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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

Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Cafe Carlyle : 8:45 p.m. daily until September 20

Though he gigs regularly with this aggregate in Los Angeles, we haven’t seen this side of the top-drawer actor on our coast. He plays jazz piano as if it’s his first love and gabs freely as well. Mildred Snitzer is apparently an old Pittsburgh family friend whose moniker... More >>

East 70s Music

King Crimson

Best Buy Theater : 8:00 p.m. daily from September 18 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

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

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

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

The Bell House : 8:30 p.m. every Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from September 18 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

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

“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

Cia. Unión Tanguera

Joyce Theater : 2:00 p.m. every Sun. from September 23 until October 5; 2:00 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

“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. from September 18 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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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

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

Billy Joel

Madison Square Garden : 8:00 p.m. September 17; 8:00 p.m. October 2; 8:00 p.m. November 25; 8:00 p.m. December 18

Las Vegas was once the go-to spot for legendary musicians looking to settle down for a residency, but it looks like MSG and Billy Joel have found a way to take that concept home to New York. After playing a New Year's Eve show at Barclays, the Bronx-born, Long Island-bred performer, who has... More >>

Chelsea Music

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
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