1. Attend The Moth
Here’s a good story.
The little downtown writerklatch has turned into a storytelling juggernaut, with a Peabody-winning radio show and events all over the country. To open the season, the raconteurs will include old favorites Simon Doonan and Adam Gopnik and the excellent Kemp Powers and Sasha Chanoff. This session’s theme: “You Are Here: Stories of Rights and Lefts.”
Town Hall, September 6.
2. See The World’s End
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg manage to top their excellent Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, distilling the entire child-man bromance genre into the first rambunctious 30 minutes and then taking off into the stratosphere. They’re not so much satirizing genres like horror and sci-fi—they’re using genre to tell us how we’re living (or spiritually dead) now. —David Edelstein
In theaters now.
3. Hear Beenie Man, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Cham, Konshens, Mavado, I-Octane, and Gyptian
All at once!
The music will be loud, the beats inventive, and the rhymes filthy when some of the leading names in Jamaican dancehall gather for this party. Beenie Man is a dependable headliner, and a great live performer when he puts his mind to it. But don’t miss the acts down the bill, including the marble-mouthed, dirty-minded Konshens, and the sleek Mavado, whose singsong vocals have made him a favorite guest star in American rap. —Jody Rosen
Hammerstein Ballroom, August 30.
4. See The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
Chappelle’s (live) show.
A long list of good comedy acts, including Flight of the Conchords—but the giant draw is Dave Chappelle, out of hiding and back onstage.
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J., September 7.
5. Visit The Governors Island Art Fair
Yet another excuse to hop a ferry and meander among the barracks. Pack a lunch and a picnic blanket: Even if the art is uneven (as it was last year), the setting will carry the day.
Weekends, September 7 through 29; details at 4heads.org.
6. See Luther
Season three arrives.
“Idris Elba in everything” is what casting talk pretty much comes down to lately. The most dashing man alive returns to a signature role: troubled genius detective John Luther, who in season three is juggling conflicting murder investigations, an internal-affairs case against him, and a new love (Sienna Guillory of Love, Actually). —Matt Zoller Seitz
BBC America, September 3, 10 p.m.
7. See The Electric Zoo
Pack up your glow-stick necklaces.
The synths and laptops share billing with the artists at New York’s biggest electronic-dance-music festival—but really, so does the vista. A great three days of beeps, bloops, and views.
Randalls Island, August 30–September 1.
8. And Then Hear Depeche Mode
Music for the masses.
Once you’ve drenched yourself in the EDM scene, why not go hear where it came from?
Barclays Center, September 6.
9. See FitNation
Run, don’t walk.
To fend off that late-summer sloth, there are a few days left to stop by the Center for Architecture and catch the FitNation show, a collection of urban designs that encourage people to climb stairs, get sweaty, walk a block, play, garden, or otherwise get off their butts. —Justin Davidson
536 La Guardia Place, through September 7.
10. Take a Dip in McCarren Park Pool
It’s still hot out.
All our public outdoor pools close after Labor Day, and (owing to that cool stretch in the middle of August) you still haven’t been, right?
Last day September 2.
11. Read Five Days at Memorial
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, some 2,000 people, including patients and medical personnel, were inside Memorial Medical Center. In the evacuation that followed, doctors decided to hold off removing those with Do Not Resuscitate orders, and to inject some critically ill patients with fatal doses of morphine. Five Days at Memorial, Sheri Fink’s account of the crisis, is a terrific investigation into the issues that arise during disasters. —Kathryn Schulz
Crown, September 10.
12. Sign Up For Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas
Opening up the conservatory to the world.
The hypertalented and literate pianist Jonathan Biss is democratizing the clubby model for the piano master class, teaching an online course on the Beethoven piano sonatas—a glimpse into the brain that moves the fingers. —J.D.
Details at www.coursera.org/course/beethovensonatas.