This weekend you can check out movies made by New Yorkers, hang out with cartoonists who get inspired by the mean streets, tool around Central Park in the dark, dance to Brooklyn-based beats, and/or sip on carefully crafted cider from apples picked upstate. This really is the greatest city in the world! By Jessica Allen.
The Big Apple Film Festival, celebrating its 12th year, showcases independent movies from, you guessed it, the Big Apple. Folks from other locales are welcome to submit as well, but the festival primarily recognizes the actors, writers, directors, and others in the movies who call New York home. Awards are given in such categories as Best Short Film, Documentary, Feature Film, NYC Cityscape, and Emerging Talent. Wednesday, Nov. 4, through Saturday, Nov. 7, see schedule for details, tickets required.
BEMF, also known as the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, began in 2008 as a way of “celebrat[ing] the city’s electronic musical landscape, proudly featuring both emerging and established artists from the New York boroughs and beyond.” Among the DJs, singers, and bands scheduled to perform are Honey Dijon, Afrika Bambaataa, Laidback Luke, Floating Points, and Matrixxman. Thursday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 8, see schedule for details, tickets required.
Cider and fall go together like, well, ham and cheese or chocolate and peanut butter. There are a ton of great events planned throughout this year’s festival designed to relish and cherish cider, including a whole pig dinner in Brooklyn, a homemade apple pie contest on the Lower East Side, and a cider and cheese event in the West Village, along with discussions, lectures, and tastings galore. Friday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Nov. 15, see schedule for details, tickets and/or reservations required for some events.
On the first Friday of the month, several souls gather in Columbus Circle to experience Central Park in the dark. With the help of friendly guides, you can bike your way around the park. It’s a leisurely 10 or so miles, with some stops to refuel, refresh, and admire the scenery. You don’t need to bring anything except yourself and your bike (but if you have a light, you’re welcome to bring it). The ride is led by Time’s Up, a grassroots environmental group. Friday, Nov. 6, 10 p.m., free.
At Comic Arts Brooklyn, you’ll find more than 100 artists, including Charles Burns, Julia Wertz, Leslie Stein, Daniel Clowes, and Andrea Tsurumi, in addition to vendors and exhibitors, each and every one of whom is dedicated to celebrating comics and cartoons. You can see cells, hear talks, gawk at your favorite artists and creators, swap stories and memorabilia, and just soak up the creative atmosphere. Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8, see schedule for details, free.