Weekend Fun

Weekend Plans in NYC: October 11–13, 2019

Cupcakes! Cults! Concerts!

Photo courtesy of NYC Cupcake Run

Whether you believe in sprints with sweets, watching scary movies during the day, or nothing at all, there’s something for everyone this weekend in NYC.

Theater

It wasn’t enough for Harvey Fierstein—whom you should see perform wherever, whenever you can—to write a monologue about New York politician and feminist icon Bella Abzug, who campaigned hard to become New York’s first female senator in 1976. He had to play her, too. Fierstein and Abzug become one at Manhattan Theatre Club in Bella Bella. Through Tuesday, October 22; City Center Stage, 131 West 55th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Midtown

Photo by Jeremy Daniel/Courtesy of Bella Bella
Talk

If you ask Richard Dawkins if he believes in God, you won’t get a simple yes or no answer. Join the author of Outgrowing God in this midday conversation event at Pioneer Works to learn how he created his own guide to atheism. It should be fascinating for people of all faith persuasions. Saturday, October 12; 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook

Eating + Drinking

Your weekend workouts just got a little sweeter. Unlike a normal 5K, this race rewards its runners with cupcakes—yes, you read that correctly. Participants are challenged to complete a 3.1-mile run with three checkpoints, where they must finish a delicious treat before continuing! Saturday, October 12; 11 a.m.; Astoria Park

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Family Fun

Prefer ice cream over cupcakes (or sitting instead of distance running)? Kick back with the King of Sweets, Duff Goldman, for a family fun-dae of tasty scoops, face painting, live music, and interactive activities for the kids to work off all that sugar. Sunday, October 13; 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Second, 849 Sixth Avenue (between West 29th and 30th Streets), Midtown

Film

It’s not October without a horror film or two. Brooklyn movie theater/kitchen/bar Syndicated has your back with a monthlong lineup of scary showings. (And also: maybe the best movie ever!) This weekend, get comfortable at Midsommar—171 minutes of Swedish pagans, a disturbing cult, and a festive retreat gone terribly wrong. Friday, October 11–Sunday, October 13; 40 Bogart Street, Bushwick

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Live Music

Bed-Stuy Alive!’s Restoration Rocks daylong concert is the organization’s biggest fete; this year’s installment features a small village of local food vendors and live sets from the best hip-hop MC of all time (and Jay-Z mentor), Big Daddy Kane, plus Labelle alumna and powerhouse vocalist Nona Hendryx. Icons! Saturday, October 12; noon–6 p.m.; Fulton Street (between New York and Brooklyn Avenues)

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