NY*Confidential What's On:

The Headfull and Headless Horsemen Edition

Greetings, NYConfidants!

Usually, this time of year we are used to the Headless Horseman and the Tales of Sleepy Hollow from upstate New York. Not in election season and not with this group of pundits. Right now, we have the Headfull Horsemen (and women -- Tulsi Gabbard, looking at you!) for Halloween. Adjust your costumes!

Amazingly, we have lots of things to distract ourselves with in New York, including a multitude of gallery and museum opening and reopenings!. Opening Exhibition, Poster Househighlights Japanese Red Cross posters and the posters of the Women's March, while MoMA reopens with the renowned black artistBetye Saar, The Legends of Black Girl’s Window -- you might remember her from the New York Historical Society last year. Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Artfeatures the woman known as the artist's dealer and her rise as the most influential gallerist of New York, while Mark Twain and the Holy Land, will give rise to the 150th anniversary of one of the best-selling travelogues of all time.

On and off-Broadway, Tony Kushner brings us his take on Reagan-era fascism in A Bright Room Called Daywhile Peter Dinklage takes on real love in Cyrano. Don't forget the historical retelling of the Crown Heights riots in Fires in the Mirroras well as some fun withKatsura Sunshine’s Rakugoa blonde Canadian's attempt at the 400-year old tradition of Japanese story telling. 

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F everything else in the city. Gotta go see the new MoPA (Museum of Pumpkin Art) in the Hudson River Valley this season. Along with the rest of the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze!

BOOK/LECTURE/FESTIVAL

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze: More than 7,000 pumpkins, with Headless Horseman Bridge, Pumpkin Emojis, and a Museum of Pumpkin Art (MoPA) featuring gourdeous recreations of works like the Mona Lisa and Scream. Van Cortlandt Manor, through 3 Nov.

Open House New YorkEvery October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings. NYC Five Boroughs, 18-20 Oct., website.

Books Are Magic presents Cyrus Grace Dunham, A Year Without a Name:Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition. St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 18 Oct.

Powerhouse presents John Kenney, Love Poems (for People with Children)In the spirit of his wildly popular New Yorker pieces and the New York Times bestseller Love Poems (for Married People), John Kenney presents a hilarious new collection of poetry for people with children. Powerhouse @ the Archway, 18 Oct.

Generator Series, Humanize Policy:Ilana Glazer and the hosts of the Generator podcast talk with New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams about his term thus far. The Greene Space, 18 Oct.

Maria Bamford at the Bell HouseStephen Colbert called her his “favorite comedian on earth”.” Maria agrees that she is very talented and may, in fact, have a gift. The Bell House, 118-19 Oct.

National Theater Live, FleabagSee the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag. Symphony Space, 19 Oct.

Powerhouse presents Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something – 21 Years of McSweeney’s Internet TendencyAcoming-of-age celebration of the pioneering website, featuring brand-new pieces and classics by some of today’s best humor writers, Powerhouse @ the Archway, 19 Oct.

Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked RuinsRoosevelt Island has been home to Dutch farms, rehabilitation institutions, asylums, hospitals, scientific laboratories, and more. Roosevelt Island Tramway Plaza, 19 Oct.

NYC's Tattoo History, from Historic Parlors to Vintage Attractions: Explore the history of tattooing in NYC, starting from the Daredevil Tattoo Museum to the streets of the Lower East Side. Daredevil Tattoo, 19 Oct.

Fort Tryon Park, From Secret Shrine to The Cloisters: Historic 18th-century battles, a shrine with the remains of America's first Roman Catholic Saint, one of New York's most infamous dinner parties... visit the highest point in Manhattan. 734 Fort Washington Ave., 19 Oct.

How 200 Years of Death in Greenwich Village Changed AmericaFrom hidden cemeteries and memorials to former dueling grounds, learn how tragic events throughout the neighborhood's past have impacted the life of New York City. Rectory, Church of the Ascension (Outside), New York, 19 Oct.

See Brooklyn Glass, NYC's Premier Glassblowing and Neon Art FacilityWith a 2,100-degree furnace burning 1,300 pounds of molten glass, one facility in Brooklyn pumps out some of the finest glass blowing, neon art, and lampworking in New York City. Brooklyn Glass, Brooklyn, 19 Oct.

Welding Tour & Demo @ Metal Shop Fantasy CampAn exclusive tour & demonstration at Total Metal Resource, a metalworking and fabrication shop in East Williamsburg. Total Metal Resource, 20 Oct.

Inside the House of Collection, NYC's Cabinet of CuriositiesAn exclusive look inside the House of Collection, which contains a sprawling curated collection of lost-and-found, passed down, left behind, and gifted items to the house. 315 Berry Street, 20 Oct.

Halloween Dog Parade: Pooches let their alter-egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you've ever seen. Thompkins Square Park, 20 Oct.

Greenlight presents Mark Morris, Out Loud, A MemoirPre-publication launch of Out Loud, the new memoir by Mark Morris, an exuberant tale of a young dancer’s rise to the pinnacle of the performing arts world. 3 Lafayette Ave, 21 Oct.

Greenlight presents Meghan Daum, The Problem with Everything: Daum confronts the country’s most intractable problems with clear-eyed honesty, passion, humor, and most importantly nuance. Greenlight, 686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, 22 Oct., 7:30pm, Free.

Radiolab presents Very Biggest Questions: Radiolab‘s Molly Webster hosts historians, journalists and thought leaders to dissect and examine the baggage that marriage has picked up along its over 4,000 years of existence. The Greene Space, 22 Oct.

Thalia Book Club presentsMake It Scream, Make It BurnAcclaimed writer of The Empathy Exams and The Recovering discusses her new collection. Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway, 30 Oct., 7:30pm, from $39.

After-Hours Tour @ New York Historical Society & Conservation LabStep inside NYC’s oldest museum after dark to see its most historic rooms without the crowds. New-York Historical Society, 22 Oct.  

Strand presents Andrew Blauner, Peanuts: An unprecedented collection of thirty-two essays and two poems contributed by thirty-three artists and writers ranging from Ann Patchett to Chris Ware. Strand, 23 Oct. 

The Art of Wax Model Making @ Madame TussaudsLearn the art of wax model making from Hollywood A-Listers to famous world leaders — led by one of Madame Tussauds’ most experienced staff members. Madame Tussauds, 23 Oct.

Inside the Secret "Treasures in the Trash" Museum: A behind-the-scenes look inside a curated 50,000 piece collection of New Yorkers' trash dating back to the 1980s. NYC Department of Sanitation Garage, 24 Oct.

Behind-the-Scenes @ Eclectic Props, Largest Film & TV Prop Company in NY: An exclusive tour of Eclectic/Encore Props, New York City’s largest collections of antiques, furniture, and accessories for movies and TV on the East Coast. Eclectic/Encore Properties, 25 Oct.

NY Adventure Club Halloween Speakeasy @ Civic Club MansionStep back in time for an intimate and low-key Halloween gathering inside a private mansion originally built in 1899. Civic Club, 25 Oct.

The East River, From General Slocum Disaster to Abandoned IslandsIn 1904, more than a thousand people boarded a boat in lower Manhattan, heading for a church picnic on Long Island — only 321 of them would return. A two-part aquatic adventure. Pier 11 / Wall St., 26 Oct.

Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway SystemExplore 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, 26 Oct.

Tour of the Loew's Valencia, NYC's First "Wonder Theatre": Wedged between a tiny linen store and discount clothing outlet in the heart of Jamaica, Queens, is a former theater that, just beyond the front doors, is one of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in all of New York. Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, Queens, 26 Oct.

Letterpress Tour & Hands-On Demo @ NYC's Largest Letterpress StudioA rare look inside Woodside Press, New York City's largest traditional letterpress printing studio, best known for its amazing collection of classic typeface.  Brooklyn Roasting Company (Building 92), 63 Flushing Avenue, Building 92, Brooklyn, 26 Oct., 12pm, $25.

Exploring the Origins of Baseball, from Bowery to BroadwayUncover the origins of baseball, and trace the early history of the sport as it developed in New York. Chef Restaurant Supplies (Outside), 26 Oct.

Explore the Oldest Home in the U.S.: A private tour of the 1656 Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, the oldest private dwelling in New York City, and arguably the United States. Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead (1656), Queens, 26 Oct.

Interactive Animal Experience @ Staten Island ZooFeed grapes to a joey, see Galapagos tortoises roll around on skateboards, or pet a slow-moving sloth. Staten Island Zoo, 27 Oct.

FALL SPORT

Brooklyn Nets (Barclay’s Center)

v. Toronto Raptors, 18 Oct., 7:30pm

v. Minnesota Timberwolves, 23 Oct., 7:30pm

v. New York Knicks, 25 Oct., 7:30pm

v. Indiana Pacers, 30 Oct., 7:30pm

New York Rangers (Madison Square Garden)

v. Vancouver Canucks, 20 Oct., 1pm

v. Arizona Coyotes, 22 Oct., 7pm

v. Buffalo Sabres, 24 Oct., 7pm

v. Boston Bruins, 27 Oct. 7pm

v. Tampa Bay Lightning, 29 Oct., 7:30pm

Mandolinist Chris Thile's version, Live from Here, kinda rocks. See it live.

FALL CONCERT

SongkickTicketfly or Bowery Presents

Alicia Keys: 21 Oct., Barclays Center

Steely Dan: 15-22 Oct., Beacon Theatre

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: 24 Oct., Town Hall

Jenny Lewis: 24 Oct., Kings Theatre

Live from Here with Chris Thile w/Paul Simon & Rachael Price: 26 Oct., Town Hall

Sleater‐Kinney: 30 Oct., Kings Theatre; 31 October, Hammerstein Ballroom

Gregory Alan Isakov: 2 November, Town Hall

Tony Kushner (Angels in America), revives a scorching new version of A Bright Room Called Day, the prescient 1985 masterwork suggesting the possibility of the Reagan counter-revolution eventually giving rise to American fascism.

THEATRE

A Woman of the WorldBest known as Emily Dickinson's posthumous editor, Mabel Loomis Todd wasn't afraid to expose her ankles in a dress. Now in her 70s, the accomplished journalist regales us with tales of her storied life. 59E59, 24 Oct., through 17 Nov.

Georgia Mertching is DeadGretchen, Emma and Whitney have been friends since they were teenagers. They set off on a road trip south to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past. Ensemble Studio Theatre, thru 27 Oct.

Katsura Sunshine’s RakugoRakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. This storyteller is a blonde Canadian named Katsura Sunshine. New World Stages, thru 4 Jan.

The MichaelsPart of Richard Nelson’s critically acclaimed Rhinebeck Panorama. In the Michaels' kitchen Dinner is cooked, modern dances are rehearsed, and the meal is eaten — all amidst conversations how the world sees our country. The Public, thru 24 Nov.

Fires in the MirrorFollowing the deaths of a Black American boy and a young Orthodox Jewish scholar in the summer of 1991,Brooklyn erupted into civil outbreak. Fires in the Mirror was Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking response. Pershing Square Signature Center, thru 8 Dec.

Dr. Ride’s American Beach HouseHundreds of miles from Sally Ride’s historic space launch, a group of women with passionate opinions and no opportunities sit on a sweltering St. Louis rooftop — an intimate snapshot of queer anti-heroines. Ars Nova, 27 Barrow St., thru 23 Nov.

Cyrano:A raw and transporting new version of the classic tale of unrequited love and ghostwritten letters. Daryl Roth Theatre, thru 22 Dec.

A Bright Room Called DayAgnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration. The Public, 29 Oct. thru 8 Dec.

HamnetShakespeare had a son named Hamnet. He was 11 when he died. A tragedy that passed as barely a footnote in history. BAM Next Wave, Brooklyn, 30 Oct. thru 3 Nov.

DANCE

The Day: Based on the events of 9/11, The Day isWendy Whelan’s collaborative sensory exploration through two journeys — life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. The Joyce, 22-27 Oct.

Art is everywhere. Today’s subway poster is tomorrow’s museum exhibition. Come see a few Posters of the Japan Red Cross Society at the opening of Poster House, the first museum dedicated to the medium, in Chelsea.

CANVAS

Opening Exhibition, Poster HousePresentingf a global view of posters from their earliest appearance in the late 1800s, to their present-day use. Currently on exhibit “Posters from 2017 Women’s March”, “Hand Painted Movie Posters from Ghana” and “Japan Red Cross Society Posters”. Poster House, thru 5 Jan.

Shona McAndrew, Muse9 new paintings and 5 new sculptures based on the idea of women owning their surroundings physically, mentally and emotionally. Chart Gallery, 74 Franklin St., thru 2 Nov., Free.

MoMA reopens with Betye Saar, The Legends of Black Girl’s Window: In-depth solo exhibition exploring the deep ties between the artist’s iconic autobiographical assemblage Black Girl’s Window (1969) and her rare, early prints, made during the 1960s. MoMA, through 4 Jan. 

Henry Taylor, Niece, Cousin, Kin, Look How Long It’s BeenConsistent with Taylor’s oeuvre, these new paintings weave together visual references spanning contemporary politics, American social adversity and works created in Senegal Blum and Poe, thru 21 Dec.

Edith Halpert and the Rise of American ArtThe first exhibition to explore the remarkable career of the influential founder of the Downtown Gallery who supported Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence and Georgia O'Keeffe. The Jewish Museum, thru 9 Feb.

Rachel Harrison, Life HackHarrison's complex works — in which readymades collude with invented forms — bring together the breadth of art history, the impurities of politics, and the artifacts of pop and celebrity culture. Whitney Museum, 25 Oct. thru 12 Jan.

Mark Twain and the Holy Land: Using original documents, photographs, artwork, and costumes, this exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of one of the best-selling travelogues of all time. New York Historical Society, 25 Oct. thru 2 Feb.

Félix Vallotton: Painter of DisquietPresents pivotal moments in the artist's career through portraits, landscapes, and interior narratives that pulse with psychological tension. The Met, 29 Oct. thru 26 Jan.

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Stuffed takes film buffs into the world of the creator and the collector.

CINEMA

Stuffed"Stuffed" is a documentary feature film about the surprising and unique world of taxidermy. Film Forum, SoHo.

ParasiteMeet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. These two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. IFC Center, West Village.

UnlikelyUnlikely investigates America's college dropout crisis through the lives of five diverse students as they fight for a second chance. Cinema Village, East Village.

Cyrano, My Love: Edmond Rostand has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. He has only the title: "Cyrano de Bergerac". Angelika, West Village.

The LighthouseFrom Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Angelika, West Village.

By the Grace of GodAlexandre, a fervent church-goer, learns that Father Preynat the priest who abused him when he was a Boy Scout, is still working with children. He decides to take action. Film Forum, SoHo.

The Elephant QueenAthena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole and embark on an epic journey across the African savannah in a tale of love, loss and coming home. Village East Cinema, East Village.

#Female Pleasure: Profiling five women fighting back against repressive cultural and religious traditions, Barbara Miller’s overview of the myriad ways in which women’s sexuality is controlled and subjugated. Village East Cinema, East Village.

Serendipity: Multi-disciplinary French artist Prune Nourry has gained international recognition for her thought- provoking, humorous projects. At 31, Prune is diagnosed with breast cancer. She starts documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body. Quad Cinema, West Village.