No need for a pricey flight to Tokyo—this nonprofit hosts multiple events and exhibits annually with the aim of fostering positive U.S.-Japanese relations. Founded in 1907, it features a theater, an art gallery and a language center, as well as bucolic indoor gardens and a waterfall. $12, seniors and students $10, children under 16 free; Fri 6–9pm free.
Dances of Vice hosts Cosmic Odyssey: A Space Pop Party in White (Sat 9, 8pm–midnight; $20, advance $15; dancesofvice.com) in the psychedelic environs of artist Mariko Mori’s futuristic exhibition “Rebirth.” Galactic guests are encouraged to dress in monochrome, sip at an open sake bar (8–9pm), and bop to space go-go spun by DJs Devon E. Levins and Saiko Mikan. Japanese burlesque duo the Momojiri Girls and a hula hoopist add to the ambience.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation headquarters offers a packed schedule of exhibitions, screenings, concerts, lectures and symposia, providing exposure to Northern European culture in less time than it takes to put together an IKEA side table. Free.
The “Dinner & A Movie” package ($31; reservations required) pairs a two-course prix fixe prepared by in-house eatery Smörgås Chef with the organization’s slate of current Nordic cinema. Admire the stunning panoramas in Herd In Iceland (Thu 7 at 7pm), a documentary about the annual roundup of purebred horses, or follow the tumultuous marriage of 19th-century Danish painters Marie and P.S. Krøyer in Marie Krøyer (Dec 4 at 7pm, Dec 6 at 6:30pm).
FIAF’s literarature, film and performing arts programming will satisfy the most rabid of Francophiles. One of the largest Gallic cultural centers in the country, its impressive facilities include Florence Gould Hall Theater and the Haskell Library, stocked with French-language newspapers, magazines, DVDs and books. Free.
Learn about l’amour à la française during the “Undressed: The Art of Sex & Seduction” lecture series. A steamy debate on French sensuality (Nov 20 at 7pm) is followed by an exploration inside the erotic mind led by sex therapist Esther Perel (Dec 2 at 7pm); lastly, investigate the science of love, lust and attraction with biological anthropologist Helen Fisher (Dec 9 at 7pm). $20–$25, three-talk package $50–$65
Founded in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, this East Village gem features one of the largest collections of Ukrainian art and archival material in the U.S. The museum presents regular gallery talks, concerts and film screenings, as well as traditional folk-art workshops. $8, seniors and students $6, children 12 and under free.
Study vintage communiqués in “Propaganda and Slogans: The Political Poster in Soviet Ukraine, 1919–1921” (through Feb 2), comprising 28 original pieces touting the rhetoric of Bolshevism. For another blast from the Soviet past, author Andrea Chalupa discusses her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm (Nov 15 at 7pm; $5–$15), detailing the banned book’s significance to Ukrainians in displaced persons camps in the 1930s.