Monday, August 25
Like most artistic pursuits, writing poetry is harder than it looks. But there are some clever tricks designed to kick-start the creative process, and one of the oldest (and best) has been popularized by writer Austin Kleon in his book “Newspaper Blackout.” NPR’s Morning Edition related how it works: “Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need." This evening at Brooklyn Brainery, let Gracie Janove guide you through the process at the event entitled, "Newspaper Blackout Poetry: How to Turn an Old Newspaper into a Poetic Masterpiece." From 8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn. $13. Register in advance here.
Tuesday, August 26
Join historian Dan Veksler at the Obscura Society for a discussion of the ancient art of dueling. In addition to being a bloody way of settling scores, dueling has a long history in American politics, including founding father Alexander Hamilton's fatal duel with then-vice president Aaron Burr. From 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Nowhere Studios, 1582 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. $20, bookings essential.
Wednesday, August 27
The biggest event on the U.S tennis calendar has taken up residence once again at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. The U.S Open, the fourth and final tennis tournament that culminates the Grand Slam each year, consists of five event championships: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players. Current men’s champ Rafael Nadal is missing this year due to a wrist injury, leaving top players Novak Djokovic, Rodger Federer and Andy Murray to battle for the prize. 2013’s women’s champ Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American Taylor Townsend this week. Williams has won 17 Grand Slam titles, while Townsend is in her third major tournament. From Monday, August 25 until September 8, 11 a.m. daily. Individual Tickets range in price from $70 for the upper section of Arthur Ashe Stadium to $500 for court-side seating. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, Queens.
Thursday, August 28
The LOT LIC Music & Film Series is a eight week summer series of film screenings (Thursday nights) and music performances (Saturday night) held in Long Island City. All events are outdoors and Thursday night’s feature is the 2003 French film “The Triplets of Belleville.” The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, making it the first PG-13 animated film to be nominated in that category. 43-29 Crescent St., Long Island City. Doors at 6 p.m., DJ, food, drinks from until 8 p.m., followed by film screening. Free, all ages.