Saturday, September 3, 2016

ON THE TOWNS: 50 Years of 'Star Trek'; 5 Weeks of Darling Meditation; $O Admission to Iowa Independent Film Festival; $20,000 for an Apollo Amateur; 3 Decades of Carmen Herrera; 4 Sides of 'NY Quadrille'; A 1st at 54th New York Film Festival

The main cast of "Star Trek: The Original Series": James Doohan (Scotty), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), Deforest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) and Walter Koenig (Ensign Chekov). The sci-fi series, one of the most prolific television and film franchises is 50 years old this year. The series premiered on 8 Sept. 1966 on NBC. Celebrations around the world this year and month mark this milestone, including "Star Trek: Mission New York" in progress now and a few weeks ago the opening of the latest film, "Star Trek Beyond." Archive photo.


IT doesn't seem like yesterday, but nor does it feel like 50 years. Yet "Star Trek" celebrates its golden anniversary this year and this month.

If that is too much to contemplate, perhaps meditation in the garden of the Darling vintage clothing boutique is the thing.

Elsewhere, Carmen Herrera's seminal abstract style gets the museum treatment for the first time in a spell in New York. And the 54th New York Film Festival for the first time opens with a nonfiction film that is informed in part by the 13th Amendment.

1-7 September

TELEVISION. FILM. 2-4 Sept. Star Trek: Mission New York. A three-day convention comemorating 50 years of the cult and classic sci-fi series, "Star Trek." Includes panel discussions, interactive exhibits, costume contests, autograph sessions, sneak peeks, as well as appearances by series stars, including William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Anthony Montgomery and Armin Shimerman. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. New York. http://

TELEVISION. 10 p.m. (EDT) 6 Sept. Atlanta. The debut of the original comedy series following to cousins trying to make it on the Atlanta music scene. FX.

LIFESTYLE. 7, 14, 21, 28 Sept. Meditation in the Garden. Classes from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the garden of the vintage clothing boutique, Darling. Darling, 1 Horatio St. at 8th Avenue. New York.

8-14 September

FILM. 9-16 Sept. To Sleep With Anger. A week of screenings of Charles Burnett's iconic work. It is a drama of manners starring Danny Glover as a ne'er do well who brings calamity to the life of an old cum living a middle-class existence in Los Angeles. Burnett will be on hand on the opening weekend and will also present a special screening of "The Glass Shield." Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St., Lincoln Center. New York.

THEATER. 9 Sept.-7 Oct. 2016. Fiorella!. The Berkshire Theatre Group Presents the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick in its first New York City and off-Broadway revival. East 13th Street Theater, 136 E. 13th St. New York.

ART. 9 Sept.-10 Nov. From Earth to the Divine: Contemporary Mongolian Expressionism. A group show of award-winning artists whose work is being shown for the first time in New York City. Works include paintings, engravings, sculptures, Tsam masks and puppetry. Opening reception on 9 Sept. (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) during which Ganbaatar Choimbol, one of the featured artists, will do action painting . Tibet House, 22 W. 15th St. New York.

One of the works in the exhibit, "From Earth to the Divine: Contemporary Mongolian Expressionism." Photo courtesy of Tibet House.

THEATER. 10 Sept.-1 Oct. Empathitrax. Written by Ana Nogueira and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, the dramedy explores the fallout when a couple takes a drug that can allow one to know the feelings of others. It is a Colt Coeur (Brooklyn) production making its world premiere. HERE, 145 Sixth Ave., b/w Spring and Broome streets. New York.

TELEVISION. 10 p.m. (EDT) 12 Sept. POV: All the Difference. The PBS documentary chronicles the struggles of two young black males from Chicago's south side, Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch, to graduate from college. As producer/director Tod Lending’s film based on an autobiographical book by Wes Moore illustrates, it takes a village. "All the Difference" makes its national debut. PBS.

15-21 September

FOOD. DRINK. 15 Sept. Le Diner en Blanc. The pop-up dinner once again makes its bow in New York, one of an ever-growing number of cities around the world to play host. It's a simple, elegant affair. Attendees dress in white and feast on gourmet delights. To complement the fine food, a fine wine. Apothic White, "the white wine with dark motives," reprises its role as the U.S. wine partner of "Le Diner en Blanc." The Apothic Wine photo booth also returns to capture images for posterity and Social Media. Secret location. New York. ...

FILM. 16-18 Sept. The 2016 Iowa Independent Film Festival. For the first time, the films, VR presentations and panels will be free to the public. Among the highlights is an appearance by husband and wife, Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss. They will attend a screening of their respective films, "My Favorite Year" and "Man's Favorite Sport." Park Inn Hotel, 15 W. State St. Mason City.

ART. 16 Sept.-2 Jan 2017. Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight. Encompasses the 30-year period between 1948 and 1978 when the abstract artist was honing her style. The first NYC museum exhibit of her oeuvre in nearly 20 years, it features three-dimensional treatments, works on paper and paintings. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort. New York. The exhibit moves to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio on 4 Feb. (through 16 April).

HEALTH. 17 Sept. SKN Gala 2016. The gala raises funds for the SKN (Shri Krishna Nidhi) Foundation, which brings awareness and resources to South Asian cancer survivors in central New Jersey. Proceeds from the gala will also help fund a South Asian cancer awareness program. Features a performance by singer Falu Shah and appearances by actress and cancer survivor, Lisa Ray, as well as designer Joy Mitra. The Marigold, 315 Churchill Ave. Somerset, NJ.

MUSIC. DANCE. POETRY. COMEDY. 17, 24 Sept. and 1 Oct. Apollo Theater Amateur Night Auditions. For the second time this year, producers also hit the road in search of talent to audition for Amateur Night now in its 82nd year. In New York City (17 Sept.), Philadelphia (24 Sept.) and D.C. (1 Oct.), singers, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and other performers compete for a chance to appear on the stage of the Apollo Theater. The grand prize is $20,000. Various locations. New York. Philadelphia. Washington, D.C.

22 September and beyond

"NY Quadrille" opens the 2016-17 season of The Joyce Theater. Photo by Len Prince.

ART. Through 25 Sept. Danny Lyon: Message to the Future. The retrospective of the photographer’s work includes nearly 200 photos and is billed as the first to consider his work as a filmmaker. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort. New York. http://

FOOD, DRINK, MUSIC. 26 Sept. Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards. A recognition of what's cooking with a new generation of gourmands, gourmets, drinkers, thinkers and innovators hosted by Mo Rocca. More than 25 awards are at stake, including Best Instagram page and Best Food startup. Live performances by musicians and comedians. Cooking demos. BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Howard Gilman Opera House. New York. New York. http://

Comedian Phoebe Robinson will perform at the Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards. Photo from Phoebe Robinson Facebook page.

DANCE. 27 Sept.-9 Oct. NY Quadrille. The 2016-17 season (through 26 Feb. 2017) of The Joyce Theater opens with a two-week engagement of "NY Quadrille." The quadrille is an 18th-century dance that is performed in a rectangular configuration and can be viewed from four sides. Four choreographers direct the work, created and conceived by Lar Lubovitch, to be performed on a specially constructed stage. The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. New York.

FILM. 30 Sept.-16 Oct. The 54th New York Film Festival. The festival opens with Ava DuVernay's "The 13th," a work that takes its title from the 13th Amendment and explores the high incarceration rate in the United States, particularly of blacks. This marks the first time in its history that the festival opens with a nonfiction work. The festival closes with James Gray's "The Lost City of Z." Alice Tully Hall, Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Lincoln Center, W. 65th St. New York.

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