Fall's best things to do

Fill up on culture with talks, walks, exhibits and fairs.

  • Scissor Sisters

    Scissor Sisters

  • Photograph: AMNH/Mark Garlick

    "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration"

    "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration"

Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters

Lecture series

The New Yorker Festival
David Remnick & Co. return with another series of conversations between arts heavyweights and writers from The New Yorker. This year's lineup includes a performance by Scissor Sisters and a chat about fiction with authors Gary Shteyngart and Colson Whitehead. The full schedule will be announced on Monday 5. Location, time and price vary; visit newyorker.com/festival for details. Sept 30--Oct 2; tickets go on sale Sept 9.

Live from the NYPL Presents the Rolex Arts Weekend
This program features collaborations between established and up-and-coming artists. Mentors, such as musician Brian Eno and choreographer Trisha Brown, selected protgs, whom they spent six weeks with. During the festival, you'll see the fruits of those partnerships: Eno, for example, was paired with young Australian musician Ben Frost, who will debut 6 Guitars and Brass (the piece was adapted with the acoustic capabilities of the New York Public Library in mind). Location and time vary; visit rolexmentorprotege.com for details. Nov 11--13.

Walls and Bridges
This cross-cultural happening returns for another season this fall. So far, scheduled events include a discussion about film, featuring Danny Glover, and short interpretations of scenes from French movies acted out by American artists (including choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and a to-be-announced, but very well-known, comedian). Location, time and price vary; visit wallsandbridges.net for details. Oct 19--28.


Manhattan Wonderwalk
Join artsy organization the Secret City on a 14-hour walk around Manhattan. Artists like Sxip Shirey and Jeremy Bass will perform along the route, and the whole thing ends with a waltz-band performance on the Brooklyn Bridge. Inwood Hill Park, meet at the Native American monument (themanhattanwonderwalk.com). Sept 10 10am--midnight; $20.

Stillspotting NYC
Estonian composer Arvo Prt and the Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta will take over quiet spots in lower Manhattan, orchestrating self-guided tours that examine the interplay between space and sound. Location and time vary; visit stillspotting.guggenheim.org for details. Sept 15--18, 22--25; $8--$10.

"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration"
If you're mourning the end of the space-shuttle program, check out this exhibit, which looks at the steps scientists are taking to explore the cosmos. American Museum of Natural History (amnh.org). Daily 10am--5:45pm. Suggested donations $10.50--$19.

World Maker Faire
Combining a science fair with a craft bazaar, this festival showcases the gadgets, toys and other odd inventions created by innovators across the globe. New York Hall of Science (nysci.org). Sept 17 10am--7pm, Sept 18 10am--6pm; single-day pass $10--$25, weekend pass $20--$50.

Paula Deen and Nigella Lawson
Food Network addicts, take note: Two of the channel's most indulgent personalities will be at the 92nd Street Y this fall. Will Paula Deen throw sticks of butter into the audience? We can only hope. 92nd Street Y (92y.org). Deen: Oct 11 at 8pm; $29. Lawson: Nov 16 at 8pm; $29.

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