MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: In honor of Labor Day bring a friend, bring a coworker, or bring a friend who’s a coworker””either way they come for free. The Museum of the City of New York will be offering a special buy one full price admission ticket get the second for free all day Monday (Sept. 3), as well as a 10% discount in the Museum’s gift shops . All of the fascinating exhibitions will be open to the public, including Stone Roberts New York City Paintings, with only two weekends left to view the monumentally scaled paintings of New York scenes by extraordinary contemporary realist painter Stone Roberts. 10am-6pm. 1220 5th Ave.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: Join Atlas Obscura and noted urban explorer, Moses Gates, for an illustrated lecture on the history of the Catacombs. Though it’s known as the “City of Light,” there are 170 miles of absolute darkness that exist under Paris — a network of limestone quarries dotted with WWII bunkers, ossuaries, unofficial art galleries, and other assorted surprises colloquially known as “The Catacombs.” It is home to a subculture of people of all ages, interests, and nationalities who make a hobby of exploring and utilizing these and other hidden spaces throughout Paris — the “Cataphiles.” 7:30-9:30pm. Observatory, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn. $12. Buy tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: The Words by Jen Mazza opening at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. The exhibition offers a selection of exquisite small-scale oil paintings of books, each text chosen for its personal and conceptual resonances; a sort of “object biography” playing with the idea of narrative on many levels. For Mazza, the book is the place where the world of ideas and the physical world of objects merge. 6-9pm. 29 Orchard Street. FREE. Check back soon for a review of the exhibition.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: The Fourth Annual Fashion’s Night Out. From Michael Kors to DeKalb Market, stores will be open late all over the city hosting giveaways, dance parties and even karaoke contests to celebrate fashion in its many forms. Check back tomorrow for the Untapped Guide to FNO.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7: Strike Anywhere at ICP draws from events across the globe, such as the Arab Spring protests, the uprisings in Syria and Libya, as well as the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations taking place throughout the United States. These movements, utilizing a range of tactics from civil disobedience and armed resistance to the use of new media and social networking, reveal there are powerful ideals emerging across public and private spaces, town squares, communities, and geographical borders to combat governments and regimes that would seek to censor, suppress and restrain free expression. 6-8pm. 1114 Avenue of the Americas. FREE.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8: Join Augenblick Studios for a morning of grown-up cartoons and breakfast at Bellwether. Aaron Augenblick, animation director of Wonder Shozen, Ugly Americans, Superjail and Golden Age, will curate the two hour showing of weirdo cartoon classics from the past 100 years. $10 admission includes complimentary mimosa or Modelo, as well as house made cereal from Chef Dan Ross-Leutwyler (full brunch menu also available, priced a la carte). 12-2pm. 594 Union Avenue, Brooklyn. Advance tickets available here.
Also on Saturday: Third Streaming presents Gifted and Talented, a group exhibition comprised of photography, video, and live performance curated by acclaimed artist Clifford Owens. Extending the timeline created in his recent exhibition Anthology at MoMA P.S.1, which highlighted performance scores that Owens solicited from a multigenerational group of African-American artists, Gifted and Talented features the work of a younger generation of up-and-coming artists whose practices are centered around performance. The exhibition includes artists Tom Chung, Ã‰lan Jurado, Ali Kheradyar and Tameka Norris, with contributions by Clifford Owens. Doors open at 6:30pm. 10 Greene Street. Suggested donation $10.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: Tour of Central Park by the Municipal Art Society. Discover the sights and history of Manhattan’s 843 acres of green space–also known as Central Park–with art historian, Sylvia Laudien-Meo. If you ever thought a park is just a park, take a closer look at this park’s Romantic landscape that includes everything from promenade to wilderness, from dairy to castle, the first public sculptures in the city, the first high tech road system, boats and carriages, and so much more. On this tour we will visit the Arsenal for a private viewing of the original Greensward Plan, the winning park design by Olmstead & Vaux. 11am. $20 / $15 Members. Location will be announced after tickets are purchased.