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Susan Dottino and Ken Kalfus at KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

Susan Dottino and Ken Kalfus at KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

John Berryman Centennial Seminar

  • Price band: 1/4

Berryman’s long-form poetry cycle The Dream Songs is one of the most vibrant and game-changing works of verse from the 20th century. No argument. To honor the writer’s would-be 100th birthday, join critic and scholar Daniel Swift for an interactive program on Berryman’s life and his legacy of confessional writing.

  1. Poets House 10 River Terr, at Murray St
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Moth StorySLAM!

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  • Critics choice

Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific theme. Get in line early, as spots for raconteurs and spectators alike go quickly.

  1. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, between E Houston and Prince Sts, 10012
  2. Thu Oct 23
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An Evening with the Horror Writers Association

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In one of the eeriest spaces in the city, writers—like Charles Day, Tonya Hurley and Marc L. Abbott—gather to share their own tales of the grotesque and ghastly. Expect, in addition to goose bumps, horror-inspired cookies and other giveaways.

  1. Morbid Anatomy Museum 424A Third Ave, at 7th St, 11215
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Women's/Trans' Poetry Jam and Open Mike

  • Price band: 1/4

"The hardest-working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side," Vittoria Repetto welcomes several writers to the stage, before bringing up interested audience members for eight minutes of their own.

  1. Bluestockings 172 Allen St, at Stanton St
  2. Tue Oct 28
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Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes

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Cronut fever may have subsided, but Dominique Ansel is no less of a pastry genius. Join the chef for the launch of his new cookbook; alongside Unique Sweets host Paulette Goto, he will prepare a special treat for guests.

  1. The powerHouse Arena 37 Main St, at Water St
  2. Tue Oct 28
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The How I Learned Series

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story tied to a specific lesson.

  1. Union Hall 702 Union St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Tue Oct 28
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Brooklyn Children's Book Fair

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  • Critics choice

The fifth annual fair will have tots discovering works from authors and illustrators that live right in Brooklyn or write about the borough. More than 30 new stories will be featured, with Kate Hosford (Big Bouffant), Laura Ljungkvist (Follow the Line to School) and John Rocco (Blackout) reading from their books. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Your $30 Saturday: East Village

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Get ready for some inexpensive weirdness! the Merchant's House Museum currently has an exhibition about the oddest Victorian fad we've yet come across: postmortem photography. That's photography of newly dead corpses placed in poses to appear lifelike; you know, for those times when a Banksy print or a blown-up photo of your last holiday just

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