NY*Confidential What's On:

The Silk Road Edition

Greetings NY*Confidants,

This newsletter is straight out of Uzbekistan, in Silk Road Country. The rugs are cheap, but the WiFi will bankrupt the thriftiest of publishers. But even more than 5,000 miles away, we are somehow on top of New York.

It’s warmer in Uzbek territory than it is in beloved NYC, so hit up the movies. Some great ones are all over downtown, including The Kingmaker, which tells the story of Imelda Marcos and her improbable return to power in the Philippines through her son, Bongbong. In Theatre, one of the most beloved plays of the late Cuban-American dramatist María Irene Fornés, Fefu and Her Friends, returns to show feminism in 1935. Finally, if you haven't yet, there's still time to pick out some great books to give to kids through the Secret Snowflake book drive, a joint project with the Mayor's Office of New York City to get great books into the hands of kids in shelters and foster care. The drive runs through 30 November.

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The Village Voice dies a few years back, but you can soak in the nostalgia at The Vibe of Village festival, taking place at the Museum of the City of New York later this month.


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, 1st Avenue and 99th St, 21 Nov., 3:15pm, Free.

Thalia Book Club presents The Water Dancer: National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of Between the World and Me shares his first novel, a boldly imagined work of magic and adventure. In conversation with Jacqueline Woodson (Red at the Bone). All tickets come with a copy of The Water Dancer. Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway, 21 Nov., 7pm, from $38.

Moth StorySLAM (Network): Open-mic storytelling competitions open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme, inspired by The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop. Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, 22 November, 7pm, $15.

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. Includes the art, architecture, and secrets hiding in plain sight. Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 23 Nov., 2pm, $29.

See Brooklyn Glass, NYC's Premier Glassblowing and Neon Art Facility:  With 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, 142 13th Street, Brooklyn, 23 Nov., 4:15pm, $32.

Inside the Bard Graduate Center, World-Renown Art Gallery: Tour of Bard Graduate Center, an intimate townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper West Side filled with pioneering exhibitions on decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 West 86th Street, 24 Nov., 1pm, $15.

Exploring 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... time to take a trip to one of the highest points in Manhattan to uncover the sights and stories hidden inside one of New York's most coveted parks. 734 Fort Washington Ave (Top of Stairs leading to 190th Street Station), 24 Nov., 1:30pm, $29.

The Vibe of the Village Festival: At once a feisty neighborhood newspaper that challenged local politics and the essential chronicler of downtown arts and culture, the Voice helped define the free-wheeling spirit of the Village in the late 1950s, '60s, and '70s, while nurturing several generations of influential American journalists. Explore what both the late-lamented Voice, meant to New York's identity as a creative hotbed. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 22-24 Nov., see website.

Greenlight Boookstore presents Andrea BeatySofia Valdez, Future Prez: Acclaimed author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts join forces once again for the latest addition to their bestselling Questioneer series, Sofia Valez, Future Prez. Volunteers from Common Cause NY and Make the Road NY join us at this special event to teach kids how they can get involved with their communities like Sofia! Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 3 December, 6pm, Free.

Powerhouse Books presents Sara Shepard, Reputation: The hallowed halls of Aldrich University have an impressive roster of students and staff, and an alumni network with very deep pockets. But when a hacker dumps the email records of every Aldrich student, faculty member, staff, and alum onto a public server, what happens with the dark secrets lurking behind the university’s glossy exterior. Shepard’s bestselling Pretty Little Liars series was adapted as a hit ABC Family television series that ran for seven seasons. Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, 3 December, 7pm, Free.

Thalia Book Club presents The Nickel Boys: Established as one of the most important voices in American literature when his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, became the "must read book" of 2016, Whitehead discusses his much-anticipated new book. Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway, 3 Dec., 7:30pm, from $17.

Thalia Book Club presents The Truth Will Set You Free: From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, up to present day, Gloria Steinem's words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together. The author-iconoclast shares a lifetime of essays and quotes in this powerful, wise, funny, and outrageous new collection, in conversation with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Amanda Nguyen. All tickets come with a signed copy of The Truth Will Set You Free.Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway, 4 Dec., 7:30pm, from $38.

Bronx Museum presents First Friday Lecture: "Graffiti Media":A conversation on the phenomenon of Graffiti Media, including a history of the grass roots through videos and publications. Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, 6 December, 6pm, Free.

Nerd Nite: Features three funny-yet-smart presentations about crypto currencies and Bitcoin, the diminishing number of shared experiences, and a surprise. Most importantly, trivia is back again. Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street (Gowanus), 7 Dec., 7pm, $10.

Powerhouse Books presents Kristen Richardson, The Season, A History of the Debutante: Explores the history and evolution of the debutante ritual from the marriage market of Almack’s, in London to the cotillions of the American South. Generations of women in Richardson’s family debuted, but when it was her turn, she chose to explore the origins of the ritual and how it survived. Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, 9 December, 7pm, Free.

Powerhouse Books presents Nathan J. Robinson, Why You Should Be A Socialist: Today, more young people support socialism than any time since the labor movement of the 1920s, the Democratic Socialists of America exceeding 50,000 members nationwide. Should we be concerned for our country when young, unaccustomed politicians assume office, or should we look forward to our brilliant socialist future? Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, 9 December, 7pm, Free.

Part of a revival of the work of Maria Irene Fornes. Fefu and Her Friends is the prescient story of a group of intelligent, outgoing young women who have so internalized male views that they lash out in mysterious ways at a New England country house.


Fefu and Her Friends: One of the most beloved and discussed plays of the late Cuban-American dramatist María Irene Fornés, tells 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, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, thru 8 Dec., from $59.

Keep: British storyteller and comedian Daniel Kitson returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse with his latest solo work, Keep: A new show about how much past the present can usefully contain. St. Ann’s Warehouse,45 Water Street, Dumbo, 4-19 Dec., $25.

Judgment Day: Ödön von Horváth’s seldom-performed, penultimate play from 1937. A well-liked, dutiful train station master is momentarily distracted by a young woman and seconds later eighteen people are dead. Standing in the wreckage, he struggles with the overwhelming power of conscience. Park Ave. Armory, 643 Park Ave., 5 Dec. thru 11 Jan., from $35.

West Side Story: One of the most daring theater-makers of our time — director Ivo van Hove — offers a radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 23 young, brilliantly gifted performers all making their Broadway debuts. Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, 10 Dec. thru 8 Sept. 2020, from $39.


Porgy and Bess: James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. The new production premiered in London in 2018, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles. The Met, Lincoln Center, thru 1 Feb., from $53.

Aknaten: Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. The Met, Lincoln Center, thru 7 Dec., from $30.


Noche Flamenca: Soledad Barrio performs with some of Spain’s most celebrated flamenco artists in Entre Tu y Yo (Between You and Me), an evening-length program of duets, solos, and ensemble works, touching on themes of love, passion, jealousy, and death. The Joyce Theatre,175 Eighth Ave., thru 1 Dec., from $51.

Bon Iver never seems to leave the studio. He has more coming out this fall, appearing at Kings Theatre later this month.

Bon Iver never seems to leave the studio. Or the concert arena, appearing at Kings Theatre later this month.


Songkick, Ticketfly or Bowery Presents

Angel Olsen: 21 Nov., Brooklyn Steel

Bonobo: 23 Nov., Elsewhere @ Brooklyn

Live from Here with Chris Thile: Paul Simon, Vagabon, Anais Mitchell, Ryan Hamilton, Holly Laurent, 23 Nov., Town Hall

Angel Olsen: 23 Nov., Brooklyn Steel

Beirut: 1 Dec., Terminal 5

Bon Iver + Tu Dance: 4-5 Dec., Kings Theatre

The Joy Formidable: 6 Dec., Rough Trade NYC

Manchester Orchestra: 7 Dec., Brooklyn Steel

Eurythmics: 9 Dec., Beacon Theatre

Kristin Hersh: 9 Dec., Webster Hall


Brooklyn Nets (Barclay’s Center)

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. Minnesota Wild, 25 Nov., 7pm

v. Carolina Hurricanes, 27 Nov., 7pm

The collage artist who can do anything with a dollar bill is back for a show at the Joshua Liner Gallery. Just in time for Christmas. Give dollars.


Kris Kuksi and Mark Wagner: A sculptor of “Baroque confections that treat history as primordial soup” meets a collage artist who can do just about anything with a dollar bill. Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 West 28th St., thru 21 Dec., Free.

Alexandra Noel, There’s Always Something: The only unifying principle in this LA artist’s paintings is size: they’re all small. Some are sombre fairy-tale realism, such as a beleaguered princess, thrown to the ground. Many depict cropped views of photographs; in others, the artist shows her surrealist side. Bodega, 167 Rivington, thru 15 Dec., Free.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Pays tribute to Kirchner’s inventive genius with a focus on his highly individual approach to color, which he viewed as the fundamental building block to his paintings. Rather than accepting the traditional hierarchy that placed fine art solely at the pinnacle of an artist’s achievement, Kirchner compared his activity in different fields to “a tightly woven, organic fabric, in which process and completion go hand in hand. Neue Gallery, 1048 Fifth Ave., thru 13 Jan., $25.

Bill Traylor: A comprehensive look at the artist’s distinctive imagery, which mixes subjects and iconography from the American South with a strong formalistic treatment of color, shape, and surface. Proceeds from the sales of its artworks will benefit the Harlem Children’s Zone. David Zwirner, 537 West 20th St., thru 15 Feb., Free.

Imelda Marcos still reigns. The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, her family's improbable return to power in the Philippines and her present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency.


Dark Waters: Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations. Angelika, West Village.

Waves: Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family--led by a well-intentioned but domineering father--as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. Angelika, West Village.

Mickey and the Bear: In Anaconda, Montana, a strong-willed teenage girl navigates a loving but volatile relationship with her veteran father. In a desperate search for independence and her own identity, she risks family, heartbreak, and her standing in the only place she can call home. Film Forum, SoHo.

I Lost My Body: In a Parisian laboratory, a severed hand escapes its unhappy fate and sets out to reconnect with its body in this Cannes selection. During a hair-raising escapade across the city, the extremity fends off pigeons and rats alike to reunite with pizza boy Naoufel. Cinema Village, East Village.

Ford vs. Ferrari: Based on the remarkable true story of car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Village East Cinema, East Village.

The Good Liar: Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Village East Cinema, East Village.

The Kingmaker: Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family's improbable return to power in the Philippines and her present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. Quad Cinema, West Village.

Shooting the Mafia: Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. The first female photographer to be employed by an Italian daily newspaper -- Battaglia found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy's recent history. Quad Cinema, West Village.

Marriage Story: A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. IFC Center, West Village.

The Report: The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate's sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden. IFC Center, West Village.