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Things to Do in Midtown This Week - October 7-October 14

October 7, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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You haven't really experienced New York City until you've explored midtown, from its many museums and galleries to restaurants, bakeries, and bars. Searching for things to do in midtown this week? You needn't look any further, because this City Guide list will fill you in on all of midtown's best happenings.

Hex-A-Long Hocus Pocus - Music Box Theatre
October 07, 2018 - New York

This Halloween, the Sanderson Sisters are casting their spell over the Music Box! Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker star as three 17th-century Salem witches who rise from the dead to wreak havoc on the early-90s. And with HEX-A-LONG HOCUS POCUS, you can join in on the wicked mischief! Hosted by Dick O'Day, you're invited to shout, sing, cheer and scream along with the movie during our interactive screening. Plus, the magic is in your hands with our Goody Bags, full of candy, bubbles, streamers and more. So put on your wildest, wackiest Halloween costume, hop on your broom (or vacuum), and fly over to the Music Box for this family-friendly event. Dick O'Day photo credit by Rick Aguilar

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
October 07, 2018 - New York

The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

Assuming We Survive - Marquis Theatre
October 07, 2018 - New York

Assuming We Survive is taking the world by storm, using raw passion and good old hard work has them becoming the new face of pop punk. Their roots run deep, rising up through the ranks from the local scene to national tours with big names such as Atreyu, Falling In Reverse, Attila, and many more. AWS was founded in 2007 by front-man Adrian Estrella and drummer Kris Pasos. The lineup is rounded out by bassist Joe Lawson with guitarists Phil Adams and Johnny Silva. By the time the band released their second EP "Get Busy Living", they had already booked themselves on two Western United States tours; defining their ability to work hard and willingness to sacrifice for their craft. These tours built a massive following both local and abroad, earning them enough recognition to be invited onto "A Day To Remember's" Self Help Fest in 2015. On top of these festivals, they have also played several Warped Tour dates in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 2015 and the 2013 Aftershock Festival. As well as getting invited on the Super Villains Tour with Falling In Reverse, Attila, and Metro Station as well as the Christmas Vacation Tour with Falling In Reverse and Atreyu. With the stage set for 2016, Assuming ... (read more)

Rob Stapleton - Carolines on Broadway
Through October 07, 2018 - New York

Rob Stapleton's energetic comedic style and quick comedy wit, has landed him on some of the highest platforms in the world of Stand Up Comedy. Rob can be seen on his very own Comedy Central 'Half Hour Comedy Special' as well as being featured on one of the 'highest rated' HBO P – Diddy Bad Boys of Comedy episodes. he has also appeared on several episodes of BET's Comic View. Rob is set to release his highly anticipated dark comedy, action, indie film 'The Stuff' in which he executive produced, wrote as well as stars in. Rob is currently prepping for his first one hour comedy special. One that that you can guarantee, is that when you come to a Rob Stapleton Stand Up show, you can expect to laugh hard from the beginning to the end.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through October 07, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

OktoberFest NYC 2018 at Watermark - Watermark
Through October 07, 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:

Willie Jones III Quintet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through October 07, 2018 - New York

With drummer Willie Jones III.

Muldoon's Picnic (October) - Irish Arts Center
October 08, 2018 - New York

The critically-acclaimed feast of music, storytelling, poetry, and more—now in its eighth season—has become a staple of New York's cultural diet. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, this words-and-music jamboree features an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters.

The Modern Happiness Tour Eric Hutchinson & the Believers W/ Jeremy Messersmith - Sony Hall
October 09, 2018 - New York

General Admission Only 18+ Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm To see an Eric Hutchinson show is to be fully entertained. Hutchinson and his band, The Believers, have toured extensively, building a reputation for a high-energy live show, full of four-part harmonies, incredible musicianship, humility, and humor. A show for any music lover, Eric brings the audience to him, playing his unique songs and telling the funny, moving and one-of-a-kind stories that made him the artist he is today. See more at the Sony Hall website!

The Revolution - Sony Hall
Through October 12, 2018 - New York

General Admission Only

Music Box of Horrors 2018 - Music Box Theatre
Through October 13, 2018 - New York

Welcome back maniacs! This year's MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS promises to obliterate your sanity as we journey to the land of Australia for some skin-melting-goop-debauchery, revel in the gleeful delight of two of horrors greatest villains battling to the death, crash land into a hellscape of vamp-infused alien invasion, a sadistic desert-commune living cult leader cum magician, a tale of two sisters and the primate that tears them apart, and oh so much more! Special guest Don Mancini to come out for a 30th anniversary screening of CHILD'S PLAY. Saturday, October 13th at Noon (doors open at 11am) - Sunday, October 14th at Noon Marathon Lineup with Approximate Start Times: 12:00PM GOKE, BODYSNATCHER FROM HELL - Dir. Hajime Satô, 1968, 84mins, 35mm 1:40PM THE MAFU CAGE - Dir. Karen Arthur, 1978, 102mins, 35mm 3:40PM LORD OF ILLUSIONS with Kevin J. O'Connor in person! - Dir. Clive Barker, 1995, 101mins, 35mm 6:15PM THE LODGER with Live Score by False Gods Trio - Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1927, 91mins, DCP 8:15PM BLAME IT ON TOBY Midwest Premeire! - Dir. Richard Knight, Jr., 2018, 52mins, DCP 9:15PM THE CHILDREN Chicago Theatrical Premiere! - Dir. Tom Shankland, 2008, 84m... (read more)

Kevin Eubanks Quartet - Birdland
Through October 13, 2018 - New York

For nearly two decades the world knew where to find the acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks. Five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In the spring of 2010 Eubanks decided to go back to full time recording and touring. His recent ecordings for the Mack Avenue label explores the chemistry he maintains with star musicians on both coasts.

23andMe 'Meet Your Genes' Free Pop-Up - EZ Studios
Through October 13, 2018 - New York

This experiential pop-up event created by 23andMe that invites people to learn about their genes by exploring interactive rooms. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through individually curated rooms bringing to life how your genes may impact day-to-day health and wellness, such as caffeine consumption and sleep movement - all based on information found in 23andMe's Health + Ancestry Service. The pop-up will be free to the public and visitors can expect interactive vignettes and more surprises along the way! 23andMe is the only at-home genetic testing kit available directly to consumers that provides a comprehensive understanding of their own genetic ancestry and health and offers two services: The Ancestry Service provides a breakdown of global ancestry composition by percentages, report on Neanderthal ancestry, and the option of finding and connecting with genetic relatives through the DNA Relatives tool. The Health + Ancestry Service offers an even more comprehensive understanding of your genetic makeup, with over 90 reports that provide information on how your genetics may impact your overall health (such as risks for disease) and contribute to your overall w... (read more)

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.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

Donnell Rawlings - Carolines on Broadway
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

2016 started off with a bang for Donnell, he has already been cast in Kevin Smith's pilot Hollyweed. 2015 was a huge year for Donnell Rawlings,he lit the stage at The Dubai Comedy Festival. He also rocked it at Montreal Comedy Festival. He has been touring all over with Dave Chappelle. In 2014 he killed during a record number of shows working with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. You just saw him starring in his own show as Judge Rawlings on MTV2's Guy Court. Donnell was also was a cast member on MTV2's Guy Code. Donnell can be seen hosting Staann' Dup to be seen on StarzBlack. He lends his voice in a recurring role as "Another Cat Named Rally" on the hit animation Black Dynamite as well being featured in Adult Swim's animation. Donnell continues to tour heavily, performing his intelligently bold stand-up throughout the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. He was a co-host on both Power 105's (NY's #1 Hip Hop and R&B radio station) morning show "Egypt and Ashy in the Morning" and "The Big Tigger Morning Show" on WPGC in Washington DC, and he enjoyed weekly guest appearances on New York's Hot 97 Morning Show. He was a regular on E!'s "Chelsea Lately", starred in Comedy C... (read more)

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:

The Long Run - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
Through November 04, 2018 - New York

Floor Four, The David Geffen Galleries Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows. The Long Run provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio. Each work in this presentation exemplifies an artist’s distinct evolution. For some, this results from continually testing the boundaries of a given medium, for others it reflects the pressures of social, economic, and political circumstances. Often, it is a combination of both. The Long Run includes monographic galleries and rooms that bring together artists across a broad range of backgrounds and approaches. All the artists in this presentation—drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection—are united by a ceaseless desire to make meaningful work, year after year, across decades. They include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Helen Levitt, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard ... (read more)

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.

That PHYSICS or CHEMISTRY SHOW - Playroom Theater
Through December 16, 2018 - NY

THAT PHYSICS SHOW is now in it's third year. THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW is in its second year. Long time Physics demonstrator Dave Maiullo and Chemistry Demonstrator Borislau Bilash weave some 30 science demonstrations into a funny and entertaining theatrical production. PHYSICS won the 2016 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience of the year. Performances are at noon and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Many school and camp performances are scheduled as requested. In September, a third science show will be added...THAT INVENTIONS SHOW. www.sciencetheatercompany.com

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)

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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