Halloween Highlights

Thanks to Halloween being on a Saturday, I had not one but two nights of costumed fun this weekend. Both nights I hit up parties nearby in Bushwick, since the L train insanity and bad weather kept me out of Manhattan. Friday was a friend of a friend’s party, complete with costume contest and a mini dance party with some of the weirdest and most random party music I’ve heard in a long time.

I went as Cleopatra:

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My old roommate Mollie (as a Rainbow!) and I.

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My friends.

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Mollie as a rainbow.

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David as Swine Flu.

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Patrick Bateman.

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Kool Aid Man.

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The JMZ Train.

Saturday night, I went to Surreal Estate’s Halloween party a few blocks from my apt. There were 3 floors full of party-goers, including a large outdoor roof deck. By the end of the night, things ended up getting a little too crazy for my taste. But not before having a great time with almost all of my best friends in nyc, and meeting other guests with amazing costumes:

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Anthony as a scarily accurate Billy Mays.

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Billy, a Magician, and Cleopatra.

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Magician, Cleopatra, Marathon Runner, and Flapper.

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A lion, guy I don’t know, and Cleopatra. Hahah.

Not my friends, but also wearing cool costumes:

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3 Caterinas.

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Mary Poppins.

Southern Belle Mother Daughter Steel Magnolias Duo
Mom & Daughter Steel Magnolias duo.

And this girl, who was a fire dancer:
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The Best of What’s Going on This Week: Halloween Edition

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Cool concept, horrible flyer.

* Tonight, Ladies Lotto is hosting a “future of Fashion” panel at the Tribeca Grand. I’m not familiar with Ladies Lotto, but this panel promises an inside look at the industry featuring “some of the city’s leading fashion industry experts including designers, forecasters, stylists, photographers, publicists and editors.” And there are gift bags and cocktails! More info here.

* Tomorrow night things really kick off with Ruben Toledo giving a talk and doing a signing of his new illustrated Penguin Couture Classics at F.I.T.
Thursday, October 29, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, first floor

“Ruben Toledo talks about art, fashion, his wife Isabel, her influence on his work, and why “collaboration is the name of the game” for this Cuban-born artist. A signing of books from Penguin’s Couture Classics series will follow the lecture. The covers of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and The Scarlet Letter feature original art by Ruben Toledo. “ Free with RSVP. Call 212.217.4585 or email museuminfo@fitnyc.edu. .

* Liz from White Lightning hosts a party for Beauty Channel at the Korres store in Soho.
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RSVP to lgovea@studiobeautymix.com

* Also on Thursday, INVEN.TORY hosts a cocktail launch party for Lutz & Patmos:
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* Friday night, the Halloween fun starts with an art crawl in DUMBO with gallery events, and a dance party:
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* Another Friday night extravaganza: the return of Ruff Club? That’s what I’m hearing.
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There are so many events on actual Halloween night, I debated even posting since I would inevitably leave some out. But here are a few of my best suggestions, based on past year’s parties, hype, and word of mouth:

* Flavorpill’s party, which is always huge, and benefits a good cause:
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* Surreal Estate’s “Heave on Hell” in Bushwick:
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Just one of many “secret” Halloween loft parties going on this weekend. (Recommended by Bushwick BK.)

The Best of What’s Happening This Week:

While I may be spending most of this week consuming mass quantities of delicious food and sweets on psuedo-vacation with visiting family members, there are still a lot of awesome events and happenings going on, including a fantastic lineup of movie and television show filming!

HBO’s new Martin Scorcese produced series “Boardwalk Empire” is filming its pilot mere blocks away from my apt today. I’m half tempted to walk over there and stalk look for Michael Pitt.

Fan girl obsession Robert Pattinson is in town filming “Remember Me” with Claire from LOST Emilie De Ravin, in case you were somehow not yet aware. Photobucket

One of my favorite actresses, Rachel McAdams is also here, filming “Morning Glory“, alongside two of my mother’s favorites: Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton.

Fringe’s production may have sadly moved to Vancouver (barring any potential Joshua Jackson sightings), but there are ALWAYS movies filming in the city, and filming for many fall TV shows starts soon –including Gossip Girl in about two week! This is just a small sampling of the best of this week’s shoots. A daily guide to what’s filming in NYC can be found here: On Location Vacations and here: Filming in Brooklyn.