Happy September! I had such a relaxing Labor Day weekend that I couldn't get on the computer long enough to post this month's Social. It is unofficially the end of Summer - but if this month's events are any indication, the city isn't ready to slow down just yet! So check out what's happening this month (and last month too) and be sure to enjoy the remnants of the sunshine!
1. Fashion Week: September 5 - 12It is Fashion Week yet again with the Spring 2014 shows starting this week at Lincoln Center and beyond. Just like my advice last season, it doesn't matter if you have invites to shows or not - just head up to the plaza in front of Lincoln Center, plunk yourself by the fountain and people-watch till kingdom come.
2. Broadway/ Off-Broadway Week: September 2 - October 6
3. Feast of San Gennaro: September 12 - 22
4. Museum of the FIT - "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk": September 13 - January 4
5. New York City Ballet Fall Season: September 17 - October 13
After a streak of watching a show nearly every week, I haven't been on Broadway for ages. While my year-round cheap ticket source is usually TKTS and Student Rush, the 2 for 1 ticket promotion is one of the best deals the city has to offer. You can find tickets to popular shows like Wicked, Lion King, Annie, Phantom of the Opera - some of which are not discounted otherwise. On the off-Broadway front, ticket discounts are similar to what you can find at TKTS - but sans the long lines. Find the entire Broadway programme and purchase tickets here; and for off-Broadway here.
With excellent Italian cuisine available anywhere but here, this is the only time of year I spend more than 5 minutes in Little Italy - and so should you. The celebration of the patron saint of Naples lasts 11 days with the most important section, being food, located along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston. Save space for all the cannoli, fried dough and torrone you can indulge in but skip the pizza (unless they are from Rubirosa). Definitely walk right past the cheesy sideshow alley games. (Tip: if you are in the mood for a post-cannoli cocktail, grab a drink at nearby Mulberry Project).
Each Fashion Week usually coincides with an interesting exhibit at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. This season's exhibit will feature over 100 ensembles from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion - including pieces by Balenciaga, Versace, McQueen and Gaultier. The Museum is the first to showcase in detail the significant contributions made by the LGBT community over the past few hundred years. I know I have mentioned this before but the Museum of the FIT is my favourite in the city and the best part is, it's always free.
After a short break over the Summer, ballet season is upon us again. This season will showcase performances by the usual suspects (Martin, Wheeldon and Balanchine), as well as work by new contemporary choreographer, Angelin Preljocaj. Tickets and subscription details are available here. If you like to join me, I will be at the performances on Oct 6th and 9th!
6. Dance for Fall: September 16 - October 5
Besides the return of ballet, September sees more dance in the form of the Fall for Dance Festival at the New York City Center's grand stage over the course of 12 days. While tickets are priced at a reasonable $15, there will be two free evening performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on September 16 and 17. Get the performance schedule and ticket information here. Tip: don't miss Nrityagram and Les Ballet Trockadero!
7. DUMBO Arts Festival: September 27 - 29
The last weekend of September will see DUMBO hosting it's annual arts festival. There will various performances and art installations all around the neighbourhood. If anything, come around just to see breathtaking views of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, Jane's Carousel and the Manhattan skyline. For more information, visit the website here.
8. The Ship of Tolerance: September 27 - October 13
8. Museum of the Moving Image - From Mr. Chips to Scarface: July 26 to October 27
If you haven't jumped on the Breaking Bad bandwagon then you are severely missing out. Bryan Cranston's groundbreaking and Emmy-winning portrayal of the gentle-chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-producer is explored in this exhibit at this museum in Astoria, Queens. There will be costumes, props, snippets from the series and various behind-the-scene footage. This exhibit is a must-visit if you are a fan of the show. (Tip: while you are in the 'hood, visit the Queen's Kickshaw for the best grilled cheese that side of the East River)
Hope you have a wonderful September - Fall isn't here just yet!