Ten Can’t-Miss Fall 2015 Events in New York


Fall in New York is bittersweet: Though the tourists head home and subway platforms become slightly more tolerable, the Hamptons crowds are back, making it tougher to carve out your own quiet space for contemplation. Plus, natives know that it’s only a matter of time till we’re hit with another polar vortex. Thankfully, you can drown your autumn melancholy in some state-made tipple during Cider Week (pumpkin beer is over, you know) or eat your feelings at Meatopia, a barbecue-sauce-soaked highlight of the New York City Wine and Food Festival.

It’s back-to-school season as well, but since we’re all adults here, we can educate ourselves in the manner we choose — and via pop culture is the most fun. Learn about how scientists navigate thorny health issues by way of Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia at Everything I Know About Bioethics I Learned From The Golden Girls. Or delve into early medical literature by perusing a serial killer’s shelves at Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector, and get your creep on ahead of the Village Halloween Parade. For bookish types who are squeamish about cannibalism, there’s BinderCon, a two-day conference for women who want to break into writing and make the media world more equitable. Once you’ve gotten a firm grasp on nonfiction, mix it up at Essayons, a conversation at BookCourt between three prominent writers who hybridize forms in their work.

We salute the runners who ring in November by hustling through all five boroughs at the TCS Marathon (November 1), not to mention the folks who stand for hours in the chill to take in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 26), but we prefer to sit back and be entertained. Good thing there’s the New York Television Festival, with dozens of screenings of pilots throughout the city, any of which could become next season’s Empire (or Broad City). And at the New York Comedy Festival, you can see director Judd Apatow step behind the mic, or hear Patton Oswalt talk about his love of movies. Of course, you could play a more active role in your art consumption by checking out MoMA’s Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, which attempts to make sense of how the internet and digital media have altered perceptions of visual forms through the work of more than twenty artists from around the world.

Everything I Know About Bioethics I Learned From The Golden Girls
September 18

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, a bioethicist at Fordham University, makes her controversial realm of study more approachable using the lens of The Golden Girls. Turns out the beloved sitcom was way ahead of its time, and tackled tons of tricky issues concerning health, medicine, and decision-making. Dr. Yuko will use clips to provoke discussion and illustrate how, over the course of the show’s run, Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche, and Rose navigated topics like in vitro fertilization, HIV/AIDS, sexuality, and more. This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Golden Girls‘ debut, so why not take the opportunity to learn from its protagonists about profound questions of morality? At 7:30, Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens, 347-451-3873,, $6

Brooklyn Pour
September 26, Brooklyn Expo Center

Raise a glass to Brooklyn! For its fifth installment, the Brooklyn Pour beer festival is moving homes from the Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Though the location is changing, the beer and good times remain. At Brooklyn Pour, beer connoisseurs can sample brews from all over the country, particularly pours from the Tri-State area, as well as enjoy food and entertainment offerings. At 3, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, 212-475-7446,, $55-$85

Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector
October 8

The NBC show Hannibal has reinvigorated Thomas Harris’s infamous serial killer, bringing him to small screens in an artful new incarnation. Fans know that in addition to committing surrealistic murder and cannibalism, Dr. Lecter is also an intellectual and an aesthete, highly knowledgeable in the realms of art, classical music, philosophy, literature, and, of course, anatomy. Tonight, attend a lecture that delves into that strangest of places: Hannibal’s bookshelves. Elisabeth Brander, rare-book librarian at Washington University in St. Louis’s medical library, leads attendees on a tour of the sorts of tomes he might keep, including medical books dating back to the 1600s. At 8, Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424-A Third Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-799-1017,, $8

October 18

A carnivorous centerpiece of the New York City Wine and Food Festival, Meatopia is an exercise in decadence. It’s also a tribute to the late Josh Ozersky, a distinguished food writer and the founder of this world-famous fest. This year, the James Beard Award–winning restaurateur and Food Network personality Michael Symon plays host to a convocation of chefs who will cook all manner of poultry, pork, beef, and lamb over open flames. Participants include stars like Michael White, whose restaurants are almost too numerous to count, and Pat LaFrieda, whose high-quality butchery has led many to consider him the final word on meat. There’ll be cocktails, wine, and beer as well. At 4, Pier 92 (52nd Street and West Side Highway), 866-969-2933,, $165

New York Television Festival
October 19–24

Since 2005, the New York Television Festival has brought together independent writers, producers, directors, and industry heavyweights. Given the recent proliferation of media platforms, studios are hungry for innovative pilots, and New Yorkers can be the first to get a glimpse of what might become next season’s hottest series. On the prowl for content this time around are networks like A&E, Lifetime, and History; for aspiring creators, there are also comedy-pitch and indie-pilot competitions. 2015’s schedule wasn’t yet up at the time of this writing, but if last year’s lineup (which included a keynote from Lost‘s Carlton Cuse) is any indication, attendees can expect hundreds of screenings, panels, workshops, and red-carpet events. Check the NYTVF site for the latest updates. Various times and locations,

Cider Week NYC
November 6–15

Cider is ascendant in NYC — not just as a fall novelty, but as a drink to savor all year long. And New York State, with its abundant orchards, has long been a major producer of the fermented apple beverage. This week, five locations host tastings, dinners, and classes that highlight cider in its many varieties; there’s a surprisingly wide spectrum of flavors, from bitter to sharp to sweet. Participants include the Queens Kickshaw, a vegetarian restaurant with a robust cider menu; the Farm on Adderley, a Ditmas Park spot that focuses on seasonality; and
Txikito, which serves up Basque cuisine in Chelsea. Various times and locations,

Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015
November 7 — March 20, 2016

How has the Internet transformed the way we view, interpret, and circulate images? MoMA seeks to address that question with this exhibit, which also honors the 30th anniversary of its New Photography collection. The featured artists of this international lineup use both traditional and digital technology to present their particular views of the world. Edson Chagas, for instance, is an Angolan photographer whose abstract pieces contemplate issues around consumerism and capitalism, whereas Japanese artist Yuki Kimura creates installations in which photos double as sculpture as she pairs her original work with found objects. A panel discussion on 21st-century photography, held on November 2, precedes the exhibition. Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street,

November 7–8

One could argue that the media world is more hospitable to women than some other industries are, but studies show that men still dominate the mastheads of most prominent publications. BinderCon, a two-day conference whose name pokes fun at Mitt Romney’s famous “binders full of women” comment, aims to educate, inform, and improve access to the journalism and literature landscapes for women, as well as for trans and gender-nonconforming people. Panelists include writers such as Sarah Maslin Nir — who penned the notorious New York Times exposé on nail salon workers — and address such crucial topics as pitching magazines, writing grants, and snagging an agent. Select sessions will be broadcast online; check the BinderCon website for streaming details. Various NYU and Cooper Union locations,, $175

New York Comedy Festival
November 10–15

The twelfth annual New York Comedy Festival delivers an unparalleled lineup of hilarious people to venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Whatever your preferred style of comedy — alternative, political, surreal — there’s something here for you. Check out Trevor Noah, who makes his Daily Show debut in September, to see how his stand-up rates, or catch Patton Oswalt in conversation about his cinema obsession at the 92nd Street Y. Other highlights of the 60-plus shows scheduled include a Q&A with Nathan Fielder, who gives riotously absurd business advice on his show Nathan for You, and sets from Norm Macdonald, who takes his trademark deadpan humor to Carolines. Various times and locations,

Essayons: Mixing Forms
November 21

Essayons is French for “trying,” a word with which most artists are painfully well acquainted. The three writers who read on this night at BookCourt have all experimented with form — and their attempts at exploration ultimately resulted in success. Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart, as well as an award-winning essayist. John D’Agata, too, has delved deep into nonfiction: His collaboration with Jim Fingal, The Lifespan of a Fact, chronicles several years of fact-checking on a single piece. And Vijay Seshadri, a poet, essayist, and critic, won the Pulitzer Prize last year for his collection of poems, 3 Sections. In this conversation, these exciting minds debate and discuss what they call “hybridity” in writing. At 7, BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-875-3677,, free