Say That 5 Times Fast: The Insalubrious Valley
The Obscura Society takes you to the uncharted but fascinating industrial wasteland around Newtown Creek.
Fun for the whole family: Enjoy tales of witches, chemical waste disposal gone awry, and lunch at the Goodfellas diner.
Sat 10a. Meet at the corner of Grand St. and Morgan Ave., Bushwick. $30 here.
Nearby: Roberta's; Tradesman; Post No Bills
Best of the Fest: Grub Street Food Festival
Grub Street takes over the Hester Street Fair once again this year, hand-picking the finest of vendors.
On the list: Hit up Pok Pok Phat Thai and Melt Bakery (pictured) before heading over to the Grub Street Beer Garden.
Sun. Essex St. (at Hester St.), Lower East Side. Free.
Nearby: Fat Radish; Cafe Grumpy; Prosperity Dumpling
Belly Up: 5th Annual Bacon Takedown
Dozens of local chefs descend on The Bell House to battle for the title of Bacon Master.
You be the judge: Naturally, you get to eat your way through all the bacon. All of it.
Sat 1p. The Bell House, 149 7th St. (2nd Ave.), Gowanus (718-643-6510). $15 here.
Nearby: Littleneck; Mission Dolores; Brooklyn Local
Spooky Sex: Neil O'Fortune Presents Bedlam Burlesque
R Bar hosts a Halloween-themed strip show starring Anja Keister, Creamy Stevens, and DJ Fresh Prince of Darkness (yuk yuk).
Stay on guard: Bedlam promises "a sex kick to the face, a comedy punch to the throat" — just a metaphor, we hope.
Fri 8p. R Bar, 218 Bowery (Prince St.), Lower East Side. $10 here.
Nearby: Sweet & Vicious; Parm; Ken & Cook
Favorite Neighborhood: LES & East Village
CMJ or Bust:
On Friday, I'll be at the CMJ Music Marathon, where you can enjoy some incredible acts while drinking the best French martinis crafted by bartender Zach. The bands on Friday that I want to hear are SHEL, The Spring Standards, and Mother Feather who put on an incredible live show.