After a sleepy summer NYC's cultural engine is building up steam this week, with plenty of theater, music and food to fill up any blank slots on your calendar. Tomorrow, as everyone knows, is Shake Shack Concrete Cronut Day AND the two-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

One highlight is the New York Philharmonic's weeklong series "The Art of the Score," which features a series of screenings celebrating the art of movie music. On Friday and Saturday night they're screening Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, with the classical score (Strauss, Ligeti) performed live by the Philharmonic. The Friday night performance is sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday night.

Here's more from our September Guide:


Finding loving homes for kitties is the name of the game for Brooklyn Animal Action, a volunteer organization which has rescued over 800 cats to date. Guarantee their future success at the Fundraiser for Stray Animals, an evening of dining, drinking and silent auction in support of the group's efforts. The special guest for the evening is Virginia Yancey, Founder and Executive Director of Love and Hope Animal Sanctuary and former Justice of the New York Supreme Court.

The Stone Park Cafe co-sponsors the event and supplies the tasty eats, including Kobe Beef Pigs in a Blanket, Crispy Arancini with Parmesan and Bruschetta with Red Pepper and Tomato.

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. // Stone Park Cafe // Tickets $50 - $250

  • Shakespeare in the Park has come to an end, but the Delacorte won't be empty for long. The Public Theater hosts Fall For Dance, a two night series of free dance performances from the New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and STREB Extreme Action Company. Like its theatrical counterpart, tickets are distributed on the day of the event; arrive early to secure your spot and grab an early meal at Public Fare.

    September 16th and 17th, 8 p.m. // Delacorte Theater // Free

  • If music influenced by Pink Floyd's The Wall, Dan Deacon and Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense sounds intriguing, don't miss Marco Benevento's multimedia concert event at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden. The accomplished keyboard player collaborates with bassist Dave Dreiwitz and drummer Andy Borger to perform original songs accompanied by video components by Jay Cooper, costumes, dancers and "other shenanigans."

    Thursday, September 19th, 8 p.m. // Brookfield Place, Winter Garden // Free

  • Anthology Film Archives takes a look at the Middle Ages represented on film, specifically King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. From literal interpretations of the story like Eric Rohmer's Percival, satirical works like Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Kurosawa's masterpiece Seven Samurai, the series explores all different angles of the age.

    September 19th through 29th // Anthology Film Archives // Tickets $10

  • Brace for an oenology overload with the return of Wine Riot, a grape-centric festival with over 250 varieties of wine on offer. Every attendee receives a tasting glass for four hours of unlimited pours of wines from Europe, South America and everywhere in between. Luckily the riot rages over a weekend this year, so no worries about a work-day hangover.

    Friday, September 20th and Saturay, September 21st // 69th Regiment Armory // Tickets $60