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Multiple locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan
October 5-12, free - $249

Fretting because you didn’t get your New York Comic-Con tickets in time and it’s completely sold out now? The vast popularity of NYCC has led to New York Super Week, with related special events beginning on Monday and running for eight days. There are more than eighty panels, concerts, trivia contests, movie screenings, comedy shows, social media parties, and other geek gatherings, with appearances by the likes of Kevin Smith, Masashi Kishimoto, Seth Green, Janeane Garofalo, Kristian Nairn, Finn Jones, Danny Fingeroth, Justin Guarini, Larry Fessenden, and John Hodgman. Below are only some of the many highlights.

Monday, October 5
Celebrity Karaoke: An Epic Evening with the Stars, with Deborah Cox, Justin Guarini, Tony Vincent, and Alex Brightman, Hard Rock Café, $25-$40, 7:00

Playing a Superhero: Privilege or Curse?, with Mark Editz, author of How to Be a Superhero, the Learning and Media Center at the DiMenna Center, $8, 7:15

Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Attack of the Khan, with DJ Benhameen, Tatiana King Jones, Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, and Quelle Chris, Benzaquen Hall at the DiMenna Center, 410, 7:15

Tuesday, October 6
The Best American Comics 2015, with Bill Kartalopoulus, the Strand, free with suggested purchase of book or $15 gift card, 7:00

Running Late with Scott Rogowsky: Brooklyn’s Live Late Night Comedy Talk Show, with Horatio Sanz, Impractical Jokers “Sal” Vulcano & Brian “Q” Quinn, Budd Mishkin, Dale Seever, and Here We Go Magic, Littlefield, $10-$20, 9:00

Wednesday, October 7
Comics and Jews: Panel and Auction, with Danny Fingeroth, Paul Levitz, Arie Kaplan, and Paul Kupperberg, hosted by Karen Green, Center for Jewish History, $10, 6:30

Meet the Creator of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto, discussion, Q&A, and signing with Masashi Kushimoto, Apple Store SoHo, free, 7:00

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Thursday, October 8
Robot Chicken Season 8 Party, with Seth Green and Matt Senreich, Brooklyn Bowl, free with RSVP, 6:00 – 10:00

Uptown Showdown: Superheroes vs. Villains, with Janeane Garofalo, Travon Free, Jessica Delfino, Michael Hartney, Nick Turner, and Joe Garden, Symphony Space, $15, 8:00

Twentieth anniversary screening of Habit (Larry Fessenden, 1985), with Larry Fessenden and cast members in person, part of weeklong thirtieth anniversary celebration of Glass Eye Pix, IFC Center, $14, 9:00

Friday, October 9
A Night of Ice and Fire, Featuring Kristian Nairn, Finn Jones, and More, Hard Rock Café, $45, 8:00

The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: POW! Sparks Nevada Live, with Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin, Janet Varney, Scott Adsit, and special guests, Littlefield, $15-$50, 10:00

Saturday, October 10
Hollywood Babble On Live! with Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith, Hammerstein Ballroom, $20-$60, 7:30

Comic Con Vixens II, with Topher Bousquet, Hazel Honeysuckle, Dangrrr Doll, Bastard Keith, Tiger Bay, Rosey la Rouge, Puss N’ Boots, and Lux La Croix, Hard Rock Café, $25-$75, 10:00

Sunday, October 11
PressPlayNYC, with Christian Leave, Tina Woods, Sigh Mike, Drew Phillips, Joey Kidney, Taylor Baxter, Chase Goehring, Alex Reininga, Pierson Oglesby, Tyler White, Dakota Brooks, Wes Finn, Chris O’Flyng, Cody Ryle, and Steffan Argus, Hammerstein Ballroom, $35-$249, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

We Got This Live! with Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin, John Hodgman, and Carter Parton Rogers, (le) poisson rouge, $15, 8:00

Monday, October 12
New York premiere of Wagakkiband Concert Movie (avex music creative, 2014), IFC Center, $14, 7:30



Who: Orlando Ferrand, Sabine Heinlein, Vasyl Makhno, Elyssa Goodman, and Oriana Leckert
What: Miss Manhattan and Brooklyn Spaces Present: To the 5 Boroughs
Where: Niagara Bar, 112 Ave. A at Seventh St., 212-420-9517
When: Monday, October 5, free, 7:45
Why: Taking its name from the 2004 Beastie Boys album To the 5 Boroughs, which features such tracks as “Ch-Check It Out,” “Shazam!,” and “An Open Letter to NYC,” To the 5 Boroughs is a free evening of nonfiction readings, hosted by Elyssa Goodman of Miss Manhattan and Oriana Leckert of Brooklyn Spaces, who has been lured across the East River for this event. The three readers are Orlando Ferrand (Apologia: Cuban Childhood in My Backpack, Citywalker), Sabine Heinlein (Among Murderers: Life After Prison), and Vasyl Makhno (Winter Letters, The Gertrude Stein Memorial Cultural and Recreation Park). Why should you go? Because as the Beasties famously declared in “An Open Letter to NYC,” “Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten / From the Battery to the top of Manhattan / Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin / Black, White, New York, you make it happen.”


Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway at Washington St.
Saturday, October 3, free, 5:00 - 11:00

The Brooklyn Museum’s October free First Saturday program pays tribute to National Hispanic Heritage Month — which actually runs September 15 to October 15 — on October 3, kicking things off with a performance by Garifuna traditionalist Aurelio Martínez, who is not only a singer-songwriter but was the first black member of Honduras’s National Congress. Known simply as Aurelio, he will be highlighting songs from his latest record, 2014’s Lándini, which includes such tracks as “Sañanaru,” “Milaguru,” and “Durugubei Mani.” (You can sample the songs here; Aurelio will also be playing a free show at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on October 15.) First Saturday also features live performances by Danza Fiesta: Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueno, DJ duo iBomba (DJ Beto and DJ Ushka), the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, the Humberto Ramírez Quintent, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Cave Canem poets Willie Perdomo, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Rio Cortez. In addition, Richard Aste and Edward J. Sullivan will lead a curator talk on the new exhibition “Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World,” art workshops will teach participants how to paint still lifes like Francisco Oller, you can settle in for a game of dominoes, Raquel Cepeda will read from and discuss her most recent book, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, with her husband, Sacha Jenkins, and children are invited to sing and dance to Spanish and English songs with ¡Acopladitos! And the galleries are open late so you can check out such other exhibitions as “The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” “Kara Walker: ‘African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas),’” “KAWS: ALONG THE WAY,” and “Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence.”


(photo by Brigitte Sire)

The recently reunited Sleater-Kinney will sit down with Dana Goodyear at 2015 New Yorker Festival (photo by Brigitte Sire)

Multiple venues
October 2-4, $40-$45

Sure, programs with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sigourney Weaver, Jim Gaffigan, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Toni Morrison, Larry Wilmore, Trey Anastasio, Junot Díaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Malcolm Gladwell are already sold out, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some pretty cool events you can check out at this year’s New Yorker Festival. Taking place October 2-4 at such locations as the Directors Guild Theatre, SIR Stage37, the Gramercy Theatre, One World Trade Center, and the SVA Theatre, the three-day series of discussions, interviews, preview film screenings, theatrical sneak peeks, and special presentations examines contemporary culture as only the New Yorker can. Talk isn’t necessarily cheap; it will cost you $40-$45 to see chats with Andrew Jarecki, Don DeLillo, HAIM, Ellie Kemper, Jason Segel, Jeffrey Tambor, Jesse Eisenberg, Marc Maron, Reggie Watts, Sleater-Kinney, Adam Driver, Julianna Margulies, and Zaha Hadid in addition to the below highlights.

Friday, October 2
Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists, with Liana Finck, Emily Flake, Mort Gerberg, and Robert Mankoff, moderated by Roz Chast, Directors Guild Theatre, $45, 9:30

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Talk with Emily Nussbaum, SVA Theatre 1, $45, 10:00

The New R&B, with Azekel Adesuyi, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, and Kelela, moderated by Andrew Marantz, Gramercy Theatre, $45, 10:00

Saturday, October 3
Larry Kramer talks with Calvin Trillin, SVA Theatre 2, $40, 10:00 am

Justice Delayed, with Shawn Armbrust, Tyrone Hood, Patrick Quinn, and Ken Thompson, moderated by Nicholas Schmidle, Directors Guild Theatre, $40, 10:00 am

Creating Complicated Characters, with Joshua Ferris, Yiyun Li, and Lionel Shriver, moderated by Willing Davidson, Gramercy Theatre, $40, 1:00

Sneak Preview: The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent, followed by a conversation between Judith Thurman and director Nicholas Hytner, Directors Guild Theatre, $45, 6:30

Sunday, October 4
Cleo: A reading of Lawrence Wright’s new play, directed by Bob Balaban, with Damian Lewis as Richard Burton, Directors Guild Theatre, $40, 11:00 am

Congressman John Lewis talks with David Remnick, Directors Guild Theatre, $40, 2:00

JR talks with Françoise Mouly, Gramercy Theatre, $40, 2:30


Lovers of all things literature will flock to Brooklyn this year for tenth annual Brooklyn Book Festival

Lovers of all things literature will flock to Brooklyn this weekend for tenth annual Brooklyn Book Festival

Children’s Day: Saturday, September 19, MetroTech Commons, free, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brooklyn Book Festival: Sunday, September 20, Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, free, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a full slate of special events this weekend, beginning on Saturday as Children’s Day takes over MetroTech Commons with more than forty authors participating, followed on Sunday with more than 250 writers around Borough Hall. There will be plenty of booths and signings, with lots of books for sale. In addition, there will be such bookend and satellite programs as “Kevin Geeks Out About the Apocalypse” on Thursday at Nitehawk Cinema, “Granta Presents . . .” on Friday at BookCourt with Tracy O’Neill, Greg Jackson, Jesse Ball, Peter Gizzi, A. M. Homes, and moderator Sigrid Rausing, “Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure with Author Nadja Spiegelman” on Saturday at the New York Transit Museum, “Strings and Slams” on Sunday in Brooklyn Bridge Park with poets Liza Jessie Peterson and Tongo Eisen-Martin performing to live music by violinists Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo, and “Net Lit Unlimited” on Monday at the Goethe-Institut with Geoff Mack, Eric Becker, and Katy Derbyshire. Below are only some of the many events honoring the rich literary tradition of the greatest borough in the world.

Saturday, September 19
What Are You Waiting For? Kevin Henkes in Conversation with Jon Scieszka, followed by a Q&A and book signing, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Auditorium, 10:00 am

Where We Belong, with R. J. Palacio, Kat Yeh, and Corey Ann Haydu, moderated by Andrew Harwell, Young Readers Stage, 11:00 am

What a Character!, with Abby Hanlon, Lenore Look, and Jon Scieszka, moderated by Anica Rissi, Young Readers Stage, 12 noon

Readers Theatre of Mystery and Magic, with Chris Grabenstein, Tracey Baptiste, Emily Jenkins, and Sarah Mlynowski, moderated by Adam Gidwitz, Young Readers Stage, 1:00

Do You Dig Worms?!, with Kevin McCloskey, Workshop Spot, fourth floor, NYU MetroTech Center, 2:00

Illustrators in Action, live-action drawing competition with Kevin Sherry, Kazu Kibuishi, George O’Connor, Aimee Sicuro, Frank Morrison, and Raúl Colón, moderated by Ayun Halliday, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Auditorium, 3:00

Sunday, September 20
Pen American Center Presents: The Words Your Children Cannot Read, with Matt de La Peña, Libba Bray, Robie Harris, and Christopher Myers, Main Stage, Columbus Park, 10:00 am

The Writer’s Life, with Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Greenman, and Pico Iyer, moderated by Elissa Schappell, St. Francis College Auditorium, 11:00 am

Concrete Jungle — Where Dreams Are Made, with John Leguizamo and Jonathan Lethem, moderated by Steph Opitz, St. Francis College Auditorium, 12 noon

Modern Families, with Kate Bolick, Augusten Burroughs, and Robert Christgau, moderated by Lisa Lucas, North Stage, Cadman Plaza East, 1:00

Redrawing Boundaries, with Eduardo Halfon, Geoff Dyer, and Francine Prose, moderated by Ryan Chapman, St. Francis College Auditorium, 2:00

Retribution, with Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, and Nina Revoyr, moderated by Clay Smith, St. Francis College Auditorium, 3:00

David Simon and Nelson George in Conversation, moderated by Farai Chideya, Main Stage, Columbus Park, 4:00

Brooklyn Places and Spaces, with Arabella Bowen and Oriana Leckert, moderated by Carlo Scissura, Main Stage, Columbus Park, 5:00


spine out

Who: Kass Morgan, Danielle Paige, Seth Rudetsky, Joy Peskin, Susan Shapiro, and Emmy Laybourne
What: “Spine Out: Novelists Read Personal Essays”
Where: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., 212 219-0736
When: Thursday, September 17, $12-$18, 7:30
Why: Dixon Place’s quarterly literary series, “Spine Out,” returns on September 17 with an impressive lineup of authors reading intimate personal essays: Kass Morgan (the 100 series), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Seth Rudetsky (The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek), editor Joy Peskin, Susan Shapiro (Five Men Who Broke My Heart, What’s Never Said), and Emmy Laybourne (Sweet, Monument 14). “There are a lot of storytelling shows in NYC — this isn’t one of them,” host Laybourne explains in a statement. “This is bestselling novelists reading finely crafted essays. We give the authors a stage and they let their inner David Sedaris shine.”


Spoken-word performances will take place under Teresita Fernández’s “Fata Morgana” installation in Madison Square Park on September 17 (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Spoken-word performances will take place under Teresita Fernández’s “Fata Morgana” installation in Madison Square Park on September 17 (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Madison Square Park
23rd to 26th Sts. between Madison & Fifth Aves.
Thursday, September 17, free, 6:00
Installation continues through winter 2015-16

We still haven’t made up our mind about American artist Teresita Fernández’s “Fata Morgana,” a five-hundred-foot-long sculpture winding through the walkways of Madison Square Park. Consisting of canopies of mirror-polished discs with small sections cut out of them resembling clouds or leaves, the work blocks the otherwise 6.2-acre open area’s access to the sky, creating a claustrophobic feeling despite very cool reflections above and intriguing shadowy forms below. “By hovering over the park in a horizontal band, ‘Fata Morgana’ becomes a ghostlike, sculptural, luminous mirage that both distorts the landscape and radiates golden light,” Fernández explains on the Mad. Sq. Art website. In conjunction with the site-specific installation, the park is hosting a number of special events, so maybe that will shed more light on the project. On Thursday, September 17, “Poetry under ‘Fata Morgana’” will feature spoken-word performances by Sandra María Esteves, Bonafide Rojas, Machete Movement, True, and Emanuel Xavier, who curated the program with Fernández as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Among the other free September events in Madison Square Park are Mad. Sq. Reads with Sophie McManus (September 17, 12:30), the Studio Series: Time & Luck Quartet and Kristin Diable (September 19, 3:00), Singapore: Inside Out (September 23-27), and Mad. Sq. Reads with Amanda Lee Koe and Jenny Zang (September 24, 12:30).