September 2013 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Labor Day activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music.

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Top ten events from Time Out's events calendar for September 2013

1. West Indian-American Day Carnival

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 awesome things to do, including street festivals such as the Feast of San Gennaro and the Atlantic Antic. Plus, plan your Labor Day weekend, featuring events like the West Indian American Day Parade.

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Featured events in September 2013

Electric Zoo

It's only been a few years since Made Event tossed its first Electric Zoo in the open air at Randall's Island—but in that short space of time, the three-day festival has become a don't-miss attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, attracting EDM fans from throughout the area and around the world.

  1. Randall's Island

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After many years of laying low, Dave Chappelle returns to the stage on his own terms as he coheadlines this festival with Flight of the Conchords. His set, worked out in part at the Just for Laughs fest this summer, has been fairly loose, but no doubt it’ll be crisp when Oddball makes its way to New Jersey with many other comics (including Hannibal Buress and Kristen Schaal) in tow.

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Until Sat Sep 7
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Bob Odenkirk and David Cross: Hollywood Said No!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Cult comedy icons Odenkirk and Cross, famously responsible for HBO's Mr. Show, talk about the scripts and sketches that did not find a home among producers in the City of Angels. Come early to get a little face time with the duo and former Mr. Show writer Brian Posehn.

  1. The powerHouse Arena 37 Main St, at Water St
  2. Until Tue Sep 10
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Anna Nicole

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

BAM Next Wave Festival. The late Playboy model and reality-TV personality Anna Nicole Smith might not seem like the ideal inspiration for a serious opera, but what resulted when English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas turned their heads to the subject was a tragedy emblematic of our media-besotted time, and a 2011 smash hit for Covent Garden. Mounted here by BAM in cahoots with New York City Opera, the work's NYC premiere is directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Steven Sloane.

  1. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Until Sat Sep 28
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New York City Ballet Fall 2013

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The company's fall season spotlights a premiere by Angelin Preljocaj. Other highlights include a contemporary program that includes pieces by Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky, ballet master Peter Martins's Swan Lake, a special program designed for families and—as always—a variety of wonderful, classic Balanchine works.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Until Sun Oct 13
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Free events in September 2013

Feast of San Gennaro

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Celebrate the martyred third-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts and Grand St between Center and Mott Sts.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Until Sun Sep 22
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"A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Museum at FIT explores LGBT contributions to sartorial history, including statement-making ensembles from the 18th century through today. Pieces on display include a 1950 cocktail dress by Christian Dior and a dapper neo-Edwardian three-piece suit originally worn by dandy and old-school party boy Bunny Roger.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Until Sat Jan 4
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Photoville

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Kings County exhibition producer United Photo Industries takes over Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 to create a pop-up village honoring the art of picture taking. This year's festival also includes a picture-adorned dog run and a beer garden. Peruse the shipping containers, which provide venues for curated gallery installations and interactive workshops, as well as panel discussions with photographers, editors and publishers. Then wander past a 1,000-foot-long fence displaying 200 large-form prints made out of photographic mesh that correspond to the theme "Community: Home/Street/People/Creatures/Play."

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Until Sun Sep 29
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Museum Day Live!

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Download a voucher from smithsonian.com/museumday to receive two free tickets to one of 27 New York City museums and cultural centers.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Sat Sep 28
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Atlantic Antic

  • Critics choice
  • Free

More than 500 vendors and ten stages will close down a busy Brooklyn artery for the Atlantic Antic. It's billed as NYC’s largest street fair, so there’s more to see than stands hawking pashminas and MozzArepas (although there are plenty of those, too). Look for a full lineup of bands and vendors to be announced in September.

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Until Sun Sep 29
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Oktoberfest events in September 2013

Radegast Hall & Biergarten Oktoberfest

  • Critics choice

This Brooklyn beer tavern kick-starts the Oktoberfest celebrations on Sat 21 with a pig roast, live music from polka outfit Das Booty and Gypsy-punks Bad Buka, celebratory keg tappings and a mug-hoisting competition (simply buy a $13 mug of beer to compete). On Tue 24 and Oct 1, booze like a true trinker with a $15 four-beer tasting, featuring liter-sized mugs of Hofstetten Original Hochzeitsbier von 1810, Hacker-Pschorr and Erdinger.

  1. Radegast Hall & Biergarten 113 North 3rd St, at Berry St
  2. Sat Oct 5
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Bar 21 Oktoberfest

The '21' Club may be an American icon, but it’s strapping on its lederhosen for Germany's 16-day beerfest. Bar 21 will offer lunch specials like beer-braised bratwurst on pretzel rolls ($19), sausage-and-sauerkraut fritters ($14) and Wiesn hendl (roasted chicken, $23), as well as Oktoberfest beers including Warsteiner, Hofbräu and Colorado's Left Hand Oktoberfest ($8.50 each).

  1. Bar 21 21 W 52nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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Heidelberg Oktoberfest

This Upper East Side institution has been dishing out family-style specialties to celebrate the Bavarian holiday since 1964. On offer are Oktoberfest specials like the Stammtisch Plate, a feast that includes Schweinshaxe (roasted pork shank), Leberkaese (German meat loaf), Black Forest bacon and boiled potatoes ($152). Dinkelacker beer is on tap ($5.50 for a half-liter), and if you still have room left for dessert, there's Palatschnike—pancakes rolled up with marmalade or Nutella ($10).

  1. Heidelberg Restaurant 1648 Second Ave, between 85th and 86th Sts, 10028
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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Theater events in September 2013

The Machine

  • Price band: 3/4

Hadley Fraser plays Garry Kasparov in Matt Charman's drama about the Russian grandmaster's famous 1997 chess match against IBM's Deep Blue computer. Josie Rourke directs the U.S. premiere, which costars Francesca Annis and Kenneth Lee.

  1. Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave, between 66th and 67th Sts
  2. Wed Sep 4 - Wed Sep 18
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Big Fish

  • Price band: 3/4

Tim Burton's 2003 film—about fathers, sons and tall tales—gets a Broadway musical makeover from composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family). Triple threat Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me if You Can) stars as traveling salesman and larger-than-life raconteur Edward Bloom. Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert costar in a production directed by the formidable Susan Stroman.

  1. Neil Simon Theatre 250 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Sep 5 - Tue Dec 31
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The Glass Menagerie

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Tennessee Williams's 1944 masterpiece returns to Broadway starring stage legend Cherry Jones, alongside Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger. The appropriately haunted, expressionistic production—which debuted earlier this year at Boston's American Repertory Theater—is staged by John Tiffany (Once). Discount tickets available through Time Out Offers until October 27, 2013.

  1. Booth Theatre 222 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Sep 5 - Sun Jan 5
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Arguendo

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Elevator Repair Service returns to the Public (where it triumphed with the great Gatz) to examine a 1991 Supreme Court case in which pasty-faced justices debated the constitutional implications of nude dancing. Postshow discussions with legal experts follow many performances.

  1. Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Until Sun Oct 27
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The Winslow Boy

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

A national institution in England, Terence Rattigan is the poet laureate of 20th-century British repression and longing. His 1946 Edwardian-set drama follows a father’s attempt to clear his expelled-student son’s tarnished reputation. The cast of this Roundabout Theatre Company revival includes Roger Rees, Michael Cumpsty and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Lindsay Posner directs.

  1. American Airlines Theatre 227 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Sep 20 - Sun Dec 1
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A Time to Kill

  • Price band: 4/4

Rupert Holmes—best known for his musical adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood—addresses quite different source material: John Grisham's 1989 legal tale about race and justice. A lawyer (Sebastian Arcelus) defends an African-American defendant (John Douglas Thompson) threatened with capital punishment for the murder of white rapists.

  1. John Golden Theatre 252 W 45th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Sat Nov 16 - Sun Nov 17
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Music events in September 2013

The Julie Ruin + Swearin'

  • Critics choice

Riot-grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, bounces back from a long, painful hiatus with a fierce new band, the Julie Ruin, whose recently issued LP Run Fast marks Hanna's fierce, inspiring return to form. Kinetic pop-punksters Swearin' open.

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Until Fri Oct 25
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BAM Next Wave Festival

The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave fall arts festival brings cutting-edge sound, movement and drama to Kings County.

  1. Various locations

Depeche Mode

  • Critics choice

Vital veteran synth-pop trio Depeche Mode hits the NYC area for two shows in support of its lean, slick and tightly coiled new LP, Delta Machine, its first release for Columbia Records. Choose an indoor experience in Brooklyn or a seaside spree at Jones Beach; either way, expect to hear a strong assortment of DM classics alongside the new tunes.

  1. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Jones Beach
  2. Until Sun Sep 8
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Pet Shop Boys

  • Critics choice
  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

New York's favorite art-punk alt-poppers headline this benefit gig, with all proceeds going to the Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Until Thu Sep 19
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Vampire Weekend + Solange + Sky Ferreira

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

It was a fine thing indeed to discover that the kids from Vampire Weekend had followed up their wildly successful debut with a rich, imaginative and downright pretty album that may even trump its predecessor for addictiveness. Contra weaves dinky thumb-piano motifs with dancehall beats, and veers from manic guitar pop to dreamy melancholia. Expect to hear it all—and maybe to grapple with an angry mob protesting the album's unauthorized cover photo—in this three-day homecoming extravaganza at Radio City.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Until Fri Sep 20
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Icona Pop + K.FLAY + Sirah

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The sassy Swedish electropop duo of Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo hits New York with the benefit of having scored one of 2013's zeitgeist singles: "I Love It," a sleek bit of irresistibly tuneful nihilism.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Until Wed Sep 25
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Carcass + Immolation

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

British extreme-metal institution Carcass reunited for a victory lap in 2007. Now, in what must be the most unexpected reunion of the year, founding guitarist Bill Steer and scorch-throated frontman Jeff Walker return with a new Carcass lineup, a vicious album (Surgical Steel) and a compelling opener in NYC veteran crew Immolation.

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Until Fri Apr 11
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Neko Case

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The flame-haired songstress with the golden voice returns with a new solo album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. If the music is as knockout ambitious as its defiant title, we have high hopes it may be Case's best yet.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Thu Sep 26
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Atoms for Peace

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Of course you're curious about Thom Yorke's other band, the all-star busman's holiday with Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. The group's debut album, Amok, has an understatedly funky shimmer, a bit like Radiohead summoning Fela and Curtis Mayfield, while Brian Eno and Kip Hanrahan wrestle over the mixing board. If you followed that reference, you've probably got your tickets already.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Until Fri Sep 27
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Steely Dan

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Devotees of the Dan—now as ever, the brainchild of satirical, jazz-steeped nerd deities Donald Fagen and Walter Becker—are in for an early Hanukkah this year, as the band undertakes a highly ambitious seven-show run on the Upper West Side.

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Until Tue Oct 8
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Arts events in September 2013

Fall for Dance Festival 2013

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the festival offers two free evenings at Central Park's Delacorte Theater in addition to its annual mixed-bill programs at City Center. This year highlights two commissions: a duet by Justin Peck featuring NYCB's Sara Mearns and the Royal Ballet in a pas de deux by Liam Scarlett. Additional performances include New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Richard Alston Dance Company and more.

  1. Delacorte Theater Central Park, at 81st St
  2. Until Sat Oct 5
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"Robert Motherwell: Early Collages"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Although somewhat younger (and WASPier) then the Abstract Expressionists he associated with, Robert Motherwell was a noted figure of The New York School (a term which he, in fact, coined), thanks largely to his role in introducing his peers to “automatic” drawing—a concept he’d picked up from the Surrealists on his travels to Europe. The Gugg offers up a choice selection from the first decade of his output, during the years in which he helped to lay the foundation for New York’s art world ascendancy.

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Jan 5
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"Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Balthus (neé Balthasar Klossowski, 1908–2001) was one of the most controversial figurative painters of the 20th Century, an artist notorious for frankly erotic (if not somewhat pervy) full-length renderings of Lolita-esque subjects. This show, the first major Balthus exhibition in the U.S. in 30 years features 35 canvases, dating from the mid-1930s to the 1950s.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Until Wed Jan 1
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"Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

One of the titanic names of 20th art—and certainly one of the most popular and recognizable—René Magritte (1898–1967) is synonymous with a specific vision in which our experience of the ordinary is thrown into doubt. This retrospective focuses on the years 1925 to 1938, the period when he developed his iconic style, which whatever its continued appeal, spoke eloquently of its time: the uneasy interlude between world wars.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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Immersive Surfaces by The Leo Kuelbs Collection at the 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival

Dumbo Arts Festival

  • Critics choice

Area landmarks within the stylish ’hood will provide oversize canvases for digital artworks, interactive pieces, performances and outdoor installations during this design fair.

  1. Various locations
  2. Late September


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