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.
Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., Peoples’ Voice Cafe 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., Concetta Abbate; Bob Brashear.
Nov. 16 at 8 p.m., Country Voices/City Voices: Carrie & Michael Kline; Triboro.
Nov. 23 at 8 p.m., Vocal Traditions Night: Windborne; Asaran Earth Trio.
Nov. 30, closed for Thanksgiving.
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. 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.
Nov. 1, 7-8:30 p.m., American music.
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” from 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.
NYC BLACKOUT PLAY—The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., presents “Ominous Men,” through Sun., Nov. 3. It was the wrong night and the wrong place for these “Ominous Men” to be playing a game of “Bones” when the 1977 NYC Blackout hits the Bronx. Overtaken by their demons, they descend into a supernatural night of the soul. Told through a magic realism lens, “Ominous Men” is a gothic horror tale about race, poverty, drugs, misogyny and violence in America. Tickets ($35 for general admission, $15 for students/seniors) are available at 14streety.org/nowplaying/2019-2020-season.
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 Nov. 1. 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.
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 Nov. 5. 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 Nov. 6. 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.
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.
BURLESQUE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off” on Sun., Nov. 10 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.
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.
STORYTELLING/CONCERT—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Adam Wade Show,” on Mon., Nov. 18 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.
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 Saturdays, Nov. 2, 9, 23 and Dec. 14. “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.
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.
3D DOODLING—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “3Doodler!” every other Monday at 4 p.m. The next events will be on Nov. 4 and 18 and on Dec. 2, 16 and 30. 3Doodler is a 3D doodling pen that allows you to create objects from drawing in the air or on surfaces. Participants will create physical structures from 3Doodler pens. Ages 8-12 and teens only.
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.
PHOTOGRAPHY TALK—The School of Visual Arts talk by photographer and fine artist Azikiwe Mohammed on Tues., Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Azikiwe Mohammed graduated from Bard College in 2005 where he studied photography and fine arts. Since then he has shown work in galleries both nationally and internationally. This talk is presented by MFA Fine Arts. This talk is free and open to the public. Visit sva.edu/events for more information.
FASHION TALK—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “FashionSpeak Fridays: Ralph Lauren – In His Own Fashion” on Fri., Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Coty Award-winning fashion designer and author Alan Flusser presents Ralph Lauren: In His Own Fashion, a new intimately woven fashion biography showing how a young man of modest means and no formal design training went on to ultimately become a guardian of high-class taste and style. In its behind-the-scenes exploration of the man, his world, and his vision, the book is a primer on the lost art of good taste. Ralph Lauren fashion is highly encouraged. 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 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.
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.
STORYTELLING CLASSES—FRIGID New York and The Story Studio present two storytelling master classes with Story Studio instructor Cyndi Freeman as part of the Gotham Storytelling Festival on Sun., Nov. 10. The first class from 10-11:30 a.m. will be a 90-minute storytelling master class covering the basics of storytelling for performance. The second class, a master class in storytelling for business, will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and will teach participants to apply the principles of compelling storytelling to communicate more effectively on the job. Tickets ($15) can be purchased at frigid.nyc/events. Classes will be held at the Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th Street. For more information about the Gotham Storytelling Festival, visit frigid.nyc/tags/gotham or call (212) 777-6088.
CRITIC TALK—The New York Institute for the Humanities will host poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib for “The Intersections of Mundane Pleasures,” its Fourth Annual Humanities Lecture, on Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at NYU’s Jack Crystal Theater, Tisch School of the Arts (111 Second Avenue, 5th Floor). The event, presented in collaboration with Princeton University Press, is free and open to the public. In his lecture, Abdurraqib will explore how our living in and throughout the world is also an act of writing, focusing on curiosity, rigid ideas around genre, and the way living can influence and foster curiosity. An RSVP is required at: http://bit.ly/33QAO4s. For more information, call 212.998.2101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN IN THE ARTS—The National Arts Club’s three-month “Multiple Perspectives: Women in the Arts” festival concludes in November. Since September, dozens of programs have explored women creators, leaders, and innovators. November’s offerings include tributes to women artists, animators, authors, and more. All programs are free, unless otherwise noted, and open to non-members. All programs are held at the NAC’s historic landmark clubhouse, the former Samuel Tilden mansion, located at 15 Gramercy Park South. Non-members are asked to RSVP for all events at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com.
“Kesselring Prize Ceremony honoring playwright Inda Craig-Galván” on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.: The annual Kesselring Prize for playwriting will be awarded to Inda Craig-Galván for her tragicomic play Black Super Hero Magic Mama. A staged reading of the play, about a mother who magically turns into a superhero while mourning the shooting death of her unarmed teenage son by police, will be directed by Michael Parva of the The Directors Company. The award will be presented during a special ceremony following the reading.
“A Book Lover’s Guide to New York” on Fri., Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.: Cleo Le-Tan visits the Club with her new literary guidebook A Book Lover’s Guide to New York, enchantingly illustrated by the famed artist Pierre Le-Tan. The book provides a keenly etched picture of the city’s literary landscape, including descriptions of exceptional bookstores, interviews with fashionable booklovers such as Marc Jacobs, Graydon Carter, Tina Brown, Hamish Bowles and Tavi Gevinson, and snapshots of New York’s literary history—including The National Arts Club. Ms. Le-Tan will discuss the process of compiling this appealing and essential book.
“Animation Nights New York Audience Choice Awards” on Tues., Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.: Animation Nights New York presents curated screenings of animated short films from around the world. The films were selected by the ANNY audience as their 2018-19 favorites and include the work of women animators.
ART AND ACTIVISM—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Working Along the Lines of Activism and Artistic Expression,” on Fri., Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. This is the second in the three-part series in collaboration with the New York State Bar Association will explore the world of activist art from artistic, legal, and social perspectives. Tonight, we discuss institutional considerations. All events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com. Part III on digital issues will be held on Jan. 15.
ANTIQUITIES TALK—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Peter Herdrich: The Battle for Our Shared Cultural Heritage” on Tues., Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the globe, some of the world’s greatest monuments and evidence of material culture have disappeared, leaving us bereft of their physical beauty and important lessons in shared humanity. The last decade has drawn increased interest in heritage preservation with the Antiquities Coalition, a leader in combating looting and illicit trafficking of artifacts. Its co-founder and Digital Library of the Middle East project director, Peter Herdrich, discusses the Digital Library’s visualization projects involving museums and libraries across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as its trailblazing role working with UN partners to implement international cultural heritage policy. 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.
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. 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.
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.
“Steve DeFrank: Recent Works” at SVA Flatiron Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street, ground floor. The exhibit will run through Fri., Nov. 1. BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents an exhibition of recent works by faculty member and alumnus Steve DeFrank (MFA 1990 Fine Arts).
“Mesmeric” at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street through Sat., Nov. 2. An exhibition of thesis work by MPS Digital Photography class of 2019, curated by NYC gallerist and SVA faculty member Debra Klomp Ching. Hours: Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
“Bob Box SVA” at SVA Flatiron Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street, ground floor. This exhibition will run from Thurs., Nov. 7 through Fri., Nov. 29. A reception will be held on Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. One exhibition in a unique series born of the friendship between Ray Johnson (1927–1995) and Robert “Bob” Warner, presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies and the Ray Johnson Estate.
“Becoming” at SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street. This exhibit will be on view Sat., Nov. 9 through Wed., Nov. 27. An exhibition of work by BFA Photography and Video students at the School of Visual Arts. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Reception: Wed., Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m.
“I_____AMERICA AND AMERICA _____ ME” at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street through Sat., Nov. 16. An exhibition of animations, sculptures and interactive installations by MFA Computer Arts faculty, students and alumni. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
DISTORTED PHOTOGRAPHS—Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 W. 20th St. #10W, presents “Portals,” by Tracey Moffatt, on view Nov. 7-Dec. 20. The exhibition comprises a series of six photographic diptychs, each telling a “short story” imbued with mystery and nostalgia, and featuring the artist herself in various guises. The images were shot in remote, unidentified locations using low lighting and a low shutter speed, and were then subtly manipulated to achieve ghost-like effects. There will be an opening reception on Thurs., Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call (212) 229-9100 or visit trfineart.com.
SOLO EXHIBITION—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Women in Possession of Good Fortune” by Kira Nam Greene from Nov. 7 to Dec. 7. An opening reception will be held on Thurs., Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Kira Nam Greene continues to explore and expand her interests in the sociopolitical arena of female identity and sexuality. The title of her exhibition, “Women in Possession of Good Fortune,” refers to the opening lines of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice” and alludes to both the persistence of sexist assumptions and the achievements made by women from different races, ages and sexual orientations. The subjects in Greene’s paintings are women in creative fields who are echoing poses from historical figurative paintings. Through interviews and research into the sitters working lives, Greene pictorially addresses the multifaceted richness of their being. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at lyonswiergallery.com or call (212) 242-6220.
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.
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.
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.
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.