THE WEEK/WEEKEND: October 5-11.

A Postcard from New Yorkshire  New works by Doktor A.
October 12th 2012 (Through Nov 11) 

While you are enjoying your spoils from the upcoming NYCC 2012 weekend, make sure to take a break from the Javits Center mayhem for a spectacular evening at the opening of A Postcard from New Yorkshire, featuring new artwork by Dok A. The steampunk extraordinaire is getting adventurous with his work in the show, pushing boundaries and showcasing newly acquired skills. Anticipate intricate details in custom toys as well as ink drawings. Show opens on Friday, October 12 from 7 – 10pm. Dok A will be in attendance at the opening and make sure to welcome him because this will mark his first visit to NYC. Show runs until November 11.

Octopus Project/The Vandelles

Sat, October 6, 2012
Mercury Lounge

A group of young noise-rock musicians moves into a old, ghost-filled house and sets up shop. Though the spooks are at first rattled by the blasts of guitar feedback and unhinged drummery, they soon begin to share their own beautiful, otherworldly melodies with the band and discover a musical common ground. As the group, ghosts included, fills the neighborhood with strange, electrifying sounds, curious neighbors and passers-by find themselves drawn to the rumbling, hypnotic rhythms emanating from the old dwelling. And so you find yourself here, outside the house, where a sort of Tim Burton block party is unfolding. Come on inside. The Octopus Project is just getting started…

The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science
werhouse Arena
Thursday, October 11, 7–9 PM

A science book like no other, The Where, The Why, and The How turns loose 75 of today’s hottest artists onto life’s vast questions, from how we got here to where we are going. Inside these pages some of the biggest (and smallest) mysteries of the natural world are explained in essays by real working scientists, which are then illustrated by artists given free rein to be as literal or as imaginative as they like. The result is a celebration of the wonder that inspires every new discovery.

The Butterfly Conservatory
October 6, 2012 – May 28, 2013

This is one of the museum’s most popular annual seasonal exhibitions. Butterflies and moths make up a large group of insects known as the Order Lepidoptera (lep-i-DOP-ter-ah). The name–from the Greek lepido, “scale”, and ptera, “wings”–refers to a prominent feature of adult butterflies and moths, the tiny scales that cover the wings and the rest of the body.

Daniel Temkin, 98.1034 Bottles of Beer
Devotion Gallery
Opening Friday, October 5th, 7 – 11pm

98.1034 Bottles of Beer on the Wall provides drunken encounters with compulsive systems. A program continually preens itself, inserting lines of code to change its visual representation, but along the way, introducing glitches and new patterns of behavior. A therapist program tries to dispense advice as her logic slowly breaks down. Sound editing software turns simple geometric shapes into hallucinatory landscapes. Photoshop generates intricate patterns in an attempt to hide visual compression. A book displays the abuses and absurdities of the DNS system, an addressing apparatus that has seemingly exhausted meaningful combinations of English words.

Picasso Black and White
October 5, 2012–January 23, 2013

Picasso Black and White is the first exhibition to explore a remarkable focus that occupied the great Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, throughout his prolific career: the use of black and white. Few artists have exerted as considerable an influence over subsequent generations as Picasso, one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. While his work is often seen through the lens of his diverse styles and subjects—his Blue and Rose periods, pioneering investigations into Cubism, neoclassical figurative paintings, and explorations in Surrealism, for example, or the forceful and somber scenes depicting the atrocities of war, the allegorical still lifes, the vivid interpretations of arthistorical masterpieces, and the highly sexualized canvases of his twilight years—the recurrent motif of black, white, and gray is frequently overlooked.

Brooklyn Bred
BAM Fisher
Thursday, October 11, 2012

A showcase of work by Coco Fusco, Jennifer Miller, and Dread Scott—artists endorsed by Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., dedicated to supporting art that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, its ephemeral nature, or its politically unpopular content (Martha).

Sun 10/07

With their new album “Forth” The Four Bags tackle death metal, Persian classical, Brazilian pop, and French electronica using a captivating blend of trombone (Brian Drye), accordion (Jacob Garchik), guitar (Sean Moran) and woodwinds (Mike McGinnis).

Borromeo Quartet premiere Mohammed Fairouz
Thu, October 11, 2012 – 8:00pm
Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen St, Brooklyn (Issue Project Room)

This special evening, devoted to the music of highly acclaimed young composer Mohammed Fairouz, features the New York Premiere of The Named Angels by the Borromeo String Quartet. His latest string quartet, it is based of the mythology of angels in Arabic folklore. Also on the program are Lamentation and Satire andChorale Fantasy played by the Borromeo Quartet.

L’Elisir d’Amore
The Met
September 24-February 9

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Bartlett Sher, whose previous productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Comte Ory, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann have delighted Met audiences, guides this lively staging, where surface charm will meet with real emotion. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore; Ambrogio Maestri and Erwin Schrott share the role of Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.

AFA Gallery
10/07/12 – 12/30/12

Internationally-acclaimed film & faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud will be the guests of honor at AFA for an exhibition & sale featuring original artwork from the couple’s new book, Trolls, published by Abrams in September 2012. The book incorporates paintings and drawings by Brian, with sculptures and text by Wendy.  Brian and Wendy have worked together for over 30 years, since meeting in New York during the development of Jim Henson’s film The Dark Crystal. Trolls is their first literary collaboration.

Local Report 2012
Fridays at Noon (Dance) 

Narratives (Mernet Larsen)
Evolve Company: Home
M Shanghai String Band and Friends -CD Release Party
Sergei Tcherepnin
Past Futures, Present, Futures
Paris Commune
Greg Lamarche: Timeless
John Yao Quintet
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
Dawn’s Left Hand: The Art of Ithell Colquhoun and Mid-20th Century British Occulture
Swans/A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Gross America
Bright to Light: The Autumn Bowl
JOE GRILLO: New Painting and Sculpture
Ben Folds Five
Nick Waterhouse

Willis Earl Beal
The Media and Politics: Election 2012
Boys Don’t Cry

Synth Nights: Oneohtrix Point Never + Musica Elettronica Viva
Opera on Tap

Raimund Hoghe: Pas de Deux
Adam Rudolph – GO Organic Orchestra
POPRALLY PRESENTS BEYONSENSE: An Evening with Dr. John Perry, Hosted by Slavs and Tatars

The Sound on This Day
ANOKA FARUQEE: The Sum is Greater Than Its Parts
Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith
8th Annual AQUAEFEST
Stupid Idiots


LISA 2012
Raha Raissnia & Aki Onda
Swans/Devendra Banhart
Getting It

CORED: Paintings by Catherine Tafur
Carnival Des Corbeaux
The Para-Architectural Imagination of Gustav Klutsis
Devin Powers, “Paintings”
Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation (MAD)
The Mountain Goats
WILLEM ANDERSSON at Nancy Margolis Gallery
How to Break
Beyond the Hippocratic Oath
An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates
RAISING BABY X: The First Year
Art in Odd Places

The Angel Esmerelda: DON DELILLO in conversation with JONATHAN FRANZEN
Second Nature

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