Taste the latest in craft coffee, Mae West's 'Sex' returns and more things to do in NYC - Metro US

Taste the latest in craft coffee, Mae West’s ‘Sex’ returns and more things to do in NYC



New York Burlesque Festival

They’ve literally made an art of taking off their clothes, and the best of the best burlesque dancers come together to celebrate their performance discipline for four nights, for the 14th year, in venues like The Bell House, Brooklyn Bowl and Highline Ballroom. In addition to performances, there are also parties, panels, a marketplace and the Golden Pastie Awards. Featured performers include Angie Pontani, Poison Ivory and Calamity Chang, plus an appearance by Murray Hill. Sept. 29-Oct. 2, multiple venues, free-$70


“Mae West’s Sex”

When it came to Broadway, Mae West’s “Sex” was deemed so racy that it got the notorious starlet jailed on “morals charges.” Based in Montreal’s Red Light District and exploring a prostitute’s life, the story might have been scandalous for 1926 — but what about today? Find out why the play sparked so much ire and just how progressive we’ve become as the Dirty Blondes present four staged readings, followed by talkbacks and receptions. Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Under St. Mark’s, 94 St. Mark’s, $17


New York Craft Coffee Fest

We’re living in the golden age of coffee, but there’s always some new technique or varietal to discover. At Villain in Williamsburg, 20 roasters and coffee shops bring their best products for you to sample, introducing you to rare flavor profiles you won’t just find in your corner cafe. Entertainment is by Ida Blue, DJ Joe Crisp and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Oct. 1, Villain, 50 N. Third St., $35-$45


Pig & Goat Roast

Three restaurants — Sycamore Flowershop & Bar, Insa Brooklyn and Fleisher’s Craft Butchery — come together to keep cookout season going by roasting whole animals over a fire pit. In addition to all the meat you can eat, your ticket gets you a pint and raffle ticket. You can purchase more entries for prizes like karaoke classes or butcher knives to benefit Heritage Foods’ No Goat Left Behind Act, which is a real thing. Oct. 1, Sycamore Flowershop & Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Road, $30


The Meadows Music & Arts Festival

From the people who brought you Governors Ball comes an entirely new music festival for fall, The Meadows, a two-day event at Citi Field. Performers include Kanye West, Grimes, Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, Cage the Elephant, Savages, World’s Fair and Miami Horror. The food’s not too shabby either, from the likes of Ramen Burger, Dough, Luke’s Lobster and Friterie. Oct. 1-2, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, $115-$1,600


Grub Street Food Festival

The Hester Street Fair goes gourmet this weekend with this seventh annual food fest that gathers rows and rows of local food and drink vendors together in one place on the Lower East Side, accompanied by live music all afternoon. It’s free to stroll through — pay only for whatever catches your fancy from over 50 participants including Cafe Grumpy, Oaxaca Taqueria, Seoul Pancake, Yumpling, Melt Bakery and Bao Baos. Seating areas include picnic tables and the Heineken Beer Garden. Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Hester Street at Essex, free



Williamsburg is getting in on the Oktoberfest action with 12 nights of live music and German-themed food and drink specials all month long. Starting Saturday with the Sunny Side Social Club playing “soulful accordion,” you can enter for $15 and order a la carte or spend $35 to include the Wurst Platter filled with spaetzle, knockwurst, weisswurst, cabbage, pickles and pretzel bread. Or try the $35 Beer Boot Special in a one-liter souvenir glass with $10 refills. Oct. 1-Oct. 31, The Hall at MP, 470 Driggs Ave., $15-$35


Real Housewife Sonja Morgan in “Sex Tips”

For a limited time, Sonja Morgan from “The Real Housewives of NYC” (aka the one who tried to sell a toaster oven with her face on it) will be joining the cast of “Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man,” now in its third year off-Broadway. In her very first stage role, she’ll be playing a frigid woman who’s finally learning to lust. Sure, Sonja. Oct. 1-22, The 777 Theatre, 777 Eighth Ave., $69.95-$79.95


Chile Pepper Festival

The sun may no longer be scorching (thank goodness), but you can still feel the heat at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this Saturday. Not only can you sample hot sauces crafted locally and coveted nationwide, you can also sample exotic spices and chile-chocolates from a total of 62 food artisans. Plus, six bands will be keeping the stages hot all day with Moroccan, African, Cuban and Latin sounds. Your ticket also lets you explore the grounds, attend talks and browse cookbooks. Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, $15-$20


Green-Wood Mausoleum Tour

You may be too late to snag tickets to the uber-popular Into the Veil exploration by Atlas Obscura at Green-Wood Cemetery, but you can still get into the spirit of the spooky season when the historic spot opens a dozen of its mausoleums for self-guided tours, as well as the popular (and rarely seen) catacombs. Guides will be on hand at each site to provide an overview of the people at rest in each location and the memorabilia they took with them into the afterlife. Feel like Halloween yet? Oct. 1, noon-4 p.m., Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th St. at Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, $25

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