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Exciting Events Around New York: September 2023


By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!


Saturday, September 9th at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Amateur Night at the Apollo is looking for the best singers, dancers, comedians, rappers, spoken word artists, variety acts and musicians for 2024.

Adults aged 18+ who are chosen from the audition will have the chance to perform and compete for the grand prize of up to $20,000. Performers ages 5-17 can compete to be recognized as a “Child Star of Tomorrow” for an opportunity to win a prize of $5,000.

Live auditions will be held at the Apollo Theater located at 253 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027. Please arrive early. Only the first 200 acts will be seen.

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Every Tuesday at 7:30pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $30

Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at the Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and more.

Join the fun with the weekly classic competition that sheds light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive evening unlike any other and lend your voice to decide who will “Be Good or Be Gone!” to win the triumphant grand prize.

Amateur Night at the Apollo sponsored by Coca-Cola, is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess and Set It Off Man Greginald Spencer. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage!

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Presented in partnership with Teamwork Arts

Wednesday, September 13th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Tickets: $30 Nonmembers; $25 Seniors and Students; $20 Members (please contact membership for the discount code)

Celebrating books, ideas, and dialogue, the Jaipur Literature Festival — described as “the greatest literary show on Earth” — returns to New York, presenting a series of conversations and performances examining the human experience through the imaginations of some of the world’s leading authors, thinkers, and performers. Speakers include Shashi Tharoor, Manil Suri, Dominique Townsend, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa and Tenzin Dickie.

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Honoring grassroots activists fighting child sex trafficking

Saturday, September 30th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Save the date for the Seventh Annual Last Girl Awards, hosted in partnership with Apne Aap. This year’s event will highlight global grassroots constructive action to eradicate child sex trafficking, recognize individuals who have stood up for The Last Girl, and feature a keynote conversation with writers and activists.


4 PM: Workshop

6 PM: Performance, Panel Discussion, Awards Ceremony

7 PM: Reception

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dapperQ Presents Pursuit, 2019. (Photo: The Street Sensei)


Thursday, September 7th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Location: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor

Tickets: Non-member tickets are $16. Member tickets are $14. Tickets, including admission to Africa Fashion, are $25.

Digital queer style magazine dapperQ returns to present Muse, the eighth annual edition of the largest LGBTQIA+ fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Begin the night with a happy hour hosted by Henrietta Hudson, New York City’s longest-standing brick-and-mortar lesbian bar, and browse pop-up shops featuring some of the evening’s designers before the runway showcase. The presentation features new work from Hesta by Hester Sunshine, SUN SUN, DANITHREADS, LLESSUR NYC, FreeMen by Mickey, Kirrin Finch, Buckethead Productions, Guvanch NYC, and Soid Studios New York by José González. Hosted by Dev Doee.


6–8 pm Sip and shop with Henrietta Hudson
8:15–9:15 pm Runway show
9:15–11 pm Music by M.O.

dapperQ is sponsored by Meow Wolf.

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Willie Martinez. (Photo: courtesy of the Jazz Foundation of America)


Sunday, September 24th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor

Tickets: This program is free; registration is encouraged. Reserve tickets to visit the galleries.

Swing by the Museum’s backyard Sculpture Garden for our Jazz in the Garden series, featuring performances by some of the city’s best musicians. In September, hear Willie Martinez and his Latin Jazz Collective, which blends Afro Caribbean rhythms with the harmonic vocabulary and improvisational spirit of jazz. Martinez, a percussionist and vocalist, holds a long-running monthly show at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe with his band La Familia. He was named “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1 for his weekly outdoor concerts that enlivened his Brooklyn neighborhood throughout the pandemic.

Presented in partnership with Jazz Foundation of America.

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with special guest Lucy Yeghizaryan

Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Friday, September 29th at 8:00pm

Tickets: Start at $29.50


Get ready for a riveting evening of musical brilliance with the multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer, Emmet Cohen, who has been described by All About Jazz as: “Thirty years old and one of the finest piano players to emerge in decades …” With his nimble touch on the keys, and his incredibly talented trio alongside him, Cohen effortlessly weaves together intricate melodies and harmonies, taking you on a journey through the rich tapestry of jazz. Live From Emmet’s Place, a weekly livestream that he created during the pandemic, has received millions of views worldwide. Joining him will be one of today’s most intriguing up-and-comers — American-Armenian jazz vocalist Lucy Yeghiazaryan.

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Friday, September 8th through Sunday, September 10th

Tickets: start at $25


Billy Harper is a rare gift. At 80, the saxophonist, composer, and electrifying band leader continues to mesmerize New York audiences and listeners across the world with a fiery warmth and the truly melodic vocabulary he’s developed and refined in service of spontaneity and musicality. Harper’s storied career includes pivotal associations with Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, and Max Roach, and his current quintet features creative improvisers whose collective artistry is at once thoughtful and expressive. Expect a spirited set of hard swinging tunes, lyrical ballads, and plenty of fun for every listener.


Billy Harper, tenor saxophone
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
Francesca Tanksley, piano
Ben Young, bass
Aaron Scott, drums

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Thursday, September 28th through Saturday, September 30th

Tickets: start at $25


Ben Allison continues his outward expansion as a bassist, composer, and producer with his latest lineup, which includes two masters of modern guitar: Chico Pinheiro and Steve Cardenas. Together with increasingly sought drummer Allan Mednard providing rhythmic and textural propulsion, the group crafts a lyrical and cinematic sound, engaging discerning listeners and first-time club goers alike. The quartet issued their acclaimed debut Moments Inside in November 2021.


Ben Allison, bass
Steve Cardenas, guitar
Chico Pinheiro, guitar
Allan Mednard, drums

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Where Time Runs Backwards

by Daniel Shieh, With Chia-Lun Chang and Arleene Correa Valencia

Upper Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island



Presented by Allies in Arts

Lower Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island


there is nothing you can think that is not the moon

by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

The Café at The Arts Center at Governors Island


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Saturday, September 16th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Join Allies in Arts and LMCC on Saturday, September 16 from 2-7pm for a full day of artist talks, performances, readings, and a special DJ set to celebrate the exhibition ANTI•VENOM. Each of the programs featured offers a microdose toward collective healing.

ANTI•VENOM is curated by Sophia Wallace and Drew Denny of Allies in Arts.

Allies in Arts is a trans and queer led 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to supporting artists of all mediums who identify as women, BIPOC and LGBTQQIA2S+ through exhibitions, screenings, grants, and fairly paid commissions. Allies in Arts also houses Transanta, a trans led mutual aid project that supports trans youth through the holiday season. In 2023, Allies in Arts is launching our first ever educational program, the Transanta writing workshop, in which a class from the 4,000 trans youth who have participated in Transanta thus far will be given college level writing instruction, given an opportunity to read their work aloud at the Hammer Museum, and have their work published in our first book.

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Friday, September 1st from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Tickets: Free all Day!

Join Poster House on the First Friday of every month for free admission and extended hours! Explore the museum’s latest exhibitions and get in on the fun by attending a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day. Every First Friday is different, offering unique opportunities to engage with rotating exhibitions and the permanent collection. This month, Poster House’s CMYK Council is taking over to bring a fun and educational lineup of activities all day long!

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Left: Esteban Cabeza de Baca, "8 Fold Way", 2023, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery. Right: Heidi Howard, "Collaborative Self", 2022, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.


Sunday, September 17th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Glyndor Gallery

Tickets: free, with admission to the grounds

Join us for the opening of two new exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery this fall, including Light from Water: Heidi Howard and Esteban Cabeza de Baca with Liz Phillips, and new site-specific exhibitions in the Sunroom Project Space. Light from Water features new collaborative works by Heidi Howard and Esteban Cabeza de Baca, as well as Cabeza de Baca’s layered landscape paintings, Howard’s self-portraits that incorporate plant life, natural settings and a sound-responsive sculpture by Liz Phillips. Many of the works on view were created at Wave Hill and inspired by the views and vegetation growing in the Aquatic Garden. Opening in the Sunroom Project Space are site-specific installations by New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows Max Sarmiento and Jill Cohen-Nuñez.

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Thursday, September 21st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Great Lawn; Rain Site: Wave Hill House

Tickets: Ticket levels vary. Early access to the Gardeners’ Party Plant Sale at 5:00PM is available for Garden Champion ticket levels.

Join us for an evening to celebrate the art of gardening and to honor Margaret Roach. Margaret is a champion of Wave Hill, having served as both a member of our Board of Directors and as Chair of the Friends of Horticulture Committee. Her passions are closely aligned with Wave Hill’s mission—to train a new generation of high-caliber, environmentally conscientious horticulturists, and help them hone a keen plant person’s palette. With her popular New York Times column and A Way to Garden podcast, Margaret provides a platform for many varied and informed voices, educating audiences from novice to nuanced expert.

We hope you will join us as we honor Margaret and her unwavering commitment to horticulture at this gourd-eous event. By purchasing tickets or donating, you help care for Wave Hill’s world-class garden and train the next generation of horticulturalists through the John Nally Intern Program. You make a big difference to Wave Hill!

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April 7th through October 9th

As reported in the New York Times:

CityPickle is bringing the country’s fastest growing sport to Wollman Rink in Central Park! The rink will house 14 courts – the largest pickleball offering in the Northeast – with 196 hours of pickleball daily. Come play with us!

Whether you’re a pickleball pro or a newbie looking for a fun way to stay active this season, we’re welcoming all skill levels. Lessons, clinics, open play, leagues, and private events are also available. Grab a friend, grab a paddle, and meet us on the court!

CityPickle is proud to offer a professional playing experience with the court surface provided by Pickleball United USA, the official court partner for MLP and APP professional leagues and the nets provided by CD Pickleball Nets, the official net partner of the PPA and APP.

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Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Adult and Family teams of two are invited to join New York Cares for our first annual Pickleball Tournament on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00am-1:00pm at CityPickle in Central Park! Two brackets are available. Register to play as an Adult Team, or a Family Team (minimum age is 12) of two. Great for pickleball enthusiasts and beginners alike!

By participating, you enable New York Cares to continue to deploy over 20,000 volunteers across the five boroughs, serving over 83,000 New Yorkers, 12.9 million meals, 365 days a year.

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Every Tuesday through the summer

Get ready to taste the best of plant-based cuisine at NYC’s first-ever Vegan Night Market!

Starting June 6th, Wollman Rink will host the weekly series, from MHG Events, featuring the city’s top vegan vendors, live music, and rotating food and product tastings until October 10th. Every Tuesday from 4-10pm!

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just curious about the lifestyle, there’s something for everyone at the Vegan Night Market.

Come for the food, stay for the fun, and leave feeling inspired to make positive changes in your life and the world around you. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to celebrate all things vegan in the heart of the city!

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