Get your culture fill this week in New York. Enjoy live storytelling at The Moth StorySLAM, indulge your inner canine-lover with the Dog Film Festival, or check out Shakespeare’s political drama Coriolanus. If you want to be that friend who knows about the cool new restaurant before anyone else, head to Ops in Bushwick before word gets out. Or escape to Brattleboro, Vermont, to enjoy peak foliage season.
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October 13 | Storytelling
The Moth StorySLAM: Music
The Moth StorySLAMs are legendary around New York and have become part of the fabric of the city’s social and cultural scene. This week, The Moth StorySLAM comes to Housing Works Bookstore for 10 stories that all center around the theme of music. Three teams of judges will determine one winner by the end of the night, but in the meantime you’ll get to hear a variety of stories told in a range of styles.
7 p.m. | Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., New York | $10 | website
October 15 | Canine connoisseurs
The Dog Film Festival
Calling all canine lovers! For the second year running, the Dog Film Festival (made possible by a generous grant from the Petco Foundation) will be coming to the Upper West Side for a day of movies about man’s best friend. The festival consists of four two-hour themed programs that feature a number of short films and usually one longer film. One segment focuses entirely on British dogs, while another is all about adventure and sport. The movies range in style from animation to documentary and are all meant to be uplifting in spirit. Although dogs are not allowed to attend the festival, 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
Times vary | Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York | $15 | website
October 15–16 | Escape the city
The leaves are at their best in New England right now, so this is the perfect weekend to get out of town and enjoy them. Head to charming Brattleboro, Vermont, just 200 miles from New York City. To get the most of the great outdoors, go apple picking at Green Mountain Orchards, hike Black Mountain, or enjoy a nature walk on the Retreat Trails. Finish off the day at Whetstone Station brewery and biergarten to knock back a few local craft beers, or grab a seasonal bite at local favorite Duo Restaurant. To complete your autumn New England experience, stay in a charming bed-and-breakfast like Forty Putney Road or 1868 Crosby House.
October 18 | Theater opening
The Red Bull Theater’s new production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus starts a one-month run at the Barrow Street Theater this week. The political drama stars theater bigwigs like Dion Johnstone (Stratford Festival’s Othello, Titus, Macbeth) as Coriolanus in his New York debut, Broadway luminary Patrick Page (Cymbeline, Spring Awakening) as Menenius, and Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Lisa Harrow (Wit, The Omen) as Volumnia. A story about economic inequality and a nation riddled with dissatisfaction and distrust, Coriolanus may be set in 493 B.C.E. Rome, but it feels just as relevant today. The show runs through November 20.
7:30 p.m. | Barrow Street Theater, 27 Barrow St., New York | From $60 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Bushwick got another hip restaurant last week in Ops, and it’s worth checking out. Featuring wood-fired sourdough pizza, a carefully curated seasonal cocktail list, and natural wines, the casual, no-tip joint is sure to become a neighborhood favorite as well as a dining destination. Mike Fadem (previously of Roman’s and Estela), Marie Trilbouilloy (of Buvette and the Pines), and Gavin Compton (who owns Variety Coffee right next door) run the place cooperatively. For now it will only be open Wednesdays through Sundays for dinner, but they hope to expand to full, all-day service in the near future.
Ops, 346 Himrod St., Brooklyn | website
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.