October Events on the Upper East Side

The Upper East Side has always been, and continues to be, one of the most prestigious  neighborhoods on the island of Manhattan – and for good reason. It boasts some of the world’s best shopping, dining and entertainment options. From world-class museums to luxury clothing stores, you’ll never lack for something to do in this neighborhood, which also boasts the lower portion of Central Park. Staying at The Mark hotel in October? Here are some events you might enjoy – if you can tear yourself away from your luxurious hotel room.

National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum – 2 E. 91st St. – New York (Upper East Side)

Featuring the most cutting edge designers of contemporary culture, the exhibit showcases everything from the XOXO One Laptop per Child laptop and a…

Daily (ends January 9)

Vasily Kandinsky: Beginnings

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

An exhibit devoted to Kandinsky, a celebrated 20th century Russian artist, comes to the Guggenheim

Daily

The Thannhauser Collection

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

Impressionists’ classics on view at the Guggenheim

Saturdays : 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Sundays : 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Comic Strip Live stand-up

Comic Strip Live – 1568 Second Ave. – New York (Yorkville)

Stand-up comedy on the Upper East Side

Fridays : 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:59 p.m. [starts at 12:30 AM]

Saturdays : 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:59 p.m. [starts at 12:30 AM]

Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield

Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

Nature-based artwork from the late New York artist

Daily (ends October 17)

Fish Forms: Lamps by Frank Gehry

Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

Fish-shaped lamps from noted architect/designer

Daily (ends October 31)

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism

Neue Galerie New York – 1048 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

The first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to the late 18th-century Austro-Bavarian sculptor

Daily (ends January 10)

Lee Friedlander: America by Car

Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

Photography from Lee Friedlander, taken during a cross-country trip in a rental car and using the car’s mirrors and windows as framing devices.

Daily (ends November 28)

Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism

Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

A look at how the feminist movement, which began in the 1960s and exploded in the 1970s, touched all aspects of popular culture, including…

Daily (ends January 30)

Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy and Germany, 1918-1936

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

From the Parisian avant-garde of Picasso and Fernand Lger to the legendary German Bauhaus, the time between the two World Wars of the 20th century…

Daily (ends January 9)

Intervals: Ryan Gander

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 Fifth Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

Take in the latest “elusive scenarios” from popular artist Ryan Gander in “Intervals: Ryan Gander,” from October 1 -January 9, 2011.

Daily (ends January 9)

92Y Talks: David Plouffe: The Audacity of Winning

92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

One of the major players of the Obama 2008 presidential campaign discusses the election process.

October 9 : 7:30 p.m.

Evening Lecture: Leo Castelli and His Circle

Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

Via the organizers: Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America’s most influential art dealer. Until recently, Castelli’s life as an Italian Jew had…

October 7 : 6:30 p.m.

‘This is Where I Leave You,’ a book discussion with Jonathan Tropper

Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Tropper, discusses his most recent novel, This is Where I Leave You.

October 14 : 6:30 p.m.

The Zombie Code: Author Signing

Barnes and Noble – 150 E. 86th St. – New York (Upper East Side)

Book discussion and signing for new zombie-themed book

October 11 : 7 p.m.

92Y Talks: Investment Strategies for the Individual Investor: Jim Cramer

92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

The “Mad Money” host offers investment tips in the 92Y’s investment series.

October 12 : 8 p.m.

92Y Talks: Dialogues with Design Legends: Frank Gehry

92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

The world-famous architect talks with New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

October 13 : 8 p.m.

92Y Talks: Ed Koch and His Legacy

92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

The former NY mayor talks about his legacy with his official biographer, Jonathan Soffer.

October 18 : 8:15 p.m.

92Y Talks: Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth l David Hyde Pierce

92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

The “Frasier” actor and Broadway star discusses his return to the stage with producer Jordan Roth.

October 24 : 7:30 p.m.

Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT

Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

Via the museum: “Jenny Holzer’s pioneering approach to language as a carrier of content and her use of nontraditional media and public settings as…

Daily

Literary Lives: The World of Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller

New York Society Library – 53 East 79th Street – New York (Upper East Side)

The first-ever exhibition devoted to these two extraordinary literary figures

Daily (ends January 31)

Sara Vanderbeek: To Think of Time

Whitney Museum of American Art – 945 Madison Ave. – New York (Upper East Side)

“Semi-abstract photography” based on sculptural forms

Daily (ends December 5)

Dominic Huber’s ‘Hotel Savoy’

Goethe-Institut New York – 1014 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

An interactive performance of Joseph Roth’s novel

Daily 5:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. (ends October 31) [No shows Mondays or Tuesdays]

Daytime Lecture Series: Shifting Crossroads: Feminism, Art, Modernity and Difference

Jewish Museum – 1109 5th Ave – New York (Upper East Side)

This three-part lecture series addresses the challenges encountered by women artists from the Renaissance to the modern era

Mondays : 11:30 a.m. (ends October 18)

John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey

The Carlyle Restaurant – 35 E. 76th St. – New York (Upper East Side)

Jazz music via the famous couple

Tuesdays : 8:45 p.m. (ends November 2)

Wednesdays : 8:45 p.m. (ends November 3)

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