Notable New York, This Week 9/28-10/4


This week in New York, Charles Simic reads, Spin Mag hosts Salman Rushdie, The New York Film Festival opens, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in Peter Sellars’ production of Othello and Robert Lepage’s “Mindblowing” Lipsynch begins at BAM.

Monday, September 28, 2009 – Sunday, October 4, 2009

Monday 9/28: Tosca. The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Puccini’s drama makes its house debut. You can see this classic and almost all other Met operas for $20. Metropolitan Opera House Lincoln Center.

Tuesday 9/29: Othello: Presented by The Public Theater and LABrynth Theater Company – Internationally acclaimed director Peter Sellars’ contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz. NYU Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Sq. So.)

Nick Hornby Reads at Barnes & Noble in Gramercy. 7pm. Free.

New York Film Festival: The Art of the Steal: “Don Argott’s “Art of the Steal,” energetically traces the history and scandals surrounding the Barnes Foundation, home to one of the world’s most celebrated collections of modern art.” A Sundance Selects release. 9:15pm. The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

John Wray and Eileen Myles read at Dixon Place, (Chrystie St. bet. Delancey and Rivington). 7:30pm. $6.

Wednesday 9/30: Open City Reading Series at KGB: Readings by Mohammed Naseehu Ali, author of The Prophet of Zongo Street, poet Cynthia Kraman and Zachary Lazar whose forthcoming memoir revisits his father’s murder in Las Vegas in the 1970s. KGB Bar (4th St. bet. Bowery and 2nd Ave.) Free.

Code 46 and 24-Hour Party People: Double feature by Michael Winterbottom. The first starring Tim Robbins, the second about the Factory record label that gave rise to Joy Division stars Steve Coogan. 92YTribeca. 7pm.

Thursday 10/1: The 92nd Street Y kicks off its Main Reading Series with an evening with former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Charles Simic and poet, playwright and translator Simon Armitage.

Salman Rushdie reads at a benefit hosted by Spin Magazine. The band Dredg performs songs inspired by a Rushdie essay. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (Soho: Crosby bet. Houston and Prince). 7pm. $25.

New York Film Festival: LebanonWinner of the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival, “Samuel Maoz’s extraordinary military drama is based on the director’s own experiences serving in the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon war.” The Film Society of Lincoln Center. 9:30pm.

Friday 10/2: Django Rheinhardt Festival. Veveritse Brass Band, and Howard Alden with Anat Cohen pay homage to Gypsy-jazz virtuoso Django Reinhardt. Jalopy Theater in Red Hook. 8pm.

Saturday 10/3: All Day Marathon of Robert Lepage’s LipsynchPart of BAM’s Next Wave Festival – “Epic and global in scope, modern theater maestro Robert Lepage’s marvelous, funny, and intensely moving Lipsynch pushes the boundaries of stage narrative, taking audiences on a riveting theatrical journey.”

New York Film Festival – The “Avant Garde Program” is a selection of short films focused around a director or theme. Avant Garde Program 2 (12:00pm); Avant Garde Program 3 (3:00pm). The Film Society at Lincoln Center.

Simen Johan photography exhibit, “Until the Kingdom Comes.” Yossi Milo Gallery (525 W. 25th St.).

Sunday 10/4: Another opportunity to see the all-day marathon of Robert Lepage’s Lipsynch at BAM.


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Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →