Friday, October 23: Tonight offers two chances to interact with art. First, at 3rd Ward’s new Williamsburg gallery, graffiti artist Dick Chicken — the man behind the phallus-headed fowl — is expected at the opening of his show. Then, at midnight, head to the Lyceum for the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
7 pm. Dick Chicken at 3rd Ward [573 Metropolitan Ave. between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 715-4961]; midnight, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” $20. Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816].
Sunday, October 25: It doesn’t take too much to make a perfect fall day: beer, brats and a waterfront park. Fortunately, all three will come together when Greenpoint celebrates Oktoberfest at Transmitter Park. We’d get there early if we were you — cheap beer and bratwurst don’t last all day.
Noon–8 pm. Greenpoint Oktoberfest at Transmitter Park (1 Greenpoint Ave. at West Street in Greenpoint). For info, visit www.meanredproductions.com.
Tuesday, October 27: It’s the granddaddy of all gorgefests: Brooklyn Eats. For more than a decade, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has convened an all-you-can-eat extravaganza featuring samplings from some of the best restaurants in the borough. For one (not-so) low price, you get to graze from table to table like a free-range foodie.
6 pm. Brooklyn Eats at Steiner Studios [15 Washington Ave. in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, (718) 875-1000]. Tickets, $110 (advance), $125 (door). For info, visit www.brooklyneats.com.
Friday, October 30: It’s rare that we get two events on the same day both calling themselves “-a-palooza,” but the day before Halloween tends to bring out the wackos. So start your night with the Tarot-a-Palooza, then head for Freddy’s Backroom for the fourth annual Vladapalooza, featuring Box of Crayons (pictured) and Cock Lorge.
6–11 pm. Tarot-a-Palooza at Kris Waldherr Art and Words [1501 Newkirk Ave. at Marlborough Road in Ditmas Park, (347) 406-5811]; 8 pm. Vladapalooza at Freddy’s Backroom [485 Dean St. at Sixth Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 622-7035].
Saturday, October 31: We used to hate Halloween — until we moved to Park Slope and started going to the annual kids parade. And we didn’t even like kids back then! But the sight of thousands of costumed ragamuffins parading up Seventh Avenue is the perfect mix of Middle American hokiness and New York creativity. And right there, front and center, will be our editor in a dress.
6:30 pm. Parade starts at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street and heads to Third Street before turning left and ending on Fifth Avenue. For info, call (917) 974-9740.