October North American agenda: LA Fashion Week, NY Comic Con, Halloween

Fall brings the arts into focus with architectural tours in Manhattan and a music fest for the college set. LA stages a Fashion Week for California designers and New York throws its own Comic Con while cities across America dress up for Halloween parades.

New Yorker Festival
October 1-3
New York City, New York

This 11th annual New York City cultural arts festival from The New Yorker magazine features a range of authors, actors, musicians, scientists, and other notable guests, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steve Carell, Stephen King, and Werner Herzog for panels, conversations and screenings. A unique idea with literary leanings, events sell-out quickly and include culinary and museum visits on Sunday. http://www.newyorker.com/festival

OpenHouse New York
October 9-10
New York City, New York

For the eighth year, openhousenewyork - America's largest architecture and design event - hosts tours of 350 sites and buildings in every neighborhood with walks, talks and workshops. Inspired by Open House events in London and Dublin, the access is free of charge. OHNY opens spaces normally closed to the public, including artists studios and guided views of Manhattan landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall. The weekend also offers peeks inside historic and unique residences with more than 200,000 visitors.

October marathons
October 10 and 17
Multiple locations

With autumn's cooler weather in many cities, runners are hitting the pavement for a dozen marathons including Berlin, Amsterdam, Beijing, Venice, and Dublin. Some runners try to qualify for races and others walk for charities, amateurs and athletic stars try to beat their personal best as well as records. The North American schedule includes: Chicago Marathon, October 10, and on October 17 the Toronto Marathon and Denver Marathon, leading up to the world's largest marathon in New York City, November 7, with more than 35,000 going the 26.2 mile distance.
http://www.chicagomarathon.com; http://www.torontomarathon.com; http://denvermarathon.com

LA Fashion Week
October 13-24
Los Angeles, California

The indie version of fashion weeks, since the last 1990s Los Angeles Fashion Week has been run by a consortium of designers and marketers with a focus on showcasing emerging design talent in California. Far from the heavyweights of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and the renowned European events, this week of twice-yearly shows features the spring 2011 collections on display at venues centered downtown near the Fashion District with breakouts in Hollywood and elsewhere. Scheduled for October 13-20, with events coordinated around Los Angeles Market Week, October 15-19, though parties continue through October 24.

New York Comic Con
October 8-10
New York City, New York

Next to the annual Comic Con extravaganza in San Diego, New York Comic Con is the second largest in the US, drawing 77,000 attendees. This year, guests include Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, DC Comics writers and illustrators, and M Night Shyamalan, director of The Last Airbender and The Sixth Sense. NYCC features film and television screenings, panels and workshops with the creators of comic books, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, and toys are scheduled, along with an artist gallery, masquerade and awards. Located at Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Center with vendors displaying one-of-a-kind collectibles.

The 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival
October 22-25
Hollywood, California

This event screens features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos, in addition to conference panels with guest speakers. The awards gala attracts an a-List guest list and this year includes Annette Bening, Robert Duvall, Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Rockwell, Mia Wasikowska, and Andew Garfield. Plus Sean Penn receives the Humanitarian Award. At various venues in Hollywood, California. Lacking the credibility or premieres of Toronto, Vienna, AFI or Sundance fests, there is an attempt to bridge the gap between Hollywood studios and independent filmmakers with 80 screenings.

The 30th annual College Music Marathon and Film Festival
October 19-23
New York City, New York

The College Music Journal, the trade paper of the independent music scene, holds the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival at clubs and venues New York Greenwich Village and across the city. More than 120,000 fans and hundreds of musicians, industry professionals, and filmmakers are expected to attend 1,200 performances from over 30 countries in 75 venues across the city. Live music showcases of emerging talent and indie faves, film premieres, parties, panels, and discussions. The CMJ Play day is designed for aspiring game players. A shorter version of the three-week SXSW mega-event in March in Austin, Texas.

October 31

While American children choose costumes for the customary "trick-or-treating" strolls through neighborhoods and collecting candy for the tradition of Halloween, houses get decorated with fake cobwebs, plastic spiders and bats. Spooky movies fill theaters with ghoulish films and "haunted house" sites are staged throughout October to scare visitors. All leading up to the tradition of Halloween. Big parades celebrate the holiday in Salem, Massachusetts which remembers the witch burnings; Key West, Florida's throws Fantasy Fest, a ten-day extravaganza of wild costumes and parties; and masquerade parades in New Orleans, New York City and Los Angeles draw thousands of spectators.
http://www.halloween-nyc.com; http://www.weho.org; http://www.fantasyfest.net



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