Our top picks for arts and cultural events in your neighborhood
From film to food to family affairs, Our Town's fall preview delivers a sampling of upcoming arts and cultural events the neighborhood has to offer this season.
Parm Opens Uptown
Casual Italian-American restaurant Parm has grown since it opened its first location on Mulberry Street in 2011, and now boasts an outpost at Yankee Stadium, with another location planned for the new Brookfield Place in Battery Park City. Now, owners Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick will bring their hearty, gut-busting chicken and meatball parmesan sandwiches to the Upper West Side when they open this fall on Columbus Avenue between 70th and 71st Streets. No exact date has been set for the opening of the 2,800-square-foot outpost, though the larger spot will offer new items not found on the downtown menu.
235 Columbus Ave.
Opening this fall
MIX IT UP with Hervé Tullet
Bestselling children's book author Hervé Tullet reads from his upcoming book, the highly-illustrative Mix It Up!, a directive that children and their families are invited to take literally as they create art inspired by Tullet's colorful pages and the Guggenheim's exhibition, ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Reading 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Workshop 2p.m.-5 p.m.
$25 per family (registration required at Guggenheim.org/familyprograms)
NYFF Opening Acts
This fall, the 52nd-annual New York Film Festival will debut some of the season's hotly anticipated new films, including Gone Girl, director David Fincher's film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling crime drama, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, based on a 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel. Ahead of the festival, moviegoers can see how these directors got their start, as the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates the earlier works of some of the filmmakers who will be represented in the festival. Included in NYFF Opening Acts, the 10-day showcase leading up to festival's kickoff, is one of Anderson's earliest directorial efforts, 1997's Boogie Nights, Fincher's 2007 crime drama Zodiac and British director Mike Leigh's 1971 feature film debut Bleak Moments, which Robert Ebert dubbed "a masterpiece" at the time of its release.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th St.
Assorted show times
David Bowie Is
The traveling art exhibition David Bowie Is lands at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art on September 23, and though Chicago is the only stateside host on this exhibition's international tour, New Yorkers can still behold the more than 300 objects from the exhibition, including the glam rocker's most famous stage costumes. The Paris Theatre will screen, for one night only, a documentary about the wildly successful exhibition. The film was shot by Hamish Hamilton (the director of the Academy Awards) on the last night of the show's 2013 run at Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the institution that produced the exhibit.
The Paris Theatre
4 West 58th St.
By Marguerite Duras
French post-World War II novelist, playwright and film director Marguerite Duras, best known for her nonlinear screenplay Hiroshima Mon Amour, (an important influence on French New Wave cinema) is the subject of a weeklong retrospective produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In celebration of the Duras' 100th birthday, 19 of the writer and filmmaker's feature and short films, many of which have been little-seen in the United States, will screen in 35mm.
A Brief History of New York
Synthesizing the history of New York into one museum exhibit is a tall order, but one the New-York Historical Society is qualified to tackle. Inspired by New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts' new book, A History of New York in 101 Objects, the institution's new exhibit displays 30 of the items found in the book's pages. Pulled from the Historical Society's collection, the objects span decades and centuries, and include the Tiffany & Co. sterling silver controller throttle used by Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. in the fall of 1904 to operate the city's first subway train, a water keg from the 1825 celebration of the completion of the Erie Canal-which Governor DeWitt Clinton used to pour lake water into the ocean at Sandy Hook-and dust collected from Ground Zero the day after the attacks on the World Trade Center.
A Brief History of New York: Selections from A History of New York in 101 Objects
Through November 30
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
Museum hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s
A collective of three German artists called Group Zero, credited with reigniting the country's modern art scene post World War II, cultivated a network of like-minded artists (known as ZERO) across the globe throughout the late 1950s and mid-'60s, creating an exchange that helped propel the avant-garde scenes in Amsterdam, Milan and other European cities. An American museum's first large-scale presentation of work by Group Zero and its extended, international network includes over 180 drawings, paintings, sculpture, publications and other ephemera that together explore the ZERO network's themes, including the relationships between nature and technology, the use of light and the presence of elements such as air, fire and smoke. A documentary film series about the artists' network accompanies the exhibition.
October 10, 2014-January 7, 2015
Museum hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery
Ten European masterpieces, on loan from the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, travel to the Frick Collection, , including Botticelli's reverent 1485 painting The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, on public view in the United States for the first time. The paintings represent a range of time periods, with John Singer Sargent's 1892 portrait Lady Agnew of Lochnaw as the most recent piece in the collection.
November 5, 2014- February 1, 2015
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th St.
Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
As part of the Julliard Drama Division's new season, director Lucie Tiberghien presents Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage's latest work, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, which features a cast of fourth year students from the school's drama department.
Juilliard Drama Division
October 8-October 12
The Juilliard School
Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater
155 West 65th St., 4th floor
Next in Juilliard Drama Division's fall program is Rabbit Hole, about a couple grieving the loss of their young child. Directed by Juilliard faculty member Rebecca Guy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play was written by onetime Juilliard student David Lindsay-Abaire.
October 29-November 2
American Classical Orchestra: Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mozart
American Classical Orchestra, dedicated to the work of 17th-19th century composers, kicks off its 30th anniversary season with a concert of some of the best-loved classical compositions, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, Mozart's Haffner and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, performed on a historic violin by soloist Krista Bennion Feeney.
Alice Tully Hall