Welcome to There or Square, The New School Free Press’ weekly post that delivers the low-down on the most time-worthy and can’t-miss events of the upcoming week.
Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
Head on over to the Brooklyn Poetry Slam down at BRIC House to engage with talented poets. This month will highlight the workings of jazz, poetry, and hip-hop with guest poet Shanelle Gabriel and host Mahogany L. Browne. Free with RSVP.
647 Fulton St.
Monday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Listen to a panel of YA authors discuss how they’ve helped branch out the genre into queer literature — avoided until now. The authors include David Levithan, Sarah Moon, Caleb Zane Huett, Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos. Free.
Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.
Swing by Upright Citizens Brigade in Chelsea for Harold Night, an improv show with some of New York’s most prominent ensembles. The Harold is the signature longform structure used by UCBT, now performed by improv groups around the world. Each Harold Night is different — dynamic improv, never to be seen again! Don’t miss out. Tickets are $5.
307 W 26th St.
Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00pm
Blair Witch Project plays at the Brooklyn Bazaar this week, allowing fans to watch the 1999 film that popularized the “found footage” horror film. The sleeper hit follows three film students as they work to document footage about a fabled local murderer. Follow their journey into the woods and get ready to get scared. Seating is first come first serve, so make sure to get there early. Free.
150 Greenpoint Ave.
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
The New School College of Performing Arts presents Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s play, “House of Desires.” Put on by the School of Drama, students bring this 17th century comedy to life. De la Cruz — a nun, self-taught scholar, and poet — wrote this story about a brother and sister who become entwined within a group of various lovers. Seating is limited, so be sure to make reservations in advance. Free.
The Theater at the School of Drama
151 Bank St.
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
Visit Village East Cinema this Tuesday to get into the Halloween spirit. Throughout the month of October, this theater screens a different Hitchcock film each week, growing spookier and scarier as the month progresses. This week, you can catch Vertigo, the tale of a detective’s madness and obsession with the subject he has been hired to follow. Starring Kim Novak and James Stewart, this film will include a twist that you will never see coming. $15.
Village East Cinema
189 2nd Ave.
Friday, Oct. 20 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Participate in this one hour workshop to guide you in new writing. Presented by Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology, art from around campus will prompt you to write out your creative thoughts. This event works to re-immerse participants with the art that surrounds them. Free.
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Parsons School of Design
66 5th Ave.
Friday, October 20 7 to 10 p.m.
Every Friday, the Whitney Museum of American Art (typically $18 for students and $25 for adults) hosts an evening of art where visitors are given the option to pay what they wish. Go during this upcoming week and appreciate the current exhibitions — works currently on display include Alexander Calder’s “Calder: Hypermobility,” Lorna Mill’s “Caughtinmoment,” and Hajoe Moderegger and Franziska Lamprecht’s “The Line.” Pay what you wish.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St.
Saturday, Oct. 21 from 12 to 3 p.m.
This Saturday, Tompkins Square Park hosts its 27th Annual Halloween Dog Parade, with a parade of dogs stomping around the park grounds. The runway competition begins at noon, so stop on by between then and 3 p.m. to spot some cute pups in creative costumes. Free.
Tompkins Square Park
500 E 9th St.
Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prepare yourself for a scarecrow and pumpkin takeover at the New York Botanical Garden this weekend. NYBG will host a great variety of pumpkins from all around the country, along with their keepers, who’ll be around to teach visitors about their pumpkin growing processes. With some of these squash weighing over a ton, you’ll be out of your gourd. $25 for students with ID.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Illustration by Ashlie Negron