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22 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner

Sep 29

Elastic City Walk Festival; Various locations
Walks with artists; what could happen? Just about anything. An experiential series of walks around NYC and Brooklyn where you can write a poem or make a pendant, and maybe even start a dance. Each one is different. 

Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band; Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel)
Young upstart comedian and fledgling movie director Woody Allen gives the jazz thing a try. Watch this guy! Big things could happen! 

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden; New York Botanical Garden
A spoooooooky pumpkin garden that is probably haunted will make you shiver with fright (as will the actual cold, given that it's near the end of September). 

Spanish Harlem Orchestra; S.O.B's
This kind of music at a certain volume will make you forget how much you pay for rent to live in this town, and for that alone, it is well worth a ticket. 

Nightmare: New York; Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center
Surprisingly, this show is not about the F train at 9am on a weekday. It's a haunted house, and it's known to be pretty damn frightening. 

United Solo Theatre Festival; Theatre Row
A festival for solo performances; Hundreds of one-act plays and performances. 

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Led Zeppelin may be in the midst of a snazzy, full-catalog reissue campaign, but don't get your hopes up for a U.S. tour. This fall, leonine lead man Robert Plant is on the road with his current cross-cultural concern, the Sensational Space Shifters, touring behind a sensuous new African-tinged soul-meets-rock set, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.

You Can’t Take It With You; Longacre Theatre
Kaufman and Hart’s comedy classic returns with a dream cast headed by James Earl Jones, who plays the delightfully nonconformist head of the Sycamore clan.

Oktoberfest at Andaz Wall Street; Andaz Wall Street
Debauchery on Wall Street? Thankfully there won't be any Quaaludes at this drinking event. 

Sep 30

Black Lips + The King Khan & BBQ Show; Irving Plaza
Two rockin' bands play rock music to a crowd of people that stopped saying "rock music" about fifteen years ago. Think "early Clash" meets doo-wop and you've got the Black Lips and King Khan. 

The Daily Show Writers: A Non-Daily Show; UCBEast
Writers of the popular show put down their laptops and tell their jokes straight to you without their famous proxy.
BANKS + Movement + Lil Silva; Terminal 5
A great triple threat of a show. Not to be missed! 

Fashionable Diseases: Diagnoses for the In Crowd Since 1700; Morbid Anatomy Museum
Gout used to be a popular disease for rich people to have. Really. It used to be fashionable to have diseases. Thankfully that era is over. Hold on while we find our ADHD medication…

Aloe Blacc; Santos Party House
A raucous, fun, danceable show at Santos? Sounds right up our alley. 

Lena Dunham: Not that Kind of GirlBarnes & Noble Union Square
The "girl" from Girls who has been described as the current "It Girl" has a book coming out and we can't figure out another way to say "girls" in this sentence. 

Oct 1

DISH; Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
The cable TV company? No. A reading series about food, curated by chefs. Yummy. 

yMusic; Le Poisson Rouge
yNot? This classical chamber music quartet plays more than just classical from their new album Beautiful Mechanical.

R.L. Stine: Party Games; Barnes and Noble Union Square
The J.D. Salinger of people that wrote about boogers and screaming and grade school terror makes an appearance right here in NYC. 

Oct 2

Judah Friedlander; Carolines on Broadway
The persona that made him a star of NBC's 30 Rock is even bigger and funnier on stage.

Hercules and Love Affair; Verboten
Incredible dance music from people who have studied it and perfected it in clubs and parties you've never even heard of. Unmissable if you like to boogie. 

On the Menu with Emeril Lagasse and Ty Pennington; Times Square
You'd think we could make it through an entire sentence about Emeril without resorting to onomatopoeic sound effects and then BAM!

Of All of the Gin Joints Tipsy Trivia; WORD
Trivia, but drunk. So: trivia. 


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