Notable New York, This Week 9/13 – 9/19


This week in New York The Rumpus hosts The Summer Shake Down, Tony Blair takes us on his Journey, Tom McCarthy reads from C, James Ellroy releases The Hilliker Curse, Neal Pollack Stretches, It’s Kind of a Funny Story screens at BAM, Brooklyn Bowl rocks for $5, art is for Supper, Clown around on Sunday, and Dahn Vo unveils his first exhibit in the states.

Monday 13th: Join The Rumpus family and some of our favorites to bid adieu to summer. Comedian MICHAEL SHOWALTER and JESSI KLEIN, readings by NICK FLYNN, SARA MARCUS, HILTON ALS, and CORRINA BAIN and a musical performance by FRANKIE ROSE AND THE OUTS. Stephen Elliott hosts The Summer Shake Down at Death By Audio in Williamsburg. Get your advanced tickets here!  7PM-10PM. $8

Tuesday 14th: Katie Couric moderates a discussion with former British prime minister Tony Blair about his memoir, A Journey: My Political Life. 92nd Street Y. 8PM. $50 & $75.

Tom McCarthy is back after his 2007 breakout, Remainder, with his latest C.  BookCourt.  7PM. Free.

Wednesday 15th: Crime-Drama writer James Ellroy, L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia, reads from his new thriller The Hilliker Curse. Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St. 7PM. Free.

Over in Brooklyn the never disappointing Neal Pollack reads from Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude. The powerhouse Arena 7PM. Free.

Thursday 16th: BAM Rose Cinemas hosts an early screening of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story before it hits theatres next month. The film, based on the young adult novel by Ned Vizzini of the same name, has a lot of pre-release buzz, check it out before your friends. 7PM. $12.

Friday 17th: Nothing better than cheap music. Brooklyn Bowl presents Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds. Rock out at 9PM for $5.

Saturday 18th: Bring some soup and give back to the community by eating art. Third Ward hosts The Last Supper Festival 2010 with the appropriate theme of “Self Made,” featuring film, music, writing, and yes, edible art. All proceeds go to the Food Bank for NYC. 6PM. $10 with 3+ cans for donation to The Food Bank for NYC/$15 without.

Sunday 19th: Face your worst fear at The NY Clown Theater Festival. At 3PM hear a history of clown apparel and costumes, and at 5PM spend your evening with a bunch of clowns.
The Brick Theatre, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. $15.

ART: Dahn Vo has his first exhibit in the states “AutoErotic Asphyxiation” through November 6th, revisiting haunting photographs from Vietnam in 1966. Artists Space. 38 Greene Street. Tue-Sat noon-6pm


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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 →