Alexo Wandael photographed notables in NYC's Italian immigrant community. Credit: Nicoletta Santoro
Italiany Sept. 4-26, 10 a.m. New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo 24 W. 12th St. Free, www.casaitaliananyu.org
Photographer Alexo Wandael turns the lens of his camera, usually devoted to fine art and fashion, on his own Italian community for this portrait exhibit put on by Peroni. See some of the city's most notable Italians, like the American Ballet Theater's Alessandra Ferri and jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno, and learn about their personal stories of immigration.
This week was Beyonce's birthday, and she couldn't very well send out invitations because the whole world would want to come. So Calamity Chang and co. are throwing a burlesque bash to celebrate her, with a night of "innovative and empowering performances" and, because it's a birthday party, cupcakes. Bring your sex-positiver attitude (you better to an event with raffle prizes that include Babeland swag).
What began as a small gathering of friends with a taste for the finer things in life (Hennessy and fried chicken) is now a party for anyone to attend this Saturday in Bushwick. The all-day party will have all-you-can-drink Hennessy, and DJs Austin Millz and DJ Meka of 2 Dope Boyz keeping things lively.
Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint Sept. 7, 1 p.m. East River Park 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg $25-$45, www.tastewg.com
Drinks and bites from over 40 of Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s best restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries including Cafe Colette, Le Barricou, Teddy's Bar and Grill, Black Bear Bar and more. Live music curated by Rough Trade includes Ben Fields, Son Little and Jack + Eliza. Get your food, drink and dance on down by the river.
Brooklyn Music Festival Sept. 7, 2 p.m. Commodore Barry Park 266 Nassau St., Fort Greene Free, www.tbkmf.com
Celebrate Brooklyn with a roster as diverse as the borough itself! Catch acts like (I am) Isis, The Paisley Fields, BU Marching Band, Prayala and Ty Black while reveling in the gorgeous early September weather. Admission is free but donations for Brooklyn Community Services will be accepted at the gate — show some love, the Brooklyn way.