How about a little air, Scarecrow? This year, Screamin’ Green Halloween is an out- door affair. Photo courtesy of Arts Brookfield
SCREAMIN’ GREEN HALLOWEEN For the first time, World Financial Center’s annual family-friendly, eco-themed autumnal afternoon of adventure is taking place outdoors. Watched over by a 30-foot scarecrow and witch, the Plaza and water- front will be transformed into a Halloween Village. At the Costume Swap, exchange last year’s trick-or-treat guise for gently used and ready-to-wear ones that will come in handy at 3pm’s closing ceremony: The Ghosts and Goblins Parade. Prior to that, kids can listen to spooky tales told in verse, at the Poets House Tent. Outside, they’ll join wandering puppets and marching bands and receive fair trade organic treats and temporary tattoos of pumpkins and ghosts.
Before those prizes are claimed, though, there will be games to play — including a vertical spin on the old bobbing for apples tub, and a challenge to tack the face onto a pump- kin (no donkey tail-pinning at this party!). Ghoulish little gamers can also test their skill at the Gourd Roll (an obstacle course where you navigate your gourd using a small broom) and try to toss a Spider in the Brew (only three chances to get that beanbag creepy crawly into the giant tractor tire cauldron).
The Ghost Farm is a giant communal art installation waiting for contributions (a ghost of your making). Give those specters something to dance to, by playing the Musical Spider Web (made of gongs, pipes, bells and washtubs). In the Screamin’ Green Screen Photo Booth, have a photo taken wearing your newly crafted Green Halloween costume and email it, tweet it or post it on Facebook.
Free. Sat., Oct, 27, from 12-3pm, at World Financial Center Plaza (220 Vesey St.). Free valet bicycle parking will be provided by Transportation Alternatives. For event info: visit worldfinancialcenter.com/screamin- green-halloween or call 212-945-0505.
All about getting ill: Pedro Morillo, in “How to Break.” Photo courtesy of Trevor J. Martin
HOW TO BREAK Some shows, like some unwelcome life obstacles, are too daunting to tackle alone. With that in mind, HERE Arts Center called in reinforcements — in the form of Collective Consciousness Theater and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival — for their first- ever co-producing endeavor. The result is a human beat-boxing, breaking, popping, locking, multimedia graffiti art production being presented by HERE’s startHERE Program: Innovative Theatre for Young People.
Playwright Aaron Jafferis, pioneering breakers Kwikstep and Rokafella, beatboxers Adam Matta and Yako 440 — along with com- poser Rebecca Hart and director Christopher Edwards — combine their formidable talents to tell the story of three troubled souls who unite to help two bodies in crisis.
“How to Break” transports the audience into a hospital room where a socially awkward pediatric hematologist, a music therapist/yoga teacher and a nurse with a beatboxing problem try to save (or at least not screw up) an impulsive but intuitive b-boy with sickle cell anemia and a defiantly independent b-girl with leukemia. Together, all involved make a connection as they struggle to rise above the limitations of their diagnosis and redefine what it means to be “ill.”
Select performances of “How to Break” are followed by interactive panel discussions. On Oct. 24, “Total Chaos: Hip-Hop Culture & the Ensemble Creation Process” takes you behind the scenes of the show. On Oct. 25, “Ill Art: Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine?” explores the role of creativity and humor in the healing process — and on Oct. 28, “CoSMO” invites health care practitioners to respond to the social, psychological and medical questions posed by the play.
Previews begin Thurs., Oct. 18, for an Oct. 23-Nov. 4 run. Performances are Tues.-Sat. at 7pm (with 2pm matinees on Sun., Oct. 28 & Nov. 4; 10:30pm performances on Fri., Oct. 26 & Nov. 2; no show Oct. 31). At HERE (145 Sixth Ave., 1 block below Spring St.). For tickets ($10 in advance, $18 24 hours prior, $20 on day of show), call 212-352- 3101 or visit here.org. This production, FREE for students with valid student ID , is appropriate for ages 12 and up (strong language). For more info on the creative team, visit socialchangetheatre.org and hhtf.org.