Start your week off boozily at the New York Adventure Club's Introduction to Whisk(e)y event. Kurt Maitland, founder of the Manhattan Whiskey Club, will teach you what it is and how it's made, as well as the proper way to smell and taste it, with a sampling of five different whiskeys, including bourbon, rye, and Scotch. And it all in takes place in a quirky 1921 townhouse that's home to the Church of Sweden.
Tuesday, September 18th, 6:30 p.m. // Church of Sweden, 5 East 48th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $45
Surround yourself with Haitian art at the Vodou and Visual Art Roundtable, a discussion led by Oungan (Vodou Priest) Jean-Daniel Lafontant, highlighting the ways Vodou and Haitian contemporary art feed each other's survival and dynamism. The conversation will contextualize Pioneer Works' current exhibition, PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince.
Wednesday, September 19th, 7 p.m. // Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook // Tickets: suggested donation
(photo courtesy of Chiquita Brujeria)
To mark the close of summer, head to the final Live at the Archway show in Dumbo: A Night of Brooklyn Brujeria. Presented by Chiquita Brujita, the event highlights the music and resiliency of Puerto Rico on the anniversary of the devastation of Hurricane Maria. There will be DJ sets from Christian Martir and DJ Bembona, drumming by Bombazo Dance Company, a "meditative howl" by Liana Naima, and a magic market curated by Brooklyn Brujeria.
Listen to a whole bunch of free music at ARTS NYC's Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, with 50 foot-stomping, hand-clapping concerts at eight locations along the waterfront, from Dumbo to Red Hook. The opening gala takes place at Jalopy Theater, and there will be four days of shows at Sunny's Bar, powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Superfine, and more.
Thursday to Sunday, September 20th to 23rd, various times // Various Brooklyn venues // Free
In a very fitting partnership, the Morbid Anatomy is taking up temporary residence in Green-Wood Cemetery. The team behind the exiled museum has curated an exhibition and program series called Bridging Two Worlds: The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead; the opening party celebrates the artifacts, artworks, and ephemera that make up the exhibit, and the associated programming will include talks on macabre memorials, Spiritualist séances, and the Wicker Man.
Friday, September 21st, 6:30 p.m. // Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Brooklyn // Tickets: $10
(art by Citizen Brick, photo courtesy of Sex Expo)
Celebrate all things sex-positive at Sex Expo, which is exactly what it sounds like. Head there for a weekend of workshops, talks, and an intimate product marketplace. Speakers include erotic educators, sexologists, fetish specialists, pleasure pioneers, and somatic healers.
Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd, 11 a.m. // Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint // Free
If you like your entertainment immersive, the latest interactive show to check out is Alien Nation, opening this weekend. A "wild, funny, theatrical thriller tinged with existential regret," it casts audience members as extras in a live movie about terrible college students and the aliens who invade their bodies to make them better. With dancing, live music, and a 360-degree set.
Opens Saturday, September 22nd, 7:30 p.m. // The Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $20
Get very crafty at Maker Faire, the East Coast's largest celebration of invention, creativity, curiosity, and hands-on learning. There will be more than 800 exhibits, presentations, workshops, and demonstration from all corners of the global Maker movement, featuring everything from roboticists to 3D printers, fabricators to cosplayers.
Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd, 10 a.m. // New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens // Tickets: $40/day, $70/weekend
(photo by Jeff Kollbrunner, courtesy of Queens County Fair)
Find some country way out on the edge of the city at the 36th annual Queens County Fair. There will be livestock, produce, and arts & crafts competitions, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, hayrides, pig races, carnival rides, and midway games, as well as plenty of live music. You can also lose yourself in the Amazing Maize Maze, which opens this weekend.
Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd, 11 a.m. // Queens Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Queens // Tickets: $5 children; $10 adults
Fancy up your weekend with classical-music aficionados Groupmuse, presenting A Night Out with the Martinů Quartet. The concert features the world-renowned Czech musicians playing terzettos by Dvořák in the stunning Bohemian National Hall.
Sunday, September 23rd, 3 p.m. // Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St., Manhattan // Tickets: $30