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    The Bessie Awards

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House


    Tue, Oct 18, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Come to The Bessies, the award ceremony named for the revered dance teacher and choreographer Bessie Schonberg, which has been recognizing outstanding dance and performance work since 1984. Dance and performing artists present awards for choreography, performance, music composition, and visual design. There will be live dance performances by Bessie Award-recognized artists, and video of all the nominated work.

    Just Kidding | The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers Present The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow

    Symphony Space


    Sat, Oct 22, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    In this comedic version of the classic Washington Irving tale, featuring 20 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets and shadow puppetry, schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image. Meanwhile, a jealous Brom Bones tries to run Ichabod out of town as they both vie for the affection of Katrina Van Tassel.

    National Sawdust | Timo Andres & Yevgeny Kutik

    National Sawdust


    Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Composer and pianist Timo Andres will be joined by violinist Yevgeny Kutik, giving the New York premiere of Andres’ Words Fail and the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s Arioso Doloroso/Estatico, both of which Kutik commissioned for his new album, Words Fail (Marquis, October 2016). These premieres will be featured alongside works by Nico Muhly, Mendelssohn, and Stravinsky, each continuing the theme of “songs without words."

    Emerson String Quartet | 40th Anniversary Concerts

    Alice Tully Hall‚ Lincoln Center


    Fri, Oct 21, 2016, 7:30 am

    Formed in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a set of concerts at Alice Tully Hall that includes the music of Beethoven, Bartók, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Turnage and Schubert. With a list of achievements including nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and induction into the Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2010, the quartet has earned a name as a significant and lasting contributor to the chamber music ...

    The Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies

    Cathedral of Saint John the Divine


    Thu, Oct 06, 2016 - Sun, Mar 12, 2017

    Discover an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the language, symbolism, art, and ritual associated with the historic concept of the Christ image and the divine as manifested in every person, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Among a variety of pieces, the exhibition will feature the 1974 sculpture Christa by Edwina Sandys, a 4 x 5 foot statue cast in bronze consisting of a nude female Christ on an acrylic cross.