Three Things to See: Labor Day Weekend Edition

From San Francisco’s vibrant DIY community to New York’s thriving music scene, this upcoming extra-long weekend is packed with things to see. Read on for our top three things to see in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.



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  1. Fool’s Gold Day Off  Festival (September 7th): The Brooklyn-based indie label’s annual Labor Day festival returns to the outdoor Williamsburg venue in 50 Kent this year, featuring A-Trak, Meek Mill, Flatbush Zombies, and more.
  2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s China: Through the Looking Glass (now until September 7th): Now holding the record for the Met’s most popular exhibit to date, China: Through the Looking Glass shows how Chinese culture has influenced Western designers (and, by extension, how the culture’s aesthetics have been appropriated by them) by juxtaposing world-renowned haute couture (Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.) with Chinese jewelry, pottery, and works of art. If you haven’t yet checked this out, it’s time to hurry on over to the Met — the exhibit closes on Monday, September 7th.
  3. MoMa PS1 Warm Up (September 5th): The MoMa PS1 Warm Up series is wrappings things up tomorrow with its final dance party of the summer. Featuring Derrick May, Vince Staples, and more.



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  1. San Francisco Zine Fest (September 6th): Celebrating San Francisco’s independent artists, writers, creators, the 14th annual San Francisco Zine Fest shares and showcases the work of its vibrant DIY arts community in the Golden Gate Park’s County Fair Building this weekend. (Their guest of honor is artist Madeleine Flores, whose ridiculously cheeky Twitter feed you must check out immediately.)
  2. Hiero Day (September 7th): Featuring Bay-area hip hop greats (Zion I, The Coup), the annual event curated by SF’s Hieroglyphics crew is back for its 4th year in Oakland.
  3. The Roxie’s Tribute to Wes Craven (September 4-6th, 9th): In tribute to the late horror movie maestro Wes Craven, San Francisco’s oldest operating movie theater is screening his classic A Nightmare on Elm Street all weekend.



lightpaperproofscourtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum*.

  1. The Getty Museum’s Light, Paper, Proofs: Reinventing Photography (now until September 6th): In light of the age of digital photography being quite literally everywhere, the Getty’s Light, Paper, Proofs exhibit features seven artists whose work focuses on light sensitivity and the chemical processing of photographic papers. 
  2. 626 Night Market (September 4-6th): The original and largest Asian-themed night market in the United States comes back for its 4th annual round of over 200 food, merchandise, arts, music & more booths. It kicks off today and runs until 1 AM — so come caffeinated and come hungry.
  3. Cinecon Classic Film Fest (now until September 7th): Whether you actually happen to be hardcore vintage film enthusiast or you’re looking for something to break up your Narcos binge on Netflix, this five-day film festival screens rare and unusual films from the silent and “early sound” era.

*above image courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Matthew Brandt American, born 1982 Rainbow Lake, WY A20, negative 2012; print 2013 Chromogenic print, soaked in Rainbow Lake water Image: 76.2 x 101.6 cm (30 x 40 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council © Matthew Brandt 2014.16.5

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