North America agenda: fashion week in New York

Summer's over and the kids are back in school. With fall comes a series of music fests in outdoor venues before fall, film festivals leading toward award season, plus the Pan American games prepare for next year's Summer Olympics and the opening of the September 11 Memorial marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

36th Toronto International Film Festival
September 8-18
Toronto, Ontario

A premiere North American cinema event, timed prior to awards season, the Toronto Festival has launched the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema. The event is located at its new home in the Entertainment District, drawing a half-million attendees to screen 336 films from 64 countries, along with panel discussions and workshops. It joins Berlin, Cannes, the Viennale and Shanghai as one of the top accredited film festivals.
http://www.tiff.net

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2011
September 8-15
New York City, NY

Anna Sui, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger are just a few of the dozens of designers scheduled to take to the runway with their Spring 2012 collections. Now located in Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, while some events are in various venues around town. One of four major fashion weeks in the world, along with Paris, London and Milan.
http://www.mbfashionweek.com/home

Dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
September 11
New York City, NY

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, the National September 11 Memorial will open with a special dedication ceremony to honor the victims. The long-awaited memorial site consists of two waterfalls cascading into sunken pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers with the names of victims etched in granite panels. Observances are planned nationwide and with special television coverage. It will open to the public the following day. Reserved tickets are available online. http://www.911memorial.org


54th Monterey Jazz Festival

September 16-18
Monterey, California

With 500 artists performing on eight stages over the weekend, the jazz talents include featured arena performances including Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Hiromi and Joshua Redman. Stages feature Bobby Hutcherson, John Pizzerelli, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, India.Arie and Idan Raichel, and the venerable Dave Brubeck. Plus there is an exhibit on "Impulse Records: A 50-Year Retrospective."
http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org


63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
September 18
Los Angeles, California

The annual ceremony salutes the best in American primetime television programs, presenting honors to comedies, dramas, mini-series, reality shows, and other programs on cable and broadcast. Nominees and winners are selected by 15,000 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members. The Emmys are television's equivalent to film's Oscars and music's Grammy Awards and air this year on FOX-TV. Jane Lynch of Glee will host the 2011 event.
http://www.emmys.tv

 

Willem De Kooning: A Retrospective
September 18, 2011 - January 9, 2012
Museum of Modern Art
New York City, New York

New York's Museum of Modern Art presents the first major museum exhibition devoted to the range of artwork by Willem de Kooning, widely considered to be among the most important artists of the 20th century. This survey covers nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s.
http://www.moma.org

6th SoundLand Festival
September 21-24
Nashville, Tennessee

More than 100 artists and bands play in 11 venues from clubs to auditoriums and lounges, showcasing rock, indie-pop, hip-hop, electronic and roots acts from the region and nationally known to highlight non-country sounds thriving in Music City. Headliners in 2011 include Foster the People, Justin Townes Earle, Ghostland Observatory, M. Ward, Cults, Dawes, and Big K.R.I.T. As a budding version of SXSW, the event schedule also includes artist-led workshops and field trips.
http://www.nbnsoundland.com/

 


7th Smithsonian Museum Day
September 24
Across the US in participating museums

Smithsonian magazine is sponsoring its 2011 Museum Day, offering two free admissions to more than 1,000 select museums with advance registration. Since the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC offer free admission everyday, this annual event extends the policy to museums across the US.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday

 

7th Vendy Awards
September 24
Governors Island, NYC, New York

The Vendy Awards determines the winner of the Vendy Cup as food carts and trucks nominees participate in a massive cook-off of nominated sidewalk vendors from New York City - a mecca for street food. The Most Heroic Vendor was added to this annual event along with prizes for Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert and the People's Taste. Judges include food bloggers and a citizen foodie. An offshoot in LA started up last May, also as a fundraiser to protect vendors' rights.
http://streetvendor.org/vendys

National Book Festival
September 24-25
Washington DC

11th annual National Book Festival, organized by the Library of Congress, is spread out across the National Mall. This year President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs. Among the more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets making presentations the following are included: Michael Cunningham, Dave Eggers, Russell Banks, Toni Morrison, Julianne Moore at the children's stage.
Some events are in various venues around town.
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

 

 

4th New York City Food & Wine Festival
September 29-October 2
New York City, NY

Presented by the Food Network and Food & Wine magazine, the food fest features more than 120 events including walk-around tastings, culinary demos and seminars from the Meatpacking District and beyond. Dozens of chefs participate including Jacques Pépin, Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain, Alain Ducasse, and Masaharu Morimoto, as well as Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, His Royal Highness Prince Robert of Luxembourg and Hervé Deschamps of Perrier-Jouet. This fund-raiser benefits the New York Food Bank.
http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com

12th New Yorker Festival
September 30-October 2
New York, New York

An annual cultural arts festival from The New Yorker magazine features a range of authors, actors, musicians, scientists, and other notable guests, including Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, director David Cronenberg, Ralph Fiennes, Jonathan Franzen and Malcolm Gladwell for panels, conversations and screenings. A unique idea with literary leanings, most events sell-out quickly and include culinary and museum visits on Sunday.
http://www.newyorker.com/festival


49th New York Film Festival
September 30-October 16
New York City, NY

The New York Film Festival, organized by the Lincoln Center Film Society, presents a non-competitive showcase for international films and provocative cinema from emerging and experimental filmmakers as well as renowned directors - such as this year's Pedro Almodovar, Roman Polanski and David Cronenberg. Special screenings of historic classic films, tributes and panels are included in the program of more than 50 films, drawing an audience of 75,000 to the event.
http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011

 

16th Pan American Games
October 14-30
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

The second largest multi-sport event after the Summer Olympics, this international competition between athletes from 42 countries countries in the Americas, from Canada to Chile is held every four years before the Summer Olympic Games. More than 5,000 athletes will compete in 36 different sports at almost 400 events. The Torch Relay of the flame starts at the Teotihuacan pyramids to the opening ceremony at the Omnilife Stadium.
http://www.guadalajara2011.org.mx/


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