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Around Town - Theta Hotel Opens, New Matisse Exhibit, Going Batty, A Horrifying Stay in NYC & more..
October 4, 2023, 6:29.36 pm ET


Photo: Kimpton Theta Hotel

Kimpton Hotel Theta, a 364-room lifestyle hotel (managed by Highgate) originally imagined by Morris Lapidus, the famed architect synonymous with the iconic buildings found throughout Miami Beach, is now open. The hotel (790 8th Ave, NYC) in Hell's Kitchen has been completely redesigned to blend its modernism roots with a sense of high-design. Amenities include oversized rooms for NYC standards, with plush bedding and comfortable nooks to get some work done. Early next year, Hotel Theta will welcome Bar Sprezzatura, a rooftop restaurant inspired by the relaxed elegance of the Italian Riviera. Look for signature spritzes and elevated cicchetti to bring the effervescence of Positano to Midtown.

Image: Nevill Keating Pictures, London/ARS

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and André Derain (1880–1954) embarked on a creative partnership in the summer of 1905 that would change the course of French painting. The two painters daringly experimented with energetic bursts of color, form, and structure, the outcome of which led to a bold, new artistic language known as Fauvism (from the French fauve, or “wild beast”). Opening at The Met on October 13, 2023, Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism will present, for the first time in the United States, the legacy of that legendary summer through 65 paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Matisse and Derain on loan from national and international museums and private collections.

Photo: Queens Theater

Queens Theater is hosting WQXR’s FREE Classical Kids Fair, a fun-filled day of live performances, an instrument “petting zoo,” dance and songwriting workshops, arts & crafts, and more. Participating partners include the Copland School of Music and Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Spanish-English music duo Musiquita, and Queens Theatre's very own teaching artists. Recommended for ages 4 -12 years old. For more information, visit

South Street Seaport Museum is marking Halloween this October for some spooky experiences. Drop in at Bowne & Co.'s Halloween-inspired workshop (211 Water Street), between 12pm and 2pm for a free hands-on experience in crafting origami bats, and other spooky folded-paper creatures, along with Halloween-themed paper chains. Pre-registration is encouraged for this free seasonal workshop but walkups will be accommodated as possible. Anyone age 5 and up is welcome. All participants get to take home the items they create during the afternoon. For more info, visit

Photo: Madame Tussauds

Get ready for one sleepless, horrific night! Just in time for the spooky season, Madame Tussauds New York and InterContinental New York Times Square are offering a chilling overnight stay at the entrance of Warner Bros. Icons of Horror, where fans will have the opportunity to privately explore the experience and get up close with some of the most iconic horror characters. The “room” is available on Friday, October 13 and on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31. The once in a lifetime experience, whioch includes custom-cast wax hands, craft cocktails, private dinner and more starts at $4,000 for two guests. Pre-booking and stay customization must be organized at least five days in advance – horror fans can book their fa-boo-lous room now by calling 212-803-4580 or emailing to inquire

Photo: Isabelle Adjani/Marilyn's Vertigo

Isabelle Adjani stars in the North American premiere of Marilyn's Vertigo. This homage to Marilyn Monroe is based on the actress’s final interview, two days before her death. In a riveting solo stage performance, the renowned French actress Isabelle Adjani engages in a surreal dialogue with Monroe. Dressed in an exact replica of the black Dior dress Monroe wore at her final photo session, Adjani interprets an icon while exploring the broader complexities of stardom, identity, and legacy. Oct 13 at FIAF Gould Hall, 7:30pm-9pm. In French with English subtitles

Until next time, we’ll be seeing you Around Town!