THIS MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2022

THIS MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2022

Some of the best cultural happenings this month.

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FOOD

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11 Tigers
Speakeasy

There's something about the Prohibition-born speakeasy that has never lost its allure. But, in the popular imagination, they're rarely associated with great food as much as they are with great drinks. 11 Tigers is doing its part to change that. Claiming to be New York's first-ever speakeasy with a "Thai heart and a Japanese soul," this new East Village haunt has a menu of both small plates and large dishes that draw from the culinary traditions of both cultures. Try pairing its signature tonkotsu ramen with jumbo prawns along with a craft cocktail inspired by Thai and Japanese libations.

WW Norton & Company

LITERATURE

SEPTEMBER 13
Into the Great Emptiness: Peril and Survival on the Greenland Ice Cap
By David Roberts

In August 1930, a then 23-year-old British explorer named Henry George Watkins embarked (along with thirteen scientists and other explorers) on a mission to establish a permanent meteorological base in Greenland's unforgiving interior. At the time, much of the country's landscape remained only partially explored, even by indigenous Inuit peoples, given its extreme weather and dangerous conditions. A series of disasters (isn't that always the case with frozen expeditions?) came to a head when one member of the party became buried under a large and immovable layer of frozen snow–along with the entire weather outpost. Told through a mix of intense research and first-hand accounts, this tome details all aspects of the cohort's fight for survival.

IFC Films

FILM

SEPTEMBER 16
God's Country
Directed by Julian Higgins/Starring Thandiwe Newton

The history of the American West has long been marred by its own particular brands of racism and misogyny, both heightened by a searing sense of isolation with a sinister underbelly. And danger is that much more gripping when there's no one around to save you. Based on a short story by James Lee Burke (Winter Light), God's Country stars Thandiwe Newton as Sandra Guidry, a grieving humanities professor who teaches in a small Montana town where she is also the lone Black resident. One day, Sandra notices a bright red pickup truck boldly parked on her property. After leaving a note asking the unknown driver to kindly park elsewhere, she eventually meets the dismissive brothers who own the encroaching vehicle. Their subtle malice, suggestions of violence and patent refusal to respect her or her property spark a battle of the wills one critic called "Hitcockian" in its thriller-like pacing.

Molly Greene|Kapp Kapp

ART

SEPTEMBER 17
Molly Greene: Omens
Kapp Kapp

After taking a break to think about what would evolve into this body of work, Molly Greene created the undulating paintings in Omens. Marking her third solo exhibition at Kapp Kapp gallery, Greene decided to explore integrity, both bodily and metaphysically, as the throughline connecting her latest canvases. Partly inspired by electromagnetic and radio waves, the resulting images are a contemplation on interference with colliding forms that adapt to create entirely new shapes.

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THEATER

SEPTEMBER 27
Topdog/Underdog
Directed by Kenny Leon/Starring Corey Hawkins & Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Written by Suzan-Lori Park in 1999 and first staged off-Broadway in 2001, Topdog/Underdog garnered rave reviews and a Pulitzer Prize for Park during its original run–and it's now being revived for the first time. Centered on two brothers as they contend with poverty, relationships, work and racism, it is a larger fable examining the many traps laid for Black men in America. Corey Hawkins (BlacKkKlansman; In the Heights) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman; The Trial of the Chicago Seven) star in the electric tale that's primed to receive just as much acclaim the second time around.