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Here’s What Our Culture Experts Are Doing This September—And You Should, Too!

Bacon and beer! Humming puppies! Harry Houdini! Here’s what you should be doing this month.

Photo courtesy of Bacon and Beer Classic

Soon summer will give way to fall. Sunrise, sunset and all of that. But fear not! Cure your summer-ending scaries with these gluttonous, mindful, and trippy events this month.

Live Music

Closing Night: The Warm Up, September 1
MoMA PS1 finishes up its all-day summer dance party series with a multigenre, women-centric bang. Today’s show features music from emerging electro trap artist Yaeji, big-body positive pop rapper Lizzo, experimental psych-rock band Gang Gang Dance, plus a set from DJ collective Discwoman.John Seroff, music expert

Photo by Charles Roussel/Courtesy of MoMA PS1

Patti Smith: Words and Music, September 22–24
Prepare for an intimate evening of readings, storytelling, and music by pioneering rock star and Greenwich Village punk chronicler Smith. Meera Dugal, music expert

There’s No Leaving New York, September 29 and 30
The National has put together its version of a talent show. The two-day festival at Forest Hills Stadium includes performances from the band’s pals, who just happen to be talented artists like Cat Power and Future Islands. For those who like the idea of lots of live music but without the immense crowds of some of the bigger festivals, this one’s for you.  —WSWD staff


Antigone in Ferguson, September 13–October 13
In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in 2014, Bryan Doerries translated Sophocles’s classic tragedy for current events. Phil Woodmore composed music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and citizens from Ferguson and New York City. The all-star roster of actors include Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), Paul Giamatti (Billions), and Frankie Faison (The Wire). David Cote, theater expert

Photo by David Andrako/Courtesy of Antigone in Ferguson

The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini, September 27–November 10
The creator of interactive, period-specific, murder-mystery hit Speakeasy Dollhouse, Cynthia von Buhler, is back with another tantalizing show. Interact with Harry Houdini as you piece together his death and conspire with strangers. Ross Tipograph, performance expert

Art + Museums

“Anne Truitt: Paintings,” September 14–October 27
Truitt’s minimalist columns of the ’70s have grown in recognition over the past 15 years, but her paintings are lesser known. And boy what a treat they are—vast fields of color and eggshell-like paint application, understated to pack a punch. —Paddy Johnson, art expert

“Mirror, Mirror,” through September 29
For his “Mirror, Mirror” exhibition at Team, which closes this month, Ryan McGinley—one of the most prolific photographers working—wasn’t even in the room when the images were taken. Instead, he gave subjects a camera, rolls of 35mm film, 20 mirrors, and instructions to photograph their own nude portraits. McGinley’s magic happened in the edit—his chosen portraits of each subject are all we get to see. The photos have a kaleidoscopic effect from all the mirrors—though the rainbow of subjects is what shines brightest. —WSWD staff

Jade 2018./Photo Courtesy of Team (Gallery, Inc.)

Ori Gersht: Fragile Land,” through October 20
Yancey Richardson Gallery presents Gersht’s newest works, which explore the idea of homeland through images of native Israeli flowers. Molly Surno, art expert

Manhattan Short Festival, begins September 27
For one week, on six continents, in 300 theaters, the same films will be on view. And it’s not Star Wars. Instead, the Manhattan Short Festival screens snack-size films from independent filmmakers shooting and living everywhere from Alaska to Siberia. It’s a truly global film festival, with the chance to catch works you might not get to see anywhere else. —WSWD staff


Aland, Williamsburg
Imagine a Muji crossed with a Uniqlo, but cast with Korean design style instead of Japanese, and you have Aland. The shop is superpopular in Korea for its clean-cut streetwear, and fans were excited for its just-opened U.S. location in Williamsburg. If you already have enough fashion sweats, it also sells shoes, housewares, and beauty products. —WSWD staff

Bruno MagliSoHo
The first U.S.-based Bruno Magli store opens this month at 120 Wooster Street. The location will have all the Italian leather you desire: in footwear, watches, handbags, and other accessories. But it will also serve as an event space for highly curated art and culinary events. Though you will probably also leave with a new pair of shoes, won’t you? —WSWD staff

Photo courtesy of Bruno Magli

Dining + Drinking

Gaggan Anand at James Beard Foundation, September 8
The James Beard House is a New York institution for food lovers. Where else can you try meals by incredible chefs from around the world? Case in point: On September 8, Anand—whose Bangkok restaurant is number one on the World’s Best Restaurants Asia list and ranks in the top five of the World’s 50 Best—will be bringing his brilliant Indian-Asian cooking (and raucous party) to the West Village townhouse. Secret Culinary Insider

Rose Levy Beranbaum, September 26
If you love to bake, you are most likely obsessed (obsessed!) with Rose Levy Beranbaum, she of the Baking Bible, the Cake Bible, and this fall’s Rose’s Baking Basics. On September 26, she’ll be talking brownies, piecrust disasters, perfect cookies, and more at the 92nd Street Y with fabled food writer Corby Kummer. There will be a book signing afterward—no word on snacks, though. Bring all your burning bicarbonate questions! —Secret Culinary Insider

Bacon and Beer Classic, September 29
I know most of us are constantly looking for a good excuse to unleash our inner gluttons. Enter the Bacon and Beer Classic, a most delicious frenzy with meaty concoctions of all sorts and some of my personal breweries drafting up wild beers to accompany the tastiness. PSA: Eat (and drink) responsibly! —Jess Bender, eating and drinking expert

Photo courtesy of Bacon and Beer Classic


Humming Puppyongoing
A recent Aussie transplant lands in Chelsea. What makes it different from other yoga studios? The room is warmed to about 80 degrees and literally hums—the space is injected with a combination of frequencies of 7.83 Hz (earth’s frequency that grounds us) and 40 Hz (brainwave activity), which help us deepen our practice and achieve peak performance. —Aleona Nyamgavaa, wellness expert

Photo courtesy of Humming Puppy

29Rooms, September 6–16
Refinery29’s Technicolor fun house returns this month. The floor-to-ceiling experiential installation space is a raucous good time—last year’s adventure included creative work of all shades by actor Jake Gyllenhaal, poet Ashlee Haze, and musician Madame Gandhi. This year’s theme is “Expand Your Reality,” so get ready for a wild ride. —Secret Culinary Insider

Art and Yoga Urban Retreat, September 15
Spend the day meditating and being mindful in the beautiful Rubin Museum with NY Yoga and Life magazine. The day is divided into five sessions, which range from mindful coloring to art and astrology, plus a class with 99-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch. —WSWD staff


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