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Weekend Agenda

Events to check out this weekend, October 12–15.

Catch Future Islands at Brooklyn Steel on Thursday.   

1. Do yourself a favor and kick your weekend off with synth rockers Future Islands at Brooklyn Steel Thursday. Just let the sincerity of the performance wash over you.

2. And if you’re looking for comedy, the all-American girl herself Margaret Cho is doing two shows at Gramercy Theater at 7 p.m and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

3. Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders variety show takes over City Winery on Friday, with performers including comedians Aparna Nancherla, Eugene Mirman, and Dave Hill and musicians Juliana Hatfield and Stephin Merritt.

4. Then celebrate Friday the 13th (and Saturday the 14th) with Atlas Obscura’s Into the Veil at Green-Wood Cemetery, an immersive nighttime festival of performance featuring Survive, the folks behind the Stranger Things soundtrack. Spooky!

5. If it’s a horror-tastic time you’re looking for, try This Is Real, a cross between a haunted house and an escape room, where you and the other participants are tasked with fleeing a torturous (and bloody) hostage situation. Just remember: Trust no one.

6. Or if it’s more kid-friendly entertainment you’re after, hit the Bronx Zoo for Boo at the Zoo, with a haunted forest, a hayride, and, for the adults, a “Bootoberfest” (that means beer for purchase).

7. The New York City Wine & Food Festival is happening through Sunday, with tons of events to satiate the most hungry. Attend tastings and panels, hang with chefs, and learn how to make doughnuts, if that’s your thing.

8. And dill lovers, rejoice, for Sunday is the Lower East Side Pickle Day. The free event takes place on Orchard Street and features the products of many picklers, plus a mascot dressed as (you guessed it) a pickle.

9. This weekend is Open House New York, where a couple hundred sites and projects open their doors to the public. Some require reservations, but most are open access and free.

10. Or see The Treasurer, up-and-coming playwright Max Posner’s play that follows an aging mother and her son and the pitfalls of the former’s financial dependence. Our critic calls it “invaluable.”

11. Swing by Union Hall on Saturday for Jennifer Lopez Said She’d Be Here: A Benefit for Puerto Rico, a comedy show featuring Josh Gondelman, Jeffrey Joseph, Veronica Garza, Melissa Rocha, and many more.

12. And wrap up the weekend on Sunday at the International Human Rights Art Festival at the Grand Hall at St. Mary’s Church, headlined by film and stage icon Kathleen Turner. She’ll perform the one-woman play Red Hot Patriot, about journalist Molly Ivins. Stay strong, and happy weekend!