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Free Things to Do in NYC This Week - October 14-October 21

October 14, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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You can never run out of things to do in New York City, and that includes things that are free of charge! Pinch some pennies with City Guide's list of free things to do in NYC this week. You may just be surprised at how little it'll cost you to have a great time in the world's greatest city, with music, museums, and other free events awaiting.

Lufthansa presents “Fly Through Time” - Duarte Square
October 14, 2018 - New York

Lufthansa, the renowned German airline, will debut an interactive, playful activation to celebrate the golden age of travel (think 50’s themed sets, augmented reality and retro flight attendant costumes). The “Fly Through Time” activation is free, open to the public and will transport guests back in time with a fully decked-out 1950’s themed Lufthansa terminal set. In addition, the installation will have multiple retro experiences such as: -Interactive model of a 1958 Lufthansa Super Constellation ‘Senator Service’ First Class onboard lounge -- guests will be able to pose/take photos in the lounge while they wait to ‘virtually board’ -High-touch Augmented Reality mirror -- guests can virtually dress in vintage Lufthansa uniform and passenger styles -Augmented Reality model of the historic Super Connie, an aviation icon and the first-ever luxury transatlantic flight -- the interactive model will be educational and photo-friendly -Life-like reenacted boarding scenario -- guests will receive a limited edition ‘ticket’ to board the exhibit, flight attendants will call the guests name/flight number, to create a fully encompassing retro boarding scene. The event is being he... (read more)

NYPS Opening Concert: 2018-2019 Season - Merkin Concert Hall
October 14, 2018 - New York

The New York Piano Society is proud to announce the Opening Concert of the 2018-2019 Season. An exciting program to celebrate the commencement of NYPS’ 13th Season. Works by Scriabin, Chopin, and Debussy, as well as Brahms and Rachmaninoff duos, & Schumann with cello, performed by our outstanding NYPS concert pianists, who spend their working hours as doctors, architects, engineers, mathematicians, designers and police officers. Also featuring NYPS Artist in Residence, James Kim, cello, & Guest Artist, Natasha Paremksi, piano. ? NYPS Artist in Residence: James Kim, cello James Kim has performed concerts with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Walloon Royal Chamber, Juilliard, New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic, Tongyeong Festival, Korean Symphony, Daegu Symphony, and Korean Broadcasting System, in venues including the Symphony Hall of Boston, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Zankel Hall and Stern Auditorium, Lotte Concert Hall, and Daegu Concert House, with conductors such as David Zinman, Alexander Shelley, Matthias Bamert, Michael Sanderling, Keith Lockhart, Tan Dun, Benjamin Zander, Frank Braley, Jung Chi Yong, and Julian Ko... (read more)

POETRY READING: SUNDAY FALL - GBE
October 14, 2018 - New York

POETRY READING: SUNDAY FALL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2 - 6 PM Sunday Fall is a writer publishing and writing poetry and fiction in nyc. Presented for the first time, Fall will read poetry from recent books he published and also fiction from his forthcoming novella, stain the roses.

Sudden Departure Day - Music of the Leftovers - The Town Hall
October 14, 2018 - New York

A rare performance of Composer Max Richter's emotive score for Damon Lindelof's cult HBO series The Leftovers. Richter approaches the show's themes of departure and loss with intimate and achingly beautiful melodies that travel through a psychological and tempestuous landscape with instrumentation of sustained tones, piano, harps and celesta. "Musically incredible and conceptually spot on. Max Richter is truly a modern day musical genius." The Line Of Best Fit Max Richter stands as one of the most prolific figures on the contemporary music scene today with ground-breaking work as a composer, pianist, producer, remixer and collaborator. From synthesizers to full symphony orchestra, Richter has spun a web of innovation to compose music for solo albums, ballets, concert hall performances, film and television scores, video art installations and theatre works.

Choir Rehearsal - Judson Memorial Church
October 14, 2018 - New York

MEETING ROOM (Enter by way of 55 Washington Square South)

New York City Stem College and Career Fair - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
October 14, 2018 - New York

Free and open to the public, STEM College and Career Fairs provide a forum for colleges and universities to share STEM-related educational opportunities with prospective students and their parents; and, allows representatives from industry, professional associations/societies and non-profit organizations to educate students and parents on STEM-related career opportunities.

Gad Elmaleh Headlines the Alice Tully Hall - Alice Tully Hall
October 14, 2018 - New York

French comedy star, Gad Elmaleh, is set to bring his stand-up tour worldwide with the launch of “The Dream Tour.” Kicking off September 20th, the highly-anticipated tour will feature his latest Netflix special “Gad Elmaleh: American Dream” as well as new material about culture shock. With dates across Europe, Asia and North America, Gad will perform over 20 shows throughout fall 2018. Gad who is now writing his Netflix series “Huge in France,” said “Performing in English allows me to take my story and my comedy on a worldwide journey, which has been my dream since I was a kid.” “The Dream Tour” will commence on September 20th in Antwerp, Belgium. Gad Elmaleh is one of the biggest and most recognizable comedic talents in the world. Gad’s first English language special, “Gad Elmaleh: American Dream,” is now available on Netflix. On stage, Gad continues to cement himself as one of the most widely known and beloved standup comedians working today. In January 2017, he released “Gad Gone Wild.” The Netflix Original showcased Gad’s impressive multi-lingual ability, as the material was performed in a mix of English and French. Since his move to the United States, Gad has qui... (read more)

NYC Handmade Bazaar - Fall - Grand Bazaar NYC
October 14, 2018 - New York

There is something to be said about having things that are handmade locally. For this special fall event we've carefully handpicked makers based on originality and quality. Come shop from creative and talented makers from the New York metro area who produce one-of-a-kind and limited-edition fashion, art, furniture, skin care, jewelry, pottery, stationery, leather bags, and delicious foods. They will be joining our weekly curated market, the largest in NYC.

Lufthansa presents “Fly Through Time” - Duarte Square
October 14, 2018 - New York

Lufthansa, the renowned German airline, will debut an interactive, playful activation to celebrate the golden age of travel (think 50’s themed sets, augmented reality and retro flight attendant costumes). The “Fly Through Time” activation is free, open to the public and will transport guests back in time with a fully decked-out 1950’s themed Lufthansa terminal set. In addition, the installation will have multiple retro experiences such as: -Interactive model of a 1958 Lufthansa Super Constellation ‘Senator Service’ First Class onboard lounge -- guests will be able to pose/take photos in the lounge while they wait to ‘virtually board’ -High-touch Augmented Reality mirror -- guests can virtually dress in vintage Lufthansa uniform and passenger styles -Augmented Reality model of the historic Super Connie, an aviation icon and the first-ever luxury transatlantic flight -- the interactive model will be educational and photo-friendly -Life-like reenacted boarding scenario -- guests will receive a limited edition ‘ticket’ to board the exhibit, flight attendants will call the guests name/flight number, to create a fully encompassing retro boarding scene. The event is being he... (read more)

Oktoberfest NYC at Watermark Bar - Watermark Bar
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

Oktoberfest NYC is back and better than ever! There's lots of reasons to love Oktoberfest... the steins of beer, the tents, the lederhosen, the pretzels. If you’re not traveling to Munich this year, you could have missed out on three of the best weeks of your life – until now. This year will be different for you! This year will be the year we bring the Oktoberfest atmosphere from Munich to New York! Start the works outs now to carry a stein in each hand. But Oktoberfest is about more than authentic German beer! Over 3 weekends, you can experience everything that makes Oktoberfest great. We'll have live music, full Oktoberfest decoration and fun games for the entire family. Along with steins, you'll get some of the best Oktoberfest food that New York has to offer. Here is the info - We are excited to bring four weekends of the Oktoberfest atmosphere over from Munich to New York! The event is free. Reserve your ticket today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-nyc-2018-at-watermark-tickets-41671227764?ig_ix=true&aff=ebdiiginstagram This year introducing our special Dunkel Package! Skip that long line and get right to the party! Includes 5 Food/Beer ... (read more)

Ipsy Gen Beauty - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

EMPIRE STATE - Generation Beauty is coming for you! We're back in NYC for another weekend of beauty and more. We are bringing together the leading online beauty and fashion creators along with their passionate fans and top beauty brands for a weekend of inspiration, networking, and fun. Not to mention fab goodie bags filled with makeup, skincare, hair products (and more!) for everyone who attends.

Oktoberfest NYC - Watermark Bar
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

Oktoberfest NYC is back and better than ever! There's lots of reasons to love Oktoberfest… the steins of beer, the tents, the lederhosen, the pretzels. If you're not traveling to Munich this year, you could have missed out on three of the best weeks of your life – until now. This year will be different for you! This year will be the year we bring the Oktoberfest atmosphere from Munich to New York! Start the works outs now to carry a stein in each hand. But Oktoberfest is about more than authentic German beer! Over 3 weekends, you can experience everything that makes Oktoberfest great. We'll have live music, full Oktoberfest decoration and fun games for the entire family. Along with steins, you'll get some of the best Oktoberfest food that New York has to offer.

...it's time... by Freemove Dance - The Theater at the 14th Street Y
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

In Freemove Dance’s debut evening-long work …it’s time… everyone is literally “on the clock.” The piece, choreographed by Jenn Freeman, is conceived as a meditation on each individual’s intricate relationship to time. The work features five dancers whose performances are both constrained and propelled by the presence of a large digital timer, inexorably counting down towards zero. The evocative live drum score, composed by Dani Markham (Childish Gambino), serves as the soundtrack to the dance conceived as a metaphor of a lifetime – one long, cinematic take in which performers transition through changing ambiances, styles, and energies. The work features five dancers: Maddison Burg, Mia DeWeese, Matt Luck, Christopher Ralph, and Chelsea Thedinga. Dani Markham’s score for the piece will be performed live by Price McGuffey. The lighting design of the piece is by the 2010 Bessie-winner Philip Treviño (awarded for his work on Pam Tanowitz’s Be In The Gray With Me) and costumes are designed by Mondo Morales (known for his work with Alvin Ailey II.)

OktoberFest NYC 2018 at Watermark - Watermark
Through October 14, 2018 - NY

We are excited to bring four weekends of Oktoberfest to New York! Authentic German beer will be flowing, complimented by traditional Oktoberfest food and fun for the entire family. There are lots of reasons to love Oktoberfest… the lederhosen, the beer, the pretzels, the stein holding contests… If you're not traveling to Munich this year, experience Oktoberfest in New York! Over 4 weekends, you can experience everything that makes Oktoberfest great – authentic German beer, brats and giant pretzels, Oktoberfest decorations and fun games for the entire family. And be sure to start your workout now for our epic stein holding contests. Enjoy the festivities at our 3,500 square foot venue which features amazing views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges and Brooklyn skyline. There are lots of beer festivals, but there's only been one Oktoberfest... until now. This year, Oktoberfest will be presented by the following German Beer Brands:

NYC Rooftop Silent Disco - Cantina Rooftop
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

This VIP Rooftop on top of the famous Stage 48 mega club is one wild night you’ll never forget. 3 DJs, hundreds of partiers, and panoramic views of NYC create a one of kind experience. This upscale rooftop is ideal for your next birthday party or girls night out. Make your night extra special with bottle service and reserved seating. Your 3 Live DJs are spinning all night: DJ 1 (Green): Top 40 Dance Hits DJ 2 (Red): 80’s, 90’s & 2K Throwbacks DJ 3 (Blue): Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca Your experience includes: • A pair of Quiet Events headphones • Glow in the dark gear • Rooftop view of NYC • 3 DJs battling for your attention Special Notes: • 21+ to party • Rain or Shine (retractable roof) • Limited tickets available at the door • Dress to impress (No hats, work boots, baggy clothing) What to bring: • Valid ID • You MUST have a credit or debit card for the check-in process. If the headphones are NOT returned, there will be a $100 charge to your credit or debit card after the event. • No need to print your ticket, just show the code on your phone or they will have your name at the door. How it works: When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of special wireless hea... (read more)

Autumn Obsession Midnight Yacht Cruise - Harbor Lights Yacht
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

Just because summer is over, doesn't mean the party is over! NYPartyCruise invites you to spend an Autumn night under the stars on a midnight party cruise aboard a fabulous yacht. Party aboard the multi-level, heating-controlled Harbor Lights Yacht, which features an oversized outdoor lounge, cash bar, and a danceable mix of Top 40, mainstream, & Latin. Dance, mix and mingle with old friends and new and enjoy gorgeous views of New York at night. CONTACT INFO: events@nypartycruise.com www.nypartycruise.com/eventpages/2018/midnightcruise101318.html

Taste of Grand Central Market - Grand Central
October 15, 2018 - New York

ENJOY FREE TASTINGS, DEMOS, AND SPECIAL DEALS FROM GRAND CENTRAL MARKET MERCHANTS

The Entrepreneur CEO Stand Up Comedy Challenge - Carolines on Broadway
October 15, 2018 - New York

Featuring: Chick Hernandez, Jen Hecht, Eve Monica, Raj Jana, Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Kojo Addae-Mintah, and Jacqueline Williams Las Vegas Headliner & Humor Scientist Matt Kazam set out to find 7 high level entrepreneurs and CEO's and put them through a 6-week intensive growth experience where each would learn how to write and perform stand up comedy. Drawing from their incredible stories of life lived, business built, success, failure and everything in between, each performer will be taking the stage in what can only be described as a Ted Talk meets a Stand-Up Comedy show. The power of story and humor will be on full display as Matt Kazam hosts this one of a kind show. 100% of the proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation.

BEST IN SHOWS 2018: Broadway Legends Honor the Humane Society of New York - Feinstein's / 54 Below
October 15, 2018 - New York

Ana Gasteyer, Andy Karl and Orfeh will join Sierra Boggess, Adam Kantor, Lindsay Mendez, Brad Oscar, Hugh Panaro, Christine Pedi, Kate Rockwell, Betsy Wolfe and Karen Ziemba, with special guest appearances by adorable four-legged friends, in the 2018 Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefiting the Humane Society of New York, on Monday, October 15 , 2018 at 7 pm at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below. The 2018 Best in Shows, presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni, will honor Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky. Early bird tickets are on sale today. Rudetsky will be awarded the Humane Society of New York’s Sandy Award in recognition of his deep concern and support of the needs of rescued animals. (The multi-talented Rudetsky will also serve as host and music director, as he has for the past four benefits). The cabaret show will begin at 7:00 pm. There will be a post-performance reception with cast members for premium ticket buyers. Best in Shows will feature performances by Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, “Saturday Night Live”), Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof), Andy Karl (Pretty Woman, Groundhog Day), Linds... (read more)

Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition Finalists - AIA New York | Center for Architecture
October 15, 2018 - New York

AIA New York is proud to be partnering with Times Square Arts on this year's Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. For the first time ever, the proposals for the Valentines Heart Design Competition will be exhibited at the Center for Architecture. At this opening event, finalists will present their proposed installations and the winning entry will be announced! All eight project proposals will remain on display through November 2, 2018, at the Center for Architecture. This year's competition invites firms to contemplate how a Valentine sent from the heart of Times Square might embrace various expressions of love, both individual and collective. Can the public art installation generate connections and ignite conversations that articulate our aspirations as individuals, as a city, as a nation, and beyond? How do you illustrate and amplify love in Times Square, where every day, 350,000 pedestrians from New York City, across the country, and around the world cross paths with strangers from all walks of life?

Young Alumni Event: Mentorship Program - The Cornell Club New York
October 15, 2018 - New York

The Cornell Club Mentorship Program is a volunteer program where young professional Members are given the opportunity to meet with experienced fellow Members in his or her field of interest. The program allows the mentees to develop their careers and leadership skills. The Cornell Club's Mentorship Program kicks off this fall with a focus on finance. Mark Cisz is currently a Managing Director with J.P. Morgan. He has been on Wall Street for over 25 years and has extensive experience in corporate finance, sales, risk management and audit. In his current role, Mark is responsible for developing and strengthening coverage of key financial industry clients for all their banking needs. He is based in New York. Over his career at J.P. Morgan, Mark has been responsible for a number of global functions and projects; he has spent time working abroad in London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Mark has served as J.P. Morgan's representative at the American Bankers Securities Association and he also holds a U.S. patent associated with the development of a key risk management system used at the firm. Mark received his B.S. from the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ... (read more)

16th Annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom: We the People - Town Hall
October 15, 2018 - New York

The NYCLU is proud to present its 16th annual Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert We the People on October 15, 2018. Join the NYCLU and the ACLU for an unforgettable evening with fellow art and music lovers and civil libertarians to celebrate the power and beauty of free expression. Join us as we honor Alan Cumming with the 2018 Freedom Award for his contributions as an artist and activist for human rights. This year’s show will feature both existing Broadway tunes and brand-new songs written exclusively for this concert. Our talented group of performers and songwriters includes Shaina Taub, who will be hot off a run of the Public Theater’s Twelfth Night and Erich Bergen (“Madam Secretary,” “Jersey Boys,” “Waitress”). More songwriters and performers to be announced soon.

Ghost City Cabaret: Halloween SideShow - Cornelia Street Cafe
October 15, 2018 - New York

Trump City Meets Berlin Cabaret in this spoken word & live music "HALLOWEEN" show. Fascism is on the rise in Trump's Amerika and NYC is disappearing, place by place. Have no fear! K & the Gang is here to shine a light on the REAL demons! UNIQUE LINEUP of DOWNTOWN NYC Poets, Writers, Performance Artists, Musicians: Dorothy Friedman August, Phillip Giambri, Linda Lerner, Armand Ruhlman, Richard West, readers . Ptr Kozlowski, guitar/vocals; Su Polo, vocals. K, emcee. Maria Neuda, cabaret chanteuse. KICK OFF THE SEASON OF THE WITCH & JOIN US FOR THE TRICKLE-DOWN INSANITY!

“THE JOURNEY” – A solo show of new paintings by Mark Anthony Hill, Oct 10th – 15th 2018 - One Art Space
Through October 15, 2018 - New York

Jamaican artist Mark Anthony Hill is proud to present “The Journey,” a solo art show of his new original paintings on exhibit in NYC from October 11th - 15th, 2018. The opening reception will be on Thursday, October 11th, 2018, from 6-9 pm at One Art Space Gallery, located at 23 Warren Street in lower Manhattan.

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Carnegie Hall
Through October 15, 2018 - New York

Here's a rare opportunity to hear the music as Berlioz would have when the piquant winds, warm brass, and crisp strings of a celebrated period-instrument orchestra make his vibrant colors and gorgeous melodies soar even higher. Moving tales inspired by Romantic poetry and classical antiquity are set to music by a quintessentially French Romantic. Berlioz cast the viola as the protagonist in Harold in Italy, a moody and melodic work recalling Byron's wandering hero, while two legendary queens—Dido and Cleopatra—come to life in impassioned vocal music.

Queer Speed Cruising Hosted by Alex Schmidt and Lily Marotta - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
October 16, 2018 - New York

Looking to meet your next lover, subletter, skillshare mama, kink partner, and/or spouse? Join your yentas Alex Schmidt and Lily Marotta on October 16, 6:00- 8:00 PM for a midweek cruise-off for women, GNC, and trans folx at the Leslie-Lohman Museum. Cruise as a participant, an audience member, or a salacious member of the tabloids. Quierdos of all spectrums welcome. Dress 2 eXpReSs.

Stargazing - High Line
October 16, 2018 - West Village

Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights.

Seaport Fit Presents: Metabolic Conditioning - Pier 17
October 16, 2018 - New York

Free fitness classes are now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays curated by some of New York's top fitness experts, courtesy of LIFEWTR and NewYork-Presbyterian, Lower Manhattan Hospital. Classes include boot camp, circuit training, yoga and more. Tickets are free but space is limited so RSVP now! Met Con by Trooper Fitness Trooper Met Con (Metabolic Conditioning) Camp is a combination of strength and interval training that has specific work and rest periods to elicit a desired response from the body. The goal is to maximize efficiency of a particular energy system. The body has several different methods of getting energy. Different ratios of work to rest periods call upon different energy systems and cause specific adaptations. Rainy days ahead? Not to worry, our classes are rain or shine! In the case of rain, we will make best efforts to move the class to one of our indoor spaces at Pier 17. We will notify you with updates in advance.

WNYC Studios Presents "I’ve Done My Work: Ida B. Wells and the Women Pushing Back Today" - The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
October 16, 2018 - New York

On Tuesday, October 16, WNYC Studios will present a special live episode of its acclaimed podcast The United States of Anxiety in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. At a moment when women are bravely speaking up, the podcast will look back at one woman who risked it all to expose the truth about anti-black terrorism in America. “I’ve Done My Work: Ida B. Wells and the Women Pushing Back Today” will explore the life of pioneering African-American investigative journalist Ida B. Wells. It was barely a generation after the Civil War when Wells - then a young reporter and activist - dared to expose dangerous truths about lynching in the United States. Her exposé angered Southern whites so much, they burned down Wells’ Memphis newspaper. Forced into exile, she expanded her work into a long pamphlet called Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, which was published in 1892. Joining host Kai Wright to discuss Wells’ legacy and women’s activism today are special guests: • Linda Sarsour, civil rights activist and co-founder of Women’s March; • Paula Giddings, author of Ida - A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching; • Jamilah Lemieux, write... (read more)

Private Wealth Management Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
October 16, 2018 - New York

he Private Wealth Management Thought Leadership Group seeks to enrich and enable finance professionals to meet the modern needs of private clients, and to remain at the forefront of professionalism and knowledge in serving private clients. The Group welcomes CFANY members who manage assets for individuals and for themselves. Our group members are creative, well-read, and forward-thinking in our private discussions and in our presentations to the general membership of CFANY. Their professional practices encompass portfolio management, investment research, investment advisory, financial planning, and firm leadership. We focus discussions and meetings on investment strategy, implementation, and communications with the goal of enriching our professional experience and practice. The Group pursues collaboration with other CFANY groups in programming, especially with the Value Investing and Market Integrity Interest Groups. The group encourages its members to participate in other activities at CFANY, such as volunteering to grade reports, mentoring a university team, or judging the Final Four in the Investment Challenge.

Golden Lady Burlesque - Sid Gold's Request Room
October 16, 2018 - New York

A monthly Burlesque/Variety Show hosted by Essence Revealed. With special guests, piano bar singalongs and more

Audio Engineering Society - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
October 17, 2018 - New York

AES Convention is gearing up to take place at the Jacob Javits Center, and will bring together the world's largest gathering of audio professionals. Attendees will be offered opportunities to hear from top audio industry figures while also sharing in the latest research and technology information through informative papers, tutorials, workshops and special events. Exhibition Hours

Judson Arts Wednesdays Presents: Magic Time - Judson Memorial Church
October 17, 2018 - New York

MEETING ROOM (ENTER by way of 55 Washington Square South) Judson Arts Wednesdays presents: Magic Time Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7:15pm Free drinks and eats until the show at 8pm #JUDSONARTSWEDNESDAYS FOOD. ART. COMMUNITY. SPACE. FREE.

The American Symphony Orchestra presents “A Walt Whitman Sampler” - Carnegie Hall
October 17, 2018 - New York

The American Symphony Orchestra presents “A Walt Whitman Sampler” Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage Conductor’s Notes Q&A 7 PM – 7:30 PM Concert 8 PM – 10:30 PM The American Symphony Orchestra presents “A Walt Whitman Sampler” conducted by Leon Botstein. Walt Whitman, the defining 19th-century poetic voice of America, inspired several generations of European composers. In the 20th century, Whitman’s poetry was beautifully adapted during World War I by Othmar Schoeck. The catastrophe of World War II inspired Kurt Weill to turn to Whitman’s writings. Franz Schreker and Ralph Vaughan Williams were drawn to Whitman’s most famous collection, Leaves of Grass, seeking to create music worthy of the power of Whitman’s poetry. This Wednesday night program includes: Othmar Schoeck – Trommelschläge (US Premiere) Kurt Weill – Four Walt Whitman Songs (New York Premiere) Franz Schreker – Vom ewigen Leben (From Eternal Life) (New York Premiere) Ralph Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1) With the Bard Festival Chorale Program and artists subject to change. Tickets on sale September 4. Prices $25 / $40 / $55

One Night Only: Listen & Learn with Nels Cline - Best Made Company
October 18, 2018 - New York

World renowned guitarist Nels Cline has spent decades on the road with Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco and with his own projects, Lovers and The Nels Cline 4. He’ll perform an intimate set of songs followed by Q&A with the audience, all in support of Doctors Without Borders. 7:00 PM - Doors 7:30-8:30 PM - Performance & Workshop Q&A 8:30-9:30 PM - Whiskey, Beer, & Chat with Nels 100% of all proceeds will be matched by Best Made Co. and donated to Doctors Without Borders. Guitars optional. Feel free to bring one along.

Diana Gameros & Renee Goust - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
October 18, 2018 - New York

Join Celebrate Mexico Now for a night of musical borderlands, celebrating a new generation of Mexican-American singer-songwriters with performances by Renee Goust and Diana Gameros. Having grown up between the U.S. and Mexico, Renee and Diana move between different cultures, languages and genres to deliver anthems of personal, cultural and sometimes political identity. Raised in Ciudad Juarez and coming the the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant in her teenage years, singer-songwriter Diana Gameros's music takes the listener on a journey through reinterpretations of classic Mexican songs as well as original compositions. In October of 2014 she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and her support to social justice movements. She is currently on tour with Natalia LaFourcade. Renee Goust is a New York City based Mexican-American singer-songwriter and activist. She sings in Spanish, English, French and Italian while moving between American folk, rancheras, norteño cumbias, indie rock and pop to tell stories of growing up between the Arizona/Sonora border; of growing up queer in a conservative religious environment; and transfo... (read more)

Sutra: A Sadler's Wells Production - Jazz At Lincoln Center
Through October 18, 2018 - New York

Seventeen warrior monks from China's Shaolin Temple blend martial arts, Zen Buddhist practice, and contemporary dance in Sutra, an astonishing East-West collaboration from Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Using kung fu prowess and a set of 21 boxes by sculptor Antony Gormley, the monks create a lotus, a temple, a graveyard, and a trapdoor to another world. Sutra returns following its acclaimed, sold-out U.S. premiere at the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010.

In-Cosmetics North America - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Through October 18, 2018 - New York

North America has been distinguished as one of the biggest and most important markets at the forefront of the personal care and ingredient sourcing industry. 70% of US personal care manufacturing is located in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with three major manufacturing hubs also on the East Coast, California and Texas. This places in-cosmetics North America in a prime geographical location for a range of exhibitors and visitors including: suppliers, manufacturers, R&D and lab professionals.

Susan York Foundation - The Drawing Center
Through October 18, 2018 - Soho

For the second long-term installation presented in The Drawing Center's Lab Corridor, Santa Fe-based artist Susan York will create a site-specific installation that references the internal structure of the museum's 35 Wooster Street building. Using graphite as a sculptural rather than a two-dimensional medium, York will create replicas of parts of the museum's foundation: eroded concrete piers that protrude above the museum's ground floor. York's long-term installation will initiate an expanded field of activity at The Drawing Center, pointing to new opportunities for exploring drawing as an interactive and socially-minded practice. Additionally, by bringing attention to The Drawing Center's building, York's installation will generate opportunities for discussion about the importance of museums continuing as public spaces with permanent, physical presence

Sustainable Investing Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
October 19, 2018 - New York

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New Sounds Live: David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy - Brookfield Place
Through October 19, 2018 - New York

Arts Brookfield presents three live performances of David Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" of albums – 1979's Lodger, 1978's "Heroes," and 1977's Low — at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. WNYC's John Schaefer and Shearwater singer Jonathan Meiburg curated this year's New Sounds Live performances, which include past and present members of Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Dirty Projectors, Battle Trance, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. One album will be performed in its entirety each night—Lodger on the 17th, "Heroes" on the 18th, and Low on the 19th — and each concert will open with short programs of music that inspired the trilogy composed by Brian Eno and Klaus Schulze.

Rooftop Party Saturday Night at Hudson Terrace Times Square - Hudson Terrace
October 20, 2018 - New York

For TABLE RESERVATION FOR BOTTLE SERVICE please email us at BOOKING (Add details) ROOFTOP PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT at HUDSON TERRACE ROOFTOP NEW YORK CITY NIGHTCLUB 621 West 46th Street Music by : DJ DUBBS & GUEST Doors Open at 11 pm TABLE RESERVATION FOR BOTTLE SERVICE, B'DAY PARTY OR ANY EVENT Please send us an email to BOOKING Girls free till 12am $20 after & Gents $20 + ( please arrive early to avoid long lines ) 21 and over with proper ID /FINAL ENTRENCE IS UPTO THE DOORMAN Discretion Must show tickets or SAY ICLUBNYC LIST AT THE DOOR TO GET RIGHT IN STRICT DRESS CODE POLICY: -Gentlemen: Shoes, Button down shirts, and jeans are acceptable. No baggy attire, Sneakers, Boots, or Hats are allowed. -Ladies: Heels & classy look

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Museum of Natural History Scavenger Hunt - American Museum of Natural History
October 20, 2018 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults at the Museum of Natural History! Someone, or some “thing”, has been bumping off museum staffers involved in acquiring a sacred Egyptian relic. Is it the dreaded Curse of Ahtchu? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Your team of sleuths will have to crack a hieroglyphic code and uncover the museum’s secrets to stop the killings. While solving the crime, you’ll get an amazing whirlwind tour of the Museum of Natural History. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Hogwarts House Badges - New York Historical Society
October 20, 2018 - Upper West Side

What makes each Hogwarts House unique? Discover the history of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, and learn about some of the most famous witches and wizards from each House. Then choose from the four House crests to decorate and proudly wear!

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park
October 20, 2018 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt for kids and adults! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis and a gorilla in a window. This hunt is recommended for children aged 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

TASTE OF THE SEAPORT RETURNS FOR 2018 - Seaport District
October 20, 2018 - New York

aste of the Seaport brings together the best culinary outlets in Lower Manhattan and showcases an array of local vendors, artisans, and entertainers. Proceeds from the event benefit the arts and enrichment programs for the two downtown public schools. With over 40 participating food and beverage vendors, the festival will highlight one of the city's fastest growing and developing areas and its vibrant and thriving food community. Food lovers and families are invited to explore the variety of culinary options that the Seaport and Financial Districts offer. Entertainment throughout the day includes performances by a slate of carefully curated recording artists and bands, along with a few surprise guests. Family-friendly activities, such as creative cardboard ship-building, children's tennis drills and fantasy face painting will be offered in the festival's KidsZone, presented by NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

Wine Spectator Hosts 38th Annual New York Wine Experience - New York Marriott Marquis
Through October 20, 2018 - New York

Presented by Wine Spectator, the New York Wine Experience is a celebration of outstanding wine. Over the course of three days, attendees will taste an exciting variety of wines with the world’s best vintners, including top scoring bottlings and rare older vintages. Guests will also enjoy daytime seminars, wine-pairing lunches and evening Grand Tastings, which feature over 250 top wineries, each pouring a wine rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator. Further, attendees will vote for the winner of a special “Chefs Challenge” between star chefs José Andrés, Mario Carbone, Emeril Lagasse and Ti Martin. Prince Robert of Luxembourg will present a vertical tasting of his Chateau Haut-Brion. Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse Bongiovi will present their new Hampton Water Wine Company rose, and Saturday night will feature a lavish black-tie banquet!

"American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland" By Connie Winston @ Dixon Place - Dixon Place
Through October 20, 2018 - New York City

After a one-day trial in 1945, an all-white male jury deliberates for under an hour and sentences Lena Baker to death for killing her abusive lover. Three days after being pulled over by a Texas State Trooper in 2015 for not using a turn signal, Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell. In a poignant, visceral 65-minute theatrical experience combining the two stories, Connie Winston's American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland articulates how little has changed in the relationship between Black women and the United States justice system in 60 years between the deaths of Lena and Sandra. This unapologetic personal accounting - written / performed by Winston and directed by Rhonda "Passion" Hansome - bares new awareness of timeworn atrocities. Six performances only - on Friday and Saturday evenings @ 7:30pm between October 5th and 20th. This Dixon Place commission is made possible, in part, with private funds from The Jerome Foundation, and public funds from NY State Council on the Arts w/the support of Gov Andrew Cuomo & the NY State Legislature.

Big Apple College Information Program - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
October 21, 2018 - New York

The Big Apple College Information Program has been helping New York City and the Metropolitan Area high school students discover new educational opportunities by hosting major college fairs and information programs for thirty years. Students interested in applying to college will have an opportunity to meet admissions representative from 200 schools located throughout the country. Financial Aid Workshops will be available for students and parents on how to finance a post-secondary education. Register for New York College Goal Sunday to receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
October 21, 2018 - New York

Discover the City's best artisanal sweet-makers! You will find everything from handmade macaroons, experimental donuts, creatively flavored peanut-butter cups, Transylvanian twisted cakes, freshly baked cookies and cupcakes, small-batch fudge, and the most mouthwatering truffles and chocolates you've ever had. Everything will be to die for! This special pop-up will take place inside NYC's biggest and most diverse weekly market - Grand Bazaar NYC. Be sure to come hungry and ready to shop! Free entrance.

Nicky Sunshine Solo Show "Confessions of A Massage Parlor Madam - Broadway Comedy Club
October 21, 2018 - New York

Actress / comedian Nicky Sunshine brings her solo comedic performance "Confessions of A Massage Parlor Madam" back to the Broadway Comedy Club (318 W. 53rd Street) on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Produced by Top Knotch Entertainment, admission to the 6:00pm show -- is $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door with a one-drink minimum per person. A post-show talkback focusing on violence against women, human trafficking, and sex work is scheduled. For information and reservations, go to: nickysunshine.com or call (347) 766-3001.The 60-minute "Confessions," which is directed by Chuck Burks is described by Nicky as "a funny, poignant look at the period she spent as a sex worker upon arriving in New York in 2002." The show - which contains adult themes, language and content - received great reviews at its 2016 premiere in Harlem and has been performed in front of sold out houses at The Producers Club and National Black Theatre in Manhattan.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: 2018 Margaret Mead Film Festival - American Museum of Natural History
Through October 21, 2018 - New York

The American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival, occurring October 18–21, 2018, screens documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. The festival has evolved with the times while maintaining its important history and has grown steadily to reflect the ever-evolving incarnations of storytelling, technology and growing access to communities near and far. The Mead presents the best in documentary, experimental films, animation, hybrid works, and more.

P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 21, 2018 - New York

Returning to The Met for the 11th consecutive year, the exhibition P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids features works of art in a variety of media created by public school students in New York City. The exhibition will be on view and open to the public at The Met Fifth Avenue from June 12 through October 21, 2018. P.S. Art highlights the talent and creativity of young artists and champions art making as a way to appreciate the cultures, life experiences, and traditions across the city. The 121 works in this year’s exhibition represent 123 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools throughout the five boroughs. The works were chosen from over 1,200 submissions, and the final decisions were made by a jury comprised of distinguished members of the art community, including members of The Met staff. P.S. Art 2018: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids is a project of the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc.

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN - 59E59 Theaters
Through October 28, 2018 - new york

Award-winning actor and piano virtuoso Hershey Felder in his wildly acclaimed one-man show, HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director). The production, featuring music and lyrics by the great American songwriter Irving Berlin, book by Hershey Felder and directed by longtime Felder collaborator Trevor Hay, will play from August 24 through October 28, 2018, with opening night scheduled for Wednesday, September 5. Felder returns to 59E59 Theaters, where he recently played a sold out engagement of MAESTRO (Leonard Bernstein) and adapted, directed and designed the sold out THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE. http://www.59e59.org/moreinfo.php?showid=309 Tickets $25-$70 (59E59 Members $25-$49) can be purchased online at www.59e59.org, by phone by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (12:00-8:00 PM daily), or in person at the 59E59 Theaters box office, from Noon-6:00 PM. HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN is featured as a part of the 59E59 Theaters subscription series. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues Tue - Fri at 7:00 Sat at 2:00 & 7:00 Sun at 2:00 & 7:00

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm—2 hours—2 miles—$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park’s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Alex Atala, Zak Pelaccio, Flynn Mcgarry, Amazing Caviar, the World's Best View, Only on Hudson's - Hudson's at Pier 81
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

Award-winning, unique, creative pioneers will present five-course menus in their signature styles. Oh, and caviar.

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm—2 hours—2 miles—$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park’s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Patricia Queiruga - Agora Gallery
Through October 30, 2018 - New York

Collective Exhibition With an ever-changing combination of paints, Patricia Queiruga builds work that ranges from abstract to figurative, but remains reliably organic. In each of the artist's works, paint builds, drizzles, and drips into shape. The movement of the material on the canvas and the artist's action in making the work is always visible. In some works vibrant streaks of red or yellow burst through the composition. Inspired by music, Queiruga makes energetic choices in acrylic, oil, and mixed media, translating the exciting notes into a visual practice. Sharply cutting across one another or carefully blended together in the background, the colors and treatments combine with Queiruga's impulsive choices to form artworks full of emotion and spontaneity. Working freely, Queiruga explores each avenue of interest, whether an elephant or an abstract concept, with versatility and an expressionistic perspective. Born in the city of Córdoba, Patricia Queiruga lives and works in Argentina. The artist incorporates varied influences into each work, sometimes using painting as a means of pure expression while also occasionally highlighting societal issues like human trafficking t... (read more)

Center for Architecture Presents: The Fourth Regional Plan - AIA New York | Center for Architecture
Through October 31, 2018 - New York

Presents the Regional Plan Association's (RPA) Fourth Regional Plan. Released in November 2017, the long-range plan addresses urban challenges facing the New York Metropolitan area and envisions innovative schemes for the future of the region.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Fall Early-Morning Bird Walks in Central Park - American Museum of Natural History
Through November 02, 2018 - New York

Eight Weeks, September 11–November 2 Tuesdays –Thursdays, 7:30–9am and Fridays, 9–11am $85 per person Walks begin across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street Observe the exciting fall migration of birds in Central Park with ornithologists Paul Sweet (Tuesdays, 7:30 am and Fridays, 9 am) and Joseph DiCostanzo (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 am). Learn how to use field marks, habitat, and behavior to identify warblers, thrushes, sparrows, and raptors as they pass through Central Park en route to their winter homes. Birder field cards included.

Healthy on the Hudson — Tai Chi - Pier 84
Through November 05, 2018 - New York

Take your workout to our waterfront with Healthy on the Hudson! This FREE exercise series returns for our 20th Anniversary season, giving you opportunities to get fit in your Park every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday all summer long. Every Monday in June and July from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, join us for Tai Chi at Pier 84 in partnership with T'ai Chi Chuan! All are welcome to participate in this ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality.

Epic New York Beer Tour - Bars, Taprooms, Breweries - Empire State Building
Through December 22, 2018 - New York

The Beer Adventures app offers 150+ highly curated tours in 75 cities around the globe. Currently in 25 US cities, we take you to all of the best bars, taprooms and breweries in town giving you a day out to remember on your own terms. For this 'Epic New York Beer Tour' we invite you to join us in NYC as we hit up to 10 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn in one day. This is one of our favourite Beer Adventures and it's done best by a combination of walking, subway and whatever else mode of transport is for you! Starting by the Empire State Building you'll pass loads of famous landmarks, go over and under the East River, hit both villages (Greenwich and East) and of course visit all the very best beer bars NYC has to offer. Come thirsty, hungry and ready to make a day of it! HOW IT WORKS: Search for 'Beer Adventures' in the Apple appstore or Google Play and download for free. You can then select the city and tours you want in-app. The Beer Adventures app acts as a magical mystery tour directing beer fans around a city at the touch of a few buttons. Available on iOS and Android, we offer highly curated, built in itineraries in most major cities. STARTING O... (read more)

Models and Bottles Fridays ... Free on the A.C. Pass Guest List - Show
Through December 29, 2018 - New York City

Models and Bottles Fridays Text keyword SHOWNYC to 83361 for Instant RSVP and chance to win a VIP Party (FREE Admission, Bottle & More!) SHOW. NYC Nightclubs. 135 West 41st Street. Times Square. 10 pm-???(Broadway and 6th Ave) A.C. Pass List invites you to "The Original" Models and Bottles Fridays at NYCs newest premier hotspot, Show NYC! This will be the biggest Friday Night party NYC has ever seen. Top DJs, aerialists, dancers, expert mixologists, bottle service served by our #Showgirls, a true VIP experience, a sexy crowd, all in a spectacular new venue. Ask about our specials, VIP packages and Group/ Birthday specials.. World reknown DJs play open format, house music, old skool, top 40, mash-ups and more. Everyone receives complimentary admission on the “A.C. Pass List” (ladies til 12am, Gents til 12am). Ask me about special birthday (& group) packages. Call me direct @ 917.653.0768 for Table Service and more details. 21+ID. To expedite entry, get on the "A.C. Pass Guest List" please e-mail me directly, crisac@mac.com. Doors and list opens at 10 pm & all list closes at 2 am. All admission is at the discretion of the doorman. Dress fashionable please. Dress code: Ladie... (read more)

NYC Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
Through December 30, 2018 - New York

Join Big City Hunt on an Epic Scavenger Hunt Tour of Central Park. This scavenger hunt is great for kids, families, and friends. You'll learn a ton about your city and Central Park! New York's Central Park stretches across 843 acres of land. It is larger than independent city-states Monaco and Vatican City combined. Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and The Dakota are just a few of the landmarks you’ll discover on this exciting two-hour hunt. Explore Central Park's rich history through this fun and engaging hunt through this iconic park using your smartphone. Check out this page for more information: https://www.scavengerhunt.com/locations/central_park_nyc_scavenger_hunt.html

Toward A Concrete Utopia: Architecture In Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 13, 2019 - Manhattan

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia's architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist "social condensers"—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia's leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 03, 2019 - Manhattan

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants—Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others—would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Together, the artists challenged traditional understandings of choreography, expanding dance in ways that reconsidered its place in the world. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating "ordinary" movements—ge... (read more)

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 24, 2019 - Manhattan

Poet Erza Pound spoke of artist Constantin Brancusi's work as providing "the master keys to the world of form." Over a career that spanned half a century, Brancusi's innovations transformed sculpture as it had been known, and influenced generations of artists to come. After moving to Paris in 1904 from his native Romania, Brancusi affected the appearance of a Romanian peasant—a long beard, work shirt, and sandals—while embedding himself in avant-garde art circles. He soon began pushing modernist sculpture to the threshold of abstraction, developing a new, simplified vocabulary of graceful crescents, gleaming ovoids, and rough-hewn blocks that often evoked rather than resembled the things named in their titles, such as Bird in Space or Fish. He put the natural properties of his materials on display, carving directly into wood and stone and polishing metal to high reflectivity. The bases for his sculptures were often built of stacked elements—wood cubes, cylindrical slices, pyramidal blocks, or cruciform stones—becoming an integral component of the work itself and hinting at the possibility of infinite rearrangement, an idea that would prove fertile in future decades.

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