November hails in the holiday season. Here are ou picks to mark in your calendar.
11/1: TEFAF New York Fall is a fair that offers exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.
11/ 1 – 4: Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at SVA Theatre.
11/ 1 – 5: Architecture & Design Film Festival features films, parties, and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers at Cinépolis Chelsea.
11/ 1 – 15: See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
11/1 – 12/ 24: Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink. Free unless you rent skates.
11/ 2 – 9: The Other Israel Film Festival shows dramatic and documentary films and holds panel discussions about the history and culture of minority populations in Israel at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and other locations.
11/ 2 – 15: See creative sculptures made entirely of canned food at Canstruction at 250 Vesey Street. After the event, all cans are donated to City Harvest. Free.
11/3 – 4: Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.
11/ 3 – 4: Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens.
11/ 4 – 5: Play Fair promises “hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives” plus life-size characters at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
11/ 5: The world-famous New York City Marathon begins in Staten Island and runs through all five boroughs before ending at Central Park. Stand along Central Park South to cheer on the finishers. Free to watch.
11/ 5: The Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at School of Visual Arts.
11/ 5: Artists’ Studio Tour is a self-guided walking tour of 100 artists’ studios and galleries in Hoboken, NJ. Free.
11/ 6: Meet the best chefs and mixologists, selected by New York Magazine, as they prepare and plate your food at New York Taste, held at 269 11th Ave.
11/ 7 – 12: New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefits.
11/ 9 – 16: See 150 interesting documentary films, and attend galas on opening and closing nights at Doc NYC.
11/ 10 – 13: See contemporary design, decorative art, antiquities, and ethnographic art from around the world at The Salon Art + Design in the Park Avenue Armory.
11/ 10 – 19: Latin American Cultural Week offers dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.
11/ 10 – 19: See performances and concerts, or take classes that range from beginner to advanced at Shall We Tango NYC.
11/ 11: New York City Veterans Day Parade entertains 600,000 spectators as it goes up Fifth Avenue from 26th to 52nd Street. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m., wreath laying at 11 a.m., and parade at approximately 11:15 a.m. Free.
11/ 11: Taste a dozen restaurant creations at the Bloody Mary Battle and vote for your favorite, with live music and food for sale at Villain for age 21+.
11/ 13: Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed Thanksgiving. Free.
11/ 24, 2017 – 1/ 13, 2018 (7 to 10:30 p.m.): Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and watch ice carvers at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.
11/ 16: Sample 400 whiskies, and learn from master distillers and blenders at $275 WhiskyFest at Marriott Marquis.
11/ 16 – 12/ 24: Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Closed on Thanksgiving. Free.
11/ 16, 2017 – 2/ 4, 2018: The Holiday Train Show features a 34-foot-long model train layout (O gauge) with trains and subways that run on eight loops of track inside the New York Transit Museum Store. Closed Mondays and holidays. Free.
11/17 – 19: Watch 150 films about horses at Village East Cinema, see horse art and literature, attend panel discussions, tour a stable, and join a Saturday kid fest during the Equus Film Festival.
11/ 17 – 23: Watch 14 films from 8 countries in the Arab world during Arab Cinema Week at Cinema Village.
11/ 18: Sample 175 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at NYC Autumn Wine Festival at NYY Steak on 51st St.
11/ 18: Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to a food bank, plus a party. Bring $20, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.
11/ 18 – 19: Shop from 225 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.
11/ 22: Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden.
11/ 23: Watch giant balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, and performers as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade goes down Central Park West and 6th Avenue. Free.
11/ 24: A ticket to Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise includes hot cocoa, cookies, a bar drink, live music, optional sing-alongs, and 1.75 hours of city light views, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).
11/ 24 – 12/ 31: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music at David H. Koch Theater.
11/ 26 (2 p.m.): Messiah…Refreshed has a full symphony orchestra and concert singers at Carnegie Hall.
11/ 27: Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square features a tree lighting in Dante Park, sidewalk performers, a brass band dance, tastes of local restaurants, and activities and entertainment for kids along Broadway. Free.
11/ 28 – 12/ 24: Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.
11/ 29: Brave the crowds and winter weather to watch the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and live entertainment. The tree stays lit until 1/ 7 at 9 p.m. Free.
11/ 29: Wall Street Rocks: For Our Heroes is a benefit concert with big name performers at the Highline Ballroom.
11/ 29 – 12/ 9: Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music.
11/ 29 – Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
11/ 30 – Central Park
The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation’s Golden Age
In the summer of 1941, Walt Disney’s top animator led hundreds of Disney artists out on strike, nearly breaking the studio. This is the true story of those two creative geniuses, plus a corrupt advisor and a mafia gangster, who collided to cause the greatest battle in Hollywood history.
An essential piece of Disney history has been unreported for eighty years.
Soon after the birth of Mickey Mouse, one animator raised the Disney Studio far beyond Walt’s expectations. That animator also led a union war that almost destroyed it. Art Babbitt animated for the Disney studio throughout the 1930s and through 1941, years in which he and Walt were jointly driven to elevate animation as an art form, up through Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia.
But as America prepared for World War II, labor unions spread across Hollywood. Disney fought the unions while Babbitt embraced them. Soon, angry Disney cartoon characters graced picket signs as hundreds of animation artists went out on strike. Adding fuel to the fire was Willie Bioff, one of Al Capone’s wise guys who was seizing control of Hollywood workers and vied for the animators’ union.
Using never-before-seen research from previously lost records, including conversation transcriptions from within the studio walls, author and historian Jake S. Friedman reveals the details behind the labor dispute that changed animation and Hollywood forever.
Join a book talk with the author Jake S. Friedman on March 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at The Lambs, 3 West 51st, 5th floor. RSVP@The-Lambs.org. The book will be available to be purchased and signed by the author.
Jake S. Friedman is a New York–based writer, teacher, and artist. He is a longtime contributor to Animation Magazine, and has also written for American History Magazine, The Huffington Post, Animation World Network, Animation Mentor, and The Philadelphia Daily News. For ten years he was an animation artist for films and television as seen on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Saturday Night Live. He currently teaches History of Animation at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The rest of his time he specializes in mental health for the creative psyche.
April’s Midnight Moment A New Nature
Integrating gaming and surveillance aesthetics with both animations and footage of the Rocky Mountain region, Dorf collapses the barriers of what’s real in a way that echoes our digital consumption of the world. A mass of living tree roots is scanned and imposed over a simulated ocean; a mountain range is represented as a topographical blueprint. Even the filmed footage, captured at the field research station of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, is manipulated with compositing techniques and color treatment. As Dorf explains, “The more we create simulations of landscapes or nature, the more we expect nature to be and perform as the simulation that we’ve already made.”
This unique edit of the work was crafted specifically to mirror the brisk pacing of the plazas and billboards in Times Square. As the video progresses, the pace increases, emphasizing the influence of our technological lives on the way “Nature” is understood and perceived.
“The presentation of A New Nature in Times Square is an extension of the concepts in the work itself. Nestled within the endless motion and electrical currents flowing through the glowing canyons of Times Square, the moving images harmonize with their surroundings and enact their post-natural position.”
— Mark Dorf
April’s Midnight Moment is presented in partnership with Public Works Administration in conjunction with Dorf’s solo exhibition there from April 1–30, 2023, which includes the full length version of A New Nature.
Dorf would like to thank the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and Dr. Paul CaraDonna and Dr. Amy Iler for their continued support in bringing together the arts and sciences.
Mark Dorf is a New York based artist whose practice utilizes photography, video, digital media, and sculpture. Often working directly with ecologists and technologists in the production of his works, Dorf is influenced by human’s perceptions of and interactions with what we call “Nature”, urbanism, design, and virtual environments. As opposed to seeing these subjects as categorically separate, Dorf reveals their entanglement and integration with one another as an inclusive and lively planetary ecology. Being both self-aware and critical of their own means of production, Dorf’s works craft a vision of an ecological future that navigates away from environmental collapse in the Anthropocene and imagine a “New Nature.”
Public Works Administration (“PWA”) is a digital art project space located in the 50th Street subway in Times Square. They spotlight underground artists who use digital tools to drive culture forward.
Death Is Not the End Opens March 17 At The Rubin Museum
Join on Friday, March 17, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM to celebrate the opening of The Rubim Museum newest exhibition, Death Is Not the End. The cross-cultural exhibition explores ideas of death and afterlife in the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity with artworks spanning 12 centuries from the Rubin Museum collection alongside artworks on loan from private collections and major institutions. Enjoy free admission, tours, music from DJ Roshni Samlal, drinks and dancing in the K2 lounge, temporary tattoos, and the launch of the 2023 Spiral issue, which explores moments of change that propel us into the unknown. Members will also receive two free drink tickets and access to the exclusive member section. Come explore what #LifeAfter means to you and toast the new exhibition! Reserve your free tickets today.
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