The Tsunami Tennis + Books Edition
Even though the grandest slam of them all ended a couple of weeks ago, tennis goes on in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. Kings County Tennis League, an initiative to teach tennis to kids in the neighborhood housing developments, is closing out the season. Come see the next Frances Tiafoe or Venus Williams. Tickets still available, including the early rounds, for the stargazers and serious tennis fans. Just kidding, it's free. Marcy Playground, Nostrand + Myrtle Ave., 23 September, 12-4pm, Free.
In addition to the KCTL, catch the last of the The Feast of San Gennaro or Photoville. After-Hours Vertical Exploration @ St. John, World’s Largest Cathedral takes viewers through an exclusive after-hours vertical tour of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese in New York, or go Inside the Members-Only New York Society Library for a spin. Sasheer Zamata’s Party Time and Ask Me Another give you some variety for your hard-earned dollar. Finally, don't miss the book readings with Orhan Pamuk and Michael Chabon, or The Last Match, a play about an aging all-American tennis player who wants to prove to the world, his wife and himself that he’s still a champion.
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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, Free.
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.
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 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.
After-Hours Vertical Exploration @ St. John, World’s Largest Cathedral:Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive after-hours vertical tour of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese. The tour includes: a trip up the 124-foot spiral staircase, a closer look at stained glass windows, sculptures, and grand architecture only seen from high above the ground floor and access to the roof for sweeping views of Manhattan. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (South Side Entrance btw 111th & 112th Sts), 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, 23 September, 7pm, from $35.
Inside the Members-Only New York Society Library: Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive tour through the members-only New York Society Library (NYSL), the oldest cultural institution in New York City at 263 years old, which contains over 300,000 volumes. The tour includes a private walk through of the major members-only spaces, including the archives, book bindery, and wood-paneled writers’ rooms, as well as an exclusive peek at selected rare books. The New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street, 24 September, 2pm, from $25.
Sasheer Zamata’s Party Time: Sasheer Zamata (SNL, This American Life) likes to party, spend time with friends and do shows. Watch her do all three of those things at the same time. There will be laughter, merriment, and probably a lot of booze during this wacky variety show. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 24 September, 8pm, $10.
Underground Manhattan, The Secret History of the Subway System:Join New York Adventure Club and explore the oldest subway stations in New York City. Starting at Brooklyn Bridge Station and working up to Grand Central Terminal, Gary, learn the inside story of the creation of the original 1904 subway line, and how it grew into the most extensive transportation system in the world. Municipal Building (Right Side of Colonnade, Top of Stairs to Subway), 1 Centre Street, 24 September, 2:30 pm, from $29.
Ask Me Another: Welcome to a night of stupidly smart fun. Think fast as host Ophira Eisenberg throws trivia questions, puzzles and brainteasers at special guests. Includes witty banter and guitar riffs from one-man house band Jonathan Coulton. VIPs for the evening will be Melissa Joan Hart and Amy Seimetz. Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 25 September, 7:30pm, from $20.
I Write Banned Books: In celebration of Banned Books Week 2017, PEN America will have a panel discussion with authors whose books have been banned or challenged including David Levithan, author of Two Boys Kissing, Coe Booth, whose honest portrayals of inner city life have met with protests across the country, and Ariel Schrag, whose comics anthology Stuck in the Middle has been targeted because of “explicit language and content.” Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (and West 2th Street), 25 September, 6pm, Free.
Orhan Pamuk + The Red-Haired Woman: Nobel Prize winner and bestselling novelist Orhan Pamuk comes to Symphony Space for a conversation with author Elif Batuman (The Idiot) on his latest book, The Red-Haired Woman. Sit down with one of the greatest storytellers of our time as he talks about the eternal conflicts of fathers and sons, of east and west, of tradition and modernity. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, 26 September, 7:30pm, from $45, includes book.
Michael Chabon + Emma Straub, Moonglow Paperback Release: Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon celebrates the paperback release of his National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Moonglow. In this genre-bending family saga, Chabon sets about creating a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure, based on his own life and kin.Books Are Magic, 225 Smith Street, 26 September, 7:30pm, Free.
House of Speakeasy – Seriously Entertaining: House of Speakeasy is a literary cabaret series asking emrging writers to riff on a given theme for fifteen minutes onlyThis month’s speakers on “One for the Road”: Adam Begley, Biographer; Ann Brashares, Novelist; Erica Wagner, Journalist; Loudon Wainwright III, Musician. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 26 September, 7pm, from $15.
Whiskey Tasting & Cocktail Workshop @ The Van Alen Mansion: Power through hump day with a whiskey workshop inside a 100-year-old mansion. Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive whiskey tasting & workshop with Four Roses Bourbon, inside the 1917 Van Alen Mansion. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, 27 September, 7pm.
Zadie Smith Presents Swing Time: Zadie Smith's Swing Time is an ambitious new novel from the award-winning author of White Teeth and NW. Two brown girls dream of being dancers, but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other, the narrator, has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, neither to be revisited nor forgotten. The Berkeley Carroll School, 152 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, 27 September, 7:30pm, from $20, includes book.
Sarah Perry – After the Eclipse: When Sarah Perry was 12 she saw a partial eclipse that she believed was a sign of good fortune for her and her mother. But two days later, her mother was murdered in their house. After the Eclipse explores the following 12 years it took the police to find her mother’s killer and her investigation into her mother’s life. Books Are Magic, 225 Smith Street, 27 September, 7:30pm, Free.
Global Citizen Festival: The Global Citizen Festival brings together top music with world leaders to make commitments toward health, gender equality education and other poverty issues. The lineup this year features Stevie Wonder, the Lumineers, the Killers and the Chainsmokers. Great Lawn, Central Park, 23 September, Gates: 2pm. Earn your tickets.
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 Last Match: It’s the semifinals of the US Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife and himself that he’s still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero. Where do they go from here? The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, 28 September through 24 December, from $79.
No Wake: Nolan and Rebecca have moved on since their divorce - she to a new husband and he to a series of failed relationships. However, when an unexpected tragedy brings them back together, they're forced to navigate a web of grief and guilt. No Wake takes an honest look at the grieving process and the unexpected consequences it can bring. 59E59 Theater, 59 East 59th Street, 28 September through 15 October, from $25.
Mary Jane: During a rain-drenched summer in New York City, an indefatigable single mother navigates the mundane, shattering and sublime aspects of caring for a chronically sick child. Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog and two-time Obie-winning director Anne Kauffman return to New York Theatre Workshop with Mary Jane, produced in association with Yale Repertory Theatre where it was commissioned.New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th St. (btwn Bowery & 2nd Ave.), through 15 October, from $69.
As You Like It: CSC Artistic Director John Doyle and Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz bring Shakespeare’s pastoral romance – with its lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble, and some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters – to life in this Jazz Age production. Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, through 22 October, from $51.
Torch Song: It’s 1979 in New York City and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose and family. He’s fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won’t stop until he achieves the life he desires. Now, Arnold is back…and he’s here to sing you a torch song. With Mercedes Ruehl and Michael Urie.Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street, through 3 December, from $99.
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.
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.
Café Müller/The Rite of Spring: In The Rite of Spring, Tanztheater Wuppertal’s ferocious interpretation of Stravinsky’s notorious work, 32 dancers prowl a dirt-covered stage in a hyper-physical carnival of fear and desire. Widely considered a masterwork of the 20th century Rite explodes with singular musicality and the raw force of its stark tableaux. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 651 Fulton St Brooklyn, through 24 September, from $30.
Twyla Tharp Dance: From Broadway to Hollywood, television, and American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp has done it all. Lately she’s been returning to the concert stage with her own troupe of truly stellar dancers, and will present the world premiere of Dylan Love Songs, a piece exploring love’s give and take, as well as bring back The Fugue and The Raggedy Dances. Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Avenue, through 8 October, from $26.
Jordan Casteel, Nights in Harlem: For her inaugural exhibition with the gallery, Casteel (b. 1989, Denver, CO) presents a new series of larger-than-life oil on canvas paintings depicting black male subjects synonymous with the complexities of the sociopolitical narratives of Harlem. Kaplan, 121 West 27th Stree, through 28 October, Free.
Trigger – Gender as a Tool and a Weapon: “Trigger” extends the conversation around identity, considering how even a fluid conception of gender is nonetheless marked by ongoing negotiations of power. The exhibition will feature more than forty artists working across a variety of mediums and genres, representing no single point of view, and in some cases presenting productively contradictory positions. The New Museum, 285 Bowery, 27 September through 18 January, $16.
Items – Is Fashion Modern: Items consists of a selection of 111 garments and accessories that have had a strong impact on history and society in the 20th and 21st centuries, and that continue to hold currency. Designs as well known, transformative, and coveted as Levi’s 501s, the Casio watch, and the Little Black Dress, and as ancient and culturally charged as the kippah and the keffiyeh explore multivalent issues that these items have contributed to, produced, and shaped over many decades. Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 1 October through 28 January, $25.
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.
Battle of the Sexes: In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's World #1 Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. City Cinemas 123, 1001 3rd Ave., Upper East Side, from $15.
Victoria and Abdul: When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance and the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes.Sunshine, 143 E Houston Street, East Village, from $15.
The Force: At a powderkeg moment in American policing, The Force goes deep inside the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to reform itself amid growing local controversy. Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Peter Nicks embedded with the department over the course of two years to follow its serial efforts to recast itself. Sunshine, 143 E Houston Street, East Village, from $15.
Thirst Street: When a newly widowed American flight attendant makes a pit stop in Paris, a one night stand with seedy bartender becomes utter infatuation, leading her deeper into a lusty spiral of frayed nerves and neon hues. Narrated by Anjelica Huston, Thirst Street is an acerbic pleasure with a visual palette equally inspired by ’70s European art films and ’80s cinéma du look. Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, West Village, from $15.
Loving Vincent: This feature-length painted animation – the first film of its kind – explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.
Shot: A cinematic adventure that delves deep into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. Through the poignant lens of rock ‘n’ roll mythology; icon-maker and psychedelic explorer, Mick Rock navigates his story from the glam rock shimmer of London to the snarl of NYC punk, and deep into the new millennium. Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave., East Village, from $15.
Boston – An American Running Story: The story of the oldest annually contested marathon in the world from its humble origins starting with only 15 runners to the present day. Following the tragic events of 2013,Boston records the preparations and eventual running of the 118th Boston Marathon one year later. Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, East Village, from $15.
Rat Film: Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat-as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them – to explore the history of Baltimore.Film Society Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street, 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.
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.
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.