The 'Stuff You Should Know' Edition
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Not one, but two exciting New York Adventure Club outings take you for a VIP Experience @ Belmont Park during its annual Empire Showcase Day, which celebrates New York Racing featuring eight stakes races worth over $1.7 million in purses or check out Behind-the-Scenes @ Woodlawn Cemetery Gilded Age Mausoleums, which are rarely unlocked for the public. During the week, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac features a variety of unique comics every month hosted by the part-silly, part-zen, self-described “art school dropout”. And at a taping of the Stuff You Should Know podcast learn about Ouija boards, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness and the game of horseshoes. The Brooklyn Nets open their season while Ilyria, the story of a young Joe Papp and his free Shakespeare productions in Central Park opens at the Public. For some fun Halloween kitsch, check out Charles Addams – Family and Friends, a show of the famed New Yorker cartoonist, including The Addams Family, and the Halloween Dog Parade, in which pooches let their alter-egos shine.
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Sneak Peak – Nathan for You: Host Nathan Fielder appears live and in person to give you a sneak peek of the upcoming season of Comedy Central’s Nathan for You. The Bell House, Brooklyn, 19-21 October.
The NY Adventure Club VIP Experience @ Belmont Park: Join NYAC at the Belmont Park Race Track for their annual Empire Showcase Day. Belmont Park (Clubhouse Entrance Lobby), 21 October.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Woodlawn Cemetery Gilded Age Mausoleums:Join NYAC for an exclusive experience at Woodlawn Cemetery and step inside some of the country’s most opulent family mausoleums Woodlawn Conservancy, 21 October.
Halloween Dog Parade: Pooches let their alter-egos shine at the annual Tompkins Square Parade. Tompkins Square Park, 21 October.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Webb Institute, Shipbuilding Academy: Join NYAC for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Webb Institute, a college academy in Glen Cove, NY dedicated to Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb Institute, 22 October.
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac: For almost four years, Wyatt Cenac has hosted the live weekly Brooklyn comedy show Night Train now filmed for Seeso. Littlefield, 23 October, 7:30pm.
Stuff You Should Know: Come watch a taping of the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark. The Bell House, 22-24 October.
The NY Adventure Club October Happy Hour @ Sweetwater Social: Join New York Adventure Club for its official monthly Happy Hour at the subterranean cocktail lounge, Sweetwater Social. Sweetwater Social, 26 October.
J. T. Rogers presents Oslo: Oslo, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, is the drama-packed story of the historic agreement between Israel and Palestine. Community Bookstore, 26 October.
NY Adventure Club Halloween Bash @ Ripley’s Odditorium: Come see a museum collection of 500 extraordinarily bizarre and unique finds from Robert Ripley, while partying in costume! Ripley's Believe it or Not! Times Square, 27 October.
v. Orlando Magic, 20 October, 7:30pm
v. Atlantic Hawks, 22 October, 3:30pm
v. Cleveland Cavaliers, 25 October, 7:30pm
v. New York Knicks (Madison Square Garden), 27 October, 7:30pm
v. Denver Nuggets, 29 October, 6pm
v. Phoenix Suns, 31 October, 7:30pm
Ilyria: It is 1958 and a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals and anger as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. The Public,10 December.
Syncing Ink: Gordon wants to learn how to rap, thinking it will gain him respect, but he goes deeper into his legacy and his purpose. The Flea, 29 October.
Edgar Oliver’s New York Trilogy: Edgar Oliver performer his autobiographical monologues – East 10th Street (2009), In the Park (2014), and Attorney Street (2016). Axis Theatre, 18 November.
Shadowlands: The unlikely and true love story of renowned Oxford scholar and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis and the much younger Joy Davidman, Acorn Theatre, 18 November.
The Siege: A retelling of the story of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. NYU’s Skirball Theatre, 22 October.
Off the Meter, On the Record: A comedic glimpse into 35 years behind the wheel of a New York City yellow taxi, from New York’s most recognizable cab driver. The Irish Reperatory Theatre, 5 November.
People, Places & Things: Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. St. Ann’s Warehouse, 19 November.
Office Hour: Gina was warned that one of her students would be a problem. Determined to know whether he’s a real threat, Gina compels Dennis to attend her office hours. The Public, 3 December.
Knives in Hens: In a rural world, poised on the cusp of transformation, the fates of a young woman, her plowman husband, and the local miller collide. 59E59 Theater,12 November.
Occupied Territories: When Jude enters her estranged father’s basement on the night of his funeral, she unleashes his secret past in Vietnam. 9E59 Theater, 5 November.
Peter Doig: Painter Doig eschews thematic coherence, choosing wild-card abstractions and figurative one-offs. Werner, 18 November.
Rosalyn Drexler: A fixture of the Pop Art scene by the early sixties by transforming prosaic images with bright pigments andnew contexts. Greenan, 21 October.
Charles Addams – Family and Friends: Artwork from famed New Yorker cartoonist, showcasing New Yorker covers, and of course, The Addams Family. Morris Jumel Mansion, February 2018.
Modernism on the Ganges – Raghubir Singh: This retrospectivefeatures a pioneer of color street photography in India. Met Breuer, 2 January.
Fictions: A survey of recent work by nineteen emerging artists of African descent who draw inspiration from everyday objects, current and historic events, and the body. Studio Museum, 7 January.
Aida’s Secrets: The discovery of records from WWII sparks a family's quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies reunite with each other. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Upper West Side.
120 Beats Per Minute (Battements Par Minute): In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with AIDS. Angelika, West Village.
Jane: Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, the story of Jane Goodall. Sunshine, East Village.
Kills on Wheels: A meaningful action-comedy of a wheelchair-bound assassin gang. Village East Cinema, East Village.
Tom of Finland: Touko Laaksonen returns home after a harrowing World War II, to a Helsinki rampant with gay persecution. He finds refuge in art. Quad Cinema, East Village.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: The incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman. Angelika, West Village.
Goodbye Christopher Robin: A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Upper West Side.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected): The intergenerational tale of adult siblings contending with the influence of their aging father. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Upper West Side.
Human Flow: Ai Weiwei's documentary that elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Angelika, West Village.
Faces Places: Agnès Varda and the artist JR have things in common. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Upper West Side.
The Florida Project: The story of a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder. Angelika Film Center, West Village.
Chavela: By the 1950s, Chavela Vargas became a household name in Mexico– just as influential were her cultural contributions as a bold, rebellious lesbian. Film Forum, West Village.