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25 wonderful things to do in NYC this week

Written by
David Goldberg

September 14

Industry Mondays at Jacob Riis Beach Bazaar, Rockaway Beach, Queens; 12pm; free
Detox from your weekend with a day of beachside relaxation. Grab a beer and hit the hammocks, or bring friends for volleyball and bar food. Just don’t forget your bathing suit.  

Duran Duran Terminal 5; 8pm; $65
The enduring ’80s band dropped their 14th studio album online for free streaming on September 9. Gather with steadfast fans and new listeners for a night of supreme synth-rock glory. 

Side Ponytail Over the Eight, Brooklyn; 8pm; free
One of the funniest nights in the city returns for its back-to-school edition, with stand-up from ascending stars like Mark Normand, Lindsay Goldwert, Nasser Khan and Carolyn Castiglia.  

Angel Haze Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn; 7pm; $15
The bold and badass female rapper brings her aggressive lyrics and fast beats to the Baby’s All Right dance hall. See the Detroit performer live before her new album Back to the Woods makes her a certified superstar.

Night Train with guest host Sasheer Zamata Littlefield, Brooklyn; 8pm; $5, at the door $8
The chipper SNL cast member takes over hosting duties from Wyatt Cenac and joins wily rising comedy stars Joe Zimmerman, Eliza Skinner, Paul Mecurio and Chloe Hillard for a night of solid stand-up.

Mobile Mondays! 45s The Bowery Electric; 9pm; $5
Hip-hop dance legend Popmaster Fabel brings his Rock Steady Crew to shut down the Bowery’s stage. While the crew shows off their best B-boy steps, lose your mind on the floor to an irresistible mix of funk, pop, reggae, disco and more. 

September 15

The Story of My Teeth: An Evening with Valeria Luiselli McNally Jackson Books; 7pm; free
The in-demand author of Faces in the Crowd reads from her new book, The Story of My Teeth, which follows a charmless wanderer through Mexico City as he attempts to replace his chompers one by one. 

Twenty One Pilots + Echosmith + Finish Ticket Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center); Tue, Wed at 7pm; $35
Twenty One Pilots bring their signature style of schizoid pop to the Ballroom, and get rousing accompaniment from teen sensations Echosmith and San Francisco pop quintet Finish Ticket.

Summer Music in Chelsea St. Peter’s Church; 7:30pm; suggested donation $10
Sit in the majestic chapel of St. Peter’s Church in Chlelsea and hear recitals of Schumann, Sarasate and Beethoven. Your donation will benefit the church’s food pantry. 

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell + Robert Ellis Beacon Theatre; 8pm; $49.50–$89.50
Harris and Crowell have been friends and occasional songwriting partners since the ’70s. Watch the beloved country stars ignite the stage with chemistry and melodic blues as they tour their new album, “The Traveling Kind.”

Sweet Slipper Room; 9pm; $5, at the door $7
Seth Herzog has been making his name as the warm-up act for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Visit his weekly show to see the bawdy comic at home. Here’s to hoping this week’s edition will feature the “What’s On My Mom’s Mind” segment, in which Herzog interviews his mother.

September 16

Motörhead + Anthrax + Crobot Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Long Island; 7pm; $20–$49.50
Some of the original bad boys of metal gather for a night of rapturous thrashing and moshing with fans of multiple generations. Whether you’ve been working on your Scotty Ian goatee since the ’80s or you know every lyric of “Orgasmatron,” you’re likely to be more than satisfied at the Jones Beach Theater. 

Sip for the Sea Central Park Zoo; 7:30pm; $200–$25,000
Head to the zoo for this lovely fundraiser where you can dine on ethically harvested seafood and sip cocktails in support of the New York Aquarium.

Madonna Madison Square Garden; Wed, Thu at 8pm; $45–$4,443
The original Queen of Pop brings all the costume changes, handsome backup dancers and raw diva magic that fans have come to expect as she performs songs from her latest album, Rebel Heart, along with her hits. 

Queer New York International Arts Festival Central Park, 59th St at Fifth Ave, Underground Theater; 3pm and 8pm; $25
Become a key player in audacious performance art as the international showcase returns to the city for its fourth year. Discover 25 ways to make love to the earth at the Ecosex Walking Tour with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, then further immerse yourself in their world with a performance of the duo’s autobiographical Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story. 

Years and Years + Tei Shi Terminal 5; 8pm; $22, at the door $25
The breakout London trio Years and Years is on a roll this year, and has no shortage of fans who adore their magic-realism-infused music videos and perfectly assembled synth beats. Revel among the dancing crowd as frontman Olly Alexander brings his signature lilting voice to Terminal 5.

Salty Brine: He’s So Unusual Red Room; 8pm; $15 plus two-drink minimum
The high camp entertainer sets his powers of theatrical alchemy to Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 album She’s So Unusual, spinning a golden night of glam cabaret out of hits like “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Kate Berlant The Bell House, Brooklyn; 8:30pm; $12
Berlant introduces the Bell House to her hilarious brand of warped life-coaching and faux-pretention. Wet Hot American Summer’s John Early, SNL’s Kyle Mooney and stand-up Jacqueline Novak round out the night with off-kilter sets.

September 17

Etsy Craft Night: Hand Painted Tea Towels with Anna Joyce Etsy Labs, Brooklyn; 6pm; free with R.S.V.P.
If you’re already worried about impressing your houseguests come Thanksgiving and Christmas, then step up your game and learn how to make smashing custom tea towels with Etsy designer Anna Joyce. Who knows? You may be a Pinterest star in the making. Supplies provided. 

Poetry under Fata Morgana Madison Square Park; 6–7:30pm; free
In an effort to increase the profile of the Latino community in the city, artist Teresita Fernández assembled several outstanding Latino poets to read work underneath her sprawling Fata Morgana sculpture. Sit under the shade of the enormous piece and hear readings from Emanuel Xavier, Sandra María Esteves, Bonafide Rojas, Machete Movement and True. 

Verge Brooklyn Museum; 7:30pm; $16
Sending fashion week off with a subversive bang, this runway show by queer and gender non-comforming designers features clothing that defies the fashion industry’s conservative gender and body restrictions. 

Wayne Hoffman Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at the LGBT Center; 7pm; free
The journalist and author reads from his new book, An Older Man, which depicts the malaise of an aging gay man looking for romance during Provincetown’s Bear Week. 

DJ Harvey Output, Brooklyn; 10pm; $25–$30
The outlandish DJ and jack of all trades has played everywhere from Ministry of Sound to Ibiza, and now he’s embarking on a soon-to-be-legendary set at Output that will likely run beyond eight hours. 

Harmon Leon in Yank Me Peoples Improv Theater; 10pm; $5
The hilarious gonzo journalist has gone undercover as a Scientologist, white supremacist and audience member at the Most Beautiful Baby Pageant. Leon shares his disturbing and often hysterical stories at the Peoples Improv Theater.

Basement Floor Festivus: Shawn O’Sullivan + DJ Chupacabras + [Ctrl] Bossa Nova Civic Club, Brooklyn; 10pm; free
Shawn O’Sullivan delights Bossa Nova’s dance addicts with seductive sci-fi sounds, with accompaniment from DJs Chupacabras and master house act [Ctrl].

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