Sip your drink as writers spill their guts with tales of love, sex, and self-loathing at Hung Up On You, a regular comedy showcase that regularly features some of your twitter timeline’s all-stars. Hosted by Cosmopolitan Sex & Relationships editor (and Commuter Barbie co-creator) Carina Hseih, this week’s installment will feature Nicole Boyce, Mariah Smith, Darcie Wilder, Helen Donahue, and Blake Harper. The night will center around a Mean Girls theme of high school, bullying, and getting even with your sworn enemies, so come prepared to make out with a hot dog, get drunk, and grab your wig.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 8:30-9:15 p.m. // Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn // Free
Dreamed up in the brooding and tragic imaginations of Cassandra Rosebeetle, Jason Mejias, and Elizabeth Munn, We Want It Darker is a commentary on our divided and delirious modern society, rendered via everyone’s favorite medium: burlesque. The show will feature live music, glass walking, aerial performances, and a bit of theremin shredding as characters explore concepts of darkness and alienating solitude—all while becoming increasingly unclothed. Special guests and surprises are on the bill as well, so bring a loved one (or soon-to-be loved one?) and enjoy the sultry social commentary.
Comic Con 2016 (Scott Heins/Gothamist)
Comic Con is once again set to bring over 150,000 superfans to the Javits Center for four days of superhero, sci-fi, fantasy, video game, and otaku madness. Tickets are going fast, but if you can snag even a one-day pass you’ll be treated to a no-holds-barred display of superfandom complete with meet-and-greets, special panel discussions, an endless sea of vendors selling exclusive merch, and of course jaw-dropping cosplayers repping everything from Superman to Star Wars to Naruto to Overwatch. Guests this year will include The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Clerks creator Kevin Smith, Defenders star Rosario Dawson, Star Trek’s William Shatner, and Neo himself Keanu Reeves. What’s more, basically the entire voice actor cast of Dragon Ball Super will be coming through this year, so don’t say we never did nothing for all you anime nerds out there.
If, by the time the weekend rolls around, you find yourself in need of some heartrending rock and roll then get out to Forest Hills Stadium for The National and Daughter. Hot off the release of their much-acclaimed seventh record Sleep Well Beast, the indie demigods of Ohio are still in full command of their powers and are a sure bet whether you’re a newcomer fan or a longtime devotee. But if you do go, please do yourself a favor and get there in time for Daughter. The London quartet puts on a beautiful and brutally sad show thanks to the heartbroken musings of frontwoman Elena Tonra, who’s quickly becoming one of the most impactful indie songwriters on earth.
“NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU’RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY”
Citizen Kane, The Godfather, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Casablanca… and Beetlejuice. Yes, Beetlejuice, the 1988 mock-horror masterpiece most definitely belongs in the highest cinematic echelon (Michael Keaton was actually up for an Oscar for his unforgettable performance as Mr. B). And now with October upon us, it’s only right to give the movie a fresh watch, which is exactly what Bushwick dine-in theater Syndicated is doing this Saturday. In fact, they’re hosting three straight screenings of Beetlejuice, which, if you remember, is the way to get the ghost with the most to appear and raise all hell.
Screens Friday at 5:15, 7:30, and 9:45 p.m. // Syndicated Brooklyn, 40 Bogart Street, Brooklyn // Tickets $4
For more events this October, check out our Fall Guide.