1. Dance at Verboten's new club, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
2. See Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger in The Glass Menagerie, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
3. Race in the Color Run, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
4. Try food truck treats at the 2013 Vendy Awards, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
5. Go the whole hog at Pig Island, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
6. Get in line and snag tickets to the sold out TimesTalks: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
7: Join the festivities at the Feast of San Gennaro, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
8. Explore LGBT style at "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk," one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
9. Binge on books during Lit Crawl NYC, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
10. Cop a fresh, affordable look with the new clothing line 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall
With the party-tossing Verboten gang’s eponymous venue on North 11th Street slated to open soon, it’s official: Williamsburg has become New York’s new clubland paradise. With the Fixed, Trouble & Bass and Bespoke posses already signed on as residents, and boldfaced-name DJs Guy Gerber, Carl Craig and Davide Squillace on board as partners—and barring an unexpected switch in music policy to meathead-friendly EDM—this should be the best addition to the late-night landscape since, well, Output.
Many events are described as "colorful," but this one really is. White-clad runners get pelted with vivid paint (made from food-dyed corn starch) as they traverse a 3.2 mile course in Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. Billing itself as the "happiest 5k on the planet," the Color Run isn't a competitive race. Participants kick off in 15 minute intervals between 9am and 10:15am, and can take their own sweet time to cross the finish line. With more than 170 events across the country and around the world in 2013, the Color Run benefits the Global Poverty Project, among other charities.
The street-food Oscars return for the ninth year, with the city’s best mobile chefs rolling into Sunset Park for the culinary showdown. After munching on empanadas from Nuchas, Mamak's rendang stew and Liddabit Sweets' beer-pretzel caramels, cast your vote for the People’s Choice Awards, while a celebrity panel—including Top Chef Masters’ Francis Lam, prime-meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda and Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver—will make their choices. Along with stock categories including Best Market (nominees include Brooklyn Cured and Bon Chovie), Rookie (Toum, Sweet Chili) and Dessert (OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Itizy), this year’s competition will honor 54 food trucks, which served more than 350,000 hot meals in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Test your luck during a raffle for prizes like dinner at Roberta’s, cashmere from White + Warren and a personalized street-food tour. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit that advocates for vendors' rights.
Break out your loosest-fitting pants, because the porkcentric bacchanal is back, this time in Red Hook. Twenty-five chefs—including Danny Mena (Hecho en Dumbo), Evan Hanczor (Parish Hall) and Bill Fletcher (Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue)—will break down 80 locally sourced hogs for unlimited plates. Drinkers can find Sixpoint Brewery beers—including an event-exclusive Signal smoked ale—along with Hudson Valley hard ciders and Finger Lakes wines. Watch a cooking demonstration with Bacon Nation author Peter Kaminsky, and enjoy live sets by djembe-driven folk outfit SisterMonk and eight-piece bluegrass band NYCity Slickers. Ticket proceeds benefit Added Value, a Red Hook nonprofit teaching teens about urban agriculture.
The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff grills The Office and Extras creator on his latest offering, Derek, which premieres stateside on Sept 12 on Netflix. Tickets may be available at the venue one hour before the sold-out event; if you don't like those odds, watch the interview via live webcast at nytimes.com/artsbeat.
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; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.
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.
This gratis night combines two of New Yorkers’ favorite things—literature and booze—into one 29-event multivenue fest in lower Manhattan. This season’s incarnation kicks off with a special edition of NPR quiz show Ask Me Another, featuring dirty trivia and host Ophira Eisenberg reading from her new memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy (Professor Thom's; 6pm). Other highlights include “Ghost Stories with Lapham’s Quarterly” (Merchant’s House Museum; 6pm), a discussion of oceangoing lit labeled “Whales, Wenches & Winches” (Preserve24, 175–177 E Houston St between Allen and Essex Sts; 8:15pm)and lots more. Visit litcrawl.org/nyc for a complete schedule.
Fans of the contemporary designer’s ability to blur the line between dressy and casual won’t be disappointed by this set of budget-friendly clothing ($20–$300) and accessories ($20–$60) for both sexes. The 100-piece assortment features a dark, neutral palette punctuated by muted florals, faux-leather accents and nontraditional camo prints. Standouts include women’s long-sleeved, floral-print blouses ($30) and mini satchels ($35) that resemble Lim’s best-selling Pashli bags. Visit target.com.
The New York Public Library isn’t just any old library, and this semiannual reading series proves it. Venerable readers and performers this fall and winter include book-world luminaries like Margaret Atwood (Sept 17), John Ashbery (Sept 19), and Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz (Dec 12). You can also catch Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger (Sept 25), billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett (Oct 23), composer Nico Muhly in conversation with Ira Glass (Oct 29), and culinary legend Alice Waters (Nov 18), among others.
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.
The French Institute Alliance Français’s seventh annual fall festival brings an intriguing offering of theater, dance, art and talks to the institution's home base and at sites across New York. Much of the program invites public participation, notably Capitalism Works for Me! (True/False) by Steve Lambert. The piece will erect an illuminated sign in Times Square (Sept 20, Oct 6–9) and ask passers-by to vote on the statement. In Spokaoke, Passing Strange director Annie Dorsen has added a playlist of speeches—ranging from MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" to "Should All Oppressed People be Allowed Refuge in America" from the film Clueless—to the offerings in Karaoke Cave (Sept 21–Oct 13). Visit fiaf.org for a complete schedule.
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 beer garden dispensing Brooklyn Brewery suds. Peruse 45 shipping containers, which provide venues for curated gallery installations—from photojournalism chronicling Liberia's civil war to Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner's intimate on-the-road shots of his fellow band members—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."
Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy returns for a contemporary stage revival, starring Hollywood pretty boy Orlando Bloom. It marks the Broadway debut of the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star, who will play Montague to Tony nominee Condola Rashad’s Capulet. In David Leveaux’s modernized staging, the star-crossed lovers are divided by racial tensions (didn’t West Side Story already cover that…?), though they’ll still employ the Bard’s original language. It’s the play’s first time on the Great White Way in 36 years, so get those hankies ready.
Rigorous intellect and magnetic presence Russell Brand embarks on his first world tour, provocatively titled the Messiah Complex. He will discuss the lives (and, more importantly, afterlives) of Malcolm X, Mahatma Gandhi, Che Guevara and Jesus in his stand-up set (which he was banned from bringing to Dubai and Lebanon).
First: the charming album. Second: the clever and charming album. Third: This year's triumphant Modern Vampires of the City is Vampire Weekend's most charming, smart full length to date. Don't pass up the chance to see NYC's preppiest heroes in action, playing on home turf tonight in the splendid company of It girls Solange Knowles and Sky Ferreira.
This annual march is named for General Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who helped out George Washington in a little scuffle known as the American Revolution. The parade continues to honor German immigrants and their descendants with plenty of dirndls and lederhosen, and beer steins at a ticketed (and sold out) Oktoberfest after-party in Central Park. Fifth Ave from 68th St to 86th St. Visit germanparadenyc.org for more information.
Get a little rural living without leaving the city limits at the 31st iteration of this down-home festival. For two days, the Queens County Farm Museum will become even more agrarian than usual with livestock competitions, pie-eating contests, awards for the fastest corn huskers and pig races, while Irish and German musicians will keep your feet stomping. While there, try to make your way through the Amazing Maize Maze ($9, children $5), a three-acre labyrinth, or take a spin on carnival rides. Glean tips on fashioning your own farm-to-table fare at a colonial cooking demo, or knock back a few at a Bavarian beer garden. To enter your own craft, vegetable, or baked or canned goods in one of the blue-ribbon contests, e-mail email@example.com.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of those events that makes you thankful to live in New York: The free, massive collection of readings, panels and high-concept events overtakes Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn and spills into neighboring venues over the course of a very full day. Among those in the massive crew of participating artists: Tom Wolfe, Sharon Olds, Art Spiegelman, Albert “Prodigy” Johnson (of Mobb Deep) and Meg Wolitzer. Visit brooklynbookfestival.org for details.
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. His obsession with pre-teen female sexuality translated into to vaguely unnerving images, which were more redolent of thanatos than of eros. 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.
This exhibit and event series at the normally private National Arts Club celebrates ten artists who work in what was formerly East Berlin. On Sept 25, toast the opening of the art show with a live feed to the Friendly Society gallery in Germany. Four films will screen, including Comrade Couture (Sept 26), about fashion designers who worked in the then-socialist country during the 1980s, and on Oct 1, attend a gallery talk on the different forms of music and art considered "degenerate" by the postwar government. On Sept 27, the space hosts a cabaret party and fashion show, featuring music by swing band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and German singer Adrienne Haan (free tickets are required; visit NAC after Sept 18 at 1pm to reserve).
A cavalcade of local luminaries and international stars converge on NYC for four days of performances, dance parties and, for the first time, a free Burlesque bazaar at the Slipper Room (Sept 28 at noon) that features vendors (in case your pasties collection needs an update), a roundtable with burly-Q legend April March and a live photo shoot conducted by Don Spiro. Otherwise, the fest treads in the glittery footsteps of year's past, with a Teaser Party (Le Poisson Rouge; Sept 26 at 7pm; $20, advance $15), Premiere Party (Brooklyn Bowl; Sept 27 at 8pm; $12, advance $10), Saturday Spectacular (B.B. King's; Sept 28 at 7pm; $35, advance $30; VIP: $70, advance $65) with free after-party, and a Golden Pastie Awards closer (Highline Ballroom; Sept 29 at 8pm; $30, advance $25; VIP $45, advance $40).
Comedy: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
As in years past, Brooklyn comedy stalwart Mirman has invited a bunch of his friends to do a bunch of shows at the Bell House and Union Hall. Some of the events are familiar: Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler bring their sorely missed Hot Tub back from Los Angeles, while Mirman himself will be onstage for another edition of StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson. New shows include Comics We Hope Don’t Move to L.A. (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There), with Jena Friedman, TONY contributor Josh Gondelman, Dan St. Germain and Claudia Cogan; and the Urbane Comedy Hour: Nontop Courtesy and Culture Through the Prism of Comedy, featuring Ira Glass, Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac and special surprise guests. Plus, there'll be a special celebration of the fourth season of Bob's Burgers, which premieres Sept 29. Visit eugenemirmanfestival.com for details.
The already art-forward northern Brooklyn ’hood pulls out all the stops during this three-day fest, featuring works by 300-plus contemporary artists. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Lillian Gerson’s pop-up recording studio, Radio Wave, gives attendees the chance to dictate their storm stories; in The Ship of Tolerance, Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov will pilot a ship along the waterfront whose sail is made of stitched-together paintings by NYC schoolkids; the Bubbles of Hope performance-art processional will see 20 dynamic sculptures swooping down on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 for an interactive parade; and festgoers can bring their own possessions, skills, stories or even abstracter holdings to trade in Bartertown. Visit dumboartsfestival.com for a full schedule.
Film: New York Film Festival
The premier event of any NYC filmgoer’s calendar returns, and it’s sure to be stocked with new works from big-name art-house auteurs and award-season heavy hitters. The announced title that we’re really salivating over: Her, Spike Jonze’s love story about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) and the Siri-like voice on his phone’s operating system, which isn’t due in theaters until late December. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Sept 8. Visit filmlinc.com or buy in person at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.
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. Painterly free association, coupled with existentialism, thus became the linchpin of AbEx, though Motherwell’s own work was defined more by formal stylishness than by strum und drang. While Motherwell produced large canvases, the collages he created throughout his career were particularly beautiful and elegant. 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.
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.
Returning for a second year with another big bash in Central Park, Global Citizen allows you to earn your way in to catch Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer by performing civic-minded acts, with a goal of eliminating extreme poverty around the globe by 2030. Get started by visiting globalcitizen.org.
New York's biggest haunted-house experience has gone the way of the horror movie and returned with a sequel for the first time in its ten-year history. Nightmare creator Tim Haskell takes another stab at bringing historical and contemporary serial killers back to life, such as Harrison Graham, Aileen Wuornos, Ed Gein and Charles Manson. We're shaking already—there's nothing more frightening than a recurring nightmare.
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, and real life seems invaded by dreams. The uncanny effect of his work was due precisely to the fact that Magritte, as painter, stuck tightly to realist script in order to upend the conventions of realism. 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.
Download a voucher from smithsonian.com/museumday to receive two free tickets to one of 27 New York City museums and cultural centers. Participating big-name institutions include the Jewish Museum, which premieres "Chagall: Love, War and Exile" on Sept 15; the Museum of Arts & Design, which debuts "Body & Soul: Contemporary International Ceramics" on Sept 17; and the Brooklyn Museum, which opens "Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish-American Home, 1492–1898" on Sept 20.
Though dour Brits Massive Attack may keep a low profile, it hasn't stopped them from spawning an entire music genre—trip hop, in the ’90s—with an influence that reverberates to this day, in the sounds of bands like the xx and the Weeknd. Don't miss your chance to see the real deal in (understated) action when the crew joins forces with filmmaker Adam Curtis for the U.S. premiere of Massive Attack v Adam Curtis.
More than 500 food and craft vendors and ten stages will close down a busy Brooklyn artery for the annual Atlantic Antic. Spanning ten blocks and cutting through four neighborhoods, it's billed as NYC’s largest street fair, so there’s more to see than stands hawking pashminas and MozzArepas. The eclectic musical lineup brings together such diverse local talent as Tri-State Conspiracy ("psycho swing," ska and rockabilly), Brandi & the Alexanders (classic soul) and I'll Be John Brown (alt country). Graze on grub from Mile End, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies and Red Hook Lobster Pound, washed down with Sixpoint Brewery's Antic Amber. Atlantic Ave between Hicks St and Fourth Ave, Brooklyn
Get a glimpse of the Gold Coast in the Gilded Age when the Board of Officers Room in the Park Avenue Armory reopens following a meticulous renovation. The refined space, where the regiment's colonel conducted meetings with his officers, was designed by Herter Brothers—a high society decorating firm that created opulent interiors for the White House and William H. Vanderbilt's Fifth Avenue mansion, among others—but had deteriorated after years of neglect. Now, as part of Herzog & de Meuron's $200 million revamp of the Armory, the surfaces have been de-grimed and returned to their original splendor. With the addition of new audio-visual facilities, the room will now function as an intimate salon for chamber music and other events. A series of recitals ($75–$100) kicks off on Sept 29 with a performance by baritone Christian Gerhaher. You can also admire the room as part of a guided tour ($10, seniors and students $5, Armory members and children under 12 free); see armoryonpark.org for details.
ABT returns with the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest. Over the course of the season, the company—which features principals Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Polina Semionova, Hee Seo, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Daniil Simkin and Cory Stearns—will also perform Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita, Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, Mark Morris's Gong and Stanton Welch's Clear.
As the only remaining building from the 1939–40 World’s Fair, the Queens Museum was certainly due for some TLC. But when the institution reopens this fall, after a two-and-a-half-year renovation, visitors will be welcomed by an airy, open redesign that goes far beyond a mere touch-up. In addition to improvements such as a new café and a light-flooded atrium, the museum will double its size and unveil a new Grand Central Parkway–facing facade, a transparent glass entryway that reflects its community-focused approach to programming and art. Inside, new studio spaces will allow for eight resident artists to create work on site. At the reopening, visitors can see Pedro Reyes: The People’s UN (pUN), a performance-based model legislature convenes in the new interior courtyard; “Peter Schumann: Black and White,” a retrospective of the puppet maker’s installations; “Queens International 2013,” a biennial show of borough-based artists; and “New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009–2013: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao,” which documents the museum’s history and expansion. Much of the programming—such as a series of events at Corona Plaza—highlight the borough's individual neighborhoods, while other efforts are aimed toward special-needs, LGBT, recent-immigrant and teen visitors.
The wait is almost over. Following this summer’s sold-out tastings at the Brooklyn Kitchen and Vans House Parties, Ivan Orkin completes his New York homecoming. The Long Island–born chef—with two shops in Tokyo—will debut his first stateside location, a 40-seat modernist ramen-ya on the Lower East Side. Employing his custom rye-and-wheat noodles, Orkin will serve his signature shio ramen—featuring a chicken-and-dashi broth—alongside garlic-infused mazemen, pulled-pork musubi and fried meatballs slicked with tonkotsu sauce. Watch the noodle star show off his Nippon-honed craft at the counter, or in warmer months, grab a seat in the back garden.
Based on his own infidelity, Harold Pinter’s 1978 play runs backward—starting with the aftermath of a failed marriage and ending with its promising start. Guiding us through the triangulated chronology are Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, doing the art-imitating-life thing by playing spouses. Rafe Spall is the homewrecker in this revival staged by the great Mike Nichols.
The New Mu gives over its entire building to this first major New York survey of legendary L.A. artist Chris Burden, who emerged in the early 1970s as the enfant terrible of performance art. He had himself shot in the arm, for example, and once used the back of VW bug as the cross for his self-crucifixion. Over the ensuing decades, he moved into creating complicated sculptural objects and installations, such as a built-from-scratch automobile and a toy-model metropolis, featuring miniature freeways teeming with tiny cars zipping by at breakneck speeds. This show covers it all, offering New Yorkers a rare comprehensive look at one of the most innovative artists of the past 40 years.
A massive multidisciplinary arts and media complex is headed for Downtown Brooklyn, spearheaded by local art nonprofit BRIC. The 40,000-square-foot BRIC House will feature a contemporary art gallery, a performance space, a glass-walled television studio, a work and performance studio, and a café. Planned events include a monthly House Parties dance-party series, a drop-in free lecture and storytelling Stoop series, and several artist residency programs. To celebrate the opening, BRIC's offering three days of free programming on its first weekend, including a block party with food trucks, Artist Parade, a multimedia installation by Addams Family set designer Julian Crouch, Bang on a Can musician Mark Stewart and filmmaker Ragnar Freidank, plus a concert by local pan-Caribbean collective Natural Expression Rhythm Band.
“It’s The New Yorker in 3-D, but without the funny glasses,” says David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, of its signature festival. Over the course of a weekend, staff writers and editors from the magazine interview dozens of movie stars, authors, musicians and more. The lineup is announced Sept 5, while tickets go on sale Sept 13 and usually disappear in a blink; do your utmost to secure a pass—your brain will thank you for it. Various locations, times and prices; visit newyorker.com/festival for details.
We’ll see anything by the highly talented Alfonso Cuarón, who directed the best Harry Potter installment (2004’s Prisoner of Azkaban) and the memorably dystopic Children of Men (2006). If the awe-inspiring trailers for his sci-fi thriller about two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) stranded in space are any indication, we’re in for an even wilder ride than usual.
Rock the Bells is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which accounts for one of the strongest lineups wall to wall that we've seen in many a year. Headlining is Wu-Tang Clan—appearing with, we kid you not, "Virtual ODB." (Virtual 2Pac wept.) You'll also see Pretty Lights, Black Hippy, A$AP Mob, Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Big Sean, Tyler, the Creator and many, many more.
Heat-seeking capsaicin lovers won’t want to miss this fiery festival. Tour the pepper plants in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Herb Garden and ignite your palate with gratis tasting samples, including hot sauces, chili-infused chocolates (from the likes of Jomart Chocolates and Nunu Chocolates) and salsas from more than 40 local vendors. While you nibble, watch performances by NOLA funk and hip-hop outfit Stooges Brass Band, indie salsa band Bio Ritmo, the Afro-Brazilian Dendê Macêdo & Band and Dance China NY. If you want to experiment with the incendiary veggie on your own time, stop by the Chile Pepper Farm Stand, which will feature goods from local purveyors such as East New York Farms.
Opening Oct 5, the newest addition to AMNH's Hayden Planetarium launches you on an astronomical adventure—from Jupiter's atmosphere to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, where Edwin Hubble first discovered other galaxies. Learn how dark matter (a.k.a. invisible matter) and dark energy (the force that accelerates the universe's expansion) shape outer space, and follow scientists on their journey to unearth cosmological mysteries. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates.
Celebrate Deepavali, a.k.a. Diwali, with more than 100,000 revelers at one of the largest culturally Indian events in the city. Feast on regional specialties; browse clothing, crafts and jewelry; and catch performances from top intercollegiate dance teams during the Naach Inferno competition. Take part in one of the planet's largest outdoor bhangra parties in history, led by Sarina Jain. The "festival of lights," which commemorates the end of Hindu king and deity Rama’s 14 years of exile, culminates in a dazzling fireworks display.
Nothing says “Autumn is really here, mofo” like wooden bins full of just-picked apples and bottles of freshly pressed cider. These icons of the season will be in abundance at this annual festival (formerly called the Queens County Farm Museum Apple Festival). Listen to a Country-Western band, take a hayride ($2) or sip the good stuff from Jericho Cider Mill (glass $1.25, quart $3, half gallon $4.50, gallon $7.75).
Will Abel Tesfaye make the leap from mystery-cloaked DIY buzz magnet to pro-hyped superstar? Turn up at Radio City to size up this 23-year-old Toronto singer-producer— who's been pushing R&B to ever lusher, edgier extremes under the Weeknd moniker—as he supports Kiss Land, his major-label debut.
For four days this October, the Javits Center is transformed into a geek micronation as the eager costumed hordes descend. This year’s guest list is a who’s who of sci-fi/fantasy/etc. legends (William Shatner, Sylvester Stallone), fan faves (Torchwood’s John Barrowman, The Guild’s Felicia Day, True Blood’s Kristin Bauer and Rutina Wesley) and those still clinging confusedly to the fringes of fame (Hulk Hogan, Goosebumps scribe R.L. Stine). Weekend and three- and four-day tickets are sold out, but single-day passes are still available for Oct 10 and Oct 11. Run don’t walk to snatch up those spots, nerds.
On the eve of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize award announcement, hear from nominee Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in October 2012 by a Taliban gunman on her way home from school. Yousafzai, then 15, was targeted because of her education-rights activism; she describes the ordeal and her ongoing campaign for children's education in her memoir, I Am Malala (Oct 8; Little, Brown and Company). International-news vet Christiane Amanpour interviews Yousafzai and her father in what is likely to be the most inspiring talk you'll see this season.
Responsible for thousands of only-in–New York moments, this annual fest brings work from more than 100 artists to 14th Street for a week and change. This year’s theme is “number,” something creative types generally aren’t known for being masters of, but we can’t wait to see what mathy, scheduley, statisticsy pieces this year’s 30-odd participating groups and individuals come up with. Bring your camera. Various locations on 14th St between Ave C and Hudson River. Visit the artinoddplaces.org for a full list of projects.
Buddhism, Shintoism, sci-fi and anime have been some of the inspirations for Mariko Mori, the Japanese artist-turned-model whose works since the early 1990s have combined elements of all three into otherworldly photos, videos and installations. This shows focuses on Mori’s efforts over the past ten years, including a series of light sculptures, stemming from the artist’s interest in various megalith-building cultures that existed in Japan and Europe some 10,000 years ago.
Although she employs a number of artistic mediums, Wangechi Mutu—a Kenya transplant to Brooklyn via Yale—is best-known for large-scale collages on Mylar, depicting chimerical female figures that are part plant, part animal and part human. Created from bits and pieces of fashion, lifestyle, automotive and pornographic magazines, these works and others have earned Mutu a sizable international reputation during the past two decades, and evince a flamboyant aesthetic informed by topics such as feminism, globalism and multiculturalism. This show is her first mid-career survey in the U.S., and covers her work from the mid-1990s to the present.
Between hosting the new incarnation of Whose Line Is It Anyway, voicing Lana Kane on Archer, chatting on The Talk and touring behind her autobiographical essay collection Self-Inflicted Wounds, you’d think Aisha Tyler would be too busy for her first love—stand-up. Thank goodness she's found the time. We hold out hope that the silly, physical performer will tell some of her humiliating stories.
You may remember the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a ten-week pop-up on Houston Street that hosted free events, screenings and lectures in 2011. The Lab then traveled to Berlin and Mumbai, getting people thinking about cities, sustainability, arts and culture around the globe. This exhibit presents some of the ideas that emerged, with an accompanying program of talks and events, such as a discussion on collecting urban data (Oct 12) and a weekly movie series looking at cityscapes in film.
Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, you’ll have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once. That also means that By the time Thanksgiving hits you should prepare for painfully long lines. So when the rink first opens in mid October, make like Chicagoans when voting—go early and often.
This annual festival gives attendees access to more than 200 of the city’s coolest and most exclusive architectural sites and landmarks. A sneak peek at the as yet unopened 4 World Trade Center and new Whitney Museum, pictured, a visit to the Citi Bike Warehouse and a rare chance to see the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in Long Island City. Look for the full schedule (and the ability to preregister for certain events) in the first week of October.
Mike Kelley (1954–2012) was one of the true greats of recent American art, whose provocative and multi-layered output commented upon and critiqued numerous facets of contemporary life—including popular culture, sex, religion, and the persistent of class in a supposedly classless society. Although Kelley was an internationally recognized fixture of the Los Angeles art scene, the energy and anger in his work ultimately drew upon his upbringing as the son of a janitor in Detroit. Working in a diverse range of mediums—painting, drawings, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography and video—Kelley was arguably the most original and influential artists of his generation, until suicide tragically cut short his career. This retrospective at MoMA PS1, is the largest and most comprehensive survey of his work to date, and for the first time in 25 years, the museum is devoting its entire building to a single artist. A show not to be missed.
Treat yourself to a body or skincare treatment for a mere $50 when more than 100 venues throughout the city discount up to three services of their choosing. Specials include a 50-minute Thai-style massage incorporating a warm herbal compress (worth more than $100) at Bunya Citi Spa; a luxury mani-pedi at the mancentric Spa at The Out NYC (usually $75); and a 50-minute facial that would normally set you back $125 at the Red Door Spa in the Chatwal New York—one of the city's most luxurious hotels. Bookings can be made beginning Sept 16. Locations throughout the city; visit spaweek.com.
He may be one of the most popular failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance? Fifth Ave from 44th St to 72nd St.
Tons of acts descend upon NYC each fall for the CMJ Music Marathon, a five-day fest held on stages both huge (Terminal 5) and tiny (Cake Shop). This year’s initial lineup was announced late August and includes reformed D.C. indie-rock outfit the Dismemberment Plan, ’60s baroque-pop devotee Jacco Gardner, chilled-out local rock group Real Estate, Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew, U.K. electro duo Fuck Buttons and many, many more. Shows typically have packed bills with reduced set times, so you can check out a bunch of groups in a short time. The unofficial showcases are a blast, too; Brooklyn Vegan’s free daytime bash, for instance, is always killer. Locations, times and prices vary. Visit cmj.com/marathon for details.
Autobiographical performance aficionados and addicts will celebrate the publication of the new title The Moth: 50 True Stories—and this event at the NYPL should send them into the stratosphere. Founder George Dawes Green, Moth artistic director Catherine Burns and writer Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree) perform and talk with the enthusiastic Paul Holdengräber about the evolution of the organization and the power of telling tales live.
The phenomenal Mark Rylance (Jerusalem) plays Olivia in an all-male rendition of Shakespeare's frothy comedy, in which all sorts of people are tripped up by inappropriate clothing. Stephen Fry costars as the starchy valet, Malvolio. This transfer from London's Globe Theatre and the West End plays in repertory with another all-boys take on the Bard: the history play Richard III. Rylance takes on the titular crookbacked villain.
The company's two-week New York season begins with six mixed-bill performances with works by Christopher Wheeldon, Edwaard Liang, Serge Lifar, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Yuri Possokhov and artistic director Helgi Tomasson. The second week showcases performances of Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella.
The Brooklyn Historical Society, a repository of Gotham history since 1863, will unveil a newly renovated interior on Oct 16. The project has been under way since spring 2012, and includes restoring the building's traditional arched entrance and creating a new first-floor and lower-level galleries, as well as installing a 200-seat event space. Among the inaugural exhibits are a celebration of the BHS's century-and-a-half legacy and a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Food & Drink: New York City Wine & Food Festival
Food Network celebutoques join top global chefs for this annual fete, with a four-day lineup of demos, seminars and tastings. Highlights include an Oktoberfest bash with Andrew Zimmern and Pat LaFrieda, and a master sushi-rolling class taught by Masaharu Morimoto, both on October 20. Visit nycwff.org.
Film: 12 Years a Slave
Having taken on suicide by starvation (Hunger) and sex addiction (Shame), British visual-artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen turns to another s-word: slavery. This adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoirs about being sold to a Southern plantation has an impressive cast—Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti—but we’re betting that it’s Chiwetel Ejiofor’s name that will be on everybody’s list come Oscar time.
The arts group, based out of a stalwart neighborhood hardware store in Williamsburg, throws its fourth annual fund-raiser for its summer show, C.H.A.S. Last year, more than 30 entries—ranging from the skillful to the probably-carved-while-tipsy—vied for the crowd's votes in three categories: Best in Show, Most Creative and A for Effort. Arrive between 6:30 and 8pm to register your effort (free), then grab a beer, hot cider or glühwein from the tent in the store's outdoor garden center while you wait for the ballots to close at 9pm.
Food & Drink: NYC Food Film Festival
This cinematic feast takes “dinner and a movie” to the extreme, pairing flicks with first-class food over a five-day festival. Gotham’s own Dale Talde (Talde) and Ed Schoenfeld (Red Farm) star in Erik Olsen’s short “Dumpling Tales” and will serve Asian snacks during the screening. Visit thefoodfilmfestival.com for details.
In Matthew Bourne’s alternative version of the well-known tale, Aurora wakes up to a modern world—and you can almost certainly expect a gothic twist. The British director and choreographer, who has a special talent for twisting the classics—his Swan Lake features a flock of male swans—presents his third work set to Tchaikovsky.
Arts & Culture: White Light Festival
Audiences can vibrate at a higher level during Lincoln Center's fall festival, which explores the spiritual properties of music and art. Video, chamber music and virtual reality combine in Michel van der Aa’s Up-close, featuring the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (Oct 28 at 7:30pm; $35–$55); choreographer Akram Khan performs his dreamy solo show, DESH, which won an Olivier Award (Nov 6, 7 at 7:30pm; $25–$90); filmmaker Philip Gröning gets an inside look at the isolated lives of Carthusian monks in Into Great Silence (Nov 10 at 1:30pm; $15); and the Mark Morris Dance Group performs its critically acclaimed L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, about the transformative power of art (Nov 21–23 at 7:30pm; $40–$125). Various locations at Lincoln Center. Visit whitelightfestival.org for a full schedule.
Explore more than 140 of the French couturier’s gender-bending, avant-garde pieces, some of which are arguably closer to art than attire. (Admit it: A museum seems a fitting place for Madonna’s conical bra and Milla Jovovich’s costume from The Fifth Element.) The show also includes photographs taken by artists including Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, plus Gaultier’s very first design from 1971.
Proof that cats really do rule everything around us: After the success of the Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis—two kitty-centric shindigs have taken place there since 2012—its organizers have decided to bring the feline fiesta to Brooklyn. So what can you expect? At this summer's event, a few Internet-famous furballs—including Maru, Lil Bub and Keyboard Cat—were inducted into a kitty Hall of Fame; Grumpy Cat won the Golden Kitty award; and lots of people showed up in cat costumes. So basically, it'll be the best night ever, if you're a cat lady or gent. Dog people, we suggest you steer clear.
The Village Halloween Parade is fun and all, but does it have a plethora of puppies in adorable outfits? For that, you’ll have to head to the East Village for this annual dog parade. The getups are remarkably elaborate and conceptual—no surprise given the $4,000 of prizes on offer, including an iPad mini for Best in Show. No pooch? No problem: Grateful Greyhounds, Bide-A-Wee, Friends of Animal Rescue and the Mayor's Alliance for New York City Animals will be on hand with canines that need a loving home. Just remember, a dog's for life, not just for a costume contest.
MoMI mounts an exhibit about the storied studio complex it calls home, which once served as Paramount Pictures' East Coast headquarters and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center. Watch film and television clips produced at Kaufman Astoria Studios—including silent flicks starring Rudolph Valentino, Marx Brothers talkies, Sesame Street and The Cosby Show—and browse artifacts, photos and oral histories of the site.
Hip-hop's Prince Charming hits town for two arena-show screamfests. Last time we talked to the star, he told us that he has a special chest where he keeps the bras thrown at him onstage. We're guessing that by now Drake could keep a small country in "support." Speaking of which, heat-seeking soul smoothie Miguel and Atlanta rapper Future lend their support at these gigs. Ahem.
Hurricane Sandy put the kibosh on this annual procession last year, so we're looking forward to it making a triumphant return for its 40th anniversary. But it needs your help to overcome the financial impact of 2012's cancellation and will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Sept 19. Dig deep, and not merely one of the rewards will be a spot at the puppet-making workshops in upstate New York. This year's theme is Revival, and the parade will honor New Yorkers who stepped up to help the community after Sandy. They'll be joined by the awe-inspiring puppets created by Superior Concept Monsters, the Madagascar Institute, the Puppeteers’ Cooperative and Basil Twist’s studio, among others, as well as the Hungry March Band, the On the Lam Band and 35 more musical troupes. Sign up via halloween-nyc.com now to volunteer to be a puppeteer or a performer in the procession. To walk in the parade, turn up in costume (start at Sixth Ave between Canal and Spring Sts; Oct 31 6:30–8:30pm). Parade: Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St.
One of the earliest and most influential examples of theater of the absurd, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot returns to Broadway with X-Men collaborators Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. They perform it in rep with Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, a crepuscular study of death and memory. Shuler Hensley and Billy Crudup round out the casts.
Film: Ender’s Game
His regrettable views on gay marriage notwithstanding, novelist Orson Scott Card can claim to have written one of the most provocative sci-fi stories of the past 30 years: a tale of future children trained to become military geniuses long before their ethics catch up. Here’s hoping the script isn’t dumbed down.
Experience the colors of the season in the New York Botanical Garden's Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre thicket which boasts sweet gums, whose star-shaped leaves turn red and purple as autumn progresses, and tulip trees and hickories which display vivid golden yellows. During this annual series, gratis guided tours will point out seasonal foliage and birds, as well as offering free canoe trips, courtesy of the Bronx River Alliance. While you'll also see arborists demonstrating how to scale trunks, sign up in advance for a Recreational Tree Climbing class ($135, members $122) to try it yourself.
More than 40,000 marathoners hotfoot it (or puff, pant and stagger) through all five boroughs over a 26.2-mile course. Stake out a lively spot—we recommend along Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn; First Avenue between 60th and 96th Streets in Manhattan; or Central Park South near the finish line—to cheer on the passing throngs. Visit ingnycmarathon.org for more details.
Books: The Fun: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC
You can’t spell party without art, and this review—edited by Museum of Arts & Design public-programs director Jake Yuzna—looks at the intersection of the two worlds. In addition to profiles of the individuals (Earl Dax, Sophia Lamar, Ladyfag) and collectives (FCKNLZ, Silent Barn, Xtapussy) that enrich New York’s after-dark cultural landscape, the book also features experts—such as Michael Musto and Susanne Bartsch—weighing in on NYC’s ’80s and ’90s party scenes. Look out for MAD’s the Fun conference (Nov 8–10), a weekend of panel discussions and lectures on topics like nightlife regulation, online party promotion and the art of hosting, which coincides with the publication’s release.
As always, the New York Comedy Festival is comedy’s most massive happening of the fall. It celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with a hell of a lineup. The preliminary schedule includes Larry David (in conversation with David Steinberg), Wanda Sykes, Whitney Cummings, Bill Burr, John Mulaney and plenty more. If these big-ticket shows, going down at grand venues like the Theater at Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, don't appeal to you (or your wallet), there will also be emerging and indie comedians performing. Stay tuned for further lineup announcements as we move into fall. Visit nycomedyfestival.com.
With a new album under his belt—Overgrown is the follow-up to 2011's stunning debut—24-year-old Brit James Blake returns to the city for two big dates. Expect a set of his trademark sparse, dubstep-wobbled falsetto soul, with funky, R&B-flecked new material, and (fingers crossed) his lovely cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You."
Spiegelman, who did more than anyone to legitimize the graphic novel with his Holocaust-themed classic, Maus, gets the retrospective treatment, with a survey that includes hundreds of original drawings spanning his groundbreaking career, from his late-1960s days as part of the underground comix movement to his work on some of The New Yorker's most compelling and controversial covers.
Sure it's easy to laugh at the Eagles; the arrangements are slicker than an otter in olive oil, the four-part harmonies scarily perfect, and the smiles dazzlingly white. But can you truthfully say that the sprawling, lysergic fantasy that is "Hotel California" has never had you air-guitaring on your knees? Nor has "Desperado" had you weeping in your beer? Pull on your best denim shirt and surrender to the noncool, mighty power of these Cali legends, whose current tour—including principals Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, as well as founding guitarist Bernie Leadon—arrives on the heels of a sprawling documentary, History of the Eagles.
The phrase more money, more problems would not have sat well with upper-class early-20th-century New Yorkers, who flaunted their wealth in the form of jewelry, furs and elaborate houses. This exhibit, the first in the newly christened Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, displays 100 glamorous costumes, portraits and household objects, including a silver-gilt place setting and an “Electric Light” dress owned by the Vanderbilt family, John D. Rockefeller's luxe toiletry set, and loads of diamond, gold and platinum bling.
The Parisian womenswear designer lends her edgy, bohemian aesthetic to the Swedish chain through this limited-edition collection, inspired by her eponymous line. While the prospect of being able to nab Marant’s trendsetting wedge sneakers for a fraction of the usual cost is exciting enough, the partnership also marks her debut foray into men’s clothing. Details are scant, but a first look released via H&M’s Twitter account revealed a printed slouchy dress and fringed booties with conical heels, in Marant’s signature neutral hues. Visit hm.com.
Film: The Wolf of Wall Street
Who wants a Goodfellas set in world of finance? Judging from its amazing, amped-up trailer, that’s exactly what we’ll get with Martin Scorsese’s blistering take on Jordan Belfort’s book about the rise and fall of a shady stock-market hotshot (Leonardo DiCaprio, of course)—and we could not be more psyched. Bring it, Marty!
Recently minted Broadway star Jessie Mueller finally gets a vehicle specially crafted for her gorgeous voice and her innate warmth. She plays the great singer-songwriter Carole King in a retrospective about King's early life and career. Playwright Douglas McGrath provides the book.
The Milliners Guild hosts an annual homage to St. Catherine, the patron saint of hatmakers, with a promenade through midtown. In previous years, up to 50 guild members, clients and hat aficionados, wearing a variety of handcrafted toppers such as fascinators, cloches and chapeaus, gather at the Millinery Center Synagogue for the rabbi to bless the parade. From there, the group strolls to Bryant Park to mill about (geddit?) and pose for photos before heading to Grand Central Terminal. All are welcome—the only stipulation being you must wear a hat. Just don’t try to pass muster in your snapback.
Film: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
We missed you, Katniss: Jennifer Lawrence has, since the first installment, won an Oscar and cornered the talk-show market on lovable rawness. Now she returns to her already-iconic role, and, fortunately for the actor, Suzanne Collins’s second book gets a whole lot more serious.
Born in 1948, Isa Genzken is one of the most prominent figures within the postwar generation of German artists, and among the most influential female artists working today. If New York art audiences are familiar with her output at all, it's been probably via the works she has produced during past ten years or so, which have mainly consisted of surreal sculptural assemblages and installations that vividly aggregate painting, found objects (toys, strollers, suitcases, backpacks, dolls, wheelchairs, umbrellas and houseplants among them), images, fabrics, textiles and other materials, such as colored streamers, Mylar sheets and tinted Plexiglas. Her best-known work here is probably the gigantic rose she created for the New Museum's facade. Prolific as she's been in recent years, this production only scratches the surface of a four-decade career that has taken a sharply incisive, postfeminist perspective on our globalist society and the way that culture functions within it.
This pre–Turkey Day ritual, held near the American Museum of Natural History, has become almost as crowded as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we prefer it to the main event. Why? We prefer to weave through the crowds, walking past the inflation stations to see Kermit the Frog, Julius the Paul Frank monkey, Sonic the Hedgehog, Buzz Lightyear et al. at our own pace. Arrive later in the evening, when the gigantic characters have taken shape; the crowds are at their peak, so you can also show off the famed New York sidewalk shuffle. Enter at W 79th St at Columbus Ave.