On October’s youngest weekend, watch a live taxidermy demo, help re-write the movie Psycho, or watch professional ballerinas dance in a church — all for less than the price of a ticket to see Gone Girl.
Psycho…Entirely From Memory at Videology (9 p.m., Friday, $5)
Watch eight actors re-create the Hitchcock classic while incorporating lines offered by a very drunk audience. There may be a vacancy or 12.
Charles M. Blow at BookCourt (7 p.m., Friday, Free)
Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a provocative title for a memoir, especially when the first few pages consists of a 20-year-old Charles Blow is in his car, en route to shoot his cousin. The New York Times op-ed columnist reads from his book about growing up in a rural Louisiana that is still not quite over slavery.
Mary Halvorson at Cornelia Street Cafe (9 p.m., Friday, $10)
“Thanks to constant work, the guitarist’s ideas are boundless these days. She’s built this quartet around reed player Chris Speed, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Tomas Fujiwara to enjoy textural gambits and counterpoint experiments. Abstraction is the welcome mat of its new album on the Relative Pitch label, but poignant moments and defined landscapes are always popping up.” -Jim Macnie
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All The Benefits, All The Rewards at Court Tree Collective (7 p.m., Saturday, Free)
Artist Sarah Nicole Phillips creates natural landscapes, like dense blades of bluegrass or bodies of water, with security envelopes from her own mailbox and those of friends and strangers. She explores the botanical daydream-scapes of the modern cubicle worker in her new exhibit. Observe all these wonderful levels of meta-recycling during the opening reception.
TheEdwardMorganBallet at the Church of the Holy Apostles (8 p.m., Saturday, Pay as you wish)
TheEdwardMorganBallet performs at Chelsea’s Church of the Holy Apostles to raise money and awareness of New York City’s homeless youth. The company also dances a pas de deux for Matthew Shepard. We doubt the company will deliver less than what the New York Times writes about them: “spirited classical ballet purity.”
Le Bingo! at Le Poisson Rouge (7 p.m., Saturday, $2 per Bingo card)
Celebrity drag queen and LPR Bingo host Linda Simpson practically invented the term “nightlife personality” — a term that originated here in New York. Kick off your Saturday night with a few very fun rounds of Bingo.
Mr. Twin Sister at Baby’s All Right (8 p.m., Saturday, $10)
We can’t and won’t pigeonhole this Long Island quintet into a category, but can assure you they are groovy. They open for Julian Casablancas and the Voidz from time to time, but credentials are nary a matter of importance when you dance to their brand of neither-pop-nor-electronic.
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Submerge! NYC Marine Science Festival at Hudson River Park (11 a.m., Sunday, Free)
You are never too old to learn about New York’s waterways, especially during the festival’s Science Lounge Talks, which features presentations, delivered by marine science experts, on robots underneath both polars’ frozen waters, horseshoe crabs, and how oceans affect emotions.
Puddle, Pothole, Portal at the SculptureCenter (Noon, Sunday, Free)
The SculptureCenter toasts to its newly expanded and renovated building with an exhibit exploring cartoons, with Saul Steinberg’s kaleidoscopic drawings, a singing mailbox, and superimposed band-aids, among others. The opening reception happens alongside Community Day, which includes nail art, a book making contest, and a DJ set in the courtyard.
Taxidermy Gone Rogue at the Bell House (3 p.m., Sunday, $10)
“The rogue taxidermy scene, especially in Brooklyn, is rapidly expanding to include all manner of hybrid creatures, tasteful or not so much, but always interesting. Behold Lisa Black’s bionic fawn, part deer, part Terminator; Divya Anantharaman’s Pikachu mouse or wearable sparrow hoop earrings; and Katie Innamorato’s oddly beautiful “Moss Fox.” Robert Marbury explores the who, what, and, most compellingly, why behind this world of vampire ducklings and martini-sipping winged monkeys in his new book, Taxidermy Art. Tonight’s launch party will feature a pop-up display of oddity booths by the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, the Morbid Anatomy Museum, Atlas Obscura, and many other progressively macabre institutions. Innamorato, one of the book’s featured artists, will perform a live taxidermy demonstration, followed by a panel discussion with the author. Stick around for a book signing and the sounds of the NYC-born-and-raised Lucky Chops Brass Band.” -Heather Baysa