Gothamist Fall Guide: 20 Crisp Ways To Celebrate October

<br/><br/><a href="">Torrential downpours</a> might not be an ideal way to welcome October, but we all know this month holds some of the richest cultural happenings of the year. There are weird raves to attend, jazz shows to see, and some fine imported wines. There'll be wild parties at the AMNH and the chance to nerd out with your friends (on multiple levels). <br/><br/>October is quite possibly the prettiest time of year, and "<a href="">life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall</a>," so grab a jacket (eventually) and hit the streets; it's time to make some plans.

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<br/><br/>The '90s were glorious times for hip-hop radio in NYC, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a duo more deserving of gold turntable trophies than DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito. Together, the WKCR sound selectors helped break legends like Nas, Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, and the Wu-Tang Clan on-air to audiences beyond the confines of each act's local parks and street corners. That legacy gets a silver screen treatment in <em><a href="">Stretch And Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives</a></em>, which will get its American theatrical premiere at BAM early this month. Clever, passionate, and encyclopedic in their knowledge of hip-hop (because, y'know, <em>they lived it</em>), the two are pillars of the city's music scene and wistfully take stock of it all as the cameras roll tape. Bonus: if you make it to the October 1st screening, you'll get the chance to take in a post-film Q and A with the men themselves.<br/><br/><em>Runs Thursday-Thursday, October 1-8th; Showtimes vary // <a href="">BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building</a>, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn // <a href=",5a2c2f2d-5bc5-49e7-9117-a3a900d3226b/20151001">Tickets $7-14</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Re-up your fourth dimensional thinking and take in three Robert Zemeckis classics back-to-back-to-back when <a href=""><strong>MoMA hosts a day-long screening of all three <em>Back to the Future</em> films</strong></a>. Yes, it'll be just you, Doc Brown, Marty McFly, Biff, Einstein, and the DeLorean darting back and forth across divergent timelines at 88 miles per hour, trying to keep the space-time continuum from folding in upon itself. The nine hour mini-fest is part of the museum's larger film retrospective on Zemeckis's work, and if <em>Back to the Future</em> isn't your thing per se, you can catch other highlights like <em>Contact</em>, <em>Death Becomes Her</em>, <em>Forrest Gump</em>, and <em>What Lies Beneath</em>. But then, skipping out on all his <em>BttF</em> genius would be almost as absurd as the music video ZZ Top made for the third installment's theme song "Doubleback." Almost.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Begins Saturday, October 3rd at 2 p.m. // MoMA,11 W 53rd Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $8-12</a></em>

<br/><br/>Clear some of those foreign film posters and thrifted taxidermy animal mounts off your walls and make room for some <em>art</em>, dammit. You'll be able to pick up some original pieces and hand-signed prints at the <strong><a href="">Staten Island Fence Show</a></strong>, which will mark its 65th year this season and is going down amongst the beautiful Greco pillars of the Staten Island Museum. You're advised to bring some cash, but the on-site entertainment is free; the day will also feature a Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble's Open Air Music Festival. Time to take that ferry.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, October 3rd, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. // <a href="">Staten Island Museum</a>, Snug Harbor, Staten Island // <a href="">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Fear and awe echo at equal rates in the work of Joan Jonas, one of America's most revered video performance artists, a woman known for creating black and white scenes apparently pulled from the dreams of lost ghosts. This fall, the most comprehensive monograph of Jonas's work will be published under the title <em><a href="">In the Shadow a Shadow</a></em>, and <a href="">MomA PS1 will hold a kick-off gathering for the piece</a> that will bring her editor Joan Simon, essayists Johanna Burton and Douglas Crimp, and several artists for a guided tour of these immersive, beautiful and often disquieting projects. Joan herself will be on-hand to autograph copies of the monograph.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 4th, 3 p.m. // <a href="">MoMA PS1</a>, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens // <a href=";txobjid=cc588fa3-e927-4dbd-986b-c55a082d7cea">Tickets $15</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Expand your culinary horizons with <a href=""><strong>WNYC's Lopate and Locavores: Eating Around the World</strong></a> series, which will see the station's ever-present host sit down with Korean cooking star Maangchi, Indian master Madhur Jaffrey, and Ethiopan/Scandinavian luminary Marcus Samuelsson. The central theme, here, is how to get past the "Americanized" versions of global cuisines and do some truly genuine tasting the next time you pick up a menu, in both New York and beyond. And instead of bringing all three chefs together for a rushed panel talk in which everyone starts their sentences with "Well, in my culinary background..." this Greenspace series serves it up right, giving each guest their own evening on which to take us deep into their preferred techniques, ingredients, and reasons for cooking.<br/><br/><em>Wednesdays, October 7, 14, and 21st at 7 p.m. // <a href="">The Greenspace</a>, 44 Charlton Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $25</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Jim Shaw's work reaches back to the far synapses of America's collective brain and tickles it with LSD-laced fingers. The prolific sculptor and painter's output skewers the strange elements of life that we often miss, satirizing the powerful and popular with a scathing wit. This month, the New Museum will open <a href=""><strong>Jim Shaw: The End Is Here</strong></a>, the first large-scale exhibition of its kind in New York City, where you'll see hobo clown ballerinas, humanized ears of corn, and dancing demons all in varying states of joy and despair. There'll be long-nosed Richard Nixons and white knights jousting with angel food cake tornadoes. With this one, familiar faces become total farces; our collective American history has gone haywire. New Museum members will get the chance to see the works during an <a href="">advance reception</a> on October 6th, and Shaw himself will attend <a href="">a panel discussion</a> on Saturday, October 10th.<br/><br/><em>Opens Wednesday, October 7th, 11 a.m. // <a href="">The New Museum</a>, 235 Bowery, Manhattan // <a href=";date=2015-10-07T00:00:00-0400">Tickets $16</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The big, wild (and <a href="">increasingly-corporatized</a>) celebration that is Comic Con will once again touch down at the Javits Center early this month. Yes, there's supposed to be <a href="">a big Batman announcement</a>, and hell yes to the <a href="">cast reunion of Nickelodeon's <em>All That</em></a>, but really the heart of Comic Con still belongs to fans who spend hours of planning and hundreds of dollars to masquerade as their favorite characters. On top of the numerous panel talks on everything from DIY comics to Star Wars collectibles to gay geek culture to Teen Wolf, there'll also be <a href="">on-site speed dating</a> and <a href="">charity art auctions.</a> Bring your ocarinas, capes, and lightsabers.<br/><br/><em>Thursday-Saturday, October 8-11th // <a href="">Javits Convention Center</a>, 655 W 34th Street, Manhattan, // Tickets sold out (<a href="">but there's always StubHub</a>)</em>

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<br/><br/>The Museum of the City of New York will take stock of urban preservation efforts past and present at their <strong>Inventing Preservation</strong> panel, which reaches far back into the 19th century, long before the failed push to save Penn Station from its 1963 destruction invigorated the movement. Oft-forgotten pioneers including <a href="">Andrew H. Green</a> and <a href="">Albert Bard</a> will get a bit of long-overdue respect, and the night's experts will also fill you in on the women's garden clubs and civic groups that built the framework for urban preservation activism. It's all tied to the MCNY's <a href="">new <em>Saving Place</em> exhibit</a> and a reminder that these buildings, squares, and streets we love and depend upon are living things that need protecting.<br/><br/><em>Thursday, October 8th, 6:30 p.m. // <a href="">MCNY</a>, 1220 5th Ave, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $12-16</a></em>

<br/><br/>Inspired by the 1998 cinematic masterpiece that is <em>Blade</em>, a vampirish group of organizers are throwing a full-on <strong><a href="">Blood Rave</a></strong>. Yes, a <em>Blood Rave</em>. Buckets of imitation hemoglobin will be poured onto writing bodies at Terminal 5, and electro mainstays The Crystal Method will headline the demonic festivities. There'll also be a full screening of the film, swordfighting demos, custom-made vampire fangs and more. No, this is not a hoax, and these days chances to get this blissfully weird are rarer than type O-negative. Organizers <a href="">BBQ Films</a> are pulling out all the stops and even installing a chill out room modeled after the apartment of <em>Blade</em> villain Deacon Frost. But first, refresh your memories of the scene that inspired it all.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Friday, October 9th, 7:30 p/m/ // <a href="">Terminal 5</a>, 610 W 56th Street, Manhattan // <a href='"'>Tickets $56-108</a></em>

<br/><br/>If you didn't catch them as the in-house band during <a href="">a recent NPR Morning Edition</a>, you've got another chance to immerse yourself in the indispensable music of Yo La Tengo. The indie rock icons will play <strong><a href="">a scaled-back acoustic set in Brooklyn</a></strong>, which means that "<a href="">Green Arrow</a>" will sound somehow even more ethereal and pure. Unsung hero of '60s rock Nick Lowe is opening, and it's all happening at the gorgeous Kings Theater, which means this might be your best bet for an ideally wistful autumn eve.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, October 10th, 7 p.m. // <a href="">Kings Theater</a>, // <a href=";majorcatid=10001&amp;minorcatid=60?camefrom=cfc_kingstheatre_YOLATENGO_KTWEB">Tickets $20-70</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Giant swords, ridiculous villains, blue wigs, and nonstop J-Rock. As far as theater shows go, <strong><a href="">Kapow-i Go Go</a></strong> truly does have it all, and after performances at the Peoples Improv Theater sold out, week after week, the production's summertime engagement has been extended through November 1st. If you couldn't make it to Comic Con, this is your next-best chance to get up close and personal with anime IRL. Producers describe it as "an epic, three-part, live-action hybrid of Dragon Ball Z, Cyberpunk Space Operas, most of the Final Fantasies and every other after-school cartoon you watched in the mid-to-late '90s. It's a Geek Coast of Utopia. A Nerd Gatz." It's time to power-up.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 11th, 6 p.m. // <a href="">The Peoples ImprovTheater</a>, 123 E 24th Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $30</a></em>

<br/><br/>Fans of Portuguese produce, fans of wine, and fans of Portuguese wine in particular should mark their calendars for the upcoming <strong><a href="">Wines of Portugal Producer Showcase at City Winery.</a></strong> The two-and-a-half hour grapefest offers a unique array of wines from the European republic; specifically there'll be over 250 varieties to discover (but pace yourself). Every top-notch wine region of Portugal will be represented, and the samples will be paired with complimentary appetizers (again, pace yourself). Whether it's a dry red from the Bairrada region (using traditional Baga grapes), a light, crisp white from Vinho Verde, or a sparkling number from the town of Obidos in Lisboa, there'll be a glass on hand that's sure to entice any oenophile.<br/><br/><em>Tuesday October 13th, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. // <a href="">City Winery</a>,155 Varick Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $60</a></em>

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<br/><br/>We hear there's a certain holiday near the end of October that puts people in the mood for terror, monsters, and a wee bit of gore. We can't quite recall the name of it just now, but we can urgently recommend going to see <em>It Follows</em> at the newly-formed <strong><a href="">BK Horror Club</a></strong>. The monthly series of horror film showings will show Wes Craven's cult classic <em>Scream</em> on October 29th, but it's <em>It Follows</em>, the still-new indie thriller from director David Robert Mitchell that you'll want to be sure to catch. In the story, we follow a young girl who's chased by...<em>something</em> after a one-night tryst with a handsome stranger. With inspired cinematography and a synth-drenched soundtrack from Rich Vreeland, it's a film that will have you believing that dread can, in fact, be an art form. You don't need the trailer; the opening title music is chilling enough.<br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><br/><br/><em><em>It Follows</em> -- Wednesday, October 14th, 8 p.m. // <em>Scream</em> -- Thursday, October 29th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">Throne Watches</a>, 29 Wythe Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $10</a></em>

<br/><br/>Not just keepsakes, but frozen pivotal moments in a nation that's changing, and fast, <em>Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh</em> brings images both heartbreaking and dazzling to the <strong><a href="">Bronx Museum of the Arts</a></strong> this month. With works from Arfun Ahmed, Taslima Akhter, Debashish Chakrabarty, Jannatul Mawa, and Manir Mrittrik (whose work appears above), the new show offers a look at a nation adjusting to rapid industrial growth and investors both foreign and domestic; a space in which home life and global capital jockey for space. As the Bangladeshi immigrant population of the Bronx continues to rise, this new show is right on time, and fields both hyperpersonal street photos and sprawling landscapes of the finest order.<br/><br/><em>Opens Thursday, October 15th, 11 a.m. // <a href="">The Bronx Museum</a>, 1040 Grand Concourse, TheBronx // <a href="">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Heavy beats will be reverberating off model planets, moons, and more when The American Natural History Museum kicks off its <strong><a href="">One Step Beyond</a></strong> party series, which consistently brings some of the strongest talents in electronic music to its space-centric Rose Center. This month will see DJ Cosi, Herbert Holler, and Marc Smooth of Freedom Party NYC take over the space, and those who are really tripping, erm, <em>feeling</em> the vibe will want to check out the Hayden Big Bang Theater, which will be open during the festivities. <br/><br/><em>Friday, October 16th 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. // American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West &amp; 79th Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $25-30</a></em>

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<br/><br/>It could be argued that out on the West Coast, modern jazz is more vibrantly alive than on our own home turf (but please, don't send us hate letters filled with used reeds). One of California's finest, and indeed one of the genre's most-beloved new champions<strong> <a href="">Kamasi Washington will be touching down as part of the CMJ Festival</a></strong>, bringing along a massive band to perform his even more massive debut record <em><a href="">The Epic</a></em>. Clocking in at roughly three hours, the triple-LP is a tour de force of saxophone virtuosity, and has both traditional jazz critics and indie tastemakers obsessing over Washington's skills as both a composer and instrumentalist. If you enjoyed the winding horn lines on Kendrick Lamar's <em>To Pimp A Butterfly</em>, you owe quite a bit of thanks to this guy.<br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Friday, October 16th, 6:30 p.m. // <a href="">Le Poisson Rouge</a>, 158 Bleecker St, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $25-30</a></em>

<br/><br/>A little punk attitude, a little DIY economics, and a whole lot of morose creativity goes into the <a href="">Morbid Anatomy Museum's Flea Markets</a>, the next of which is happening this month. Stuffed animals, severed limbs, bits of bone, whole bones, and entire human rib cages, long past their expiration dates, will all be on sale. You can get a better feel for what to expect by checking out <a href="">our last trip to the Morbid market</a>, and should also seriously consider becoming a member of the <a href="">Morbid Anatomy Museum</a>, if only for the privilege of skipping what will certainly be a long wait in line.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 18th, 12-6 p.m. (members enter at 11 a.m.) // <a href="">The Bell House</a>, 149 7th St, Brooklyn // Admission $1</em>

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<br/><br/>Our interns tell us that "<a href="">cuffing season</a>" is a thing, and there's no better way to win over a potential wintertime mate than playing their favorite album on a lush, warm vinyl LP. Hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of records will be marked at discount prices during the <strong><a href="">Vinyl Revolution Record Show at Littlefield</a></strong> later this month, and the daylong event is sure to bring some of the city's biggest lovers of analog sound out to shop, swap, and mix it up. Drink specials and food catered by <a href="">Empanada Lady</a> will keep your sound machine moving until nightfall, so bring a big bag and cop some wax.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 18th, 1 p.m. (Noon Early Tickets Available) // <a href="">Littlefield</a>, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $2-5</a></em>

<br/><br/>Are you a brawny nerd, a scrawny nerd, or more of a yawny nerd? Never fear, because all egghead varieties are welcome at the <strong><a href="">Nerd Nite Nerdtacular</a></strong>. Bring pocket protectors, taped-up glasses and a spare protractor to Le Poisson Rouge and prepare yourself for a night of dry T-shirt contests, haiku writing and the "no dance party," by popular request. The Nerdtacular will be celebrating 10 years of Nerd Nite, which itself is a monthly event series held in cities across the globe to uphold the noble tradition of learning while drinking. Along with general shenanigans, Nerd Nite promises three fun-but-appropriately-brainy presentations across a variety of niche topics to take in while you imbibe. Will you learn about the genealogy of Godzilla? Zombie Insects? Find out while you party like a nerd. <br/><br/><em>Friday, October 23rd, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="">Le Poisson Rouge</a>, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $15</a></em>

<br/><br/>Self-proclaimed creators of "multi-dimensional polyrhythmic gangster shit," Australian quartet <strong><a href="">Hiatus Kaiyote will return to Brooklyn Bowl</a></strong> with support from local turntable great <a href="">DJ Spinna</a>. Known for their maximalist arrangements that blur the lines between soul, hip-hop, RnB and prog rock, the group capitalizes on frontwoman Nai Palm's spectacular vocal range just as often as it leans back and rides an instrumental groove. Grammy-nominated and beloved by the likes of Q-Tip and Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote brings music nerds, beat junkies, and flower children together. It's going to be a beautiful thing.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Saturday, October 24th, 6 p.m. // <a href="">Brooklyn Bowl</a>, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $25</a></em>

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