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    Architecture & Design Film Festival

    Cinépolis Chelsea

    Manhattan

    Wed, Sep 28, 2016, 8:00 pm - Sun, Oct 02, 2016, 11:30 pm

    The Architecture & Design Film Festival is the nation’s largest film festival celebrating the creative spirit behind some of the world’s most remarkable architecture and design. An exciting selection of films, including feature-length films, documentaries and shorts will engage the audience with how architects and designers think, work and create. The films profile visionary architects, the creative design process, environmental issues and the brilliant designs that we see and use every day. The program includes conversations ...

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    New Victory Theater

    Manhattan

    Fri, Sep 30, 2016, 7:00 am - Mon, Oct 10, 2016, 11:30 pm

    This modern reinvention of the science fiction classic, the source of countless film, comic book and graphic novel adaptations, now comes to brilliant life in this stunning, all-new theatrical production. The story follows Jules, a 36-year-old doctoral student, whose favorite novel happens to be Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, writing a thesis on the dark future that awaits the earth’s oceans and mankind. When Jules begins to sink into the depths of despair, he finds himself transported ...

    Affordable Art Fair

    Metropolitan Pavilion

    Manhattan

    Wed, Sep 28, 2016, 6:00 pm - Sun, Oct 02, 2016, 8:00 pm

    Affordable Art Fair NYC will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion this September for its exciting fall 2016 edition with 70 local, national, and international galleries offering an array of original artwork from more than 500 artists. With a plethora of new galleries, fresh artwork, and engaging tours, the fall edition will be brimming with more variety than ever before!The concept is simple, yet unique: an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original paintings, prints, ...

    Desperate Hours: The Films of Michael Cimino

    BAM Rose Cinemas

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 4:30 pm - Thu, Oct 06, 2016, 11:30 pm

    Of all the titan-auteurs to emerge during the legendary New Hollywood of the 1970s, none was more audacious and controversial than the late Michael Cimino. In his too few films, Cimino explored American myths, rituals, and masculinity with an unrivaled sense of epic grandeur and an often breathtaking visual style. The series comprises a complete Cimino retrospective—including Heaven’s Gate (1980), The Deer Hunter (1978), Year of the Dragon (1985), The Sunchaser (1996), Desperate Hours (1990), ...

    2016 Dumbo Dance Festival

    Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 7:00 pm - Sun, Oct 02, 2016, 11:00 pm

    On Thursday, September 29, 2016, WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates the 16th Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) with a Gala Opening that heralds the most anticipated four-day festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Committed to the development in dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today's dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn ...