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27 sensational things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
David Goldberg

October 9 

The Final Girls opens in theaters
Rapture in summer camp slasher fun in this trippy postmodern horror comedy. It’s a good way to stay occupied until the next episodes of Scream Queens airs.

Steve Jobs opens in theaters
Michael Fassbender is pulling double-duty this awards season with starring roles in both Steve Jobs and Macbeth. Watch him electrify as the controversial Apple mastermind in Danny Boyle’s tight drama.

New York Comic Con Jacob K. Javits Center; Fri 9–Sun 11 at 10am; $40/day
The wait is finally over. Whether you’ve been embroidering your Imperator Furiosa costume for months or just want an excuse to blow your whole paycheck in one day, you’re certain to find bliss at this enormous geek nirvana. Just get in line early: Unlike Peter Parker, NYC’s fanboys and girls don’t show up late to panels.    

The Big Superheroes Quiz Thing New York Historical Society; 6pm; free
Geek overlord Kevin Maher hosts a fast-buzzing trivia battle about your favorite superheroes. Need a refresher before the showdown? The Super Week crew kicks things off with a tour of the Historical Society’s comprehensive “Superheroes in Gotham” exhibit.  

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco Lakeside at Prospect Park; 7:30pm; $18
Glide across the rink like you’re the king of pop at this Thriller-inspired edition of the colorful skate party. It’s your last chance this season to roller-skate, dance and sing at the LeFrak center, so empty your cans of hairspray and bring your zombie A-game. 

BBQ Films Blade Rave Terminal 5; 7:30pm; $56
Bask in sticky raining (synthetic) blood and dance like you’ve been granted immortal life at this rollicking vampire rager. The Crystal Method will be headlining a long set of electro for ’90s fans, and all cross-sections of geeks and horrorheads are welcome to jump into the mosh. Can it be sundown already?  

Calloway’s Salon Threes Brewing, Brooklyn; 8pm; $15, at the door $17
Enter a queer noir underworld at this immersive cabaret performance hosted by Sleep No More’s William Popp. Cover your weekend burlesque, comedy and live music quotas with just one (totally bananas) show. 

Hot Rabbit The Monster; 10pm; password required for free admission available weekly on Hot Rabbit’s facebook page
No matter what you’re into, Hot Rabbit’s likely got a go-go dancer for you. Dance with wild girls and naughty boys at this weekly Greenwich Village mainstay. Hilariously tragic drag queen Aja will be on hand to terrify and delight newcomers. 

Awesome Aughts: Music of the 2000s Union Hall, Brooklyn; 11pm; free
Union Hall is giving you the opportunity to dance to “Lady Marmalade” and “Hey Ya!” without having to pay, so strap on that Von Dutch hat, and party like you just got your first iPod for Christmas. 

Night Walk: Marcos Cabral + Gunnar Haslam + Teleseen Cameo; 11:59pm; $8
Gunnar Haslam jumps off his regular gigs with Mister Saturday Night, and brings his dark house sounds to Cameo for a late night under the shimmering chandelier. He joins Runaway’s bass-blasting DJ Marcos Cabral at this loud banger of a night. 

October 10

“Make Me Elphaba” New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; 10:30am; free with R.S.V.P.
Award-winning makeup artist Joe Dulude II shares the secrets behind his iconic designs for musicals like Wicked and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at this playful workshop. Watch in awe as he transforms mild-mannered librarians into wrathful witches in mere moments. 

Autumn Crafts Festival Hearst Plaza (at Lincoln Center); Sat 10, Sun 11 at 11am; free
Snag some sick silver jewelry, handcrafted leather and lovely ceramic kitchenware at this bustling artisanal festival. Check out workshops on pottery and metalwork, and take a shopping break with rich desserts from the New Amsterdam Baking Company.

Harlem Harvest Festival Philip Randolph Square; 11am; free
What good is a Saturday in Autumn without some fresh-baked pie (and soup and brownies)? Head to Philip Randolph Square for a day of pumpking carving, bakeoffs and all-out Fall revelry.

The Wonderful World of Boning Union Hall, Brooklyn; 7pm; $8
Sex educator and comedian Lux Alptraum digs up mortifying sex-ed videos to ease your middle-school traumas, arms you with hilarious tips for current practices, and makes you laugh at your own bedroom anxieties.

Margaret Randall: Haydeé Santamariá: Cuban Revolutionary Bluestockings; 7pm; free
Learn about one of the unsung heroes of the Cuban Revolution, Haydeé Santamariá, whose work as a smuggler, activist and soldier cemented her friendships with big shots like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Author Margaret Randall will read from a new biography, and discuss Santamariá’s impact as both warrior and community leader. 

Geek on Fleek: Geek Fashion Show & Cosplay Afterparty Stage 48; 8pm; $15
If you’re coming here straight from the convention floor, you should double-check that you can dance in your costume without chafing. Check out fly geek duds from brands like WeLoveFine at this fabulous fashion event, then throw on headphones for a superpowered silent disco. 

BIGBANG Prudential Center; Sat 10, Sun 11 at 8pm; $65–$239
Dramatic K-Pop boy band BIGBANG serves high fashion and catchy pop at this concert spectacle. If Zayn’s departure from One Direction broke your heart, then commit to a new boy-band obsession and get your scream on at this wild show. 

Snikt Rockbar; 9pm; $5
It’s Saturday night, and the Superheroes are Out. Embrace your sexiest Colossus, Wolverine and Aquaman looks for a debaucherous night of queer cosplay celebration. Just make sure your sexy look inspires stares both from handsome boys and panel judges: Raven-Symoné and comics artist Phil Jiminez will be voting on who wore it best.

Horse Meat Disco Output, Brooklyn; 10pm; $35, advance $25
Get ready for mustaches, turbans and burly Brooklyn men getting sweaty to contemporary funk, disco and dance sets at this monthly special straight from the UK. Output’s never looked quite this good. 

Comic Con Vixens Hard Rock Café; 10pm; $25–$75
Sit back and try to keep your jaw from gaping open as you watch some of the city’s most intrepid burlesque and sideshow performers conquer your favorite superheroes and villains. Apparently, superhero costumes can get skimpier.   

October 11 

Classic Album Sundays: Radiohead’s Kid A Good Room, Brooklyn; 4pm; $10, advance $8 at
Beloved hits like “Idioteque” and “Everything in its Right Place” will wash over you in full surround-sound at this premium listening party. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of yet another definitive Radiohead album with fellow fans of the rock icons. 

H.P. Lovecraft Festival Kraine Theatre; 5pm; $20
It’s the last day of this ten-day festival for getting your fill of the Reanimator, Shoggoths and every other horrific creation of master novelist H.P. Lovecraft. Enjoy a screening of 2005’s The Call of Chthulhu, featuring everyone’s favorite green space monster with tentacles. 

Kapow-I GoGo Peoples Improv Theater; 6pm; $30
Send off your convention weekend with this live comedy/anime mashup show. The blue-haired adventurer Kapow-I GoGo will lead you through three short plays that blend live camp with the classic cartoon action of Dragon Ball Z and The Legend of Zelda. 

The X-Files Trivia Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free
Give your nine-season box-set a rest for one night and gather with other believers at Videology for a gripping night of trivia about the world’s finest paranormal detective duo. This should satiate your rabid excitement for the return of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny’s X-Files until it airs in 2016.

Ana Tijoux Webster Hall; 7pm; $20
Abbi and Ilana moved and shaked to this Chilean rapper’s chill beats on Broad City; now it’s your turn. Dance and groove to hits from Tijoux’s Vengo at Webster Hall.

Tovah Feldshuh: Aging is Optional Feinstein’s/54 Below; 7pm; $55–$110 plus $25 minimum
The Walking Dead star leaps off her high-flying performance in Pippin for a solo cabaret show. You won’t be able to get enough of Feldshuh’s bold, brassy theatrics at this limited run engagement. 

WTF?!? Marquee; 9:30pm; $25–$35
Whether or not you get the day off on Columbus Day doesn't matter: You need to plan to dance until sunrise among beautiful, shirtless men at this manic circuit blowout, then head to after-parties and keep dancing until it’s time for lunch (or work). One word of advice: naps. 

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