Here are some highlights of events coming up this month.
Nightmare Haunted House, the team that produced last year’s wildly popular Killers, returns to the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center with Killers 2, “a horrifying, immersive haunted house experience about our obsession and fascination with serial killers both real and fictional.” Visitors navigating the tormenting labyrinth will encounter various psychopaths, including Harrison Graham, Aileen Wournos and Charles Manson, among others, who are neither glorified nor romanticized, but rather presented for what they are.
Focusing on both the perpetrators and their victims, both historical and contemporary, Killers 2 sets out to prove that the most haunting experiences are those that are real. They are sticking with the theme — there is nothing more frightening than the monsters that walk among us.
Please note that this experience is designed for adults: children under 10 are not admitted and parents are strongly cautioned about bringing children under 16. For a list of Halloween events that are more kid-friendly, check out our events calendar later in October.
Through Saturday, Nov. 2nd // 107 Suffolk St. // ticket prices range from $20 for students to $60 for VIP entry.
SAT., OCT. 5TH
Amazing Amy the Contortionist is at Old Man Hustle. First-prize winner in the Coney Island Circus Freaks and Side Show Geeks Talent Show category, the rubber-bodied “Yoga Yenta” improvises and contorts on the stage of our neighborhood’s newest performance space. She is accompanied by musician Rachel Mason and violinist Marc Golamco.
39 Essex St. // 8 p.m. // free.
Also SAT., OCT. 5TH
Explore Chris Burden’s Ghost Ship at New Museum’s First Saturdays for Families. Take part in the American sculptor and performance artist’s exhibition with New Museum educators and learn how Burden has investigated ideas of limits, speed and play through his artwork. (His thirty-foot handmade sixareen sailboat is now hanging off the front of the building!) After visiting the galleries, head to the Sky Room and create your own fleet of boats using a variety of everyday materials.
235 Bowery // 10 a.m. // free.
MON., OCT. 7TH
Join museum Scholar-in-Residence Regina Stein for People of the Books: A Monthly Book Club at the Museum at Eldridge Street. The monthly discussion of popular Jewish contemporary fiction and nonfiction starts with The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman and followed by What Do We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank by Nathan Englander. Lively discussion is encouraged and participants are invited to add their own suggestions to the group reading list.
12 Eldridge St. // 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. // $10/session or $50/8 sessions.
WEDS., OCT. 9TH
Miguel Gutierrez returns to Abrons. Catch the entrancing Guggenheim Fellow in this rare reprise performance of myendlesslove, a performance about sex, desire and objectification. Gutierrez’s work incorporates movement, video and music. The piece unravels as a search for the poetics of gay sex, exploiting time-honored clichés about sentimentality, longing and how we look beyond ourselves for love.
466 Grand St. // in the Underground // Oct.9-12 and Oct. 16-19 // 8 p.m.
SAT., OCT. 12TH
11th Annual OpenhouseNewYork Weekend: Make a day out of America’s largest architecture and design event that offers free tours of some of the city’s most intriguing spaces that you might not ordinarily have access to. Highlights in the neighborhood include tours of the Henry Street Settlement’s historic headquarters, the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the quirky new 60-square-foot “museum” housed in a former elevator in Chinatown. Also Sunday, Oct. 13,
TUES., OCT. 15TH
Ntozake Shange’s Lost in Language and Sound comes to the Nuyorican: Don’t miss this premiere of a new choreopoem by esteemed novelist, poet and Obie-winning playwright Ntozake Shange. A talk-back/panel discussion with Ntozake will follow the performance.
236 E. Third St. // 7:30 p.m. // $20/$15 students.
TUES., OCT. 15TH
The CMJ Music Marathon returns: Music fans and industry insiders descend on downtown venues for five nights (and days) in hopes of discovering new music, with more than 1,400 up-and-comers given a chance to showcase their talents. Many LES music venues participate; see individual venue websites for specific show schedules and cover charges.
Through Oct. 19th // ticket prices and show times vary.
WEDS., OCT. 23RD
Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City at Tenement Talks: Join author and New York Times editor Constance Rosenblum as she opens some “tantalizing portals,” telling intimate and surprising stories about where, how and with whom New Yorkers live. For this event, Rosenblum interviews five New Yorkers, ranging in age from twentysomething to ninetysomething, about how they live.
103 Orchard St. // 6:30 p.m. // free.
SUN., OCT. 27TH
Lower East Side Pickle Day: Celebrate the rich history of pickle vendors of the Lower East Side by indulging in a range of brine-soaked delicacies from old neighborhood institutions such as Guss’ Pickles, which first sold pickles from barrels on the streets 100 years ago, to neighborhood newcomers like Mission Chinese, which will serve up a surprise pickled dish.The festival is part of the DayLife neighborhood event series put on by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District.
Orchard Street, from Delancey to East Houston // noon-5 p.m. // free.