\: 10 Things to Do Now in NYC


It’s a big city, with plenty to do, see, hear and watch. This guide is a sampling of cultural highlights taking place in New York this weekend and over the week ahead. And there’s much more where these came from.

“Still Life #48” (1964) by Tom Wesselmann. CreditAll rights reserved Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.


Remembering a Postwar Dealer With a Golden Eye

‘Deadeye Dick: Richard Bellamy and His Circle’ at Peter Freeman Gallery

A wistfully romantic portrait of the postwar dealer Richard Bellamy, a passionate advocate for contemporary art and a notably indifferent businessman, “Deadeye Dick” (organized by the Bellamy biographer Judith Stein and running through Oct. 28) emphasizes the early-1960s heyday of the Green Gallery he founded on West 57th Street while inviting cleareyed judgments about the difficult realities of the art trade today. Alongside early works by Donald Judd, Claes Oldenburg and other familiar names who got their start at the Green are memorable pieces by the more obscure Jean Follett and Sidney Tillim, as well as portraits of Bellamy by Alex Katz and others that attest to his charisma. KAREN ROSENBERG

See mini-reviews of current exhibitions.

From left, Carrie Coon, Danaya Esperanza and Liza Colon-Zayas in “Mary Jane.”CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times


Mom and Ailing Child in Extremis

‘Mary Jane’ at New York Theater Workshop

Amy Herzog’s play, about a single mother caring for her sick child, ends its Off Broadway run on Oct. 29. Jesse Green wrote that this production, directed by Anne Kauffman, is “the most profound and harrowing of Ms. Herzog’s many fine plays.” ALEXIS SOLOSKI

Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages, and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close.

Elisa Andrade in “Sambizanga” (1973).CreditNew Yorker Films/Photofest, via BAM


Critiques of Colonialism in Africa

‘Black Skin, White Masks: Cinema Inspired by Frantz Fanon’ at BAM Rose Cinemas

With a variety of styles and approaches, this program, running through Thursday, engages with the ideas of Fanon (1925–1961), the Martinique-born psychiatrist, author and forceful critic of colonialism. It includes Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 classic, “The Battle of Algiers,” on Saturday; Michael Haneke’s “Caché” (Saturday), in which France’s colonial past resurfaces in mysterious videotapes; “No Fear, No Die” (Tuesday), a noir from Claire Denis that concerns two immigrants who become involved in an illicit cockfighting ring; and “Sambizanga” (Wednesday), about a woman (Elisa Andrade, left) searching for her husband, a liberation activist, in Portuguese-ruled Angola. BEN KENIGSBERG

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See a guide to film series and screenings in New York.

Simone Forti, part of “Tea for Three,” at the Box in Los Angeles. CreditThe Box, Los Angeles


A Postmodern Triple Threat

‘“Tea for Three”: Rainer, Forti, Paxton’ at Danspace Project

Is this a historic event? Clearly. Even though they’ve known one another for decades years, these postmodern titans — Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti (above, at the Box in Los Angeles) and Steve Paxton — have never collaborated before. They join forces in “Tea for Three,” an evening of dance and conversation at 8 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 28. GIA KOURLAS

See what’s happening around the city’s dance scene.

A family watches the the finale to “National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey.” CreditDiane Bondareff/Invision, via Associated Press


20,000 Leagues Under Times Square

‘National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey’ at 226 West 44th Street

It’s easy to feel at sea in Times Square, but you’ll have that reaction even more intensely when the hordes surging past you are eels and dolphins instead of tourists. That’s the effect of this new permanent installation, which uses digital technology, 3-D imagery and special effects to evoke an underwater voyage from the South Pacific to the West Coast of North America. Aptly called an “immersive experience”— though you’ll stay completely dry — this walk-through attraction recreates tide pools; a coral reef at midnight; a maze-like forest of giant kelp; and several encounters with ocean predators, including Humboldt squids, a thresher shark and humpback whales. Children will especially enjoy the interactive elements, like coral that luminesces when touched and sea lions that respond to visitors’ movements by waving and turning. (None of the creatures are real, but the recorded sounds are.) You won’t need diving equipment, but don’t forget to breathe. LAUREL GRAEBER

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Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age at the Reading Festival in England in August. CreditDean Fardell/Barcroft Media, via Getty Images


Hard Rock With a Glam Twist

Queens of the Stone Age at Madison Square Garden

There have always been traces of glam in Queens of the Stone Age’s pitch-dark grooves, and on “Villains,” released this summer, this long-running hard-rock act doubled down on that side of its sound — collaborating with the elite pop producer Mark Ronson to create an album that at times suggests David Bowie fronting Led Zeppelin under mirror-ball lights. An excellent twist in the story of one of rock’s most consistently inventive bands, it’s all but guaranteed to make for a thrilling show at the Garden at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON

Lana Del Rey, Wolf Parade, T- Pain and more pop and rock concerts.

Liza Treyger at the Comedy Cellar in July. CreditKrista Schlueter for The New York Times


Laughs, Tunes and [Blank]

‘The Juice’ at Union Pool

This recurring series, which relatively recently relocated to Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is like a buffet of comedy, featuring stand-up, improv, music and some acts that defy classification. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday,Carmen Christopher, Connor O’Malley, Liza Treyger, Casey James Salengo and Dan Licata are on the bill. KASIA PILAT

See who else is making New Yorkers laugh this week.

Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9 at Jazz Standard in 2014.CreditJacob Blickenstaff for The New York Times


Sounding Historical Notes

Town Hall Ensemble at Town Hall

Over 96 years, the Town Hall has had many moments of artistic ambition and political consequence. The newly formed Town Hall Ensemble’s repertoire acknowledges that past. This debut show, at 3 p.m. Sunday, will include tunes played there in 1947 by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo; a piece sung by the Jewish cantor Moishe Oysher at an anti-Nazi fund-raiser in 1944; and music from Coretta Scott King’s 1960s Freedom Concerts. Led by the trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the ensemble will host special guests. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

Find more jazz shows for the coming week.

Audrey Luna, center, in the opera “The Exterminating Angel” at the Met. CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times


Buñuel’s Banquet on an Opera Platter

‘The Exterminating Angel’ at the Metropolitan Opera

Based on the Luis Buñuel film, “The Exterminating Angel,” Thomas Adès’s latest opera, was a hit at its Salzburg Festival premiere last year, and now makes its American debut (from 8 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 21), with the composer as conductor. Tom Cairns, the librettist, directs this tale of a dinner party that proves inescapable, with a cast that includes Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Audrey Luna, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Rod Gilfry and John Tomlinson. DAVID ALLEN

See a list of mini-reviews for more current productions.

From left, Christine Ebersole, Mary Ernster and Patti LuPone in “War Paint.”CreditJoan Marcus


Colossal Queens of Cosmetics

‘War Paint’ at the Nederlander Theater

Audiences will have a tougher time thinking pink when this musical about the beauty moguls Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein takes off its makeup. Ben Brantley described the show, which stars Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole and closes on Nov. 5, as “a double portrait of unchanging women during changing times.” ALEXIS SOLOSKI

Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages, and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close.

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