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The best in the world of entertainment this September

The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Entertainment Diary highlights notable new events in theater, film, popular music and television in September 2018. For the rest of our Luxury Diary, click here. And for a list of fantastic new books being published this month, click here.

September kicks off film festival season with the Telluride Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival.  

Willem Dafoe’s Vincent van Gogh film will close the New York Film Festival 2018

If that’s not enough to keep cineastes happy, there are also some great films hitting theaters this month, including The Children Act, Life Itself and The Sisters Brothers.  

On the small screen, favorites like Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Empire and even Murphy Brown are returning, though they’ll face stiff competition from newcomers like ManiacManifest and FBI.

Onstage you’ll find several big names, including Daniel Radcliffe in The Lifespan of a Fact, Glenn Close in Mother of the Maid and Edie Falco in The True.  

Although music festival season is winding down, there are still a few great ones out there, like the Moon River Festival in Chattanooga and the Long Road Festival in Leicestershire in the U.K. Other musical happenings are new albums from Lenny Kravitz, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney, and live concerts from Drake, The Arctic Monkeys and Childish Gambino.  

Lastly, fan favorite podcast This Is Love is back for Season 2, and this month sees the debut of a live version of Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert at BAM.

Here’s the full overview of cool cultural happenings in September 2018:


The Telluride Film Festival is held over Labor Day Weekend every year.  This year marks the 45th year for the fest – through Sept 3

Telluride Film Festival

The 75th annual Venice Film Festival continues through Sept 8

Naomi Watts arrives at the Venice Film Festival

Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci star in the movie adaptation of The Children Act – Sept 2

Hollywood heads to Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival; this year’s festival will showcase Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star is Born – Sept 6 – 16

A Star is Born featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

Jennifer Garner seeks revenge in Peppermint – Sept 7

I Am Not a Witch is a darkly comic fable set in contemporary Zambia, showing for a limited time at BAM in New York City. Rungano Nyoni’s acclaimed debut feature is a bold satire of the often contradictory nature of traditional beliefs and modern culture – Sept 7 – 13

I Am Not a Witch

A small town vlogger (Anna Kendrick) tries to uncover the truth behind her friend’s (Blake Lively) sudden and mysterious disappearance in A Simple Favor – Sept 14

Kids and adults alike will love the magical adaption of The House With a Clock in the Walls starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett – Sept 21

In the movie Life Itself, a young New York couple go from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child — the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes – Sept 21

Brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters embark on a mission to kill a thieving prospector in 1851 Oregon in The Sisters Brothers.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Riley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed – Sept 21

The Sisters Brothers featuring Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly

The 56th New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will showcase  30 films from around the world including The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from the Coen Brothers and If Beale Street Could Talk from Berry Jenkins – Sept 28 – Oct 14

The Old Man & the Gun is a crime comedy film based on the true-life story of Forrest Tucker, played by Robert Redford. Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Donald Glover and John David Washington also star – Sept 28


American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres on FX – Sept 12

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards are on NBC; SNL’s Colin Jost and Michael Che will host – Sept 17

The long-awaited limited series Maniac starring Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Justin Theroux Sally Fields drops on Netflix – Sept 21

Maniac on Netflix

Wakanda heads to the small screen on Disney XD with Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest – Sept 23

The final season of The Big Bang Theory begins on CBS; over on NBC, you can catch the debut a new series about passengers from a missing flight who reappear years later in a new drama from Robert Zemeckis called Manifest– Sept 24

Manifest stars Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh

FBI is from the team behind the Law & Order franchise; it’s a new procedural on CBS about the inner workings of the bureau’s New York office – Sept 25

Two very different shows about the importance of family make their fall returns: Empire starts its 5th season on FOX and Modern Family starts its 10th season on ABC- Sept 26

Empire returns for its 5th season on Fox

Mom returns for its 6th season while Murphy Brown gets the reboot treatment for an 11th season. Both air on CBS – Sept 27

Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson star in a modern take on King Lear, the classic Shakespeare drama about family, betrayal and power, on Amazon Prime – Sept 28

King Lear starring Anthony Hopkins on Amazon Prime


Heathers The Musical heads to London at Theatre Royal Haymarket – Previews Sept 3, Opens Sept 11

Edie Falco stars as Dorothea “Polly” Noonan, the blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine in The True at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre – Previews Sept 4, Opens Sept 20

The Public Theater presents the North American premiere of Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country, featuring the songs of Bob Dylan – Previews Sept 11, Opens Oct 1

Girl From the North Country at the Old Vic in London Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

The original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita will open at the Sydney Opera House – Sept 13 – Nov 3

Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale return to Broadway to star in the world premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact, the story of a fact checker with a big assignment – Previews Sept 20, Opens Oct 18

Daniel Radcliffe stars on Broadway in The Lifespan of a Fact

Glenn Close stars in Mother of the Maid at the Public Theater – it’s the story of Joan of Arc’s mother, a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter – Previews Sept 25, Opens Oct 17

Popular Music

Platinum selling artist Drake is bringing the Aubrey and The Three Migos Tour to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – Sept 1

Musician Drake

This month, W Hotels will begin the global roll-out of Wake Up Call, a festival series that takes the concept of an outdoor music festival and brings it inside some of their best properties. The festivals are slated for the following dates: W Hollywood Sept 1 – 3, W Barcelona Sept 21 – 23 and W Bali Oct 4 – 6

Sharing a title with one of Paul McCartney’s own paintings, Egypt Station is the first full album of all new McCartney music since 2013’s NEW – Sept 6

Paul Simon is releasing his latest album, In the Blue Light to coincide with the final leg of his Homeward Bound The Farewell Tour – Sept 7

Carrie Underwood is headlining the Long Road Festival in Leicestershire, UK – Sept 7 – 9

Carrie Underwood

Raise Vibration is the 7th album from Lenny Kravitz – Sept 7

The Avett Brothers, Judah & The Lion and The Head & The Heart are headlining the Moon River Festival in Chattanooga, TN – Sept 8 – 9

The Moon River Festival will feature The War and Treaty and their new album Healing Tide

Stopping by the O2 Arena are The Arctic Monkeys, alongside special guests The Lemon Twigs- Sept 9 – 13

Childish Gambino will be performing at Madison Square Garden – Sept 14 – 15

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival returns to Colorado – Sept 14 – 16

Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Childish Gambino and Kygo are just some of the performers heading to Las Vegas for this years iHeartRadio Music Festival – Sept 21 – 22

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino Photo Credit: Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9422185ec)

Irish croner Hozier plays Beacon Theater – Sept 24 – 26

Florence + the Machine’s High As Hope Tour heads to the Hollywood Bowl – Sept 25 – 26

POP Montreal International Music Festival showcases emerging artistic talent worldwide over five days – this year’s edition will feature more than 450 bands – Sept 26 – 30

Welsh alternative rock band, The Joy Formidable, releases their latest album,  AAARTH – Sept 28

New Podcasts

Actor Dax Shepard brings his popular interview podcast to BAM in Brooklyn. Armchair Expert elicits stories from creative personalities in intimate conversations that cover the subjects’ work and successes, and also probe the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment – Sept 22

Armchair Expert host Dax Shepard

Comedian Paul Scheer and critic Amy Nicholson have joined forces for a new podcast: watching every movie in the American Film Institute’s Top 100 and discussing its impact and legacy. On Unspooled, Scheer offers up his trademark take on the films, while Nicholson uses her knowledge of film history and trivia to keep the conversations fresh, informative, and casual.

From the makers of the award winning podcast Criminal, the new podcast This is Love investigates life’s most persistent mystery.

There you have it: everything you need to be pop-culturally literate all month. What are you gonna see first?

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