The 'There's No Leaving New York' Edition
We all love it, and some of us go away for awhile, but if we're honest with ourselves, there really is No Leaving New York -- the title of The National's personal stamp on the city: a Festival at Forest Hills Stadium later this month.
It's a extra edition of NY*Confidential, as your friendly informant takes off for a month in Europe (maybe Russia), running marathons and checking out roller coasters for work. But I would never leave you hanging. First, can't miss the Brooklyn Book Festival, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, or Strand Presents American Prison, Shane Bauer's new book based on his Mother Jones story about going undercover in an American prison. Another book reading to put on the calendar: Pen Out Loud Presents Jose Antonio Vargas, Dear America, which offers both a personal story of immigration and an analysis of its condition.
Theatre is back. The Emperor is the adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński‘s controversial 1978 book, a parable about power set at the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie; The Lifespan of a Fact tells the story of Fingal a fact-checker, who must apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by a legendary author that is largely false; and Oklahoma!, which upends the sunny romance between a farmer and a cowpoke, probing the darker truths of a community circling the wagons against an outsider.
I don't think it can get much better. But see below. Two things: check out the work of friend, Yubi Hoffman, Untitled Improvisations showcasing a selection of photographs taken in New York over the past three years. Also, now that school has started, the Hey Young World Foundation is accepting donations for school supplies and backpacks and in exchange is offering a
Happy Hour from 3-8pm on 7 September at Brooklyn Tap House.
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Dapper Q Presents Dress Code: Kick off New York Fashion Week with dapperQ’s queer runway showcase. Brooklyn Museum, 6 September, 6pm.
Greenlight Presents Certain American States: A collection of stories about ordinary people seeking-and failing to find-the extraordinary. Greenlight Bookstore, 6 September.
Strand Presents Peter Kuper, Kafkaesque: Peter Kuper has reimagined Kafka's iconic stories for the 21st century. Strand, 7 September.
Exploring Fort Wadsworth, Abandoned Military Base: A tour through the 150-year-old Fort Tompkins, inside Fort Wadsworth of Staten Island. Fort Wadsworth Visitors Center, 8 September.
Unlocking Private Gilded Age Mausoleums @ Woodlawn Cemetery: A behind-the-scenes tour of Woodlawn Cemetery's Gilded Age family mausoleums. Woodlawn Conservancy. 9 September.
Exploring Van Corlandt Park from Hidden Cemetery to Railroad Remnants: An exploration New York City's third largest park, including the Van Cortlandt House. Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 9 September.
Brooklyn Book Festival: America’s premier book festival presents an array of national and international literary stars. 10-17 September, see website.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy: Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 11 September.
Whiplash, the 10th Anniversary Show: Whiplash features comedians Jo Firestone, Janeane Garofalo and Wyatt Cenac. The Bell House, 11 September.
Books Are Magic Presents The Real Lolita: The Real Lolita tells the story of the kidnapping of 11-year-old Sally Horner – the basis of Nabokov’s Lolita. Books Are Magic, 11 September.
Half King Presents The Fighters – Americans in Combat…: Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and former Marine C. J. Chivers follows the human arc of the two wars. Half King, 11 September.
Books Are Magic Presents French Exit: Putting pariahdom behind them, Frances Price, her son, Malcolm and their cat, Small Frank, hit Paris. Books Are Magic, 12 September.
Powerhouse Presents, Car Trouble: A coming-of-age novel about a teenager and his father whose obsession with vintage cars careens out of control. Powerhouse, Brooklyn, 12 September.
Underground Manhattan, The Secret History of the Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City, working from Brooklyn Bridge station to Grand Central Terminal. 1 Centre Street, 15 September.
Exploring the Hidden Galleries & Street Art in the LES: Discover how the chaos of the Lower East Side has shaped — and continues to shape — the destiny of the art world. Capa Cafe (Inside ICP Museum), 15 September.
Strand Presents American Prison: In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison. He then wrote the most-read feature in the history of Mother Jones. Strand, 18 September.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy: Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 20 September.
Strand Presents Sarah Ruhl, Letters from Max: In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished playwright. Max Ritvo, a student was a highly gifted poet. He was also in remission from pediatric cancer. Strand, 20 September.
Pen Out Loud Presents Jose Antonio Vargas, Dear America: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas launches his book about being undocumented Cooper Union, Great Hall, 20 September.
92Y Presents Jane Fonda in Five Acts: Girl next door, sex kitten, activist, fitness tycoon: Documentarian Susan Lacy takes an intimate look at Fonda's singular journey in the HBO Documentary Film. Kauffman Concert Hall, 21 September.
NYPL Presents, Rebecca Solnit – The Language of Crisis: Prolific essayist Rebecca Solnit visits LIVE to discuss her latest work. New York Public Library, 22 September.
HousingWorks Presents Heartland, A Memoir of Working Hard…: Journalist Sarah Smarsh will discuss her work on socioeconomic inequality and the working poor with Chelsea Clinton. HousingWorks, 23 September.
Greenlight and BAM Present BAM, The Next Wave Festival: An inside look at the storied legacy of the Brookln Academy of Music’s signature 36-year-old festival. Peter Jay Sharp Building, 26 September.
Community Bookstore Presents Knausgaard, My Struggle Vol. 6: Book Six from the Norwegian writer covers the complicated emotional terrain of his fame and his profound marital crisis. Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn, 26 September.
Greetings from Queer Mountain Showcase: A themed comedy, prose, and storytelling showcase. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 26 September.
Nerd Nite: Nerd Nite NYC kicks off its season with three funny-yet-smart presentations. Caveat NYC, 28 September.
92Y Presents Karl Ove Knausgaard: Karl Ove Knausgaard makes a rare appearance upon publication of the final installment of his epic novel. Kaufmann Concert Hall, 28 September.
Symphony Space Presents Meghan Mullally + Nick Offerman: The actors and married couple take the stage to discuss the story of their epic romance to launch their co-memoir. Symphony Space, 1 October.
Strand Presents Nick McDonnell, The Bodies in Person: McDonell introduces us to some of the civilians who died during the wars in the Middle East, along with the rescue workers who tried to save them. Strand, 828 Broadway, 1 October.
Symphony Space Presents Eric Idle, a Sortabiography: A founding member of Monty Python discusses his absurdly funny memoir. Symphony Space, 3 October.
92Y Presents The Oath: A couple’s (Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish) Thanksgiving goes off the rails when a controversial White House policy turns family member against family member. Kauffman Concert Hall, 8 October.
Symphony Space Presents The Best American Short Stories w/Roxanne Gay: The best-selling author and pop culture powerhouse presents an evening of stories curated from her selections. Symphony Space, 9 October.
Strand Presents Jeffrey Eugenides, Fresh Complaint: The paperback release of his short story collection Fresh Complaint and the 25th Anniversary of his landmark novel The Virgin Suicides. Strand, 9 October.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy: Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 9 October.
McNally Jackson Presents Paula Saunders, The Distance Home: A loving family tries to make a positive home for its children and is derailed in this by the American propensity to strive. McNally Jackson Books, 11 October.
John J. Harvey Boat: Now beautified, the ship, which has been around since 1931, will be docked at several locations over the summer. Pier 25 at Hudson River Park to 23 September; Pier 66a from 23 September to 12 May 2019. Free. 60-minute trips around New York Harbor, RSVP.
Yo La Tengo: 8 September, Governor’s Island
Jamiroquai: 8 September, Forest Hills Stadium
Deadmau5: 8 September, The Rooftop at Pier 17
First Aid Kit: 12 September, Brooklyn Steel
Mashrou’ Leila: 13 September, Elsewhere@Brooklyn
Stereophonics: 13 September, Brooklyn Steel
Agnes Obel: 15 September, Warsaw
David Byrne: 15, 17 September, Forest Hills Stadium, Kings Theatre
The The: 16, 17 September, Brooklyn Steel, Beacon Theatre
Mashrou’ Leila: 16 September, Bowery Ballroom
Neko Case w/Get Down, Stay Down: 20 September, Beacon Theatre
TV on the Radio: 20 September, Knockdown Center
Portugal the Man: 22 September, Forest Hills Stadium
Paul Simon: 22 September, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park
Sting: 26 September, The Rooftop at Pier 17
There’s No Leaving New York Festival: The National may not all live in NYC anymore, but as they sing in “So Far Around the Bend,” they know “there’s no leaving New York.” That’s also the name of the two-day event they’re throwing with Future Islands, Jason Isbell + the 400 Unit, Cat Power and more. 29-30 September, Forest Hills Stadium.
Simple Minds: 2 October, Beacon Theatre
Liz Phair: 6 October, Brooklyn Steel
Lupe Fiasco: 7 October, Sony Music Hall
Modest Mouse: 9 October, Kings Theatre
Florence + the Machine: 9 October, Barclay’s Center
Lykke Li: 9 October, Terminal 5
v. New England Revolution, 5 September, 7pm
v. DC United, 8 September, 4:55pm
v. Chicago Fire, 26 September, 7pm
v. Philadelphia Phillies, 7-9 September, 7pm, 1pm
v. Florida Marlins, 10-13 September, 7pm
v. Atlanta Braves, 25-27 September, 7pm
v. Florida Marlins, 28-30 September, 7pm, 1pm
The Gospel at Colonus: Obie-winning adaptation celebrates the myth of Oedipus’ redemption with a rousing gospel and blues score. Delacorte Theatre, through 9 September.
Scraps: “Black Male Shot by White Police Officer,” are the words the families of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn hear often. But how do their loved ones cope? The Flea, 2through 24 September.
Days to Come: Andrew Rodman is running the family business and failing at it. The workers are out on strike and things are getting desperate. The Beckett Theatre through 6 October.
The True: Dorothea “Polly” Noonan, the blunt, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine, is fighting her fiercest challenge for "mayor for life” Erastus Corning II. Pershing Square Signature Center, through 21 October.
Girl from the North Country: Dylan’s inimitable songbook is transformed into the story of a down-on-its-luck Duluth, Minnesota in 1934. The Public, through 18 November.
The Emperor: The adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński‘s controversial 1978 book is a parable about power set at the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, 9-30 September.
Antigone in Ferguson: Dramatic reading by leading actors of excerpts from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy with live choral music performed by a choir from Ferguson. Harlem Stage, 13 September through 13 October.
The Lifespan of a Fact: Fingal has a small job fact-checking articles; now he must apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece mostly made up. Studio 54, 254 20 September through 13 January.
The Waverly Gallery: Gladys has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace it with a coffee shop. Golden Theatre, 25 September through 27 January.
Apologia: Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of Kristin Miller's memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin does not shy away from a fight. The Laura Pels Theatre, 27 September through 16 December.
Oklahoma!: Upends the sunny romance between a farmer and a cowpoke and probes the darker psychological truths of a community circling wagons St. Ann’s Warehouse, 27 September through 28 October.
American Son: At a Florida police station in the middle of the night, a mother is engaged in a search for her missing teenage son. Booth Theatre, 6 October through 27 January from $79.
29 Rooms: Refinery29’s immersive world in which artists, partners, and visionaries bring ideas to life through interactive installations, performances, and activities rooted in storytelling and self-expression. During each session, participants have three hours to choose rooms to enter and in which to engage. 588 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, 6-9, 13-16 September, from $40.
Gertrude Abercrombie: Abercrombie’s first exhibition in New York since 1952. A key figure in mid-century American Surrealism, she painted images populated by objects of personal significance to create allegories for her own sometimes perilous emotional and psychological states. Karma, 188 East 2nd Street, through 23 September, Free.
Odyssey – Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017: Whitten's sculptures, consist of carved wood, often in combination with found materials sourced from his local environment, including bone, marble, paper, glass, nails, and fishing line. Inspired by art historical sources rooted in Africa, the ancient Mediterranean, and the Southern United States, Whitten's sculptures address the themes of place, memory, family, and migration. The Met, 1000 Fifth Ave., through 2 December, suggested.
Soul of a Nation, Art in the Age of Black Power: Shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Many of the over 150 artworks bring together for the first time the disparate practices of more than 60 Black artists from this moment.The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 14 September through 3 February, from $16.
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow: Opening to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment, the exhibition highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights from the end of the Civil War to World War II through art, artifacts and photographs. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, through 3 March, $25.
The Apparition (L’Apparition): The Vatican recruits a renowned French journalist to investigate the legitimacy of a saintly apparition in a small French village. Angelika, West Village, $15.
Operation Finale: Follows the 1960 covert mission of legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin as he infiltrates Argentina and captures Adolf Eichmann. Angelika, West Village, $15.
Bisbee ’17: An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners in 1917. Film Forum, West Village, $15.
Five Fingers for Marseilles: Hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in Apartheid South Africa. Twenty years later, he is released from prison, a feared and brutal outlaw, ‘The Lion of Marseilles.’ Cinema Village, East Village, $15.
I Am Not a Witch: After a banal accident, Shula, a girl, is accused of witchcraft, found guilty and locked up in a witches’ camp. Quad Cinema, East Village, $15.
Blaze: The life of Blaze Foley – the creator of Texas outlaw music that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard – braided into three parts his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last night on earth; and his impact. IFC Center, West Village, $15.
Pick of the Litter: Follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. IFC Center, West Village, $15.
Hal: Once the toast of “New Hollywood”, Hal Ashby’s rise and fall became an archetypal story of art versus industry. IFC Center, West Village, $15.
The Wife: Joe Castleman is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize, as his wife, Joan contemplates their marriage, a lifetime of shared compromises, betrayals, and mutual love. Angelika, West Village, $15.
We the Animals: Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents' volatile love. Angelika, West Village, $15.
Juliet, Naked: Annie is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. Angelika, West Village, $15.
In the Realm of Perfection: Revisits the life of tennis star John McEnroe, as he tears through the French Open Film Forum, West Village, $15.
Support the Girls: Lisa Conroy is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side sports bar Double Whammies. Over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered. IFC Center, West Village, $15.