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Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Borough Hall : 10:00 a.m. September 21

The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates books and bookish discussion in the area that has more writers per capita than anywhere else in the country. Sprawled across the lawns in front of Borough Hall, various tents represent literary magazines, bookstores, small presses, and perhaps even that guy... More >>

Brooklyn Heights Literary Events, Family Events, Festivals

Kaufman Astoria Studios Tour

Museum of the Moving Image : 11:00 a.m. September 21

New York on Location, a free, family-friendly event, offers participants an extensive, daylong glimpse into the nuts and bolts of film production in New York City. Presented by the Museum of the Moving Image, Kaufman Astoria Studios (home to such recent TV shows as Orange Is the New Black,... More >>

Astoria Tours, Film

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

King Crimson

Best Buy Theater : 8:00 p.m. daily until September 21

The eighth iteration since 1969 of skysaw guitarist Robert Fripp's prog-rock playpen is a septet featuring a three-drummer front-line, with Fripp, longtime bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collinsm, and guitarist Jakko Jakszyk bringing up the rear. Early shows have been bookeneded by "Lark's... More >>

West 40s 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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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

Maker Faire

New York Hall of Science : 10:00 a.m. September 21

Wondering where your jet pack is? Look around the family-friendly Maker Faire this weekend in Queens. The show floor abounds with creativity: robots of all types, 3-D printers and their increasingly complex output, electronic marvels, and more. In the auditorium, the world’s foremost... More >>

Corona Festivals, Family Events

The Queens County Fair

Queens County Farm Museum : 11:00 a.m. September 21

The county fair is one of those mythic heartland institutions that we New Yorkers fetishize and fantasize the ever-living, soil-fertilizing shit out of but ultimately accept as something that doesn’t belong to us. Well, we need not miss out. The Queens County Fair has all the bucolic fun... More >>

Glen Oaks Recreation

Trade Practices

Governors Island : 12:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 21

Opening today, this immersive, site-specific metatheater piece begins with a Lower Manhattan ferry ride to Pershing Hall on Governors Island, where the viewer navigates an interactive trading floor. The nominal story of Trade Practices is that of a fictional currency company’s fast ascent... More >>

Financial District Theater, Festivals

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

“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

"Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness"

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : 10:30 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 2

What do Ritter Sport chocolate bars have in common with a woman wearing a lemon yellow towel wrapped around her head? When photographed by Christopher Williams, they are both completely absent of personality; 100 percent product. In “The Production Line of Happiness,” the MoMa... More >>

West 50s Visual Art, Photography, Museum Exhibits and Events, Multimedia, Arts, Art - Ongoings, Art - Museums
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