At Ideasmyth, we’re always on the look-out for New York’s under-known treasures of culture, events and other unexpected treats like: a light show for the visually impaired!? This week we’ve got parks and panels and more festivals! Happy discovering! 

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Wednesday November 5th: Tavi Gevinson for Rookie Yearbook 3
Thursday November 6th: The Festival of Lights
Friday November 7th: NY Comedy Festival – An Evening with David Letterman Writers
Saturday November 8thTree Identification Workshop
ay November 9th: The Big Apple Film Festival
Monday November 10th: BK Media Maker Meet Up

Tuesday November 11th: Gallery Lecture: “Zero, A Global European Postwar Art Phenomenon
Wednesday November 12th: The Lowline


Wednesday, November 5th

tavi-682x1024Tavi Gevinson for Rookie Yearbook 3
7-9PM,  $10
The Powerhouse Arena
Meet the youngest editor in the world!

At age 12, Tavi Gevinson started her style blog Style Rookie and at age 15, she became the youngest editor in the world with the launch of her online magazine for teenage girls, Rookie. Now, Gevinson is brining her editorial and entrepreneurial flair to Dumbo this Wednesday, for the launch of Rookie’s third annual publication which includes visual art, life lessons, diary entries, and exciting contributions from creatives everywhere — all curated by the 17 year old editor herself.

Thursday, November 6th

B0mIY7wCcAEj8WU-2The Festival of Lights
5-11PM, FREE
Dumbo, Brooklyn
So this is where they keep the light!

Traveling at the speed of…the Festival of Lights shines for the first time ever in New York, being otherwise native to London and Berlin. A composite program of light installations, illuminated sculptures and breathtaking light shows takes over Dumbo, featuring an exceptionally curious piece designed for the visually impaired (wow!). We’re also excited by light designer Howard Ungerleider’s involvement, who has worked with the likes of Rod Stewart and Van Halen before.

Friday, November 7th

LateShowDavidLetterman500x343NY Comedy Festival: An Evening with David Letterman Writers
Paley Center for Media
Go behind the scenes to an iconic show!

Interested in humorous screen writing? One of Television’s most iconic shows, The Late Show with David Letterman, opens its back doors to reveal just how it has received six Emmy awards for its “absurdist humor, dry self-parody, and ripped-from-the-headlines comedy.” Join a panel of the writers behind the show’s success who discuss the inside scoop!

Saturday, November 8th

Prospect-ParkTree Identification Workshop
12-1:30PM, $13
Prospect Heights
Be one with nature in a concrete jungle!

It’s Fall season — and what better time to take a highly observant stroll through one of Brooklyn’s most beautiful areas — Prospect Park! Enjoy a quick scientific overview of the local foliage followed by a picturesque walking tour as the leaves turn color.

Sunday, November 9th

editorial2The Big Apple Film Festival
12-10PM, $20
Tribeca Cinemas
Be a part of one of MovieMaker’s 25 coolest film festivals!

Experimental, provocative, entertaining — The Big Apple Film Festival is an independent film festival true to New York’s idiosyncratic and ultra-hip vibe, hosted in the classically chic Tribeca Cinemas every year. A curatorial mix of shorts, feature films, animation and documentaries produced by established and emerging New York City based artists is the highlight, as is the award presentation at the end of the screenings today. 

Monday, November 10th

c885733c-d204-43f8-bc8f-fd6464e7500f_bk_media_makermeetup_emailheaderBK Media Maker Meet-Up
647 Fulton Street
Make your Monday night matter!

Brooklyn’s very own leading media lab–BRIC– is a multi-disciplinary arts and media excursion, located next to BAM on Fulton Street.  BRIC is an approachable institution targeted towards emerging and established Brooklyn artists, who wish to expand their skills and deepen their practice. Tonight, BRIC hosts a night of networking to allow like-minded members of the Brooklyn community to discuss potential projects for collaboration as well as educate audiences about their services.

Tuesday, November 11th

events_slideshow8Gallery Lecture: “Zero, a Global European Postwar Art Phenomenon”
7-8:30PM, FREE
Art Student’s League (57th Street Campus)

New ways of perceiving the real!

Want to attend a quick art history lesson with the experts for free? Stéphanie Jeanjean of the Guggenheim Museum will give a gallery lecture on the German art phenomena from the late 1950s — Zero art — whose manifesto defines zero as “a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new beginning” and closely associates it with Minimalism, Nouveau réalisme and Op art.

Wednesday, November 12th

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The Lowline
6:30PM, FREE
Tenement Museum
The world’s first underground park!

New York has had the Highline for over 10 years, and the next brouhaha in urban planning circles is the proposal for the world’s first underground park — The Lowline — whose design efforts aim at increasing the spread of greenery in highly developed metropolises. The Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side hosts a panel discussion for project leaders to discuss their vision for the subterranean park. 


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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