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The High Line is gearing up for their fourth-annual, family-friendly Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 25. Come in costume to trick-or-treat on the High Line, where dangerous trains loom, hero cowboys rule, and super-kids help to change their city. Meet ghosts from the West Side’s industrial past, turn your fears into kites to be set free, explore a haunted train tunnel made by puppet master Ralph Lee, dance to the horns of the Trummytones, and hear stories performed by the Story Pirates.


Does anyone else love, love, love the Village Halloween Parade? Like it’s the only holiday tradition you truly worship? The theme for this year’s New York City's 41st Annual Village Halloween Parade is "The Garden of Earthly Delights." Gahh, so good. Like always, the parade will travel along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street on Friday, October 31st from 7PM-10:30PM and will air on Time Warner Cable's NY1 from 8PM-9:30PM.


California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.


Because we are all exceptionally lucky human beings, horror master R.L. Stine is writing a new set of Fear Street books. Bob and his editor Kat will be at McNally Jackson the night before Halloween to discuss Fear Street, his career, and ventriloquist dummies (we assume), among other things.


One of our favorites, Kent Fine Art opens it’s fall season with FLEX, curated by Orlando Tirado. The exhibition explores shape, mass, and form of the body in relation to an emerging queer, transgender, renegade post-minimalist strategy that strips the body of its flesh, framework, and constraints.


We, The Outsiders brings together works by an international quartet of artists, and will be on view through October 31. It’s an art exhibition that explores several perplexing questions: “Can it be said that art has a consciousness of its own? And if such a consciousness were independent of us, where would it place us in relation to itself?” The exhibition revolves around a gigantic egg—which probes, like the classic chicken-and-the-egg conundrum where consciousness begins and ends when it comes to art.


KITEYA is known for featuring items that demonstrate the craftsmanship, aesthetic, and artistry of both traditional and modern Japanese culture. Their latest exhibit, featuring the calligraphy works of Yasuko Kuboyama, is no exception. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Ms. Kuboyama has made a name for herself with her bold, creative calligraphy and large-scale works. The exhibit (September 28 - October 27) will kick off with a special reception on October 1st at 5pm, featuring a raffle, a calligraphy performance by Yasuko Kuboyama, and refreshments by Sennari, Sanseido Honpo, and Ureshi no Cha.


 

While residing in a post-World War II displaced persons camp in 1945, a Ukrainian refugee by the name of Ihor Shevchenko discovered George Orwell's anti-communist novel, Animal Farm, and was fascinated by its message. With Orwell's permission and encouragement, he translated the book into Ukrainian under the pseudonym Ivan Cherniatynskyi and published it for distribution to other refugees. This story, and its aftermath, is told by Andrea Chalupa in her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm.  Meet Andrea Chalupa on November 15th. She will speak about her book, life in the DP camps, Ihor Shevchenko, and George Orwell. Copies will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 

 


Over the past three years a small community of introspective frontier feminists have been gathering on intensive retreats to discuss and dissect the tenets of what it means to be a modern feminist. Presented by The Hole, “Future Feminism” is an exhibition collectively realized by Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, Bianca Casady and Sierra Casady. It realizes their reflective journeys into 13 tenets, articulating their meditations on modern feminist thinking. (Running September 11—27, 2014)


From season to season, year to year, we each go through our unique life journey. It's said, "We make plans, and God laughs!" The trick is to allow ourselves to laugh, no matter how challenging the terrain.