Around and About

CONCERTS

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 peoplesvoicecafe.org.

Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., Bill & Eli Perras and Dave Lippman.

Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., Jake Blount and Bob Malenky.

Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., New York City Labor Chorus.

Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., Peoples’ Voice Cafe 40th Anniversary Celebration. 

THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SERIES—LiveSOUNDS presents free performances by faculty and their guests most Fridays at Third Street Music School from fall to spring. LiveSOUNDS returns on Fri, Nov. 1. Concerts take place Friday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Anna Maria Kellen Auditorium at 235 E. 11th St. between Second and Third Aves. Third Street and its auditorium are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit thirdstreetmusicschool.org.

JAZZ—Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St., presents the following concerts:

Oct. 10-13 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Gerald Clayton Quartet, $30.

Oct. 14 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Mingus Big Band, $30.

Oct. 16 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Ethan Iverson Quartet Featuring Tom Harrell, $30.

For tickets, visit jazzstandard.com.

THEATER

ROCK ‘N ROLL PLAY—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents “Singin’ in the E.R.” through Oct. 13. “Singin’ in the E.R.” is a new musical written and directed by Ruby Lynn Reyner, a star of John Vaccarro’s Playhouse of the Ridiculous who has been called a female Jerry Lewis. The piece is a bad trip to the hospital that takes stage with rock ‘n roll music and broad, shameless hijinks. For more information or tickets, visit theaterforthenewcity.net or call (212) 254-1109.

PHILOSOPHICAL PLAY—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents “Ludwig and Bertie.” through Oct. 13. This play by Douglas Lackey charts the forty-year love/hate relationship between philosopher Bertrand Russell and his most famous student, Ludwig Wittgenstein, from their first meeting at Cambridge in 1911 to Wittgenstein’s death in 1951. Russell is heterosexual, hedonistic and agnostic; Wittgenstein is puritanical, gay and Jewish. Russell is an imprisoned pacifist; Wittgenstein a decorated combat soldier. Wittgenstein regards Russell as his “mental father,” but their relationship has elements of rivalry. In Lackey’s telling, Wittgenstein’s thinking kindled the demolition of facts in our post-truth world while Russell’s inspired the National Science Foundation. Heading the cast of nine are Connor Bond as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Stan Buturla as Bertrand Russell. Shows are Thurs.-Sat at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit theaterforthenewcity.net or call (212) 254-1109.

EDGAR ALLAN POE PERFORMANCES—Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. presents “Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House” through Oct. 13 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived just blocks from the Merchant’s House, on Amity Street (now West 3rd Street). Publication of The Raven that year brought him instant fame and invitations to the city’s most fashionable literary salons. John Kevin Jones portrays the great master of horror in the Tredwells’ candlelit double parlor in a hauntingly memorable performance of Poe’s thrilling tales, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Raven. The Merchant’s House parlor will be set for a funeral, complete with coffin and mirrors shrouded in black crepe. It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark. Tickets are $40-$55 and are available at merchantshouse.org/poe2019. For more information, visit merchantshouse.org or call (212) 777-1089.

OTHER PERFORMANCES

POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe at 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Friday Night Poetry Slam every week at 10 p.m. Host Phil Kaye curates the most popular and longest-running slam poetry series in New York City. $12 regular admission, $25 for a limited number of reserved seats. To order tickets, visit nuyorican.org. The next poetry slam will be held on Oct. 11. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.

No Name Comedy Variety show producer Eric Vetter will be hosting an annual benefit at Otto’s Shrunken Head on Saturday in honor of Jeannine Liebert, who took her life last year. Donations collected will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on behalf of Jeannine.

MEMORIAL SHOW—No Name Comedy Variety show producer Eric Vetter will again honor the memory of friend/colleague Jeannine Liebert with “Celebrating Neen,” an afternoon of comedy and music for a good cause on Sat., Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. This second annual benefit event will include performances from storyteller/author Michele Carlo (“Fish Out Of Agua”) and comic Carole Montgomery (Showtime’s “Funny Women Of A Certain Age”). Also included will be music from No Name house band The Summer Replacements (with whom Jeannine periodically sang). There may also be a surprise guest or two. Donations collected at this event will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on behalf of Jeannine, who sadly took her own life in 2018. A June 2018 benefit event produced by Vetter at Otto’s raised over $2,000 for AFSP. Suggested donation is $10, or purchase of a new album of original music by Linda Engels-Steber & Tom Steber. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

BURLESQUE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off” on Sun., Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. This is a fast paced, sexy show that each month features NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Hosted by Kerryn Feehan and Jillaine Gill with DJ Stevie C and Stage Kitten Stockholm Filly. Cover is $15 ($10 in advance online). For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit horsetrade.info.

OPEN MIC—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Open Mic Under St. Mark’s” every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. Sign-ups get seven minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York City. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance or something entirely off the top of your head, you’ll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at Under St. Mark’s. The next open mic will be on Oct. 15. For more information or to purchase tickets ($4) in advance, visit horsetrade.info.

OPEN POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe at 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Wednesday Night Slam Open. Crystal Valentine hosts this energetic event, the cafe’s proving ground for emerging poets and experienced artists who want to try out new work. Anyone can sign up for a performance slot, but only one winner per week will advance to the Friday Night Poetry Slam; $7 event takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month. The next open poetry slam will be on Oct. 16. To order tickets, visit nuyorican.org. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.

SOLO SHOW—Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St., presents “New York Dawl” on Sun., Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. In this one-person show, Cathie Boruch takes us through the ins and outs of her journey through New York’s music and art scene of the late 1980’s and 1990’s, through flying on the Concord to finding a rock star in her closet. She creates, through movement and comedy and performance, an experience of the East Village coolness of the 1980’s where favorite songs come to life, cable television stars and corporate America before the internet! When limos were the Ubers and phone bills were higher than rents! Tickets ($10) are available by calling (646) 345-6799.

STORYTELLING/CONCERT—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Adam Wade Show,” on Mon., Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. The Adam Wade Show is a collection of humor-filled event with stories, music and video shorts. Cover is $10. A different featured guest starts off the show each month. This show is held on the third Monday of every month. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit horsetrade.info.

STORYTELLING—“WORD The Storytelling Show!” presents its next show at Pangea, 178 Second Ave. and 11th St. on Tues., Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. The line up includes Vanessa Hollingshead, Joe Charnitski, Kelli Dunham, Troy Alan, Roger Cacchiotti, Shirley Norkin and music with the Thomas G. Waites Project. Tickets are $10 online at brownpapertickets.com/event/4345291 or $15 cash at door. All drinks and food are a $12 minimum per person. Doors open 7:15 p.m. for food, drinks and seats. For more information, visit wordthestorytellingshow.com.

STAND-UP SHOW—FRIGID New York at The Kraine’s Theater, 85 E. 4th St., presents “Funny Women of a Certain Age,” a stand-up show featuring women over 50 on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. The next show will be on Nov. 6. Funny Women of a Certain Age is a show straight from the unfettered mouths and uninhibited minds of the funniest, most daring, most experienced people in comedy: the women that have seen it all. They’ve raised children both on and off the road with big hairy club bouncers cradling their babies while onstage. These women have stayed in comedy condos where you don’t want to use a blacklight on anything. They’ve been told women aren’t funny and asked to trade sexual favors for work. Tickets ($15) are available at horsetrade.info.

SMUTTY STORYTELLING—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Smut Slam” on Wed., Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. Smut Slam, a show on the first Wednesday of every month, is a storytelling competition based in real life, real lust, real sex. With prizes from sponsors Njoy and Babeland, Smut Slammers sign up to tell a five minute dirty story, judged by a different panel of celebrity judges like sex party curators, erotica writers and storytelling hosts. For more information or to purchase tickets ($10) in advance, visit horsetrade.info.

BUFFY IMPROV—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Improvised Buffy,” on Tues.., Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. Join us on our very own little slice of the Hellmouth. Buffy fans gather every month at 7 pm to watch a group of skilled actors and Whedon fanatics make up a live episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the spot. Grab a drink at “The Bronze” bar, participate in our charity raffle, and stick around for an informal screening of a fan-favorite episode. This show will be held monthly on every second Tuesday through Dec. 10. For more information or to purchase tickets ($12) in advance, visit horsetrade.info.

FAMILY/CHILDREN 

SOLO SHOW—The New York International Fringe Festival presents “Chalk” on Saturdays this month at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery). Shows will be at 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 12 and 26, at noon on Sun., Oct. 13, 20 and 27 and at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 25. “Chalk” is a playful one-man show that invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/chalk-a-silent-comedy-fringebyov-tickets-71227897559. For more information, visit chalktheplay.com. 

EVENTS AT EPIPHANY LIBRARY FOR KIDS—New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. between Second and Third Aves., presents the following programs for children:

“Color Time.” Crayons and coloring pages will be available in the children’s room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m.

EVENTS AT TOMPKINS SQUARE LIBRARY FOR KIDS—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. between Aves. A and B, presents the following programs for children:

“Arts and Crafts” on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Children will enjoy exploring and using their imagination with our activities. Recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years of age.

Programs take place in the basement unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (212) 228-4747 or visit nypl.org. 

TODDLER PLAYTIME—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “Toddler Time” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Bring your toddlers to share fun and interesting stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Recommended for children 18 months to three years of age. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.

STORYTIME—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Baby & Me storytime on Sundays at 11 a.m. Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. For information, visit bn.com or call (212) 253-0810.

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. For more information, visit rubinmuseum.org or call (212) 620-5000.  

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 troop414nyc.org.

TEENS/TWEENS

CLASSIC FILM—Kips Bay Library, 446 Third Ave. between E. 30th and 31st. St., presents a Throwback Thursday film for teens.

Thurs., Nov. 21 at 12 p.m., “The Mackintosh Man.”

For more information, call (212) 683-2520 or visit nypl.org.

STUDY PREP—Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents Specialized High Schools Admissions Test study prep on Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Are you going to be an 8th grader in the fall? Come to one of our SHSAT study prep sessions. SAT questions or homework questions also welcome. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.

GAMING—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “Game On for Tweens/Teens!” on Wednesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Gamers ages 8-18 play PS4, Wii, and Retro games in the basement. No registration needed. Ages: 8 and up. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.

ANIME/MANGA CLUB—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents an Anime and Manga Club on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Read Manga. Watch Anime. Earn and win prizes. No registration necessary. For more information, call (212) 228-4747. 

AUTHOR EVENTS  

WOMAN SOLDIERS—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents an evening with bestselling author Elizabeth Cobbs on Tues., Oct. 22 at 8 p.m., when she will discuss her latest book, “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers.” In 1918, 223 AT&T switchboard operators enlisted and were sent to France, where they ran communications while risking enemy fire and enduring an uneasy truce with male soldiers. After the war they were unexpectedly denied veteran status—and thus began a sixty-year fight for recognition. Cobbs will be interviewed by Marissa Shorenstein, President-Northern Region, AT&T. The Hello Girls were expert AT&T switchboard operators trained in Manhattan who answered the call to serve their country. All events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.org.

DISCUSSIONS

Dr. Louise Bernard, Director of the Obama Presidential Center Museum, will join NYU Professor Eric Klinenberg for a discussion on issues related to libraries and cities.

LIBRARIES IN URBAN LIFE—NYU Libraries will host “How Can Libraries Shape Urban Life?,” a conversation in partnership with digital magazine Public Books about the role of libraries in shaping urban life on Wed., Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, 8th floor. Louise Bernard, Director of the Obama Presidential Center Museum, and Eric Klinenberg, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, the Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the Social Sciences at NYU, and author of “Palaces for the People,” will be in conversation about the issues that arise around civic life and social infrastructure when libraries and cities intersect. The discussion kicks off a new event series, “Think in Public: Libraries in the Life of Cities and Communities.” All events in the series will be a partnership between NYU Libraries, Public Books and the Institute of Public Knowledge at NYU. Future events will explore the evolving role of the library in the digital age and the responsibility of libraries to serve as public spaces. RSVP online at nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2019/october/how-can-libraries-shape-urban-life–conversation-with-obama-pres.html.

DISCUSSIONS ON EAST VILLAGE—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. between Aves. A and B, presents a series of discussions to accompany the library’s exhibition on Cover Magazine, beginning on Oct. 8.

Sat., Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. Presentation of art and photography by artists who were featured in Cover: Luigi Cazzaniga, Judy Rifka, KK Kozik and Peggy Cyphers. Moderated by Ilka Scobie, deputy editor of Cover Magazine.

Sat., Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. A look at Second Avenue through the eyes of Bohemia. A panel discussion with writers David Henderson, Elinor Nauen, and Andrei Codrescu. Moderated by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.

Sat., Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. Closing reception with a reading by former Cover contributing writers Robert C. Morgan, Greg Masters, Valery Oisteanu and Bina Sharif. MC: Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.

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.

“Health Savings Accounts: The Stealth IRA” on Thurs., Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. Vicki Fillet, CFP® introduces you to Health Savings Accounts (HSA), how they work, the pros & cons of high deductible medical insurance, the benefits of an HSA while working and once retired, and how an HSA can resemble an IRA for medical care. Learn the benefits of investing HSA savings versus placing them in a low yield money market fund and review investing fundamentals. Presented by Financial Planning Association of Metro New York.

“Social Security” on Friday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. Uncertain about Social Security Retirement, Auxiliary/Survivors benefits and Medicare? Eileen Will, a Claims Technical Expert at the Social Security Administration, discusses the qualifications to file for Social Security, the different ways to estimate benefits, how to determine the best age to retire and the different parts of Medicare, including enrollment periods and premium amounts. Presented by the Social Security Administration.

“Starting Out: Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds” on Tues. Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. A frequent question for savers and investors is, “Where can I put my money?” Especially for those just starting out, the financial landscape can be mystifying. There are so many choices: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, 401(k)s, IRAs, ETFs… (the list goes on.) Stephen Poppel, PhD., CFA provides guidance on the different kinds of financial investments that are available for beginners and helps you understand which ones are right for you.

“Protecting Your Privacy & Security” on Thurs., Oct. 17 at 3:15 p.m. Need a security check-up? This class covers the best practices for keeping your information safe online and your computer virus free. Class will run approximately 2 hours. Presented by SIBL Staff.

“Bond Basics” on Wed., Oct. 23 at 3:15 p.m. Get an introduction to bonds and the best of SIBL’s print and electronic resources, as well as public websites, for researching bonds and bond mutual funds. Presented by SIBL Staff.

“Lifeskills: Budgeting, Cash and Credit” on Mon., Oct. 28 at 1:15 p.m. Get an introduction to savings and budget concepts. Learn about banks and banking products, including debit and credit cards and how to reduce debt. Presented by SIBL Staff.

“Financial Planning Before, During, and After Divorce” on Tues., Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. The emotional and legal stresses of divorce can result in the neglect of addressing important financial topics. Stephanie Carmel CFP® and Sallie Mullins Thompson CPA/PFS, CFP® discuss ways to better prepare for this life-changing transition so that you and your family can create a fair and equitable separation agreement. Learn the key terms and definitions, the information and documents required, the mistakes to avoid, and how divorce professionals can assist in the process. Get an increased knowledge of the divorce process, its various components, and what aspects are crucial to consider along the way. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro NY.

“Tax Strategies to Boost Your Bottom Line” on Tues., Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Orumé Hays, CPA, reviews available tax advantaged accounts: IRA’s 401K’s 529’s HSAs and more, which will help the average taxpayer lower his or her annual tax bill. Learn which types of accounts are best for your needs at different stages of your life. Presented by the New York State Society of CPAs.

“Planning a Successful Retirement” on Thurs., Oct. 31 at 1:15 p.m. Where will the money come from? Learn about the variety of tax advantaged accounts that you can setup to help you acquire the nest egg necessary for retirement. Presented by SIBL Staff.

EXHIBITS

OIL PAINTINGS—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Myths and Mirrors,” an exhibit from artist James Gortner, through Nov. 2. Gortner’s signature methodology consists of hand-sculpting each surface using wood, foam, staples, canvas and acrylic paint before using oil paint to realistically render the figure. Gortner also incorporates fragments of discarded and forgotten artworks that he finds in thrift stores, other artists’ studios, as well as in his own work space, into his portraits. An artist’s reception will be held on Thurs., Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at lyonswiergallery.com or call (212) 242-6220.

CARTOGRAPHIC DRAWINGS—Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 W. 20th St. #10W, presents “passage of time,” a solo exhibition by Tiffany Chung, on view through Nov. 2. Chung is noted for her cartographic drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and theater performances that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory. One of Vietnam’s most respected and internationally active contemporary artists, she recently presented a major solo exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past Is Prologue (March-September 2019).” For more information, call (212) 229-9100 or visit trfineart.com.

There will be an artist’s reception for “The Masters Series: Steve Brodner” at SVA Chelsea Gallery on Thurs., Oct. 10. The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 2.

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS—The School of Visual Arts presents the following exhibitions:

“The Masters Series: Steve Brodner” at SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 26th St., 15th floor. The exhibit will run through Sat. Nov. 2. A comprehensive retrospective of 2019 SVA Masters Series Award recipient Steve Brodner’s celebrated career, including never-before-seen political art and illustration work from the past five decades. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A reception will be held on Thurs., Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and an artist’s talk will be held on Wed., Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.

“Where I’m From” at MPS Art Therapy Gallery Space, 132 West 21st Street, fifth floor. The exhibit will be on view through Fri., Oct. 25. MPS Art Therapy presents an exhibition of artwork, writing and music created by people incarcerated on Rikers Island.

“Steve DeFrank: Recent Works” at SVA Flatiron Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street, ground floor. The exhibit will run Thurs., Oct 10-Fri. Nov. 1. A reception will be on Thurs., Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents an exhibition of recent works by faculty member and alumnus Steve DeFrank (MFA 1990 Fine Arts). 

FASHION HISTORY—The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents ”Minimalism/Maximalism,” on view in the Fashion & Textile History Gallery through Nov. 16. In fashion, minimalism and maximalism define two extremes along the design spectrum. “Minimalism/Maximalism” explores the interplay between minimalist and maximalist aesthetics as they have been and continue to be expressed through fashion. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the exhibition examines how these aesthetic viewpoints are expressed over time and move fashion forward. Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/museum.

MAGAZINE EXHIBITION—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. between Aves. A and B, presents “Re-covering Cover Magazine” on the first floor of the library. The exhibition will run through Nov. 30. When Cover Magazine began that year, there were 80 galleries in the East Village. It was the perfect place to launch a magazine that covered it all. Now, 32 years since its inception, the library will take a look back at the stories and personalities that Cover Magazine covered for almost 15 years. The exhibition will display issues of Cover Magazine, photographs and ephemera. For more information, call (212) 228-4747 or visit nypl.org.

FOR SENIORS

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. For more information, visit rubinmuseum.org.

OTHER EVENTS

GOTHIC WRITING CLASS—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. between Aves. A and B, presents “Regional Gothic Fiction: A Writing Class” on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. through Nov. 6. This class will look at examples of writing with strong regional gothic elements and talk with established artists from various mediums whose work draws heavily on regional gothic themes. Each student will create, craft and edit one piece of short fiction. An entire class will be devoted to the art of self-editing. During the last class, a list of online magazines which are ideal for first time submitters will be discussed. The class will be taught by Aimee DeLong, a writer living in Brooklyn. Class size is limited and registration is required. Registration is available online at nypl.org/events/programs/2019/09/18/regional-gothic-fiction-writing-class. For more information, call (212) 228-4747 or visit nypl.org. 

CANDLELIGHT GHOST TOUR—Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. presents candlelight ghost tours on ten nights in October. Eight family members died in this house; some say they never left. Venture into the shadows of history to see “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” by flickering candlelight. On this 50-minute tour, you’ll hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them, as well as the spine-tingling results of ongoing paranormal investigations. Tours will be held Thurs.-Sat, Oct. 17-29, Wed.-Sat, Oct. 23-26 and Mon.-Wed., Oct. 28-30. The 50-minute tours run every half-hour, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets ($45 for non-members, $30 for members) can be purchased online at merchantshouse.org.

ONGOING EVENTS

ADULT CHOIR—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. between Aves. A and B, presents the Adult Community Choir on Fridays through Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Third Street Music School Settlement. This beginner, non-auditioned group welcomes all who love to sing. Registration is required and is available at nypl.org/events/programs/2019/09/20/adult-community-choir. For more information, call (212) 228-4747 or visit nypl.org. 

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. 

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 unionsquarenyc.org.

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 tip of the Flatiron Building (new location). 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 www.flatirondistrict.nyc.

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.

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  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,
    Best
    Debbie
    CEO
    Creative Dream Entertainment

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