Here are some highlights from our September events calendar, first published in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.
Sat. 6 – Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival at the Museum of Chinese in America: Join MOCA for a fun-filled afternoon of activities, including drop-in arts and crafts, calligraphy, lantern-making, storytelling, a scavenger hunt and a special mooncake tasting. Noon to 4 p.m., $10 ($8 MOCA members).
Sun. 7 – Opening Night: Art + Fashion on Orchard: The Lower East Side Business Improvement District coordinates this block party, kicking off more than 30 fall art openings and a “Looks of the LES” fashion show with local styles selected by Cosmopolitan.com Editor Amy Odell. Live music is curated by Cake Shop, with DJ Anton Bass of Sea to Sun Recordings spinning for the catwalk. Paul Taylor 2 dancers will make appearances as well. Orchard Street (just above Grand Street), 4 to 8 p.m., fashion show at 7 p.m., free.
Thurs. 11 – Justin Vivian Bond in “The Drift” at Joe’s Pub: Inspired by Tennessee Williams’ novella “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” Bond creates a new, free-associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by the story of Karen Stone, a retired actress who drifts from one space to another –either in her mind, in couture or in bed. Also Sept. 12, 18, 19 and Oct. 2, 3. 425 Lafayette St., 7 p.m., $25.
Tues. 16 – Steve Coleman and Five Elements at The Stone: The contemporary jazz saxophonist and composer, in residence for two weeks, has been hailed as the successor to Charlie Parker. He plays with Five Elements members and special guests David Bryant, Anthony Tidd, Miles Okazaki, Jonathan Finlayson and Sean Rickman. The second week, he premieres excerpts of new compositions with the same crew, augmented by members of the Talea Ensemble and Brazilian and Cuban percussionists. Avenue C at Second Street. Through Sept. 28, two shows nightly, Tuesday through Sunday, 8 and 10 p.m., $15.
Weds. 17 – “Di Palo’s Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy” at Tenement Talks: Lou Di Palo, owner of Di Palo Selects on Grand Street, comes to the Tenement Museum with his new book to talk pasta, cheese and the story of the relationships that form around a family-run neighborhood shop. Yes, there will be samples, too. 103 Orchard St., 6:30 p.m., free.
Weds. 17 – Queer New York International Arts Festival at Abrons Arts Center: Returning for its third year, this festival presents performances by artists from around the world who continue to focus on broadening the traditional concept of “queer (in) art.” This year’s lineup includes U.S. premieres of Croatian theater director Branko Brezovec’s “Confusions”; India-born choreographer Sujata Goel’s “Dancing Girl”; American expat dance artists Jeremy Wade (Berlin) and Mark Tompkins’ (France) collaborative work “Stardust”; and Dutch choreographer Jan Marten’s “The Dog Days Are Over.” Through Sept. 28 at various venues, headquartered at Abrons, 466 Grand St. Ticket prices and showtimes vary.
Thurs. 18 – Sarah Jones’ “Buy/Sell/Date” Preview at The Nuyorican: Don’t miss the Tony-award-winning playwright and performer in a special preview of her latest one-woman show. Noted by The New York Times as “a master of the genre,” Jones is always engaging and insightful, and her new piece is bound to include a hilarious slate of new characters. Luckily for us, she has regularly returned to her stomping grounds at the Nuyorican (she’s a former grand slam champion) to develop her newest creations, trying them out on a welcoming audience before going on to bigger venues. Through Oct. 18, 236 E. Third St., 7 p.m., $35/$24 students.
Sun. 21 – Jewish Baroque Music From the Concertino New York Chamber Ensemble at the Museum at Eldridge: Enjoy a fitting backdrop for a performance of instrumental and vocal music by Italian, French, Austrian, English and Dutch composers of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Handel, Rossi, Saladin and more. The young ensemble plays compositions that were commissioned by major European synagogues and performed during various occasions of the Jewish calendar. 12 Eldridge St., 4 p.m., $20; $15 students and seniors.
Sat. 27 – Curating the Region: Reflections from Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum: Examine regional specificity as a device for framing contemporary art practices, while also addressing opportunities and challenges involved in curating art from and about the Arab world at this symposium organized in partnership with ArteEast. Participants include academics, curators and other art professionals who are shaping ideas about art from Arab contexts. 235 Bowery, 1 to 6 p.m., $10.