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Autumn is just around the corner


Friday marks the autumnal equinox, and there’s no better time to stroll the tree-lined paths of Governors Island. Don’t miss Open Studios and Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s A Supple Perimeter during the LMCC Arts Center’s last weekend of the season, plus polo, plenty of theater and more! And stay tuned next week as we announce some exciting October tricks and treats…

Open Studios with Process Space and Extended Life Artists-in-Residence, Saturday & Sunday, 1-6 PM, LMCC Arts Center Building 110
During this free, weekend-long event, artists open their studio doors to the public, offering a unique, behind-the-scenes window into their creative practices in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Come out and talk with the artists and gain insight into their creative processes! This will also be the final weekend to visit the summer exhibition, A Supple Perimeter, by artist, educator and writer Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

Victory Cup Polo Match, Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM, Play Lawn
The Victory Cup is not your average polo match! Join to watch the games and enjoy tastings from local chefs, restaurants, farms, vineyards, distilleries and breweries from New York City. Guests will enjoy taking in the majesty of the horses and the thrill of heart pounding polo! Tickets available here.

African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration, Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM, Colonels Row
Come out for an enchanting day of free music, film, and dance at African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration! Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join for a day of story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, needlepoint and short films — all celebrating Africa and the diaspora.

Courage, Friday-Sunday, 2 PM, Castle Williams Parking Lot
NACL’s Courage will have its New York City premiere on Governors Island this weekend! This spectacular performance, set in an imagined refugee camp and unfolding as a walking journey, is inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play, “Mother Courage and Her Children,” written in 1939 Fascist Germany, and advocates for compassion in an era of fear and war. A limited number of tickets are available via Indigogo.

Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: a Prehistory of Governors Island, Daily, 10 AM-4:30 PM, Fort Jay
Explore this winding sculptural installation inside the magazine of historic Fort Jay! This work by award winning artist David Brooks digs down to the core of Governors Island, exposing the strata of history of this floating rock in NY Harbor. Free and open to the public, this installation is open every day until October 31.

More Performances

Brave New World Repertory Theatre presents The Plantation: a bold new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, set in 1870 Virginia after emancipation, but before the onset of Jim Crow. Chekhov’s Russian serfs become American freed men and women in this immersive and emotionally charged production.
September 23-25, Saturday-Monday, 1:30 PM at the Commanding Officer’s House, Nolan Park. *Final performances!* Free seats available on a first come, first served basis.

When the world is mad, does embracing madness make you sane? Created by the Dysfunctional Collective this summer on Governors Island, The Bacchae is a freely adapted, feminist take on Euripides’ tragedy. Performances are approximately 30 minutes long and may be too intense for young children.
September 23-24, Saturday & Sunday, 2:30 & 4:30 PM in Nolan Park 8B

Exquisite Corpse Company invites you to a wedding… or perhaps the funeral… Jump to the surreal world of A Ribbon About a Bomb as you cycle and muse on with Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington through the abandoned halls of a mansion. Tickets available here.
Fridays 3 PM, Saturdays & Sundays 2 & 4 PM through October 15 in Colonels Row 407B

Save the Date!

Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29: Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns is ready to light up New York Harbor this October! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists, live carving demonstrations, and take home your own pumpkin at this truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt here on Governors Island. Tickets available here.