This is a bit of a fast one this week, since, well, we're all gearing up for the fall and suffering the long kiss goodbye of summer. Autumn is on its way! There are always more Moth StorySLAMs always a crowd pleaser. And of course, for the rainy days, there are some most entertaining plays. Get your tickets early for Betrayal, a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order with Tom Hiddleston and Slave Play, where the South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation. But make sure to get in on those last-minute trips outdoors: Boat Trip @ Execution Rocks Lighthouse, Exploring Van Cortlandt Park, From Hidden Cemetery to Railroad Remnants and Behind-the-Scenes @ Coney Island Cyclone.
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Union Hall Presents Nick Kroll: Nick Kroll co-created, writes, produces and performs over 30 voices on the hit Netflix animated series Big Mouth. Union Hall, 5 Sept.
Queer Luminaries: Gonzo gay journalist David Goldberg sits down for candid conversations with the brightest stars of NYC's queer artistic community. HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe. 5 Sept.
Union Hall Presents David Cross, Seeing What Sticks: From being a new dad,to American life in the Trump era, all told in David Cross. Union Hall, 4-25 Sept., Various dates,
Strand presents Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad: The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates its crucial role in women’s slow rise to political power in America. Strand, 6 Sept., Admission.
Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked Ruins: Roosevelt Island has been home to Dutch farms, rehabilitation institutions, asylums, hospitals, scientific laboratories, and more. Roosevelt Island Tramway Plaza, 7 Sept.
Exploring the East River, From General Slocum Disaster to Abandoned Islands: A two-part aquatic adventure to explore the General Slocum disaster, and historic sights and stories along the East River, all by NYC Ferry. Pier 11 , Wall St., 7 Sept.
My Hometown, A Fundraiser for Make the Road NY: Each year, millions of people from all over the world start their lives in New York, but where did they come from? Some of the city's funniest comedians talk all about their hometowns. Union Hall, 8 Sept.
Interactive Animal Experience @ Staten Island Zoo: Feed grapes to a joey, see Galapagos tortoises roll around on skateboards, or pet a slow-moving sloth. Staten Island Zoo,, 8 Sept.
Reading Politics with the New Republic, The Rigged Game: America was built on the idea that those who work hard can achieve great success. But what happens to the people who don’t win in this new economy? W/Barbara Ehrenreich, and social commentator Fran Lebowitz. Symphony Space, 9 Sept.
Strand presents Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee: Aged eight, Dina Nayeri fled Iran along with her mother and brother. Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers in recent years. Strand, 9 Sept. Admission.
Greenlight presents Tash Aw: We, the Survivors in conversation with Chimamanda Adichie: Aw presents a depiction of a man's act of violence, set against the backdrop of Asia in flux. Greenlight Bookstore, 9 Sept.
Greenlight presents Malcolm Gladwell Talking to Strangers: Malcolm Gladwell offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers-and why they often go wrong.Kings Theatre, 10 Sept.
Moth StorySLAM (Neighborhoods): Prepare a five-minute story about your neighbors. From borrowing sugar to building fences, tales of those closest to you. HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe. 10 Sept. themoth.org.
Kombucha 101 & Workshop @ Farm.One: Step inside a hidden urban farm in Manhattan to learn the magic behind this health-packed elixir. Farm.One (Floor 1), 10 Sept.
Union Hall presents Sophie Santos and the Lesbian Agenda: Did you hear that lesbians are taking over the world? Sophie Santos brings you their Agenda™. Union Hall, 10 Sept.
Strand presents Albert Chen, Billion Dollar Fantasy: The tale of two improbable companies, FanDuel and DraftKings: shiny billion-dollar unicorns, then the target of an FBI investigation. Strand, 9 Sept.
After-Hours Pastel Painting Workshop @ AKC Museum of the Dog: Led by award-winning artist Karen Miura and her dog, Lucy,the artistic experience is a step-by-step demonstration with Karen on pastel painting dogs. Museum of the Dog, 13 Sept.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Coney Island Cyclone: Be among the first to step inside the workshop and motor room that have kept the 'clone running for over 91 years. Cyclone Roller Coaster, , 14 Sept.
Boat Trip and Exploration @ Execution Rocks Lighthouse: Off the shores of the "Great Gatsby" coastline of Long Island, sits an unassuming lighthouse filled with stories of fires, shipwrecks, murders, and ghostly encounters. Town Dock, Port Washington, 14 Sept.
See Brooklyn Glass, NYC's Premier Glassblowing and Neon Art Facility: With a 2,100-degree furnace burning 1,300 pounds of molten glass, one facility in Brooklyn pumps out some of the finest glass blowing, neon art, and lampworking in NY. Brooklyn Glass, 14 Sept.
C-47 Flight Experience: Your chance to step back in time and take flight in an original WWII C-47 to get a taste of what a 101st Airborne Paratrooper experienced in the D-Day assault. American Airpower Museum, Farmingdale, NY, 14 Sept.
Exploring the Remnants of Five Points, NYC's Notorious 19th-Century Slum: Back in the 19th century, the neighborhood of Five Points was internationally known as one of the world's most notorious slums. New York City Civil Court (Outside), 15 Sept.
Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Municipal Building, 15 Sept.
Boat Trip and Exploration @ Execution Rocks Lighthouse: See the unassuming lighthouse filled with stories of fires, shipwrecks, murders, and ghostly encounters. Town Dock, Port Washington, 15 Sept.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Brooklyn Army Terminal: See the abandoned and repurposed spaces of Brooklyn Army Terminal — originally constructed for WWI in the span of only 17 months. Brooklyn Army Terminal, 15 Sept.
Exploring Van Cortlandt Park, From Hidden Cemetery to Railroad Remnants: 300 hundred years of historic remnants and artifacts waiting for you at the end of the 1 train in our northern-most borough. Broadway & 242 St Entrance, Bronx, 15 Sept.
Slate Presents The Gist Comedy Special Live: What’s so funny about comedy, anyway? Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s The Gist, is going to answer that for you. The Bell House Brooklyn, 16 Sept.
NYRB Classics 20th Anniversary Celebration: NYRB Classics is turning twenty! Readings from the new anthology, The Red Thread, include Meg Wolitzer, Amit Chaudhuri, Deborah Eisenberg, Paul Giammati, Jeffrey Eugenides, and more. Murmrr Ballroom, 19 Sept., Admission.
The Raconteurs: 5-6, 7 Sept., Hammerstein Ballroom, Kings Theatre
Vampire Weekend: 6 Sept., Madison Square Garden
Morrissey w/Interpol: 7 Sept., Forest Hills Stadium
Mitski: 7 Sept., Central Park SummerStage
Live From Here with Chris Thile,Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend: 7 Sept., Town Hall
Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats + Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: 11 Sept., Forest Hills Stadium.
Madonna: 12, 14-15, 17, 19, 21-22, 24-26 Sept., BAM, Gilman Opera House
Boy & Bear: 13 Sept., Bowery Ballroom
Jethro Tull: 14 Sept., Forest Hills Stadium
Brandi Carlile: 14 Sept., Madison Square Garden
Live From Here with Chris Thile,The Lumineers, Raphael Saadiq: 14 Sept., Town Hall
Andrew Bird: 17-18 Sept., Kings Theatre, Brooklyn Steel
Tycho: 19 Sept., Central Park SummerStage
Mac DeMarco: 19 Sept., Brooklyn Steel
Bloc Party: 20 Sept., Central Park SummerStage
Fink: 20 Sept., RoughTrade
Josh Ritter: 21 Sept., Beacon Theatre
Lana Del Rey: 21 Sept., Jones Beach Theater @ Wantagh, NY
v. Philadelphia Union: 22 Sept., 6pm
v. D.C. United: 29 Sept., 5pm
v. Philadelphia Phillies: 6-8 Sept., 7pm, 1pm
v. Arizona Diamondbacks: 9-12 Sept., 7pm, 1pm
v. LA Dodgers: 13-15, 7pm
v. Florida Marlins: 23-26, 7pm
v. Atlanta Braves: 27-29, 7pm, 3pm
Only Yesterday: After months of performing for arenas of fans, John Lennon and Paul McCartney find themselves stranded in a cheap motel room in Key West.. 59E59, 7-29 Sept.
The Inheritance: Re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men.Barrymore Theatre, 9 Sept. to 1 March.
The Height of the Storm: For 50 years the lives of André and Madeleine have been filled with the everyday pleasures and unfathomable mysteries of an enduring marriage, until suddenly their life together begins to unravel. Samuel J. Friedman Theater, 10 Sept. to 17 Nov.
Betrayal: Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, through 8 Dec., from $25.
Slave Play: The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. Golden Theatre, 10 Sept. through 5 Jan.
Looking at You: When genius coder Dorothy discovers that her former lover has become the world’s most famous whistleblower, will she turn him in to the authorities, or help him to escape? HERE Arts Center, 6-21 Sept.
Amy Sherald, the Heart of the Matter: Best known for her portrait of Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald documents contemporary African-American experience by subverting portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives. Hauser & Wirth, 10 Sept. through 26 Oct.
Panoramas: The Big Picture: Explores the history and continued impact of panoramas from the 17th to the 21st century, as they were used to create spatial illusions, map places, and tell stories. New York Historical Society, through 8 Dec., $25.
Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt: With his acumen for capturing larger-than-life personalities in genuine moments, Eisenstaedt was the perfect photographer for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood Estate, Washington, DC, through 12 Jan.
Linda Ronstadt, The Sound of My Voice: At the height of unprecedented success, Ronstadt, a restless and adventurous artist, turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles. Film Forum, SoHo.
Aga: In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors until life starts changing. When Sedna's health deteriorates, Nanook embarks on a long journey in order to find Ága, the daughter who left long ago. Film Forum, SoHo.
Strange But True: It's been five years since high schooler Ronnie Chase died in a tragic accident. But the shock of his death is reignited when his ex-girlfriend, Melissa. visits Ronnie's mother and brother and tells them she believes she's pregnant with Ronnie's child. Cinema Village, East Village.
Before You Know It: Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns in New York City. Level-headed Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then her soap opera star mother turns up.Quad Cinema, West Village.
Raise Hell, the Life and Times of Molly Ivins: A documentary about the celebrated national political columnist and Texan, Molly Ivins who used her razor sharp wit to speak truth to power. Quad Cinema, West Village.
Official Secrets: Katharine Gun. a British intelligence specialist receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is collecting information on UN Security Council members to blackmail them into voting in favor of the Iraq War. IFC Center, West Village.