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.

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.

Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., Charlie King & Annie Patterson.

Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., Sherry Mestel Memorial Concert.

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 Fri. 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.

CHAMBER MUSIC—Peoples’ Symphony Concerts has weekend concerts this fall at Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Pl. The programs for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenk, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, the Calidore String Quartet and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio are listed below. Tickets and more information at pscny.org and (212) 586-4680.

Calidore String Quartet on Sat., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

THEATER

CLI-FI PLAY—La MaMa, in association with the Theatre Three Collaborative, presents the new “cli-fi” (climate fiction) eco-feminist fable “Other Than We,” written and directed by Karen Malpede. “Other Than We” will play a two-week limited engagement at The Downstairs at La MaMa, 66 E. 4th St. Performances begin Thurs., Nov. 21 and continue through Sun., Dec. 1. Opening night is Thurs., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Other Than We is a futurist adventure in which four scientists risk their lives to create new life on earth. Two women lovers, an obstetrician and a neuroscientist concoct a daring plan with a refugee physician from Africa. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students) and are now available online at lamama.org/buy-tickets or by calling (212) 352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the venue 30 minutes prior to show time. Performances will also be on Fri., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., Sun., Nov. 24 at 3 p.m., Mon., Nov. 25 at 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.

MARIONETTE THEATER—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) in “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa” from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5. The show is an adaptation of Dickens’ classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. Adapted, directed and reinvented by Vit Horejs, it features over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal including a quartet of Rockettes in Slovak, Moravian and Ruthenian folk costumes and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish and Swahili. This toy-puppet theater extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic with a few twists and digressions. Into the familiar story is woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals and customs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from four to twenty-four inches as well as found objects and toys. Mr. Horejs operates the whole cast of puppets, backed up by a live chorus: an “a capella monumentale” choir of Katarina Vizina (a transplant from Slovakia) and Valois Mickens (West African/Celtic/Native American origin). The piece is still set in Old London, but with Czech accents. Imagine that the familiar tale was told to you not by an English serial novelist, but by your Czech grandmother. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $12 for seniors/students/kids. Come dressed as character of Dickens’ Christmas Carol or any seasonal holiday and use discount code SCROOGE for $2 off all tickets (advance sale and box office). The box office can be reached at 212-254-1109 or online at theaterforthenewcity.net.

OTHER PERFORMANCES

STORYTELLING—“WORD The Storytelling Show!” presents its next show at Pangea, 178 Second Ave. and 11th St. on Thurs., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The lineup includes Jamie Brickhouse, Paulina Brusca, Larry Dean Harris, Anne McDermott, Patrick Holbert, Chaya Glaser and music with Glaser Drive. Tickets are $10 online at brownpapertickets.com/event/4427364 or $15 cash at the 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.

VARIETY SHOW—“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter has announced a show on Fri., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St.

Scheduled guest artists for the show are Emily Winter, Eric Neumann, Liz Miele, Jim Mendrinos and more. Music will be provided by No Name house band The Summer Replacements including Carl “November, No Problem” Fortunato, Alex “The Assassin” De Suze, Fernando “Dr. Sandman” Morales González and “King Of The Hill” Courtney Hill. No cover, no minimum, performers subject to change. For more info, call (212) 228-2240 or visit ottosshrunkenhead.com.

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. 22. 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.

COMEDY SHOW— Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St., presents the 10 Penny Comedy Show on Sun., Nov. 24 from 3-5 p.m. The show will be hosted by Cathie Boruch (Conan, USA Up All Night, Solo Show “Downtown Mermaid,” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), featuring the talents of Jane Condon (Last Comic Standing, The View, The Today Show), Paul Hallasy (comedian and star of Confessions of a Stand-up Doorman), Susan Jeremy (comedian, solo artist at Just for Laughs Festival), Nancy Lombardo (SNL, Colin Quinn Show, FOX, HBO, The Late Show, Toyota Comedy Festival), East Village comedian Joan Reinmuth and surprise guests. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Visit cathieboruch.com for more information.

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. 26. 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 Wed. 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. 27. 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 Dec. 4. 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., Dec. 4 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., Dec. 8 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., Dec. 10 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 p.m. 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 Saturdays, Nov. 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.

ARTS FESTIVAL—The third annual East Village Arts Festival will take place on Fri., Dec. 6 and Sat., Dec 7 at the Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. For more information, call (212) 228-4747 or visit nypl.org.

“Music Performance: NYPL Sings!” on Fri., Dec. 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join us for a fun sing-along with some fantastic librarians! Musicians from libraries across NYC will perform songs from the New York Public Library children’s album, NYPL Sings! The performance will be held in the second floor children’s room. All ages welcome.

“Children’s Art Activities: Free Painting” on Fri., Dec. 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Express yourself! We’ll provide the paints, you provide the expression. For children of all ages.

“Art Opening for the Sixth Street Youth Program” on Fri., Dec. 6 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Young artists will display their work highlighting the Lower East Side.

“Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” exhibition opening on Fri., Dec. 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. See photographs by James and Karla Murray, whose critically acclaimed books include Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, New York Nights, Store Front II: A History Preserved and Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC. The opening reception includes live music and refreshments.

Musical performance by the George Braith Quartet on Fri., Dec. 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A true original, saxophonist George Braith has brightened jazz with his innovations—from his classic 1960s recordings for Blue Note and Prestige; to his 1970s presentations at the lower Manhattan club, Musart, which he ran; to his own original instrument, the Braithophone, which fuses soprano and alto saxophones into one horn. Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, with partial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Illustrated author talk on “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” on Fri., Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with photographs by James and Karla Murray. At the talk, the Murrays will discuss their books Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, Store Front II: A History Preserved and New York Nights. In this visual presentation, they take the audience on a photographic journey by spotlighting the ongoing story of New York’s independent shops, bodegas, bars, and more with vibrant photography and deeply personal interviews with the shop owners.

Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam on Sat., Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to noon. DQSH captures the imagination and play of gender fluidity in childhood, and gives kids glamorous and unapologetically LGBTQ role models. A drag queen will read inclusive books as well as storytime favorites, and lead participants in a simple craft. Sponsored by the Office of City Council Member Carlina Rivera. This program will be held in the basement community room.

Walking tour: Artists, Writers, Musicians of Tompkins Square on Sat., Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to noon. Tompkins Square Park has long been a center of the arts. Please join us for a fun, free one-hour walking tour, hosted by library manager Corinne Neary and local street photographer Michael Paul.

Face and hand painting for kids ages 3 to 12 years old on Sat., Dec. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. All face paints are non-toxic, hypoallergenic and water-soluble. Presented by Annette Lipson, held in the second floor children’s room.

Children’s arts and craft activities on Sat., Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

All materials will be provided, just bring yourself! These activities will be in the second floor children’s room.

16mm short film screenings: Artists in New York on Sat., Dec. 7 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The library will screen three short 16mm films from the reserve collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts:

Jackson Pollock (1951; 10 mins.) Dir: Hans Namuth, Paul Falkenberg

From the straightforward documentation of the artist at work, and his personal explanation of what he is doing, to the original music score, everything in this film is marked with the intense quality of the late Pollock’s personality.

Artist in Manhattan (1968; 9 mins.) Dir: Barry H. Downes, Linda Marmelstein

A portrait of Jerome Myers, a key figure in the famous Ashcan school of American art and one of the founders of the historic Armory Show of 1913. His paintings and drawings depict New York City at the beginning of the 20th century.

Andy Warhol (1965; 22 mins.) Dir: Marie Menken

“A long day in the life of pop artist Andy Warhol shortened into minutes: a document.” Warhol is seen in his studio and at gallery showings surrounded by his signature pieces: Brillo and Campbell soup cartons, and his silkscreens of flowers and well-known personalities.

Still life drawing session on Sat., Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. This drop-in still life drawing session is for everyone who likes drawing or wants to start, with facilitator, artist Sandra Javera. No skills or experience required. Paper, pencils, and charcoals will be provided.

Mike Edison: “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go” on Sat., Dec. 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Author, raconteur, and musician Mike Edison will bring a wild program of storytelling and music, featuring performances from his career as a literary wild man, focusing on selections from his books Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! and I Have Fun Everywhere I Go. Edison speaks with enthusiasm and old-school élan on topics including free speech, pornography, and the absurd trials of being a writer in New York City. Expect literary mayhem, beatnik jazz, outlaw comedy, and more. He will be joined by his group, the Space Liberation Army.

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 Thurs. 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 Thurs. film for teens.

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

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

3D DOODLING—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “3Doodler!” every other Mon. at 4 p.m. The next events will be 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.

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 Wed.s 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.

DISCUSSIONS

FASHION TALK—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “FashionSpeak Fridays: Western Revival” on Fri., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Join fashion experts Nathaniel “Natty” Adams, Dr. Sonya Abrego, and Jerry Lee Atwood in exploring the pop culture revival of western fashion. Musical entertainment by Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company, provider of Hillbilly-styled ballads, boogies and blues. Western style attire is greatly 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.

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.

“The Unexpected Synergy Between Anni Albers and Weaving” on Mon., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Anni Albers was a German-American weaver, textile designer, and printmaker, who began her career at the storied Bauhaus school in the 1920s. Later in her life, Albers traveled to South America where she would purchase fabric samples in order to deconstruct them in an attempt to unravel the secrets of the ancient Andean weavers. This talk explores the unexpected synergy between the artist’s work, which was on the cutting edge of modernist design, and the ancient medium of weaving, largely unchanged for millenia.

“Fine & Mellow: Helen Sung” (ticketed event) on Mon., Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. Fine & Mellow, a yearlong concert series in collaboration with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, curated by Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, continues with pianist/composer Helen Sung. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early 20s, Sung understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. She has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Center, Carnegie Hall, London Jazz Festival, Taiwan’s Taichung International Jazz Festivals, and elsewhere. Admission is $25. Tickets available for purchase at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com.

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) Mon. to Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

“2019 Tax Planning: 10 ways to pay only your fair share” on Fri., Nov. 22 at noon. Sallie Mullins Thompson, CPA/PFS, CFP® discusses various tax planning actions that could decrease your 2019 income tax liability. Her topics include: income deferral, expense bunching, capital gain losses, retirement and RMD options, Qualified Business Income (QBI) Deduction and more. She illuminates specific actionable ideas for you to implement in the next 30 days. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro NY.

“Interpreting Financial Statements” on Mon., Nov. 25 at 1:15 p.m. Learn where and how to find financial statements for any public company and about the ratios used to interpret financial statements. Presented by SIBL Staff.

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. 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.

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.

TRANSPORTATION DISCUSSION—Open House New York and Rizzoli Bookstore presents a discussion about “The Future of Transportation,” a new volume from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s SOM Thinkers series, with New York Times transit reporter Emma Fitzsimmons, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill director Olin McKenzie, and Curbed NY editor Amy Plitt at Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway, on Mon., Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Henry Grabar, a staff writer at Slate. “The Future of Transportation” cuts through the hype of autonomous vehicles and other revolutionary transportation technology to explore existing technologies that have yet to be used to their full potential: buses, bikes, even the elevator. This event is free and open to the public and seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

EXHIBITS

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

“Becoming” at SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street. This exhibit will be on view 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.

“Bob Box SVA” at SVA Flatiron Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street, ground floor. This exhibition will run through Fri., Nov. 29. 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.

CONCEPTUAL ART—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents a new holiday exhibition, “Cold,” in the East and West Gallery featuring twenty-three artists; and “On the Wall” featuring Stephen Spiller. The reception will be held Thurs., Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition runs through Dec. 18. “Cold” is a group exhibition that gathers a diverse range of works by twenty-three artists exploring the word cold through a variety of material, formal, and conceptual methods. Many of the artists’ focus is on the environmental implications of the word, some utilize a cool color pallet, while others approach the word in a literal sense. Artists include: Werner Bargsten, Olivia Beens, Greg Brown, Karin Bruckner, Stephen Cimini, Ellen Denuto, Etta Ehrlich, Edward Fausty, Sylvia Harnick, Kevin Corbett Hill, Elisabeth Jacobsen, Mitchell Lewis, Laurel Marx, Carol Massa, Joy Nagy, Ira Pearlstein, Sara Petitt, Robert Petrick, Simon Rigg, Jennifer Woolcock Schwartz, Steve Silver, Danny Turitz and Marlena Vaccaro. The gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Carter Burden targets artists over the age of 60. For more information, visit carterburdengallery.org.

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.

SOLO EXHIBITION—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Women in Possession of Good Fortune” by Kira Nam Greene through Dec. 7. 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.

DISTORTED PHOTOGRAPHS—Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 W. 20th St. #10W, presents “Portals,” by Tracey Moffatt, on view through 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.

WOMEN OUT OF DOORS—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Women Out of Doors, on view through Jan. 3. The NAC’s three-month festival “Multiple Perspectives: Women in the Arts” comes to an impressive conclusion with a special exhibition celebrating contemporary women artists and the art of landscape painting. Artists Lois Dodd, Janice Nowinski, Kyle Staver, Joan Thorne, and Jane Wilson all have a highly personal dialogue with the environment, an ardent response to nature, and have found in nature’s creative purpose elements of structure, invention and expression. Exhibitions are on view Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.org.

DRAWING INVITATIONAL—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “The 2019 NAC Drawing Invitational” through Jan. 3. The 2019 NAC Drawing Invitational pairs two celebrated New York artists, Barbara Nessim and Tara Geer. Nessim, celebrated for her gifts as a colorist reveals a celebratory world sparked by her joie de vivre. Geer, in contrast, creates large abstracts in black, white, and grey based on the close observation of insignificant details of her everyday surroundings. This exhibition is presented as part of the “Multiple Perspectives: Women in the Arts” program. Exhibitions are on view Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.org.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Discovery and Restoration: Theodore Conrath,” through Jan. 3. This is a special exhibition of work by Theodore Conrath, an NAC Member from 1947-1954. Although Conrath is represented in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, his often traumatic life caused him to fall into obscurity. This exhibition features a rare seen cache of Conrath’s work, recently discovered in a Tarrytown thrift shop. Exhibitions are on view Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.org.

COURTROOM ART EXHIBITION—National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Courtroom Art: Eyewitness for the Public” through Jan. 3. The NAC is proud to once again collaborate with the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York in showcasing the work of some of the top courtroom artists working today. Dynamic and visually telling, these works provide the public with an immediate view of some of the district’s most famous cases. Exhibitions are on view Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.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 Fri.s 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 Mon.s. On the first Mon. 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.

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 Thurs. 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 Fri. 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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  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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