New York events in September

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the West Indian–American Day Carnival, Atlantic Antic and the Black Keys

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New York’s arts and culture scene amps up in the fall, so best to start planning your season early. Our events calendar for September is chock-full of concerts and awesome things to do, including street festivals such as the West Indian American Day Carnival and the Atlantic Antic.


Our September highlights

Karen O

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  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Tue Sep 9 - Fri Sep 12
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King Crimson

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  1. Best Buy Theater 1515 Broadway, at 44th St
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Stromae

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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Brooklyn Flea

  • Price band: 2/4
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  • Free
  1. East River State Park 90 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Sat Jul 5 - Sun Nov 23
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More events in September 2014

"Jasper Johns: Regrets"

  • Price band: 2/4
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Painter Lucian Freud is the subject of this small gathering of Jasper Johns's latest works, which includes two paintings, two prints, four ink-on-plastic drawings and several pencil sketches. The view of Freud is derived from a black-and-white photo by British photographer John Deakin, one of a series used by yet another artist, Francis Bacon, to create his own portraits of Freud. As he sometimes has throughout his career, Johns utilizes a mirrored doubling of the image as a compositional effect, while transforming certain details of the photo—including its creases, tears and areas where the picture has been lost—into motifs that are repeated and reworked over successive iterations.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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The Williamsburg Spelling Bee

This bee, hosted by Jen Dziura and Bobby Blue, isn’t an exercise in adolescent humiliation; it’s a gathering of adults taking a stab at triskaidekaphobia and other hard-to-spell words. If you strike out, assuage your bruised ego at the bar. Sign-up starts at 7pm and the first 18 people get to play.

  1. Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St, between Frost and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Mon Dec 1
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Where Are Jess Row and Justin Taylor?

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  • Free

How well do you have to know a place before you can write about it? Two talented young authors consider this question and how place is inextricably linked to writing about identity and culture in their own recent fiction.

  1. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, between E Houston and Prince Sts, 10012
  2. Tue Aug 26
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Veggiepalooza

Chefs from locavore restaurants Martha, Scratchbread, V-Spot and Northeast Kingdom tag-team this family-style, four-course vegetarian dinner. The no-meat menu includes cucumber-avocado summer rolls with mango-chili sauce, crostini with pickled pepper and smoked almond relish, and watermelon-and-basil cocktails.

  1. Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm 63 Flushing Ave, at Clinton Ave, building 3, 11205
  2. Wed Sep 3
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Rite of Summer Music Festival

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  • Free

This congenial new-music series on Governors Island continues this afternoon with a two-set collaboration between the ETHEL string quartet, members of Iktus Percussion and participants in the New York Philharmomic's Very Young Composers program. Concerts continue, on a monthly basis, into September; see riteofsummer.com for details.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sun Jul 13 - Sat Sep 6
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"Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine"

  • Price band: 1/4
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Take a quiz to find out whether your body is guided predominantly by wind, bile or phlegm, the three forces of Tibetan medicine, then follow a customized path through this collection of paintings, medical instruments and texts. The items run from the 9th century to today, with a multimedia overview of present-day applications.

  1. Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, at Seventh Ave, 10011
  2. Wed Jul 2 - Mon Sep 8
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Die Antwoord

  • Price band: 2/4
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It seems like an eternity ago (2010, for those keeping track) that the Web reached a collective frothing point over the Die Antwoord’s early videos, which chronicled a surreally scuzzy South African subculture known as zef. But the Cape Town dance-rap collective still turns heads now and again with statements such as this year's "Pitbull Terrier" vid, which featured prosthetics, a whole lot of fake blood and some very transformative spit. Here, the crew hits Terminal 5 in support of its recent third LP, Donker Mag.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Tue Sep 9
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Chromeo + Big Freedia

  • Price band: 2/4
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Canadian duo Chromeo hits the stage for a live set of super fun (and enjoyably cheesy at times) electronic R&B stylings, playing from its recent album, White Women. Starting the show is booty-shaking extroardinaire Big Freedia, NOLA's biggest and best "sissy bounce" performer.

  1. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Enter park at Fifth Ave , at 69th St
  2. Fri Sep 12
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Jordan Casteel, "Visible Man"

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Flipping the script on the title of Ralph Ellison's acclaimed novel, Invisible Man, Casteel offers a portrait series of naked African-American men who are most decidely present, laying in repose or seated but always with their gaze leveled at the viewer. Casteel got her MFA at Yale, and like most painters from there, she mixes and matches art-historical styles, with echoes of German Expressionism and the work of Alice Neel.

  1. Sargent’s Daughters 179 East Broadway, between Jefferson and Rutgers Sts, 10002
  2. Until Sun Sep 14
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Billy Joel

  • Price band: 3/4
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Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. Because you had to be a big shot, didn’t you, eh, Piano Man? (P.S. Welcome back.)

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Wed Jul 2 - Wed Sep 17
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Dubuffet | Barceló

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This shows juxtaposes paintings by renowned Frenchman Jean Dubuffet (1901–85) with those by the Spanish contemporary artist Miquel Barcelo, whose work is influenced by Dubuffet's figurative style and use of pronounced surface textures.

  1. Acquavella Galleries 18 E 79th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10075
  2. Until Fri Sep 19
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The Replacements + The Hold Steady + Deer Tick

  • Price band: 3/4
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Too polished to be punk but too trashy to be pop, ’80s alt-rock pioneers the Replacements finally bring their reunion tour to NYC. Word has it that, even after 22 years, Paul Westerberg & Co. can still deliver the sloppily passionate goods. Brooklyn bar band extraordinaire the Hold Steady and rollicking, Southern-tinged roots alt-country rockers Deer Tick open.

  1. Forest Hills Tennis Stadium 69th Ave, at Burns St
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Panda Bear + Blues Control

  • Price band: 2/4
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Panda Bear, a.k.a. Animal Collective indie-pop visionary Noah Lennox, is currently working on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, the follow-up to 2011's Tomboy—a dazzling effort that paired Lennox's Beach Boys–y vocals with more organic, but still weird, musical textures. Odds are you'll get a peek at some new material at these gigs, also featuring lo-fi ambient mainstays Blues Control.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Tue Sep 23
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Iggy Azalea + Vic Mensa

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There’s a bit of a rift between the critical and popular receptions of Iggy Azalea. The Aussie rapper shot to fame via YouTube and claimed the inaugural fan-voted slot in XXL’s “Freshman Class of 2012” (Azalea herself says that was the only way she could have made the cut). Her debut album, The New Classic, isn’t likely to change anyone’s mind—we respect her rhyming chops but have a hard time stomaching her tougher-than-thou posture—yet fans seem quite content with the effort: Her first two charting singles, "Problem" and the ubiquitous "Fancy," made it to Billboard's top slots. Expect a screamfest here as I-G-G-Y cobills with Chicago rapper Vic Mensa.

  1. JBL Live at Pier 97 W 55th St, and the Hudson River, 10019
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Coney Island Circus Sideshow

  • Price band: 1/4
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One of the last of its kind, this ten-act extravaganza of human oddities aims to satisfy nostalgic and progressive temperaments alike. Now in its 29th season, the iconic spectacle adds a footnote to the controversial freak-show conversation by celebrating the talents of those “born different.” The lineup includes contortionists, sword swallowers, fire eaters and escape artists.

  1. Sideshows by the Seashore 1208 Surf Ave, at 12th St, 11224
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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Kayak on the Hudson

  • Free

Nothing says "Dad" like wading into water and trying your hand at some outdoorsy sports, so bring Dad along to kayak on the Hudson. You'll get to go out on the water for 20 minute sessions, and furthermore you'll have a lifetime of memories of him (probably) grumbling after you (definitely) splash him in the face with some Hudson water. You know. On accident.

  1. Riverside Park, Pier I W 70th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sat Jul 5 - Sun Sep 28
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Come see and hear the new MGMT album via playbacks of the "Optimizer," an innovative and immersive audio and visual experience @ The Knitting Factory, tonight - 9/11. Free pizza and drink specials. 21+. MGMT is available September 17. All commercial formats include download of the "Optimizer." Drink Specials: $3 PBR and Rolling Rock, $5 Wells, $6 Beer/Shot Combos

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