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24 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner
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Sep 15

Lorde + Majical Cloudz; United Palace Theater
The wonderfully weird indie pop songstress plays for you. Montreal duo Majical Cloudz will open the show.

New York Oyster Week; Various locations
Chefs at marquee fish houses and oyster bars curate special menus and pairings that highlight their unique take on the oyster.

Woody Allen & the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band; Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel)
Woody Allen has always been a better clarinetist than he'd care to admit, which means that his weekly hit with a hot-jazz band isn't just some superstar vanity trip (cheap, though, it's not).

Hot, Wet, and Shaking: Talking About Sex; Bluestockings
Disabled, feminist, queer sex educator and author Kaliegh Trace fetes the publication of her memoir, a candid exploration of her sexual exploits.

The NY Clown Theatre Festival 2014; The Brick
Yeah, we know it's a fest for clowns but we promise it's not creepy at all. They've come from as far as Sweden just to make you laugh. Now that's clown commitment.

Willkommen Deep House Yoga; Verboten
DJs George Faya and Tasha Blank play smooth grooves while you get your Downward-Facing Dog on. Yoga, folks. 

Circus Amok; Various locations
The queer, political circus delights audiences of all ages at parks around the city throughout September.

Strand of Oaks + Christopher Denny; Rough Trade NYC
Philly songsmith Timothy Showalter presents artful, archaic indie folk under the Strand of Oaks moniker.

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe"; Brooklyn Museum
You'll get the inside scoop on what the whole high-heeled fuss has been about all these years. Heels have been around for hundreds of years, so expect an elaborate "scoop". Thank goodness this is an ongoing exhibit.

Sep 16

Michael Rockefeller: Art's Cannibal Headhunter Mystery; Morbid Anatomy Museum
Eatin' people. Not a thing most of us want to do. But it actually happened to Michael Rockefeller, a wealthy young NYC aristocrat who disappeared in New Guinea in 1938. This lecture talks about what might have happened to the poor guy as well as what kind of cultures practice cannibalism. 

Stargazing on the High Line; The High Line
Ooo, so pretty. Here, real astronauts can tell you what the hell you're looking at through those high-powered telescopes. 

Come to Papa Live Taping; Village Underground
Stand-up comic Tom Papa's podcast is not like the others. He models them after old-timey talk shows, and every taping features well-known comedians. 

Ben Lerner in Conversation; The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Poet, novelist, professor, critic. Ben Lerner pretty much does it all—and does it well. Don't miss the award-winning writer when he stops by the "LIVE from the NYPL" series to talk about his new book, 10:04.

Old New York Live; The Bell House
The Roots host a night of live music and fun. Fun, we tell ya.

Strange & Beautiful: The Music and Art of John Lurie; Le Poisson Rouge
John Lurie is cool. He's the coolest. So cool, that the self-taught saxophonist gets to sit back at this fest as noteworthy admirers perform in honor of him and his coolness.

Sep 17

20,000 Days on Earth Opens in theaters
Nick Cave performs his spin on the autobiographical profile—as riveting and unusual as the man's music itself.

Citizen Cope; Terminal 5
Raspy-voiced indie soul singer and feeler of feelings Citizen Cope wants to hypnotize us with his music. Wait. Why are we holding tickets to his show? Dammit, Cope wins again!

Jeff Goldblum; Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel)
The offbeat actor known for his roles in Jurassic Park and The Fly performs jazzy jazz tunes with his band, Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Cher + Par Benatar and Neil Giraldo; Prudential Center
The title of this event speaks for itself. We'll just leave you with this one song title; Love is a Battlefield. That is all.

Sep 18

Sasheer Zamata Party Time; Union Hall
Before she has to get back to work on SNL, this comedian gathers her funniest friends for an event that is equal parts party and comedy show.

Hyperdub 10 Year Anniversary; Verboten
The esteemed London electronic label celebrates a decade in business, with sets from Kode9, Mala, Ikonika and more.

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival; Various locations
7th annual EMCF is the biggest and longest yet (organizers have added an additional day). Filled with tapings of stand-up shows and podcasts.

King Crimson; Best Buy Theater
Of all the great prog-era dinosaurs still roaming the earth, Robert Fripp's 46-year-old art-rock institution has remained the most committed to reinvention. This time around, the group will debut a three-drummer septet lineup, dubbed a Seven-Headed Beast.

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