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Your 2011 Day Planner

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OCTOBER

1. NY Burlesque Festival’s Saturday Spectacular at B.B. King’s.

2. Attention, damsels, and those in search of damsels! Medieval Festival takes over Fort Tryon Park.

3. Last day of the Cy Twombly show at MoMA.

4. Parks and Recreation in book form: Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America.

5. Beer connoisseurs discuss the Japanese craft-brewing industry (complete with tastings of its products) at Japan Society.

6. Meet up with your former Park Slope friends in Montclair, New Jersey, to see Elvis Costello at the Wellmont Theater.

7. George Clooney’s Ides of March opens, reminding us of a long-ago pre-tea-party time when the weird campaigns were Democratic.

8. Here’s to the last night of Elaine Stritch’s latest stint at the Cafe Carlyle. Isn’t she a gas?

9. Poly Pride Weekend—for nonmonogamous New Yorkers—holds a super-massive cuddle party.

10. Columbus Day! Eat Italian sausage and try to forget Snooki while watching the parade.

11. Hunker down at home and watch the GOP-primary debate—all questions limited to the economy. Play a Shameless Demagoguery drinking game; you’ll need it.

12. Wynton Marsalis’s 50th-birthday blowout, with concerts all weekend at Lincoln Center.

13. Exhibition of Alfred Stieglitz’s collection at the Met opens, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, Kandinsky, and O’Keeffe.

14. Kick off your Sunday shoes and go see the Footloose remake!

15. Comic-Con, the center of the still-thriving nerd economy, opens at the Javits.

16. Last day to drive by the pop-up BMW Guggenheim Lab on East Houston Street.

17. Another side of Bob Dylan: painter! At the Madison Avenue Gagosian Gallery.

18. Anna Netrebko sings as a lunatic queen in the Metropolitan Opera’s Anna Bolena.

19. Odd Future plays Terminal 5.

20. Colson Whitehead talks literature, zombies at McNally Jackson.

21. A cool-sounding exhibit at the Guggenheim, built around Kandinsky’s Painting With White Border.

22. If you can’t wait to see Audra McDonald in Porgy and Bess, she’s performing at Carnegie Hall tonight to hold you over.

23. Take advantage of free Sundays at the Studio Museum of Harlem, see Lyle Ashton Harris’s portraits (or any of the other current exhibitions) on their last day.

24. See two accomplished ex-crackheadsNYT media reporter David Carr and actor Samuel L. Jackson—talk things over at the Times Building. Also, Drake releases his new album.

25. John Williams, composer of every sentimentally soaring movie soundtrack ever, conducts the NY Philharmonic through some of his highlights.

26. Browse French Revolution–era drawings by David, Delacroix, and Prud’hon on loan from the Louvre at the Morgan.

27. Winter is coming: The Bryant Park skating rink opens.

28. Justin Timberlake, 30, stars in a movie where anyone poor over 25 dies, called In Time.

29. The Forsythe Company performs I Don’t Believe in Outer Space at BAM. For those who don’t believe in football, Columbia plays Yale, at home.

30. Pre-Halloween creep-out double feature at Film Forum: The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Birds.

31. Dress as Jonathan Franzen (bring a bird as your date) to Granta’s literary Halloween party at Housing Works.


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