22 Oct 2010 EST
- by Jessica Verderame, Assistant Editor
Looking for something more exciting to do this weekend than sleeping off the hangover from the night before? There are a ton of events this weekend, from pre-Halloween festivities, to live music and art gallery events, and more. Why waste your weekend in your pajamas when there is so much going on in the city?
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
This quirky canine event, now in its 20th year, returns to Tompkins square this Saturday, October 22nd. Dress up your dog and come out from noon until 3 pm for tons of games and contests, with costume contest winners every thirty minutes. The winner of the “Best in Show” and one raffle ticket winner will both win IPods, but those that are not as lucky, there will still be treats galore for your pup.
The event will likely draw about 500 other dogs, so even if you don’t have a dog, it should still be a ton of fun to see the ridiculous costumes these poor pooches have to shed their dignity to wear. There is a suggested donation of $5, and the event will be taking places at the dog run inside the park, on 9th street between avenues A and B.
Though it seems that there are more people who make fun of CMJ than people that actually appreciate it, the event does produce tons of great live shows, whether they are official CMJ shows or not. Taking place all around the city, there is guaranteed to be something going on at all times.
Go to the event’s website for a full schedule and list of participating artists, though a lot of great bands are playing during this time but are not officially affiliated with CMJ. One band to definitely check out is Hussle Club, playing this Saturday, October 23rd at Hiro Ballroom at 7pm.
“Film Por Vida” at Fuse Gallery
Fuse Gallery is a by artists for artists gallery located within popular East Village hangout, Lit Lounge. The gallery’s owner, Eric Foss, strives to support independent, local artists, and is also an accomplished artist in his own right; his art has been shown around the world, and was even used for an album cover for the band Slayer. While Foss usually likes to help promote smaller artists through his gallery, bigger names have also shown work here, such as Jack Walls, actor Michael Meyers (yes, that Michael Meyers), Spike Jonze, Tim Barber, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more.
Saturday, October 23rd is Fuse Gallery’s next opening, ”Film Por Vida,” a show that is described as “an international exchange of photographic prints done entirely through the mail…The Print Exchange was started as one man’s desire to share his photographs with his friends.” The photographic post cards will be hung in plastic sleeves as to present both sides.
The opening reception for the show is from 7-10 pm on Saturday, October 23rd, and the show runs through November 27th.
New Amsterdam Market
New Amsterdam Market started out as a monthly market located at the historic Fulton Fish Market, and has recently become weekly. What sets this apart from your regular farmers market is that in addition to fresh meats and produce, they also feature snacks and cooked foods. The New Amsterdam Market follows in the tradition of the markets of Old New York, but with an updated spin to fit the wants and needs of the modern consumer, including locally sourced and organic foods.
Stop by the old Fulton Fish Market this Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm to shop and browse at this impressive market. For more details, including directions and a list of this Sunday’s vendors, visit the New Amsterdam Market website.
Madame Tussauds New York: After Dark
The famous wax museum is open late this weekend and next weekend for a special event just in time for Halloween. Think wax figurines are creepy? Then this will really spook you. Madame Tussauds is turning down the lights and opens its doors to patrons after dark to resemble a haunted house. Watch a creepy 4D movie on their big screen, and then wander around the museum’s exhibits—though with live actors thrown in with the wax figures, you’ll have to stay on your toes in order to be able to figure out which one is which!
This event is going on this weekend, from Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th, and next weekend from Thursday the 28th through Sunday the 31st, between the hours of 9pm and 1 am. Advance tickets are range from $20-$25. Check out the event’s website for more details.