The September Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

School’s back but even if you’ve graduated from classrooms, New York will be full of learning this September. From espionage to paganism, get insight on your own terms with these upcoming talks and events.

Friday, September 1: Eat with your eyes at TasteMakers 3, an annual pop-up exhibition of food art.

Image: Mike Steele/Flickr

Saturday, September 2: Find out who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb (it’s not just Ulysses S.) on a special New York Adventure Club excursion. A National Park Ranger will provide insight into the murals, sculptures, and Civil War flags inside the largest mausoleum in America.

Sunday, September 3: Join Queens native Jason D. Antos, author of six books on Queens history, for an afternoon talk on Queens Then and Now. Q.E.D.

Monday, September 4: Dance your way over to the Guggenheim Museum for the performance of a commissioned work by American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin, in which dancers’ movements will be captured in real time and projected onto the walls of the museum’s iconic rotunda. Guggenheim Museum.

Tuesday, September 5: Spread your wings for this early morning bird walk through Central Park with two ornithologists from the Museum of Natural History. American Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday, September 6: Find the parallels between Gilead and modern-day America at this discussion on the all-too-prophetic nature of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the rise of the alt-right. Berg’n.

Thursday, September 7: Be with her–literally–as Hillary Clinton returns to public life to discuss her faith and the election with Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady. (Shillady contributed to Clinton’s new book, which collects 365 of the devotions from her long campaign season; the ticket price includes a copy of Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.) Riverside Church.

Friday, September 8: Program yourself to attend this conversation on the development of Artificial Intelligence–and whether our investment in it will bring about our own peril. Pioneer Works.

Saturday, September 9: Raise a glass 18th-century-style at this after-hours tour and tasting featuring colonial-era drinks. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Sunday, September 10: Search for equality in the art world at the Feminist Art Club, a female-centric tour through art history and workshop to create your own feminist art. Brainery Annex.

Monday, September 11: Shine a spotlight on theatre history with this tour of Times Square focused on the legendary career of producer and director Hal Prince–complete with a post-tour book signing with the man himself. The Strand.

Tuesday, September 12: Don’t get in a bind and miss this workshop on Watoji, or Japanese bookbinding, which gives participants the chance to create their own unique notebook or journal. Japan Society.

Wednesday, September 13: Travel “Black to the Future” with Think Olio and a look at the intersections of “Afrofuturism & Black Sci-Fi.” Cafe Erzulie.

Thursday, September 14: Write your way out to At Home in the World: On Writing, Immigration, and Belonging, a conversation with five authors on immigration and finding a home as a writer. The Center for Fiction.

Friday, September 15: Embrace your nerdy side at NerdNite, featuring presentations on ancient Egyptian cuisine, women and the Black Panthers, and the weird marketing of David Lynch’s Dune. Littlefield.

Saturday, September 16: Go underwater for Hudson River Park’s NYC Marine Science Festival, a family-friendly festival featuring hands-on activities, presentations by renowned scientists, “citizen science,” and more. Hudson River Park.

Sunday, September 17: Be covert at this event detailing George Washington’s reliance on spies in Lower Manhattan during the Revolutionary War. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

IMAGE CREDIT: Robert Wilson/Contour by Getty Images

Monday, September 18: There is nothing like a Dame, and you can see one of the most renowned ones in person as Dame Judi Dench appears to discuss her upcoming role as Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, September 19: Learn about paganism from Anthony Kronman as he discusses his new book, Confessions of a Born Again Pagan. 92nd Street Y.

Wednesday, September 20: Join the Atlas Obscura Society and climb aboard the  floating food forest Swale for an evening of herbal elixirs and the magical history of their ingredients.

Thursday, September 21: Discover a new tune at this discussion with journalist Hugh Wyatt on his new book Phoebe’s Fantasy: The Story of a Mafia Insider Who Helped Rescue Jazz and how foreign countries played a role in preserving the uniquely American art form and its black performers. Queens Library–Central Library.

Friday, September 22: Stand on your own at Finding Otherness: Developments in Independent Politics, a discussion with independent movement leader Jackie Salit on the political opportunities for those who feel left out of the mainstream conversation. NYU School of Law.

Saturday, September 23: Amuse yourself on this tour of Coney Island and the history behind the “People’s Playground.”

Sunday, September 24: Listen carefully at this deep listening workshop that aims to heighten your awareness of the sounds around you. Rubin Museum of Art.

Monday, September 25: Selflessly attend this conversation with Nobel-winning economist Muhammad Yunus on his radical notion for an economy that allows altruism to thrive as much as self-interest. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Tuesday, September 26: Hear from one of the country’s most powerful CEOs as Microsoft leader Satya Nadella appears in conversation with New York Times deputy managing editor Rebecca Blumenstein. Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, September 27: Hike up to the Rubin Museum of Art for a conversation with world-class alpinist Steve Swenson on his new book Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict, which details his experiences climbing in the Karakoram Range that spans India, Pakistan and China. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, September 28: Get yourself caught up on the latest in the Middle East with expert Bernard Haykel, who’ll look at shifts in Syria, ISIS, and the Saudi royal family. National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Friday, September 29: Go undercover for this discussion on the Jewish spies who secretly operated in New York City during the 20th century. 92nd Street Y.

Saturday, September 30: Discover the “8th wonder of the world” on this tour of the Brooklyn Bridge. New York Local Tours.

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