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16 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner

Oct 10

The Golden State; Director's Guild of America
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and renaissance woman Miranda July talk about where they began to create things—or in fancier words—they discuss their "creative homeland." 

Art in Odd Places; various locations
Artists raise the question: Is the rise in New York City's cost of living killing creativity? Explore their thoughts and bring your camera.

New York Comic Con; Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
The Javits Center transforms into a geek micronation. Comic book character costumes will seem commonplace. Nerd fun is the best!

Stevie Nicks’s 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit; Openhouse Gallery
You probably know Stevie Nicks as the legendary, raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, but Stevie Nicks, the seasoned photographer? Perhaps not. For less than a month (starting today!) you can explore the music icon's other artistry.

Oct 11

Mindy Kaling talks with Emily Nussbaum; Acura at SIR Stage37
Writer, executive producer and actress Mindy Kaling sits down to talk about how awesomely talented she is with The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum.

Open House New York; various locations
For just two days, New York offers VIP access to 150 of the city’s coolest and most exclusive architectural spaces for free (or super-duper cheap). There's still time to sign up, guys. Get on it!

"ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s"; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
This historical survey, the first of its type in the U.S., measures the postwar Zero group, which included artists from Europe, Japan, and North and South America.

SHWICK Market; Shwick Gallery
There’s a brand new market in Bushwick (minus the BU)— Flea fans can shop for art, clothes, jewelry, accessories, home goods and tasty treats from over 100 vendors. Look out for makers such as Funk and Grace, Cromwell Jewelry, Finga Lickin Jamaica Jerk Spot and Daphine Polish, to name a few.

Whiplash opens in theaters
This breathtaking story of the beyond-intense relationship between a young drummer (Miles Teller) and his ferocious musical mentor (J.K. Simmons) cleaned up at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Grand Jury and Audience prizes.

Jodi Melnick; BAM Fisher
The luminous Jodi Melnick explores the stories that accumulate in our bodies in Moment Marigold, a trio for three women—including herself—to music by Steven Reker of People Get Ready.

HAWT 2014; Manhattan
It's two days of specially created expeditions through central Harlem, including stops at some of this year's highlighted buildings of Open House New York.

Oct 12

Silencio; Knitting Factory
This band has captured the mesmerizing (and sometimes creepy) vibe of David Lynch's films and lived to tell about it. Their performance will probably hypnotize. You have been warned.

Escape Music Fest; Pier 9, Brooklyn
Moby and Girl Talk headline at the inaugural edition of this two-day fest focusing on dance music, indie rock and electro.

Blocks NYC; Manhattan (Meet at Washington Square Park under the arch)
Travel back in time on this daylong scavenger hunt where you'll retrace the steps of several prominent folk musicians from the 1960s and '70s.

Anthony Jeselnik; Carolines on Broadway
The quick-witted and lovable evil that is Jeselnik comes to the stage to perform his perfectly crafted dark jokes.

Free Garment District Neighborhood Walking Tours; 7th Ave at 39th St
This 1-2 hour tour, led by Mike Kaback, teaches you the historic background of the fashion capital of the world. While on the tour, you may wander into a private showroom, visit a sample sale and check out fabrics at Mood. Reserve a spot by emailing


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