In this edition of our Things To Do in NYC column, we've selected some of the best art and cultural events taking place through October 25, 2016. Expect an arts festival, performance art, a seminar and listening session featuring work by Maryanne Amacher, an artist talk, and a concert and discussion with John Zorn at the Guggenheim.  Read on to discover our picks for events in NYC through October 25, 2016.

1. The Garment District Arts Festival

The 2016 Garment District Arts Festival takes place on October 20, 21 and 22, 2016.

For the 13th Annual Garment District Arts Festival, artists, galleries, performance spaces and theaters will open their doors and in some cases, head down to the street, allowing visitors to experience their art. The festival celebrates the creative energy that fuels NYC's Garment District through exhibitions, installations, open studios and performances. Click here for a full schedule of events.

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Artwork by Margaret Zox Brown. On view during the Garment District Arts Festival at STUDIO 500, 315 West 39th Street. New York, NY 10018. Image Courtesy of the artist.

Artwork by Margaret Zox Brown. On view during the Garment District Arts Festival at STUDIO 500, 315 West 39th Street. New York, NY 10018. Image Courtesy of the artist.


2. Yasmeen Godder Performance

Gibeny Dance presents “Yasmeen Godder: CLIMAX” from Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Tel Aviv-based artist Yasmeen Godder presents CLIMAX, an active invitation for the audience to move as they engage in an emotionally intimate, yet provocative performance. Deconstructing and integrating older works and movement phrases from Godder’s 15-year career, CLIMAX speaks about togetherness and insecurity, about connectivity and infectiousness while rethinking the relationship between audiences and performers. CLIMAX invites the audience to make choices about their own spectatorship throughout the performance's three-hour duration. 

Tickets are $15 for students, seniors and class-card holders and $20 for general admission. CLIMAX will be performed in Studio B & C. Gibney Dance is located at 5th Floor, 890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.

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3. Maryanne Amacher Archive Seminar and Listening Session

The Kitchen presents “Maryanne Amacher: Labyrinth Gives Way to Skin – Stolen Souls” presented in two linked programs. “The Seminar: The Mini Sound Series” will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. “The Listening Session” will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. 

"Stolen Souls" is the third installment of "Labyrinth Gives Way To Skin," Blank Forms’ ongoing collaboration with the Maryanne Amacher Archive which explores the work of the pioneering composer through a series of seminars and listening sessions. Due to the avant-garde nature of Amacher's project, Blank Forms offers a hybrid presentation format—a seminar followed by a listening session—to offer visitors different degrees of engagement with the material.

Seminars encourage in-depth examinations of particular clusters of digitized Amacher documents. Led by an expert (Amacher collaborators, academics, and members of the Amacher Archive team), visitor-participants are guided through the conceptual, formal, and biographical details of particular Amacher works. Following the seminar, the listening sessions present newly digitized audio documents related to or adjacent to the works and concepts discussed in the seminar.

Tickets for The Seminar: The Mini Sound Series are $25 and $20 for Blank Forms members. Tickets for The Listening Session are $15 and $10 for Blank Forms members. The Kitchen is located at 512 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011.

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Maryanne Amacher, Boston Harbor. Courtesy of The Kitchen.

Maryanne Amacher, Boston Harbor. Courtesy of The Kitchen.


4. Artist Talk with Anila Quayyum Agha at BAM

BAM presents “Walking with my Mother’s Shadow: Artist Talk with Anila Quayyum Agha” on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 4 p.m. The Talk will be held in Wendy’s Subway Reading Room at BAM Fisher.

The Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha and Holly Shen, BAM’s Curator of Visual Arts, will present a conversation coinciding with Agha’s upcoming solo exhibition at Aicon Gallery, Walking with My Mother’s Shadow. Agha will discuss her monumental hanging sculpture All the Flowers are for Me, on view in the BAM Fisher lobby.

Tickets are free and the talk will be approximately one-hour long. BAM Fisher is located at 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

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5. Concert at The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum presents “Commedia dell’arte by John Zorn” on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 9 p.m. The performance will be held in the Peter B. Lewis Theater.

American composer and new music pioneer John Zorn will present Commedia dell’arte, a suite of five miniatures inspired by the dell’arte characters Harlequin, Colombina, Scaramouche, Pulcinella, and Pierrot. After the performance Zorn will participate in a moderated discussion. This performance is part of the Works & Process series.

Tickets are $40 and $35 for members and Friends of Works & Process. The Guggenheim is located at 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128.

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