BEAT Festival Opening Night
Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
200 Eastern Parkway
Bring your rhythm to the preview night of the weeklong performance arts celebration that begins Saturday (at Green-Wood Cemetery!). Aja Monet, Bed-Stuy Veterans, Shirel Jones and others will give you a taste of the event’s third year.
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Sept. 11-12, 8 p.m.
Town Hall,123 W. 43rd St.
The unlikely pairing of dance and talk radio come together in a collaboration between “This American Life” host Ira Glass and Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions. See radio interviews translated into dance and hear stories from the presenters.
Sept. 11-27, 8 p.m.
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 Fifth Ave., Park Slope
It’s the year 2032 and SoHo is not quite the same as we once knew it. The city’s been hit with a plague — symptoms include strange illusions when hearing music. Many believe it to be media propaganda, but an underground group is spreading the word that it is indeed real, with victims sharing their stories.
What you really need to survive in the news business is a sense of humor. Watch local reporters from TV and print perform a five-minute stand-up routine, judged by three professional comedians.
Sept. 16, 8 p.m.
61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
For all of you clock-wearing, 911-hating, power-fighting folks out there, your Tuesday night is looking pretty amazing. Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and the rest of the crew will be performing their politically charged, controversial music, which recently landed them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen St., 212-477-4155;
21+, Free, www.rockwoodmusichall.com
The Canadian alt-country trio and 2013 Juno Award winners will preview songs from their latest album, “Work and Love,” to be released Oct. 14. Steeped in three-part harmonies and retro instrumentation, the band’s eclectic sound translates into a live show that will leave you surprised it’s just three guys up on the stage. (Brian Horgea)
‘The Maze Runner’
Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Kaufmann Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Ave.
The latest dystopian YA novel to get a film adaptation, “The Maze Runner,” is like “The Hunger Games” meets “Lord of the Flies.” The film premieres Sept. 19, but you can get a sneak peek during a panel discussion with the film’s stars, “Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien and Jacob Latimore, and author James Dashner, who will sign books after the event.
Tenement Talks: Lou Di Palo
Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
103 Orchard St.
Lou Di Palo, owner of the Di Palo Selects grocer and deli on Grand Street, a fixture of Little Italy, discusses his new book, “Di Palo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy,” and the link between a neighborhood shop and its community. And because it’s a food talk, there will be tastings and Illy coffee.
Get schooled in film over a full day of screenings, Q&As and live music. Filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance, including Shawn Batey (“Changing Face of Harlem”), Jason Paul Laxamana (“Magkakabaung/The Coffin Maker”) and Nicolas Dolensky (“La Donna”).
Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Paper Box
17 Meadow St., Bushwick
Hang out with the folks from Electric Literature, Tumblr, PEN American Center and BuzzFeed Books at a party to kick off the third celebration of all things publishing. Drink, talk books and stay late — so everything you already do with a good book, but with people!