The All Souls Edition
It's the Halloween edition of NY*Confidential, as your friendly informant is back from a month of travels. Hopefully, I did not leave you hanging in September.
To be honest, I contemplated ending the newsletter and the website, as it costs a lot of time. This old arts writer also has some other projects. But I love finding out what's going on in the city and to share these events with you! The Times, the New Yorker, TimeOut and many others do something similar. However, NY*Confidential reads through all the emails, all the listings and all the hype and figures out the things really worth doing.
To name a few this week: Philipsburg Manor transforms into a fearsome landscape ruled by the Headless Horseman in Horseman’s Hollow, or take an eerie Tour of 1656 Lent-Riker House & Cemetery, Oldest Private Home in U.S. Including the tombstone cemetery. 92Y Presents Gary Shteyngart who reads from his new novel Lake Success and Padma Puts on a Comedy Show, Padma Lakshmi put on a night of comedy to benefit the Movement Voter Project. w/ Michelle Wolff and others.
Finally, in theatre and on the walls, don't miss: Toyin Ojih Odutola, When Legends Die, as the Nigerian-American artist concludes her speculative saga, a visual account of two fictional aristocratic families in Africa as if the slave trade had never occurred; Malcolm Morley, Tally-ho with medieval knights painted in three-dimensional bold hues; and finally, Oklahoma!, a new production that upends the sunny romance between a farmer and a cowpoke.
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The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy: HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, 18 October, 7pm, $10.
92Y Presents Preview Screening of Cold War and Conversation with Joanna Kulig: Kauffman Hall, 92nd and Lexington, 18 October, 8pm, from $35.
Behind-the-Scenes @ The New York Historical Society & Conservation Lab: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 18 October, 6pm, from $65.
Powerhouse Presents How to Leave: Powerhouse Books, 28 Adams Street, 18 October, 7pm, RSVP.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Jacob K. Javits Center & NYC's Largest Green Roof: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, 19 October, 3pm, $30, refunded upon arrival.
Reception @ Posteritati, Hidden Vintage Movie Poster Gallery: Posteritati Movie Poster Gallery, 239 Centre Street FL4, 19 October, 7:30pm, from $29.
Nightfall, A Moonlit Exploration: Step through the iconic Gothic Arch and into an unforgettable experience of ethereal sights and sounds. Greenwood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, 19-20 October, $80, goes to Green-Wood Historic Fund.
Horseman’s Hollow: Philipsburg Manor transforms into a fearsome landscape ruled by the Headless Horseman! Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, 19-21, 25-31 October, from $20.
Exploring Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked Ruins: Roosevelt Island Tramway Plaza, E 59th St., 20 October, 12:15pm, from $32.
Tour of 1656 Lent-Riker House & Cemetery, Oldest Private Home in U.S.: Includes a walk through of the house and132 tombstone cemetery. Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead (1656), 78-03 19th Road, Queens, 20 October, 3pm, $29.
Inside the Members-Only New York Society Library, NYC's Oldest Library: The New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street, 21 October, 2pm, from $25.
After-Hours Tour @ The Dyckman House, Manhattan's Last Farmhouse: Dyckman Farmhouse, 4881 Broadway, 21 October, 4pm from $19.
92Y Presents Gary Shteyngart: Shteyngart reads from his new novel Lake Success. Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd and Lexington, 22 October, 7:30 pm, from $26.
Strand Presents Henry Carroll, Photographers on Photography: Strand, 828 Broadway, 22 October, 7pm, Admission.
NYPL Presents Rebecca Solnit: Called “the voice of resistance” essayist Rebecca Solnit visits LIVE to discuss her latest work. NYPL, 5th Avenue, 22 October, 7pm, $40.
Padma Puts on a Comedy Show: Padma Lakshmi put on a night of comedy to benefit the Movement Voter Project. w/ Michelle Wolff and others. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 24 October, 7pm, $25.
Powerhouse Presents Photographers on Photography by Henry Carroll: Powerhouse Books, 28 Adams Street, Brooklyn, 24 October, 7pm, RSVP POWERHOUSE @ the Archway.
Vulture Insider Book Club Presents Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success: The Strand, 828 Broadway (& 12th Street), 24 October, 7pm, RSVP.
Inside the Secret "Treasures in the Trash" Museum: A curated 50,000 piece collection of New Yorkers' trash dating back to the 1980s. NYC Department of Sanitation Garage, 1st Avenue and 99th St., 25 October, 3pm, Free.
The NY Adventure Club Happy Hour: Join New York Adventure Club for this month's happy hour at Hill & Dale. Hill & Dale, 115 Allen Street, 25 October, 6:30pm, Free.
Exploring the Abandoned Buildings & Tunnels @ Former NYU Campus:Bronx Community College, 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, 26 October, 3pm, $35.
Inside Eclectic Props, Largest Film & TV Prop Company in NYC: Eclectic/Encore Properties (2nd Floor), 47-51 33rd Street, Queens, 26 October, 3:30pm, $25.
92Y Presents Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America: with Billy Crudup, Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Marvel, and John Turturro. Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd and Lexington, 28 October, 1pm, from $150.
Comedy for Trayvon Martin Foundation: Michael Che hosts Larry Murphy, Maeve Higgins, Jon Glaser and others to benefit Trayvon Martin Foundation. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 28 October, 7pm, $25.
Strand Presents Abbi Jacobson, I Might Regret This: Observations and reflections on Jacobson’s cross-country trip to LA. With illustrations. The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, 30 October, 8pm, Admission.
92Y Presents The Front Runner with Hugh Jackman and Director Jason Reitman: Docudrama about the man who almost became the president. Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd and Lexington, 30 October, 7pm, from $45.
Powerhouse Presents 30 Before 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s, and You Can Too: Powerhouse Books, 28 Adams Street, Brooklyn, 1 November, 7pm, RSVP POWERHOUSE @ the Archway.
John J. Harvey Boat: Beautified thanks to a partnership with the Public Art Fund and British arts organization, 14-18 NOW. Pier 66A, to 12 May 2019. Free. Occasional 60-minute boat trips around New York Harbor, RSVP.
David Bowie Tribute: Live performances of David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy — 1979’s Lodger, 1978’s Heroes and 1977’s Low — over three nights. Featuring Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Dirty Projectors, Battle Trance and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, 17-19 October, TBD.
Youssou N’Dour: 20 October, Carnegie Hall
Psychedelic Furs: 20 October, St. George’s Theatre, Staten Island
Justin Timberlake: 22 October, Madison Square Garden
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: 26 October, Barclays Center
Air Supply: 26 October, Highline Ballroom
George Clinton & Parliament: 2 November, Highline Ballroom
New York Fringe Festival: After taking a year off in 2017, The Present Theatre Company, Inc. (creators and producers of FringeNYC) returns. Highlights:
33 (a Kabarett), examines pre-Nazi Germany; Almelem chronicles Jesus’ rise and fall; A Brief History of Colonization, looks at India’s colonial period through a comic lens; Donald Trump Dies in the End, speaks for itself; The Shape of a Girl, looks at bullying; and James Franco and Me, a satire about mortality and celebrity. 1-31 October, Visit website for details.
Emma and Max: Todd Solondz turns his critical eye on New Yorkers, exploring the illusions and delusions, hopes and despair of the city’s well-off and worn down. The Flea, though 29 October.
What the Constitution Means to Me: Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. She resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document's profound impact. New York Theatre Workshop, through 4 November.
Waiting for Godot: Ireland’s iconic Druid theater company presents Samuel Beckett’s irreverent masterpiece. Lincoln Center Theatre, 2-13 November.
The Nap: Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star arrives for a snooker tournament only to be confronted by the authorities, his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager and a renowned gangster. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, through 11 November.
The Niceties: At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper about the American Revolution... Manhattan Theatre Club, 1through 18 November.
The Thanksgiving Play: Good intentions collide when a troupe of “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that celebrates both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. Playwrights Horizons, through 25 November.
The Ferryman: Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity for the annual harvest. But this year they have an unexpected visitor. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, through 17 February.
The Waverly Gallery: Gladys is a longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village and she wants to stay that way. Golden Theatre, through 27 January.
Marnie: A reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, through 10 November, from $30.
Delacroix: Coming of age after the fall of Napoleon, French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) produced an extraordinarily vibrant body of work and changed the course of art. The Met, through 6 January.
Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich, The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk: Presents the artistic output of three iconic figures – Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich. Jewish Museum, through 6 January.
Liliana Porter, Other Situations: Among the significant pieces included is the “Forced Labor” series, in which the artist utilizes miniature figurines to make a statement about reality and labor. El Museo del Barrio, through 27 January.
Betye Saar, Keepin’ It Clean: Saar has recycled and reclaimed derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, sambos, and mammies to confront the continued racism in American society. New York Historical Society, through 27 January.
Billie Jean King, The Road to 75: Presented in honor of her 75th birthday, this exhibition celebrates Billie Jean King through more than 75 photographs depicting her life and career. New York Historical Society, through 27 January.
Charles White, A Retrospective: Over the course of his four-decade career, White created powerful images of African Americans. MoMA, through 13 January.
Bruce Nauman’s Disappearing Acts: MoMA’s entire sixth floor and all of MoMA PS1 showcases the Nauman’s skill from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to large-scale installations. MoMA, to 18 February.
Brave, Beautiful, Outlaws, the Photographs of Donna Gottschalk: Gottschalk photographed herself, friends, lovers, and activists in radical lesbian communities, as well as the life of her sibling, formerly a gay man named Alfie who transitioned to a woman named Myla. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, through 17 March.
Bruce Sargeant, The Lost Murals: Sargeant, who is compared to James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer, portrays muscular young men at the peak of form and athletic prowess. ClampArt, through 24 November.
PotoPrens, The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince: Highlights Port-au-Prince’s many diverse centers of informal street life, religious heritage, and mythologies to create a compelling portrait of a intensely complex city in flux. PioneerWorks, through 11 November.
Sarah Lucas, Au Naturel: A distinctive and provocative body of work that transforms found objects and everyday materials into confrontational tableaux that boldly challenge social norms. The New Museum, through 19 January.
Toyin Ojih Odutola, When Legends Die: The Nigerian-American artist concludes her speculative saga, a visual account of two fictional aristocratic families in Africa as if the slave trade had never occurred. Jack Shainman Gallery, through 27 October.
Malcolm Morley, Tally-ho: A searching and distinctive examination of the art of painting, through abstraction, photo-based realism, neo-romanticism, and neo-expressionism. Sperone Westwater, through 27 October.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, The Land: Hybrid, fractured portraits – balancing between the beautiful and the grotesque, the sinister and the benevolent; a Cubist technique of painted trompe l’oeil collage. Salon 94, through 27 October.
Free Solo: Unflinching portrait of climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to climb the face of the world's most famous rock: the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Angelika, West Village
The Guilty: Police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work and expects a sleepy beat. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman. Quad Cinema, East Village; Film Society Lincoln Center, UWS.
Colette: After marrying a successful Parisian writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is convinced to ghostwrite, but fights to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature. Village East Cinema, East Village.
On Her Shoulders: The life of 23-year-old Nadia Murad - a survivor of the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq - is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings, from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps. Village East Cinema, East Village.
Studio 54: 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club's hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time. IFC Center, West Village.
Wildlife: Carey Mulligan is Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. IFC Center, West Village; Film Society Lincoln Center, UWS.
Charm City: During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of the police, citizens, and government officials left on the frontlines. IFC Center, West Village.