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Witching Hour — Track by track, part four: Creativity and culture


Witching Hour

various venues — Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21

Excited for Witching Hour this weekend but not sure where to start? The curators of the Witching Hour festival have arranged a series of tracks to guide your steps and highlight the hope at the heart of the festival: that encountering the unknown within particular, relevant issues will inspire individuals to become more innovative in their questioning and creating. Throughout this week, we’ll highlight two of these tracks each day as insight into the festival and ideas for how to pursue your interests during it.

Musician Yves Tumor closes out the Witching Hour festival with a midnight show at Gabe’s.

Whether your hope for the Witching Hour festival is to explore your own creative impulses or enjoy the creative work of others, these final two tracks have you covered.

Expanding Your Own Creative Capacity

These workshops, performances, and presentations allow audiences different ways to interrupt everyday thinking and regain familiarity with the elusive parts of the self that foster creativity. Each session will help free the audience from ruts and become attuned to otherwise unfamiliar modes of thinking, making new platforms from which innovative thought can become familiar.

Creative Confessional with Jami Milne (photo booth) 10/20, 5 p.m., 10/21, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Composing a Career: Nadia Sirota (violist) 10/20, 5 p.m.
Gong Bath and Sound Healing Meditation with Doug Mills (workshop) 10/21, 10 a.m.
Risk Taking & the Authentic Self with Saffron Henke and Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers (workshop) 10/21, 12 p.m.
Finding Honey in the Rock: A Workshop of Obsession with Danez Smith (workshop) 10/21, 12 p.m.
#NYFWIA: Two Iowa Designers Crash NYC Fashion Week (documentary, discussion) 10/21, 2:30 p.m.
Tom Tomorrow: 25 Years of Tomorrow (political cartoonist) 10/21, 4 p.m.
An Evening with Cey Adams: Def Jam and Beyond (artist, graphic designer) 10/21, 7:30 p.m.

Deep Culture Dive

One reason why Witching Hour has become a favorite among performers is its knack for attracting the kinds of artists that innovative talent listens to. This year is no different: Beyond the top 40 hits are musicians who will remind you of the first time you heard what became your favorite band, or the book that made you decide to write a movie.

• DJ Spooky: Explorer I Remix (music, premiere performance) 10/20, 7 p.m.
Danez Smith and the Writers of Color Reading Series (literature) 10/20, 5 p.m.
• Talibam! (performance) 10/20, 10 p.m., 10/21, 11 p.m.
Nadia Sirota (performance) 10/21, 7:30 p.m.
Yves Tumor (performance) 10/22, 12 a.m.


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