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A blue wall and a golden apple: Our NYC fall guide to the arts

One of the true pleasures of life in New York City is the abundance of amazing art, music, film, theater and architecture to which we have access. The challenge is to choose wisely. We are pleased to present you with our list of “not to be missed” events to take in this fall.

Frida Kahlo, Art, Garden, Life at the New York Botanical Garden
Now thru November 1, 2015

The exhibit is this year’s main event at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and a rare opportunity to imagine an artist’s work in context. The scholars and horticulturalists on staff have recreated aspects of Kahlo’s garden in Mexico City, one of the important inspirations for her art. Her home was known as “Casa Azul” (Blue House) and the NYBG has centered their exhibit around a recreation of its courtyard, with walls painted the same blue shade as the originals. Fourteen works of art by Kahlo are simultaneously being exhibited in the Botanical Garden’s art gallery.

Open House New York Weekend
October 17-18, 2015

Just one weekend a year, hundreds of NYC’s most architecturally important buildings – industrial and residential – are opened to the public, with tours, talks, performances and special events. A digital Event Guide will be available for download on October 6th. A Weekend Passport to the event is available now and, for $150 (a fully tax deductible donation), offers front-of-the-line access for two, to all non-reservation sites plus two tickets to a screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival.

Staten Island Jazz Festival
October 17th, 2015, 2pm-7pm
The 28th annual festival, held at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center Music Hall, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, will feature accomplished jazz vocalists and musicians Hamiet Bluiett, Betty Shirley, Danny Mixon, the Winard Harper Ensemble and more. Tickets for adults are $25, but can be purchased in advance, online, for a $5 discount. A slate of free, family-friendly workshops in music, dance and vocals, as well as a panel discussion, will take place 10:30am-1:30pm. The event supports the work of the Universal Temple of the Arts, an organization of artists giving back by providing culture and art enrichment programs to local children.

Big Apple Film Festival
November 4th-7th, 2015, Village East Cinemas
The Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) is the showcase for New York City’s own independent filmmakers looking to be discovered. For film buffs who love our city, this is a chance to experience and support the excitement and talent of these rising stars and see work you won’t find anywhere on Netflix…yet. A broad range of lengths and genres are included, including animation, student and experimental films. “Best of” winners are chosen for each category, with a Golden Apple award honoring one person’s noteworthy efforts to expand the local moviemaking community.

Fun Home
Now thru June 2016, Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 West 50th Street
2015’s Tony Award Winner for “Best Musical” also won four other Tony Awards. This is the theater equivalent of an edgy independent film taking home a “Best Movie” Oscar. The plot of this dark comedy concerns the central character’s journey to understand her gay father and his suicide. At its heart, it is a story about the challenges of understanding our parents with an adult’s perspective.

Reserve our Fall Weekend Exclusive at The Benjamin and enjoy one or more of these events, each promising a rich experience for the mind and senses.

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