After announcing earlier this summer that it would be moving to Manhattan, All Tomorrow's Parties makes its landing on the East River's Pier 36 this weekend. The London-based organization, helmed by Barry Hogan, has been promoting musically-inclined events across the globe for the last decade, and in recent years has hosted their annual U.S. festival in the Catskills and Asbury Park, NJ. Each year ATP selects a new musician to curate the event, and this year Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs puts his unique spin on the proceedings with a show entitled "I'll Be Your Mirror."
The Whigs will perform, of course, and are joined by headliners Frank Ocean, Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, The Roots and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Many more acts will perform over the three day festival, with more bands, comedy and free screenings from the Criterion Collection aboard the Queen of Hearts paddle steamer. Tickets cost $199 for the weekend or $60 and $75 for single-day passes.
Also this weekend:
Brooklyn's Borough Hall gets a literary transformation at the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which unites authors, vendors and bibliophiles for a day-long celebration of literature. This year's author lineup gives us luminaries such as Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Mary Higgins Clark and many, many others. Expect lots of readings, talkbacks and signings by the authors and loads of vendors to help you stock up on reading material for the winter.
Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean you can't enjoy the great outdoors and score some delicious treats while you're at it. Throw on a sweater and head to Madison Square Eats today in the Worth Square section of the park for slew of delicious delicacies from restaurants and food trucks around town. Devour pizza from Roberta's, ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery or meatballs from Mighty Balls. All told, almost 30 vendors will set up each Friday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. through October 19th.
Elegant yet boisterous midtown restaurant Aureole, located just off Bryant Park, is throwing an "oyster social" on Sunday to raise money for Citymeals-on-Wheels, which delivers food to homebound elderly New Yorkers. It costs $75 to get in, but once you're through the doors you can, uh, socialize with a limitless pile of oysters, hors d'ouerves, and booze for four hours. (Beverages include New Zealand Fine Wines, Purity Vodka Bloody Marys, beer from Sierra Nevada and Louis Roederer champagne.) Considering how much you'd spend drinking and slurping oysters for four hours at market prices -- even at one of our recommended dollar oyster happy hours -- $75 is a bargain. And it's for charity. Do it for the charity. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., call (212) 319-1660 or email AureoleEvents@charliepalmer.com for reservations; or pay $85 at the door.
Additional newsletter contributions by John Del Signore.