Halloween is just around the corner; time to pick up a thriller to get you in the mood.
’Tis the season to cuddle up with a cup of cider, a plush blanket, and, most important, an epic read. The annual Brooklyn Book Festival is back to help restock your shelves and expand your lacking TBR (to be read) list. Can’t make it? Peruse our staff’s favorite books set in NYC to find your next page-turner/scroller. Through Monday, September 23; events hosted citywide
If you thought politics and downright nasty guitar playing couldn’t coexist on one stage, you haven’t seen musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) in his element. And by element, we mean at the Minetta Lane Theatre performing a moving musical narrative of his childhood, his current work in social activism, and the legacy he will leave behind in his industry. Friday, September 20; 8 p.m.; Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue), Greenwich Village
Eating + Drinking
Move over, Willy Wonka. Even the most famous (albeit, fictional) chocolatier in the business couldn’t top the Big Chocolate Show, a supersweet weekend-long extravaganza of tastings, live demonstrations, cake decorating…did we mention the tastings? Saturday, September 21 (10 a.m.–6 p.m.) and Sunday, September 22 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.); Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, Jamaica
Whimsical historical remixer Jaclyn Backhaus imagines the inner and social lives of female spouses across continents and centuries, from India to France to America. The very funny and talented cast in this Playwrights Horizons production includes Purva Bedi, Aadya Bedi, Sathya Sridharan, and Adina Verson. Through Sunday, October 6; Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street (between Dyer and Ninth Avenues), Hell’s Kitchen
Producer, performer, and innovator (who helped create dub) Lee “Scratch” Perry’s flamboyant live performances are wild, mind-bending mixes of free-form philosophy, deep reggae cuts from his immense song catalog, and live toasting from the master. He’ll be supported by Brooklyn dub aficionados Subatomic Sound System for this end-of-season outdoor show in Industry City. Saturday, September 21; 8 p.m.; 238 36th Street, Sunset Park