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Fall Fests

From comedy to burlesque, here are five festivals to catch this week.

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From Frank Sidebottom Saves Coney Island at the Coney Island Film Festival.   

WFMU Fest
Music Hall of Williamsburg; 10/1–10/3; 66 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-5400
Local indie radio station WFMU hosts a three-day music festival at Music Hall this weekend. The up-and-coming electro band Cold Cave kicks off the festivities on Thursday, and old-time punk rockers Teenage Jesus and the Jerks will close out the weekend.

New York Burlesque Festival
Various locations; 10/1–10/4
This annual burlesque event in its seventh running includes a lengthy lineup of acts from near and far, with the well-known Murray Hill and Miss Astrid acting as hosts, and an “Oscars-styled” awards ceremony at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday. In lieu of a golden statuette, performers will receive a double-D-size pastie, naturally.

New York Film Festival
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Through 10/11; 1941 Broadway, nr. 64th St.; 212-875-5788
The New York Film Festival has returned to Lincoln Center with an overwhelmingly long list of selections. You can catch the last half of the fest this week to see some of critic David Edelstein’s picks, including Samuel Maoz's Lebanon and Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho's Mother.

Coney Island Film Festival
Coney Island Circus Sideshow; 10/2–10/4; 1208 Surf Ave., at W. 12th St.; 718-372-5159
A variety of independent films based on the infamous freak-show and carny culture, including It's All Here, It's All Real, It's All Alive!!! and Frank Sidebottom Saves Coney Island (pictured above), are featured.

New York Underground Comedy Festival
Various locations; 10/2–10/11; 212-501-2089
Richard Belzer will headline this year’s Underground Comedy Festival, which is being held at various clubs around town. Other acts include local 24-year-old Liz Miele and New York's one-to-watch Reese Water.


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