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Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zadie Smith, Bleachers

BAM Cafe : 7:30 p.m. October 21

Here’s one book tour performer it’s OK for Lena Dunham not to pay: Tonight, “life partner” Jack Antonoff will play with his band Bleachers at her reading. But that’s not all — friend, Girls co-star, and kick-ass chick prototype Jemima Kirke will join in for a... More >>

Brooklyn Music, Literary Events

Tavi Gevinson

Housing Works Bookstore : 7:00 p.m. October 22

Not since the legendary Gen X standard Sassy has a teen fashion mag garnered appreciation for telling girls they look great with what they already have, rather than telling them what they need to buy. Rookie was the pet project of 12-year-old Tavi Gevinson before she exploded as a style icon,... More >>

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The Curiosity Cabinet

The Center for Fiction : 7:30 p.m. October 23

Once upon a midday dreary, you sat in your high school class reading “The Raven.” This time, leave the interpretation to, a multidisciplinary chamber ensemble led by composer Whitney George. At the Center for Fiction, the ensemble of eight will accompany 1920s silent films with live... More >>

East 40s Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Music

The Bad Plus

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. October 23

It hasn’t been all Blondie, Sabbath and Nirvana. Because they dig sophisticated blends of eloquent jitter-swing and stormy rumination, The Bad Plus — the rogue piano/bass/drums outfit initially heralded for exploding pop and rock nuggets — has occasionally peppered its sets... More >>

Soho Music

First Aid Kit

Hammerstein Ballroom : 7:00 p.m. October 24

The gorgeous, lilting harmonies of Johanna and Klara Soderberg—the sisters better known as First Aid Kit—will grace Hammerstein Ballroom's stage tonight. The Swedish-born Soderberg's first real entryway into the world of music was a cover of the Fleet Foxes song "Tiger Mountain... More >>

Chelsea Music

Day of the Dead Costume Party

Morbid Anatomy Museum : 8:00 p.m. October 24

Start your Halloween celebrations a week early with the Morbid Anatomy Museum’s annual Day of the Dead costume party. The evening starts with a “mini-lecture” by Dr. Andrew Chestnut, author of Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, The Skeleton Saint. Then it’s time for... More >>

Brooklyn Halloween, Dia de los Muertos

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Tompkins Square Park : 12:00 p.m. October 25

It's the best parade in the city, paws down. Now in its 24th season, in a city where dogs are dressed in clothes year-round, the costumes at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade are more creative than ever. Last year we saw a lot of TV stars—among them the “Hounds of... More >>

East Village Halloween, Parades

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : 10:00 a.m. daily until February 1

Wearing all black may be de rigueur in New York or Paris, but the girl wearing all black wasn’t always so cool. “As a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order,” says Harold Koda, curator of the... More >>

East 80s Art - Openings and Events

See it Big!: Horror

Museum of the Moving Image : 3:00 p.m. daily from October 25 until October 31

The Museum of the Moving Image’s essential ongoing See It Big! series—which last surfaced in August with a remarkable “Hollywood Melodrama” program that included such masterworks as Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (1955), Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a... More >>

Astoria Halloween, Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

Fortress of Solitude

Public Theater : 8:00 p.m. daily from October 23 until November 8

Music factors prominently into Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, in which the central, superhero-obesessed best buds-in-the-face-of-rampant-gentrification Dylan and Mingus jam to The Sugarhill Gang, Lou Reed, N.W.A., and Run DMC. So it's no wonder that this, of all Lethem's locally-set... More >>

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Matilda: The Musical

Shubert Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri., Sat.; 2:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat.; 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu.; 3:00 p.m. every Sun.

Take a celebrated novel about a tiny tot with telekinesis. Add a cult songwriter and a famously dark playwright. And what do you get? Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story, one of the most spiky, tender, and delightful children’s entertainments to... More >>

West 40s Theater, Broadway: Now Playing

Kinky Boots

Al Hirschfeld Theatre : 3:00 p.m. every Sun.; 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu.; 2:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat.; 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri., Sat.

Some of us have quite enough trouble 
simply walking in six-inch stilettos. But to sing and dance and act in them? Really, someone should hand out honorary Tonys to the Kinky Boots cast just for trying. This new tuner draws its inspiration from a 
recent British film, itself based... More >>

West 40s Theater, Broadway: Now Playing

Slavic Soul Party!

Barbes : 10:00 p.m. every Tue.

Slavic Soul Party are Eastern Europe's answer to the funk (and "Grunt") of the J.B.'s or, more recently, the Budos Band. On their recordings, and every Tuesday at Barbès, the 10-person brass ensemble pins Gypsy melodies against the sort of jazzy r&b horn collages you hear in movies... More >>

Park Slope Music

"Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness"

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : 10:30 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 2

What do Ritter Sport chocolate bars have in common with a woman wearing a lemon yellow towel wrapped around her head? When photographed by Christopher Williams, they are both completely absent of personality; 100 percent product. In “The Production Line of Happiness,” the MoMa... More >>

West 50s Visual Art, Photography, Museum Exhibits and Events, Multimedia, Arts, Art - Ongoings, Art - Museums

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Belasco Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until January 4; 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 4; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. from October 26 until December 21; 3:00 p.m. December 28; 7:00 p.m. January 4

We know you’ve always wondered what Neil Patrick Harris would look like in fishnets and gold platform boots. Now you can see for yourself when he stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rock musical about an East German transgender singer who... More >>

West 40s Theater, Broadway: Opening

Rococo Rouge

XIV : 8:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 2

You’ve gotta be over 21 to deserve Austin McCormick’s new, 90-minute Rococo Rouge, which braids together cutting-edge sensuality and extravagant classicism. After eight years of experimental work in a Brooklyn garage, a clutch of twisted fairy-tale projects, and an X-rated... More >>

Noho Dance

Indian Ink

Roundabout Underground : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 30

Ever since 1993’s math-laced, century-spanning Arcadia, we’ve loved it when Tom Stoppard shakes up our boring old temporal sensibilities, finding subtle ways to connect characters despite their being separated by wide berths of time and space. In 1995 he did it again with Indian... More >>

West 40s Theater

Imagine Science Film Festival

Google New York : 7:00 p.m. daily until October 24

A week-long affair, the 7th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival opens tonight, taking the concept of time as its central theme. The programming is defined by its admirable diversity — the slate comprises work from 20 different countries, and almost half of the films scheduled to screen... More >>

Chelsea Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Film - Festivals

Garden of Unearthly Delights

Japan Society : 11:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 11

Renowned artist Manabu Ikeda uses a mere pen to depict uprooted cities collapsing into themselves, with details like derailed trains and kites stuck in trees. They are, essentially, the most breathtaking doodles you’ll ever see. In Garden of Unearthly Delights, the Japan Society brings... More >>

East 40s Art - Galleries, Arts

Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond

Brooklyn Museum : 11:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

The “Brooklyn arts scene” is a vague term thrown around by real estate agents, based on the notion that art is made in some Bushwick loft when its residents aren’t on molly brandishing glowsticks. Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, an exhibit at the... More >>

Prospect Heights Arts, Art - Museums

“Somebody Come and Play”: 45 Years of Sesame Street

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts : 12:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 31

More than any other cultural or political figure of the past half-century, Big Bird can be considered the great uniter. No other teacher has influenced a wider swath of children — spreading the Sesame sermon far and wide, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, or economic bracket.... More >>

West 60s Literary Events, Arts, Art - Galleries

Robert Gober: The Heart is Not a Metaphor

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : 10:30 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 18

Sometimes a sink is just a sink. And sometimes — in the craftsmanship of Robert Gober, at least — it is memories remade and recombined. “I can remember,” Gober once wrote, “a recurring dream of a roomful of sinks, the fact that a friend was dying of AIDS.”... More >>

West 50s Arts, Art - Museums

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Walter Kerr Theatre : 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu.; 2:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat.; 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Fri., Sat.; 3:00 p.m. every Sun.

Any chance to see Tony–winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) on the boards is not to be missed, but his role in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder should be a treat eight times over. In this story, gentleman Monty (played by Bryce Pinkham) has... More >>

West 40s Theater, Broadway: Now Playing

Pippin

Music Box Theatre : 2:30 p.m. every Wed., Sat.; 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.; 3:00 p.m. every Sun.

They’ve got magic to do, just for you. Also tumbling, contortion, acrobatics, trapeze, and silk work. In Diane Paulus’s reimagining of Stephen Schwartz’s echt-‘70s musical, young Pippin (Matthew James Thomas) wanders around a medieval French landscape that looks a lot... More >>

West 40s Theater, Broadway: Now Playing

The Velocity of Autumn

Booth Theatre : 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu.; 7:30 p.m. every Wed.; 2:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat.; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat.; 3:00 p.m. every Sun.

The leafy streets of Park Slope are unlikely to suffer much in the way of bomb threats, but in Eric Coble’s play, a spirited widow threatens to blow up her brownstone rather than leave it. Estelle Parsons stars as the retiree with a penchant for Molotov cocktails and Stephen Spinella as... More >>

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