The October Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
By Troy Segal
Complement your calendar with this cornucopia of offerings — a guide to the top talks, tastings, tours, and screenings in New York City this October.
October 3. It takes two to tango — and you both can learn how in this master class sponsored by the Joyce Theater.
October 6. Ponder what current styles say about masculine identity as a fashion authority (Barneys creative consultant Simon Doonan) and a philosopher (Dion Mattison) discuss and deconstruct the art of menswear. Pratt Institute.
October 7. Wax nostalgic as Marlo Thomas, aka That Girl, chats with Gloria Steinem about the impact the 1966-71 series—for all its light-heartedness—had on the feminist movement. Museum of the Moving Image.
October 8. Celebrate the new book Heroes of the Comics, in which Drew Friedman unveils his full-page color portraits of the pioneering comic book creators, such as Superman creators Siegel & Shuster (above). Society of Illustrators.
October 13. Gain access to some secret recipes from Death & Co., a cozy speakeasy renowned for its modern twist on classic cocktails. 92nd Street Y.
October 14. Strap on your helmet and go into a virtual orbit of Mother Earth, with astronaut Chris Hadfield (author of You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes) at the helm. American Museum of Natural History.
October 15. Get into position to hear Benjamin Millepied (aka Mr. Natalie Portman) as he talks with dance critic Deborah Jowitt about the troupe he’s just founded, the L.A. Dance Project. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
October 16. Compare the elegant styles of two early-19th century cabinetmakers, Honoré Lannuier and Duncan Phyfe, who competed to put New York furniture-making on the map, at this lecture by a Metropolitan Museum of Art curator. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.
October 17. Attend a new musical about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, based on the Hart Crane poem The Bridge, at this workshop performance. Brooklyn Historical Society.
October 18. Allow your taste buds to water as Israeli-born and –bred super-chef Yotam Ottolenghi, whose empire of London delis offers the best takeaway in town (as the Brits say), talks about his new cookbook. The TimesCenter.
October 19.Get a sneak peak of new works by choreographer Brian Brooks, former Creative Resident of the Joyce Theater. Guggenheim Museum.
October 21. Join Abraham Lincoln in getting inspiration from the words and deeds of our nation’s Founding Fathers, as detailed in this era-spanning lecture. New-York Historical Society.
October 22. Gain insight into a theatrical epic, as Tony Kushner — whose Angels in America trilogy is being performed this season — appears to chat with director Ivo van Hove and NPR reporter Neda Ulaby. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
October 25. Examine the evolution of morality in human beings — the subject of a conversation among religious, psychological and medical experts, part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Walter Reade Theater.
October 26. Meet the ancestors of the Game of Thrones gang, as author George R.R. Martin appears to discuss the publication of a new prehistory. 92nd Street Y.
October 27. Hear this true-life fairy tale of a humble farm boy who emigrated from Norway to the U.S., made a fortune in the gold rush, and ended up founding the University of California at Berkeley. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America.
October 28. Make a study of feudal fighting fashions in this gallery tour of the arms and armor of the Crusades. Morgan Library & Museum.
October 29. Thrill to the story of the Hungarian Gold Train, which carried valuables confiscated from Hungarian Jews during World War II, as author Ayelet Waldman reads from her novel based on the stranger-than-truth events. The Jewish Museum.
October 30. Ponder how art and scholarship shape our understanding of the past, often in contradictory ways, at this panel discussion between artists and historians.. YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
October 31. Don a costume — this year’s theme is garden of earthly delights — and join the Village Halloween Parade along Sixth Avenue.