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Spooky celebrations aren’t over, not by a long shot. Day of the Dead festivities run today through Sunday, which means fiestas all weekend long. But if you’re not interested in honoring the dead, we’ve got some other fine (inexpensive) treats for you.
[Party] DJ Marcelo C. (Rico Suave/ Nacotheque) is hosting a Dia de los Muertos Fiesta tonight, which includes free pan de muerto (traditional bread) and sugar skulls, plus someone will be around to paint your face as a fancy catrina/calavera. At 10 p.m., Fontana’s basement, open bar from 10 to 11 p.m, $5.
[Art] First Friday at the Noguchi Museum is pay-what-you-wish this evening, and offers extended evening hours on the first Friday of every month. Today includes Center of Attention, an extended conversation around a single work of art, followed by a curated film. Cash bar with wine and beer also included. At 5 p.m., at the Noguchi Museum, in Astoria, pay-what-you-wish.
[Film] If you thought Bela Lugosi in Dracula was terrifying, wait till you get a load of the Spanish Dracula. The Spanish-version of Dracula (with English subtitles) screens tonight, along with a musical soundtrack provided live by guitarist Gary Lucas. This film was part of the same 1931 shoot that produced Lugosi’s famous performance. While the English language film was shot during the day, a Spanish cast, featuring the great Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and Spanish-born actor Carlos Villarias, performed at night on the same sets under the direction of George Melford. At 7 p.m., United Palace Theatre, in Washington Heights, $10 online, $15 at the door (so buy them now).
[Party] Remezcla is hosting a Dia de los Muertos party that includes music by Jarina de Marco, Uproot Andy, D’Marquesina, and more. Dressing up as a calavera is encouraged. At 10 p.m., S.O.B’s in Tribeca, free with RSVP, $10 at the door.
[Art/Talk] Brooklyn based visual artists of Puerto Rican and Salvadoran descent respectively, Adrian Roman, and Benjamin Rojas, present “El Barrio’s Día De Los Muertos” interactive art installation. The festivities begin on Friday at 6 p.m. “The theme for this year’s altar is Migration, both physical and spiritual. The altar will capture this movement from one land to another, from one world to another.” Today’s events include a children’s workshop, “Sugar Skull Masks with Viajero and Art for Change” and an adult workshop, “Memory Box with Mia Roman Hernandez”; a screening of Día De Los Muertos 2012; an artist Q&A with Roman and Rojas; and a panel discussion with Diane Fraher, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, and Natalie Tejada (DR/Haiti). At noon, Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, in Spanish Harlem, free.
[Lit] Here’s something fun to try: Get your phone and dial 917-719-2166. What you’ll hear are readings that go with the stories in the latest issue of Gigantic the spectacular, oversized literary magazine helmed by Lincoln Michel and James Yeh; Like what you hear on the “Gigantic Phone”? Head to tonight’s launch party, which includes readings from Bertino, Sparrow, and Anna Wiener, a performance by Atlanta-based rapper Bluntfang, and DJ sets from DJ Chipotle (Thu Tran of IFC’s Food Party and Syed Salahuddin of Baby-castles) and the editors themselves. At 7 p.m., at Silent Barn, in Bushwick, $10, includes copy of the magazine.
[Halloween party] Roberta’s teams up with Might Get Weird for two-days of Halloween fun! A Halloween Extravaganza will include DJs, dancing, a costume contest, a beer garden, a Jack-O’-Lantern contest, creepy cocktails, and more. At 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Roberta’s, in Bushwick, $10.
[Shop & Drink] For the past 3 years Brooklyn Vintage Crawl, a shop and bar hop, has hosted daylong outings, and this year should be extra spectacular. Beginning at noon, each shop and bar along the crawl will offer discounts. The crawl is completely self-led, using the interactive map on your smartphone from vintagecrawl.com. Some stops along the way includes more than 25 neighborhood vintage stores, and 10 nearby bars garnering various discounts throughout Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and now Bushwick. After party at Brooklyn Bowl will feature Alex Winston, Joywave, and Deirdre and the Dark.
Everyone is not partying it up this weekend; in fact, some people (not us) have been training to run in this year’s ING New York City Marathon (ugh). So while we won’t partake in any strenuous activity, what we can do is support the runners! We’ve listed very cool spots to cheer them on, and by spots we mean good restaurants that serve awesome Bloody Marys. At 7, throughout NYC, free.
One of our favorite Day of the Dead gatherings is hosted by Mano a Mano’s. They begin their Dia de los Muertos celebrations on Halloween and it concludes today. Learn about the traditions of building an altar for the dead, while creating one yourself! Festivities include a colorful and tasty marketplace, paper flowers workshop, skull face-painting, book presentations, music, and much more. At noon, St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, free.