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Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Appel Room : 7:00 p.m. September 19; 7:00 p.m. September 20

He's brought his famous lilt to tunes by Stephen Foster, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, but there's something truly enticing about Frisell burrowing into a program entitled "This Land: Woody Guthrie's Better World." Both icon and interpreter can be folksy or fierce, and that kind of pliability... More >>

West 50s Music

Maker Faire

New York Hall of Science : 10:00 a.m. September 20; 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 20; 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

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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Chicha Libre

Barbes : 9:30 p.m. every Mon.

In addition to being a popular alcoholic beverage, "chicha" also signifies the psychedelic style of cumbia fermented in Peru's Amazonian rainforests during the '70s. This terrific Brooklyn combo features One Ring Zero accordion wizard Josh Camp and members of Las Rubias del Norte. They open a... More >>

Park Slope Music

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch

Bemelmans Bar : 9:00 p.m. every Sun.

Two of the town’s most sophisticated goofballs sing, play and generally throw a party not exactly like the one the pair of them toss at Birdland on Monday nights but just as much fun. They’ve got something of that old Bob Hope-Bing Crosby chemistry going for them, which ain’t... More >>

East 70s Music

Mandingo Ambassadors

Barbes : 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

Guinean guitarist Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate came of age among such legendary 1970s guitarcentric combos as the Horoya Band and Bembeya Jazz, which blended Cuban rumba with traditional balafon-based sounds. Kouyate moved to New York in search of political asylum in 2004 and currently leads this... More >>

Park Slope Music

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

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

Trajal Harrell: Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church

The Kitchen : 4:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 20

“What would have happened in 1963,” asked choreographer Trajal Harrell, “if someone from the voguing ballroom scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?” Harrell, an epicene artist with passions for clothing, language,... More >>

Chelsea Dance

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

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

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

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

Whitney Museum Of American Art : 11:00 a.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 19

Jeff Koons is one of contemporary art’s nastier polymaths: What other artist has made such ranging use of his own penis? Active since the ’80s, Koons has always split the art crowd down the middle, a squabble over whether a commercially successful artist who sells giant metallic... More >>

East 80s Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Cultural Events, Art - Openings and Events, Art - Museums

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

The Accidental Pervert

13th Street Repertory Company : 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat.

Performer and comedian Andrew Goffman stars in this long-running comedy about a young man who struggles with his addiction to porn after he meets his wife to be. More >>

Chelsea Theater, Off-Broadway: Now Playing
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