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Sarah Ruhl

BookCourt : 7:00 p.m. September 22

Playwright Sarah Ruhl is equally deft at depicting onstage the healing properties of a vibrator, the passion of Christ, and why one should or shouldn’t pick up the cell phone of the dead man sitting next to her at a café. In 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, she changes... More >>

Brooklyn Literary Events

Jason Derulo+Becky G+Wallpaper.

Best Buy Theater : 7:30 p.m. September 22

If 2014 is the year of the booty, that's thanks in part to Jason Derulo and his sexed-up, virtually inescapable presence with songs like the horn-trotting "Talk Dirty." While Derulo initially hit the scene with slightly less overt hits like "In My Head" and "Watcha Say" (that one with the... More >>

West 40s Music

Shovels & Rope

Bowery Ballroom : 9:00 p.m. September 22

In the five years that Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have been performing as Shovels & Rope, the married musical duo has distilled their songwriting into a musical embodiment of their relationship. As is common with wizened folk singers versed in story telling, their lyrics are filled with... More >>

Lower East Side Music

Fifth Harmony+Meghan Trainor

The Paramount : 7:00 p.m. September 23

American girl groups are hard to come by, but Fifth Harmony are holding it down. After winning the much coveted Artist to Watch VMA—they even beat Aussie boy band heartthrobs 5 Seconds of Summer, but we'll let that one slide—they have proven themselves the badass feminist Spice... More >>

Long Island Music

Carla Bozulich

Le Poisson Rouge : 8:00 p.m. September 23

Joining no wave goddess Lydia Lunch and Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon atop the holier-than-thou perch of avant-garde brutarians is Carla Bozulich, a vanguard on a deconstructionist mission for the last two-odd decades. Throughout her trailblazing arc, Bozulich has sliced and diced... More >>

Greenwich Village Music

Nada Surf

Rough Trade NYC : 8:00 p.m. September 23

Unfortunately if you slept on buying your tickets to Nada Surf's show, then you've missed out—the show is sold out. However, if you did buy your tickets early like a true stan, then you know what you're in for: a heartfelt performance by one of rock's most beloved indie groups. Though... More >>

Brooklyn Music

Tweedy

Howard Gilman Opera House : 8:00 p.m. September 23

BAM's month-long Nonesuch Records tribute continues with an especially timely booking. It's release day for Sukierae, Jeff Tweedy and his drumming son Spencer's duo debut. They'll perform it with a full band during the evening's first set, followed by Dad's solo set of Wilco tunes. Feel free to... More >>

Brooklyn Music

Rokia Traoré+Toumani Diabaté+Sidiki Diabaté

BAM Harvey Theater : 8:00 p.m. September 24

Mali’s renowned Diabaté lineage of praise singers, epic-poetry reciters, and kora players — hereditary musicians known as griots — extends several dozen generations into the past. Its most recent maestros are the late Sidiki Diabaté, who introduced Western... More >>

Fort Greene Music

DJ Chuckie

Governors Island : 4:00 p.m. September 28

he king of Dirty Dutch is bringing the Amsterdam-based, high pitched-house music to Governors Beach Club to close out the summer beachside concert series. Take advantage of the last days of summer by taking the ferry (which is included in ticket price) to join Chuckie and his labelmates for an... More >>

Financial District Music

Jason Mraz

Radio City Music Hall : 8:00 p.m. September 22; 8:00 p.m. September 23

Jason Mraz is up there with Jack Johnson and Gavin DeGraw in the college-bro, "Should I be embarrassed I like this guy?" category, but, hey, dude's got some good tunes. Most notably, the ubiquitous 2008 hit "I'm Yours" and his breakout "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)." For his current tour, in... More >>

West 40s Music

Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson

BAM Harvey Theater : 7:30 p.m. daily from September 23 until September 27

Part of the BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival, the boundary-breaking Kronos Quartet demonstrates the breadth of its scope with two separate collaborations. On September 20, they join 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman-cum-folk chanteuse Natalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops lead singer Rhiannon Giddens,... More >>

Fort Greene Music

The Black Keys

Barclays Center : 8:00 p.m. September 23; 8:00 p.m. September 24

Gene Simmons can say that rock is dead all he wants, but that hasn’t stopped the Black Keys from keeping the spirit of the genre kicking. Since their formation in the the early aughts, the Ohio duo has slowly risen to become rock ’n’ roll’s foremost act. Albums like... More >>

Brooklyn Music

Here and Elsewhere

New Museum of Contemporary Art : 11:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 27

“Here and Elsewhere,” the New Museum’s latest building-wide exhibition, gets its title from the 1976 Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville pro-Palestinian documentary Ici et ailleurs. Much like the namesake film, it focuses on modern... More >>

East Village Arts, Art - Museums

Cia. Unión Tanguera

Joyce Theater : 2:00 p.m. every Sun. from September 23 until October 5; 8:00 p.m. every Sat. from September 23 until October 5; 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. from September 23 until October 5; 7:30 p.m. every Wed. from September 23 until October 5

Those of us raised in a social-dance universe where people rarely touch one other may find tango impossibly difficult — and supremely sexy. Developed in Argentina in the late 19th century, it has absorbed, and resisted, many cultural influences. At once precise and fluid, linear and... More >>

Chelsea Dance

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Brooklyn Museum : 11:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until February 15

It’s the same argument every Fashion Week, every runway show: “Sure, it’s beautiful. But who would actually wear that?” Wearing high fashion is about as much the point as hanging the Mona Lisa in your rec room or hoisting a Rodin into your five-story walk-up. Such is the... More >>

Prospect Heights Fashion and Style, Arts, Art - Museums
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Free Tours by Foot

Central Park : 12:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 1

The folks at Free Tours by Foot offer a guide into every wonderful aspect of New York City, including food, history, graffiti and street art, subway art, Central Park, and neighborhoods including Harlem, Brooklyn Heights, and Williamsburg, just to name a few. The best part of all: Each tour is... More >>

East 70s Recreation

'Mobile Mondays' w/ Operator EMZ+Joey Carvello+Natasha Diggs+Just Blaze+Misbehaviour+$$$Mike

Bowery Electric : 10:00 p.m. every Mon.

Anyone can queue MP3s through Serato, some can play sets with their collection of 12-inches, but a DJ night with only 45s? Until a backward-looking Brooklyn dive attempts to throw a party where DJs have to stick to wax cylinders, no one is going to touch Bowery Electric’s Mobile Mondays,... More >>

Noho Music

7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair

Governors Island : 11:00 a.m. every Sat., Sun. until September 28

As autumn approaches, visitors of Governors Island edge away from the sufficiently partied-on lawns and gather inside its abandoned military barracks; on September weekends, at least. Artist-run nonprofit 4heads presents the 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, which opens today and features... More >>

Financial District Arts, Art - Galleries

Queer New York International Arts Festival

Multiple venues : 12:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 27

Dancer Jeremy Wade, whose piece Stardust premieres at the Queer New York International Arts Festival, calls his work “a little fleeting chunk of queer utopia.” That is essentially what this festival is: a patchwork of queer utopias spread over 10 days across the boroughs. The QNYIAF... More >>

East Village Festivals, LGBT Events

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

The Bell House : 8:30 p.m. every Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 22

Founded in 2008, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival has already amassed an impressive list of notable alumni: Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Mike Birbiglia, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Fred Armisen, John Oliver, Louis C.K., Ira Glass, and many more. This year’s seventh annual edition presents both... More >>

Brooklyn Comedy

The Floating Library

Pier 25 : 2:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 3

If you love boats or books or both, this is a great way to spend the day. The Floating Library was conceived by artist Beatrice Glow, who solicited many volunteers and sponsors to get the historic Lilac Steamship refurbished and outfitted as a pop-up, mobile device-free library. (That’s... More >>

Tribeca Literary Events, Sports - Spectator, Arts

“Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today"

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum : 10:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until October 1

When we think of Latin American art, it’s still Frida and Diego who come to mind. But so much has happened to alter the culture since those two and their star-crossed love. Namely, repressive governments, economic highs and lows, a guy named Borges, and a girl named Shakira. This is why... More >>

East 80s Arts, Art - Museums

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Belasco Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until October 12; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 12; 7:00 p.m. every Sat. until October 12

We know you’ve always wondered what Neil Patrick Harris would look like in fishnets and gold platform boots. Now you can see for yourself when he stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rock musical about an East German transgender singer who... More >>

West 40s Theater, Broadway: Opening

Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Museum of the Moving Image : 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 17

Leading Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien received some much-deserved U.S. exposure in 1999, when a retrospective of his work landed in New York. This fall’s Hou-centered series at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, however, ups the ante, offering not only screenings of... More >>

Astoria Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

“Somebody Come and Play”: 45 Years of Sesame Street

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts : 12:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 31

More than any other cultural or political figure of the past half-century, Big Bird can be considered the great uniter. No other teacher has influenced a wider swath of children — spreading the Sesame sermon far and wide, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, or economic bracket.... More >>

West 60s Literary Events, Arts, Art - Galleries
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