis, pain and reconciliation.

Brooklyn Speakeasy Dance Show October 16- 7:30pm at 61 Local: 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn. Contemporary dance event company Hi Artist continues their monthly event series in the private loft of the beloved Brooklyn establishment 61 Local, presented in partnership with Airbnb Experiences. The October 16 event includes a new duet by Hollis Bartlett (current company member with Doug Varone and Dancers) and Nattie Trogdon, who are partners both in life and dance. A classic dance world romance, the pair met at a Doug Varone audition and got engaged at Bates Dance Festival. The program also includes an Urban Indian solo by Ishita Mili of IMGE Dance, an in progress solo by jess pretty, a new original work performed and choreographed by Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, and other yet to be announced artists.

Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move. Now in Theaters

Little Monsters follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids’ show personality and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad). One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak. Will Dave rise to the occasion and have a chance at Miss Caroline’s heart, or will the zombies get there first? Opens October 14.

Judy: Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.” Now in theaters.

Reel Sisters Screens HBO’s The Apollo, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 pm, Kumble Theater  Performing Arts, LIU 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn. On Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series in association with Kumble Theater will host an advance screening of HBO’s The Apollo. Reel Sisters is proud to present The Apollo as the festival’s opening night feature film! Kim Singleton, host of Considerit Blacklit, will host a conversation with famed Apollo Theater historian and tour guide Billy Mitchell (Mr. Apollo).

Chita Rivera: October 15 and 16 at Feinstien’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th St, New York. Rivera came to New York in the early 1950s, and the rest is razzle-dazzle history: starring roles in the original casts of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago; 10 Tony nominations (including two wins); the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors. She’s often called a legend, but she’s very much real—and, at 86, still firmly in command of her talents.

Apollo Amateur Night, on Wednesday, October 16, Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St, New York: The winners of recent Amateur Night shows come together to show off their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Finals on August 21st. Contestants who make it this far can compete for the title of Grand Finale Winner and a cash prize ($5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category) on November 27th!

Throw Back R&B Concert featuring Ginuwine and Donell Jones October 18, at the legendary Apollo Theater. Ginuwine is joined for this special one-night event with soul/R&B singer Donell Jones for a Throw Back Concert that’s not to be missed!

Staten Island Jazz Festival 32 Saturday October 19 2pm through 7pm at the St. George Theater 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island. The Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) will continue its legacy of promoting, preserving and presenting jazz- an American art-form. Experience Staten Island’s longest-running jazz festival hosted by WBGO, 88.3 FM on-air personality and author Sheila AndersonThis year’s lineup includes: Reggie Workman presents New Stars on This Horizon, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse, Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, Danny Mixon Quartet with Antoinette Montague, Jeannine Otis, Karlus Trapp, Sylvester Scott, Ray Scro, WaFoo and more! The famed, historic St. George Theatre in the landmark neighborhood of St. George, 2 blocks from the Staten Island Ferry, with on-site parking. All proceeds from the Festival support year-round free arts and educational programs.

Porgy and Bess October 16- 7:30pm at the New York Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker, and Ryan Speedo Green; featuring choreography by Camille Brown

Ain’t Too Proud follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.

NYC Autumn Wine & Food Festival Saturday, October 19 from 2pm – 10pm at The Altman Building, 135 W 18th Street New York. Chelsea’s landmark Altman Building will be transformed into an indoor vineyard, where you will taste world-class wine, feast on artisanal food, and luxuriate in a singular wine event. Participating wineries will show selections from the world’s leading wine regions — France, Italy, South Africa, California, Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and more. A selection of New York State wines will be showcased at the event, with several NY State Farm wineries selling selections by the bottle for guests to take out and enjoy at home. You’ll meet these talented winemakers and hear first-hand about their winemaking process.

First Dose of Fall Popup: Fashion & Food by The Bronx Collab Space October 20, 4pm through 7pm at 3866 White Plains Road, Bronx. Curating a networking event for the community and for entrepreneurs to get their goods out there. What was entice converations, and vibe more that food and fashion… oh and wine!

FrankieFridays is Brooklyn’s best kept  house music secret! The party takes place every Friday at The Happiness Lounge, 1458 St. Johns Place (bet. Utica Avenue and Rochester Avenue).  The party rocks the best dance classics and soulful house music masterfully mixed by New York City’s own DJ Frankie Paradise. The predominantly mature gay crowd are there to get down, and create a warm inviting atmosphere for all. Reasonably prices drinks and a small admission price (feels more like a donation) of $5 before midnight and $10 after makes this the don’t miss Friday night dance party. 

Bollywood Beats @ Stage48 NYC – A Weekly Saturday Night DesiParty Saturday,  October 19, 10pm- Sunday, October 20, 4am at Stage48, 605 West 48th Street, New York. Each & Every Saturday Night, come experience the Glamour & Glitz of Bollywood as you Mix, Mingle and Dance at New York City’s Hottest Saturday Night DesiParty. Ladies complimentary admission until 11pm.


We look forward to seeing you Out and About

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