Monday, October 2, 2017

Revisiting an Incident That Went Down Some 30 Years Ago in an Opera … On a Mission to Help Kids Pull Themselves Together … Food for Thought and Consumption From The Hort

From "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined" at the Whitney Museum of American Art: Pregnant, 2017. Charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper, 74 1/2 x 42 in. ©Toyin Ojih Odutola. Photo courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


THE leaves are turning colors and life is rolling at a good clip. A Nigerian-born artists makes waves in New York City. In Miami Beach, all manner of sounds reverberate at the REVOLT music conference.

An opera about a hateful incident in the City of Brotherly Love turns up at the Apollo Theater. On the film festival circuit: investigative works, international emerging artists, and writers getting their due.

1-7 Oct.

LIFESTYLE. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. 6 Oct. Mission Be 2017 Gratitude Gala. The evening will feature live music, performers,dancing as well as a live and silent auction and more. Mission Be is dedicated to helping students manage stress and regulate their emotions. Captain Bill’s Restaurant & Catering. 122 Ocean Ave. Bay Shore, NY.

MUSIC. 8 p.m. 6-7 Oct. We Shall Not Be Moved. The opera, having its New York premiere at the Apollo Theater, is based on the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia. The incident resulted in 11 deaths and the destruction of numerous rowhouses. It is composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain and features choreography by Bill T. Jones.. Apollo Theater, 253 125th St. New York.

8-14 Oct.

MUSIC. 12-15 Oct. REVOLT RMC 2017 Music Conference. The festival from Sean Combs’ new REVOLT TV music cable networks features four days of panels, performances, auditions and more about making it in the music business. Nobu Eden Roc Hotel & Resort, 4525 Collins Ave.. Miami Beach, FL.

15-21 Oct.

FILM. 19-22 Oct. 5th Chelsea Film Festival. The latest iteration of the international film festival that spotlights the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors has a new entry this year. Billed as a “pre-celebration of the Chelsea-based festival is the “Women in Power” program on Wednesday, 18 Oct. It is an invite-only, half-day conference,co-partnered by The Hollywood Reporter.
The topic on the table: “Women in Leadership Positions: How Did They Make it To The Top?” … Screenings, Q&As, discussions and industry mixers will predominate once the festival commences in earnest. Various locations in and around the Chelsea neighborhood. New York.

FILM. 19-22 Oct. Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival. Now in its third year, this festival is presented by 100Reporters, an investigative news group. The festival spotlights compelling investigative films, plus features panels and symposiums for journalists and visual storytellers. The opening film is “One of Us,” from Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. It follows three people who made the decision to leave Hasidic Judaism. Other films include "The Rape of Recy Taylor. Various locations. Washington, D.C.

ART. 20 Oct. Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined. Billed as the artist’s first solo museum exhibit in New York, “Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined” at the Whitney Museum of American Art is a series of fictional portraits that chronicle the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. Themes include identity, authenticity and representation. Odutola is Nigerian-born and Alabama-rasied. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St. New York. http://

22 Oct. and beyond

ART. Through 23 Oct. Calder: Hypermobility. In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents an exhibition of some of Alexander Calder's most extraordinary mobile sculptures. These works are given space to achieve the range of motions and sounds intended by their creator. The exhibit is accompanied by talks, concerts, film screenings and performances. Whiney Museum of American Art, New York.

FOOD. Noon-2 p.m. 24 Oct. Annual Fall Luncheon. “Putting Good Food on the Table” is the theme of this year’s annual fundraiser of The Horticultural Society of New York. Huguette Hersch is to receive the Award of Excellence. Culinary honorees include Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson (The Cecil, Minton’s Harlem). One of the main goals of “The Hort” is to “sustain the vital connection between people and plants.” The Metropolitan Club. 1 East 60th St. New York.

FILM. 26-29 Oct. Austin Film Festival and Writer’s Conference. What sets this film festival apart from most is that it includes a writers conference. Whether one is writing from the movies, TV, theater or online, s/he is celebrated at this festival. Various locations. Austin, Texas.

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