Critical 5 things to do in NYC: get out of the apartment!, November 2-4
Make up for all the things Sandy kept you from doing this week with some great mentally and visually stimulating activities.
Although it is by no means the series’ opening weekend (which was October 13), this weekend See it Big!’s movie line-up is geared toward those still in the Halloween spirit who might have missed out on the spooks thanks to Frankenstorm’s unexpected visit. On Friday and Saturday at 7pm, catch Italian director Dario Argento’s '70s horror classic, Suspiria, for a night of elaborately staged gore and vivid, bizarre imagery. If you’re seeking a more delicate terror, check out Sunday’s afternoon screening of The Innocents, the eerie 60s adaptation of The Turn of the Screw.
This Friday at 10am Mike Kaback will lead a free tour of the Garment District, including pit stops at Mood Fabrics, the Fashion Walk of Fame, a private showroom, and a sample sale. Beginning at the corner of Seventh Ave. and West 39th, the tour will hit all the essentials on foot, while leading you through the history of New York City’s apparel industry at the same time. Why not stretch your feet and learn what makes New York the fashion capital of the world?
The unique annual design-meets-philanthropy competition, Canstruction, is back for its twentieth year with over 25 teams of architects, engineers, contractors, and students competing. Using 100,000 cans of food, contenders will create towering sculptures like last year’s one-ton Converse sneaker or giant Angry Bird that will remain on view at the Brookfield World Financial Center until they are dismantled and donated to City Harvest. Entry is free, although visitors are encouraged to bring a canned non-perishable to break last year’s record of 50,000 pounds of food. Stop by any time from 10-6pm (5pm on closing day) now until Wednesday and see what happens when people play with their food.
Drop by the Sycamore Bar + Flowershop from 2 to 8pm this Saturday for the third annual celebration of Brooklyn’s contributions to the beer world. Kicking off a week-long party, the barbecue will feature everything from IPAs to cask ales, plus grilled yummies to soak up the booze.
The Found Footage Festival is what it sounds like—a live comedy event and screening featuring bizarrely hilarious clips from VHS tapes scrounged up from thrift stores, garage sales, and dumpsters nationwide. This Sunday, hosts/curators/comics Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher (of The Onion) will project found clips on a screen, offering live commentary and implementing comedic sketches throughout. For a night of delicious brews and unsettling footage that might make you glad the VHS era’s behind us, head over to the Brooklyn Brewery at 7:30pm.