What to Do This Month in L.A., Miami, and NYC

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Food, film, fashion, music. Whatever your cultural craving, this month most certainly has you covered. Our resident culture writer Scott Heins has selected some notable events to put on your calendar, from modern cinematic takes on Hans Christian Andersen to Pop Art in an airplane hangar. Herewith, your guide to September’s must-dos.

NEW YORK CITY: Drum machines and synthesizers have been ruling the music scene for years now, but luckily there’s still some space for a good old ear-splitting guitar riff. Car Seat Headrest is easily one of the most exciting rock bands on the planet, thanks in large part to songwriter and frontman Will Toledo’s approach to songwriting. Toledo is a perfectionist: each lick perfectly composed for to push the energy higher, every cymbal crash finding just the right place. New York City is lucky enough to be getting not one but two Car Seat Headrest shows this month, and while one is sold out, the other has plenty of tickets left. Get a ticket, grab a beer, and consider bringing ear plugs because it’s guaranteed to get loud. Friday, September 14th, 7 p.m. // Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost Street, Brooklyn // Tickets $25

NEW YORK CITY: Brooklyn’s premier art cinema is teaming up with NYC’s Polish Cultural Institute to screen some of the best, hardest-to-find films from the former Soviet bloc nation. Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema packs seven brilliant movies into a single long weekend, promising something for fans of comedy, high-stakes drama, and surrealism alike. Obvious highlights include the “kaleidoscopic, disco-punk” reworking of The Little Mermaid, entitled The Lure, along with The Art of Loving, the story of led Poland’s 20th century sexual revolution in spite of an oppressive, sexist government. With the summer blockbuster season winding down, now’s the perfect time to branch out and take a chance on one of these raved-about Polish pieces. Series runs Thursday through Sunday, Sept 20-23rd; Showtimes vary // BAM Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn // Tickets $15

LOS ANGELES: This party’s got it all. The Abbot Kinney Festival is once again kicking off the coolest block party in America with its mile-long street fair of street food, boutique pop-ups, rides, live music, performers… you get the idea. Now in its 34th year, Abbot Kinney Fest is the perfect excuse to enjoy all the weirdness Venice has to offer, from iron-pumping strongmen to the next generation of skateboard stars. All told, over 350 vendors will be out for the one-day party, so consider skipping a shopping day so you can splurge at this legendary bazaar. Sunday, September 30th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. // Abbot Kinney Boulevard between Venice Blvd and Main Street, Venice // Free

LOS ANGELES: From Warhol to Lichtenstein and way, way beyond, the history of Pop Art is going on full display at the Pop Art Photo Show this month at the Santa Monica Airport. Yes, you read that right. Over 70 years of art and culture influenced by the essential Pop movement is the subject of the latest show at Barker Hangar, one of the most exclusive venues for pop-ups in all of Southern California. You can expect original photos, prints, posters, and some exquisite people-watching. Show runs Thursday through Sunday, September 27-30th; Schedule varies // Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica // Tickets $25 and up

MIAMI: Summer’s almost over but the heat’s still here. Put on your pastel blazer and work up and appetite because Miami Spice is kicking off this month, offering special bargains on three-course meals all across town. Surf the webpages of local restaurant fixtures like Lima, Cibo Wine Bar, La Moderna, and our own Nautilus Cabana Club. And if mouth-burning meals isn’t your idea of a great night out, don’t worry–“spice” in this case doesn’t necessarily mean hot. Instead, think “so flavorful you can’t believe you just had a three-course meal for under $40.” Lunch and brunch deals also abound, so browse the complete list of participating restaurants and make a reservation or two or three. Runs all month // Locations here

MIAMI: If you’re fortunate enough to be in town the weekend of the 20th through the 23rd, take an evening (or an entire afternoon) and enjoy the Miami Fashion Film Festival. Built on the conviction that fashion is art, the four-day event will feature timeless classics that shaped the history of fashion, new experimental shorts, and brilliant documentaries that peel back the sheeny veneer of the industry. Budding filmmakers will have the chance to workshop their ideas, and many directors will be on hand to discuss their craft immediately following screenings. Whether you’re a fan of Ferragamo or Fellini, this is a can’t-miss weekend. Runs September 20 through 23 // Complete screening schedule and ticket links here

Photo courtesy of @revoltstudio

Scott Heins

Scott Heins

Scott Heins is a writer and photographer living in New York City. Born in Minnesota, he currently works in Brooklyn as a journalist and portrait artist. He's fascinated by anything in the world that's strange, futuristic, or forgotten.