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Apr 29th, 2014 (Tue) -- Nov 2nd, 2014 (Sun)
  The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham
Apr 29 – Nov 2, 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. Manhattan, NY 10028 phone: 212-535-7710 - fax: 212-570-3825 Following up on last year's installation by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is turning the Roof Garden Commission into an annual event. This year the museum has turned to American artist Dan Graham, known for his distinctive steel-and-glass pavilions. The installation will consist of hedgerows and curved mirrored glass, forming a dynamic and visual environment that shifts from transparent to reflective, invoking both the formal gardens of the Age of Enlightenment and the surfaces of the modern skyscraper. For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org
Jul 4th, 2014 (Fri) -- Nov 2nd, 2014 (Sun)
  Spiders Alive!
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street Manhattan, NY 10024 If your spidey sense has been tingling recently, chalk it up to the looming Spiders Alive! show at the American Museum of Natural History. Yes, there will be live spiders involved—around 20 different species, including the western black widow and the goliath birdeater, which just happens to be one of the largest spiders in the world. But beyond the thrills and chills, the exhibition will serve up plenty of cold, hard facts about some of the world's most versatile and captivating creatures, exploring their anatomy, diversity, venom, silk and behavior. For more information, visit amnh.org.
Sep 9th, 2014 (Tue) -- Dec 20th, 2014 (Sat)
  BAM Next Wave Festival
Brooklyn Academy of Music 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Officially inaugurated in 1983 (it ran in a looser form the two previous autumns), BAM's annual Next Wave Festival serves as New York's most comprehensive and daring survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance. It has provided a launching pad and laboratory for the likes of Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson and Bill T. Jones. Expect a mix of established names and emerging talents, with plenty of artist talks worked into the stew. For this year's lineup, visit bam.org.
Sep 26th, 2014 (Fri) -- Oct 12th, 2014 (Sun)
  New York Film Festival 2014
Film Society of Lincoln Center 70 Lincoln Center Plaza Manhattan, NY 10023 Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has showcased the latest work from the world's most esteemed filmmakers—the likes of Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar and Alain Resnais, to name just a few—and has introduced some of the most innovative new voices in cinema to New York City audiences. Organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features and other special events. Check filmlinc.com for updates on this year's selections.
Oct 7th, 2014 (Tue) -- Nov 11th, 2014 (Tue)
  White Light Festival
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 70 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023 Estonian composer Arvo Pärt likened his music to white light that contained all colors, and saw "the spirit of the listener" as the prism where those colors could appear. Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to exploring that intersection between art and spirit across a number of disciplines. Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic perform Peter Sellars' production of Bach's St Matthew Passion; puppet master Basil Twist presents the NY premiere of his staging of The Rite of Spring; Pakistani ensemble Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali plays devotional music; and the Walter Reade Theater screens Krzysztof Kieślowski's Decalogue, based on the Ten Commandments. For the complete lineup and to purchase tickets, visit whitelightfestival.org.
Oct 9th, 2014 (Thu) -- Oct 12th, 2014 (Sun)
  New York Comic Con and Anime Festival
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center 655 W. 34th St. Manhattan, NY 10001 With geek culture having established an undeniable influence over mainstream entertainment, Comic Con has become a major annual event, drawing more than 100,000 aficionados of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television from around the world. Big names show up for signings, screenings and panels (among last year's: Stan Lee, William Shatner, Joe Quesada and R.L. Stine), and with the multitude of cosplayers (costumed participants dressed like fictional characters) roaming the Javits Center, you'll find yourself gawking at Judge Dredd, Wonder Woman, Boba Fett and who knows who else making small talk in the aisles. For more information, visit newyorkcomiccon.com.
Oct 11th, 2014 (Sat) -- Oct 12th, 2014 (Sun)
  openhousenewyork
Get a glimpse of NYC's rarely seen spaces—from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, skyscrapers to substations—with openhousenewyork, an event that will satisfy anyone's inner snoop. Past tour spots have included the Four Seasons (the Phillip Johnson­–designed restaurant, not the hotel), the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, the New York Academy of Medicine and even the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, for the intrepid among us. Plus, check out the talks, workshops and OHNY Kids tours. For updates on this year's schedule, and to RSVP for limited-admission events, visit ohny.org.
Oct 16th, 2014 (Thu) -- Oct 19th, 2014 (Sun)
  New York City Wine & Food Festival
Various Midtown locations NY The New York City Wine & Food Festival returns for another food-and-beverage-filled few days—featuring a number of Food Network personalities, like Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay, a deep squad of local all-star chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors (Marcus Samuelsson, Sirio Maccioni, April Bloomfield, Daniel Boulud, Cronut king Dominque Ansel and chocolatier Jacques Torres, to name a few). The festival, now in its seventh year, will offer more than a hundred events at venues all around the City, with the home base once again Pier 92 and Pier 94. Expect seminars, tastings, culinary demonstrations and kids’ events. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry. For more information, visit nycwff.org.
Oct 21st, 2014 (Tue) -- Oct 25th, 2014 (Sat)
  CMJ Music Marathon
More than 1,000 bands will take over scores of New York City's rock clubs during this massive annual celebration of indie music. Also on tap: the usual assortment of seminars, parties, meet-and-greets and panels. The event is famously cutting-edge, having showcased Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and R.E.M. before they were stars. Check cmj.com as the festival approaches for updates on the schedule.
Oct 31st, 2014 (Fri)
  Village Halloween Parade
Village Halloween Parade New York, NY Every year, some 50,000 folks parade up Sixth Avenue—decked out in some of the City's scariest, most inventive and most hilarious costumes—while numerous live bands complement the ghoulish revelry. Come up with a creative costume of your own and join the parade (but note that a costume is a must to march!), or stick to your civvies and take in the spectacle in from the sidelines. Marchers line up on Sixth Avenue between Canal and Spring Streets. The parade gets rolling at 7pm and heads north up Sixth Avenue to 16th Street. Visit halloween-nyc.com for more tips on watching and participating.
Nov 2nd, 2014 (Sun)
  TCS New York City Marathon
This is the big one—an athletic event that often proves to be as much a life-changing experience as a physical challenge. Like all marathons, the NYC race covers 26.2 miles from start to finish—but no other city offers competitors the sights, sounds and sheer excitement of the New York City Marathon, which starts in Staten Island and wends its way through all five boroughs on its way to the finish line in Central Park (adjacent to the recently reopened Tavern on the Green). Close to 50,000 people will run; millions will watch. For more information, visit tcsnycmarathon.org.
Nov 15th, 2014 (Sat) -- Jan 19th, 2015 (Mon)
  New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458 phone: 718-817-8700 Model trains navigate painstakingly crafted miniatures of New York City's built environment, all made entirely out of plant parts. The Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium and more than 100 other landmarks form a fantastically rendered City landscape built from seeds, bark, leaves and twigs, serviced by a robust quarter mile of track, all nestled underneath the glass ceilings of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Visit nybg.org for this year's schedule of tours, special events and holiday film screenings and caroling.
Nov 24th, 2014 (Mon) -- Jan 5th, 2015 (Mon)
  Origami Holiday Tree
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street Manhattan, NY 10024 Holiday decor gets a historical makeover with the American Museum of Natural History's annual Origami Holiday Tree. This year, the museum draws inspiration from its own items for the 500 folded-paper works, constructed by volunteers beginning in July. After exploring the permanent-exhibition halls, current shows and expansive collections, see which pieces made their way onto the 13-foot tree. For more information, visit amnh.org.
Nov 27th, 2014 (Thu)
  Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Herald Square 151 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001 phone: 212-695-4400 - fax: 212-494-2118 A Thanksgiving institution for 90 years, this parade is one of the most famous holiday events in the world. Millions line the streets of Manhattan to watch celebrities, Broadway performers, clowns, marching bands, floats (notably Santa himself, riding his reindeer-powered sleigh) and the true headliners of the day: the all-star roster of floating balloons—Snoopy, Spidey and friends—flying high above the route. The procession heads south down Central Park West from 77th Street, east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue and then south along Sixth Avenue to West 34th Street, ending in front of Macy's in Herald Square. Also, the inflating of the balloons along the perimeter of the Museum of Natural History has become an annual Thanksgiving eve tradition on the Upper West Side. Visit macys.com for updates on this year's performers, new balloons and viewing tips.
Nov 28th, 2014 (Fri) -- Jan 3rd, 2015 (Sat)
  George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Manhattan, NY 10023 It's likely you already know the fanciful, fantastical Christmas Eve story and Tchaikovsky's unforgettable melodies—but it's certain that no New York City holiday season is complete without seeing Balanchine's classic confection come to life. The glittering classic, performed annually by the New York City Ballet since 1954, has become one of the City's signature family-friendly traditions. Expect to warm your spirit with visions of the Sugarplum Fairy dancing in your head. For more information, visit nycballet.com.
Dec 3rd, 2014 (Wed) -- Jan 15th, 2015 (Thu)
  Robert Altman Retrospective at MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA 11 W. 53rd St. Manhattan, NY 10019 phone: 212-708-9400 - fax: 212-708-9691 It takes 20 years to make an overnight success, the old saw goes. So it was with Robert Altman, who hit it big with MASH in 1970, his signature style (large stock company, interwoven story lines, overlapping dialogue, long zoom lenses prowling the landscape) fully in place from long years of quick-and-dirty TV work. In short order came a pair of minor classics (McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye), and a sprawling, downbeat tour de force (Nashville), followed by decades of ups and downs. Those years, populated by worthy art-house experiments (Three Women), flops (Popeye), groundbreaking television (Tanner '88) and successful entertainments (The Player, Gosford Park), reminded critics and public alike that he never stopped shooting—not until his death in 2006, at age 81. Now, MoMA gives a titan of American movies the full retrospective he deserves, including features, his work for broadcast TV and cable and hard-to-find industrials and documentaries. For more information, visit moma.org.