Here’s a look at some highlighted events happening this month around the Lower East Side.
Sun., Sept. 8th
Opening Night – Art + Fashion on Orchard: For the second year in a row, the Lower East Side BID coordinates this special preview in support of the more than 40 galleries who are hosting fall receptions. There is a block party on Orchard Street (just above Grand Street) from 4 to 8 p.m. and a fashion show at 6:30 p.m., free.
Thurs. Sept. 12
Twelfth Annual Cannoli-Eating Competition at San Gennaro: The competitive eaters are back to kick off the 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. Whomever can eat the most cannoli in a six-minute period will be recognized as “The World’s Champion Cannoli Eater.” At the Performance Stage at Grand and Mott streets at 2 p.m. San Gennaro runs through Sept. 22.
Fri. Sept. 13
Eclipsis Flamenco – Encounter of Two Worlds at Dixon Place: Mexican Flamenco star Maria Elena Anaya teams up with Nora Jacobs for this piece documenting the historical merging of the Pre-Colombian and Spanish cultures that birthed the “mestizaje,” (mixed cultures) that define Mexican life today. The company’s dancers, singers and musicians present a vision of life full of pride, passion, honor, love and sorrow. Weekends through September, 161A Chrystie St., 7:30 p.m., $16 in advance/$20 at the door.
Sat. Sept. 14
KINGS at The Nuyorican: Anna Governali’s play is a tribute to graffiti artists in New York. The story follows Israel “Izzy” Flores as he sets out to become KING, the highest title a graffiti artist can receive, by tagging up every inch of the five boroughs in search of his long-lost mother. 236 E. Third St., 6:30 p.m., $25/$18 students.
Sun. Sept. 15
Chocolate Meltdown at the Museum at Eldridge: Summer is ending, school is starting, the Museum at Eldridge suggests we eat chocolate! Bring the family for a Rosh Hashanah treat and enjoy chocolate-making, art projects and a scavenger hunt. 12 Eldridge St., 11 a.m., $15 per family.
Sun. Sept. 15
DayLife: The LES Business Improvement District brings its street festival back to Orchard Street for a day of festivities with food vendors and local shops. Don’t miss free DJ lessons from Scratch DJ Academy, two full stages of DJs, plus live acts from The Living Room, Tammany Hall and Lost Weekend NYC–not to mention badminton, urban croquet and face-painting. Orchard Street between Delancey and Houston streets, noon-5 p.m., free.
Sun. Sept. 22
Sukkah Hop: Join the LES Jewish Conservancy for an insider’s view of the holiday of Succot on the Lower East Side. Visit three different Succoth (ritual booths), both intimate and elaborate, and chat with community members who build and adorn these sacred spaces every year. The tour will end with snacks in a local sukkah. Meet at the LESJC Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center, 400 Grand St., 10:45 a.m., $20 in advance/$22 at the door.
Tues. Sept. 24
Bear Hands at Mercury Lounge: The upbeat Brooklyn boys bring their witty post-punk indie band to Manhattan. Hopefully they’ll play some tunes from Songs From Utopia Volume 1, their self-described collection of “quasi-political ‘thought pieces’ that serve as a manifestation of overwhelming white guilt and a pinko elitist liberal arts education.” 217 E. Houston St., doors at 9:30 p.m., $15.
Sat. Sept. 28
The Annual Stylist Tent Event at Hester Street Fair: For one day only, the city’s brightest stylists offer a Fashion Week finale sample sale, transforming the fair into a tented fashion-friendly destination for shoppers to scour racks of clothing and accessories straight from runways, editorial closets and photo shoots. Hester and Essex streets, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.