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New York Hall of Science – THIRTEEN members save $5 with purchase of 2 or more tickets

This science museum in Flushing Meadows has several newly opened exhibitions that delve into nature. Wild Minds – What Animals Really Think examines similarities between human and animal cognition. Olympus Bioscapes shows extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects—all winners of an international photography competition.

Composer Boulez, with a hammer. Courtesy of Talea Ensemble

From the Exotic to the Surreal
Mannes Concert Hall
Tues, Oct 4

The Talea Ensemble, one of the Emerging Voices of 2011 highlighted by the Alliance for the Arts, performs two works at Mannes College. Pierre Boulez’s Le marteau sans maître (The Hammer Without a Master, 1955) is the piece that established the composer’s reputation as a leading figure of the European postwar avant garde. In Georges Aperghis’ Triangle Carré (1989), scored for string quartet and percussion trio, friction and drama results from the interplay of these very different instrumental groups.

Quilt Making Class
Historic Richmond Town/Staten Island Historical Society
Thurs, Oct 6–Thurs, Dec 1

Make your own lap-sized quilt in the “True Lover’s Knot” pattern during this eight-week session. Pre-paid reservations are required.

3 2’s; or AFAR, a Mondo Cané Commission
Dixon Place
Thurs, Oct 6–Sat, Oct 29

From the critically acclaimed playwright and linguistic gymnast Mac Wellman comes a new play about what endangers, what is near, and what is nearer than that. A strange encounter between a young Puppeteer and a Stranger leads to an eerie reawakening of lost 20th century philosophy, enacted by a boot and a shoe.

Courtesy of the Korea Society

Korean Cuisine Workshop: The Art of Kimchi
Korea Society
Fri, Oct 7–Fri, Oct 28

Learn to make cabbage, radish, cucumber and white cabbage Kimchi during this four-session workshop with Korean chef Haelin Lee, a student of Master Jungyoung Sun.

Opera Boot Camp: Opera Revolution: 1800–Today
The Metropolitan Opera Guild Opera Learning Center
Sat, Oct 8

How did the ideas of Wagner, Verdi and other composers change musical and dramatic traditions? Learn how opera has continually transformed itself since the 19th century and how it’s staying vital and relevant today. Dottie Allen leads the discussion.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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