14 awesome things happening in New York this week

Human Chess

Sep 2

Housing Works Best of Fall sale; Various locations
This roving sale, taking place at the thrift store's various outposts throughout the month, features deep discounts on quality donated merch—including Prada shoes, Halston Heritage dresses and more.

Literary BFFs: Adam Wilson and Justin Taylor; McNally Jackson Books
David "Largehearted Boy" Gutowski brings two exceptional Brooklyn writers to his monthly series that proves writers are just regular people with BFFs, too.

Jeff Bridges and the Abiders + Jessie Bridges; City Winery
Jeff Bridges is the coolest guy ever. He played The Dude in The Big Lebowski and even has his own band, The Abiders. It does not get cooler than that. Go see him and genuflect at his feet and sheer coolness. 

Sep 3

An Evening with Edward Hirsch; The New School
Don't say we didn't warn you: Bring some tissues to hear poet Ed Hirsch read from and discuss his new book, Gabriel, in which he grapples with the loss of his son.

Veggiepalooza; Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm
Alright, veggies! Half farmer's market / half fun event with bands and such. It's the best of both worlds. 

Aerosmith + Slash; Prudential Center
There will be so much guitar-swingin' rock that you will swear you're back in 1987. Nobody at this event will wear sleeves and everyone will have giant hair. 

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation; Alley Pond Park
Last day to relive your childhood camp days at this obstacle course in Queens.

2014 DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival; Joe's Pub
So much dancing. So little time. Get as much dancing in as possible at the 2013 DANCENOW Fest. 

Sep 4

The Wayside Motor Inn; Pershing Square Signature Center
Elder dramatist A.R. Gurney gets his first production at the Signature’s new space: a revival of his 1978 motel play set outside of Boston.

DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist: Renegades of Rhythm Tour; Irving Plaza
Two influential DJ-producers join forces to pay homage to one of the godfathers of hip-hop: Afrika Bambaataa.

Summer on the Hudson: Human Chess; Riverside Park
You will be at the whim of an unseen hand that forces you to battle another poor soul. TO THE DEATH. Wait. There's no fighting?  Well, it sounds pretty cool anyway. 

Roxy Paine, "Denuded Lens"; Marianne Boesky Gallery
The centerpiece of Paine's gallery debut features a wood-carved sculpture of a TSA airport security checkpoint, complete with an X-ray machine and conveyor belt. Not quite true to scale, the piece captures the odd combination of banality and anxiety associated with such places.

Skrillex; Marquee
The dubstep don steps to the decks. Expect a deep, ambient set. Just kidding.

BAM Presents Werner Herzog in Conversation; BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building
The acclaimed filmmaker and raconteur talks about whatever he wants in this conversational series put on by BAM. Werner has more good, weird stories than you ever will. 

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