101 things to do in New York City in the fall 2013

Clear your schedule: Our fall calendar of things to do in New York—festivals, parades, shows, new activities and more—will fill your planner through November.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy La’Mar Taylor

    51. Catch heat-seeking act The Weeknd at Radio City Music Hall, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    52. Don a costume for New York Comic Con, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    53. Attend a talk with 2013 Nobel Peace Prize award nominee Malala Yousafzai, one of the most inspiring things to do in New York in the fall

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    54. Have an only-in-New York moment during Art in Odd Places, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

  • 55. Check out "Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori" at Japan Society, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

  • Courtesy: Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

    56. See "Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey" at the Brooklyn Museum, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    57. Laugh along with Aisha Tyler, one of the funniest things to do in New York in the fall

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    58. Hear what the rest of the world thinks at "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab," one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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    59. Strap on your skates at the Rink at Rockefeller Center, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall before it turns into a clustermess come winter

  • Rendering: Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper

    60. Snoop around the city during Open House New York, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

Photograph: Courtesy La’Mar Taylor

51. Catch heat-seeking act The Weeknd at Radio City Music Hall, one of the best things to do in New York in the fall

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Music: The Weeknd

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Will Abel Tesfaye make the leap from mystery-cloaked DIY buzz magnet to pro-hyped superstar? Turn up at Radio City to size up this 23-year-old Toronto singer-producer— who's been pushing R&B to ever lusher, edgier extremes under the Weeknd moniker—as he supports Kiss Land, his major-label debut.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Mon Oct 7 - Tue Oct 8
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Things to Do: New York Comic Con

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For four days this October, the Javits Center is transformed into a geek micronation as the eager costumed hordes descend. This year’s guest list is a who’s who of sci-fi/fantasy/etc. legends (William Shatner, Sylvester Stallone), fan faves (Torchwood’s John Barrowman, The Guild’s Felicia Day, True Blood’s Kristin Bauer and Rutina Wesley) and those still clinging confusedly to the fringes of fame (Hulk Hogan, Goosebumps scribe R.L. Stine). Weekend and three- and four-day tickets are sold out, but single-day passes are still available for Oct 10 and Oct 11. Run don’t walk to snatch up those spots, nerds.

  1. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center 655 W 34th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Thu Oct 10 - Sun Oct 13
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Books: Malala with Christiane Amanpour

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On the eve of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize award announcement, hear from nominee Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in October 2012 by a Taliban gunman on her way home from school. Yousafzai, then 15, was targeted because of her education-rights activism; she describes the ordeal and her ongoing campaign for children's education in her memoir, I Am Malala (Oct 8; Little, Brown and Company). International-news vet Christiane Amanpour interviews Yousafzai and her father in what is likely to be the most inspiring talk you'll see this season.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Thu Oct 10
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Art: Art in Odd Places

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  • Free

Responsible for thousands of only-in–New York moments, this annual fest brings work from more than 100 artists to 14th Street for a week and change. This year’s theme is “number,” something creative types generally aren’t known for being masters of, but we can’t wait to see what mathy, scheduley, statisticsy pieces this year’s 30-odd participating groups and individuals come up with. Bring your camera. Various locations on 14th St between Ave C and Hudson River. Visit the artinoddplaces.org for a full list of projects.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Oct 11 - Sun Oct 20
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Art: "Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori"

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Buddhism, Shintoism, sci-fi and anime have been some of the inspirations for Mariko Mori, the Japanese artist-turned-model whose works since the early 1990s have combined elements of all three into otherworldly photos, videos and installations. This shows focuses on Mori’s efforts over the past ten years, including a series of light sculptures, stemming from the artist’s interest in various megalith-building cultures that existed in Japan and Europe some 10,000 years ago.

  1. Japan Society 333 E 47th St, between First and Second Aves, 10017
  2. Fri Oct 11 - Tue Dec 31
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Art: "Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey"

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Although she employs a number of artistic mediums, Wangechi Mutu—a Kenya transplant to Brooklyn via Yale—is best-known for large-scale collages on Mylar, depicting chimerical female figures that are part plant, part animal and part human. Created from bits and pieces of fashion, lifestyle, automotive and pornographic magazines, these works and others have earned Mutu a sizable international reputation during the past two decades, and evince a flamboyant aesthetic informed by topics such as feminism, globalism and multiculturalism. This show is her first mid-career survey in the U.S., and covers her work from the mid-1990s to the present.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Fri Oct 11 - Sun Dec 29
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Comedy: Aisha Tyler

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Between hosting the new incarnation of Whose Line Is It Anyway, voicing Lana Kane on Archer, chatting on The Talk and touring behind her autobiographical essay collection Self-Inflicted Wounds, you’d think Aisha Tyler would be too busy for her first love—stand-up. Thank goodness she's found the time. We hold out hope that the silly, physical performer will tell some of her humiliating stories.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Fri Oct 11 - Sat Oct 12
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Things to Do: The Rink at Rockefeller Center

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Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, you’ll have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once. That also means that By the time Thanksgiving hits you should prepare for painfully long lines. So when the rink first opens in mid October, make like Chicagoans when voting—go early and often.

  1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Sat Oct 12 - Tue Apr 1
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Things to Do: Open House New York

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  • Free

This annual festival gives attendees access to more than 200 of the city’s coolest and most exclusive architectural sites and landmarks. A sneak peek at the as yet unopened 4 World Trade Center and new Whitney Museum, pictured, a visit to the Citi Bike Warehouse and a rare chance to see the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in Long Island City. Look for the full schedule (and the ability to preregister for certain events) in the first week of October.

  1. Various locations
  2. Sat Oct 12 - Sun Oct 13
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