Ghoulish Crypt Crawl, Phantogram, Hip Halloween: N.Y. Weekend

Village Halloween Parade
A Medusa costume at the Village Halloween Parade. The Village Halloween Parade is the nation's largest public Halloween celebration. Source: New York's Village Halloween Parade via Bloomberg

Start Halloween weekend with the ghoul procession at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

The rampaging demons and ghouls have been ordered up from the Mettawee River Theater Company and share the evening with two showings of that 1920 silent film classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” (accompanied live on the Great Organ).

At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

There’s also a Saturday Crypt Crawl where you can ponder the origins of All Hallows Eve.

The Cathedral is located at 1047 Amsterdam Ave. Information: +1-212-932-7347;

Friday Night

Go hear hip electro group Phantogram play the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Phantogram compares favorably to The xx, since keyboardist Sarah Barthel and guitarist Joshua Carter trade vocal responsibility.

With its multiple layers of rhythmic samples, their pulsing shoegaze feels dreamy rather than icy. Squeaks, squawks, blips and bleeps roil around their tracks and carry you along into a pulsing haze.

Expect heavy, sexy beats, feedback and Sarah’s seductively chastising voice: “You’re getting high on your own supply.”

Music Hall of Williamsburg is at 66 North 6th St., Brooklyn. Information:


Roy Lichtenstein’s in town. Start at the Leo Castelli gallery’s “Mostly Men,” an exhibit focusing on the often disguised male presence in the artist’s work.

Then head to the Morgan Library for Lichtenstein’s black-and-white drawings, shown for the first time in a single installation. You’ll be amused by his take on everything from turkey and baked potatoes to foot medication and Alka Seltzer.

Finally, Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery in Chelsea offers a dozen paintings focusing on reflections, mirrors and doubling, including the blissful representation of an ideal Sunday morning.

Leo Castelli is at 18 E 77th St. #3A. Information: +1-212-249-4470;

The Morgan Library & Museum is at 225 Madison Ave. Information: +1-212-685-0008;

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is at 534 W 26th St. Information: +1-212-744-7400;

Saturday Night

See “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” the new musical based on Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 comedy about flamboyant Spanish females.

Patti LuPone stars as the jilted, unhinged Lucia, Laura Benanti is Candela, the bubble-headed model involved with a Shiite terrorist, and Sherie Rene Scott plays the central character, Pepa, a voice-over actress looking for her errant lover.

With music and lyrics by David Yazbek, a book by Jeffrey Lane and Bartlett Sher directing, “Women on the Verge” cost $5 million and took five years to bring to the stage.

Now in previews at the Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th St. Opens Nov. 4. Information: +1-212-239-6200;


In one of his most celebrated tricks, Harry Houdini drank water with a package of needles and some thread. After a dramatic pause, he pulled from his mouth the now-threaded needles.

Born Ehrich Weiss, Houdini was a magician extraordinaire, who escaped from handcuffs, straitjackets and his early life as a Hungarian Jewish immigrant.

You can see magic apparatus, posters, photographs and films, as well as art work inspired by Houdini in this show at the Jewish Museum.

Don’t miss Matthew Barney’s installation “Cremaster 5: The Ehrich Weiss Suite” riffing on the fleeting nature of life and fame. There’s an acrylic coffin, which seven live Kite Jacobin pigeons adorn with their droppings.

The Jewish Museum is at 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St. Information: +1-212-423-3200;

Arab Film Festival

Catch screenings of Arabic films “Love Aborted,” about the inner world of women in Beirut, and “The Misfortunes of Some...,” which follows a taxi driver who also runs a funeral home.

The director, Omar Amiralay, will be on hand to introduce the movies and talk about his work.

It’s part of “Mapping Subjectivity,” a project at the Museum of Modern Art exploring five decades of avant-garde filmmaking in Arab countries.

MoMA is at 11 W. 53 St. Information: +1-212-708-9400;

Village Parade

Here’s your chance to don that Lady Gaga meat dress, a Cyberzord mask with LED eyes or your Christine O’Donnell outfit and join the 38th annual Village Halloween Parade.

This year’s theme is “Memento Mori,” a tribute to the Day of the Dead puppets who’ve been leading the parade for 20 years as a grisly reminder that life needs to be celebrated by the living.

Arrive on Sixth Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets between 6:30 and 8:30 for the march to 16th Street, but be prepared for a mob scene: 2 million people are expected to take part in the festivities.

Hip Halloween Party

Afterwards, if you really want to get some freak on, head out to Panache and Todd P’s party at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple.

Hip hop party-starters Das Racist will throw some bare-knuckle spit-rhymes and Pictureplane will shake the walls with bass.

It will be hectic, it will be madness, so you might consider making Nov. 1 a “personal” day.

Ridgewood Masonic Temple is at 1054 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +Todd+P+Halloween+Party

(With assistance by Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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