Notable New York, This Week 8/16 – 8/22


This week in New York Summer is Short, John Brandon makes a Citrus pit stop, Gary Shteyngart is Super Sad, MGMT is inspired by sex balls, Scott Pilgrim takes over as this week’s Saturday Movie Pick and The Comfort of Strangers is a noteworthy art exhibit.

TUESDAY 8/17: They’re the old news you never get tired of.  MGMT plays from their new album Congratulations to a sold out crowd. Frontman Andrew VanWyngarden claimed “Red-bellied salamander sex balls” were among the various inspirations for the tracks. Weird. Radio City. 8PM. $39.50.

WEDNESDAY 8/18: Shorts for Summer is among the pleas for our favorite season not to leave us.  Justin Taylor, Tim Johnston, Dylan Landis, and Mat Debenham read from their various short story collections. Housingworks Book Store and Café.  7PM. Free.

THURSDAY 8/19: McSweeney’s at McNally Jackson. John Brandon makes his one and only New York pit stop to read from his wonderfully fantastic novel, Citrus County, The Rumpus’s first book club selection.  The author is joined by fellow McSweeny’s writer Hilton Als. McNally Jackson. 7PM. Free.

Across the East River at BookCourt, Gary Shteyngart reads from his critically acclaimed novel Super Sad True Love Story. 7PM. Free.

FRIDAY 8/20: DJ Johnny Santos wows the crowd at a rare weekend night event. Join the Brazilian Boy Wonder at the Brooklyn Bowl. 9PM. Free.

SATURDAY MOVIE PICK: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

You’ve heard it a million times this week, “It’s something you’ve never seen before, blah, blah, blah.” Well guess what? It’s something you’ve never seen before so go geek out and watch this graphic novel come to life!

ART: The Comfort of Strangers

MoMA PS1 presents the third installment of their “Rotating Galleries” series.  “The Comfort of Strangers” is a collection of works from the 70’s and 80’s ranging from the usual to the strange, featuring works from Leslie Thornton.

Caitlin Colford is a New York City based actress and writer. She blogs short stories over at and is currently hard at work on her first novel "The Obituary Hunter." More from this author →