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Architecture of Instruction and Delight by Pieter van Wesemael

Van Wesemael’s text, which he describes as socio-historical analysis of World Exhibitions as a didactic phenomenon, is a study of world’s fairs in the United States, Europe and Asia during and around 1798, 1851, and 1970. The historical facts van Wesemael touches on, such as the influence of Marshall McLuhan’s thinking on the ‘modernist, West-oriented planners’ of Osaka, Japan’s Expo ’70 illustrate how human assemblage in public events can be used to encourage transformation of individual self-image, economic activity, and international relations. A used paperback copy costs over $300, and at nearly 900 pages, Architecture and Instruction of Delight is not a book that everyone would want to buy. Fortunately, it is currently available on Google Books.

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Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868

This is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts of the samurai. Arms and armor is the principal focus, bringing together the finest examples of armor, swords and sword mountings, archery equipment and firearms, equestrian equipment, banners, surcoats, and related accessories of rank such as fans and batons. Drawn entirely from public and private collections in Japan, the majority of objects date from the rise of the samurai in the late Heian period, ca. 1156, through the early modern Edo period, ending in 1868, when samurai culture was abolished.

Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St, Manhattan | 9:30am – 9pm | $20


Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar open Saturday Night

This Saturday evening, enjoy some refreshment in the Met’s Roof Garden while visiting the special exhibition Roxy Paine on the Roof: Malestrom and viewing the panoramic skyline of Manhattan, weather permitting.

Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St, Manhattan | 5:30–8pm | free with admission to the Met



One of most celebrated filmmakers of our time, Lars Von Trier is back with the beautiful, terrifying, and altogether engrossing ANTICHRIST. The talk of 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where star Charlotte Gainsbourg took home the award for Best Actress, the full, unedited version of this eagerly-awaited film promises to captivate audiences this fall. A grieving couple (two-time Oscar®-Nominee Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) retreat to ‘Eden’, their isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse…

IFC Center | 323 6th Ave, Manhattan | daily | $12.50


The Long Count

In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists—brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock band The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie—combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery,The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds.  Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Pixies), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.

Brooklyn Academy of Music | 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn | 8pm | $20, 25, 35, 45


The Superheroes Halloween Ball

An evening of music, drinks, and dancing to raise funds for a The History of the Universe as Told by Wonder Woman, a documentary feature by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan & Kelcey Edwards. Costumes encouraged but not required. More information available at Vaquera Films.

Studio 385 | 385 Broadway, 3rd floor, between Walker & White, Manhattan | 8pm | $25

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