If you’re looking for something to do in New York this week, we’ve got you covered. For music lovers, there’s a bevy of performances for you to check out from ballet and Butoh or an experimental musical arrangement. Film and drama fans can check out the a series of Frankenstein film screenings, an architecture and design-themed film festival or a Shakespeare play set in modern Russia, while those who want to walk around can check out an Open Studio tour in Brooklyn.

Read on to learn more about our top event picks in NYC through October 21, 2018.

1. Hammer Horror: A Frankenstein Septet at MoMA

With “Hammer Horror: A Frankenstein Septet,” MoMA will have a spooky screening series of all the “Frankenstein” films produced by Hammer Films for a whole week, running from Friday, October 12, 2018 to Thursday, October 18, 2018.

For "Hammer Horror," MoMA will screen all seven of the Frankenstein films: “The Curse of Frankenstein (1957),” “The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958),” “The Evil of Frankenstein (1964),” “Frankenstein Created Woman (1967),” “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969),” “The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)” and “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).”

Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” is a tale that has been retold in a variety of films and spin-offs. Hammer Films, a British production company, began producing their Frankenstein films in 1957. Focusing on the Gothic aspects of the book, the seven films focus on the obsession, ambition and guilt of the doctor with mournful music, overwrought Victorian décor and costumes, lusty characters and disfigured, wrathful monsters.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and free for members. To purchase, click here.

MoMA is located at 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019. www.moma.org.

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"The Curse of Frankenstein", directed by Terence Fisher, Great Britain, 1957. Pictures/Photofest. Courtesy of Warner Bros. and The Museum of Modern Art.

"The Curse of Frankenstein," 1957. Great Britain. Directed by Terence Fisher. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest and Museum of Modern Art.


2. Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is back for its 10th anniversary with six nights of films from Tuesday, October 16, 2018 through Sunday, October 21, 2018.

The festival will kick off on October 16, 2018 with the world premiere of Basia and Leonard Myszynski’s “Leaning Out”  at 7:30 p.m. followed by the screening of the AIA Film Challenge Winner and a reception for the Opening Night. The festival continues with a series of films, Q&A’s and panels, many of which deal with architecture and design. Presented films include “Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light,” “The Experimental City,” “Enough White Teacups” and more.

Tickets to the Opening Night are $75 each. Tickets to film screening are $17 for general admission and $12 for students. Ticket packages are available to purchase. To purchase, click here.

The movies will be screened at the SVA Theater at 333 West 23rd Street and the Cinépolis Chelsea at 260 West 23rd Street. www.adfilmfest.com/

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3. Measure for Measure at BAM

The Pushkin Theatre/Cheek by Jowl’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” will have its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 and run through Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Directed by Declan Donnellan in a modernist fashion, the Shakespeare play, which deals with a new leader in Vienna who polices people’s every impulse, becomes a timely juggernaut of political critique. The program, which is just under two hours, will be in Russian with English subtitles. On Saturday, October 20, in conjunction with the production, journalist Masha Gessen, historian Amanda Foreman and poet Aja Monet will be in conversation with Linda Gordon about the truth of women’s lived experiences in the public sphere.

Tickets for “Measure for Measure” start at $35. To purchase, click here.

BAM is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. www.bam.org.

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4. In the Upper Room at NYC Ballet

The American Ballet Theatre will perform “In the Upper Room” at David K. Koch Theater at select times from Wednesday, October 17, 2018 to Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Choreographed by Twyla Tharp with music composed by Philip Glass, “In the Upper Room” is a ballet in nine acts. With bold kinetic movements between ballet and modern dance, the dance calls for both power and grace. The 39-minute ballet will be held in five performances throughout October.

Tickets start at $30 and increase based on seating. To purchase, click here.

David H. Koch Theater is located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. www.davidhkochtheater.com.

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5. New York Butoh Institute Festival

The New York Butoh Institute Festival 2018 will be performed at the Vangeline Theater from Thursday, October 18, 2018 through Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Committed to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, the New York Butoh Institute celebrates the Japanese theater art, created like many avant-garde arts after the shock of World War II, that incorporates dance, theater, improvisation and traditional Japanese performing arts. The festival will feature international Butoh performers in performances that touch upon creation myths, the contemporary body, gender and human rights and more.

Tickets start at $15. To purchase, click here.

Theater for the New City is located at 55 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003. www.theaterforthenewcity.net

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NY Butoh Institute Festival 2018. Image courtesy Theater for the New City. Over the past 60 years, Butoh has become a universal and international movement language. Developed in post World War II Japan, the minimalist avant-garde dance form has grown, evolved, and traveled worldwide.

Over the past 60 years, Butoh has become a universal and international movement language. Developed in post World War II Japan, the minimalist avant-garde dance form has grown, evolved, and traveled worldwide. Image courtesy Theater for the New City.


6. Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Pendulum Music: An Arrangement for Four Performers & Geodesic Dome

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste will present his reinterpretation of Steve Reich’s sculptural performance-composition “Pendulum Music (1968)” at MoMA PS1 on Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m.

The performance is being held in honor of the opening of MoMA’s “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” as Nauman was one of the participants in the original presentation at the Whitney in 1968. The performance features four individuals swinging hanging microphones over amplifiers, which create bursts of feedback that fall in and out of phase with each other. Joined by artists Rena Anakwe, Luwayne Glass (aka Dreamcrusher) and Greg Fox, Toussaint-Baptiste’s reinterpretation adds new aural, spatial and relational possibilities while gesturing to the original score.

Admission is free.

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. www.momaps1.org.

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7. Gowanus Open Studios

The annual Gowanus Open Studios weekend returns with artists opening their studios on Saturday & Sunday, October 20 and 21, 2018 from noon to 6 p.m.

For the past 20 years, this open studio weekend has allowed artists in the Gowanus neighborhood to welcome the public through their doors. Visitors can view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making and get a glimpse of the lives of artists. Over 350 artists are participating with studios located on Atlantic Avenue to 21st Street and from Court Street to 6th Avenue. A kick-off party will held on Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Gowanus Loft from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to Gowanus Open Studios is free. The Gowanus Loft for the Kick-Off Party is located at 61 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215. www.artsgowanus.org.

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