NY*Confidant: What's On

The General Assembly Edition

Guess what! Greta is in town! Yes, all eyes converge on First Ave. and 42nd or wherever Greta and her followers go. Don't worry! Lots of events elsewhere, too


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Greetings, NYConfidants!

Just two weeks ago, it seems as if the sleepy summer holidays might never end. Today, it's like the alarm clock has gone full blast Guns n' Roses — at least on the East Side.

Yes (!) the UN General Assembly (!) is back in town (!). And so is apparently some teenager whose name begins with a "G" and who wants to take a stand against climate something-or-other. But in case you're interested in more instigation/aspiration/perspiration, as the performance artist Pope L., puts it, check out 140 strangers crawling together on the sidewalks of Downtown Manhattan, for his Conquest, The art doesn't end there. 

Gus Van Sant: Paintings, Hollywood Boulevardcomes to Vito Schnabel Projects;Tokyo Pop Undergroundtells the complex history of Japanese contemporary art from the 1960s to the present; Henry Chalfant: Art vs Transitshows us the artist whohelped launch graffiti art into the international phenomenon; and Vera Paints a Scarfgives us a glimpse of the inspiration behindVera Neumann's iconic line of women's scarves.

On- and off-Broadway, things are also taking on a bit of attitude, too. Novenas for a Lost Hospitaltells the story of St. Vincent's Hospital — interactively; Freestyle Love Supremeis thehip-hop, improvisational, never-before-seen comedy ride by that Hamilton dude; and Motherstells the story of competing moms and their ultimate choice.Blink twice and theBrooklyn Book Festivalwill be here and gone, but fear not, The Best American Short Stories 2019is just around the corner. For non-readers, there is theNYFF57,he 57th annual New York Film Festival DIego Maradona: about the love hate between Naples and its biggest soccer starandMidnight Travelerthe story ofHassan Fazili, a filmmaker and his family’s harrowing 3500-mile, 3-year escape to Hungary.

Whatever your act of defiance this weekend, choose wisely! Your fate... traffic!

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Some people do it for a living; of course, in New York, welding is art. But why not learn some tricks of the trade? Welding Fantasy Camp at Total Metal Resource in Brooklyn later this month.


Feast of San GennaroIn its 93rd year, the celebration of the patron saint of Naples will fill the streets of Little Italy. Little Italy, NoHo, through 22 Sept.

Oktoberfest NYC 2019: Pier 15 becomes a lively celebration of authentic German beer.WatermarkBar at Pier 15, through 20 Oct.

NYRB Classics 20th Anniversary CelebrationNYRB Classics is turning twenty! Readings from the new anthology, The Red Thread. Murmrr Ballroom,19 Sept.

The MOTH StorySlam (Cars): Prepare a five-minute story about the most American way of getting from point A to point B. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 19 Sept.

Inside New York City Center: Step inside New York's first performing arts center and former home of The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, New York City Center, 20 Sept.

Inside the Museum of the American Gangster & 1920s Speakeasy: A late night tour of one of NYC’s most notorious Prohibition-era speakeasies, Scheib’s Place, Museum of the American Gangster, 20 Sept.

Tour of the Loew's Valencia, NYC's First "Wonder Theatre": Just beyond the front doors, is one of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in all of New York.Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, 21 Sept.

How 200 Years of Death in Greenwich Village Changed AmericaFrom hidden cemeteries and memorials to former dueling grounds: the life, politics, and even folklore of New York City. Rectory, Church of the Ascension (Outside), 21 Sept.

McSweeney's Issue 57 Launch: McSweeney’s Issue 57 Launch party. Part of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Books are Magic, 21 Sept.

Behind the Scenes at Belmont ParkDon that fancy oversized hat, dine on a fancy buffet, and watch some quality horse racing. Belmont Park, Elmont, NY, 22 Sept.

Behind the Scenes @ The Chimneys, 1920s Mansion with SpeakeasyAn exclusive exploration of “The Chimneys” 1929 estate in Port Washington — the summer grounds for Bettie Fleischmann Holmes of distilled spirits manufacturing fame. The Community Synagogue, Sands Point, NY. 22 Sept.  

Brooklyn Book FestivalOne of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity 22 Sept.

House of Collection, NYC's Cabinet of CuriositiesAn exclusive look inside a sprawling curated collection of lost-and-found, passed down and gifted 315 Berry Street, Brooklyn, 22 Sept.

Books Are Magic x Brooklyn Book Festival presents Love & DesireLisa Taddeo’sThree Women, Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties and Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal BlueCadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, 22 Sept.

Strand Presents Liana Finck, Excuse Me: With her trademark scratchy style and keen eye for the absurd, Liana Finck is the latest cartoon sensation. Strand, 23 Sept.

The MOTH GrandSLAMMoth winners from around the region compete for the grand stage. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St., 23 Sept., 7:30pm, $25.

HousingWorks presents Longreads 10th Anniversary PartyLongreads has spent the last 10 years celebrating some of the world's best storytelling and sharing it with readers everywhere. An evening of live storytelling. HousingWorks Bookstore, 23 Sept.

Leslie Jamison presents Make It Scream, Make It BurnWith the synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which she has become known, Leslie Jamison offers us 14 new essays. Murmrr Ballroom, 24 Sept.

Dr Gameshow Live with Daniel Kibblesmith Jo, Manolo and their guest Daniel Kibblesmith(writer, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) will struggle through outrageous family-friendly games. Housing Works Bookstore, 24 Sept. 

We the Commuters presents Homelessness in the Subways: We the Commuters show goes live-in-studio with a look at homelessness in the subways, hosted by Shumita Basu.The Greene Space, 24 Sept.

'World of Oracles' Workshop with Urban Shaman Mama Donna: One of New York’s most celebrated shamans is ready to introduce you to several global spirit tools & techniques. Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, Brooklyn, 24 Sept.

The Art of Wax Model Making @ Madame TussaudsLearn the art of wax model making from Hollywood A-Listers to famous world leaders. Madame Tussauds, 25 Sept.

Greenlight Bookstore presents Lara Prescott,The Secrets We KeptTale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice-inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia. Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, 25 Sept.

PowerHouse presents Liz Harris, In JerusalemAn American, secular, diasporic Jew, Lis Harris grows up with the knowledge of the historical wrongs done to Jews —and Palestinians. PowerHouse, Dumbo. 

The NY Adventure Club Happy Hour @ The Explorers Club: Join New York Adventure Club for monthly Happy Hour inside the Members Lounge at this private social club.Explorers Club, 26 Sept.

Greenlight Bookstore presents Ann Patchett,The Dutch HousePatchett returnswith a story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, 26 Sept.

Patti Smith presents Year of the MonkeyPatti Smith, National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, presents Year of the Monkey.Congregation Beth Elohim, 26 Sept.

National Theater Live, FleabagSee the one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, recorded live from London’s West End. Symphony Space, 26 Sept.

Uptown Showdown, 80s v. the AughtsThis installment features debaters Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), Dave Hill (The Goddamn Dave Hill Show), Dulcé Sloan(The Daily Show with Trevor Noah),and Jes Tom (Reductress). Symphony Space, 26 Sept.

New Jersey Meadowlands Pontoon Boat TripNew Jersey has nature! Get up close and personal with the thriving ecosystem that awaits in the Meadowlands. River Barge Park, Carlstadt, NJ, 27 Sept.

The Moth Story SLAM (Ink): Inspired by Henry Chalfant: Arts vs. Transit, 1977 - 1987.Bronx Museum of the Arts ,  27 Sept.

Nerd NiteFun-yet-smart presentations about how health and behavior via your DNA, the need for a Space Force, and the sordid history of Monopoly. Littlefield: Brooklyn, 28 Sept.

Private Japanese Taiko "Thunder Drum" Workshop, Demo, & Jam Session: A private drumming workshop at a Brooklyn-based dojo dedicated to the art of Taiko. Taiko Masala, Brooklyn, 28 Sept.

Exploring the East River, From General Slocum Disaster to Abandoned Islands: A two-part aquatic adventure to explore the General Slocum disaster, and historic sights and stories along the East River. Pier 11 / Wall St., 28 Sept.

Exclusive After-Hours Tour @ The Brooklyn Museum: Power walk the halls of one of the country's oldest and largest museums w/ 1.5 million works Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, 28 Sept.

Fishing & Sightseeing Adventure in the Long Island Sound: Escape the sweltering city heat and take a day trip on a short train ride for some of the best fishing in the area. Town Dock (Behind Brown Building), Port Washington, NY, 29 Sept.

Unlocking Private Gilded Age Mausoleums @ Woodlawn Cemetery: Step inside some of the country’s most opulent family mausoleums that are rarely unlocked for the public. Woodlawn Conservancy, Bronx, 29 Sept.

Welding Tour & Demo @ Metal Shop Fantasy CampAn exclusive tour & demonstration at Total Metal Resource, a metalworking and fabrication shop in East Williamsburg. Total Metal Resource, Brooklyn, 29 Sept.

Strand presents Debbie Harry, Face ItDebbie Harry recounts her journey from an irreverent Lower East Side punk goddess to an ambassador of New York cool. Town Hall, 30 Sept.

Strand Presents Jeannie Gaffigan, When Life Gives You Pears: Jeannie Gaffigan, writes with humor and heart about the pear-sized brain tumor she had removed. Symphony Space, 1 October.

The Best American Short Stories 2019Guest editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See leads an evening dedicated to one of the most anticipated collections of the year. Symphony Space, 2 Oct.

Ask Me Another with John Cameron Mitchell: A rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. The Bell House, Brooklyn, 3 Oct.

Books Are Magic presents Liana Finck, Excuse MeExcuse Me assembles more than 500 of her most loved cartoons from Instagram and The New Yorker. Books Are Magic, 3 Oct.

Those of us who saw the demise of St. Vincent’s Hospital remain in a bit of shock as to how the fall happened so quickly — or at all. Rattlestick Playwrights is still in mourning. See Novenas for a Lost Hospital playing thru 13 Oct.


Heroes of the Fourth TurningIt’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. Beware... Playwrights Horizons, thru 27 Oct.

The Rose TattooAcademy Award winner Marisa Tomei unleashes a tour de force as Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life. American Airlines Theatre, thru 8 Dec.

Freestyle Love SupremeA freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational, never-before-seen comedy ride. That guy from Hamilton did this one first. Booth Theatre, thru 5 Jan.

MothersThe moms at Mommy-Baby Meetup are used to competing, but as the chaos of the outside world encroaches each mom will have to decide just how much she loves her child. The Duke,thru 12 Oct.

Novenas for a Lost HospitalInspired by the caretakers and patients of St. Vincent's Hospital, a 60-person  journey. St John's in the Village, thru 13 Oct.

Forbidden BroadwayThe show that comically and musically eviscerates Hadestownto What the Constitution Means to Me. Triad Theatre, thru 30 Nov.

Perfect CatastrophesThree-time Obie Award winning playwright Mac Wellman has always stood at the vanguard of dramatic truth. the Flea honors Wellman and his plays. The Flea, thru 1 Nov,

The Sound InsideA terminally ill professor, played by Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, finds kinship with one of her young male writing students. Studio 54, thru 12 Jan.


RubberbandRubberband, makes its Joyce debut with Ever So Slightly, a thrilling work exploring the reflexes we develop against the irritants that bombard our daily lives. The Joyce, thru 22 September.


Looking at YouWhen genius coder Dorothy discovers that her former lover has become the world’s most famous whistleblower, will she turn him in to the authorities, or help him to escape? HERE Arts Center, thru 21 Sept.

Porgy and BessJames Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront. The new production premiered in London in 2018. The Met, Lincoln Center, thru 1 Feb.

The Angel’s ShareA new concert series in the Catacombs of The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, presented by Death of Classical and Green-Wood, curated by Andrew Ousley. Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, 24-27 Sept.


New York Mets (Citi Field)

v. Florida Marlins: 23-26, 7pm

v. Atlanta Braves: 27-29, 7pm, 3pm

New York City Football Club (Yankee Stadium)

v. Atlanta United: 25 Sept., 7pm

Stereolab is testing out some new music for its comeback. New Yorkers are the lucky rats… Stereoiab rats.


SongkickTicketfly or Bowery Presents

Tycho: 19 Sept., Central Park SummerStage

Mac DeMarco: 19 Sept., Brooklyn Steel

Bloc Party: 20 Sept., Central Park SummerStage

Fink: 20-21 Sept., RoughTrade

Josh Ritter: 21 Sept., Beacon Theatre

Lana Del Rey: 21 Sept., Jones Beach Theater @ Wantagh, NY

Cat Power: 22 Sept., Webster Hall

Conversations w/Nick Cave: 23 Sept., Town Hall

B-52s w/ OMD + Berlin: 24 Sept., Central Park SummerStage

Bastille: 24 Sept.,Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Teagan + Sara: 24 Sept., Murmrr, Brooklyn

The B-52s, OMD, Berlin: 24 Sept., SummerStage, Central Park

Jade Bird: 24 Sept., Webster Hall

Bastille: 24 Sept., Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Atlas Genius: 26 Sept, Hammerstein Ballroom

Stereolab: 27-28 Sept., Brooklyn Steel

Pharrell Williams: 28 Sept., Great Lawn at Central Park

Built to Spill: 30 Sept. + 1 Oct., Webster Hall; 3 Oct., Music Hall of W’burg

The running tagline around this exhibit is Good Will Painting, but that’s an easy trope. Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far With Brush, perhaps? Regardless, Gus Van Sant paints (!) and his watercolors are at Vito Schnabel Projects.


Gus Van Sant: Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard: an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist and auteur Gus Van Sant. Vito Schnabel Projects, thru 1 Nov.

Tokyo Pop UndergroundThe complex history of Japanese contemporary art from the 1960s to the present through the works of fourteen artists. Deitch Projects, thru 2 Nov.

Key Hiraga: Works 1958–1993:  A self-taught artist, Hiraga (1936–2000) is best known for canvases that fuse traditional Japanese techniques with Pop debauchery. Ortuzar Projects, thru 9 Nov.

Vija Celmins, To Fix the Image in MemoryA comprehensive view of Vija Celmins's career through a selection of approximately 120 works of her exquisitely wrought paintings. Met Breuer, thru 12 Jan.

Henry Chalfant: Art vs Transit:Recognized as one of the most significant documentarians of subway art, Chalfant’s photographs and films helped launch graffiti art into the international phenomenon. Bronx Museum,  26 Sept. thru 8 March 2020.

Judith Hopf, Alifi: Comprised of three different sculptural series — Walls, Tongues, and Pears — Hopf uses everyday construction materials to investigate the contemporary built environment. Metro Pictures,thru 5 Oct.

Photoville 2019A modular art venue built from re-purposed shipping containers, and a platform for photographers to exhibit. Brooklyn Bridge Park, thru 22 Sept.

Vera Paints a Scarf: From her label’s debut in 1942 to her death in 1993, Vera Neumann produced an iconic line of women's scarves all signed with a cursive “Vera” and stamped with a ladybug, as well as thousands of textile patterns based on her drawings, paintings, and collages. Museum of Art and Design, thru 2 Jan. 

Beyond the StreetsCelebrates society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with unprecedented purpose and scale. Beyond the Streets, Brooklyn, thru 29 Sept.

Loie Hollowell, Plumb LineAbstracting the human figure, Hollowell’s work explores the dualities of light, volume and scale, blurring the lines between the illusory and the real.Pace Gallery, thru 19 Oct.

Opening, Museum of Street ArtThe Museum of Street Art (MoSA) celebrates the reunion of artists, while resurrecting a significant and beloved New York graffiti landmark.189 Bowery, Details.

Aliza Nisenbaum, CoreografíasMexican-born and New York-based activist and painter Aliza Nisenbaum will present Coreografías, a new body of individual and group portrait paintings. Anton Kern Gallery, thru 2 Nov.

A genius on the pitch, Diego Maradona was a liability in Naples. See the film about the destruction of a soccer hero.


NYFF57he 57th annual New York Film Festival will introduce the most essential new cinematic works from around the world to U.S. audiences. Among others, see films likeThe Irishman, Scorsese’s epic of American crime; Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story about the rapid tangling and gradual untangling of abiding love; and Edward Norton’s adaptation of Lethem’s Motherless BrooklynFilm Society of Lincoln Center, 26 Sept. through 13 Oct. Films and Tickets.

DIego MaradonaOn 5 July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee and for seven years all hell broke loose. Cinema Village, East Village.

Illegal RoseRose, a disengaged, stuck-in-a-rut nurse, makes her daily stop at the convenience store after work and accidentally kidnaps Sylvie, a 9-year old runaway from the nearby ICE Detention Center. Cinema Village, East Village.

MonosA young group of soldiers and rebels keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson).  Angelika, West Village.

Where’s My Roy Cohn: One of the most controversial and influential American men of the 20th Century, Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker who helped mold the career of a young Queens real estate developer. Film Forum, SoHo.

Midnight TravelerThe Taliban in Afghanistan call for the death of Hassan Fazili, a filmmaker who, with his wife, runs Kabul’s Art Café, a progressive meeting place. The family (including two young daughters) begin a harrowing 3500-mile, 3-year journey to Hungary. Film Forum, SoHo.

Ms. PurpleAsian American sister and brother, Kasie and Carey, were raised and are now seemingly stuck in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Now, with their father on his death bed, the estranged Carey comes home to help Kasie care for him. Quad Cinema, West Village.