End Of Summer Guide: 20 Superb September Events In NYC

<br/><br/>Say do you remember dancing in September? Fall might be knocking on the door, but we recommend you take <a href="">Earth, Wind, &amp; Fire</a>'s advice and fill this month with late-summer fun. There's wine to be drunk, records to be spun, and every reason in the world to ditch the back-to-school blues and enjoy the arrival of autumn in the city that does it best. Here for you is a list of some of the most exciting and special happenings throughout the month of September, so grab a scarf, choose cider over Pumpkin Spice, and find yourself some out-and-about joy.

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<br/><br/>When <strong><a href="">Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow take the stage at Irving Plaza</a></strong> it'll be a major musical homecoming. The two DJs will be playing a very special collection of records borrowed from NYC legend and hip-hop forefather Afrika Bambaataa. Bambaataa, of course, was responsible for pushing modern turntablism out from backyard Bronx parties and into the music mainstream, and along the way he <a href="">helped create electro-funk</a> and built up a record collection north of 40,000. That very collection is being donated and cataloged at the <a href="">Cornell hip-hop archive</a>, but not before Cut Chemist and Shadow take it out for a victory lap. With <a href="">the former's latin groove-sculpting</a> and the latter's <a href="">history-making skills</a>, these back-to-back DJ nights will twist the timelines of history and hip-hop. <br/><br/><em>Thursday, September 4th &amp; Friday, September 5th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">Irving Plaza</a>, 17 Irving Place, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $45-90</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>Celebrated since the Shang dynasty (16th Century B.C.), the full autumn harvest moon is a much-beloved holiday for China and Vietnam. In that spirit, the Museum of Chinese in America is putting on a <strong><a href="">Mid-Autumn Moon Festival</a></strong> replete with mooncakes, paper lanterns, calligraphy lessons, storytelling, and more. The family-friendly day is also set to include a reading from children's author <a href="">Lenore Look</a>, and both the young and young-at-heart will get a chance to revel in a holiday that's meant to restore harmony to friends and family alike. Why not follow it up with a <a href="">dinner of dumplings</a> as the moon looms large o'er the horizon? <br/><br/><em>Saturday, September 6, 12-4 p.m. // <a href="">Museum of Chinese in America</a>, 215 Centre Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $10</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>Despite its crypts and headstones, Green-Wood Cemetery is a pretty lively place. From early September until late October the graveyard will feature a new exhibit, "<a href="">William F. Mangels: Amusing the Masses on Coney Island and Beyond,</a>" dedicated to the 19th century immigrant visionary behind Coney Island. Mangels, one of Green-Wood's late, buried "permanent residents" was a prolific German mechanic who designed rides including The Whip, The Tickler, The Wave Pool, and The Human Roulette Wheel.<br/><br/>Mangles's own sketches of rides, paintings, a shooting gallery, and even a Marcus Illions Coney Island carousel horse on loan from The American Folk Art Museum will be on display. Vintage video of his earliest rides and a bevy of other artifacts on loan from private collectors will also be on hand, making this quite possibly the most whimsical, <a href="">Kickstarter-funded</a> time you'll ever have in a graveyard.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, September 7th-October 26th, 12-6 p.m. // <a href="">Green-Wood Cemetery</a>, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $5</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>Out of the dry Austin dust comes Gary Clark Jr, a blues phenom with a voice so weathered, so sorrowful, it sounds like B.B. King after his second divorce. <strong><a href="">Clark will strut across the Central Park Summerstage</a></strong> fresh off a fantastic debut album and a rigorous year of touring, both of which have elevated his Texas talent to world-class caliber. Anyone with a taste for guitar pyrotechnics and bands that play with a half-drunk bluesy strut will want to make it up to Rumsey Playfield for the outdoor set; Clark's already made it clear he can handle bright lights and big cities:<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Monday, September 8th, 7 p.m. // <a href="">Central Park Summerstage</a> Rumsey Playfield, E 71st Street // <a href=";majorcatid=10001&amp;minorcatid=4&amp;REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat141047&amp;wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_141047&amp;camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_141047">Tickets $40</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>The product of countless hours of work over the last eight years, Marcus Robinson's filmic homage to One World Trade Center, <strong><a href=""><em>Rebuilding the World Trade Center</em>, is premiering at the Museum of the City of New York this month</a></strong>. Most skyscraper and architecture docs are built upon girders of grandeur, but Robinson's 62 minute film keeps human grit in the foreground. It's as much a testament to the people, those carpenters, contractors, and iron workers who rebuilt the World Trade Center, as it is a tribute to the place itself, and Robinson makes it clear throughout the documentary that the WTC isn't just a symbol. It's also a job site. After the MCNY screening Robinson will take the stage along with workers for a conversation on what it was like to make the most important new American skyscraper.<br/><br/><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="guid=ZvzOocgu&amp;isDynamicSeeking=true" height="358" overstretch="true" seamlesstabbing="true" src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" wmode="direct"/><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, September 9th, 6:30 p.m. // <a href="">Museum of the City of New York</a> // <a href=";pid=238262&amp;eid=3160312&amp;evd=9/9/2014&amp;evt=18%3A30%3A00&amp;pvt=mcny">Tickets $12-16</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>Nothing can prepare you for the stormy piano poetry of Brad Mehldau. The extraordinary soloist, bandleader, and composer has crossed jazz's outer barriers so many times that much of the genre today lies demolished and entangled. And that's a good thing. Mehldau has been pushing jazz piano outward into the far reaches of his imagination for decades, and Nonesuch Records has been responsible for some of his best releases. <br/><br/>Always in good form, <a href="">BAM presents a giant Nonesuch retrospective</a> this month, and <strong><a href="">Mehldau will play his part accordingly</a></strong>. With a knack for twisting Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes into new jazz classics, the possibilities within Mehldau's sonic schemes are nigh-unlimited.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, September 9th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">BAM Harvey Theater</a>, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $25-50</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>Now in its 10th year, the <strong><a href="">Vendys</a></strong> will bring out the tastiest, cleverest, and most mobile kitchens in New York City for a bit of friendly competition. A celebration of food truck excellence, the awards show is a place for indie restauranteurs to prove their mettle and for ticket-buyers to feast on the A-game offerings of trucks like <a href="">Chickpea &amp; Olive</a>, <a href="">Dub Pies</a>, <a href="">Shanghai Sogo</a>, and <a href="">Dough</a>. A full list of nominees is <a href="">perusable here</a>. <br/><br/>To commemorate NYC's street food and a decade of doling out awards, this year's Vendys will bring former winners like Calexico and Solber Papusas back for a Masters Cup category as well. Attendees will get to indulge in competitor's offerings, imbibe in beer and wine, and enjoy live music. Plastic cutlery never felt so perfect.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, September 13th, 12:30 p.m. // Governors Island // <a href="">Tickets $95</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>You may think you know the New York Botanical Garden, but have you ever been to the magical <a href="">Howell Family Garden</a>? And did you know you could have dinner there, with a chef from a Mario Batali-Joe Bastiniach restaurant guiding you through the seasonal menu? It's part of the <strong><a href="">NYBG's Edible Academy</a></strong>, which offers activities and educational programs for adults and children. And the <a href="">Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs</a> is a fantastic way to have a delicious meal and enjoy an unexpected part of NYC.<br/><br/>Attendees have a delicious three-course meal, prepared with items like the ones grown at "Mario Batali's Kitchens Gardens," with chefs taking them through the steps. On September 14, Tarry Lodge chef Andy Nuffer and Casa Mono chef Anthony Sasso are cooking and on September 21, it'll be Del Posto chefs Mark Ladner, Matt Abdoo and Brooks Headley. Plus, there are activities, like decorating aprons, making salad dressing and potting basil plants. You can even dig for worms and help water the vegetables! <em>(Jen Chung)</em><br/><br/><em>Saturdays, September 14 &amp; 21, 5-7:30 p.m // <a href="">New York Botanical Garden</a> // <a href=";categorygroupexternalid=mcw2&amp;categoryexternalid=nyfgd14">Tickets $85 adults, $35 kids</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>A two-man, low-budget, <strong><a href="">live shot-for-shot reenactment of <em>Jurassic Park</em></a></strong> seems like an impossible task, but life...finds a way. Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker, the perfectly-titled <em>Hold On To Your Butts</em> will call upon cardboard cars, dinosaur models, and some fearsome thespian gusto as it recreates Spielberg's '93 classic down to the very last robotic roar. <a href="">The People's Improv Theater</a> will present the five show run throughout the month of September; <em>Hold On To Your Butts</em> is "part spoof, part tribute, [a] highly theatrical version [that] will be intensely physical, imaginative, and silly, using only specific costume pieces and rudimentary props to recreate iconic moments from the film." It seems obvious that audience interaction will be a part of this one, so brush up on your Goldblum and remember: <a href="">must go faster.</a><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>September 15th-23rd (<a href="">full schedule here</a>) // <a href="">The People's Improv Theater Striker Stage</a>, 123 E 24th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues // <a href="">Tickets $1-12</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>As fall harvests roll in, the Union Square farmer's market stands will only grow more colorful and tempting. Sample the best of all the greenmarket's abundance at <strong><a href="">Harvest in the Square</a></strong>, the park's annual party dedicated to fresh produce and the chefs working in nearby kitchens. One-of-a-kind dishes from Junoon, Petite Abeille, Cevich, and more will cover outdoor tables in the North Plaza of the park, and locally-produced wine samples will be ever-near-at-hand all night long. The night hinges on a tasting plate/hors d'oeuvres philosophy, so plan on mingling about with a plate of carrot beurre monte in one hand and some Finger Lakes pinot noir in the other. Proceeds from the night's carousing go toward keeping Union Square park kempt and cared-for.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, September 18th, 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. VIP) // Union Square Park // <a href="">Tickets $125 GA, $400 VIP</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>Try dozens of new wines without ever handling a corkscrew at <strong><a href=""> Second Glass's Wine Riot</a></strong>, a wine tasting gala that's a little louder and a lot more casual than the usual sip-and-spit affairs. Over 250 wines from both old and new world terroir will be up for sampling as the staff oenophiles proffer tasting tips and a DJ keeps things funky. Toss in a photo booth, some temporary tattoos, and a party-ready crowd and, well, you get the idea. <br/><br/>Second Glass has been putting on Wine Riots across the country for years and has a knack for bringing wine knowledge out of the abstruse vernacular of silk-tied sommeliers and into the parlance of the people. There's even an <a href="">app</a> dedicated to the event that will help track the wines you might come to love, with tips on where to buy them in the future. <br/><br/><em>Friday-Saturday, September 20-21, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. (Fri), 1 p.m.-11 p.m. (Sat) // 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $60</a> <em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>September 21st is your very last chance to catch <strong><a href="">"Designing Modern Women 1890-1990" at the MoMA</a></strong>. Spread out over many galleries, the exhibit delves into how women, as both creators and audience, have drastically changed the world of art and ads over that period of 100 years. From World War II propaganda flyers to psychedelic concert posters to early '80s computer imaging, "Designing Modern Women" weaves threads of feminine mainstream, counterculture, expectations, and exceptions into a startling social time-lapse portrait of gendered culture en masse. Works from Loie Fuller, Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, and Anni Albers will all be on display. Catch this before it dissolves and all that's left are gift shop art books.<br/><br/><em>Closes Sunday, September 21st at 5:30 p.m. // <a href="">Museum of Modern Art</a>, 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Admission Free-$25</a><em></em></em>

Installation view of “Women and War 1914-1945,” via The Museum of Modern Art (Photo: John Wronn)

<br/><br/>Maybe it's just a weird half-memory of back-to-school days, but fall always feels like the best time to read. Soon the leaves will be changing and the wind will have us reaching for thicker sets of sleeves, and the <strong><a href="">Brooklyn Book Festival</a></strong> will ensure your library is (re)stocked with books new and old. Free to all, the festival brings both marquee literary talent and self-published indie writers to Borough Hall and Plaza for a full day of book-buying, speeches, and literary camaraderie in the borough that Whitman, Capote, and Crane called home. Hometown mainstays like Melville House Press, McNally Jackson, n+1, and The Strand will all be there, but take advantage of the festival's high-profile and check out the vendor tables of presses like <a href="">Gray Wolf</a> (Minneapolis) and <a href="">Wave</a> (Seattle).<br/><br/><em>Sunday, September 21st, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. // Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Free</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/> One of the greatest symphonies in the world performs with incredible frequency right here in your home town, but if you're like us, years pass by without experiencing a performance by the <strong>New York Philharmonic. </strong>It's time we corrected that, and enhanced our diet of indie rock and hip-hop and, ugh, <em>Techno-pop</em>, with some top shelf classical. The Philharmonic's new season begins on September 23rd with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, which is scored for a massive orchestra consisting of approximately 100 musicians. (<a href="">Here's a taste</a>.) The Mahler symphony will be preceded by the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/>The Mahler symphony and the Chin concerto will be performed three more times, on the 26th, 27th, and 30th. Tickets, some as low as $33, are <a href="">still on sale</a>. Other highlights from the upcoming season include <a href="{3E0B955D-F277-44D9-A07B-37F6A002D4E0}">Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble</a>, <a href="{D1D17538-43F4-42A8-89C1-C27F5379C67F}">Verdi's Requiem</a>, and <a href="">a Dvorak festival</a>. Get out your calendar and peruse the whole season <a href="">here</a>. <em>(John Del Signore)</em><br/><br/><em>September 23rd, 26th, 27th, and 30th // Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center</em>

<br/><br/>Fishnets, tassels, pasties, high heels, tattoos, lipstick, and liquor. No, it's not a party at Anthony Weiner's place, but rather the <strong><a href="">New York Burlesque Festival</a></strong>. The four-day celebration of tasteful teasing kicks off at The Bell House and will strut its way through Brooklyn Bowl, B.B. King's, and the Highline Ballroom with DJs, awards competition, and of course many an undressed dancer. Catch local fixtures like <a href="">Pistola de Luxe</a> and <a href="">Ula Uburbusen</a> mixing with performers from across the globe in what's become the largest burlesque celebration on earth. For those who get inspired, a bazaar replete with corsets, vintage dresses, and plenty of pasties will be running during the weekend's festivities.<br/><br/>What's more, the festival includes a fair amount of boylesque and will give men the chance to perform every night. Helsinki's <a href="">Frank Doggenstein</a> is making the trans-atlantic trip and NYC's own <a href="">Ben Franklin</a> is also on the bill.<br/><br/><em>Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28th // <a href="">The Bell House</a>, <a href="">Brooklyn Bowl</a>, <a href="">B.B. King's</a>, and <a href="">Highline Ballroom</a> // Tickets $15-30; 4-day VIP Passes <a href="">$120</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>The Film Society of Lincoln Center will set screens aflicker with world premieres and old favorites during the <strong><a href="">52nd New York Film Festival</a></strong> late this month. Opening night features the world premiere of David Fincher's <em>Gone Girl</em>, and long-anticipated films from Mathieu Amalric and Paul Thomas Anderson will be only two of the <em>many</em> features rounding out <a href="">this year's excellent lineup</a>. With the opportunity to catch q&amp;a talks with directors and get a glimpse of soon-to-be Oscar favorites long before they see nationwide release, the NYFF is a movie-lover's dream and well worth the price of admission (and very long waits in line). Plus, if new and edgy cinema isn't your bag, you can always turn it up to 11 and <a href="">catch <em>This Is Spinal Tap</em></a>, along with a number of other throwback favorites.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Friday, September 26th-October 13th // Lincoln Center // <a href="">Tickets $15-100</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>If you were to walk down 125th Street in the post-war '40s, chances are you'd run into Reverend Gary Davis. A blues guitar pioneer who (like so many other New York music pioneers) never got the credit he was due, Davis busked along the city's streets playing a frantic fingerpicked style that astonished and inspired a generation of young players. Davis was also a victim of the volatility that comes with being a street musician and lived through hard times and a music scene that eventually passed him by. But the astonishing style and deep conviction behind every note and lyric has been preserved on film with <strong><em><a href="">Harlem Street Singer</a></em></strong>, a documentary that traces Davis's guitar-in-tow path through NYC and the everlasting impact he left on folk, blues, rock, ragtime, and jazz. The IFC Center will feature a very limited run of screenings of the film, which was directed by Simeon Hutner and Trevor Laurence.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Opens Friday, September 26th // <a href="">IFC Center</a>, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street // Tickets $14<em></em></em>

<br/><br/>For three days, DUMBO will get splashed with an extra dash of creative color, with artists, musicians, performers and more set to <a href="">descend upon the neighborhood for <strong>the DUMBO Arts Festival</strong></a>. <a href="">Last year's DUMBO Arts Festival</a> was packed with giant macarons, wooden backpacks, a bubble-machine-fueled dance party and breathtaking light installations. This year, festival organizers are promising an even more spectacular scene along the waterfront, with installations including a colorful glass house that functions as "an intimate performance and/or a sculptural intervention"; a series of intricate geometric structures festival attendees can walk through; and plenty of street dancers, light installations, yoga/performance art mashup classes and more. <em>(Rebecca Fishbein)</em><br/><br/><em>Friday September 26-Sunday September 28, 6 p.m. // Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn // free</em>

<br/><br/>It's that time of the year again: from noon to 6 p.m. on September 28th, <strong><a href="">The Atlantic Antic</a></strong> transforms Atlantic Avenue into one massive street festival, replete with all the food, crafts, fun, festivities and <a href="">smartly-dressed puppies</a> non-Williamsburg Brooklyn has to offer. Though this year's vendor list hasn't been released yet, previous Antics have fed participants everything from <a href="">Obama burgers</a> (ah, 2008 was a simpler time) to <a href="">sangria</a> to fancy sardines. As a bonus, you can corral the children on a special "kid-friendly" block, where they'll be distracted by pony rides and face-painting so you can drink your beer on the street in peace. <em>(Rebecca Fishbein)</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday September 28, noon // Atlantic Ave, Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>The most ingenious and adorkable little theater company in NYC is back with a new show that sounds like a hoot. <a href="">The Debate Society</a>, a fecund collaboration between director Oliver Butler and delightful actors Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, will fire up the world premiere of <em><strong>Jacuzzi</strong></em> <a href="">at Ars Nova</a> this month. <br/><br/>The award-winning, idiosyncratic trio describes their latest opus thus: "In the Marshall family's peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik (Paul Thureen) and Helene (Hannah Bos) are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub."<br/><br/>In short, we have no clue what this play is really about, but it doesn't matter: It's the motherfunnin' <a href="">Debate Society</a>. Expect deliciously understated awkward humor, undercurrents of malicious terror, obsessively detailed sets and sound, and constant surprises. If you trust us, and we've never given you any reason why you shouldn't, you should <a href="">buy tickets now</a> before it sells out. <em>(John Del Signore)</em><br/><br/><em>September 30th through November 1st // 511 West 54th Street</em>