Gothamist Guide To Fall: 20 Fun Things To Do In October

<br/><br/>New York in Autumn is arguably the city at its best. In addition to signaling the end of the sticky season, fall brings us amazing concert dates, myriad art openings, fresh new restaurants, sprawling food festivals and a general embarrassment of cultural riches. Cider season has begun, Broadway hits are popping off, and Halloween candy spills off the shelves. Amidst all your jack-o-lantern carving, check out these 20 stellar ways to make the most out of these crisp autumn days. <a href="">Who needs a castle in Spain, anyway?</a>

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<br/><br/>Call it dreamy, hypnotic, sprawling, or cinematic: the music of <a href="">Tycho</a> seems to emanate from the desert driving scenes of your dreams. Still barreling forth with energy thanks to this year's <em>Awake</em> LP, composer Scott Hansen will wield both full band and a superlative, self-designed video show when <strong><a href="">Tycho plays Terminal 5</a></strong>. Watercolor synthesizers meet icy guitar lines and energetic drums on <em>Awake</em>, which saw Hansen's music abandoning the chillwave bedroom in favor of loftier post-rock skies. Hansen even runs his own <a href="">brilliant design blog</a> and has made for Tycho a winsomely unified aesthetic; this is the stuff of sunlight scattered over whitecap Pacific waves, of nostalgia made melodic. Fans of Boards of Canada, Washed Out, and Bonobo will not want to miss this; press play below and get your ticket immediately after.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=d4d4d4" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, October 1st, 7 p.m. // <a href="">Terminal 5</a>, 610 W 56th Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $25</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Sly grins and cancan kicks abound in <strong><em><a href="">Rococo Rouge</a></em></strong>, the late summer offering from director/choreographer Austin McCormick. Burlesque and ballet share the same corset in McCormick's production, which runs through the end of October and is a must-see for dance-lovers and rabble-rouses of all stripes. <em>Rococo Rouge</em> is also a celebration of Company XIV's lovely new 100 seat East Village space, and the show rollicks with crimson stockings, (yes) crushed velvet, and many a musical number. <br/><br/>Vaudeville-era cocktails will be waiting for those who attend, but don't be fooled into thinking the show's just a period piece lark. McCromick is known for his ingeniously baroque dance compositions, and <a href="">the Times has praised</a> his "rambunctious theatricality that deploys dance as part of a sexy, colorful mix of narrative and stage genres." Shows are held 6 nights per week, and you should buy in advance.<br/><br/><em>8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday nights, through November 2nd // <a href="">Company XIV</a>, 428 Lafayette Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $65-105</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The name just about says it all: <strong><a href="">The First (and Probably Last) Annual New York Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans</a></strong> will bring cat owners, cat filmers, and cat YouTube voyeurs together for a celebration of some of the best feline material the internet has to offer. The festival is being put on by the trusty wags of <a href="">Super Week</a> and will offer separate shows, one for kids and one for the 21+ crowd. A live-scored silent cat film, Halloween-inspired segment devoted to "scaredy cats," and plenty more feline frolicsomeness is guaranteed. <a href="">Cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a> <a href="">cat video</a>.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 5th, 1 p.m. &amp; 8 p.m. // <a href="">Galapagos</a>, 16 Main St, Brooklyn // <a href=";eventId=5318515">Tickets $10-20</a></em>

<br/><br/><a href="">New York Comic Con</a>, the east coast's largest pop culture event/annual summit for all things geek, is convening at the Javits Center from October 9-12. Check out panels all weekend featuring stars from <em>Bob's Burgers, The Walking Dead</em>, and <em>American Dad</em>, meet the likes of Bill Nye, Patrick Stewart, and Hodor, or wander the floor to check out what's new and exciting in the world of comics and gaming. A complete list of <a href=";srch-query=2&amp;srch-showresults=true">panels</a> and <a href="">guests</a> is viewable online. Multi-day and VIP passes are already sold out, but single day tickets for Thursday October 9 are still available. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12 // <a href="">Javits Center</a> // <a href="">Thursday tickets $35</a>, more on <a href=";pageNumber=1&amp;resultsPerPage=50&amp;searchMode=event&amp;start=0&amp;rows=50&amp;geo_exp=1">StubHub</a></em>

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<br/><br/>In the 1940s, in his old age and failing health, Henri Matisse moved away from the oil paintings that defined the Fauvist movement and his life's artistic work, and instead began making collages of cut paper. Matisse's cutouts (i.e. <a href="">the Icarus one</a>, not <a href="">the fishbowl painting</a>) are arguably his most iconic works. Starting October 12, MoMA will host <strong><a href="">a special exhibit of approximately 100 of Matisse's cutouts</a></strong>: the largest and most comprehensive display of cutouts ever assembled and the first in-depth exhibition of the cutouts in New York since 1961. Timed tickets are available for purchase and required for non-MoMA members, but <a href="">members</a> and accompanied guests can access the exhibit at any time. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 12–Sunday, February 8, 2015 // <a href="">Museum of Modern Art</a> // <a href="">Tickets $35 for adults</a></em>

<br/><br/>Continuing in the vein of live podcasts at the Bell House (looking at you, <a href="">Julie Klausner</a> fans), Kseniya Yarosh and Eleanor Kagan of the Brooklyn-based movie podcast &gt;<em><a href="">Bonnie &amp; Maude</a></em> are hosting <strong>"<a href="">All of Them Witches</a>,"</strong> the third in a series of variety shows. Yarosh and Kagan will be exploring witches in all their Wiccan, Satan-worshipping, and nature goddess forms across pop culture. They'll be joined by film scholars, enthusiasts, music from <a href="">AK</a> and <a href="">Femme Rhythm</a>, and clips from <em>Bewitched, Buffy, Rosemary's Baby, Hocus Pocus,</em> and more. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Monday, October 13th, 7:30 p.m. // <a href="">The Bell House</a> // <a href="">Tickets $8</a></em>

<br/><br/>This month <strong><a href="">BAM Cinematek will host a preview screening of <em>Listen Up, Philip</em></a></strong>, director Alex Ross Perry's new star-packed indie film that's already been <a href="">lauded</a>, <a href="">by many</a>, as a bookish triumph. Jason Schwartzman steps into the mordant title role as Philip Lewis Friedman, a young New York author who rises in his craft just as those who love him suffer for it. Elisabeth Moss shines as his adoring, frustrated girlfriend while <a href="">former Bond villain</a> Jonathan Pryce plays the fatherly rival author. Acrimonious at its onset, Perry's film grows surprisingly tender as both empathy and justice are doled out when the moment is ripe. The <a href="">Roth references</a> ring all too loud and clear, but <em>Listen Up, Philip</em> aims to be a new story all its own, told by a young filmmaker who's firmly found his stride.<br/><br/>As a bonus, audience members at the October 14th screening will be treated to a post-film Q&amp;A with both Perry and Schwartzman.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Tuesday-Thursday, October 14th-16th, 7 p.m. // <a href="">BAM Rose Cinema</a>, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $10-14</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Something wicked is brewing in the mind of Stephen Ellison. The LA-based experimental producer and composer known as <strong><a href="">Flying Lotus will play Terminal 5 on October 15th</a></strong>, and is just days away from unveiling his latest album, <em>You're Dead!</em>, upon the land of the listening living. After building a repertoire of avant-garde electronic hip-hop that <a href="">lives and breathes like nothing else you've ever heard</a>, FlyLo has decided to delve into death, promising a 19-track LP devoted to <a href="">his guess at what the afterlife sounds like</a>.<br/><br/>While his studio offerings are perennial head-trips, Flying Lotus's live sets are crafted with more of a gut-punch mentality, flourishing as part DJ set, part live on stage composition. Plan for monstrous bass, clattering off-tempo snare drums, Polynesian flutes, and old soul vocal samples to echo off each corner of Terminal 5's cavernous innards before tangling along your swaying spine. Bass virtuoso <a href="">Thundercat</a> opens and there's also a <a href="">DMT flashback-enducing light show</a> to prepare for. Don't say we didn't warn you.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Wednesday, October 15th, 7 p.m. // <a href="">Terminal 5</a> // <a href="">Tickets $30</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Grab those earplugs because<strong><a href=""> the first installment of the Wick's Tinnitus series</a></strong> is bringing quite the experimental eardrum-burster to Bushwick. On October 18th a stacked showcase for rising "composers of extreme sound," including aural intimidator <a href="">Ben Frost</a>, the otherworldly <a href="">Julianna Barwick</a> and epic drone guitarist <a href="">Oneirogen</a>. <br/><br/>Well-described as booming, brain-melting electronic noise, Frost will be the perfect compliment to the ephemeral Barwick, who uses a series of angelic vocal loops to craft a catalog of gorgeous, ethereal songs. Rounded out by Oneirogen's hallucinogenic doom-gloom, it'll probably live up to its name and result in a few noise headaches, if not actual auditory annihilation. <em>(Sandra Song)</em><br/><br/><em>Saturday, October 18th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">The Wick</a>, 260 Meserole St., Brooklyn // <a href=";__utmb=;__utmc=1&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=1.1411882778.1.1.utmcsr=google|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=%28not%20provided%29&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=73167507">Tickets $15</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Parting, they say, is such sweet surly sorr'w,<br/> So raise a glass of beer and toast the bard.<br/><a href=";EventTime=Friday%20October%2031st%20-%208:00pm&amp;JTime=31%20October%202014,%2020:00&amp;DiscountCode="><strong>Drunk Shakespeare</strong> makes great Halloween company</a>,<br/>And doth embolden fans and hams alike.<br/>"I would give all my fame for a pot of ale,"<br/> <a href="">Cried one boy to a pistol, lost in France.</a><br/>Make haste to Stage IV, cheer the players' folly,<br/>For Shakespeare and dark liquor's sake they prance.<br/><br/><em>Friday, October 31st, 8 p.m. &amp; 10 p.m. // Stave IV, 300 West 43rd Street (4th Floor), near 8th Avenue, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $54</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Get ready to dig on swine at the <strong><a href="">Bacon Takedown</a></strong>! Matt Timms, host of The Takedowns, where chefs compete to make the best chili, meatballs, mac and cheese, etc., will be providing 20 chefs with 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label bacon each to do whatever they please. And for just $20, you can spend an afternoon sampling the entire spectrum of sweet, smoky, porky creativity, before choosing the victorious chef, who presumably will get to bask in a similarly sweet and sizzling porky glory. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 19th, 2–4 p.m. // <a href="">Littlefield</a> // <a href="">Tickets $20</a></em>

<br/><br/><strong><a href="">Pickle Day</a></strong>, the Lower East Side's annual celebration of all things pickled, is coming to Orchard Street on October 19th. Many top local picklers and briners will be in attendance, including <a href="">Pickle Guys</a>, <a href="">McClure's</a>, <a href="">Brooklyn Brine</a>, and <a href="">Mrs. Kim's Kimchi</a>. Be advised that despite the event's name and theme, many non-pickle food vendors will also be there, including <a href="">The Meatball Shop</a>, <a href="">Russ &amp; Daughters</a>, fashion vendors <a href="">Grit N Glory</a>, live music, face painting, games (including something called "Cat Bingo" !!). <a href="">PUNDERDOME 3000</a> will also be on the scene, acting dill-igently as the official sponsor of the Pickle Day Pun-Off. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 19th, 12-5 p.m. // Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey // <a href="">Free</a></em>

<br/><br/>Sugary cereal plus cheap alcohol plus Saturday morning cartoons equals the combination you never knew you've always needed until now. <a href="">Secret Formula</a> brings them all together for <strong><a href="">Spoons, Toons &amp; Booze</a></strong> at Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema for a brilliant afternoon of drinking, cereal-eating, and cartoon watching (on a giant cinema screen!) that blows away other Sunday boozy brunches with a fistful of Acme dynamite. Less than $20 gets you two hours of classic cartoons plucked from the glory years of 1930-1990, as well as all the bowls of Booberry, Count Chocula, and Frankenberry you can eat (this is October, after all). A costume contest and special Halloween cocktails will keep the party going, and now that <a href="">actual Saturday morning cartoons are gone forever</a>, just a fading memory of 20th century youth, it seems only right to go and pour one out for poor Wile E. Coyote <br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 19th, 11:45 a.m. // <a href="">Nitehawk Cinema</a>, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn</em> // <a href=";Page=PickTickets&amp;SHOWID=7412">Tickets $16</a>

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<br/><br/>With the new fall theater season comes a fresh phalanx of film stars making maiden Broadway voyages. Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal are among the boldface names returning to the stage, anchoring the <strong>latest rendition of Tom Stoppard's <em><a href="">The Real Thing</a></em></strong>, produced by Roundabout Theater Company. A meta-tale of plays within plays, Stoppard's story is one of an unhappy marriage wrecked by adultery that becomes mirrored in the writings of its own characters. Stoppard hit the big time in the late '60s with <em>Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead</em>, and <em>The Real Thing</em> carries much of the same sharp and withering wit. Tony winner Cynthia Nixon is also set to star alongside Gyllenhaal and McGregor.<br/><br/><em>Opens Thursday, October 2nd, 8 p.m. // <a href="">American Airlines Theatre</a>, 227 West 42nd Street, Manhattan // <a href=";pXref=87D323B4-8F84-459E-91B0-E1376DABEE94">Tickets from $67</a></em>

<br/><br/>An annual multi-day industry showcase for rising talent, <strong><a href="">CMJ Music Marathon</a></strong> is back this year with another top-shelf lineup that will set some of the most hyped (and underappreciated) bands in indie music loose upon New York City. <br/><br/>The name says it all; this is a <em>marathon</em> of show-hopping and beer-guzzling, 5 non-stop days of rising talent and ringing eardrums that guarantees aural discovery at a breakneck rate. Featuring a little something from everyone, whether you're a riot grrrl revivalist (<a href="">PINS</a>, <a href="">Mannequin Pussy</a>, <a href="">Amanda X</a>), stoner goth (<a href="">Amen Dunes</a>, <a href="">Moon Duo</a>) or a dirty punk brat (<a href="">Twin Peaks</a>, <a href="">The Wytches</a>), there's bound to be more than a few showcases with your scene and sound and a <a href="">full lineup available for perusal</a>. Forgot your earplugs? Then check out one of the panels, which includes Merge Records' 25th anniversary talk and a conversation between MTV correspondent John Norris and avant-goth goddess Zola Jesus. <em>(Sandra Song)</em><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, October 21st - Saturday, October 25th // Various venues //<a href=""> Full-Pass Badges $340-525</a> (single show tickets vary)</em>

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<br/><br/>Edward Albee's <strong><a href=""><em><a href="">A Delicate Balance</a></em></a></strong> gets a new lease on life this fall theater season with a cast of near-unbelievable depth. Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Clare Higgins, Bob Balaban, and Lindsay Duncan all have roles in the limited 18 week run. The story of a couple's marriage thrown into disarray by panicked friends, a divorce-happy daughter, and an alcoholic relative makes the play a powder keg of Pulitzer Prize-winning domestic drama. Director Pam MacKinnon, who just last year netted a Tony for her revival of <em>Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</em> is the perfect fit for this dream recreation.<br/><br/><em>Previews begin Monday, October 20th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">The John Golden Theatre</a>, 252 West 45th Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $60-155</a></em>

<br/><br/>While ramen may be a popular food trend here, savored slowly by foodies in noodle shops across Manhattan, it's a quick and dirty lunch in Japan. On average, Japanese diners finish their ramen in just 13 minutes, and if you come to the <strong><a href="">Luckyrice Slurpfest</a></strong>, so can you! Guests will learn how to slurp their ramen with proper efficiency and gusto, rotating between four different tasting bars every 13 minutes. Jack Nakamura of <a href="">Ramen Lab</a>, Kenta Ikehata of <a href="">TSUJITA LA</a>, Ivan Orkin of <a href="">Ivan Ramen</a>, and Hideto Kawahara of <a href="">Hidechan</a> will all be serving noodles in rapid succession. For libations, "Asian-inspired" cocktails featuring Bombay Sapphire East. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Thursday, October 23rd, seatings from 5:30-10 p.m. // <a href="">Astor Center</a> // <a href="">Tickets $100</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Fermented apples are returning to the city in a big way, with no better opportunity to sample a great many than <strong><a href="">New York City Cider Week</a></strong>. 200+ bars, restaurants, and cafes will offer up cider specials, cider tastings, and cidercentric multi-course meals. There's <a href="">a prix-fixe cider meal at Jimmy's No. 43</a>, a <a href="">cider and cheese soiree at Astor Center</a>, and something else entirely called <a href="">Applepalooza</a>. Calvados, pear ciders, and apple-based cocktails are bound to abound throughout a week that should prove that an apple isn't just a <a href="">machine that rules your every waking moment</a>.<br/><br/><em>Tuesday-Thursday, October 21st-30th // <a href="">Various Locations</a> // <a href="">Tickets vary</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Amy Poehler, acclaimed comedian, SNL alum, and star of NBC's Parks and Recreation, is releasing her highly-anticipated first book, <em>Yes Please</em>, on October 28. To mark the occasion, Poehler and fellow SNL-er/Late Night host Seth Meyers are reuniting for <strong><a href="">a talk at the 92nd Street Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall</a></strong> that very evening. Meyers will be interviewing Poehler about her book, and questions can be submitted in advance for the Q&amp;A. If you can make it, you'll also have the opportunity to get your copy of the book signed, but if you can't, 92Y On Demand will also <a href="">livestream</a> the event. <em>(Ben Jay)</em><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. // Kaufmann Concert Hall at <a href="">92Y</a> // <a href="">Tickets from $90</a></em>

<br/><br/>And then, at last, there's <strong>Halloween</strong>, that wildly exuberant public holiday that serves to emphasize how great it is to live in a pulsating global metropolis. From <a href="">haunted house tours</a> to <a href="">David Lynch-inspired dance nights</a>, the city's offering just about everything you could ask for. We advise warming up with the <a href="">Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade</a> before the <a href="">Village Halloween Parade</a> begins to lurch up 6th Avenue. Or maybe ditch the costumes and candy cavorting and hide out at Nitehawk for their <a href="">Nite to Dismember</a> slasher marathon? Is it all about "<a href="">Monster Mash</a>," or does "<a href="">Thriller</a>" own Halloween? The choices are all up to you but whatever you choose you're sure to find some sort of undead fun.<br/><br/><em>October 25th-31st // Numerous venues // Prices vary</em>

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