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Jetsetter 13: The Coolest Things This Month

We can think of 13 reasons to get seriously stoked for October. There's the world's first architecture biennial in Chicago, the killer music fest Austin City Limits and a wacky new bar in LA with fossilized dinosaur eggs... Read on for more.

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London The 13th edition of Frieze Art Fair kicks off this month in a Regent's Park structure built by Universal Design Studio. The 167 galleries will display everything from Rembrandt works to conceptual installations by Brazilian artist Tunga, whose "Siamese Hair Twins" features two girls with conjoined hair interacting with visitors. Hmm...

Tom Dixon's pop-up department store Multiplex in the vacant 20,000-square-foot Old Selfridge Hotel was the talk of the London Design Festival this year. Those who missed it can still get a glimpse of the multi-sensory experience until October 15. Vendors run the gamut, from British eyewear shop Cubitts to natural fragrance label Haeckals.

Chicago The architecture-crazed Windy City is buzzing over the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, which starts its three-month run on October 3. More than 100 exhibitors will show their work in the 70,000-square-foot Chicago Cultural Center, and other venues around town. Don't miss David Adjaye at the Art Institute of Chicago, the first major retrospective of the Tanzanian-born superstar architect.

Connecticut The town of New Canaan, home to Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House, is adding another design star this month: the not-for-profit Grace Farms. The curvaceous glass-walled building, designed by Pritzker-Prize winning Tokyo firm Sanaa, evokes a running river and is the centerpiece of the 80-acre grounds. There's also an 11,000-square-foot amphitheater that will host concerts, nature-focused talks and events and rotating art exhibitions.

Detroit Rumblings of Detroit's emerging art scene have been happening for a couple of years now, but the debut of the 5,000-square-foot Wasserman Projects, a converted firehouse in Eastern Market, feels like the tipping point. The gallery will promote emerging artists like Miami architect Nick Gelpi and Brooklyn-based painter Markus Linnebrink. Coming next year: Belgian artist Koen Vanmechlen's Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, which will feature live birds (yes, birds).

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Dallas How does chef boy wonder Matt McCallister follow up the success of his five-star FT33? Go casual. His new restaurant Filament, in Deep Ellum, turns out feel-good Southern comfort food with a few twists like beef cheek tamales and fried sepia tacos accompanied by flame-roasted chicken.

Las Vegas Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick have been hard at work ruling the New York culinary scene, with Dirty French, Santina, and Sadelle's (not to mention the forthcoming takeover of the Four Seasons Restaurant.) For their debut outside the Big Apple, the trio went to Las Vegas' Aria to recreate their mid 20th-century Italian spot, Carbone. On the menu: favorites like lobster fra diavola and veal parmesan, delivered by waiters decked out in period garb by designer Zac Posen.

Los Angeles Electronic dance music star and longtime animal advocate Moby is adding a new title to his resume. His new temple to vegan cuisine Little Pine, in Silver Lake, is headed by Anne Thornton, the Food Network host of Dessert First, and will have a retail component that peddles veggie-focused cookbooks and local products. What to expect? Seasonal dishes like mushroom leek pot pie and lemon mint pea pâté.

New York Everyone loves a second act, just ask Jonathan Waxman. The chef's revamp of his beloved Cali cuisine haven, Jams, feels right at home at its new location in the eco-chic 1 Hotel Central Park. Inside the airy brick and wood space, there's an updated menu that feels very 2015, from the mini pancakes with red pepper and smoked salmon to kale salad with anchovy dressing.

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Best New Bars

New York

The super cool firm Emporium Design is behind the rustic-chic aesthetic at the two-story Drexler’s, in the East Village. Inside, reclaimed church pews, cast iron bathtubs, and a piano set the scene for Darin Rubell's (Bourbon & Watt) large-format concoctions and on-tap mojitos. There's also a ridiculously good house beer, custom made by Brooklyn-based Kelso Brewery.

Los Angeles In remaking the historic 1935 Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown, Jason Fullilove looked way back and dug deep. The chef discovered a trove of original recipes and talked to longtime regulars to create the menus at this cabinet of curiosities. The space spans five floors and houses two restaurants, a craft beer bar, tiki lounge and basement cocktail lair. A massive faux Redwood, fossilized dinosaur eggs, and a bronzed meteorite are just a few of the surprises. The classic offal dishes and lunch counter staples have been modernized, but one item stays true to its roots: Clifton's famous Jello.

Miami Designed by Robert McKinley (New York's Surf Lodge and Goldbar), the new Brickell supper club cabaret, El Tucan, recalls midcentury Cuba. Thursday through Saturday, two live-music dinner shows feature a Latin orchestra led by a Grammy award-winning composer and drinks from cocktail wizards Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi, the duo behind Broken Shaker. The Caribbean-tinged menu is the work of chef Jean Paul Lourdes, who heads the kitchen at the new Marion next door.

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Killer Music Fests

Austin The annual Austin City Limits festival takes place over two weekends, showcasing its a mix of indie bands and pop acts. Highlights this year include the Foo Fighters, Drake and The Strokes. Of course, the after-party shows at venues around the city are just as bad ass with local talent like cult blues rocker Shakey Graves.

New Orleans We love it for more than the name (though its a damn good one). This year's Voodoo Fest is back with its usual lineup of eclectic performers. We're talking Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Florence and the Machine and...Third Eye Blind (yea, you read that right).

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