The October Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

October is nearly here, and whether you’re looking to spend the month gearing up for Halloween or simply enjoying the full swing of fall, there’s plenty of ways to fill the month. Spend your October learning about everything from food to forest bathing with these upcoming talks and events.

Tuesday, Oct. 1. Crack the code of emerging technologies’s reinforcement of White supremacy as sociologist Ruha Benjamin presents her new book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim CodeHousing Works Bookstore Cafe.

Wednesday, Oct. 2. Engage with this roundtable on public interaction in the digital age, with strategies for participating in democracy both in-person and online. The New School.

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Thursday, Oct. 3. Get a new read on politics at this author panel on the climate crisis—and whether there’s still cause for hope. Symphony Space.

Friday, October 4. Head south to this tour of the South Street Seaport’s architecture, which includes some of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. South Street Seaport Museum.

Saturday, Oct. 5. Stay up through the wee hours with Night of Philosophy, showing off the diversity of philosophical research, at The New School.

Médée, 1898, Alphonse-Mucha.

Sunday, Oct. 6. Bid a fond farewell as Poster House ends its Alphonse Mucha: Art Noveau/Nouvelle Femme (New Woman) exhibition with a night of gallery exploring, tarot, mentalists, fortune tellers, and a bonafide séance expert.

Monday, Oct. 7. Repaint your ideas about Robert De Niro as the famed actor discusses his father, artist Robert De Niro, Sr., in a conversation with art historian Robert Storr. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, Oct. 8. Expose yourself to this talk on the marriage between photography and architecture. The General Society Library.

Wednesday, Oct. 9. Shake things up at this Cocktail Chemistry Quest, complete with surprising science about your favorite cocktails, tastings, a cocktail quiz, and more. Littlefield.

Photo: Dominique Nabokov.

Thursday, Oct. 10. Keep in “Swing Time” at this conversation with author Zadie Smith. Murmrr.

Friday, Oct. 11. Get on the grid for this lunchtime lecture on the history of NYC’s street system. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Saturday, Oct. 12. Explore Chelsea’s vibrant art gallery scene on this special tour. New York Gallery Tours.

Sunday, Oct. 13. Listen in as airwave art organization Wave Farm takes to Governors Island for an afternoon workshop dedicated to field recording experiments.

Monday, Oct. 14. Design a way to attend this event with Patricia Moore, a designer and gerontologist who has been declared one of the 100 most important women and won the 2019 National Design Award for her efforts to “recognize people of all ages and abilities as equal in their right for the highest quality of life, by Design.” New York School of Interior Design.

Tuesday, Oct. 15. Watch the next Democratic debate with a crowd—and comedic commentary—at Q.E.D.’s Mystery Science 3000-style watch party. Q.E.D.

Wednesday, Oct. 16. Prosecute your way to this conversation between author John Grisham and former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Grisham’s upcoming novel, The Guardians. John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Thursday, Oct. 17. Drill down into the roots of a colonial crisis as Book Culture hosts author Ed Morales, celebrating the release of his new book Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico.

Friday, Oct. 18. Sing out at this intimate evening of opera, which will feature narration by New York Times music critic Vivien Schweitzer. Carnegie Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 19. Draw up a way to attend this conversation with the authors of the talked-about graphic novels “I Was Their American Dream” and “Americana.” New York Public Library—Grand Central Library.

Sunday, Oct. 20. Get new insights into the Triangle Trade at this screening of Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, followed by a discussion on racism with filmmaker Katrina Browne. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Monday, Oct. 21. Dance over to this book launch for choreographer Mark Morris’s new memoir, which will include a conversation with Morris and performance by Mark Morris Dance Company.

Tuesday, Oct. 22. Say “hello” to this talk on the Hello Girls, America’s first women soldiers who ran communications during World War I. The National Arts Club.

Wednesday, Oct. 23. See the forest for more than the trees at this talk on the Japanese practice of “forest bathing” and finding healing power through nature. Japan Society.

Thursday, Oct. 24. Exercise your First Amendment right to learn more about the Second at this panel discussion on how history has become contested in the national debate over guns. Book Culture.

Flickr/©Rodney Campbell.

Friday, Oct. 25. Stay calm at this mass meditation in the Guggenheim Museum’s famed rotunda.

Saturday, Oct. 26. Look back on the past 50 years at this session on how the U.S. has changed since 1969. Fordham University.

Sunday, Oct. 27. Pay your respects at this recreation of the 1865 funeral service for Samuel Treadwell. Merchant’s House Museum.

Monday, Oct. 28. Cast your ballot for this screening and panel conversation with Ryan Murphy and the cast of Netflix’s new series Politician. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, Oct. 29. Observe the city in a new way at this talk with Codex New York: Typologies of the City author and photographer Stanley Greenberg on his urban taxonomy. The General Society Library.

Wednesday, Oct. 30. Close out Archtober with a look at tenement ornamentation and the transformation of slum living during the Gilded Age. Museum at Eldridge Street.

Thursday, Oct. 31. Choreograph your trip to this conversation between Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and Washington Post dance critic Sarah L. Kaufman. Symphony Space.

For a printable PDF of the October calendar, click here.


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