Person Place Thing @ Spring Street Salt Shed
Live podcast tapings are a dime a dozen, but what about one in an extremely unique location that’s rarely open to the public? The latest episode of Person Place Thing will go down inside the multi-award-winning Spring Street Salt Shed, a huge DSNY shed used for storing salt. The heart of the podcast is an interview with DSNY’s Artist-in-Residence Mierle Laderman Ukeles; there will also be an appearance by the shed’s principal architect Richard Dattner as well as music from multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins.
Thursday, September 12th, 6:30 p.m. // Spring Street Salt Shed, Spring and Washington Sts., Manhattan // Tickets: $30
Photoville Opening Night @ Brooklyn Bridge Plaza
It’s the eighth year for the gargantuan photography show Photoville, featuring 80 exhibits and work by more than 600 artists, nightly outdoor programming, site-specific installations, talks, demonstrations, workshops, and more. It’s all installed in and around 60+ shipping containers scattered throughout Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. The huge opening night celebration, presented by United Photo Industries, showcases work from the Magnum Foundation, For Freedoms, Bronx Documentary Center, Batsi’ Lab, and Facing Change: Documenting America. The festival will run through September 22nd.
Opens Thursday, September 12th, 7 p.m. // Smorgasburg Beer Garden, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn // Free
The Talmud @ The Doxsee
Check out the latest in bizarre theatrical pairings: The Talmud, the newest play by the collaborative artistic group Meta-Phys Ed. The show takes its inspiration from the 5th-century Judaic text the Talmud, as you’d expect, but it combines that with centuries of Chinese martial arts. The result is a genre-bending performance featuring choreographed Talmudic debate, kung-fu movie cinematography, and a “confounding exploration of sacred wisdom.” Performances run through September 28th.
Opens Thursday, September 12th, 8 p.m. // The Doxsee, 232 52nd St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $20
The Dumbo Pizza Party @ The Dumbo Archway
It’s hard to believe this hasn’t ever happened before, but prepare to eat (and drink) yourself silly at the first-ever Dumbo Pizza Party. There will be delectables in three categories: pizza from Front Street Pizza, Ignazio's, and Groundling; ice cream from OddFellows, Shake Shack, Ample Hills, and Melt Bakery; and booze in the form of a custom neighborhood brew, Dumbo Weiss from Sixpoint. Slices and scoops are only $2 apiece, and to immediately counterbalance the gluttony, there will be a dance party DJ’d by Reverend Vince Anderson. Or just have your own pizza party at the two more iconic pie shops in the neighborhood: Juliana's and Grimaldi's.
Friday, September 13th, 5 p.m. // Dumbo Archway, 155 Water St., Brooklyn // Free
Adult Sleepover @ Museum of Natural History
If you’ve ever longed to spend some quality time in a museum without all those pesky crowds, your dream can become a reality. The Museum of Natural History is back with another adults-only version of their popular sleep-overs, which opens with a champagne reception and ends with a bevy of sleeping bags unfurled beneath the giant blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life. Before snuggling in to sleep, guests can eat a buffet dinner, roam the museum’s empty halls, see animal demos, listen to live music, gawk at the special T-rex exhibition, marvel at enigmatic cosmic phenomena in the Planetarium, and more. Ages 21 and up.
Friday, September 13th, 6:30 p.m. // American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $350
Brooklyn Bike Jumble @ Old Stone House
With the summer swelter (pretty much) behind us, it’s a perfect time to focus on cycling without worrying about arriving drenched in sweat. So head to the Brooklyn Bike Jumble, a shopping smorgasbord dedicated to all things two-wheeled. There will be dozens of vendors from all over the East Coast plying new and used bikes, from bargain-basement beaters to historic collectibles, plus bike parts, bike accessories, and plenty more. Reps from Bicycle Messenger Foundation, Times Up!, WE Bike, and other advocacy groups will also be on-hand to talk about their work.
Saturday, September 14th, 10 a.m. // Old Stone House, 336 3rd St., Brooklyn // Free
Monarch Celebration @ Randall's Island
Get back to nature at the Monarch Celebration, hosted by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance. It’s a family-friendly day dedicated to the lovely creatures during the height of their migration season, which will ultimately take them all the way to Mexico. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about the lives of monarchs and how we can all help to conserve them, then take off to explore Randall’s Island’s gardens and other natural areas to find as many butterflies as they can.
Saturday, September 14th, 1 p.m. // 103rd St. Footbridge, Randall’s Island // Free
NYC Honey Fest @ Rockaway Beach
Buzz over (sorry) to the ninth-annual NYC Honey Fest, a day of bees, beers, and bites on the boardwalk. Presented by the Queens Beekeepers Guild, the fest features a bee marketplace with vendors hawking beeswax and honey products — you'll find everything from cosmetics to hot sauces, educational honey extraction demos, a talk by NYC Bee Cop Darren Mays, a bee-themed costume contest, and more. The centerpiece is the honey-tasting contest, where all discerning New Yorkers can choose their fave versions of sweet, sweet honey.
Saturday, September 14th, 11 a.m. // Beach 106th St., Rockaway Beach, Queens // Free
Radical Film Fair @ Kickstarter HQ
This town has no shortage of comics and record fairs, so why not one for film? The Eyeslicer presents the first Radical Film Fair, a daylong jamboree and flea market full of filmmakers, distributors, movie theaters, and zine-makers celebrating and supporting the independent film community. In addition to a plethora of film-related swag, there will be keynotes by film artists, advice from experts, exclusive filmmaker installations, and a marathon sneak-preview screening of the Eyeslicer’s brand new second season. The first 150 guests get a free mimosa and a movie ticket.
Sunday, September 15th, 1 p.m. // Kickstarter HQ, 58 Kent St., Brooklyn // Free
Sea Shanty Sessions @ The Noble Maritime Collection
Have a rollicking good time at the Sea Shanty Sessions, a monthly program by the Folk Music Society of New York. You’ll be treated to three hours of authentic maritime melodies performed singalong style and accompanied by live music. It takes place in an appropriately historic setting: The Noble Maritime Collection, a museum dedicated to the art, writings, and artifacts of Staten Island marine artist John A. Noble, which also strives to celebrate the people and traditions of New York City’s working waterfront.
Sunday, September 15th, 2 p.m. // The Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building D, Staten Island // Free