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What to do this weekend, Oct. 5-8

October 3, 2012 - by Linda Sheridan

It’s a long weekend for many, as Monday, Oct. 8 is Columbus Day. October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out great events that support this cause, new exhibits opening at The Guggenheim and AMNH, as well as Oktoberfest, fall festivals, cruises and concerts for every taste.

10/05/12

ZEPHYR HAPPY HOUR CRUISE Experience Happy Hour in glittering style! Cruise along New York Harbor aboard the luxurious ZEPHYR yacht and enjoy a Happy Hour like never before. Enjoy a 90-minute harbor cruise; live DJs; 2 cash bars; drink specials; sun deck; two fully enclosed, climate-controlled decks; breathtaking views of the skyline at sunset. (Also Thurs., Oct. 4.), departs 6:30pm. *Final weekend. $25. Must be 21 or older, with valid ID. Pier 16, South Street Seaport, NY 866-987-2542 circlelinedowntown.com

OKTOBERFEST NYC Inspired by the world-famous German festival, this celebration under a beer hall style tent is the largest Oktoberfest event in NYC. Complimentary general admission, German beer & food menu, standard bar service as well as preferred reserve table seating packages available with wait service, open bar and/or food for a minimum investment. Mirroring the official annual celebration in Munich, Germany and featuring a mix of special events including the US debut of the new St.Pauli Girl model, athlete & celebrity hosts, designer runway shows, music performances, film screenings, world-renowned chef tastings and much more! Join in for the ceremonial keg tapping, costume parades & fun festive oompa bands. 5pm-midnight. Saturday and Sunday, noon to midnight. One Penn Plaza at 33rd St & 8th Ave, oktnyc.com

SCARYOKE WITH SHEQUIDA Considering some of the voices they've heard, Times Scare knows Karaoke can be pretty scary. But just wait until sultry Mistress of the Night, Shequida, gets on stage to host Scaryoke live in the crypt every Friday night. Frightfully delicious sing-along fun where you can win special Scaryoke prizes! Sign up at 9pm, show begins at 10pm. Times Scare NYC, 669 Eighth Ave., 212-586-7829, timesscarenyc.com

BLOOD MANOR New York City's renowned haunted attraction is now open. Through Nov. 3. Not for the faint of heart, geared to older teens and adults. Call for tickets. 163 Varick Street, NY, 212-290-2825, www.bloodmanor.com

IAN ANDERSON Ian Anderson brings Thick as a Brick to the Beacon Theatre. This tour will feature a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including Ian's band: bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and wunderkind guitarist Florian Opahle-- all of whom have performed with Ian on his solo dates over the years as well as having performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull. Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway (74th-75th Sts.), NY, 212-465-6225, beacontheatrenyc.com

PICASSO BLACK AND WHITE Opening today at The Guggenheim, Picasso Black and White marks the first major exhibition to focus on the recurrent motif of black and white throughout Pablo Picasso's career. Surveying his oeuvre from 1904 to 1971, Picasso Black and White examines the artist's lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette through approximately 115 paintings and a selection of sculptures and works on paper. Closed on Thursday. Through Jan. 23, 2013. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. (89 St.), NY, 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL For their final performance at Carnegie Hall this season, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra open with Dvorak's Fifth Symphony before launching into two spectacular Italian works. While Respighi's Feste romane depicts four different Eternal City festivals with vibrant orchestral color and sparking rhythmic entery, Martucci's Notturno is a heart wrenching adagio, bittersweet and beautiful. 7pm. Carnegie Hall, 57th St. & Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

THE WHISPERS One of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, performs at BB King Blues Club & Grill. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the San Francisco and Oakland Bay Area. Recording a string of singles for the Dore label between 1964 and 1967, the group amassed a following in the Bay Area, and in 1970 they achieved their first Top 10 R&B hit, "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong." 8pm. $45. BB King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. (7-8 Aves.), NY, 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com

SKYROOM ROOFTOP PARTY Skyroom Fridays is the hottest rooftop party in town. Each and every week don't miss the best DJs playing at the outdoor and indoor Rooftop club! Come for some drinks, great music, dancing and lounge on our outdoor patio enjoying the best view of New York's Skyline and the amazing spring weather! For guest list and reservations contact us at [email protected] or text 917-937-8393 - Please note that trendy cocktail attire is highly suggested and table reservations for large groups are highly recommended. 10pm-4am. Skyroom New York City, 330 West 40th St, skyroomnyc.com

10/06/12

BROOKLYN FLEA RECORD FAIR After two highly successful recent fairs, vendors requested the new twice-annual schedule, particularly to accommodate record labels' release calendars. Surrounded by 100 food vendors, with special guest DJs all day, and now with SmorgasBar selling Brooklyn-made beer, wine, and spirits, the record fair has become one of the most popular market days of the year. 11am-6pm. Smorgasburg, 27 North 6th Street, between Kent Ave. and the East River Williamsburg, NY www.brooklynflea.com

THE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY: TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES ALIVE IN WINTER Starting today, the perennial favorite visited by millions of children and adults, returns to the American Museum of Natural History. This popular winter attraction invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies fluttering among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure. Through May 2013. AMNH, Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100, amnh.org CRAIG FERGUSON The sassy, Scottish comedian and star of The Late,Late Show plays Radio City for one night only. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave. (50th St.), 212-307-7171, radiocity.com

SATURDAY NIGHT TROPICAL OASIS CRUISE Slide aboard the ZEPHYR for a two-hour cruise with resident DJ's spinning the latest jams! Groove on over to one of two cash bars and enjoy a cocktail. With three levels -- indoor and outdoor -- the ZEPHYR provides a unique, glittering and glamorous venue for a truly spectacular evening! Enjoy a 2-Hour Harbor Cruise; live DJ’s spinning the slickest tracks; a large dance floor; 2 cash bars; drink specials; a moon deck; two fully enclosed, climate-controlled decks; breathtaking views of the skyline at night. Boards at 8:45pm, returns at 11:00 pm. *Final night. Must be 21 years of age or older, with valid ID. $29. Pier 16, South Street Seaport, 866-987-2542, circlelinedowntown.com

MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION CULTURE AND ARTS FESTIVAL The Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture and Arts Festival at MJM CAFé will feature the vibrant music, artistry, crafts and cuisine that make Washington Heights and the neighboring communities of Harlem and Inwood so diverse and dynamic. A highlight of the day will be a special dedication ceremony for the newly cultivated colonial revival garden and to recognize the efforts to beautify the park that offers the surrounding community a tranquil green space. Emmy award winning news anchor Sade Baderinwa, of WABC-TV's Eyewitness News ABC7, will attend as an honored guest and participate in the ceremony. 10am- 6pm. Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace, NY 212-923-8008, morrisjumel.org

10/07/12

GOSPEL BRUNCH The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir performs at BB King Blues Club & Grill for a special Gospel Brunch. The homestyle "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. Every Sunday. $40 adv, $42.50 day of show. BB King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. (7-8 Aves.), 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com

APPLE FESTIVAL Families will learn fun apple facts at this delightful event. A large variety of apples, apple products, and freshly pressed cider will be available. The nation's largest apple cobbler will be baked on site. Vendors will have a variety of collectibles for sale, food, hayrides, and free children's games will make this event fun for all ages. 11am-4pm Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park NY, 718-347-3276, queensfarm.org

SHAPE'S 7TH ANNUAL PILATES FOR PINK Join SHAPE magazine for its national breast cancer awareness campaign in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ® (BCRF). Come out to Union Square Park, North from 9am to 4 pm and enjoy group fitness classes with re:AB Pilates Studio, exciting sponsor activities and giveaways. 100% of the $25 class registration fee will be donated to BCRF. No previous experience is necessary to enjoy this fun healthy exercise. 212-545-4891, shape.com/pilates-for-pink

FIGHTING CANCER WITH COMEDY Tonight at B.B. King Blues Club, Bonnerfied Entertainment presents Comedy Spillage, A Cancer Awareness Event, in association with CSF Enterprises and the American Cancer Society. Tonight's show will mark the third annual red carpet Libra birthday celebration, hosted by romantic funnyman Shawn Cornelius. DJ Tali Gore will spin at the special guest afterparty, Marko Nobles of 90.3FM will be doing a live radio broadcast, and the show will also be filmed live. 8pm. $30 advance, $35 day of show. BB King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. (7-8 Aves.), 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com

SALLY WILFERT Sally Wilfert is one of the most sought after singers in New York City. She has graced the stages of Broadway (Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Off-Broadway (See Rock City, Make Me A Song) and concert halls across the country. Sally takes the stage supported by the unbridled creative spirit of Musical Director Chris Fenwick (Queen of The Mist) in this eagerly anticipated new show. 9pm. 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, NY 54Below.com

COLUMBUS DAY DJ WEEKEND PARTY DJ Prostyle is a Dominican-American DJ and producer best known for his work on BET's 106 & Park. He also served as the radio personality on Power 105 in NYC and Power 95.3 in Orlando, Florida. Also spinning is DJ Spinking, DJ AK-Smooth and DJ Heavyness. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street, NY 212-414-5994, www.highlineballroom.com

10/08/12

NYC COLUMBUS DAY PARADE Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 72nd Street. 11:30am.

COLUMBUS DAY IN PROSPECT PARK Spend Columbus Day in the Park. The Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House, and the Carousel will all be open for their regular weekend hours. 10am-4pm, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Flatbush NY, 718-287-3400, prospectpark.org

GREENPOINT AVENUE FESTIVAL Families can celebrate Columbus Day and enjoy a day of arts and crafts, food, music, and more. 11am-6pm. Greenpoint Avenue & Queens Blvd., 44th Street, Greenpoint NY, clearviewfestival.com

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