Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Alyssa Grossman, 09/12/2012
"Dimorphodon in flight" on view at Flying Monsters. Photo courtesy of Atlantic Productions / Zoo
American Museum of Natural History
It's an exciting time for this Upper West Side institution, home to a stunning display of artifacts, plus a planetarium and IMAX theater. Spiders Alive! continues its run through December 2, showcasing some of the most impressive arachnids alive and detailing their incredible feats of survival. You'll also find creature models, videos, interactive exhibitions and fossils. Transition from crawling critters to reptiles in flight with Flying Monsters, a David Attenborough–narrated National Geographic film that takes viewers 220 million years into the past to study the lives of pterosaurs, the first animals to take to the skies. Watch the tale of these magnificent creatures unfold with insights from scientists and engineers. The temperatures may be dropping outside, but it's always summer inside The Butterfly Conservatory, making its 15th-annual appearance on October 6. Gaze at more than 500 live butterflies as they flutter around in a balmy 80-degree tropical-forest environment. Beginning on November 17, work up an appetite for Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture, a survey of the past, present and future of eating with an emphasis on how mankind has grown, transported, cooked, tasted and celebrated food over thousands of years.