Dinner in the dark and Ukrainian autumn festival: how to spend a weekend in New York (October 21-23)

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Dinner in the Dark and Ukrainian Fall Festival: How to Spend a Weekend in New York (21-23 October)

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What: Dinner in the Dark

When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23

Where: The venue is kept secret, and only those who register will be able to will receive the address.

More:One of the season's most exciting culinary experiences is back: Dining in the Dark, a 90-minute adventure that invites diners to forget the traditional way of eating. Participants will dine in pitch darkness blindfolded.

You may wonder what the benefits of eating like this are, but the lack of distractions promotes the idea that eating in the dark heightens the diner's senses, making the experience more enjoyable. In this case, the focus is on taste, smell, mouthfeel and sound. First, visitors, accompanied by waiters, will enter a lighted room. They will then be blindfolded and immersed in total darkness to enjoy this unique culinary experience.

Price: $0-85



What: Harlem Bazar

When: Friday, October 21, from 3:00 pm

Where: Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Office Building 163 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027

More:Harlem Bazar takes place every month in the heart of New York. It brings together artists, merchants, creators, inventors, designers and visionaries in one place. The most amazing dishes, the hottest products, incredibly crafted items, as well as works of art, fresh design and more await you. Harlem Bazar is New York's largest arts and culture fair.

Price: Free


What : Meeting with Ukrainian writer Vladimir Rafeenko

Dinner in the Dark and Ukrainian Fall Festival: How to spend a weekend in New York (October 21-23)

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When: Friday, October 21, from 18:00

Where: Shevchenko Scientific Society, USA 63 4th Avenue New York, NY 10003

More details: Razom Book Club and Shevchenko Scientific Society invite you to a meeting with Ukrainian writer Volodymyr Rafeenko.

The talented Ukrainian writer, poet, translator and literary critic was forced to first leave his native Donetsk, and then found himself under occupation in Bucha.

In 2018, he wrote Mondegrin: Songs of Death and Love, a novel about those , who are commonly referred to dryly as “forcibly displaced persons”. This is a novel about the difficulties of building a new life, about the shock of loss and pity for what he knew and loved.

The novel is also special because for the author this is the first work in Ukrainian: Rafeenko mastered Ukrainian so much that he wrote (without exaggeration) an outstanding novel in which he described how the transition to the Ukrainian language contributes to a complete restructuring of a person’s worldview.

In February 2022, Vladimir and his family found themselves under occupation in Bucha. The result of this experience was the complete and final rejection of the Russian language, about which Vladimir wrote several essays.

Price: Free


< p>What: VOX IN DESERTO Performance by ESSENCE Theatre-Studio

When: Saturday-Sunday, 22-23 October

Where:ESSENCE Theater-Studio, 2653 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

More: “War? Refugee? Let's help!..” But what about those who left their soul in their homeland, the work of their whole life? How will the new shelter help those who have left themselves at home?

ESSENCE Studio Theater presents the premiere of VOX IN DESERTO based on a story written by young Israeli playwright, Columbia University student Didi Tal. Two refugee actors in a new country play Shakespeare's King Lear, where the sidewalk serves as a stage and discarded trash and old cardboard boxes serve as scenery. The mixture of the horrific reality of refugees from a country in which there is a war, and uplifting poetry, as well as Shakespearean depth, is reality and absurdity, which allows two geniuses to find a new home for the Spirit. The shelter where the house is always with you. The house, whose name is the theater!

Vox In Deserto in Latin means “Voice in the Desert” – a popular expression from the Torah “The voice of one crying in the wilderness”, which has become a symbol of the desperate call of a person that no one can or does not want to hear.

Cost: $30


What: How to make a discovery: an interesting story for children about science in Russian< /p>

When: Saturday, October 22 at 2:30pm

Where: Hopscotch Montessori school VIA 57 campus 649 West 57th Street New York, NY

Read more:Together with Ilya Kolmanovsky, a science journalist, candidate of biological sciences, host of the Naked Rat Rat podcast, children are invited to talk about humanized pigs, elephants without tusks, minecraft xenobots made of frog skin, and also about cyborgs, brains in a test tube and bloodthirsty butterflies.

You won't be bored!

Cost: $28.38


What: Concert dedicated to Lesya Ukrainka

When: Saturday, October 22, from 19:00

Where : Dolan Hall, 2 Convent Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

More:The concert, prepared by the Ukrainian Bandura Choir of North America together with the Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA), is dedicated to Lesya Ukrainka, an outstanding Ukrainian writer. Guests will hear an exclusive recording of her voice. The grand-nephew of Lesya Ukrainka will take part in the event. Part of the proceeds will be used to finance the UNWLA's humanitarian assistance activities in Ukraine.

Cost: $35


What: Ukrainian Autumn Festival

Dinner in the dark and Ukrainian Fall Festival: how to spend a weekend in New York (October 21-23)

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When: Sunday, October 23, from 15:00

Where: Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, 60 N Jefferson Rd, Whippany, NJ 07981

More:The Ukrainian-American Cultural Center of New Jersey invites everyone to the Ukrainian festival and at the same time fundraising for Ukrainian defenders. Come to the autumn fun yourself and bring your friends. This is a great place to have fun and help Ukraine at the same time.

Price: $50-100


Dear readers! Please note that due to the coronavirus epidemic, some events may be canceled or rescheduled to other dates. Therefore, before visiting, we recommend checking the information on the organizers' websites.

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In addition, interesting Look for events for each day of the week in our calendar. Come, learn, share with friends. Before visiting, check the organizers' websites for details and venues, as they may change.

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