The October Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

Autumn has arrived. Time to bring in the harvest, and to complement your calendar with our guide to the smartest talks, tours, and art events in New York City in October.

Sunday, Oct. 1. Wonder at Gal Gadot as the Wonder Woman actress appears in conversation with Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, Oct. 2. You won’t pay a high premium for this free conversation on the future of health care in America, featuring Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Tuesday, Oct. 3. Join French rock star intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy at the next Intelligence Squared debate, which looks at the proposition: Western Democracy Is Threatening SuicideMerkin Concert Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 4. Discover a different sort of Italian cuisine at this session delving into the food and drink of the Roman Empire. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Thursday, Oct. 5. Fly over to the Upper West Side to watch a panel of comedians, including Janeane Garofalo and Michael Ian Black, hash out whether invisibility or flying is the best superpower to have. Symphony Space.

Friday, October 6. Be diplomatic at this discussion on the United Nations’ General Assembly, how its role has evolved, and the challenges that still lie ahead. Albertine.

Saturday, Oct. 7. Ponder the question, Is genius a category open to all if we just put in the hours? Yale professor Craig Wright puts the concept to the test while looking back at confirmed geniuses in the all-new class “The Nature of Genius: From Leonardo Da Vinci and Mozart to Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.” New York Institute of Technology.

Sunday, Oct. 8. Stay secular at this Pete’s Tavern brunch session exploring the myths behind the separation of church and state. Secular Humanist Society of New York.

Monday, Oct. 9. Skip the gallery and head to the Upper East Side for this illustrated lecture on Richard Bellamy and the transformation of modern art. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, Oct. 10. Lend an ear as an author, a neurologist, and a philosopher come together for the initial talk in the new series The Will to Meaning: Seeking the “Why” of Our Existence. This first conversation looks at The Power of Meaning: The Quest for an Existential Roadmap, asking questions about how to proceed amid suffering, and whether we can draw on universal sources for purposeful existences. New York Academy of Sciences.

Wednesday, Oct. 11. Raise a fist as Barbara Ehrenreich joins a panel looking at the prospects for resistance: Insurgency from Below: Activism in the Trump Era. Graduate Center, CUNY.

Thursday, Oct. 12. Catch up with Jhumpa Lahiri, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, as she returns to her alma mater for a conversation with literature professor Hisham Matar. Barnard College.

Friday, Oct. 13. Settle in to a Think Olio evening that looks at the historic ideals of unalienable rights and moves “Toward a Human Rights Culture (With a Little Help From Buddhism and Psychedelics.)The Strand.

Saturday, Oct. 14. Pay your respects on this tour of Lower Manhattan’s war memorials. New-York Historical Society.

Sunday, Oct. 15. Delve into the philosophy and psychology of good and evil with Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor and a talk on Mara (more or less the Buddhist version of the devil). Tickets include entry to a performance of Batchelor’s MARA: A Chamber Opera. Rubin Museum of Art.

Ai Weiwei, 2012. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio

Monday, Oct. 16. Build the wall! The Public Art Fund’s new exhibition will have you thinking of territories in new ways as Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors comes to strategic spots across all five boroughs. New York Times immigration correspondent Vivian Yee joins Weiwei in person for a TimesTalks conversation on art, politics, and the international migration crisis. The New School.

Tuesday, Oct. 17. Wander the streets of the West Village on this walking tour exploring the neighborhood’s history, ecology, and architecture. Hudson River Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 18. Don’t blow your cover at this conversation with International Spy Museum executive director and former CIA spy Peter Earnest. Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Thursday, Oct. 19. Listen deeply to thoughts about “what makes music mean,” the theme of a conversation between scholars representing the humanities and cognitive science. They’ll examine the power of music to communicate both emotions and ideas on a “Seminars in Society and Neuroscience” evening. Columbia University.

Friday, Oct. 20. Gaze at the stars with the whole family at the Intrepid’s Family Astronomy Night, featuring NASA scientist Noah Petro. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Saturday, Oct. 21. Discover the city’s seedy underbelly on this walking tour of crime in NYC. New York Local Tours.

Sunday, Oct. 22. Break into song at this session delving into six memorable musicals that changed Broadway. The Schafler Forum.

Monday, Oct. 23. Satisfy your sweet tooth by attending this session on the history of candy. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Tuesday, Oct. 24. Stand tall at this conversation with author John Hill on his book How to Build a Skyscraper. The Skyscraper Museum.

Wednesday, Oct. 25. Evolve your opinions at this event on Darwin’s theory of natural selection and how the revolutionary thinker’s ideas can help explain how the animal world–and our own–chooses our mates. 92nd Street Y.

Thursday, Oct. 26. Draw up a plan to attend this conversation with artist Reza Farazmand as he launches his new comics collection. The Strand.

Friday, Oct. 27. Examine black masculinity through a dancer’s lens at this conversation with choreographers Cynthia Oliver and Nora Chipaumire. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Saturday, Oct. 28. Invest wisely in this walking tour centered on the stock market’s great collapses throughout history in the financial capital of the world. Museum of American Finance.

Sunday, Oct. 29. Say “Hakuna Matata” at this discussion with director Julie Taymor marking the 20th anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, Oct. 30. Bring your pocket Constitution to see Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who made waves with his moving appearance at last year’s National Democratic Convention. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, Oct. 31. Have a celestial Halloween by attending this Spooky Astronomy session exploring some frightful tales of the cosmos. American Museum of Natural History.

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


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