Arts Watch: What To Do in October
Here are the highlighted Lower East Side events from our October events calendar, out this week in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.
Thurs. 1 – Basil Twist – Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds at Abrons Arts Center: Acclaimed director and puppeteer Basil Twist celebrates the Abrons Playhouse Centennial with a commissioned ghost story featuring downtown icons Joey Arias (Arias With a Twist, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook) and Julie Atlas Muz (Beauty and the Beast). The “spooktacular musical extravaganza” revives the founders of the Playhouse, Alice and Irene Lewisohn, and their legacy of producing avant-garde performances and dance from 1915–28, as they return to haunt the theater 100 years later.
Through Oct. 31 at 466 Grand St., 8 p.m. / 5 p.m. on Sundays, preview week October 1–7 $45, Weekdays $55, Weekends $65.
Weds. 7 – Nightmare Horror Show at Clemente Soto Velez: Psycho Clan, the artistic team behind Nightmare Haunted House, will forgo designing its unique brand of theatrical haunted house for a twelfth season and present the inaugural Nightmare Horror Show: New York’s Most Terrifying Theater Festival, featuring eight new mini-horror productions.Children under 10 are not admitted, and parents are strongly cautioned about bringing children under 16.
Through Oct. 31, 107 Suffolk St., $25.
Thurs. 8 – Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee at MOCATALKS: To complement MOCA’s current show, Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee (1923-1968). architectural Historian and preservationist Kerri Culhane illuminates Lee’s significant influence on the architectural aesthetics in Chinatown.
215 Centre Street, 6:30 p.m., $12
Tues. 13 – CMJ Music Marathon 2015: This below-the-radar festival is celebrating 35 years of live shows featuring new music. Each fall, thousands of artists, music fans and industry insiders descend on the city for live shows, exclusive parties, conference events, seminars and mixers, all in the hopes of being discovered and discovering new music.
Through Oct. 17, many LES venues are participating; see individual websites for specific show schedules and cover charges.
Sat. 17 – 13th Annual Open House New York Weekend: America’s largest architecture and design event offers free tours of some of the city’s most intriguing spaces that you might not ordinarily be able to access. Highlights in the neighborhood include tours of the Henry Street Settlement’s historic headquarters, the Eldridge Street Synagogue and highly designed private residences curated by Interior Design magazine.
Also Sunday, Oct. 18, free, but some sites require reservations, visit ohny.org for details.
Sat. 17- The Lowline Lab Exhibition Opening at Essex Market: The Lowline team is showcasing the proposed design and technology they hope to use to build an underground park in an abandoned trolley station below Delancey Street. Solar technology installed on the roof of the building will create a live green space supported by remotely directed natural sunlight. Programming for the lab includes weekend tours, student activities and a monthly speaking series featuring inspiring thinkers and doers who are using science technology to improve the world.
140 Essex St., public hours vary, free.
Thurs. 22 – Andy Statman Trio at the Museum at Eldridge Street: Dubbed “a musician’s musician” by The New York Times, premier clarinetist (and mandolinist) Andy Statman and his longtime partners, Larry Eagle (percussion) and Jim Whitney (bass), perform their trademark blend of American roots, personal prayerful Hasidic music, klezmer and avant-garde jazz at the museum.
12 Eldridge St., 7 p.m., $30 advance / $45 door.
Sat. 24 – 25th Annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade: Dress up the pooch and enter to win over $4,000 worth of prizes, including an iPad Mini for Best in Show, in this all-out event that has come to rival the official Village Halloween parade. Grateful Greyhounds, Bideawee, Friends of Animal Rescue and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will also be on hand with canines that need loving homes. Runway competition begins at noon.
Tompkins Square Park, noon to 3 p.m., free.