The UN Returns Edition
If you live anywhere near Tudor City, where this citywide newsletter is based, you can feel the heat rising from the United Nations across the street, as the place prepares for the annual General Assembly. Always something happening, but this year, it's President Donald Trump that will bring the crowds.
Since he just watches Fox News at home, don't fret about seeing the Donald around. Instead, take in some festivals, Brooklyn Book Festival (not gonna be there), The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (nope), The Feast of San Gennaro (maybe -- might be friends with Tony Danza). If you would like to get away from the motorcades and hubbub, try Exploring the Rooftops of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, From Farms to Wineries, or the Storm King & New York Renaissance Faire. But if you can handle the extra security, check out the book signing, Thanks, Obama – My Hopey, Changey White House Years, or this one, Book Launch, A Force So Swift, brought to you by old friend, Kevin Peraino. Don't miss the music festivals section or theatre -- fall brings out everything in New York, including Karl Ove Knausgaard presents Autumn.
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Karl Ove Knausgaard presents Autumn: Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard developed a passionate following of readers for his My Struggle series. This fall he introduces a new autobiographical quartet, an encyclopedia of the world that builds in poignancy and intensity as the seasons change. The first short volume in this new series, Autumn, is comprised of letters written each day to his daughter Anne. St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, 14 September, 7:30pm, $30, includes book.
Atlas Obscura Live: In previous shows, AOL has delved into the worlds of Sin and Scandal, but this September, it’s delving into the world ofImposters. The live variety show brings our own writers and editors together with musicians, scholars, comedians, performers, and special guests to share wondrous acts and amazing stories. Union Hall, 702 Union Street, Brooklyn, 14 September, 8pm, from $15.
Frederick Wiseman + Errol Morris = Masters of Documentary: Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has turned his camera on institutions as varied as an insane asylum, a high school and a ballet company. His latest film, Ex Libris - The New York Public Library, is a panoramic portrait of the iconic institution. What better place for him to discuss it than on LIVE from the NYPL’s stage. And what better interlocutor than Errol Morris, the Oscar-winning filmmaker for whom Wiseman is an “idol”? The New York Public Library, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, 14 September, from $25.
Naomi Klein presents No is Not Enough: Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies.” She argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century. Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (at 13th Street), 15 September, 7pm, $15, includes signed book.
Nerd Night: Nerd Nite NYC kicks-off its 12th season with an Astronaut. Mario Runco discusses the three times he left Earth and Seth Baum presents about toilet psychology as it pertains to our current political climate. The Nite will start with trivia (optional) so bring some pals, form a team, and win some tickets to events around town. Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, 15 September, 7pm, from $10.
PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017: Many writers who are household names today got their start when an editor encountered their work for the first time and took a chance. PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017 anthology celebrates twelve such moments of discovery. The first volume of an annual anthology, it recognizes writers who have had outstanding fiction debuts in a print or online literary magazine.HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, 15 September, 7pm, Free.
Brooklyn Book Festival: One of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City, the Brooklyn Book Festival presents an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors for 2017, including Karl Ove Knausgård, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud, Hisham Matar and Maira Kalman. Check out the schedule of events and the houses on tap for the marketplace. Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza, 15-17 September, Free.
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival: Founded in 2008 by Julie Smith Clem and Eugene Mirman, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is the world’s first sincere-and-ironic comedy festival that celebrates a close-knit comedy community, while making fun of the trappings of mainstream festival programming. This year, the festival features such events as The Sh*t Show hosted by Ophira Eisenberg of NPR fame, You’re the Expert with Chris Duffy, and 826 NYC with Sarah Vowell. Union Hall and the Bell House, Brooklyn, 15-19 September, See website.
The Feast of San Gennaro: Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, a not-for-profit dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast should attract more than one-million people to the streets of Little Italy. There they will participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples and possibly see Tony Danza! Little Italy, Grand Street, between Mott & Baxter St., 14-23 September, Grand Procession, 16 September, 2pm.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg + Charlie Rose: US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits down for a career conversation with Charlie Rose. They will cover a broad range of topics — from the law to politics, to gender equality, to the workways of the Supreme Court and more. Kauffman Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y (92nd and Lexington), 16 September, 7:30pm, from $125.
Exploring the 1656 Lent-Riker House – Oldest Private Home in U.S.:Join New York Adventure Club for a private tour of the 1656 Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead the oldest private dwelling in New York City, Led by homeowner Marion Duckworth Smith, the showing of the 361-year-old house in Queens, includes a walk through of the grounds, including the and 132 tombstone cemetery. Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead (1656), 78-03 19th Road, Queens, 16 September, 2pm, from $25.
Exploring the Rooftops of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, From Farms to Wineries: Join New York Adventure Club and explore the multipurpose rooftops of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the nation’s most storied naval shipbuilding facilities, which is now home to over 330 businesses employing more than 7,000 people. Building 92 (Lobby), Corner of Flushing and Carlton Aves., Brooklyn, 17 September, 11am, from $35.
Irvington Hike, From Octagon House to Tiffany Reading Room: Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive four-mile guided hike, tour, & exploration through the historic Irvington-on-Hudson mansions, estates, and landmarks along the Old Croton Aqueduct, New York City’s first water supply system built between 1837 and 1842. Ardsley-on-Hudson Station (Platform), Irvington, New York, 17 September, 11:15am from $25.
Storm King & New York Renaissance Faire: Start with a visit to one of the world's largest sculpture parks to revel in structures 10x your size, and end with watching a Medieval father-son duo throw knives at someone. Join New York Adventure Club for a casual field trip to Storm King and the 40th annual New York Renaissance Faire. New Windsor, NY, 17 September, 10am, $89. Carpool with NYAC: Pickup Hell’s Kitchen,RSVP.
Photoville: NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as grassroots as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers, the show features 75 exhibitions, screenings and a beer garden. Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., 13-24 September, Free.
Fresh Off the Boat: Six Words Fresh Off the Boat marries the phenomenon of Larry Smith’s successful Six-Word Memoirs with the hit comedy Fresh Off the Boat. The book captures hundreds of takes on the immigration experience, from every-day people as well as world-famous celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Junot D az, and Mario Batali. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 18 September, 7:30pm, Free.
The Existential Threat of Big Tech: Prizewinning author Franklin Foer talks with his brother Jonathan about his polemical new book, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, revealing the existential threat posed by big tech, and suggesting ways in which to fight their pervasive influence. Buttenweiser Hall, 92nd Street Y (92nd and Lexington), 19 September, 7:30pm, from $35.
Cole Escola – Help! I’m Stuck: The feral writer/performer and brains behind a slew of absurdly funny online videos Cole Escola (“Difficult People,” “Mozart in the Jungle”), brings his unique voice to the stage, playing multiple characters in a series of comedic vignettes that operate on the fringes of coherence and social acceptability. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 18, 20 September, 29 October, 7 November, 9pm, $15.
Scott Jackson Presents Take Me With You: The CEO of the non-profit group Global Impact Scott Jackson as he shares his memoir about growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and the racism that drove his family apart. Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 13th Street, 20 September, 7pm.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy (Outgrown): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. Host Dan Kennedy is a regular contributor to McSweeny's, and author of the book Loser Goes First: My Thirty Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation. All NYC StorySlam tickets are available online one week before the show at 3pm. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, 21 September, 7pm, $10,themoth.org/events.
Thanks, Obama – My Hopey, Changey White House Years: More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people who suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those twenty-somethings. In 2011, he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. In his memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld.Greenlight Bookstore, 632 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 21 September, 7:30pm, Free.
Book Launch, A Force So Swift: In the opening months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman found himself faced with diplomatic catastrophe: Mao Zedong's Communist armies had fanned out across mainland China, annihilating the troops of America’s one-time ally Chiang Kai-shek. These events would transform American foreign policy – leading, ultimately, to decades of friction with Communist China, U.S. commitment to Taiwan, and the subsequent wars in Korea and Vietnam. See author and friend, Kevin Peraino, discuss his latest book with Scott Anderson, the veteran war correspondent and bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia. NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, 19 September, 6:30pm, Free.
Book Launch So Many Olympic Exertions by Anelise Chen: When Chen hears news that her brilliant friend from college has committed suicide, she is thrown into a fugue of fear and doubt. Through a fascinating collection of anecdotes and close readings of moments in the sometimes harrowing world of sports, the novel questions the validity and usefulness of our current narratives of success. POWERHOUSE @ the Archway, 28 Adams Street, DUMBO, 21 September, 7pm, RSVP appreciated.
Meadows Music & Arts Festival: After a successful inaugural year in 2016 — with headliners like Kanye West – the Meadows is back in 2017. This year, organizers have added an extra day with more music and more everything. This year, Jay Z Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz top the lineup. Other highlights include TV on the Radio, Teagan and Sara, Broken Social Scene and more. Citi Field, Queens, New York, 15-17 September, from $115.
The Afghan Wigs: 16 September, Brooklyn Steel
David Gray with Allison Krauss: 19 September, Radio City Music Hall
The War on Drugs: 19 September, Terminal 5; 22 September, SummerStage Central Park
MuteMath: 20 September, Brooklyn Steel
Rodriguez (Searching for Sugarman): 21 September, Tarrytown Music Hall
Interpol: 23 September, Forest Hills Stadium
The Church: 27 September, Le Poisson Rouge/28 September, Bell House
Thievery Corporation: 30 September, Coney Island Boardwalk
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy – Discord: From Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” this timely New York Premiere finds three of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage in this new play. Cherry Lane Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, 19 September through 22 October, from $72.
The Portugeuse Kid: In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti. Intending to settle her latest husband’s affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for the cheesy, self-aggrandizing Dragonetti.City Center Stage 1, 131 West 55th Street, 19 September through 24 October, from $100.
Time and the Conways: In 1919 Britain, Mrs. Conway (Elizabeth McGovern of “Downton Abbey”) is full of optimism during her daughter’s lavish twenty-first birthday celebration. The Great War is over, wealth is in the air, and the family’s dreams bubble over like champagne. Nineteen years later, though, the Conways’ lives have transformed unimaginably.American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, through 26 November, from $39.
Measure for Measure: With Marx-Brothers-inspired slapstick, the Elevator Repair Service ensemble brings new life to this story of impossible moral choices in 17th-century Vienna. Radical experiments with speed set the play’s combination of the comically absurd and the tragically serious in stark relief, and deliver a show that marries the company’s unique performance style with the Bard’s lyrical language. The Public, 425 Lafayette Street, 18 September through 5 November, from $65.
Tiny, Beautiful Things: Thousands of people wrote letters asking for advice from an anonymous online columnist named Sugar, who drew from her own life experiences to answer in a candid, often brutally honest exchange. It was later revealed that Sugar was Cheryl Strayed. Vardalos adapts the book, weaving together the real letters to explore the dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human. The Public, 425 Lafayette Street, 19 September through 12 November, from $65.
The Violin: When Bobby, Terry, and Gio – two hapless brothers and a world-weary tailor – find a 1710 Stradivarius violin worth four million dollars in the back of a New York City taxi, it looks like the opportunity to change their fortunes may have landed in their laps. A shot at their dreams, however, will mean some quick decisions testing loyalty and family ties with irrevocable consequences. 59E59 Theater, 59 East 59thStreet, through 14 October, from $25.
Small World: When Walt Disney hears “The Rite of Spring,” he envisions the creation of the earth, volcanoes and, of course, dinosaurs! But composer Igor Stravinsky has another vision altogether. This provocative comedy goes behind the scenes of Disney's classic “Fantasia,” where the dinosaurs aren't the only ones doing battle. 59E59 Theater, 59 East 59thStreet, through 7 October, from $25.
The Baroness - Isak Dinesen’s Final Affair: Karen Blixen, who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen, wrote such tales as Out of Africa. In 1948 at age 62, Blixen is at the pinnacle of her fame when she is introduced to the newly renowned 29-year-old Danish poet Thorkild Bjørnvig. The Baroness takes him under her wing and the two share a powerful, dangerous and intimate friendship. Scandanavian American Theatre Company, Clurman Theater, 410 West 42nd Street, through 24 September, from $47.
Charm: When Mama Darleena Andrews – a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman – takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago’s Center on Halsted. The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., through 8 October, from $45.
Opening Weekend: Affordable Art Fair: The price-conscious art fair returns for its 24th edition in NYC, with original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from 67 local, national and international galleries. Price tags range from $100 to $10,000. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St., through 17 September, Free
World War I and the Visual Arts: Moving chronologically from its outbreak to the decade after the armistice, World War I and the Visual Arts highlights the diverse ways artists represented the horrors of modern warfare. Artists include Otto Dix, C.R.W. Nevinson, George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger, Gino Severini, and Edward Steichen, and reflect myriad styles, approaches, ideologies, and mediums in response to the war. The Met, 1000 Fifth Ave., through 7 January, $25 suggested.
Arthur Szyk – Soldier in Art: Ominous threats filled the years around World War II. Arthur Szyk, the great 20th-century activist in art, confronted the turbulent, hate-filled period with forceful artistic depictions caricaturing Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito as the evil architects of their regimes’ destructive and inhumane policies. Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art explores the activism of the Polish-born artist. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, through 21 January, from $25.
An Incomplete History of Protest: Through the lens of the Whitney’s collection, this show covers nearly eight decades of politically-motivated art, ranging from photographic documentation of radicals to abstract paintings and sculptures by activists. There is also a vast trove of protest posters representing causes including peace, civil rights and feminism.Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, though 2018, $25.
Esperanza Spalding Selects: As guest curator of Smithsonian Design Museum’s “Selects” series, four-time Grammy Award–winner Esperanza Spalding has lent her creative vision to the museum’s collection. Spalding has organized nearly 50 objects around themes related to evolution and transformation from a selection of sheet music covers that show the progression of changing sensitivities toward race to a drawing by artist John De Cesare, who experimented with the traditional structure of musical scores. Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, through January, $16.
First They Killed My Father: Angelina Jolie directed this biopic about a human rights activist and her attempts to survive during the oppressive Khmer Rouge era of rule in Cambodia. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.
Red Trees: Award-winning filmmaker, Marina Willer (Cartas da Mãe), creates an impressionistic visual essay as she traces her father's family journey as one of only twelve Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, West Village, from $15.
Indivisible: Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their mothers, fathers, and siblings were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. Indivisible takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.
Brad’s Status: When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence. Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his wife and their musical prodigy son, but it's not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Angelika, 18 West Houston, West Village, from $15.
Wetlands: Babel “Babs” Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is a police detective who finds himself in the Wetlands, the no-man's land surrounding Atlantic City, within eyeshot of the now dilapidated hotels and boardwalk, but a world away. A year ago, he was a top cop in Philadelphia, but mysterious circumstances intervened and now he finds himself back home as the region prepares for a massive, late-season hurricane. Sunshine, 143 E Houston Street, East Village, from $15.
Alina: Alina follows the odyssey of a young Russian woman (played by Darya Ekamasova, one of Russia’s most accomplished actresses), who arrives in New York looking for her father, with only a 25-year-old photo in her possession to help. She finds a freedom she has never experienced.Sunshine, 143 E Houston Street, East Village, from $15.
Ex Libris: In the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman, the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC's library system. Film Forum, 209 W Houston Street, West Village, from $15.
The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González: The film revolves around the life and mind of musician José González. Using video diary, surveillance camera, concert footage and tour documentation, directors Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand give form to something as elusive as the creative process of one of Sweden’s finest – and most secretive – musicians. Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, East Village, from $15.
In Search of Fellini: In this coming-of-age adventure, Lucy (Ksenia Solo), a small-town girl from Ohio, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of the legendary Italian filmmaker, Federico Fellini and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave., East Village, from $15.
Dayveon: Struggling with his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming around his rural Arkansan town. With no parents and few role models, he soon falls in with the local gang, although his sister's boyfriend tries to be a reluctant father figure.Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, West Village, from $15.
The Unknown Girl (La Fille Icconue): One evening after work hours, Jenny (Adèle Haenel), a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It's only later that she learns that the person ringing was an unidentified African woman found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought that she is to blame, Jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover who the anonymous woman was and to see to it that she is not forgotten. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.
The Challenge: If you have it, spend it: Italian artist Yuri Ancarani's visually striking documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs who moonlight as amateur falconers, with no expenses spared along the way. The Challenge follows these men through the rituals that define their lives: perilously racing blacked-out SUVs up and down sand dunes; taking their Ferraris out for a spin with their pet cheetahs riding shotgun; and much more. Film Society Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street, Upper West Side, from $15.
Nobody’s Watching: Nico was a successful actor with a bright future in Argentina. Now living in New York City and struggling to get by doing odd jobs, he has to balance his old glamorous image with his new circumstances when friends from Buenos Aires come to visit. Film Forum, 209 W Houston Street, West Village, from $15.
Spettacolo: ONCE UPON A Time ...there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. Every summer for the past 50 years, their piazza becomes their stage and villagers from 6 to 90 play a part: the role of themselves. Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, West Village, from $15.
Trophy: This documentary looks at the looming extinction of various species of African wildlife as a result of big-game hunting. Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, West Village, from $15.