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Gothamist October Guide: 20 Cool Ways To Celebrate Autumn

<br/><br/>We've finally made it through the summer heat and into the very best month of the year: October. The perfect time for getting outside and enjoying some lovely light jacket weather. Here's our list of the best things to do in October, a decidedly anti-Pumpkin Spice Latte mix of wild bike races, vampiric moonlit cruises, and plenty of top-notch halloween parties. But we did make a little room for some cider.

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<br/><br/>The Bronx Documentary Center is celebrating its new season of exhibitions with <strong><a href="http://bronxdoc.org/exhibitions">a showing of Below the Line: Living Poor in America</a></strong>, a stunning project created by renowned photographer Eugene Richards. During the 1980s, Richard criss-crossed the nation, documenting the struggles of families eking out life below the poverty line, and the images that came out of his long, solitary drives are grainy, heartbreaking frames. Shots of children playing in abandoned cars, fields leveled by dust storms, and a father's tear-soaked gaze transcend their time and place and show a side of America that's only grown worse with each passing year. Nearly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/16/poverty-household-income_n_5828974.html">45 million Americans</a> live below the poverty line today, and while a photography exhibition can't change the world, it can open your eyes. <br/><br/><em>Opening reception Saturday, October 1st, 6-9 p.m.; Exhibit runs through November 6th // Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue, the Bronx // <a href="http://bronxdoc.org/exhibitions">Free</a> </em>

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<br/><br/>Read the words "<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gothic-vampire-cruise-on-the-hudson-tickets-27671672718#tickets">Gothic Vampire Cruise</a>" and you'll probably know right away whether you're in or out. The worlds of high seas swashbuckling and occult bloodsucking will collide on this after-dark immersive theater show, which features tarot readings, exotic burlesque, macabre experiments, and more. A ticket grants you entry, drinks, and two and a half hours of sailing on the Hudson with a group of live actors. The <em>Sleep No More</em>-style show centers around a Countess whose dear father fell in with the dark arts before his untimely demise. Only the bravest souls that venture out on to the water will get to know the rest.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 2nd, 9-11:30 p.m. // New York Clipper City, slip 2, Battery Park // <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gothic-vampire-cruise-on-the-hudson-tickets-27671672718#tickets">Tickets $50-150</a></em>



<br/><br/>On his warm, multi-layered new LP <em>The Colour in Anything</em>, James Blake reached a level of songcraft rarely seen in modern music. Blake spent the last year breaking new artists with his own BBC Radio program and has collaborated with the likes of Bon Iver and Frank Ocean. That musicology work is evident in <em>The Colour In Anything</em>, and its songs blend R&amp;B and soft British folk music into near-perfect hooks and verses. Blake will <strong><a href="http://www.bowerypresents.com/event/1206497-james-blake-new-york">play Radio City Music Hall this month</a></strong> with support from rap phenom Vince Staples and singer/guitarist Moses Sumney. If you go, be prepared to be moved in the most beautiful way.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oT_GfzTjNkk" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Monday, October 3rd, 7 p.m. // Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Avenue, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.bowerypresents.com/event/1206497-james-blake-new-york">Tickets $40-75</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The '90s were about more than skate punk, scrunchies, and questionable aesthetic choices; they were also the backdrop for a veritable renaissance of queer cinema. Beginning this month and running well into November, <a href="http://metrograph.com/series/series/40/queer-90s">Metrograph's <strong>Queer '90s</strong> series</a> will revive some of the decade's classic queer flicks, including Reno Dakota's <em>American Fabulous</em>, Gus Van Sant's <em>My Own Private Idaho</em>, and a weeklong twentieth-anniversary revival of Cheryl Dunye's <em>The Watermelon Woman</em>. The full lineup includes more than 20 films that serve as a reminder of queer life in a post-Stonewall, pre-Marriage Equality Act world. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Selected films will screen from Wednesday, October 5th through November // <a href="http://metrograph.com/">Metrograph</a>, 7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://metrograph.com/series/series/40/queer-90s">Tickets here</a></em>


<br/><br/>The modern dance scene belongs to Kaytranada. Just 24 years old, the Montreal DJ and producer has been riding high since the release of his brilliant debut record <em>99.9%</em>, and cruised the summer festival circuit to the adoration of open-minded listeners who prefer their house beats cut with plenty of hip-hop and Brazilian bossa nova. This month, <strong><a href="http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/1281059-kaytranada-new-york">Kaytra will play a proper solo show at Terminal 5</a></strong>, a venue that just might be big enough to contain the awesome power of his grooves.<br/><br/><em>Wednesday, October 5th, 8 p.m. // <a href="http://www.terminal5nyc.com/">Terminal 5</a>, 610 W 56th Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.terminal5nyc.com/event/1281059-kaytranada-new-york">Tickets $25-30</a></em>

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<br/><br/>400 of the meanest, fastest, and best bike messengers on the continent are set to descend upon East Williamsburg for the <a href="http://naccc2016.messengers.org/">North American Cycle Courier Championships</a>. On closed courses meant to simulate the perilous work conditions of a modern-day messenger, bikers will compete for titles in speed, skids, track stands, wheelies, and more. Plenty of it is serious (winners go on to compete at the international level), but plan for plenty of silliness and pranks to be played along the way. This year the NCCC set a record for women's registration with over 100 ladies competing, and spectators are encouraged to join in at a special Saturday night cyclist party at Brooklyn Night Bazaar.<br/><br/><em>Thursday-Sunday, October 6-10th; Times vary // <a href="http://naccc2016.messengers.org/course-map/">East Williamsburg course map here</a> // <a href="http://naccc2016.messengers.org/">Free to attend</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The only reassuring thing about looking at photographs of the slow-motion nightmare that is election 2016 is knowing that photographs can't move, shout, sniffle, or deport you. For months, Russian-American photojournalist <a href="http://www.markabramsonphoto.com/">Mark Abramson</a> has been capturing scenes from both the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and in <strong><a href="http://www.unitedphotoindustries.com/exhibitions/2016/two-face/">Two Face</a></strong>, his new show at United Photo Industries, he lays our divided present out for us, the result of which is shock and awe. Abramson's excellent work highlights the duplicity, manipulation, and flat-out lying that has driven this election cycle, and no one gets let off the hook, be it pundit, candidate, or citizen.<br/><br/><em>Runs October 6-29th, Tuesday - Fridays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 12-4 p.m. // <a href="http://www.unitedphotoindustries.com/">United Photo Industries</a>, 16 Main Street, #B, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.unitedphotoindustries.com/exhibitions/2016/two-face/">Free Admission </a></em>


<br/><br/>In China, the expression <strong><a href="http://www.mocanyc.org/exhibitions/sour_sweet_bitter_spicy">Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy</a></strong> is used to describe both the flavors present in the country's varied regional cuisines and the ups and downs of life. The Museum of Chinese In America's installation focuses on both interpretations of the phrase. The exhibition includes an immersive video installation featuring 33 Chinese and Asian-American chefs' tales of cooking and culture, and a banquet-style dining table displaying artifacts from their personal kitchens. Place settings from China's various regions link contemporary cooking styles to regional traditions, drawing parallels between Chinese and Chinese-Americans' diverse culinary cultures.<em> (Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Exhibition runs from Thursday, October 6th through March 2017 // <a href="http://www.mocanyc.org/">Museum of Chinese In America</a>, 215 Centre Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.mocanyc.org/visit/">Tickets: $10</a> (Free the first Thursday of every month)</em>

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<br/><br/>Doing <strong><a href="http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/">Comic Con</a></strong> right means putting down your cynical judgment and picking up a full-scale replica broadsword. The Javits Center will once again become the mecca of anime, video game, comic book, sci-fi, fantasy, and action-adventure fandom, welcoming thousands of kids who have yet to grow up and many more adults who have yet to grow old. This year's convention will feature cast members from <em>Doctor Who, Star Wars, Power Rangers, Firefly, John Wick 2, Stranger Thing</em>s, and original Batman Adam West (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJdXMrFRDGk">remember the Batusi?</a>). But marquee names are only half the draw. Comic Con's best quality is the fans' blistering devotion to cosplay and collecting, and even if you don't have tickets to enter the Javits, it's worth making a trip to Hudson Yards to get a look at all the superhero street style.<br/><br/><em>Convention runs Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9th, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Sunday 10 til 5) // <a href="http://www.javitscenter.com/">Javits Center</a>, 655 W 34th Street, Manhattan // <a href="http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Tickets/Buy-Tickets/">Tickets $40 and up</a></em>

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<br/><br/>It isn't often that Indonesian cinema makes its way to the U.S., but the Anthology Film Archives' <strong><a href="http://indonesianfilmforum.nyc/">Indonesian Film Week</a></strong> will give you a chance to see some of the best films the country has to offer while sampling Indonesian coffee and snacks. Selected flicks include Angga Dwimas Sasongko's <em>Filosofi Kopi</em>, which won two awards at last year's Indonesian Film Festival, and Javanese documentary <em>The Land Beneath The Fog</em>. The two-day event includes six screenings in total, each of which costs $5, but a $10 day pass gives you a better bang for your buck (and presumably more snacks). <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Saturday, October 8th - Sunday, October 9th // <a href="anthologyfilmarchives.org">Anthology Film Archives</a>, 32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street // <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indonesian-film-week-new-york-2016-tickets-27923228127?aff=es2">Tickets: $5 - $10</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Dance mavens should flock to Output for the latest installment of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/679498788869197/">Bonobo's DJ residency</a>, which has been regularly packing the club with hot gyrating human masses. The UK producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist has a knack for playing the best club tracks from all over the world, and his sets end up becoming a kind of master class in electro-globalization. Plan to hear American house, British funk, Scandinavian samba, and plenty of his own excellent material spliced in amidst the madness. If you're going, plan to arrive early and go all out, because Bonobo goes on at 10 and will play until almost sunrise. Check out a sample below.<br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145502026&amp;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>Saturday, October 8th, 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. // <a href="http://outputclub.com/">Output</a>, 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn // <a href="https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1286449?utm_medium=bks">Tickets $15-25</a></em>

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<br/><br/>If you know, you know. Bay Area turntablist DJ Shadow is set to go down in history for <em>Endtroducing...</em>, his seminal 1996 album that's constructed almost entirely out of samples. With it's murky and hypnotic sound, the record brought hip-hop production out of the basement and into a science laboratory. Since then he's released a steady stream of great material that runs the gamut from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdflxJTFl8w">dreamy 12 minute instrumentals</a> to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFrxuVo4oI0">punchy feature work for Mos Def</a>. On his newest record, <em>The Mountain Will Fall</em>, Shadow keenly mixes in trip-hop, funk, and softer electro with old school boom bap. You might not be a hip-hop nerd when you walk into <a href="http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/event/1212509-dj-shadow-brooklyn">his Music Hall of Williamsburg show</a>, but chances are you'll walk away one.<br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/267985692&amp;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>Saturday, October 15th, 8 p.m. // <a href="http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/">Music Hall of Williamsburg</a>, 66 N 6th Street, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/event/1212509-dj-shadow-brooklyn">Tickets $35</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Hear ye, hear ye, come on and all to House of Yes' <strong><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kingdom-of-yes-royal-ball-tickets-28259644357">Royal Ball</a></strong> where jousting, juggling, sorcery, and buffoonery await. Don your finest gowns, armor, and other royal garb (or any other costume you wish; not everyone has to be a lord or lady) and get ready to fight dragons, dance to courtly tunes, and drink tons and tons of wine. As is usually the case at House of Yes, try to get there early; you're guaranteed free entry to the revelry if you arrive before 11 with an RSVP. <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Saturday, October 15th, 10:00 p.m. // <a href="houseofyes.org">House of Yes</a>, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn // Tickets: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kingdom-of-yes-royal-ball-tickets-28259644357">$0 - $15</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Everyone is on a pumpkin spice high right now, but you shouldn't forget about the actual best fall fruit: apples. <strong><a href="http://ciderweeknyc.com//">Cider Week NYC</a></strong>'s celebration of the best autumnal beverage includes dozens of events, from small-scale cheese-and-cider tastings at Murray's and the Bedford Cheese Shop to the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lower-east-cider-fest-tickets-28003036837">Lower East Side Cider Fest</a>, which features more than 20 cider vendors and local restaurants, as well as a cotton candy booth, a DIY caramel apple cart, and live music. Check out the full event lineup <a href="http://ciderweeknyc.com/events/">here</a>.<em> (Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Friday, October 21st - Sunday, October 30th // <a href="http://ciderweeknyc.com/events/">Various locations</a> // Various prices</em>


<br/><br/>For one night only, the women of <a href="http://www.wasabassco.com/">Wabassco</a>'s burlesque troupe are traveling back to the '90s and celebrating the decade in all its grungy, angsty glory. The show, called <a href="http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1323313-wasapalooza-brooklyn/">WASAPALOOZA</a>, is hosted by Nasty Canasta and features 10 performers including Puss-N-Boots, Raquel Reed, and Mala Morrigan, all of whom will be donning their finest flannel, Doc Martens, and scrunchies for old times' sake (and presumably removing it to a soundtrack of Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins). <em>(Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Saturday, October 22nd, 8:30 p.m. // <a href="http://www.thebellhouseny.com/">The Bell House</a>, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1323313-wasapalooza-brooklyn/">Tickets: $25 - $35</a></em>

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<br/><br/>There comes a time in every young person's life when Halloween is no longer about amassing large sums of free candy. Think of the <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1128180213908767/">Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar</a></strong>'s Halloween Special as a chance to relive the candy-hoarding days of your youth, but with an adult twist. The market's lineup includes 25 purveyors of sweet treats, including <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sweetandsalzig/">Sweet and Salzig</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HunnyBonSweets/">HunnyBon Sweets</a>, and LizBeth's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lizbethsco/">Dessert Boutique</a>, as well as more than 100 vendors from the Grand Bazaar.<em> (Gaby del Valle)</em><br/><br/><em>Sunday, October 23rd, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. // Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue // <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1128180213908767/">Free</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Halloween 2016 is guaranteed to be swarmed with Elevens, Wills, Sheriff Hopper and, yes, even Barb. The spooky, nostalgic vibe of <em>Stranger Things</em> is tailor made for this time of year, so you might as well dive head first in to the upside down. Littlefield is throwing <strong><a href="http://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1319903-skint-stranger-things-brooklyn/">a special Stranger Things With Candy meta-party</a></strong> that will feature discount themed drinks, a costume contest, candy, and of course Eggo waffles. The soundtrack will be nothing but '80s dance hits and they'll be offering Eleven-style buzz cuts right on site. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPDZkbq0Zp8">Cue the music</a>.<br/><br/><em>Friday, October 28th, 10:30 p.m. // Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn // <a href="http://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/1319903-skint-stranger-things-brooklyn/">Tickets $5-8</a></em>

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<br/><br/>If you haven't yet caught <a href="http://nastiomosquito.com/">Nastio Mosquito</a>'s exhibition at MoMA, this is your last chance. The Angolan multidisciplinary artist's first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, <em>Respectable Thief</em>, goes beyond the confines of a single gallery space or exhibition room. Mosquito's work is divided into three distinct components: a single performance in September; a video installation; and several unexpected interventions across the museum's media platforms including the children's tour, the display screens in the lobby, and the Museum's social media profiles. (Gaby del Valle)<br/><br/><em>Exhibition runs from Friday, September 23rd to Sunday, October 30th // Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue // <a href="https://www.moma.org/tickets/select">Tickets: $25</a></em>

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