BEHIND THE SCENES
New York on Location
Sept. 21, 11 a.m.
Kaufman Astoria Studios
36 Street between 34 and 35 avenues, Astoria
Have you ever wondered what’s inside those filming trailers along your block? Kaufman Astoria Studios (home to productions as varied as “Orange Is the New Black” and “Sesame Street”) is opening up more than 20 working trailers on its new backlot; film and TV pros from stylists to stuntmen will discuss their roles on set (and how they got there).
Joy of Sake
Sept. 18, 6 p.m.
The Altman Building
135 W. 18th St.
In less than a decade, New York has doubled its sake drinking, so get on the bandwagon or find something new among the 370 varieties, including unfiltered namakaze and uber-traditional kimoto. And the classy setting means pairings are provided by 15 of the city’s best known restaurants (wd~50, 15 East).
‘There Will Be Blood’ with Live Score
Sept. 19-20, 8 p.m.
United Palace Theater
4140 Broadway, 212-568-6700
Catch the 2007 award-winning film that became an immediate classic — like you’ve never seen it before, with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood presenting the soundtrack live with a full orchestra. The only thing that could make this any cooler is if Daniel Day-Lewis showed up, sat down next to you and spent the film heckling the band.
Sept. 19, 1 p.m.
Lower Manhattan, 646-701-0039
Put on your topsiders and linen pants one last time to watch a multi-class regatta in New York Harbor. Board the Hornblower Hybrid for a front-row view
(with cocktails). After the race, get to Governors Island for Regatta Bash, with reggae music, Dark ‘n Stormies, oysters and more, all to benefit Harbor School, the city’s only public maritime high school.
ARTS & CRAFTS
World Maker Faire
Sept. 20-21, 10 a.m.
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona
The show-and-tell festival of hobbyist and professional art and tech enthusiasts celebrates creative types who put their minds to work in the service of science. Highlights include Game of Drones, a drone sports and combat zone, plus a life-size mousetrap and a Power Racing Series.
Sept. 19-21,6 p.m (Fri) 3 p.m. (Sat-Sun)
The Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th St., Sunset Park
Painters, sculptors, photographers and experimental mixed media artists will be spread throughout two buildings along the Sunset Park waterfront to offer a glimpse into more than 80 studios.
The Dandy Warhols
Sept. 20, 9 p.m.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St., 718-486-5400
The band has changed a bit in their 20 years, shifting from a lo-fi garage sound to Britpop on their major label debut “...The Dandy Warhols Come Down,” and fortunately continued to do so. “Bohemian Like You” probably earned them enough scratch to call it a day if they’d wanted, but luckily they’re still touring and coming through our town (with The Brian Jonestown Massacre).
Sept. 22, 8 p.m.
431 W. 16th St.
It may upset Jimmy Page that Robert Plant refuses to be part of a Led Zeppelin reunion, but with all of the
reunions, returns and straight-up old dudes trying to reclaim their past glory going around, who needs it? Lez Zeppelin, the all-female tribute band, would blow them out of the water anyway.
Literary Death Match
Sept. 18, 7:15 p.m.
2537 Broadway, 212-864-5400
Put on your spectacles — you’re about to witness a death match that involves a lot of reading and no weapons. Four authors, including best-selling author Julie Klam, 15-time Emmy-nominated writer Bill Scheft and award-winning author Rivka Galchen put up their literary dukes, each reading their own work for seven minutes or less while a cast of comedic judges, including Janeane Garofalo, let them have it.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Sept. 18-22, various times
The Bell House, 149 Seventh St. Union Hall, 702 Union St.
In addition to the usual star-studded cast of comedians, this year looks to be aiming to make science fun by including Neil DeGrasse Tyson (“Cosmos”) and Bill Nye “The Science Guy. Themed skits like “Gowanus Idol” and “You’re the Expert” are paired with fun activities like The Eye Contact Booth and a bouncy castle that comes with a therapist inside (so you can bounce your thoughts off them).
Hold on to Your Butts…
Sept. 21-23, various times
People Improv Theater, Striker Stage
123 E. 24th St., 212-563-7488
Can one ever really get enough of “Jurassic Park”? (OK, maybe a couple of the sequels weren’t so great.) But there’s a new one coming in 2015; until then, Kyle Schaefer, Nick Abeel and Kelsey Didion will perform a live shot-for-shot remake of the classic summer blockbuster.
Spiked Punch, Doo Wop & Big Hair!
Sept. 20, 10 p.m.
Kings County Saloon
1 Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick
Party like your grandparents at this ’50s prom night party with an Under the Sea theme: think “Grease” meets “The Little Mermaid,” or Elvis Presley going for a swim. Live music by Bandits on the Run and Old Man Rinkin, plus DJs spinning doo-wop, Motown and classics from high school dances of yore. Watch out for time travelers!
Bike Tour of Lower Manhattan & Williamsburg Rooftops
Sept. 20, 11:45 a.m.
Waterfront Bicycle Shop,391 West St.
Remember in “E.T.” when Elliot and his pals are riding their bikes through the sky? Well, this isn’t exactly like that, but it’s still pretty cool. Explore some of lower Manhattan and Williamsburg’s lesser-known rooftops while riding your bike, have lunch at Smorgasburg and top it all off with drinks and amazing views of Manhattan. Eat your Wheaties because this is a three-hour tour. Helmet required, and bike rentals are available.