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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Alfama Fall Brunch Happenings


This past weekend Alfama introduced a special new Fall brunch menu, which will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm. Some of the scrumptious dishes include Alfama's signature burger and Francesinha--a traditional Portuguese steak sandwich. Check out the whole menu here.

Along with brunch, Alfama will be bringing back Fado, a soulful Portuguese musical art form. This Fall, the venue relocated and brought with it the debut of Fado Taverna at Alfama, which boasts a cozy nook beneath the restaurant that channels fado tavernas in Lisbon.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Naked Painted Girls Reading

Has the title caught your attention? Have you ever wondered what's sexier than seeing hot girls being intellectual? Well, the answer is nothing. October 19th marked the second anniversary of their new home with Horse Trade Theater group. UNDER St. Marks will host a year-long special event, Painted Girls Reading, showing on the third Wesnesday (9pm) of every month.

Naked Girls Reading NYC presents an intimate live event with a monthly nude literary salon featuring readings in-the-buff by local burlesque luminaries, professional librarians, authors, and other Naked Girls. Past themes have included banned books, tween lit, and holiday presentations of A Christmas Carol.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Tasting Brooklyn Dining Club: Italian Style

The bimonthly dinner series, Tasting Brooklyn Dining Club, is having its Italian Classics with a Modern Reinterpretation tonight at Fornino Park Slope at 7pm. Diners will be welcomed with a housemade blueberry limoncello (who doesn't like limoncello?), accompanied by appetizers. Following this happy hour will be a five course sit-down dinner featuring duck rollatini paired with Insolia 2010 Cusumano, Sicily, among other delicious items. Dinner will be led by co-owners Chris Walsh and Dave Kearns, along with Executive Chef Kurt Eggers, who will be discussing the seasonal approach to modern Italian cuisine.

CULTURE CLUB
Snag a Piece of Rock 'n' Roll History

Guernsey's is putting on the auction of a lifetime. The auction house, known for many prestigious offerings, including items and paraphernalia of Princess Diana, Mickey Mantle, John F. Kennedy, and many more, is putting on a rock 'n' roll auction, with one-of-a-kind items. The auction will take place September 24th and 25th and there will be a chance to preview the auction on the 23rd.

I was able to snag an exclusive interview with Arlan Ettinger, President of Guernsey's, about the upcoming auction. Head to the auction on Saturday to bid on (or watch others) the famous Manny's Music original inscribed photographs of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, and The Rolling Stones. Manny's Music was an iconic store that contained thousands of signed photographs of music's biggest names. Also on Saturday will be original photographs of The Beatles, outfits from the band Kiss, and original letters and artwork by John Lennon.

Sunday will be dedicated to Astrid Kirchherr's original photographs of The Beatles. Astrid, who was engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe before his untimely death, produced some of the most iconic photos of The Beatles ever taken. There are nearly 1000 photos being auctioned, along with the negatives and copyrights to the photos.

How exactly does an auction like this come together? Arlan divulged that he was contacted about a year ago to meet with Astrid in Germany. Ettinger, who has been doing auctions for over 35 years, has spent his career building relationships and has learned to deal sensitively with the sentimental items of others. It took nine months to put together this particular auction.

There has been great interest in this event, from people all over the world. Luckily, with the help of LiveAuctioneers.com, people may now bid in real time from wherever they are, so even if you can't make it to good ol' NYC, you can still acquire a piece of history. People of all ages (including celebs) bid at these fun events. Check out some of the items to be auctioned!

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Oktoberfest at Loreley Williamsburg

Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with an awesome kick-off party at Loreley Williamburg September 17th (3pm). Supporting Munich tradition, Brooklyn Borough Preseident Marty Markowitz will tap a (free) keg of HB Oktoberfest beer and guests will receive one free half-liter mug of beer until it runs out. Talk about a party!

Soak up some of that beer with some traditional spanferkel ($19), a suckling roasted pig, accompanied by mashed potatoes and red cabbage. There will also be nine different types of sausage and platters will be available with 3, 5, 7, or 9 varieties ($16-$33). DJ Volka Racho will be spinning tunes for your enjoyment, as well.

CULTURE CLUB
Living Image Arts Presents Charles Winn Speaks

From September 15th-October 1st, Charles Winn Speaks, by C.S. Hanson, will be presented at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. This play is set against the current financial crisis (maybe they'll give us some tips), and follows a lovesick stockbrocker as he struggles to find and keep the woman of his dreams.

On the pursuit of the American dream, love, and struggling against the shoddy economy, Winn might just be biting off more than he can chew.

The play is directed by Lynn M. Thomas and will feature Linsday Gates and Chris Kipniak. Don't miss this three week production, which is sure to impress. Purchase your tickets now at LivingImageArts.org for $18.

RESTAURANT 101
Le Bernardin Has Reopened

Eric Ripert and Maguy LeCoze reopened Le Bernadin on September 9th with a striking new design. Chef Ripert still centers his menu on inventive fish-centered dishes on his new Lounge menu such as gravlax and lobster cappuccino (yum). Enjoy your dinner in relaxation mode as Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner's art piece, Deep Water, takes center stage as the dining room's only piece of art. Enjoy the new Le Bernardin lounge, which will play host to the venue's signature cocktails. The only remaining fixture is the iconic wooden ceiling. Try out their delicious dinner Monday-Saturday and their lunch Monday-Friday. Bon apetite!

THE HOT SPOT
September is Slammin' at 116

September may mean that it's time to go out with that extra sweater in tow, but there's no need to carry a frown when you're headed to 116 MacDougal. With their September line-up of events, there's something for everyone to look forward to.Even better, there is no cover for their weekly events.

Mondays: Hit up Gaslight Refueled (8pm) for live stand-up comedy with funny peeps from Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, NBC, and more, with host Vicky Kuperman.

Tuesdays: Hit up Open Mic (6pm) where the legendary Gaslight stage plays host to singers, poets, comics, and storytellers with host Manoo Halati.

BEST OF
Aloha Alcoholics! NYC's Best Tropical Bars: Part II

Start your Fall with a tropical bang and pretend that it's still Summer while you can. Hit up some of the city's best tropical bars to ease the seasonal transition. Here's a list of some of our favorites.

Riff Raff's

Check out The Hurricane Club's recent undeground attachment, Riff Raff's. Enjoy an upscale crowd in a tropical and festive environment. Expect to leave with a little more make-up than you came in with, as the waitresses are known to apply face paint to those who venture to the tiki and jungle-themed paradise. Shake off those extra calories that their delicious cocktails or punch bowls carry by joining in the conga line at 3 a.m.

THE SCENE
Fashion's Night Out with Nicky Hilton

Calling all fashionistas to flock to the Big Drop for the the launch of Nicky Hilton's new collection, Nicholai. In honor of Fashion Week, Nicky will be showcasing her new line and helping attendees personally with selecting stylish looks for her line. Purchase one of her cool knick knacks and receive a free gift!

Don't sweat it if you need a little liquid courage to get the guts to talk to this celeb -- there will be savory cocktails, as well as drinks provided by Vitamin Water. Tune out the rampaging crowd with sounds from model Jordan Postrel.