Around NYC Today (9/10) Thelonious Monk Listen List, Brooklyn Book Festival


Thelonious Monk Listen List with Helen Sung and Jason Moran, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Ave – UWS, 6pm – 7:30pm

Before Robert Moses and John D. Rockefeller ever broke ground on Lincoln Center, one of the twentieth century’s most important composers was already walking the sidewalks of the Upper West Side, humming to himself. Thelonious Monk, the composer of “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and “Straight, No Chaser,” lived in an apartment near the corner of Amsterdam and 64th Street. Join a Monk centennial celebration, in the neighborhood that he called home. The Library for the Performing Arts presents an evening of Monk listening and discussion, featuring two of today’s most visionary and original jazz voices, Helen Sung and Jason Moran. Free. RSVP.

Brooklyn Book Festival Kick-Off, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St – Brooklyn, 7pm – 11pm

Come raise a glass as the Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off at Pioneer Works with complimentary drinks, DJ sets and dancing. This event presents an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, including a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace. Free. RSVP.

BK Burn, The Plaza at 300 Ashland, 300 Ashland Place – Brooklyn, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Come chase the burn in this 45-minute, high intensity interval training workout. This class is designed to sculpt your upper body, define your legs and glutes, and tighten your core. Using just your body weight, BKBurn combines strength exercises with short bursts of cardio intervals to give you a fantastic total body workout. Free. RSVP.

Herald Square Reading Room, Herald Square, 10am – 5:30pm

Enjoy free use of newspapers and magazines at outdoor Reading Rooms. Located both in Herald Square Park and Park East at One Penn Plaza, Reading Rooms are staffed with a coordinator for recommendations. Free.



Spencer Zahn, Meg Remy’s Last Tape, Andrew Fox (solo), Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

Late Slip, Brother Reverend, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston St – LES, 6:30pm, $10.

Kuni Mikami, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 12:30pm, Free.



Butterboy w/ Doogie Horner, Andy Erikson, Daniel Webb, Will Miles, Aminah Imani, Matty Litwack, Michelle Buteau, Hosted by Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins, Guest Host Michelle Buteau, Littlefield, 635 Sackett St – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Side Ponytail w/ Randall Otis (VICE), Erin Dohony (Comedy for Gentlemen), Gaby Hornig (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Bryan Yang (NBC Late Night Writers Program),  Gena Gephart (Limestone Comedy Festival), Matt Kelly (Co-Founder of Jersey City Comedy Festi, Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave – Brooklyn, 8pm, Free, RSVP.



Back to the Future (1985), Bay 8th Street and Independence Avenue in Dyker Beach Park – Brooklyn, 7:15pm, Free.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Baisley Pond Park – Queens, 7:30pm, Free.



Open Garden Days: Alice’s Garden at the H.H. Biddle House, H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street – Staten Island, Every day until Dec. 31, 7am – 7pm, Free.

Tour of Gracie Mansion, Gracie Mansion in Carl Schurz Park – Yorkville, Every Monday until Dec. 10, 10am – 10:50; 11am – 11:50am, 5pm – 5:50pm, Free.

Sunset Tai Chi, The Conference House in Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd -Staten Island, Every Monday until Sept. 17, 6pm – 7:15pm, Free.


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