Weekend Arts Planner: The 60th New York Film Festival, jousting in Manhattan and provocative art at the Queens Museum
WNYC Culture and Arts Editor, Steve Smith joins us once again. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Furst, he brings us his latest arts picks:
1. The 60th annual New York Film Festival kicked off this weekend, launching two very full weeks of movies and events taking place all over town. There's a lot to take in this year, including a handful of screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Admittedly, there's very little chance of scoring some of the festival's hottest tickets – good luck getting into Noah Baumbach's adaptation of Don DeLillo's "White Noise," Joanna Hogg's "The Eternal Daughter," or Kelly Reichardt's "Showing Up." But you'll still have plenty of opportunities to catch such wildly diverse films as Claire Denis's "Stars at Noon," Park Chan-Wook's "Decision to Leave," Jafar Panahi's "No Bears," and Hong Sangsoo's "The Novelist's Film." And tickets are still available for this weekend's world premiere of "Till," Chinonye Chukwu's film biography of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. The festival runs through Oct. 16, and you can learn more at Film at Lincoln Center.
2. If you'd prefer to be outdoors and you're open to a trek, consider heading up to the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon, in Hudson Heights and Inwood. The festival is back after a two-year pandemic hiatus, and you'll see jugglers, jesters, and jousters – and yes, you heard that correctly: fights between knights on horseback. You'll hear period-appropriate live music, and crafts, clothing, and food will all be available. One tip: Come prepared, because the park doesn't have any ATM's available and you definitely don't want to have to barter for a turkey leg. That's happening on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m., and admission is free. (Regarding the weather: Organizers told Gothamist that the fest will happen rain or shine, unless there’s thunder and lightning.)
3. If you like art that poses provocative questions, then the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has the show for you: "Crisis Makes a Book Club." The exhibition features work by Xaviera Simmons, a native New Yorker who employs photography, video, painting, sound art and more to confront heated issues like white supremacy, wealth stratification and the historic U.S. urge toward empire-building. Simmons is creating new original works for this show, while also designing active interventions in the museum's galleries and billboard-size displays for its exterior facade. There's an opening reception for this show and another new opening, featuring art by Charisse Pearlina Weston, this Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m., including family art-making workshops and food vendors from the Queens Night Market. The exhibitions run through March 5, and you can learn more at The Queens Museum.