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NYC This Week: Burlesque All Over & Bluegrass Meets Jazz

Here are the five coolest things to do in and around New York City this week.

New York City gets that teensy bit racier this week as burlesque performers descend on the city from all around the world, while bluegrass and jazz legends Chick Corea and Bela Fleck continue their eight-year cross-genre collaboration with an album release gig. A different form of art is on display as Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder discuss their Serial podcast and its implications, whereas a different time is on display up in Tuxedo, NY at the annual Renaissance Faire. Fire Whip Sword Show, anyone?

September 24–27 | Performance festivalNew York Burlesque FestivalThe annual New York Burlesque Festival is now in its thirteenth year and still going strong, with shows and parties throughout the city all weekend. These adult variety shows are always fun, and this year features over 100 glittery, glamorous performers from around the world. The festival starts with The Teaser Party at the Bell House and wraps up with The Golden Pastie Awards, a tongue-in-cheek red carpet affair that honors burlesque performers with accolades like “The Eleganza Extravaganza Award,” “The Hottest Freshman Award,” and “The Painted Lady Award.” Prices, times & locations vary | website

September 25 | Journalism discussionBinge-Worthy Journalism with the Creators of SerialWere you among the millions of listeners who were sucked into the hit podcast Serial, which delved into the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee and subsequent conviction of Adnan Syed? If so, you won’t want to miss this night with co-creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder as they discuss the ins and outs of the podcast, modern-day journalism, and more. The event is currently sold out but the website says standby seats may free up on the day of the show and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 8 p.m. | Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn | From $35 | website

September 27 | MusicChick Corea and Bela FleckMusical greats in their own right, Chick Corea and Bela Fleck have formed an unlikely but powerful duo in the past decade. Starting with the release of their 2007 album, Enchantments, the two multiple Grammy award–winning artists have worked together to compose pieces that cross genres and incorporate elements of the bluegrass and jazz they are known for (along with country, pop, and more). Their new tour celebrates the release of their latest collaborative album, Two, a live recording with selections from over 55 of their powerful banjo and piano performances.8 p.m. | The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., New York | From $46 | website

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New opening | High-end deliSadelle’sA new smoked fish and bagel shop in Soho. So what? Well, this one is the brainchild of Major Food Group (i.e. Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznick—the people behind Parm, among others) and baker Melissa Weller, formerly of both Per Se and Roberta’s. Bagels are the star of the show, and Weller has obsessed over how to create the best New York bagels out there. Breakfast and lunch is also available, vaguely adhering to the classic Jewish deli fare of blintzes, chopped liver, and triple decker sandwiches, but also including decidedly unkosher lobster salad and Swedish meatloaf. Everything, of course, is made with the best ingredients and has the price point to match. Whatever you do, don’t leave without tasting the babka.63 W. Broadway, New York | (212) 254-3000 | website

Weekend getawayTuxedo, NYLocated in Orange County in the Ramapo Mountains, Tuxedo isn’t quite as well-heeled as its name might suggest, but it’s getting there. Just over an hour from New York City by train, bus, or car, this Westchester town is right next to Harriman State Park, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, and—if the weather holds out—maybe even some early fall swimming. While you’re there, don’t miss the last weekend of the New York Renaissance Faire, a fun recreation of life during Elizabethan England complete with 16th-century games, rides, crafts, food, music, and more. 

A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to inquisitive toddler.