Monday, Oct. 28
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Freeport, LI, Lou Reed, who passed away Sunday, was a New York icon. From the noisy downtown scene in the '60s with The Velvet Underground to 2007's ambient "Hudson River Wind Meditations," Lou Reed loved this city and celebrated it in song and on stage. Take the time to slip on some headphones and listen to some of his finest recorded moments, many of which, such as "Halloween Parade" from 1988's "New York" album and "Cremation — Ashes To Ashes," a track from his deeply moving album about death "Magic And Loss," have special poignancy this week. John Cale, his Velvet Underground bandmate, posted on his Facebook page: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'".
Also tonight, to mark the publication of "We Do! American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality," edited by former Vermont Gov. Madeleine M. Kunin and feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner-Kunin, Baumgardner, Evan Wolfson and The Nation's Betsy Reed will appear in conversation together to discuss marriage equality. A book-signing will follow the conversation. 7 p.m. at Judson Memorial Church Meeting Room, Greenwich Village.
Head to New York Society for Ethical Culture for a free whirlwind tour of art history from the pre-Renaissance to the modern age. Part of a free lecture series on the Fourth Monday of each month. 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m., Adler Study, Room 5142, West 64th Street (at Central Park West).
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Catch the unveiling of a temporary site-specific mural by Swoon and Groundswell youth artists on the famed Bowery Mural wall (E. Houston Street at Bowery), highlighting healing and recovery on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Groundswell — an organization that brings together artists, youth and community to use art as a tool for social change — has created a series of murals addressing healing and recovery in New York City communities among the neighborhoods most affected by the storm. From 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Presented by the influential music collective Giant Step, the weekly night Offline is a music event curated by hip hop legend Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). "The concept of Offline is a party that brings all elements of New York club culture together with great music, diverse people and no bottle service,” said Q-Tip. “I started the party last year as a monthly at Irving Plaza with great success, but now I'm happy to have found a home at Output in Williamsburg and can't wait to play my music on their house sound system." From 10p.m., tickets here.
"A Highway Under Siege: Power, Privacy and the Internet" is the title of a free two-day conference organized by the New York Review of Books Foundation at Scandinavia House beginning today from 2p.m. The title of today's two panels are "Governments, Corporations and Hackers: the Internet and Threats to the Privacy and Dignity of the Citizen" and "The Internet, the Book, the University and the Library." RSVP here.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Described as the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event, the Village Halloween Parade kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Interested in joining the parade? You must be in costume. Check? Then show up on Sixth Avenue between Spring and Canal streets between 7 and 9 p.m. Note that you can only enter this area from the East and South (Sullivan, East Broome and Canal streets). Have fun!
David Johansen's (New York Dolls) alter ego Buster Poindexter plays the legendary Café Carlyle tonight. The evening marks the first time the hallowed venue has presented a rock icon. 10:45 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1
To kick-off Puerto Rican Heritage Month, Hostos Center celebrates Puerto Rico’s legendary composer Rafael Hernández, with recent Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria leading his 19-piece Big Band in Hernández’s most celebrated works, including “Preciosa,” “El Cumbanchero” and “Cachita.” At Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, from 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2
The works of Edgar Allan Poe have frightened and thrilled readers for more than 150 years. "Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul" at The Morgan Library and Museum features nearly 100 items, drawn primarily from the Morgan's holdings and The New York Public Library. On view will be "Annabel Lee" and "The Bells" in Poe's own hand; one of the earliest printings of "The Raven" and copies of "Tamerlane," which is Poe's earliest published work and one of the rarest books in American literature. The Morgan Library & Museum at 225 Madison Ave. at 36th Street is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
Sunday, Nov. 3
As they say on the official ING New York City Marathon website, "Marathon-watching is a marathon of its own. You need to prepare, plan, pace yourself, and be ready for anything." In between the race start on the longest suspension bridge in the U.S. (The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge) to the finish sprint on Central Park's West Drive, there is 26.2 miles of sightseeing opportunities. Check out the marathon neighborhoods here, and enjoy the free music. Runners and spectators can hear more than 130 bands along the route, including the band from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, which performs in front of the school in Brooklyn, between miles 8 and 9. It’s a tradition for Bishop Loughlin to encourage runners with “Gonna Fly Now” (the Rocky theme song).