What to do this week: A medieval performance, mural creation and more

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: March 6-12.


Bruna Horvath, Deputy News Editor


10 a.m.

Stand in awe of sculptures and decorative objects that once belonged to a medieval merchant named Henry Hamlyn at The Met’s new exhibition, “Rich Man, Poor Man.” The exhibition features over 50 pieces, including furniture, clothing and textiles. Visitors can learn about the experience of the middle class in medieval England through the objects. The exhibition is open until Aug. 20.

Attend an Arab culture festival

Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion

5 p.m.

Celebrate Arab culture at The Arab Festival with a night of Middle Eastern and North African food, live music and dance. The event will include a raffle to win jewelry and skincare products, and the proceeds will be donated to victims of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The festival is open to NYU students. Attendees should wear traditional or formal attire if they wish to.


Take part in a cosplay workshop

541 LaGuardia Place

4 p.m.

Unleash your inner nerd and learn to dress up as some of your favorite characters at NYU’s “Cosplay 101 Workshop.” The event will serve as an introduction for individuals interested in cosplay and is open both to those who are new and more experienced in the art form. Professional cosplayers will lead the workshop, and anyone who attends can wear a cosplay outfit. The event is free, but registration is required in advance through NYU Engage.

Attend a virtual webinar to learn whether an artificial intelligence chatbot can succeed in a job interview. NYU Stern assistant professor João Sedoc will interview ChatDS, a data science chatbot. The professors will ask the chatbot questions about data science, including some about coding and data visuals, to better determine how AI might influence the job market in the future. The event is free, but registration is required to access the Zoom link.


Help plan the creation of a permanent mural at NYU that will commemorate the leadership of Indigenous people and people of color in the fight against climate change. Black, Indigenous and Asian artists and climate scientists will lead the event, in preparation for 2040 Now, an initiative focused on reducing emissions at NYU that will run from April 17-21. This free workshop is open to NYU students but has limited space.

Watch a documentary about murder and disappearance

Tisch School of the Arts, screening room 006

6:30 p.m.

Attend this screening of the first episode of “Murder in Big Horn,” an investigative documentary series about the disappearances and potential murders of young Indigenous women and girls in and around Big Horn County in Wyoming. The viewing will be followed by a discussion with the co-directors Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin, moderated by Anna Deaveare Smith.


Learn about ancient Mayans’ masterful sculptures created during the Classic period — from  250 to 900 C.E. — during an expert discussion. This event will focus on the exhibit “Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art,” which includes nearly 100 works, and will be on display until April 2.

Attend this fireside chat with Elizabeth Nieto, global head of equity and impact at Spotify. Learn about Nieto’s work in managing global corporations around the world, including Spotify, Amazon, MetLife, Marsh and Citigroup. Tariq Khan, an SPS adjunct assistant professor and the founder and CEO of global diversity marketing, will co-host the event. The event is free and in person, but registration before 9 a.m. on March 9 is required.


10 a.m.

Browse through photos at The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit “Home” to discover how artists have interpreted the idea of home in New York City. The exhibit features photos and videos that showcase New York City in the context of the pandemic and racial and economic inequality. Every three years, this series exhibits a different theme. Tickets are free for those under 20, $14 for students or seniors 65 and older and $20 for other adults.

5 p.m.

Spend the evening watching the classic Studio Ghibli film “Princess Mononoke.” The 1997 movie is set in medieval Japan, and explores the relationship between humanity and nature through the journey of the character ​​Ashitaka. Free snacks and metro cards will be provided for attendees. The event is free, but registration is required to attend.


Watch a live theatrical parody of the popular TV show “The Office” in celebration of New York City Off-Broadway Week. The performance will feature iconic moments from the show, accompanied with original songs like “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric City)” and “That’s What She Said.” Guarantee yourself an evening full of laughs with this incredibly comedic performance. Two-for-one tickets are available for the show during Off-Broadway Week using the code OBW23. Tickets start at $58 and multiple showtimes are available.

Watch choreographer and director Francesca Harper’s live performance, “The Reckoning.” The dance performance explores how media coverage has caused erasure and commodification of police brutality. Commissioned by ARRAY’s Law Enforcement Accountability Project, this event will offer insight into social injustice. The performance is open to the public and tickets start at $5 and go up to $45.


Listen to the Brooklyn-based medieval musical group Alkemie perform “Awesome is this Place,” a medieval music concert. The performance will feature over a dozen unique medieval instruments, such as douçaines, vielles and gitterns. The program will include works from 15th century composer Guillaume DuFay and modern medieval artist Shira Kammen. This event is free and open to the public, but requires RSVP.

Grab a bowl of popcorn and join NYU’s Black and Latinx Students Association in watching “Creed III,” which follows a boxer named Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) as he faces off in a fight with a former friend. The club rented out a theater at AMC for the event, which is free and open to all NYU students — though RSVP is required to attend.