“I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day.
Today it seemed to want to change.
And then anything, anything could happen.” ~Jean-Paul Sartre

Consider our Ideasmyth events newsletter as the ultimate antidote to save you from succumbing to day-to-day sameness and laziness!

Every week, we curate a list of what we think are destined to be the most fascinating things to do, and this week we’re all about experimenting and exploring new spaces–both inside and outside the self–with hip meditation experiences, open-studios and a fab foodie happy hour on the best new rooftop venue on the Lower East Side!

Happy discovering! 

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Wednesday October 8th: Illuminations
Thursday October 9th: Studio Squared: Adult Art-Making Workshop 
Friday October 10th: The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide
Saturday October 11th: Little Red Lighthouse Festival
Sunday October 12th: Second Sundays at Pioneer Works
Monday October 13th: Annual Columbus Day Parade
Tuesday October 14th: Bach at Noon
Wednesday October 15th: Happy Hour with Allen Salkin&David Rosengarten 


Wednesday, October 8th

Ivy Brown Gallery
Find the beauty in heartbreak here!

Artist Florence Montmare is a cultural mongrel (born in Vienna, raised in Sweden) who has moved into the Ivy Brown Gallery in the Meatpacking District–for the month. Her muti-media, open narrative exhibition “Illuminations”  has been an ongoing project since 2002, charting the course of disintegration in her love life. Through photographs, text and site-specific installations, Montmare believes that “by looking deeply into, and exposing, my personal experiences I hope people are able to connect to something deeper within themselves.”

Thursday, October 9thcharles-gaines

Studio Squared: Layers of Listening Adult Art-Making Workshop
7-9PM, $7 Admission
Theater at The Studio Museum, Harlem
Channel your inner Gaines here!

Gridwork is the first-ever museum survey of the renowned LA-based conceptual artist, Charles Gaines’s early career. And if you’re interested in more deeply exploring Gaines’s fascinating investigations into aesthetics, politics, cognition and language, you can participate in this workshop to “visualize sounds and translate musical expression into a layered, collaborative art project” conducted to music curated by the artist himself.

Friday, October 10th

allknowingbuddhaThe All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide
11-6PM, $15
The Rubin Museum of Art
Find ways to become enlightened here!

Just last week, The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea–the cultural home of the Himalayas in the US–launched a remarkable exhibition featuring 54 paintings from the 18th century that provide a “step-by-step guidance to visualization of the Buddha Sarvavid Vairochana and offer unique insight into the meditation and rituals of Tibetan Buddhism” previously only known to be passed down via religious oral traditions.

Saturday, October 11th

imagesLittle Red Lighthouse Festival
12-4PM, FREE
Fort Washington Park
Visit Manhattan’s only lighthouse here!

Manhattan’s Little Red Lighthouse, located on the Hudson River, became famous in 1942 with the publication of the popular children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. The 22nd annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival–complete with fishing classes, marching band music and more family-filled fun.

Sunday, October 12th

PioneerWorks_V1_460x285Second Sundays at Pioneer Works
5-10PM, FREE
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
Find out how to spend a hip afternoon here!

Pioneer Works in Brooklyn hosts events like “experimental film screenings, large-scale art installations, live Ethiopian jazz and courtyard stargazing (to pick just a few highlights),” is closing up its all-access, all-entertainment open-studio evenings  for the season. This Sunday, versatile musician and arts enthusiast Olivier Conan brings you yet another opportunity to get knee-deep in New York’s thriving innovative arts scene with appearances by Dutch-design lab Intervention, music by quirky folk band Cuddle Magic, and a sufi-inspired Qawwali performance.

Monday, October 13th

columbus-day-parade-nyc-3Columbus Day Parade
11:30AM, FREE
ifth Avenue
Be apart of tradition here!

NYC’s Annual Columbus Day Parade, is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture: top high school bands, virtuosi professional groups from the United States and Italy, and traditional centuries-old dancing.

Tuesday, October 14th

frontorgan1-291x300Bach at Noon
12:20-12:50PM,  FREE
Grace Church
Add some classical to your day here!

Grace Church in the West Village hosts a seasonal series of pop-up meditation sessions from Tuesdays to Fridays, set to renditions of some of Bach’s most powerful classical compositions. The musical therapy is conducted by Organist and Master of Choristers, Patrick Allen, who was awarded a Doctorate in the Musical Arts and has toured churches all across the States.

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 personality (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.


Got any other can’t-miss events in the city you’re excited about? Please submit your suggestions for any future events via our  CONTACT US  page or tip us off in the comments section below.


~~~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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