Welcome to October, the one time of year when slasher films and pumpkin everything become the norm. It seems only right that Comic Con should roll into town this month, along with a new offshoot starting Friday called New York Super Week. Billed as a pop culture festival, it seems to be a good excuse to tie together all the quirky programming across the city, from Punderdome at Galapagos to a taxidermy talk at the Museum of Morbid Anatomy (not to be confused with the Rogue Taxidermy Fair at the Bell House on Sunday, where you can see animals that never occur in nature). If you still need a plan for tonight, you have two potential celebrity sightings: Ethan Hawke will be at “Ask Me Another,” and at BookCourt, Martin Amis will read from his black comedy, Zone of Interest, which no German publisher will touch because it’s set in a concentration camp.
Clearly, October is off to a good start. Here are seven more ways to spend a weird and wonderful week in Brooklyn.
Thursday, Oct. 2: Even if you’re not among that subset of New Yorkers who can dress up in period costume at a moment’s notice, the Steampunk party at the Transit Museum is a prime opportunity to relive the time when the subway had a bar car. (Ok, that never actually existed, but we can dream.) The retro-futuristic theme will have you sipping Victorian-inspired cocktails on the platform, ogling oddities from the Museum of Interesting Things and listening to gypsy punk band Amour Obscur. Unless you’re wedding planning, in which case you should come to our wedding fair at the Wythe Hotel, filled with lobster rolls, DJs, and awesome people who will make your day. There aren’t many tickets left. —N.D.
Friday, Oct. 3: After a three-year hiatus, Greenpoint Open Studios returns for the first time this weekend as a full-fledged, independent festival. The art-filled event will kick off with an opening night party Friday at Greenpoint beer hall Dirck The Norseman, followed by a weekend-long look into the workshops of Greenpoint’s sculptors, painters, designers and other creatives. Meanwhile, Friday marks the opening day of the Brooklyn Museum’s newest exhibit, Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, which features the works of 35 local artists whose “non-traditional” methods have had an effect on the world outside their studios and their borough. This all coincides with #FreeArtFriday, an Instagram safari hunt for street art you can keep.—N.R.
Saturday Oct. 4: New Brunswick, N.J. local heroes Screaming Females have been getting some national attention after going on tour with the totally non-trashy 90’s radio hitmakers Garbage last year. They even put out a joint single with Shirley Manson & Co. for Record Store Day back in April: a jaw-dropping cover of “Because The Night” that could make Bruce himself fall to his knees. Don’t be fooled by the name of the band, lead singer/master shredder Marissa Paternoster lets her incredible fretwork do most of the screaming for her. Tonight they play Williamsburg’s Knitting Factory with with Pujol and Mal Blum in an early show starting at 7:30pm. Tickets $12, $14 day of show. After the show, head to Maracuja for beer in their lushly cozy backyard. —A.J.
Sunday, Oct. 5: Like Tribeca for edgier types, the 7th Annual Bushwick Film Festival will bring all things cool to the screen and its namesake neighborhood Thursday through Sunday. Don’t miss out on a truly international lineup tinged with local cuts on Saturday like David & Me, a documentary about wrongly convicted Bushwick native David McCallum and The Hip Hop Fellow, which follows famed producer 9th Wonder as he writes his thesis and teaches a class on hip-hop at Harvard University. For those more interested in the methodology, there will also be panels and Q&As featuring industry leaders like Magnolia Pictures, Film Fatales, and Women Make Movies, who will be talking about the current career landscape for women in film and television on Sunday, followed by a screening of short docs including one about Williamsburg social club Toñita’s, which we profiled earlier this year. Find tickets and info on all the festival’s programming here.—N.R.
Monday, Oct. 6: Treat yourself to a Monday night outing in Gowanus. It’s league night at The Royal Palms (and the KosoFresh truck will be on hand for dinner), so go settle into a cabana, order one of their delicious barrel-aged cocktails, and then, when league play wraps up around 10pm, maybe play a game after observing they city’s best shufflers in action. Or, you could just head to the archery range a few streets over. And remember, Ample Hills is open until 11pm, for an insanely good ice cream finish to the evening.—A.G.
Tuesday, Oct. 7: Every time I read a story about New York becoming a city for the rich, I think of Gary Shteyngart’s satirical, visionary book, Super Sad True Love Story, in which priced-out Brooklynites live on Staten Island, the very poor are banished to Central Park and everyone walks around with an “äppärät” around their neck, broadcasting their fuckability (which is tied to their credit score). The man is genius, and sidesplittingly funny, and his memoir, Little Failure: A Memoir, is a hilariously written account of his dual heritage and how it’s shaped his singular outlook. To mark the paperback release, he reads from it tonight at BookCourt.—N.D.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: You get your coffee card punched every time you caffeinate, so why not do the same at the raw bar? At Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn, they’re introducing a Shuck Club card to give you yet another incentive to enjoy more oysters. Order six dozen over time, and the seventh one is on the house. If you come during happy hour Tuesdays through Fridays before 7pm, you can also snack on seven appetizers all priced at $7, like dry-rubbed ribs, fried oysters and fish tacos, over $5 glasses of house wine and draft beer. The Shuck Club launch party is actually October 1 from 4-7pm, when you can get a card with one square pre-stamped, so if you come again tonight you’ll be that much closer to your gratis plate.—N.D.
Tips this week by Nicole Davis, Annaliese Griffin, Alexander Jordan, and Nikita Richardson