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    The New Yorker Festival 2016

    SIR Stage 37


    Fri, Oct 07, 2016 - Sun, Oct 09, 2016

    An eclectic array of guests, including Jeremy Irons, Keegan-Michael Key, Malcolm Gladwell, Andrew Bird, and more, come together to celebrate art, politics and everything in between. Events will be taking place across nine venues in Manhattan. For more information, see The New Yorker Festival program guide.

    BomPlenazo 2016

    Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture


    Thu, Oct 06, 2016 - Sun, Oct 09, 2016

    BomPlenazo 2016 is the 9th biennial celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance, and is the leading bomba and plena event in the continental United States. Under the theme of Entre Generaciones (“between generations”), which reflects on the intergenerational aspect of the art form with an emphasis on the elders of the tradition and the younger generation of practitioners, the four-day event will feature more than 60 artists in panel discussions, school concerts, main stage ...

    French Comics Framed at the New York Comic Con

    Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center

    Thu, Oct 06, 2016 - Sun, Oct 09, 2016

    The French Comics Association will have a permanent booth at the New York Comic Con, presenting the best work of francophone graphic novelists. The display is a part of a month-long festival comprising an exhibition at Cooper Union and a series of discussions around New York City. Most events are free and open to the public. Hear from best-selling authors, along with French and American publishers.Eighteen of the exhibited illustrators will travel across the Atlantic to ...

    Mobile Unit: Hamlet

    The Public Theater


    Mon, Sep 19, 2016 - Sun, Oct 09, 2016

    This season, The Public Theater's Mobile Unit presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji (Henry VI Trilogy, King Lear at The Public) plays the anguished prince of Denmark who is confronted at every turn with a poisonous power structure that's robbed him of his father, and forever darkened his understanding of the world. Inspired by The Mobile Unit’s approach to engaging diverse communities with the arts, Patricia McGregor (Hurt Village, Ugly Lies the Bone) directs this take on Shakespeare's immortal tale about family, deceit and the explosive ...

    Artist in the Gallery: Frank Olt

    Nassau County Museum of Art

    Sun, Oct 09, 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Meet and greet Frank Olt, one of the Long Island artists whose work is currently on view in the Nassau County Museum of Art's exhibit on food and dining in artwork, Feast for The Eyes. Take the opportunity to ask about his art, inspirations and artistic process. The event is free with museum admission, and reservations are not needed. Consult at the front desk to learn which gallery to visit.Open until November 6, 2016, Feast for the Eyes explores how food ...

    Adam Gopnik on The New Yorker Festival

    As a long-time veteran of the New Yorker Festival—my own activities have run from interviewing Chuck Close and James Taylor to debating the virtues of (Jewish) dogs and (Goyische) cats against the feline-ious team of Anthony Lane—I look forward every year to a few extra hits of fun that cluster outside my own labors. This year, I will interview the great Nan Goldin late on Saturday night, juxtaposing her legendary "Ballad Of Sexual Dependency" with my own "Ballads of ...