North America agenda: Toronto International Film Festival

From food to film, arts and awards, the end of summer turns into the beginning of fall with outdoor festivals. 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.

The Taste
September 2-5
Los Angeles, California

A culinary festival hosted by the Los Angeles Times, from Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive to Paramount Studios, this 4-day showcase offers unlimited tastings from 40 of the city's best restaurants, top wineries and breweries, demos by celebrity chefs such as Roy Choi, the godfather of gourmet food trucks, to Giada De Laurentiis. Most cities have ‘Taste' events and the biggest are the Food Network's South Beach Food & Wine Festival and Food & Wine's New York's event.
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

32nd Detroit International Jazz Festival
September 2-5
Detroit, Michigan

This Labor Day holiday tradition is the only major free jazz fest in the US, attracting 750,000 fans to the riverfront. 2011 performers include jazz favorites Dave Holland Octet and a tribute to vocalists from Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. International talent features the Netherlands' Amina Figarova, Brazil's Ivan Lins, Belgium's Toots Thielemans, Cuba's Paquito D'Rivera, Japan's Vertical Engine, and Sun Ra Arkestra from somewhere in the solar system. JazzPlanet.tv will stream performances live.
http://www.detroitjazzfest.com


15th Philadelphia Live Arts Festival
September 2-17
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

More than 1,200 performances will participate in this wide-ranging annual performing arts festival. Theater, dance, experimental art and other events attract tens of thousands of attendees. In addition to the local Fringe Festival plays, Back to Back Theater from Australia and Belgium's Les Ballets de-ci de-là will perform as well as artists from France, England and India. Comparable to San Francisco's International Arts Festival in May.
http://www.livearts-fringe.org


41st Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival

September 3-5
Seattle, Washington

North America's largest urban arts festival features an array of visual and performing arts, dance, theater, film, comedy and kids events. But the diverse musical line-up is perhaps the biggest draw. This year it includes Toro y Moi, Wiz Khalifa, Ray LaMontagne, Broken Social Scene and Hall & Oates among many more. Located in the middle of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center with more than 100,000 visitors paying $35 for single tickets and $90 for a 3-day pass. Comparable to the New Yorker's Festival and Philadelphia Arts and Fringe Festival
http://bumbershoot.org/


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

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


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

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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