It’s a busy week for fans in New York: Thursday marks the return of ComicCon and Tuesday is the beginning of the 35th annual CMJ Music Marathon (stay tuned for our picks of must-see shows, which we’ll post tomorrow). Thousands of fans will be attending events associated with these marquee festivals throughout the city, but if that sounds like too much to deal with there are plenty of lower-key social options on the slate as well.
Sadly, fall no longer means back to school for most of us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a new skill in your off-time. Tonight, Owl & Thistle is offering a beginners leather workshop from 7-9pm, and each student will leave with his or her own handmade leather wallet. Too last-minute for you? Then register to up your Halloween game at the shop’s Oct. 17 Sew Your Own Cape Costume class.
Fans of hip-hop will definitely want to carve out time to see a screening of Stretch & Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives, before its run at BAM ends tomorrow. The documentary tells the story of the two friends behind WKCR’s legendary hip-hop radio show, which helped shine a spotlight on then-unknown acts like Nas, Jay-Z, Big Pun, and Notorious B.I.G.
For years I have been hearing about Brooklyn’s feral parrots, which is a topic that naturally raises a lot of questions in my mind, but I myself have never seen any evidence of these marauding bands of birds. I’ve also never really known where to look, which is why I’m intrigued by Saturday’s Parrot Safari at Brooklyn College. The tour starts at 11am and is free, but requires advance registration.
If you want to really get out into nature in a major way, though, we recommend looking into The Billycan’s upcoming all-inclusive weekend trip to the Adirondacks. Wilderness Field Notes takes place the weekend of Oct. 23-25 and features accommodations in a log cabin by a lake and tons of activities like hiking, group meals, bonfires, kayaking, archery, and fishing, and more. At $275 for the entire weekend, it’s actually a pretty good deal, and there is a round-trip bus option to and from Greenpoint if you don’t have access to your own set of wheels.
As for this week, we’ve got a lot of cool ideas to help you ease into this cool fall weather. Read on for our tips how to make the most of Your Ideal Week ahead:
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