What to Do This Week in LA, Miami, and NYC

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The arts, culture, and football seasons are upon us. In Manhattan, there’s a live dance series that should have you kicking like a Rockette. Miami’s the place to pull up a stool and get your game on. And in Los Angeles, well, it may not be culturally stimulating, but the L.A. County Fair is sure a load of fun for both families and date romance.


As Christopher Haden-Guest exclaimed in Waiting for Guffman: “Everybody dance!” This Thursday, that means go to the Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub, where a dozen avant-garde choreographers–newcomers and established–will be showing their fancy footwork and costumes as part of 2017 DANCE NOW, a four-day hoof-a-thon that has garnered critical praise in its 22nd season now. This is visual and musical spectacle, some of which suggests some living-art production pulled off by art rock stars like Vanessa Beecroft and Matthew Barney. Some of the standouts include Nicole Wolcott, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, the People Movers, and Wallie Wolfgruber. The performances begin at 7 p.m. After the short-format kicks–if you don’t like one troupe, there’s one coming right up–cross the street to the Vietnamese-French classic Indochine (since 1984!) for exotic cocktails, that iconic tropical-deco décor, and beautiful people-watching.


This week, pro football kicks in the fall season. There’s no better time to get your game on than this Thursday to test the waters and figure out which of the many sports bars you want to make yours. Favorites of ours include Sports Bar, Sunset Grill, Tom’s NFL, Mike’s at Venetia, and the Sandbar Sports Grill. And note to self: Beginning next Monday, Jack’s Miami in Wynwood is going to be offering unlimited servings of spaghetti and meatballs and draft beer pours beginning at game times.


What, good sir? You’ve never been to the L.A. County Fair, held annually at Pomona’s Fairplex? Revisit your childhood Wednesday night until 10 p.m. and get on the Ferris wheel while eating blue cotton candy. Then go see one of the many bands, or win a stuffed bear for your significant. It should be noted, however, that the Fair’s fare transcends the staples of fried funnel cake and the like. There is much to eat that is healthy, too. The tents are gone come Sept. 24, so get there soon. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Photo by israel palacio 

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a culture reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of "A Fitzgerald Companion."