Seen & Heard: Sing your heart out in Duane Park

Friends of Duane Park will host an open mic night for kids at Duane Park on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8p. Interested kids must sign up, first come, first served, by emailing – FYI, there’s a limited number of three-minute spots. Kids can choose to sing, play music or do stand-up, and there will be musical accompaniment by Church Street School musician Wilson Montouri as well as a keyboardist.

Reade Street Animal Hospital will host a pet adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 5p. There will be catered food, drinks, face painters and a balloon artist and most importantly, Animal Care and Control Services will set up its adoption truck in the front of the practice. Tribeca Pet Services will be there as well.

If you haven’t made it to Gitano — the crazy outdoor tropical bar on Canal and Varick — yet this season, now’s your chance. It closes Oct. 13 for good. It was only a two-year deal to begin with for the Trinity-owned lot that I believe is officially 417-423 Canal.

The BPCA has tons of events going on this month. Check out the full schedule here, and some highlights below.

  • Relational Meditation on Thursday mornings at 9:30 through Oct. 10: Relational meditation uses mindfulness of breathing, eye-contact, and compassion meditation to help people connect, promoting deep listening, presence and open heartedness.
  • Kids nature watch on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 through Oct. 21: Participants will try their hand at bird watching, fishing, and raising butterflies. For ages 7 to 10.
  • “Ed-venture” outdoor skill building experiences: Several weekends between now and Oct. 26.
  • Dockappella – Sunday, Oct. 6, 1-3:30p, Wagner Park. Six acapella ensembles will showcase their pitch-perfect vocal renditions from a diverse mix of musical genres.
  • Public Art & Garden Tour: BPC Landscape as Art – Sunday, Oct. 6, 2PM, South Cove. Join Landscape Architect and Horticulturist Nancy Seaton for a tour investigating how landscapes are often the receptacle of art – the context within which sculpture is placed.
  • Friday Night Film Noir Series – Select Fridays, 6p, 6 River Terrace. Film noir is a style of American crime film originating in the 1940s. Often made on shoestring budgets, these low light, high intrigue detective stories are now regarded as classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13.
  • Public Art Tour: Pylons & Waterfront Plaza – Sunday, Oct. 27, 2p, meet at Pylons. Join contemporary art historian Dorothea Basile in a tour of celebrated artist Martin Puryear’s stately Pylons, which act as a symbolic portal connecting water and land. Explore the written poetry of Walt Whitman and Frank O’Hara surrounding North Cove with poet/literature professor Jon Curley.