“If curiosity killed the cat, it was satisfaction that brought it back.” ~ Holly Black

At Ideasmyth, we honor this curiosity connection every week, by curating a list of New York’s quirky under-known treasures of culture, events and other surprising treats. Satisfaction guaranteed!

This week we’re all about kick-starting the festive season with haunted pumpkin patches, holiday markets and a little bit of magic. Happy discovering!

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Wednesday October 15th: Happy Hour with Allen Salkin & David Rosengarten
Thursday October 16th: Split Personality – Comedy and Storytelling
Friday October 17th: Matthew Holtzclaw Magic
aturday October 18th: Isabel Rose Live
Sunday October 19th: Haunted Pumpkin Garden
Monday October 20th: Film Screening: Beetlejuice
Tuesday October 21st: Winter Village at Bryant Park
Wednesday October 22nd: White Light Festival: How Like An Angel 


Wednesday, October 15th

Rooftop Happy Hour with Allen Salkin+David Rosengarten
Manny Cantor Center
Foodies unite here!

On the occasion of the paperback release of FROM SCRATCH: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF THE FOOD NETWORK, Allen Salkin will be speaking with acclaimed author and TV host (featured in Salkin’s book), David Rosengarten on the relaunch of his beloved Rosengarten Report, sharing stories from the hottest kitchens–to hottest TV studios. Their dialogue will be moderated by Ideasmyth’s Creatrix-in-Chief Victoria C. Rowan, who will pepper these two for more insider info than could fit into the book–and there are sure to be surprise tasty bits not listed on the menu.

Thursday, October 16th

posterSplit Personality: Comedy and Storytelling
Over the Eight Bar, Williamsburg
Entertain all aspects of your personality here!

Part open-mic, part featured artists — Split Personality is a cozy, vivacious and wholly unpredictable stand up series in Brooklyn. Catch the featured storytellers for tonight’s performance: Andrew Gregory of The Gregory Brothers; Matt Mercier of The Moth main stage; and comic and character-performer Sudi Green of Comedy Central.

Friday, October 17th

mmFireMagic_HR0020Matthew Holtzclaw Magic
10PM, $15
The Slipper Room
Put the sexy back in magic here!

Tucked away in the Lower East Side, The Slipper Room celebrates all things bizarre and burlesque and this Friday, the late show will be mind-reader and magician Matthew Holtzclaw and his partner Prakash Puru. The Burlesque Beat calls their act:  “‘pragmatic’—the kind of trick that you could actually use in your daily life. Guessing someone’s zodiac sign might be ho-hum, but sussing people out—at a job interview, when you’re trying to get laid—is what modern life is all about.”

Saturday, October 18th

Isabel Rose Live
8PM, $20 Admission
Upstairs at Vitello’s, Studio City, CA
Check her out here!

The JazzTimes says she’s going “stiletto-to-stiletto with Ann Margaret,” and now you can go coast-to-coast with Isabel Rose’s contemporary cheekiness in LA this Saturday! Ideasmyth client, Isabel Rose, performs her latest 60’s-inspired album, Trouble in Paradise, at one of Frank Sinatra’s pet jazz clubs. Enjoy a date-night of retro glamour and her newly anointed top-40 album guaranteed to be a “sexy, splashy, Vegas-inflected, unapologetically joyful hour of entertainment.”

Sunday, October 19th

Haunted Pumpkin Garden
10-5PM, $25
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx 
Click here for some Halloween fun!

The New York Botanical Garden invites Halloween-thrill seekers of all ages to its annual haunted pumpkin patch. Sculpture-specialist Ray Villafane will put up a live carving performance true to his aesthetic vision: “to inspire creativity and the imaginatic medium of contemporary art.”

Monday, October 20th

imagesFilm Screening: Beetlejuice 
12AM – 9PM, FREE
Huckleberry Bar, Brooklyn
Revive a classic experience here!

The fantastical 1988 American comedy horror film Beetlejuice finds its way to Williamsburg’s upscale and ultra-hip club Huckleberry Bar, as a part of its Monday night film series. For Halloween month, they’re celebrating black comedy–soothe your goosebumps with a libation from the bar. Don’t miss out — Beetlejuice is not on Netflix!

Tuesday, October 21st

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.08.11 AMWinter Village at Bryant Park
12-8PM,  FREE
Bryant Park
Kick off the holiday season here!

Yes, the holidays are now launching BEFORE Halloween! Home to one of the favorite holiday markets of the year, Bryant Park kicks off the holiday season today with a smorgasburg of treats! Shop at kitsch vintage stores, try some of New York’s best hot chocolate concoctions and when you’re charged up (pun intended!), enjoy the outdoor ice skating rink for some family-filled fun.

Wednesday, October 22nd

HLAA02_ChrisTaylorv[21690]White Light Festival: How Like An Angel
7:30PM, $45
Lincoln Center
Find a new perspective here!

The curatorial proof of the “power of art to illuminate and nourish one’s interior life” is embodied in The White Light Festival, a collective showcase of installations, concerto music and movement arts. Catch the U.S. premiere of How Like an Angel  as Australian circus troupe Circa fills the space from on high, accompanied by Britain’s Renaissance choir music ensemble I Fagiolini.


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~~~Dipti Anand is an Editorial and Social Media Intern at Ideasmyth. Enrolled in the circus of life, she juggles an Interdisciplinary Master’s of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU, along with her passion for writing short fiction and poetry. When she’s not thinking, writing, or thinking about writing, Dipti likes to make long-distance phone calls and also eats one truffle a day.


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