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Courtesy of Cambria Harkey, Florence and the Machine at the Austin City Limits Festival
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15 Amazing Things to Do in October

We round up the month's best in art, film, theatre, music, food and fashion.

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Festival of Disruption, Los Angeles

If David Lynch’s films are any indication of the creative direction he’ll take with the forthcoming Festival of Disruption—a two-day “creative bender” (read: multimedia festival) at Los Angeles’s trendy Ace Hotel—things are about to get really trippy. The surrealist director will screen rare shorts from his private collection, as well as his features, Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks; however, most of the fest is dedicated to a varied lineup of musical performances and talks by the likes of St. Vincent, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Frank Gehry and filmmaker Mel Brooks.

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s "Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016," New York City

In 2016, is there still a tenable distinction between art and film? – this is the central question behind the Whitney’s Museum’s new exhibition “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016.” A survey of moving-image art over the past century, the exhibit will screen classics such as Fantasia and Blade Runner, as well as work by pioneers of the form such as Joseph Cornell and Oskar Schlemmer. In a nod to the Instagram generation, there will also be an entire installation in 3-D.

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Photograph by Manuel Reinartz; image courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York


Seattle Art Museum’s "Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style"

The life and career of Yves Saint Laurent has been immortalized in movies such as Saint Laurent and L’Amour Fou. Now, the work of the late, great couturier is set to be displayed at the Seattle Art Museum starting October 11th. Curated by Parisian fashion expert Florence Müler, the exhibit is comprised of 100 couture garments from the designer’s 44-year career, including the iconic “le smoking” tuxedo-style suit and the pop-art inspired Mondrian dress.

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New Museum’s “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest," New York City

If there was ever an art exhibition poised to become an Instagram sensation, it’d be Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s upcoming exhibition at the New Museum. Known for creating colorful video art and multimedia instillations that envelop guests in kaleidoscopic projections, Rist’s work is like stepping into a dream. Pixel Forest will take Rist’s signature concept and spread it across the museum’s three central floors, on which guests will be invited to lie on their backs and be swept up in the immersive experience.

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950"

Masterpieces from artists Diego Rivero, Frida Kahlo and José Clemente Orozco will be on view at the Philadephia Museum of Art starting October 25 as part of Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism”—the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican modernism to be shown in the United States in more than 70 years. A collection of 300 works of painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, books and murals, the exhibition will draw from U.S. and Mexican collections in an exploration of Mexico’s vibrant cultural past.

Sanford Biggers’s Subjective Cosmology at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s

For his first solo exhibition, Sanford Biggers will display a mural-sized work, a video installation, an original score, and two sculptures at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit. Laocoön, one such sculpture, consists of a 30-foot long inflatable vinyl imagining of Fat Albert, the main character from Bill Cosby’s 1970s cartoon. Biggers positions the sculpture lying face down and fighting to breathe, evoking Eric Garner and other recent black male victims of police brutality while addressing the subject of fallen idols and race in America.

Bruce Nauman’s "Contrapposto Studies, i through vii" at Sperone Westwater gallery, New York

In his 12th show at Sperone Westwater gallery, artist Bruce Nauman takes the contrapposto, the pose most associated with Classical and Renaissance sculpture (in which the hip is cocked and the body’s weight is shifted on a diagonal axis), as as his jumping-off point for exploring notions of performativity and dynamism in sculpture. In each of the exhibit’s seven large-scale video projections, Nauman walks toward and away from the camera in contrapposto, as sound effects and and disjointed editing transform the singular gesture into a complex movement.

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Courtesy the Sanford Biggers and David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

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Pipilotti Rist, Gnade Donau Gnade (Mercy Danube Mercy), 2013/15. Installation view: “Komm Schatz, wir stellen die Medien um & fangen nochmals von vorne an,” Kunsthalle Krems, Austria, 2015. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine. Photo: Lisa Rastl


The Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival

Looking for an excuse to island-hop through Hawaii this fall? Feast your eyes on The Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival. The culinary fest will bring together some of the world’s best chefs (think: Michelle Bernstein and Hugh Acheson) across three Hawaiian Islands (Maui, Oahu and the Big Island), during the two-week stretch of dinners, culinary demos and special events. Highlights include a“Clash of the Ramen” event at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort, and the “Halekulani Culinary Masters Gala Series, an East-meets-West six-course dinner to the tune of $1,050 per person.

Union Square Café 2.0, New York City

Union Square Café 2.0, the new iteration of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Café, taps into three of the hottest culinary trends of 2016: fast-casual fare, technology-driven service and a no-tipping policy. The restaurant concept will feature a dedicated bakery, a private dining room and next-door spot called Daily Provisions that will sell coffee, breakfast, rotisserie chicken and salad during the day, and a set tasting menu from chef Carmen Quagliata at night. Meanwhile, sommeliers and managers will sport Apple Watches, as means of luring the technologically-savvy to the restaurant’s tables.

Single Threads Farms, Sonoma

California’s most anticipated opening of the year, Single Threads Farm is singlehandedly throwing the county back in the fine-dining spotlight. So, why all the hype? Ticketed dinners for those willing to shell out, during which chef Kyle Connaughton and wife/farmer Katina prepare an ambitious 11-course, kaiseki-style meal using ingredients grown right in their rooftop garden, greenhouse, and local farm. Wine pairings and greenhouse tours are also on offer for those looking to dig a little deeper.

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Courtesy of Kyle Connaughton

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Desert Trip Festival, Coachella Valley

With a lineup of music legends (the Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan) pushing 70+, Desert Trip is being nicknamed ‘Old-Chella.’ But don’t let the name fool you into thinking the fest will be sedate. Tickets sold out within hours and Coachella Valley nightlife spots are expecting capacity crowds for both weekends. In addition to the tunes, there will also be a whole roster of attractions including morning yoga, late-night DJS, a daily food festival and sit-down four-course dinners for $800.

Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits may not be the showcase of folk rock and alt-country it was 15 years ago. But this year’s lineup, which includes A-list headlining acts by Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, is sure to delight any veteran attendee. Can’t make it to Zilker Park this year? Red Bull TV and SiriusXM will provide livestreams all weekend of select festival sets.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, New Orleans

Tool, Arcade Fire and The Weeknd will headline this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, set to return to New Orleans for its annual Halloween weekend festivities starting October 28. Other acts include Band of Horses, Kevin Gates, and the Chainsmokers, and if you’re looking for more than just tunes, there are also large-scale interactive art installations, carnival rides and beer gardens.

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Courtesy of Cambria Harkey, Florence and the Machine at the Austin City Limits Festival


"The Front Page" at Broadhurst Theatre, New York City

In terms of star wattage, it doesn’t get much bigger (er, brighter) than producer Scott Rudin’s new smash hit, “The Front Page.” Starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman, the story follows a star court reporter (Slaterry) and his editor (Lane), as they cover the case of an escaped prisoner. Hilarity ensues when the characters conspire to hide the runaway convict from the other reporters while chasing the biggest scoop of their careers.

"Plenty" at The Public Theatre, New York City

Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz stars in The Public Theater’s revival of David Hare’s award-winning 1982 play “Plenty” — a wartime drama about a British secret agent (Weisz) flown into France during World War II. Jumping in time and place, the work narrows in on the experiences of the agent and her wartime colleagues, as they struggle to “find in peacetime the values and relationships [they] cherished in war.”

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