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Fall arts preview: 50 things you must do this fall

August 22, 2013


Aug. 22--With summer coming to a close, it's almost time to bid farewell to the sand, surf and outdoor events that kept us busy all summer long. But there's an upside: Fall in New York is filled with a plethora of concerts, art exhibits, festivals and more that'll keep the city buzzing all season.


1 Catch Steve Aoki, David Guetta and other big names in electronic music at the annual outdoor music fest Electric Zoo.

3 Funnyman Tracy Morgan takes the stage at Carolines. (Carolines on Broadway, $32.75,; through Sept. 6)

5 Take in tunes from country crooner and "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton. (PNC Bank Arts Center, $29.25-$59,

6 Depeche Mode makes the mood all the better in Brooklyn. (Barclays Center, $49.50-$129.50,

9 The Generations in Jazz Festival showcases the talents of legendary vets alongside the genre's rising stars. (Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, $5-$45,; through Oct. 8)

10 The Cloisters gets its first presentation of contemporary art: the sound installation "The Forty Part Motet" by Janet Cardiff. Get those ears ready. (Fuentiduena Chapel at The Cloisters, FREE-$25,; through Dec. 8)

14 Attention, photo lovers! Check out MoMA's exhibition "New Photography," which features recent works by eight artists. (Museum of Modern Art, FREE-$25,; through Jan. 6)

16 Bookworms gather for an expansive lineup of literary greats and up-and-coming authors at the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. (Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, FREE,; through Sept. 22)

17 How about this for a wild ride? The tumultuous life of Anna Nicole Smith has been made into an opera, dubbed "Anna Nicole." (Brooklyn Academy of Music, $35-$235,; through Sept. 28)

19 The Williamsburg International Film Festival delivers an impressive array of film, art and music at various venues in the 'hood. ($10/event or $35/day pass,; through Sept. 22).

20 Up-and-comers Sky Ferreira and Solange (you may know her sister) team up with the ever-popular Vampire Weekend. (Barclays Center, $35-$49.99,

21 Rockers Metallica will, well, rock the legendary Apollo in a private show for Sirius XM subscribers. (Apollo Theater,

22 The Shakespearean classic "Romeo and Juliet" gets a modern twist, with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad playing the title star-crossed lovers. (Richard Rodgers Theatre,; through Jan. 12)

26 Feather boas, glitzy tassels and scantily clad women take center stage for the New York Burlesque Festival, making waves at various spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. ($10 and up,; through Sept. 29)

27 Film buffs unite at the 51st New York Film Festival, featuring a plethora of movies and more. (Lincoln Center,; through Oct. 13)

28 Megastars Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon and John Mayer come together for the Global Citizen Festival, a free but ticketed benefit concert to help end extreme poverty. (Central Park's Great Lawn, FREE,

29 The rich vocals of Michael Buble groove their way into NYC. (Barclays Center, $74-$129.50,


1 Get your psych-rock on with the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. (Terminal 5, $42.50,; also Oct. 2)

2 Help kick off Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season at the Opening Night Gala, featuring a pre-concert reception, concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra and a post-concert gala. (Carnegie Hall, $49-$154,

4 Manuscripts, early printed editions, letters and more from spookmaster Edgar Allan Poe are on display at the exhibit "Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul." (Morgan Museum and Library, FREE-$18,; through Jan. 26)

5 Engage with top minds in the arts and entertainment at the annual New Yorker Festival. (; through Oct. 6)

6 Tim Burton's flick "Big Fish" gets the Broadway treatment in this new musical adaptation about a traveling salesman. (Neil Simon Theatre,; open run)

9 Indie darlings Ra Ra Riot team up with Brooklyn's own Caveman and surf rockers Cayucas. (Terminal 5, $25-$28,

10 Attention, pop culture lovers! Throw on a costume and check out New York Comic Con this weekend for the newest and best in comics, graphic novels, TV and more. (Jacob K. Javits Center, $30-$40/day or $65-$85/three-day package,; through Oct. 13)

12 Get unprecedented access to NYC's architecture and design during Open House New York Weekend. (FREE,; through Oct. 13)

13 Mingle with more than 500 tropical butterflies as they flutter through the Museum of Natural History during the annual exhibition "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter." (American Museum of Natural History, FREE-$27,; through May 26)

15 The CMJ Music Marathon packs a plethora of NYC venues with a staggering number of shows from up-and-coming artists, as well as parties, panels and more. (; through Oct. 19)

16 Selena Gomez gives Brooklyn a dose of pure pop. (Barclays Center, $30.50-$70.50,

17 If it's been more than "One Week" since you've seen the Barenaked Ladies, head to the band's show. (Beacon Theatre, $35-$75,

18 Eddie Vedder and the boys of Pearl Jam hit Brooklyn for two nights. (Barclays Center, $79.50,

20 John Grisham's famed courtroom drama "A Time to Kill" takes Broadway, the first stage adaptation of a Grisham novel. (John Golden Theatre,; through March 2)

22 Franz Ferdinand returns to the stage fresh off the release of the album "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action." (Hammerstein Ballroom, $36-$55,

23 The Frick plays host to an exhibition of Dutch paintings from masterminds Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals. (The Frick Collection, FREE-$20,; through Jan. 19)

24 Mary Louise-Parker stars in the new drama "Snow Geese," which chronicles the life of a family in upstate New York during World War I. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre,; through Dec. 15)

25 Fashion lovers will ogle at the Brooklyn Museum's exhibit "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk," dedicated to the famed designer. (Brooklyn Museum, FREE-$12,; through Feb. 23)

26 The most comprehensive exhibition ever of Christopher Wool's paintings, photographs and works on paper fill the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda and another gallery. (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, FREE-$22,; through Jan. 22)

27 Mike Nicols directs real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in Broadway's "Betrayal," whose theme is pretty obvious from the title. (Barrymore Theatre,; through Jan. 5)

28 Rapper Drake hits the stage for one sure-to-be slamming night. (Barclays Center, $59.75-$109.75,

29 You'll more than love this show: John Legend stops by NYC on his Made to Love Tour. (Beacon Theatre, $60.50-$111,; also Oct. 28)

31 Happy Halloween! Get decked out at the 40th annual Village Halloween Parade. (


1 Grammy-nominated singer (and mentor on the upcoming season of "The Voice") Ed Sheeran is headlining his first show at MSG. (Madison Square Garden, $50,

6 Fresh off his Legends of Summer Tour with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake hits the stage solo on his 20/20 Experience World Tour. (Barclays Center,; also Nov. 9 at Izod Center)

7 The funniest of the funny gather at various venues for the New York Comedy Festival. This year's lineup includes Larry David, Wanda Sykes and Bill Maher, to name a few. (, through Nov. 10)

8 Welcome the holiday season with the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. (Radio City Music Hall, $39-$329,; through Dec. 30)

9 "Nothing Compares" to a Sinead O'Connor show. (City Winery, $115-$135,; also Nov. 8 and 10)

10 The Brooklyn Museum's exhibition "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath" brings together photos of war by everyone from Pulitzer Prize winners to unknowns. (Brooklyn Museum, FREE-$12,; through Feb. 2)

13 Billy Crystal brings his Tony-winning, autobiographical one-man show "700 Sundays" back to the Great White Way. (Imperial Theatre,, through Jan. 2)

14 Duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis bring their unique musical stylings (have you seen the video for "Thrift Shop"?!) to NYC. (Madison Square Garden, $50-$75,; also Nov. 13 and 15)

15 "Righteous Babe" Ani DiFranco is back for a show in Williamsburg. (Music Hall of Williamsburg, $48,

21 Hollywood heavyhitter Ethan Hawke takes on the title role in the Shakesperean classic "Macbeth." (Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center,; through Jan. 12)


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