Culture Watch: QC Library Recommends (Oct. 2020)

by Michael Deering

October is in swing! Autumn colors are starting to appear and Halloween is coming! This month, we tapped more of our own Queens College venues including the Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Art.


  • From Friday, October 9 through Thursday, October 15: Brooklyn venue St. Anne’s Warehouse will be streaming a trilogy of Shakespeare on film beginning with Julius Caesar. Entirely cast by women, the trilogy was filmed at Donmar Warehouse in London and is hailed as “one of the most important theatrical events of the last twenty years” by The Observer.
  • From Friday, October 16 through Thursday, October 22: St. Anne’s Warehouse brings Henry IV to your home this week. 
  • From Friday, October 23 through Thursday, October 29: The trilogy of Shakespeare on film presented by St. Anne’s Warehouse ends with a personal favorite of mine: The Tempest.
  • Friday, October 30 through Sunday November 1: In case you missed any, all three of the Shakespeare on Film will be available this weekend from St. Anne’s Warehouse!


  • Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30PM: This month, The Met Opera will be featuring one composer each week in their Nightly Opera Streams – which makes an opera available for 23 hours beginning each night at 7:30PM. The first week in October is Wagner Week. Wednesday night they will show the first part of the infamous Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold. The other three will be featured the following nights.
  • Monday, October 12 at 7:30PM: The Met Opera begins Donizetti Week. My favorite L’Elisir d’Amore, will be airing on Wednesday evening.
  • Tuesday, October 20 at 7PM: The Kupferberg Center of the Arts presents the Slavo Rican Assembly. The SRA unites some of the most notable musicians from the Caribbean and the Slavic worlds today. I have had the pleasure of seeing Jan Kus perform before. As a saxophone player and bandleader, he blends rich musical traditions from around the world in immensely entertaining and engaging ways. Followed by a Q&A session.



  • Friday, October 16 at 12PM: Poets House broadcasts Canadian poet, essayist and translator Lisa Robertson reads prose from The Baudelaire Fractal.
  • Friday, October 30 at 12PM: Poet and writer Yona Harvey reads from her forthcoming collection You Don’t Have To Go To Mars for Love. Presented by Poets House.


  • Ongoing: Need some art? The Godwin-Ternbach Museum resides on Queens College Campus but has been delivering virtual exhibitions and gallery talks to our screens at home. HUMAN/Nature: Portraits From the Permanent Collection is available as a virtual exhibit with information to pair with the art!
  • Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00PM: Join artist Azikiwe Mohammed as he talks us through his gallery from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Azikiwe hopes to offer a look at what Black people look like as told by Black people, not to / at Black people, as is too often the case. Registration is free but required.
  • Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00PM: In this Artist Talk, Queens College alumna and artist Deja Patterson will address how the ideals of beauty have changed throughout the course of history. Presented by The Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Registration is free but required.