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A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events this Weekend
Poster of NYU Skirball’s 2-week “PrepSchool: On Your Marx” festival celebrating Karl Marx’s 200th birthday. (via

Midterm season is in full swing which  means I’ll probably be spending most of my weekend hours in some corner of Bobst Library. But everyone deserves a break, and a movie, some music or another entertainment oddity can be the perfect way to unwind from a long day of drilling biology flash cards. This weekend, cure your study blues with these budget-wise arts events and get yourself in the Halloween spirit — it’s less than two weeks away.

Rocky Horror Picture Show ($10)

It’s just a jump to the left and couple of steps down 23rd street for your chance to see this October classic. For the entire month, Cinepolis Chelsea is showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday and Saturday at midnight. Gather your props in advance for the interactive elements of the show or buy a bag with the works at the theater. And for those of you who’ve never danced the “Time Warp,” here’s a guide to everything you need to know before losing your Rocky Horror virginity.

New Sounds Live: David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy (Free)

WNYC’s John Schafer put together an impressive group of indie rock musicians for the return of his annual concert series in the Financial District. This week, musicians are performing David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy beginning Wednesday and continuing into Thursday and Friday at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden. Each night, the musicians will perform one of Bowie’s albums in its entirety — “Heroes” on Thursday and “Low” on Friday. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Emo Night Brooklyn Halloween Edition ($15, 21+)

Dig out your old Fall Out Boy T-shirts and slap on a generous stroke of eyeliner for the angstiest party in Brooklyn this Saturday. Emo Night Brooklyn at Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Bowl will feature DJs spinning the best emo tracks of the 2000s. The Halloween themed show starts at midnight and you can buy your ticket online here before they sell out.

Karl Marx Festival at Skirball (Pay what you wish)

For an event that combines arts, politics and rousing philosophical debate, look no further than the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. This weekend, Skirball is hosting Karl Marx Festival: On Your Marx, a two-week commemoration to celebrate the communist philosopher’s 200th birthday. Head down on Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for Brujx, a dance performance highlighting the need for healing in our time, or Friday at 9:30 p.m. for Let Us Eat Cake: a Marxist Dance Party.

Pit Bull Flower Power at the Invisible Dog Arts Center (Free)

Many people think of pitbulls as vicious, dangerous dogs but photographer and animal advocate Sophie Gamand is out to change that. Pitbull Flower Power, an exhibition featuring pictures of pitbulls wearing flower crowns in animal shelters across the country is opening this weekend in the main space at the Invisible Dog Arts Center in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill. The exhibition will be on view from Friday at 1 p.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m. There will also be a free book release and signing party on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. And the best part? Dogs are welcome.

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Ali Zimmerman
Ali Zimmerman, Deputy Arts Editor
Ali Zimmerman is the Deputy Arts Editor for Washington Square News and a sophomore in Liberal Studies. She is from New Jersey but swears it’s not as bad as you think. In her free time she enjoys watching cartoons and making obscure “Portlanida” references, and she can probably be found people watching and pretending to do homework in her latest favorite park. Ali loves listening to music and talking about music, and will happily fangirl over Lorde with you at any time.

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