Arts & Entertainment - Events

The season at the Poets House opens Thursday, September 26 with an extraordinary evening of readings and reflections from Rosmarie Waldrop, award-winning innovator in poetry, translation, and publishing for over 50 years.

Come join quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, alongside his band, on a musical adventure on Sunday, September 29th. Learn about some of the planet’s most bizarre animals and their families through the use of some pretty oddball instruments, and video projections.

SMASH! Self-Defense is offering a free class, every Tuesday, from Shamburger's CHKA (Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy) East Village Martial Arts school.  Get in great shape, learn to kick some butt & have fun doing it! The instructors are professional, and women 14 and older may attend as often as they like. 

Klompching Gallery and Ffotogallery present at Aperture a talk and book signing with British artist Helen Sear on September 15th.

On September 27, 1993, the Food Network began broadcasting old cookery tapes. It wouldn’t start live broadcasts for another two months, and when it did, there weren’t many viewers. Come join the founders of the Food Network, on its anniversary date of September 27th, who will discuss those fragile early months and join with us in celebrating the beginning of the network that changed the way America eats.

The 25th annual Masters Series exhibition opening on October 2nd,honors artist R. O. Blechman with the first major retrospective representing all genres of his work: illustrations, editorial cartoons, animations and graphic novels

Billy Crystal signs copies of his hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging as he turns 65, and looks back at a remarkable career. Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? on Wednesday, September 11th.

Conor McPherson’s "The Weir" has been extended through September 15th. It takes place in a remote country pub in Ireland, where newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there.

Shanghai Glamour explores how Shanghai women and their fashionable dress epitomized the seduction and mystery of this legendary city as it was modernizing in the early 20th century.  The exhibition, on view through September 29th, features 12 exquisite outfits from 1910s to 1940s on loan from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou – on view for the first time in the United States – and three dresses from prominent private New York collections.

About racism, nationalism, sexism, and materialism, check out a screening of the filmed conversation of Tibet scholar Robert Thurman and analyst Jane Selinske on Monday, September 2nd.  Said Thurman, “We have not yet made peace with a land we took by force and have only partly paid for.”