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RAINBOW CONNECTION

Dancer Jeremy Wade, whose piece Stardust premieres at the Queer New York International Arts Festival, calls his work “a little fleeting chunk of queer utopia.” That is essentially what this festival is: a patchwork of queer utopias spread over 10 days across the boroughs. The QNYIAF looks beyond sexuality, gender, and identity to examine queerness, for that overgeneralized reading often ignores how social status, race, geography, and even global warming influence gay culture and vice versa. An international roster of artists present dance and theater performances, stationary and live installations, workshops, and panel discussions at La MaMa, the Leslie Lohman Museum, and Abrons Art Center in Manhattan; The Chocolate Factory in Queens; and Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn. Young but clear-visioned, the QNYIAF declares “this is not a program at the margin but a festival about the margins.”

Mondays-Sundays, noon. Starts: Sept. 17. Continues through Sept. 27, 2014

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ONE MORE TIME

Looking to ditch your friend’s house party for a night on the town this year? You have plenty of options. One good one? Mister Saturday Night’s house-music party at Clinton Hill’s 12-turn-13 (mistersaturdaynight.com), an event that’s up there with the Rub’s hip-hop NYE fete (itstherub.com) at the Bell House as one of the most reliable in the city. More adventurous dancers, meanwhile, might seek out the secret location of the bash Verboten (verbotennewyork.com) is throwing with Lee Burridge and Maya Jane Coles, one of the breakout DJs of the past two years. For more options, peep our New Year’s Eve guide at bit.ly/NYC-NYE or our concert calendar at villagevoice.com/concerts

Tue., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2013

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BYE-BYE BOLLYWOOD

Catch new South Asian cinema If you think movies from India are all packaged in Bollywood fluff, the 10th Annual South Asian International Film Festival, presented by HBO, will surely prove you wrong. The fest opens with Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, in which a rookie cop must weigh the consequences before pulling the trigger. Other highlights include Good Morning, Karachi, Sabiha Sumar’s movie about a rising model who is caught between tradition and the fashion industry, and Gyan Correa’s The Good Road, India’s official entry to the Oscars.

Tue., Dec. 3, noon, 2013

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TRANSFORMING CINEMA

Because it’s rare to see minority women on television, some actresses have to 
resort to extreme measures. In Becoming 
Ricardo, an official selection in this year’s International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival, starving actress Jesenia Cruz transforms herself into Ricardo Montalbán, and naturally, becomes the leading man on a major TV hit show. Other fest highlights include El Clown, a tale about a circus clown’s rise to stardom as an advertising pitchman, and Russell Simmons’s Lemon, a documentary about Tony Award winner Lemon Andersen and his struggle to free his family from poverty and pain as he reveals his secrets of life on the Broadway stage.

Thu., Nov. 14, noon; Fri., Nov. 15, noon; Sat., Nov. 16, noon; Sun., Nov. 17, noon, 2013

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HALLOWEEN PARADE

The Halloween Parade was sorely missed last year, so this year’s revival is extra special. Dress up like a freak and join the march or cheer on the ghosts and ghouls from the sidelines. Parade route is on Sixth Avenue, starts at Spring Street ends at 16th Street.

Thu., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., 2013

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THE ART OF SPECTATING

It’s been two years since we’ve enjoyed the ING New York City Marathon, so let’s remind everyone: It’s nuts, with massive street closings in all five boroughs to accommodate 45,000 runners plus volunteers and over 1 million spectators. Of course, everyone’s in a good mood, and it’s a lot of fun — especially if you don’t have to run. In Brooklyn, Olea (171 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, oleabrooklyn.com) is near mile eight, and you can’t do better for a view of the marathon than the glass-walled dining room. Try the Turkish breakfast and enjoy the full bar. Close to the finish line, head to the Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle), where Landmarc (landmarc-restaurant.com), on the third floor, opens at 7 a.m. with a full breakfast menu, including killer omelets and the best Bloody Mary in town. They will be taking reservations. Bouchon 
Bakery (bouchonbakery.com), also on the third floor, is not taking reservations, so get there when it opens at 11:30 a.m. for soup, salad, and sandwiches and a place to sit and watch the action. Visit 
ingnycmarathon.org.

Sun., Nov. 3, 7 a.m., 2013

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THE JOKE SQUAD

Stephen Colbert, Wanda Sykes, Maria Bamford, W. Kamau Bell, John Mulaney, Whitney Cummings — chances are good that you like at least one or two if not all of these comedians, and you like them a lot. The savvy people behind the New York Comedy Festival (produced by Caroline’s on Broadway in association with Comedy Central) know this. Which is why they’ve put all of these comic geniuses on the schedule of this five-day event, and many others who aren’t too shabby, either — like tonight’s “Stand Up For Heroes” show with Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen (not doing comedy, we presume/hope), Roger Waters (ditto), and surprise guests.

Wed., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., 2013

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ART WORLD

Have flash mobs and Truman Show-y displays got you living in paranoia? Never fear; performance art phobias are a common ailment in city dwellers. That’s why we’re warning you about Performa 13. For the bulk of November, this visual art performance biennial will commission and showcase more than 100 new works. Forget rules or restrictions — selected artists will traffic in dance, installation, poetry, design, music, culinary arts, and pretty much every other medium imaginable. Many performances are site-specific, like LeRoi Jones’s Dutchman inside the Russian and Turkish Baths or Pawel Althamer’s public spectacle at Williamsburg’s Biba bar. The opening gala on November 1 sets the creativity flowing in the historic Moynihan Station and features cocktails, dinner, and a live auction followed by one very arty party indeed.

Mondays-Sundays, noon. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Nov. 24, 2013

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THE TIME IS NOW

Creative Time is known for executing some pretty impressive projects masterminded by innovative artists. Remember Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City exchange in 2009 that invited people to unlock more than 20 sites across New York City’s five boroughs? Or Nick Cave’s massive art performance, Heard NY, at Grand Central Terminal? To uncover new ways that culture can shape the city, the annual Creative Time Summit, exploring the theme “Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City,” brings together a diverse group of artists, architects, planners, politicians, activists, and theorists from across the world. For three days, catch events around the city, including TED-like talks, luncheons, and art lectures at the Judson Church in Washington Square Park, which will be transformed into an indoor town square, complete with fake grass and benches to brainstorm on. If you can’t get a ticket, you can reserve a seat for the live-stream at Cooper Union.

Fri., Oct. 25, noon; Sat., Oct. 26, noon, 2013

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TRIUMPHANT RETURN

It was nearly a year ago when Sandy brought devastation to the city. Hit hard by the surge, the DUMBO neighborhood is now celebrating its revival at the three-day 17th annual DUMBO Arts Festival. As a part of this year’s program, there will be several Sandy-related installations, including a temporary recording studio where anyone can broadcast their hurricane stories on an experimental online radio station, a series of colorful grids along the waterfront made from foam swimming noodles to represent a symbolic protective barrier, and an exhibit by Brooklyn-based artists whose work was inspired by the storm. Other highlights from the more than 300 participating artists include an enormous portrait of Chelsea Manning, a processional of artists and 20 moving sculptures, and a giant lawn quilt at Brooklyn Bridge Park that you can help make.

Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, noon; Sun., Sept. 29, noon, 2013