Shepard Fairey, ‘On Our Hands’
Sept. 17-Oct. 24
Jacob Lewis Gallery, 521 W. 26th St., 4th floor
The anti-establishment artist probably best known for his Hope poster of President Barack Obama is bringing a new solo exhibit to NYC for the first time since 2010. His paintings are still political, namely corruption and climate change, but most sinisterly corporate influence on government. More of his current works are on view at Pace Prints, one floor below the gallery.
Harvest in the Square
Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Union Square, North Plaza
Fall is perhaps the best time to cruise the booths that line Union Square looking for locally grown treats like cider donuts and hand-picked fruit. But the pique event of the season – if not the year – comes with Harvest in the Square, a festival dedicated to the very best of food and wine. This year is the event’s 17 th anniversary, featuring samples from over 30 restaurants and 13 vineyards. Tickets start at $125, with VIP access and early entry at $400; all proceeds go toward maintaining Union Square Park.
Back-to-School Haiti Fundraiser
Sept. 17, 7-11 p.m.
The Wooly, 11 Barclay St.
Help built a school for adults in Haiti while enjoying drinks (your ticket includes a beer, a cocktail and one extra drink ticket), food and dancing to music by the Underground Horns and a set by DJ Joybonix. There will be a raffle for some otherwise unwinnable items, like tickets to the Global Citizen Festival.
Pam Ann: ‘Queen of the Sky’
Sept. 18-19, 8 p.m.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Ave.
Known for her sharp tongue and on-point style, Pam Ann is your air hostess extraordinaire. Before jetting off for a comedy tour in the U.K., one of comedy’s fiercest personas will spend a layover at Joe’s Pub with her new show, “Queen of the Sky.”
Coney Island Film Festival
Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave.
We’ve all felt like a sideshow act at some point, and nowhere is that unifying force more celebrated than Coney Island. The indie cinema lineup of 107 shorts and full-length films from all over the country all celebrate the essence of Coney Island. The film festival raises money to support the seaside communities, with a wild opening night on Friday that you won’t want to miss, featuring sideshow acts, burlesque, catering and a two-hour open bar for just $25.
Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn
As unappealing as “leftover salmon” sounds, that’s equally as appealing as the band, Leftover Salmon, actually is. The six-person band is no stranger to the jam scene; they’re actually known for inventing “slamgrass,” the mix of rock and bluegrass, and they’re also on their way to making “jamgrass” a thing. Wordplay isn’t their greatest strength, however – that would be music. And you can see it for yourself this Friday at Brooklyn Bowl, when Leftover Salmon plays along with to-be-announced special guests.
Gentlemen Party Presents: Big Dumb Art
Sept. 19 & 26, 9:30 p.m.
People’s Improv Theater, 123 E. 24 th St.
If you’ve been to the People’s Improv Theater in the past five years, and you were laughing your ass off, you might have been seeing a show by comedy stage mainstay Gentlemen Party. They’re back this month on two dates with a new show, “Big Dumb Art,” which takes every sarcastic comment you’ve ever had at a fancy art showcase and turns them into too-honest comedy gold, skewering the idea of snobby art attitudes (which, thankfully, never crop up in improv).
Brooklyn Book Festival
Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
One day, eight hours, 90 performances dedicated to the written word: The Brooklyn Books Festival – New York’s largest literary event – returns this weekend. Now celebrating its 10 th anniversary, the event includes performances, readings, lectures and every writing tutorials for everything from poetry to comic books and from historical fiction to essays. Best of all, everything is free; of course, donations are welcome. Additional “bookend” events, like a children’s reading day, run from Sept. 17-21.
Sept. 20, Noon-5 p.m.
Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street
The Upper East Side’s ultimate community center is spilling out into the street this weekend, with live music, dancing, a kids area hosted by American Girl, plus raffles for tickets to 92Y classes and events.
The Big Emmys Quiz Thing
Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker St.
Dust off your most red carpet-worthy thinking cap: Multimedia trivia night, The Big Quiz Thing, returns to Le Poisson Rouge this weekend for a special edition in honor of the 2015 Emmy Awards. The first-ever Big Emmys Quiz Thing will make for a unique pre-show event, starting ahead of the telecast at 6 p.m. Of course the trivia topics will be all about TV, and the prizes will be more glamorous than ever. Stay to watch the awards; Quizmaster EdP will continue to lob trivia at the audience during commercial breaks.
The Internet Disagrees: ‘Hashtag This’
Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
The Creek and Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Queens
This once-a-month improv show by up-and-comers The Internet Disagrees takes on social media with “Hashtag This.” Because if you’re not laughing about Facebook and Twitter, you’re probably crying.
PlayLabs Reading Series
Sept. 21 & 28, Oct. 5; 7 p.m.
Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St.
Be among the first to hear what some of today’s best playwrights are working on by attending the annual PlayLabs reading series. Established voices like MCC Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute and Ren Dara Santiago are joined by emerging talent Stephen Brown for readings of their latest works. Ticket prices include meet-and-greet wine receptions after each performance.
Company XIV’s ‘Cinderella’
Sept. 22-Nov. 15
Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane
Next Tuesday, “Cinderella” officially kicks off the 2015-16 season for NYC’s most scandalous theater troupe, Company XIV. Adults-only performances feature actors in baroque-inspired settings wearing only lingerie—or less—providing a new, naughty perspective on fairy tale favorites. This season offers three shows: “Cinderella,” “Nutcracker Rouge” and “Snow White.” Running at Minetta Lane Theatre, the shows merge fashion, nightlife, burlesque, music and theater for a one-of-a-kind story time experience.