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ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts. Visit for tickets.

Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Cold Waves VII, three-day pass, multiple dates and times, $120.

Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Rubix Cube: The 80s Strike Back show, $17-$40.

Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., Cold Waves VII presents Front Line Assembly, The Black Queen and more, $45-$53.

Sept. 16 at 6 p.m., Bless the Fall, $18.

Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., Counterparts and Being As An Ocean, $18-$35.

Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., FEAR, $25-$52.

Sept. 22 at 8 p.m., Pig Destroyer, $25.

Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., Alestorm, $73.

Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., Spyair, Rookiez Is Punk’d, $49.50-$150.

Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., Grim Reaper, $25-$53.

Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., Capcom (rock orchestral), $36.50-$61.50.

Sept. 30, Pete Yorn (solo acoustic), $36.50-$113.

ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts. Visit for tickets.

Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., Cold Waves VII: Day 1: OhGr, ChemLab and more $45.

Sept. 14 at 6 p.m., Cold Waves VII: Day 2: Meat Beat Manifesto, C-Tec, $45.

Sept. 16, Helloween: Pumpkins United, $60-$62 (Sept. 15 sold out).

Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., Kick Out the Jams, $37-$42.

Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., Owl City, cinematic tour with Matthew Thiessen & The Earthquakes, $25.

Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., HYOKOH 24 Tour: North America with Inner Wave, $55 (Sept. 20 sold out).

Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., Gary Numan, $30.

Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., Butch Walker, $25.

Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., OrelSan, $25.

Sept. 26 and 29 at 7 p.m., Lil Xan, $32-$96+.

Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Reignwolf, $22.

Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., Danity Kane with Dawn and Dumb Blonde, $39-$45. 

FOLK/POLITICAL/SOCIAL CONCERT SERIES—The Peoples’ Voice Café, an alternative coffeehouse, organizes weekly concerts and events celebrating humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective and concerts are held Saturdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves. Wheelchair-accessible). Suggested donation: $20; $12 for PVC members; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit

Sept. 15, political activist and singer Victor Jara will be celebrated with a tribute concert by Magpie, Collean Kattau and Barry Kornhauser.

Sept. 22, David and Sophie Buskin, singer, guitar duo, folk, alternative; and Kirsten Maxwell, singer, songwriter.

ACOUSTIC/WORLD MUSIC—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Spiral Music,” acoustic music on select Wednesday evenings at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase, free, from 6-9 p.m. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. Sept. 19, K.G. West, sitar player; Amanda Welch, sitar player; and Mir Naqibul Islam, tabla player. For more information visit or call (212) 620-5000.


Metropolitan Playhouse presents a revival of Philip Barry’s comedy about materialistic culture, “You and I,” opening Fri., Sept. 14 and running through Oct. 7.

COMEDY—Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. 4th St., presents a revival of Philip Barry’s “You and I,” opening Fri., Sept. 14 and running through Oct. 7. This comedy is a bittersweet indictment of a materialistic culture that launched the The Philadelphia Story’s author’s career. “You and I” makes intimate and personal the American dilemma of the turn of the 1920s, an age of eager but anxious pursuit of financial success and social status through commerce. Maitland (Matey) White has built an enviable life for his family by working doggedly for a soap manufacturer, having abandoned his youthful dreams to be a painter. At 43, encouraged by his wife, Nancy, he determines to take a leave from business and pick up a brush. But when their gifted son determines to give up his own artistic ambitions for financial security, just as a turn in the markets squeezes the family’s resources, Matey and Nancy must face decisions they thought they’d put behind them — this time, without the naive confidence of their youth.  Director is Michael Hardart. Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. plus Tues., Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Wed., Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 students/seniors, and $10 children 18 and under. To purchase tickets online visit or call 800-838-3006.

COMEDY/MYSTERY—Theater for the New City (Community Space Theater), 155 First Ave., presents “Two Men Walk into a Bar” by Monica Bauer, directed by John FitzGibbon, will have its final performance on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. The play talks place in a Texas dive bar in the middle of the Iraq war. Billy goes to war, while step-brother Franklin stays home and inherits Jerry’s Place, the family-owned bar. However, Billy doesn’t think the passing of the torch should have been so simple. On leave for their Mama Sue’s funeral, Billy finds his meth-addicted wife dead at the bottom of the stairs, or so he says. Will Franklin back up his alibi? When the dead wife’s Mama Jean comes for revenge, will justice be served at Jerry’s Place? A web of family connections, perceived betrayals, and suspicions looms over the action of the play. Tickets, $18, are available at (212) 254-1109 or visit

THEATER FESTIVAL—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents the Dream Up Festival, running through Sept. 16. This is the 10th Dream Up and will present a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance. Shows include “Adam & Brian,” “Apes at Play,” “Arizona Justice,” “A Case Study of People with Labels: Meeks and Minorities,” “Creditors,” “The Dragon Griswynd,” “For(give) Me,” “Girl Inside the Mirror,” “Glitched,” “Hedda,” Lucinda and the Wolves,” “Masseur,” “Moving Bodies,” “my name is not actually maria,” “Occasionally Nothing,” “The Ones Upstairs,” “Pretty Babies,” “The Rounds,” “Single Dead Female,” “Sixteen,” “Sleep F$@cking: Revisions,” “The Torso,” “#thethirdperson,” “Two Men Walk into a Bar,” “Wild Orchids/Rosary Hill,” “The Wrong Box” and “You Don’t Know How it Feels.” Tickets range from $12 to $20. For tickets, call Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or visit The site has more information about each show.

DRAMA—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. between E. 9th and 10th Sts., presents the world premiere of “Moving Bodies: La Marquise du Chatelet and Voltaire’s Laws of Attraction,” running through Sept. 16. Love and science – can a woman have both?  Paris 1740, the Age of Enlightenment. When the Marquise du Chatelet and Voltaire take opposing sides in a controversy over Newtonian physics, sparks fly and one of the greatest love affairs of the eighteenth-century takes flight. Written by Lorraine Liscio, directed by Myriam Cyr. David Beck will perform live his original music and selections by Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Tickets: $18; $15 for seniors and students. For reservations, call (212) 254-1109 or visit  

OUTDOOR MUSICAL—Theater for the New City presents the 42nd of its award-winning Street Theater tours, with a production of “SHAME! Or the Doomsday Machine,” a new traveling musical, will conclude on Sept. 16. In the piece, the theory of relativity explains modern politics. A high school teacher gets pummeled with hard questions when his lecture on the theory of relativity rockets his class into unexpected places. They are sucked into a black hole and discover that there are parallel universes. In one of them, a TV Host sets a mighty economic empire before his applicants and urges them to fight, deceive and undercut each other in order to win their version of The American Dream. These villains are actually building a Doomsday Machine! But there’s a third universe hidden under a seedy dive on Franklin Street, from which powerful Guardians spring into action against the Doomsday Machine. The students learn that answers to all their questions are relative because change will come. Their scores are a mix of music from Bossa Nova to Hip Hop to Musical Comedy to Gilbert & Sullivan. The musical is written and directed by TNC’s Artistic Director, Crystal Field, and composed by Joseph Vernon Banks. The running time is 1:15. The final performance is on Sun, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave.

SOLO SHOW (HOLOCAUST DENIAL THEME)—The New Group, the Cell, and Prospect Theater Company at 59E59 presents “Hoaxacaust!,” running through Sept. 30 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. What roles should past horrors play in defining religious views, self-perception, even politics? Is there such a thing as a contemporary Jewish identity independent of the Holocaust? Should there be? What if the Holocaust had never happened? Writer/performer Barry Levey explores this as he tracks down deniers from Illinois to Iran, on a journey to discover the shocking truth. (Please note this production will contain adult language.) Previously performance at Theatre for the New City and won the NYC Fringe Festival’s 2014 Overall Excellence award. It returned for the FringeNYC Encore Series: Solo in the City at the Baruch Performing Arts Center before touring. General admission $25. For tickets, visit


COMEDY—Twin brothers Max and Nicky Weinbach presents “Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky,” a monthly neo-retro night of stand-up comedy and music, next on Mon., Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. between 1st Ave. and Ave. A. This vintage style variety show features the additional talents of four stand-up comics as well as original songs. $7 in advance at or $10 at the door. For more information, visit

PERFORMANCE ‘LAB’/INTERACTIVE—The Tompkins Square branch of the New York Public Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents a writing/performance lab on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The intention is to provide artists in the community the opportunity to develop works-in-progress of writing pieces, theater texts, performance pieces and related projects. In addition to writers and performers, musicians, singers, dancers, etc., are welcome to participate. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.

COMEDY—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean on Sat., Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. In each episode of their podcast, “All Killa No Filla,” the pair will talk all things murder and macabre and have a laugh doing it. For tickets, $35-$41, visit For more information, visit 


EVENTS AT LIBRARY FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND OLDER CHILDREN—New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., presents the following programs:

“Toddler Craft” on Thurs., Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. A simple craft project perfect for toddlers and their caregivers to do together. Ages 1-3 craft is limited to 30 children on a first come, first served basis in the third-floor community room. Pre-registration not necessary.

“Itty Bitty Storytime” on Fri., Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. Baby Storytime: Itty Bitty Book Buddies introducing a new baby lapsit program for babies ages 0-12 months. This program will be shorter and involve less movement. All songs and rhymes will be geared toward encouraging interaction between caregivers and babies.

“Baby & Toddler Story Time: Bitty Book Buddies” followed by open play on Mon, Sept. 17 at 10:45 a.m. and Wed., Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m. This is an interactive program for babies and toddlers ages 0-36 months. Hear stories, sing songs, play with puppets and make new friends. The Monday session takes places before the library opens to the public. Limited to 30 children. First come, first served, no latecomers. Music and toys will be provided before and after the program.

“Kids Storytime: Book Buddies” on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Children ages four and up will hear classic and contemporary picture books read aloud.

Pixelcraft: Creator” on Tues., Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. Use colored markers on grid paper to create your favorite characters. Choose characters to create from popular books, movies, comics and TV or create cool characters. Recommended for children ages five and up. No pre-registration necessary. 

BOOK READINGS & ACTIVITIES—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time

on most Saturdays at 11 a.m. with coloring and activities afterwards. For more information call (212) 253-0810 or visit

Sept. 15, Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

Sept. 22, Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie (part of Princess Penelope Pineapple series)

ART WORKSHOP—The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Family Sundays” free activities from 1-4 p.m. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, and there will be a 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults. Throughout the month of September, participants are invited to dive into artist Chitra Ganesh’s fantastical exhibitions “Face of the Future” and “The Scorpion Gesture” by creating a poster of moveable, futuristic figures. Ganesh reimagines how science fiction, mythology, and storytelling intersect. Inspired by the artist’s brilliant color palette and graphic animation style, museum guests can create characters by animating them with movable joints. For more information, visit or call (212) 620-5000.

THEATER—Daryl Roth Theatre’s DR2, 103 E. 15th St., presents “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The New York show in 2017 will also feature Brown Bear, Brown Bear and 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Performances run Thurs.-Sun. Most mornings and afternoons. For schedule or tickets, $49-$90, visit

CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 422—Scout Pack 422 is part of the Greater NY Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by The Epiphany R.C. Church at 373 Second Ave. off of 21st St. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Boy Scouts meet on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Parents and new scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, call Maureen Riley at (917) 837-3311.

CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 414—Scout Troop 414 is part of the Greater New York Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. Meetings are held in the school auditorium every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents and new Scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, visit

BOOK READINGS—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents story time, including crafts, on most Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m.

All children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of their visit. For more information, visit or call (212) 473-1452. 


Sally Field will be at Barnes & Noble in promotion of her new memoir, In Pieces, on Tues., Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

SALLY FIELD—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Sally Field in promotion of her new memoir, In Pieces, on Tues., Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Priority access with purchase of the featured title from this Barnes & Noble location ($23 down from $29 at Field’s career has spanned more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From “Gidget” to “Sybil,” Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. In this book, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, into her lifelong relationships — including her complicated love for her own mother. For more information, visit or call (212) 253-0810.

RYAN SERHANT—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Ryan Serhant in promotion of his new book Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine, on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of the featured title from this Barnes & Noble location beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event. Serhant will sign copies of his new book as well as backlist titles. He will also pose for photos. Ryan Serhant was a shy, jobless hand model when he entered the real estate business in 2008 at a time the country was on the verge of economic collapse. Just nine years later, he has emerged as one of the top realtors in the world and an authority on the art of selling. Whether you are selling a brownstone or a hot tub, golf balls or life insurance, Serhant shares the secrets behind how to close more deals than anyone else, expand your business, and keep clients coming back to you. For more information, visit or call (212) 253-0810.


FINANCIAL GUIDANCE SERIES—The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St., presents the following series of financial help discussions. Seating is limited and on a first come, first-seated basis at the lower level conference Room 018. For information on the following programs, call (917) ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975) Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. “Financial Planning Before & During a Divorce.” The emotional and legal stresses of divorce can, oftentimes, result in the neglect of addressing the financial issues. Lauren Prince CFP, explains the crucial topics of marital property, spousal maintenance, child support, insurance, Social Security, and retirement plans. Learn the top 10 questions to ask your attorney or mediator. Understanding these financial issues will help to avoid mistakes in getting a fair and equitable divorce. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro New York.

Fri., Sept 14 at 1:15 p.m. “Investment Resources @ SIBL.” Discover SIBL’s extensive and unique collection of financial information. This class features the best print and electronic tools for researching individual public companies and mutual funds. Find ratios for evaluating and comparing stocks, and ratings for individual bonds. Presented by SIBL Staff.

Sat., Sept. 15 at noon. Financial Planning for Adults with Disabilities. Yulia Steshenko CFP, and Anthea Perkinson CFP, address the financial planning concerns of adults with disabilities and the range of opportunities available to maximize your financial security. Learn about the benefits (including Medicaid planning, Special Needs Trusts, affordable housing and consumer protections for those on disability benefits), the questions you should ask advisors, and the resources available from the city’s range of non-profit agencies. Get an introduction to planning options that you should look into further and discuss with your advisor. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of  Metro New York.

Tues., Sept. 18 at 1:15 p.m. “Mutual Funds.” Learn the differences between mutual funds and ETFs, concepts such as net asset value and capital gains distributions and how to read a mutual fund statement. Presented by SIBL staff.

Tues., Sept. 18 at 3:15 p.m. Morningstar and ValueLine. Find out how to retrieve important information on individual stocks and mutual funds, including analysts’ reports and opinions, and how to use the advanced search capabilities of each database. Presented by SIBL staff.

Tues., Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. “Elder Law: Learn How to Protect Your Assets.” Ron Fatoullah, Esq. provides insightful and beneficial information for all seniors and their families. Learn about changes to the law and how they may affect you. Gain knowledge on legal issues concerning paying for long term care, Medicaid eligibility/planning, long-term care insurance, trusts, asset protection planning and more. Topics covered include: How to apply for Medicaid, the look-back period, asset transfer do’s and don’ts, setting up a Trust, the Living Will, Nursing Home Expenses, and the role of an elder law attorney.

Sat., Sept. 22 at noon. “The Four Pillars of Investing.” Whether you are a beginning investor or have been managing your accounts for decades, this presentation will provide you with valuable guidelines for investing success. Tracey Eve Johnson CFP, explains how to create an investment plan geared towards your particular needs and how to stick with it through the inevitable ups and downs of the market. Topics covered include: understanding different types of investment goals; selecting investments that fit with your objectives and stage of life; being savvy about expenses, fees and taxes; and managing your investments for the long-term. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro New York.

Tues., Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. “Understanding and Building a Socially Responsible Investing Portfolio.” Peter Creedon, CFPm, explains how you can start to build a Socially Responsible and good Governance (SRIG) portfolio by selecting mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that reflect your values and beliefs.

Wed., Sept. 26 at 1:15 p.m. “Interpreting Financial Statements.” Learn where and how to find financial statements for any public company and about the ratios used to interpret them. Presented by SIBL staff.

Fri., Sept. 29 at 1:15 p.m. “Social Security: How Will it Fit in Your Retirement Plan?” Get an overview of the major social security provisions. Learn the basics that you need to know and what resources are available to help you understand when and how to apply for your Social Security Retirement Benefits. Presented by SIBL staff.

LITERARY REVIEWS—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents a free panel discussion, “The Book Review Section: An Insider’s View” on Tues., Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. What makes a book review compelling? How are reviewers chosen, and to what degree are they allowed to express what they feel? Is there still a strong correlation between good reviews and book sales? And has the increasing shift away from straight book reviews — and towards author profiles and Q&As — changed the nature of the discipline? A panel discussion brings together some of New York’s most influential reviewers and editors, including Pamela Paul (editor of the New York Times Book Review) and Jonathan Segura, executive editor at Publishers Weekly. Panelists discuss the work they do, their love of books, the responsibilities they feel to their readers and, most notably, to writers. The panel is led by David Masello of the National Arts Club’s literary committee. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit


SELF-PORTRAITS—The Marquis Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Song of Myself: Self-Portraits,” running through Sept. 28. This exhibition presents over 200 years of self-portraiture in diverse media. Artists represented include Fransisco Goya, Marisol, Will Barnet, Lola Flash, Yuki James, Lissa Rivera, Dillon Utter, Jimmy Wright and Albert Velasco. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

The National Arts Club presents the Pastel Society of America’s 46th annual exhibition, “Enduring Brilliance!” running through Sept. 29, featuring pastel paintings by national and international artists.

NATURE/ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHY—The Gregg Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “The Earth is My Witness,” photography by Zana Briski, on view through Sept. 28. Briski is an Academy Award-winning director and artist has traveled to over 75 countries. The large and small panoramas in this exhibition are part of “The Earth Is My Witness” collection of images of animals made over a 20-year period using a 35mm panoramic film camera. Often camping alone for weeks at a time, Briski allows whatever conditions are necessary to connect deeply with the animals she so loves, many of whom, tragically, are critically endangered. Her images are printed onto handmade Japanese paper. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

PASTELS—The Grand & Trask Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents the Pastel Society of America’s 46th annual exhibition, “Enduring Brilliance!” running Sept. 4-29. Pastel paintings by national and international artists will be hung modified-salon-style to comprise the premier event for pastel artists worldwide. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424. 

PAINTINGS DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE WOOD AND METAL—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Foundation” by Anthony Adcock, running through Sept. 29. Every Anthony Adcock exhibition is mounted with the disclaimer, “There is no wood or metal in this exhibition.” Adcock’s paintings and sculptures literally resemble the objects found on a job-site; pieces of worn plywood, rusty I-beams, scrap rebar, work tools, etc., and are often dismissed as debris and not actual artwork. Adcock, a former ironworker, is a conceptual realist, utilizing realism as a point of departure focusing on the essence of the subject matter rather than verisimilitude.  When viewing Adcock’s work, questions come to mind as to if it is actually art. If so, why would the artist create something so mundane, what are his motivations? Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or visit 

DECONSTRUCTED FASHION—The Fashion & Textile History Gallery at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Fashion Unraveled,” running through Nov. 17. This exhibition explores the roles of memory and imperfection in fashion. It also highlights the aberrant beauty in awed objects, giving precedence to garments that have been altered, left unfinished, or deconstructed. These selections underscore one elemental fact about clothing: that it is designed to be worn and has, in some cases, been worn out. Traces of wear, shortened hemlines, and careful mends can be found even on haute couture designs. These alterations signify the lasting economic and emotional value of clothing and, in some cases, challenge the concept of fashion as a strictly ephemeral, disposable commodity.  Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed. For more information, visit

PINK IN FASHION—The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., Special Exhibitions Gallery presents “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color,” running through Jan. 5, 2019. By museum’s director and chief curator, Dr. Valerie Steele, “Pink” features approximately 80 ensembles from the 18th century to the present, with examples by designers and brands such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Alessandro Michele of Gucci, Jeremy Scott of Moschino, and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by Thames & Hudson and a free symposium on Oct. 19, that will be livestreamed. Although pink is popularly associated with little girls, ballerinas, and all things feminine, the stereotype of pink for girls and blue for boys only really gained traction in the United States in the mid-20th century, and the symbolism of pink has varied greatly across world history. By placing men’s, women’s, and children’s pink clothing from both Western and non-Western cultures — including India, Africa, Mexico, and Japan — in a historical context, “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color corrects popular misconceptions and encourages viewers to question clichés and received opinion. The exhibition also places pink in a global context, exploring how the color has been used in non-Western cultures. In India, for example, pink has long been worn by both men and women, while in Mexico the color Rosa Mexicano is associated with national identity. In the center of the gallery is a grouping of platforms, “Rose/Eros” and “Pink: The Exposed Color,” exploring the erotic connotations of pink. The second gallery expands audience perspectives on pink and shows how contemporary designers are increasingly challenging traditional ideas about sweet, pink femininity. Rei Kawakubo, the radical designer behind Comme des Garçons, has been especially influential with collections ranging from “Biker/Ballerina” to “18th-Century Punk. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed. For more information, visit


PLAY READING  GROUP—The Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd St., has launched a play reading group, led by Nancy Finn and Carmine Bracale. All are invited to group meetings on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be looking at plays from Shakespeare to modern. Scripts with large print will be supplied. No experience with the plays necessary. A contribution is requested.

ART HISTORY CLASS–The Stein Center, 204 E. 23rd St., offers an art history class every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants enjoy examples of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture from around the world. Awesomely beautiful and culturally important art works are projected on a large screen accompanied by bold face printed text and spoken comments by leader Judy Collischan, Ph.D. Discussion, participation and interaction are encouraged. No experience with art or its history is necessary. A modest contribution is requested, and all are welcome to attend.

RUBIN MUSEUM PROGRAMS—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Senior Mondays.  On the first Monday of the month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., seniors (65 and older) receive free admission to the galleries. The day includes a range of free programs including a docent talk in our theater, gallery tours, and a writing workshop. For more information, call (212) 620-5000 or visit


GREENWICH VILLAGE SCAVENGER HUNT—The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation presents a hunt through Greenwich Village on Sat., Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. On this guided contest, participants, in teams, will match old photos with current locations, and discover where the past and present meet. Instructions will kick off the hunt and, when the group meets back up, prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Urban Archive is a location-based mobile platform that holds many digital collections, including GVSHP’s Historic Image Archive, which will be featured in this hunt. The app is built for discovery, and for empowering New Yorkers to learn about history where it happened. Note: Urban Archive is only compatible with iPhone systems. As long as someone on your team has an iPhone, you’re good to go.

Find Urban Archive’s new and improved version in the App Store. There will be roughly two miles of walking. The group will meet at Washington Mews at Fifth Ave. To register, visit

NATURE WALK THROUGH HUDSON RIVER PARK—The Hudson River Park Trust and Hudson River Park Friends present a guided stroll on Sundays at 9 a.m., running through Sept. 30. Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. The group will meet at the Christopher Street Fountain, just north of Pier 40 at 9 a.m. sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities, so please leave your dog at home. 


CROCHET AND KNITTING GROUP—The New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., has a crochet and knitting group that meets bi-monthly on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a volunteer-led group. All are invited to participate and socialize with others and even pick up some extra tips and tricks as you work your own creations. Please bring your own supplies. Pattern books will be provided to peruse and borrow. For more information, call (212) 679-2645.

IRISH DANCE LESSON & LIVE MUSIC—Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl., and William Barnacle Tavern present a weekly celebration of Celtic culture. The evening will be a participatory experience for the audience, including dance lessons and an all welcome seisuin. It is a night when people can do much more than sit and take in the excellent performances. Every Monday evening at 8 p.m., Ceile (Irish Dance) lessons with Megan Downes. $10. At 9 p.m. – Seisiun (Irish music session) with Deirdre Corrigan, Dan Gurney & Friends. For more information, call (212) 388-0388 or visit 

FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thursday at 2 p.m. To contact the branch for more information, call (212) 679-2645. 

TOURS OF CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY—Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., offers free tours (exclusive of the YUM galleries) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as the Reading Room, Genealogy Institute and other public spaces. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled by calling (917) 606-8226.

UNION SQUARE WALKING TOURS—The Union Square Partnership presents free, weekly walking tours of Union Square. The 90-minute tour explores the social and political history of the neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! The tour begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park, Sat. at 2 p.m. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York sign. Reservations required for groups. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit

FLATIRON WALKING TOURS—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the district, led by local historian professional guides. The tours take place every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., and meet at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park (in front of the William Seward statue) at 23rd Street and Broadway. No advance registration is required. The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including: the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the Flatiron Building. Historians leading tours are: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks; Mike Kaback and Fred Cookinham. For more information visit

POETRY WORKSHOP—The Epiphany Poets group meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 W. 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. every third Friday of the month from 2-4 p.m. It is a workshop so each person brings a poem — bring 12 or 13 copies to hand to each person and then discuss each work. The group is helpful and collegial. If there is time, a second poem by those who have brought one can be discussed.

DOWNTOWN MAFIA WALKING TOUR—NYC Gangster Tours presents “The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour” Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, this premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of the arrival of a secret sect of Sicilian criminals in the late 19th century, the growth and Americanization of this criminal empire in the 20s and 30s and the slow decline throughout the late 20th century from the rise of the drug trade. This tour stops outside the tenements, cafes, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened. Tours start in front of the space formerly occupied by Lanza’s restaurant, 168 First Ave., near E. 10th St. Fri. and Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call 855-NYGANGS or visit


18 thoughts on “Around and About

  1. Was there a bird walk today? When I arrived at 8.03 there was no one there (20St. at the entrance of Stuyvesant Cove), so I left. Is there a contact for the walk leader so that we may confirm each time?

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  13. Hello !
    Hope you are having a great day. My name is Debbie from Creative Dream Entertainment. I am a big participant of the Summer in the Square Event . This week at Summer in the Square, our special guest will be BATMAN!!! Can you please be so kind as to add onto the list Creative Dream Entertainment as one of the Summer in the Square vendors?
    Creative Dream Entertainment at Summer in the Square , Thursday, July 30th from 1pm-4pm near the Big Yellow Tent ! Arts & Crafts included!!! Can you please also add we will be at the event for the next two Thursday’s with a special Princess Guest for each week.
    Will keep you updated for the last 2 weeks of the event who will be appearing.

    Thank you, please confirm received,

    Have a wonderful evening,
    Creative Dream Entertainment

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