Gothamist September Guide: 15 Fun Ways To Celebrate Summer's End

<br/><br/>Early fall is quite possibly the best time to live in New York City, as the oppressive heat eases and the worst of winter is still far away. Whether you're looking to make the most of some outdoor food festivals, take in some anthemic instrumental rock, get dolled up in drag, or keep cozy inside a movie theater, there's so much worth doing this month that the calendar might fall off the wall. Or your calendar app might crash. Whichever. Time to make plans!


<br/><br/>With a dress code that's been dubbed "future funk fashion" and art works that pay homage to Manhattan's '70s gay party scene, <strong><a href="">Antonio Lopez: A Photo Cocktail Party</a></strong> is your first can't-miss fall gallery show. Hosted as a pop-up installation at the <a href="">Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art</a>'s satellite space, the weekend-long exhibition will pay homage to Lopez, the famous Puerto Rican-born Vogue and Harper's Bazaar illustrator. There will be refreshments, an old large-format polaroid photo booth, and crowds of beautifully strange people. If you can't make it, or are keen to check out even more of Lopez's work, El Museo del Barrio is currently showing <a href="">an entire exhibit's worth through Thanksgiving</a>.<br/><br/><em>Reception Friday, September 9th, 6-8 p.m. // Gallery on display Saturday-Sunday, September 10-11th, 12-6 p.m. // Leslie+Lohman Prince Street Project, 127-B Prince Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Yes, Charlize Theron pretty much vaporized Mel Gibson's bigoted ass with her performance in <em>Max Max: Fury Road</em>, but the original film trilogy is still worth watching for its wild action sequences and creeping dystopian dread. The third film, 1985's <strong><em><a href="">Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome</a></em></strong> hardly ever gets enough credit, but this month Videology will feature it with pride at a midnight showing. In the film, Max finds an evil town ruled by his nemesis, and goes on to become a gladiator who teams up with desert nomads to smash evil to arid smithereens. Masterful in its pacing and still convincing in its special effects, it's a half-kitschy '80s thrill ride that should pair great with a cocktail and is a steal at only $5.<br/><br/><em>Friday, September 9th, 11:59 p.m. // <a href="">Videology</a>, 308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $5</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Full disclosure: Gothamist is presenting Brooklyn Night Bazaar's special re-opening weekend. That decision was an easy one: the party's new digs at <a href="">a historic Greenpoint banquet hall</a> are going to make everything better with additional arcade space, private karaoke rooms, and music rooms that promise much-improved acoustics and sight lines. On Friday, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will headline with support from The Skells and <a href="">Babetown</a>. Saturday's lineup is a punk blowout that features Pissed Jeans, Surfbort, and Nap. If you go you'll have the chance to sample the Bazaar's new in-house restaurant, multiple bars, ping pong, mini-golf, and bizarre people watching. It was <a href="">sad to see the party go</a>, but now it's coming back better than ever.<br/><br/><em>Firday and Saturday, September 9th and 10th, 7 p.m. // Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn // Friday <a href="">Tickets $20</a>, Saturday <a href="">Tickets $8</a></em>

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<br/><br/>More than 150 queens from around the world will be performing at this year's <strong><a href="">Bushwig</a></strong>, a two-day drag extravaganza. For a taste of what's in store for the fest's fourth year, take a gander at photos from <a href="">Bushwig 2015</a>, where performers were aided by props including sunscreen, milk, and buckets of fake blood. <br/><br/>In addition to drag shows and outlandish costumes, this year's festivities will include pop-up shops, food vendors, art installations, free community acupuncture, and a weekend-long techno brunch. If it's anything like last year, there are bound to be afterparties raging until the sun comes up. Don't worry if you don't feel like showing up in full drag: Bushwig is open to everyone, queen or not. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Saturday, September 10th - Sunday, September 11th // The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth // <a href=";eventId=6836825">Tickets: $30 - 50</a></em>

<br/><br/>Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you have to stop hanging out on rooftops or slurping down bivalves any time soon. Time Out New York's <strong><a href="">Oysterfest</a></strong> is an excuse for you to do both. The event promises all-you-can-eat oysters, all-you-can-drink Blue Point beer, and light snacks throughout the night to make sure you get some actual food in your stomach. For $35, that's not a bad deal at all, as you'd probably end up spending more at any dollar oyster happy hour and those aren't usually located on rooftops. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00 p.m. // Northern Territory Rooftop, 12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets: $35</a></em>


<br/><br/>If your knowledge of Venezuelan culture is limited to arepas and patacones, the Venezuelan Film Festival is sure to school you. Now in its fourth year, the annual fest showcases the best new Venezuelan cinema to American audiences. It begins on September 14th with a cocktail party and a screening of <em>El Malquerido</em>, a film about Felipe Pirela, America's most romantic bolero singer. <br/><br/>Other features include <em>Vertical Slum</em>, Irene Sosa's documentary about architecture's relationship to ideology; <em>Kuyujani Envenenado</em>, a documentary about two indigenous cultures being threatened by mercury poisoning; and <em>Desde Alla,</em>, a Golden Lion-winning film about a wealthy, middle aged man who lures young men to his home. An assortment of short films will be screening as part of the "New Venezuelan Perspective" series from the 16th to the 18th. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe></center><br/><br/><em>September 14th - 18th // Village East Cinemas, 181 2nd Ave. (September 14th - 15th) &amp; Syndicated Bar Theater Grill, 40 Bogart Street, Brooklyn (September 16th - 18th) // <a href="!tkts/cell">Tickets</a></em>

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<br/><br/>You'll be able to sample more than 400 premium sakes at the 11th annual <a href=""><strong>Joy of Sake</strong></a>, including a few award-winning spirits from the U.S. National Sake Appraisal. This event will supposedly be the largest sake tasting in the world outside of Japan, featuring sakes from every part of the country, including some that aren't usually served in the U.S. Sixteen restaurants including Sushi Samba, Zuma, En Japanese Brasserie, and The Crimson Sparrow will be serving up sake-inspired appetizers so you can snack while you sip. The appetizer menu for this year's festival is still TBA, but photos from <a href="">last year's fest </a> show this isn't something to be missed. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Friday, September 16th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. // Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street // <a href="">Tickets: $95</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The <strong><a href="">Brooklyn Book Festival</a></strong>'s main festivities begin on September 18th, but kids can get in on the fun a day early with <strong><a href="">Children's Day</a></strong> at the MetroTech commons. During the youth-centered fest, kids can attend events like cartooning workshops with James Sturm, an illustration workshop with Steven Weinberg, Star Wars trivia, and panels by best-selling children's book authors. There's also a <a href="">special morning event for teachers</a> and plenty of activities for parents.<br/><br/>On the 18th, the main festival includes panels like Unsung Heroines, Revolutionary Art, and The Whole World Is Watching, which highlights political and social activism in the twenty-first century and will be moderated by WNYC's Kai Wright. There will also be panels on everything from history books to cookbooks (and the Brooklyn food scene) to texts on gender and sexuality. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>September 17th, 10:00 a.m. - September 18th, 6:00 p.m. // Various locations // <a href="">Free</a></em>

<br/><br/>As fall creeps closer and, behind it, winter with its months of dark shivering sadness, exercise some preventative self-care and dine on delicious food outdoors for a noble cause. <strong><a href="">The Taste of East Village</a></strong> will shut down East 7th Street this month as a diverse array of restaurants from across the neighborhood serve up small plates. Count on seeing (and tasting) sweets from Butter Lane Cupcakes, seafood from Luke's Lobsters, fried bites from Nugget Spot, and much, much more. This is the first year of what could become an annual event, and proceeds are going toward the <a href="">Cooper Square Committee</a>'s housing preservation and greening programs, which helps local tenants complete anti-eviction work and aid low-income and senior households.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, September 17th, 12 p.m. // East 7th Street between Cooper Square and Second Avenue // <a href="">Tickets $25-30</a></em>

<br/><br/>For over fifty years, artist Mierle Laderman Ukles has been creating works that champion feminist ideals, the plight of manual laborers, and what it takes to keep society's infrastructure from crumbling apart. Ukeles's sculptures and writings often deal with basic maintenance; for more than 35 years, she worked as an unpaid "artist in residence" for the NYC Department of Sanitation. And so this month the Queens Museum presents a large-scale retrospective of her <em><a href="">Maintenance Art</a></em>, with hundreds of work dedicated to repair, reconstruction, and urban hygiene. Ukeles's art appears to shout "Things wear down! Stuff breaks! Time marches on! Pay attention!"<br/><br/><em>Exhibit runs Sunday, September 18th through February 2017 // <a href="">Queens Museum</a>, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens // <a href="">Suggested Admission $8</a> </em>

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<br/><br/>For decades, street photographers have gravitated to the Bronx, seeking a break from the bright lights and glamour that dominates street scenes across Manhattan. This month, a group of renowned photographers will discuss what it means to live, meander, and make pictures in the borough at the <strong><a href="">Museum of the City of New York's Picturing the Bronx</a></strong> panel night. Photojournalist Ricky Flores, New York Times Lens blog editor David Gonzalez, and artist Elle Perez will all be participating in the conversation, and the night will be moderated by Bronx Documentary Center founder Michael Kamber. It should be an essential ticket for those interested in the Bronx and how it's photographically represented around the world through the eyes of locals and foreign visitors alike.<br/><br/><em>Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30 p.m. // Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Avenue, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $12-16</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Explosions in the Sky have consistently created some of the most beautiful post-rock records in the genre's history. Filled with <a href="">anthemic, multi-guitar melodies that seem to conjure up epic emotions</a> you never knew you'd always felt, the band's material comes across like film soundtrack music to movies so beautiful that hollywood would never have the guts to make them. The Texas quartet will <strong><a href="">play two shows in town late this month</a></strong>, and it's the second one you should really look out for, given that it's at Brooklyn's drop-dead gorgeous Kings Theater, a venue befitting the band's sprawling elegance.<br/><br/><em>Kings Theater concert Friday, September 23rd, 7 p.m. // <a href="">Kings Theater</a>, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $35-40</a></em>

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<br/><br/>School is finally back in session, and not just for the kids. For one night only, MoMA PS1 will let you relive your high school experience—or the high school experience you wish you had—at its Back to School Benefit. The museum's galleries will be emptied and transformed back to their original function as classrooms where artists including Claire Bishop, K8 Hardy, and Morgan Bassichis will portray teachers, cheerleaders, jocks, and goths—feel free to dress up as your inner high school archetype, too. Class will be in session from 7 p.m. to until 10 p.m.—but you can cut at any time to grab a snack from the cafeteria or drink from the open bar. Beginning at 10 p.m., you can dance the night away at a pep rally/dance party/prom-style bash in the gymnasium. Your high school parties (probably) have nothing on this. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Friday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. // MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City // <a href="">Tickets: $125</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Pickles are the best snack, and possibly also the best food, period. The <strong><a href="">Lower East Side Pickle Day</a></strong> is your chance to enjoy pickles in all their forms, from sweet bread and butter (the lowliest kind of pickle) to the G.O.A.T., spicy dill. Munch on briny treats from more than 20 picklers, including Pioneer Cannery, Pickle Me Pete, and Backyard Brine, or snack on non-pickled goods like ice cream from Ice and Vice and tacos from Puebla Mexican Food. In true street fair fashion, there will be games, face painting, and even a home-pickling contest where you can show off your own pickled goods. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday, September 25th, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. // Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston // <a href="">Free</a></em>

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