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Weekend Agenda

Events to check out this weekend, October 19–22.


From last year's Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.   

1. We're all-in for Halloween, from costume ideas to events get you in the spooky spirit.

2. And this Saturday you can find us appreciating the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, where puppies express themselves through costume. What topical ideas will these resourceful pooches come up with this year?

3. How about some mind-reading in a movie theater? This Friday, famed mentalist Oz Pearlman will be blowing minds in a private room at the iPic Theater at the South Street Seaport in his show "Truth Be Told." Leave your secrets at home.

4. And swing through downtown again on Saturday for the Taste of the Seaport, with participants including Black Tap, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Stout, Big Gay Ice Cream, and Insomnia Cookies. Ticket sales benefit area schools.

5. Be won over by Tiny Beautiful Things, a theatrical adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed book, starring Nia Vardalos.

6. While Burning Doors at La MaMa gets political in its anti-Putin message and features collaborator Maria Alyokhina, a member of Russian feminist punks Pussy Riot.

7. This weekend, the American Museum of Natural History hosts the Margaret Mead Film Festival, honoring the legendary anthropologist with screenings, conversations, parties, and a stop-motion installation.

8. And through the Saturday is the third annual BRIC JazzFest with a three-stage, three-night live music marathon featuring legends and emerging talent, and designed to let you roam easily between performances so you don't miss a thing.

9. Celebrate Diwali from Saturday to Sunday at the Rubin Museum's Ragas Live Festival, a 24-hour celebration of Indian classical music, with over 50 master musicians. There will also be tapas, mango lassis, and cocktails on hand, as well as pop-up events including meditation.

10. And Saturday stop by We, America: In Defense of Immigrants, a food and arts benefit celebrating the 5th anniversary of the nonprofit law firm UnLocal, which provides legal services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. On the roster: works by activist artist Melissa Joseph, a performance by jazz trio Mughal Muesli, a silent auction, plus street eats by Eat Offbeat, featuring food conceived and made by refugees in New York.

11. Drake's birthday is Tuesday. Celebrate the 6 God early at Brooklyn Bowl with a special edition of Drake Night tribute party. Costumes are probably welcome.

12. And close out Sunday with some bluesy, gospel-inflected soul reflecting on racism when New Orleans–based Benjamin Booker plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of this year's Witness. Bear witness, and happy weekend!

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