Ongoing: The Hotels of the Design Collection. It’s the 21st century, and we have more tools than ever with which to discover new bands. But all the Spotifys, Pandoras and Soundclouds in the world can’t equal the impact of live music. In that spirit, from October 16 to 20, the preposterously huge CMJ Music Marathon will jam more than 1,300 acts and 120,000 fans into more than 80 rock ‘n’ roll dens across Manhattan and Brooklyn. The event, now in its 32nd year, showcased U2, Lady Gaga and R.E.M. before they were stars. This iteration of the festival features a parade of acts that have already hit it big or are about to break through, including hip-hop luminary Talib Kweli, New York’s own rock veterans The Walkmen and New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra, who is featured on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The week also brings comedy shows, films and—for badge holders—a number of informative panel discussions. CMJ isn’t the only live music in this town; check out our full concert calendar by clicking the link below. http://www.nycgo.com/articles/cmj-music-marathon-2012
Comic-Con: Nerds of the world unite in NYC, October 11–14.This annual fan convention at the Javits Center is dedicated to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. In the past, the event has featured such guests as Todd McFarlane, John Landis and Kevin Smith. Panels, screenings and the opportunity to have your comic book signed by your hero will all be on tap. The New York Anime Festival alliance is still in effect, too, so expect to see cosplayers (costumed participants dressed like fictional characters). They’ll provide plenty to gawk at, even if you don’t hit the fest’s many booths, panels and screenings.
Faking It: Starting on October 11, learn about photography manipulation before photoshop. The advent of digital cameras and image editing software has made doctoring photography significantly easier. However major artists, including Gustave Le Gray, Henry Peach Robinson, Edward Steichen, and John Baldessari have been manipulating camera images long before Photoshop was in common use. Faking It is the first major exhibit dedicated to pre-digital age photo manipulation and it includes more than 200 images created between the 1840s and 1990s. visit metmuseum.org. http://www.nycgo.com/events/faking-it