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26 spectacular things to do in NYC this weekend

By David Goldberg

October 2

Move! Brookfield Place, Battery Park; 5pm; free
Catch the launch of this three-day art/dance/fashion mashup exhibition at Battery Park. Jump between drinks and dancing, makeover sessions, runway shows and performance art at this colorfully interactive festival that features collaborative works by Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and iHeart Radio. 

First Fridays! All the Ladies Say Hip Hop Anniversary Bronx Museum; 6–10pm; free
Head to the Bronx Museum for this celebration of Ana “Rockafella” Garcia’s B-girl documentary, All the Ladies Say. Get down with a free night of B-girl breakdancing, poetry and performance from Momma’s Hip Hop Collective, along with live painting by Lady K and solid live music.

The Salon: Playboy Swings The Players Club; 7pm; $49–$119
Gramercy’s Player’s Club has been transformed into the most deluxe and decadent space this side of the Playboy Mansion. Grab an old fashioned and take a whirl through the Playpen, Library and Living Room while you jam out to jazz with fellow dames, playboys and Bunnies.

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco: Just Like Heaven Lakeside at Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 7:30pm; $18
Fans of the Cure, Depeche Mode and Siouxsie and the Banshees have the chance to let their fingerless gloves fly as they whirl around the rink to classic dark goth songs of the ’80s. Lola’s summer season ends in just a week, so don’t miss this chance to live out your inner Lydia Deetz fantasy.

Wasabassco 3000: The Wasabassco Show of the Future The Bell House, Brooklyn; 9pm; $20
Get your fill of camp, comedy and painted flesh at this bodacious burlesque show that takes its inspiration from hard-cheese sci-fi movies like Flash Gordon and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Both newbies and jaded burlesque fans won’t believe their eyes once they’ve seen what the performers of Wasabassco have stashed in their britches. 

FleetMac Wood Presents White-Winged Love Disco Lot 45, Brooklyn; 9:30pm; $10, at the door $15
If you wear fringe and bolero hats on a daily basis and have named several of your cats Rhiannon, then you should consider a trip to Bushwick to find your fellow Fleetwood Mac fanatics. Listen to a strict set of originals, remixes and re-edits and twirl till dawn at this witchy night of rock ‘n roll wonders.  

Central Park Moonlight Ride Columbus Circle; 10pm; free
Don’t let last week’s super blood moon be your only lunar event this month: Take a spin through the park and bask in radiant light while guides keep you safe and show you secret paths.

Late Night TV Presents Java Good Morning Videology, Brooklyn; 10:30pm; free
Brace yourself for the most delightfully deranged morning talk show you’ve ever seen. Hosts Mike Camerlengo, Julia Young and their sidekick Ryan Parks get jacked up on coffee and tear through AM TV topics, like selfies and winter pet clothing, with a hilarious vengeance. To balance out their caffeine buzz, stick with a beer from Videology’s bar.

I Love the ’90s show with the Fresh Kids of Bel Air Le Poisson Rouge; 11pm; $15, at the door $20
Make Le Poisson Rouge’s basement your own high school house party at this boisterous shakedown to the Clinton Years. Lose your voice singing along to covers of “Candy” and “Ready to Go” by devoted ’90s cover band the Fresh Kids of Bel Air, and dance like you’re at Woodstock ’94 till the club closes.

The Ultimate Drag-Off Stage 72; 11pm; $33, plus two-drink minimum
Watch amateur and pro queens compete in batty ’70s game show–style competitions for the “Drag Off” crown at this splashy, balls-to-the-walls cabaret night, or, if you’ve been looking to test your wig game, bring your best tuck and join the races.

ElevenEleven Open House; 11pm; $5, before midnight free
Dance among beautiful faces and magnificent drag queens at this lurid L.E.S. night, with drunken revelry on the first floor and packed dancing in the alluringly dark basement level.

October 3

Heroes & Villains Dash 5K and 10K Run Hudson River Park, Pier 25; 10am; $32.50–$42.50
Feel your cape flapping behind you as you run down the river with other crusaders at this race for athletic fanboys and fangirls. If you’re looking to get in shape before you fit into your Comic Con costume or just want to run for a good cause (proceeds partially benefit Sloane-Kettering Memorial Hospital), then you’re bound to have a terrific trot at this colorful race.

Designers and Books Fair 2015 Fashion Institute of Technology; 11am; free
Deck out your coffee table with deluxe editions on art, graphic design, fashion, architecture and more from this convention for the visually inspired. Hear talks from master designers and buy rare and colorful tomes from specialty vendors.

Aviator’s Third Annual Oktoberfest Aviator Sports and Recreation Birthday Parties, Brooklyn; Noon; $40–$600
Hit the Aviator stadium for a full day of bean-tossing, beers and Bavarian folk music at this goodbye-to-summer event. Why sit at a bar when you can work out while you drink? 

New York Dog Film Festival Peter Norton Symphony Space; noon, 4pm; $10–$25
Pack tissues and avoid any adoption events around the city, because this short film celebration of man’s best friend is going to have you rehashing emotional wounds from Old Yeller and Homeward Bound. Enjoy a range of thought-invoking cartoons, docs and shorts about dogs, and meet fellow fans of mutts and the movies they inspire.

Carmen: A Drinking Opera Nuyorican Poets Café; 2pm; $20
Don’t bother fitting into formal wear: Come as you are and throw yourself into a vivid performance of the seminal opera. Feel free to sing, cry and dance along with performers, depending on how many cocktails you’ve indulged in.

Target First Saturday: Hispanic Heritage Brooklyn Museum; 5pm; free
The museum opens its doors for a day of free art, talks and performances for all sorts of patrons. Sip on a drink while enjoying Honduran guitarist/percussionist Aurelio, then check out dazzling Puerto Rican ballet and participate in a still-life drawing course. By 7pm, DJ iBomba will have you dancing through the museum’s halls.

andhim + Subb-an Verboten, Brooklyn; 11pm; $25
Ever heard of Super House music? Head to Verboten to discover the powerfully charged dance stylings of German DJ duo andhim and their wily fans, then let British electro protégé Subb-an delight you with his stirring late-night set.

October 4

Food Truck Rally Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn; 11am; free
Reward yourself for getting out of bed and walking your dog to the park with a hand-selected feast of tacos, pitas and ice creams from some of the borough’s best ambulatory vendors.

Deepavali South Street Seaport; noon; free
Immerse yourself in this joyous technicolor celebration of Diwali at the Seaport. Join one of the world’s biggest Bhangra music parties, find beautiful jewelry and clothing, and taste delicious mithai under the fireworks at this seaside spectacle.

Pickle Day Lower East Side; noon; free
Try shriveled treats from across the globe before hunkering down with old-fashioned deli favorites from the Lower East Side. If your kids can’t handle the sour delicacies, take them to the costume contest and face-painting areas for some brine-free fun.

Kapow-I GoGo Peoples Improv Theatre; 1pm; $30
Watch the popular three-part comedy/fantasy/anime mash-up performance that involves blue hair, big swords and cosmic conquest. If you can’t wait for next week’s Comic Con, then head to the PIT for some live Manga action.

Interesting Women, Interesting Lives: Auntie Mame BAM Rose Cinemas; 2, 5pm; $7–$14
BAM is celebrating some of the women of cinema who don’t fit in with the crowd (and who happen to live in New York City). Between screenings of Desperately Seeking Susan, Frances Ha, It Should Happen To You and Working Girl, check out this Rosalind Russell classic about an unstoppable gal-about-town, based on the beloved musical.

Mister Sunday Industry City, Brooklyn; 3pm; $15
Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, the DJ duo behind the Mister Saturday Night record label, have consistently served up one of summer’s best day-parties. Dance like a lunatic to solid house and funk beats in the sunshine before this beloved happening falls prey to winter.

Manhattan Short Film Festival Anthology Film Archives; 5pm; $5
Anthology Film Archives is participating in the first global film festival of its kind. More than 250 cities will be screening a selection of shorts at the same time, and fans across the world will have the chance to vote on the definitive winner. Don’t miss the well-curated selection of shorts at this minicinema celebration.

The O.C. Trivia Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
Don’t even pretend you’re over The O.C. Pay tribute to the seminal California teen soap with five rounds of trivia that will leave you loopier than Julie Cooper.


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