NY*Confidential presents...

The Hallow's Eve and Changing Leaves Edition!

Don’t miss the Village Halloween Parade… if you dare (deal with cops).

Greetings, NYConfidants!

Happy Halloween. Before we get to the nitty-gritty of fall, here are a few events you may or may not want to miss, due to cops and traffic. Of course, the Village Halloween Parade is rain or shine and this year, you can avoid the masses by buying tickets! If you missed the other dog costume parades, there is the Howl-o-Ween Spooktacular at AKC Museum of the Dog — come, doggie in tow or not. The Museum of the City of New York is putting on its Spooky City: Fifth Annual Halloween Party, a bit of a tamer event for the kids and adults. Post Halloween, the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon runs through town, plus its opening weekend for the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park and Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection. Once Halloween is over, time to jump straight into Christmas, kids!

Speaking of, a community alert. The beloved Book Culture is in danger of closing. Why? I think we all know the answer to that. But the Save Book Culture movement has stated a Community Lending Campaign to keep the store open. In just one week, a group of bookstore owners and patrons more than doubled our number of pledges and reached just about 75 per cent of the goal to save the iconic bookstore’s four locations in Manhattan. Book Culture has just one week left to reach $200,000. To pledge, hit this link.

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More than 200 comedians perform at 100 shows across New York during this annual festival, including Brooklyn and Queens! Circle your favorite head or try to catch them all.


The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze: Every year, The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze takes over the 18th-century Van Cortlandt Manor property. Van Cortlandt Manor, through 3 Nov.

The NY Adventure Club Happy Hour @ The Explorers Club: Join New York Adventure Club for monthly Happy Hour inside the Members Lounge, Explorers Club, 31 Oct.

HousingWorks presents We Heart Joan, An evening of comedy: Celebrate the legacy of Joan Rivers and participate in an auction of items from Joan's estate. HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe, 1 Nov.

NYPL presents Michael Stipe, A Visual Record: In a new book of photography that draws on his vast personal archive, The REM front man explores visual representations of the current moment. New York Public Library, 1 Nov.

Hanging with Wolves: A private tour of the Wolf Conservation Center, an environmental education organization working to protect and preserve red and grey wolves. Wolf Conservation Center,South Salem, NY, 2 Nov.

Exploring the United Palace "Wonder Theatre": Step inside the largest theater on Broadway to see one of the five Loew’s “Wonder Theatre” movie palaces built between 1929-1930. United Palace, 3 Nov.

New York Comedy Festival: The nation's largest comedy festival, with more than 200 comedians performing at 100 shows across New York. 4-10 Nov., see website.

Greenlight Bookstore presents Zeruya Shalev, Pain: Bestselling Israeli author Zeruya Shalev explores the power of heartbreak, and the consequences that can come from continuously mourning the life we almost had. Greenlight Bookstore, 5 Nov.

PEN Outloud presents Lindy West, Shrill: The groundbreaking author of Shrill, is joined by comedian Hari Kondabolu (Netflix’s Warn Your Relatives) to discuss her highly anticipated new essay collection. Symphony Space, 5 Nov.

Greenlight Bookstore presents Adam Frankel, The Survivors:When former Obama speechwriter Adam Frankel set out to understand his grandparents' experiences as Holocaust survivors, what came out the other side is The Survivors. Greenlight Bookstore, 6 Nov.

The Bell House presents The Lesbian Agenda: Sophie Santos brings you their Agenda™ with this banging variety show featuring the best lez, bi and queer comedians*. The Bell House, 6 Nov.

Japanese Whisky Tasting: Nikka and Suntory are the biggest players in Japanese whisky, but aren't the only ones. Church of Sweden, 6 Nov.

Powerhouse presents Around The World In 60 Seconds: on April 10, 2016 Nuseir “Nas” Yassin bought a one-way ticket to Nairobi, Kenya. His plan was simple: cover as much ground as he could and chronicle his travels with a one-minute video POWERHOUSE @ the Archway, 6 Nov.

Greenlight Bookstore and St. Francis College present Lindy West The Witches are Coming: Firebrand NY Times columnist and author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu TV series Shrill, provides a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique that answers the fundamental question of this hellish political moment. St. Joseph’s College New York, 7 Nov.

The Greene Space presents Fishko Files, Shell Shock 1919: Sara Fishko, host and producer of WNYC’s Fishko Files, traces the lingering cultural influences of World War I. The Greene Space, 7 Nov.

Inside Modern Art Foundry, from Casting Sculptures to Live Bronze Pour: A special trip inside Modern Art Foundry to see the casting of sculptures ranging from two inches in height to 50 feet tall. Modern Art Foundry, Astoria, 8 Nov.

The Greene Space presents Podcast Mixtape, Man Up, Live: Join host Aymann Ismail for a lively and surprising exploration of grown man tears. The Greene Space, 8 Nov.

Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 9 Nov.

Tour & Artifact Showcase @ The KGB Espionage Museum: Umbrellas that shoot poison, hidden cameras inside a pack of cigarettes, cipher machines used during the Cold War... see it all on 14th Street! KGB Espionage Museum, 9 Nov.

Inside the House of Collection, NYC's Cabinet of Curiosities: An exclusive look at a sprawling curated collection of lost-and-found, passed down, left behind, and gifted. 315 Berry Street, Brooklyn, 10 Nov.

After-Hours Pastel Painting Workshop @ AKC Museum of the Dog: Led by award-winning artist Karen Miura and her dog, Lucy, a step-by-step demonstration on pastel painting dogs. Museum of the Dog, 12 Nov.

Inside the Public Design Commission Archive, NYC's Design Review Agency: Behind-the-scenes look at more than 7,000 public sites throughout New York City since 1902 and the history of the City’s public works. 253 Broadway, 13 Nov.

The Greene Space presents Next Best Thing With Christi and Carly Ann: The place to see the adventurous, awe-inspiring and absurd performers who are redefining New York City’s cultural imprint. The Greene Space, 15 Nov.

Brooklyn Museum presents Yasmin Bey + Friends:  Celebrate the opening weekend of yasiin bey: Negus and join us for an evening of dancing and DJ sets. Brooklyn Museum, 16 Nov.

The Greene Space presents Ticket to… Rwanda: Twenty five years after one of the most devastating genocides in history, explore Rwanda through the lens of the book Our Lady of the Nile. The Greene Space, 19 Nov.

In 1976, on the eve of Bella Abzug’s bid to become New York State’s first female Senator, Bella Bella finds this truth-slinging icon squirreled away in the bathroom of a midtown hotel awaiting that night’s election results. Harvey Fierstein plays Bella.


Is This A Room?: A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner is surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. An extraordinary human drama unfolds between the complex and witty Reality and the agents who question her. Vineyard Theatre, thru 10 Nov.

Bella, Bella: Set in 1976, on the eve of her bid to become New York State’s first female Senator, Bella Bella finds Bella squirreled away in the bathroom of a midtown hotel awaiting that night’s election results. New York City Center, thru 1 Dec.

Einstein’s Dreams: The year is 1905. A young and uncertain Albert Einstein dares to envision new worlds beyond the limits of classical physics. 59E59, 5 Nov., through 14 Dec.

The Crucible: A dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials as an allegory for McCarthyism. The Connelly, 8 Nov. thru 29 Dec.

Fefu and Her Friends: The story of a group of intelligent, outgoing young women who have so internalized male views of their sex that they lash out indirectly in mysterious ways at a New England country house in 1935. Theater for a New Audience, Brooklyn, 16 Nov. thru 8 Dec.

The New Pornographers have brought back standard bearer Neko Case for their new album. They play Brooklyn Steel on 7 Nov.


Songkick, Ticketfly or Bowery Presents

Mike Doughty: 1-2 November, Rough Trade NYC

J.S. Ondara: 2 Nov., Music Hall of Williamsburg

Gregory Alan Isakov: 2 Nov., Town Hall

Mos Def: 3 Nov., Brooklyn Steel

The New Pornographers: 7 Nov., Brooklyn Steel

Bastille: 7 Nov., Sony Hall 

Toro y Moi: 8 Nov., Brooklyn Steel

Annie DiFranco: 9 November, Tarrytown Music Hall

Lux Prima (Karen O - Danger Mouse): 14 Nov., Kings Theatre

Sylvan Esso: 17-18 Nov., Beacon Theatre

Alice Merton: 20 Nov, Music Hall of Williamsburg

Angel Olsen: 21 Nov., Brooklyn Steel

Bonobo: 23 Nov., Elsewhere @ Brooklyn

The New York Marathon could run through your neighborhood this weekend. Track friends and family on the app or nyrr.org.


Brooklyn Nets (Barclay’s Center)

v. Houston Rockets, 1 Nov., 7pm

v. New Orleans Pelicans, 4 Nov., 7:30pm

v. Indiana Pacers, 18 Nov., 7:30pm

v. Charlotte Hornets, 20 Nov., 7:30pm

v. Sacramento Kings, 22 Nov., 7:30pm

v. New York Knicks, 24 Nov., 6pm@ Madison Square Garden

v. Boston Celtics, 29 Nov., 12pm

v. Miami Heat, 1 Dec., 3pm

New York Rangers (Madison Square Garden)

v. Ottawa Senators, 4 Nov., 7pm

v. Detroit Redwings, 6 Nov., 8pm

v. Florida Panthers, 10 Nov., 1pm

v. Pittsburgh Penguins, 12 Nov., 7:30pm

v. Washington Capitals, 20 Nov., 8pm

v. Minnesota Wild, 25 Nov., 7pm

v. Carolina Hurricanes, 27 Nov., 7pm

Through more than 250 works, Theater of Operations at MoMA PS1 explores the effects of the Gulf wars on artists based in Iraq and its diasporas, revealing the intersection of spectacularized violence, xenophobia, oil dependency, and new imperialisms.


Arghavan Khosravi, Tightrope Walking the Red Lines: Khosravi, a contemporary painter, devises scenes that underlining the challenges of existence under religious-ideological autocracies through the eyes of an independent woman. Lyles & King, thru 10 Nov.

What About the Human Figure?: Features three artists who were dedicated to attentive observation of the figure: not generalizing or abstracting.Firestone, thru 16 Dec.

Theater of Operations, the Iraq Wars 1991-2011: A large-scale group exhibition examining the legacies of American-led military engagement in Iraq. MoMA PS1,Queens, 3 Nov. thru 1 March.

Modernisms: The very first exhibition to combine paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings from the 1960s and early ’70s from Iran, Turkey, and India. The Grey Art Gallery, NYU, thru 7 Dec.

Meet the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services for anyone who will bankroll them, including the Parks. Parasite, the story of these families, is selling out at IFC.


Harriet: Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter. Angelika, West Village.

The Irishman: A biographical crime thriller that follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino crime family. IFC Center, West Village.

American Dharma: Errol Morris’ take on Stephen K.Bannon in an interview-style documentary. Film Forum, SoHo.

Frankie: Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Angelika, West Village.

Honey Boy: From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father after a childhood ascent to stardom. Angelika, West Village.

To Be of Service: Explores the remarkable life changes resulting from the introduction of trained service dogs into the lives of military veterans. Cinema Village, East Village.

The Bronx, USA: Follows producer George Shapiro as he returns to his hometown of the Bronx. Revisiting the streets, stores and memories of his childhood, Shapiro reflects on the singularity of the borough. Cinema Village, East Village.

Motherless Brooklyn: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, "Motherless Brooklyn" follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor, Frank Minna. Village East Cinema, East Village.

The Etruscan Smile: Brian Cox is Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean for San Francisco and medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life is transformed by his baby grandson. Village East Cinema, East Village.

Crown Vic: One memorable night in the life of veteran patrol officer Ray Mandel and his trainee, ambitious rookie cop Nick Holland in the LAPD's Olympic Division. Cinema Village, East Village.

Watson: Spotlights the work of Paul Watson, an environmental activist and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and documents the decimation of marine wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Cinema Village, East Village.

Synonyms: In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for the newly arrived Yoav. His flat is empty. His belongings are stolen. Yet this young Israeli, who has arrived with such great expectations, will not be dissuaded. Quad Cinema, West Village.

Light from Light: Gifted with prophetic dreams and a lifelong interest in the paranormal, Shelia (Marin Ireland) investigates a potential haunting at a Tennessee farmhouse and meets Richard (Jim Gaffigan), a widower who believes his wife may still be with him. Quad Cinema, West Village.