Halloween events in NYC: Parties, tours, parades, haunted houses and more

Scarecrows & Pumpkins’ at New York Botanical Garden (Sept. 23 – Oct. 31)

Head to the Bronx for a number of
Head to the Bronx for a number of guided tours and activities featuring creepy bats, reptiles and scarecrows. See the creepy creatures on Saturdays and Sundays and children are welcome to trick-or-treat on Oct. 21 and 22. (1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, $15-20, nybg.org)(Credit: Photo by Marlon Co for The New York Botanical Garden)

Boo at the Zoo (Sept. 30 – Oct. 29)

Boo at the Zoo is back with a
Boo at the Zoo is back with a spooky haunted forest, creaky hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin carving, a candy trail and a chance to get up close to vultures, owls and ravens. For the older crowd, there will be a “Bootoberfest” section with live acoustic music, lawn games, a food truck and beer. Activities run on weekends, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29. ($37, times vary depending on the activity, the Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd.,¬†bronxzoo.com)

Mentalist Show: ‘The Other Side’ (Oct. 13 – 31)

Mentalist Jason Suran will recreate a Victorian seance
Mentalist Jason Suran will recreate a Victorian seance for groups of 13 people inside a private Williamsburg home. The performance is meant to give a small group of strangers a powerful and unifying experience, according to organizers. For those 21 and older. ($130, 7:30 p.m., facetheotherside.com)

Freak Show (Oct. 27 – 29)

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret will perform a spooky circus-themed
Guilty Pleasures Cabaret will perform a spooky circus-themed Halloween show, featuring fishnet-clad dancers who contort, dance and entertain. along with comedians, magicians and singers. ($23, 9 p.m. on Oct. 27, 11 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, The Duplex, 61 Christopher St., theduplex.com)

Friday Night Roxx (Oct. 27 – 28)

Sushi Roxx is getting festive with Halloween-themed show
Sushi Roxx is getting festive with Halloween-themed show with a menu featuring “scary spicy tuna rolls,” “evil chicken tenders,” “haunted fries,” and S’mores. A special “witches brew” mocktail made with berries and gummy worms will be available as well. (6:15 p.m., 120 E. 39th Street,¬†sushiroxxnyc.com)

Green-Wood Cemetery Symposium: ‘Death: a Graveside Companion’ (Oct. 28)

Green-wood Cemetery is hosting a day-long symposium about
Green-wood Cemetery is hosting a day-long symposium about the intersections of art and death that will feature unseen artworks and presenters including a medical historian, art historians, filmmakers, a medical examiner, and Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques and the TV show “Oddities.” ($40, Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St., Brooklyn,¬†green-wood.com)¬†

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade (Oct. 21)

Rain or shine, the annual Halloween Dog Parade
Rain or shine, the annual Halloween Dog Parade must go on. Prepare to see the cutest getups — dogs in costume will participate in a runway competition at noon, followed by the parade after the “best in show” is announced. (Free, noon-3 p.m., Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. 9th St., Alphabet City (tompkinssquaredogrun.com.)

Brooklyn Horror Fest (Oct. 12-15)

Sit in on screenings of dozens of horror
Sit in on screenings of dozens of horror films, including the premiere of films such as “Salvation,” about a woman preparing to undergo open heart surgery inside a dreadful hospital, but who ends up spending time with a man who says he’s a vampire. Also in the lineup: “Closing: The Book of Birdie,” which features an introverted teenager obsessed with blood and whose grandmother hopes nuns will reform, and “Tragedy Girls,” about two teenagers who capture an alleged murderer to get more followers on their blog. The festival goes on for four days at theaters including Nitehawk Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, Wythe Hotel Cinema and Film Noir Cinema. (Various times, $13-$18,¬†brooklynhorrorfest.com)

‘Hansel and Gretel‚Äôs Halloween Adventure’ (Oct. 13-31)

Bring the kids to this Halloween-themed production from
Bring the kids to this Halloween-themed production from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, which follows the siblings’ adventures with mermaids, monsters, pirates, vampires and, of course, a witch. ($8-$12, Oct. 13-31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and noon to 1 p.m., Central Park, 81st Street and Central Park West, Manhattan,¬†cityparksfoundation.org)

Catch a scary flick at Nitehawk Cinema (multiple dates)

The Williamsburg theater is going all out for
The Williamsburg theater is going all out for Halloween, with several screenings of horrors and thrillers, including “Ghostbusters” (Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.), “The Haunted Place,” (Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m.), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (Oct. 6 at midnight) and “Evil Dead 2” (Oct. 27 at midnight). (Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn,¬†nitehawkcinema.com)

Night of 1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns (Oct. 26-29)

More than 1,000 pumpkins will be carved and
More than 1,000 pumpkins will be carved and lit up by artists from the tristate area. Follow the Jack-o’-lanterns along paths at Governor’s Island and watch live carving demonstrations. ($24,¬†therise.org)¬†

New York Haunted Hayride (Oct. 13 – 31)

Head to Randalls Island for an experience that
Head to Randalls Island for an experience that may haunt your dreams — or nightmares. New York Haunted Hayride is back with activities to scare you. Besides the hayride, which is filled with plenty of horrifying characters to frighten, head to the “House of Shadows” maze, where the only thing between you and some creepy characters is a dim lantern to guide your way. Take a break from the jump-scares at the haunted village where you can enjoy a variety of eats, and act out some of the most iconic moments from horror films at the Macabre Theater. (Thursday to Sunday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Randalls Island, 20 Randalls Island Park,¬†newyorkhauntedhayride.com)

Haunted beer garden at Loreley (Oct. 28)

Grab a stein and head to Loreley Beer
Grab a stein and head to Loreley Beer Garden for a Halloween bash filled with mini pumpkin kegs, a DJ and prizes for the best-dressed patron. Head to the bar any time on Oct. 28 for Halloween-themed drink specials, but stick around for the midnight costume contest for a chance to win a $250 bar tab. (Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St., Manhattan, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., free admission, facebook.com/events)

The McKittrick Masquerade: ‘Inferno’ (Oct. 27, 28, 31)

Known for its long-running performance,
Known for its long-running performance, “Sleep No More,” the McKittrick Hotel is bringing back its annual Halloween party, “The McKittrick Masquerade” in late October. This year’s event will be the hotel’s biggest masquerade with more floors and rooms of macabre experiences, according to organizers. Guests will have access to an open bar, live music and special performances. Those who attend should wear a costume inspired by the occult. (Oct. 27 – 28, at 7 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., and Oct. 31 at 6 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., tickets range from $75 to $485, 530 W. 27th St.,¬†mckittrickhotel.com)

Halloween Extravaganza (Oct. 27)

A “Grand Procession” will saunter down the aisle at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York as part of this year’s Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls. The annual event features characters by puppet and mask maker and theater director Ralph Lee, who created New York City’s Halloween Parade. There will also be a silent screening of the 1925 “Phantom of the Opera” set to live organ music. ($25, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.,¬†stjohndivine.org/)

‘Decked Out Sunset Scare Yacht Party’ (Oct. 28)

See a New York City sunset aboard a
See a New York City sunset aboard a “haunted” yacht. Every “terrifying” costume wearer will get free admission to an after party. ($25, must be 21 to attend, boarding starts at 8 p.m., sailing from 9 p.m. to midnight,¬†nightout.com

Halloween Harvest Festival (Oct. 28)

Socrates Sculpture Park will become a haunted haven
Socrates Sculpture Park will become a haunted haven with a Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead theme, featuring live performance and music by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York. Make your own costume, get your face painted and sign your dog up for the Canine Costume Contest. (free, Vernon Boulevard, between Broadway and 30th Drive, nycgovparks.org)

Village Halloween Parade (Oct. 31)

Don your costume and head out to New
Don your costume and head out to New York’s biggest free Halloween tradition. The 44th annual Village Halloween Parade will feature countless floats, wild costumes, dancers and more. This year’s theme is “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie,” which will celebrate the hybrids, mash-up and crossed identities we become on Halloween, organizers said. To guarantee a spot at this popular event, plan to get there early. Even better, walk in the parade yourself. (Route is Sixth Avenue between Spring Street and 16th Street, Manhattan, Oct. 31, 7 to 10:30 p.m.,¬†Halloween-nyc.com)

‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ ’90s Party (Oct. 31)

Go back to your childhood, when Power Rangers
Go back to your childhood, when Power Rangers were the rage and the Fresh Prince was king. This 1990s-themed party will host a costume contest, spin to ’90s music, give away free vodka drinks, and more. ($10, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Cantina Rooftop, 605 W. 48th St.,¬†eventbrite.com)

A ‘Harry Potter’ Theme Halloween Party (Oct. 31)

Your owl has arrived and it's time to
Your owl has arrived and it’s time to head to Hogwarts. A “Harry Potter”-themed Halloween party awaits. Be sure to dress in your house robes. Wands are optional, but no broomsticks allowed. A DJ will perform during the event. The party is for those 21 and older. (Tickets range from $10 to $350, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Level 3, 605 W. 48th St.,¬†eventbrite.com)

Halloween Quiet Clubbing (Oct. 31)

Spend Halloween dancing the night away down the
Spend Halloween dancing the night away down the New York City Halloween Parade route via this headphone party. A Halloween playlist will run as the mob moves down the street. ($10-$30, meet at the corner of Dominick and Varick streets, quietevents.com)

Free NYC events, festivals and activities

Free movies at the Oculus (Oct. 6-7)

Catch a free flick at the Oculus. This
Catch a free flick at the Oculus. This weekend’s movies are “Annie Hall” on Oct. 6 and “Spider-Man” on Oct. 7. (5-7 p.m., the Oculus at the World Trade Center, 1 World Trade Center,¬†facebook.com)

Fall Crafts in Chelsea (Oct. 21)

This all-handmade market will feature jewelry, art, bath
This all-handmade market will feature jewelry, art, bath and body products and more. It’ll feature public vendors who applied via social media and proceeds will benefit PS 11, a public elementary school in the nabe. (Free admission, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 21st Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, Chelsea,¬†facebook.com)

First skate of the season (Oct. 7)

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is making its
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is making its return before the leaves even change colors. Get in the first glide of the season when the ice rink opens with an afternoon tea and skate — a new $49-$55 offering that includes tea at the Rock Center Cafe, skating admission and shoe rentals. (Afternoon tea and skate at 3:30 p.m.,¬†therinkatrockcenter.com)

The Big Chocolate Show (Oct. 8)

Meet chocolatiers, taste craft chocolate and see live
Meet chocolatiers, taste craft chocolate and see live demonstrations at this year’s Big Chocolate Show. One requirement: come with a sweet tooth. ($48, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Terminal Stores, 269 11th Ave., Manhattan,¬†facebook.com)

Elsie Fest (Oct. 8)

The annual celebration of musical theater, now in
The annual celebration of musical theater, now in its third year, moves from Coney Island to Central Park. Festival headliners are Alan Cumming (pictured), Lea Michele and Darren Criss, with performances from Ingrid Michaelson and Norm Lewis. Pre-sale tickets are available Aug. 1 through 4 for those of you who can’t wait to secure your spot. (Central Park SummerStage, East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue,¬†elsiefest.com)

Kayak across the Hudson (through Oct. 9)

Get outside and enjoy the sunny skies as
Get outside and enjoy the sunny skies as you float across the Hudson River. Downtown Boathouse is offering open kayaking through the summer, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 9. You’ll get to spend 20 minutes out on the water for free. The last boat goes out a half hour before closing. Pier 26,¬†downtownboathouse.org

New York Film Festival (through Oct. 15)

The 55th edition of the Film Society of
The 55th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s signature event offers a bevy of riches for cinephiles to seek out. Selections range from Richard Linklater’s latest — “Last Flag Flying” (pictured) starring Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston — to new movies from Woody Allen (“Wonder Wheel”), Dee Rees (“Mudbound”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and the icon Agn√®s Varda (“Faces Places,” which she made with the photographer JR). (Film Society of Lincoln Center,¬†filmlinc.org)

‘CHIHULY’ (through Oct. 29)

Striking sculptures by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly
Striking sculptures by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly dot the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated. 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, $20 to $25,¬†nybg.org

‘Scarecrows & Pumpkins’ at New York Botanical Garden (through Oct. 31)

Head to the Bronx for a number of
Head to the Bronx for a number of guided tours and activities featuring creepy bats, reptiles and scarecrows. See the creepy creatures on Saturdays and Sundays and children are welcome to trick-or-treat on Oct. 21 and 22. (1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, $15-20, nybg.org)

Fall Crafts in Chelsea (Oct. 21)

This all-handmade market will feature jewelry, art, bath
This all-handmade market will feature jewelry, art, bath and body products and more. It’ll feature public vendors who applied via social media and proceeds will benefit PS 11, a public elementary school in the nabe. (Free admission, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 21st Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, Chelsea,¬†facebook.com)

Zip line at the Bronx Zoo (all weekend)

It'll feel like you're on a mini daycation
It’ll feel like you’re on a mini daycation when you work your way through the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure Park. The new climbing aerial course has a zip line that’ll take you more than 400 feet across the Bronx River and back. Hopefully, you’re not afraid of heights — you’ll be dangling 50 feet above the water. $34.99, 2300 Southern Blvd.,¬†bronxzootreetop.com

 Topical names in culture -- including art, literature,

Topical names in culture — including art, literature, comedy, film, TV, theater, food and music — will participate in three days of talks at this annual fall highlight. Marquee events include Ai Weiwei (pictured) on the art of dissent, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on fiction and feminism, and Chelsea Manning on our political future. (festival.newyorker.com)

Strut Your Mutt (Oct. 7)

Help raise money for homeless pets in the
Help raise money for homeless pets in the city by taking a walk with your own furry best friend on Oct. 7. This Best Friends Animal Society fundraising adoption event will benefit pets who were brought to shelters in the south and evacuated to New York after recent hurricanes. ($15, registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m., Hudson River Park’s Pier 26,¬†bestfriends.org)¬†

Amazon bookstore with coffee shop opens in midtown

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a Portland-born chain found inside Ace Hotel New York on West 29th Street, and on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village, will be purchasable at the bookstore. Open between 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., the store will let you grab a signature sparkling original, ginger citrus or honey lemon cold brew and other drinks while you peruse the shelves.

Midtown’s Amazon Books, at 7 West 34th St., is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Street art on Irving Avenue

Almost the entire block on both sides of
Almost the entire block on both sides of Irving Avenue between Gates and Palmetto avenues, just over the border in Bushwick, is adorned with rich, illustrative murals. While some of the works’ inspirations look a bit abstract, several of the murals are directly inspired by life in the area. Standard Tinsmith, for example, features an industrial scene of a man molding tin. A two-story mural depicts citizen responsibility for monitoring police activity.

Authentic street eats for lunch

For lunch, head toward the L train station
For lunch, head toward the L train station at Myrtle and Wyckoff at the Bushwick border. Underneath the elevated train tracks sits a tamale stand (and don’t wait too long — the cart takes off mid-afternoon). These homemade tamales are the best around, plus you can fill up without breaking the bank. Go for the spicy options if that’s your thing, but the tamales de salsa verde¬†are perfect for more sensitive palates.

Record shop at Deep CutsIf you can't find Deep Cuts Record Store,

If you can't find Deep Cuts Record Store,
If you can’t find Deep Cuts Record Store, you’re probably looking for a nonexistent sign. The bare, orange awning on Catalpa Avenue is the only indicator of the treasure trove of records inside. Whether you’re looking for ’90s hip-hop singles, David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” or anything in between — this is the place. Standouts we found while browsing include “The Fat Boys Are Back” and “The Wrestling Album: The Music of the WWF.” (57-03 Catalpa Ave. )

(Credit: Colter Hettich)

Sweeten up at Rudy’s Bakery & Cafe

When it's time for your afternoon pick-me-up coffee,When it's time for your afternoon pick-me-up coffee,
When it’s time for your afternoon pick-me-up coffee, head to a Ridgewood staple that’s an absolute must while in the neighborhood:¬†Rudy’s. The bakery, which has been around since 1934, prepares its goodies fresh daily. Customer favorites include the moist cherry and cheese Danishes, as well as the flaky apple turnovers. If you happen to have any special events coming up, grab one of their succulent whipped cream cakes. (905 Seneca Ave.)

Quiet time at Topos Bookstore Cafe

Look no further for a sign that theLook no further for a sign that the
Look no further for a sign that the neighborhood is catching on with millennials. Go past the modest facade and explore the literary cove inside, a lovely combination of bookstore and cafe. Patrons truly appreciate the quiet, reverent atmosphere, so avoid it if you’re looking for a place to catch up with friends. While at¬†Topos, you can grab a snack and browse the eclectic mix of new and old reads. (788 Woodward Ave.)

Dance, drink, play at Nowadays

Finding a seat at the massive outdoors Nowadays
Finding a seat at the massive outdoors Nowadays shouldn’t be a problem. (Stay tuned for the still-to-open, 5,000-square-foot indoor bar-restaurant-dance floor.) You’ll find a festival-like atmosphere, with games including table tennis, bocce and checkers, plenty of picnic tables, and a Sunday dance night, AKA Mister Sunday. The curated beer menu goes beyond the ordinary (Bronx Summer Ale and Bitburger are among the draft choices), and you can source bites from a food truck run by Brooklyn-based caterers Puslane. (56-06 Cooper Ave.)(

Superchief Gallery, for one-of-a-kind art

Make this one-of-a-kind joint your grand finale to
Make this one-of-a-kind joint your grand finale to the day.¬†Superchief, an art/music/video/printing/studio space, is almost impossible to define, other than to say it’s simply a venue where everyone is welcome and every art form is appreciated. Call ahead (646-281-3189) for a guided tour of whatever exhibition is currently up. (They rotate fairly often.)¬†A few nights a month, Superchief hosts dance parties as well as video game tournaments. (1628 Jefferson Ave.)

Thrift shop at McKlain Collection

You never know what you might find in
You never know what you might find in this haystack, but one thing’s for sure: the prices at¬†McKlain Collection¬†are hard to¬†beat. This secondhand store caters primarily to women, and you’re likely to find something for any season. If you enjoy thrift shopping, you’ll love sifting through the racks and piles of vintage clothing. There’s also a great assortment of denim, if you’re still looking for your summer cutoffs. (813 Seneca Ave.)

Sip a cold brew at Milk & Pull

Start your day off right. Grab a coffee
Start your day off right. Grab a coffee — whether you’re into cold brew or dirty chai or plan ol’ drip — and a loaded bagel. For traditional lox-and-capers lovers, order the Borough Park¬†for $8. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go for¬†Milk & Pull‘s¬†$4 Monkey Business sandwich,¬†which comes with banana, peanut butter, Nutella and granola. (778 Seneca Ave.)

Anime NYC (Nov. 17-19)

Anime NYC is a new convention just for
Anime NYC is a new convention just for those who love Japanese pop culture. Expect more than 200 vendors, several live performances and premieres and a huge contingent of people in cosplay. ($35 Р$275, 1 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19, the Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., animenyc.com)

New York Comedy Festival (Nov. 7-12)

You have your choice of venues during the
You have your choice of venues during the New York Comedy Festival. Head to MSG for Bill Maher, the Beacon Theater for Nick Offerman (pictured), The Bell House for 2 Dope Queens, Carolines on Broadway for Kevin Smith … and on. Since the fest is hosted by TBS, you’ll see Conan O’Brien bringing his namesake show to the Apollo Theater in the middle of it all, and Samantha Bee will go “Full Frontal” in front of a local audience as well. General tickets on sale Aug. 14; check out the lineup via¬†nycomedyfestival.com.

Learn about Central Park

Sure, you've been to Central Park more times
Sure, you’ve been to Central Park more times than the cast of “Friends” hung out at Central Perk, but do you really know the history of Manhattan’s largest green space? Learn about the secret gems (including Glen Span Arch, pictured), lesser-known folklore and your new favorite picnic spot with free tours led by the Central Park Conservancy. Tour upper Central Park, iconic movie spots and more, all for free. Check out¬†centralparknyc.org¬†for meeting places and times for guided tours or just download the Central Park app and guide yourself.

Meet New York’s cutest residents at the Bronx Zoo (Wednesdays)

The 265-acre Bronx Zoo isn't something you can
The 265-acre Bronx Zoo isn’t something you can cover in one day, but it’s worth a try. Zero in on the exhibits where your personal spirit animals live — maybe it’s Tiger Mountain that calls to you, or perhaps the Himalayan Highlands — and be sure to keep an eye out for the many¬†baby animals¬†who reside on site. And while a donation is appreciated, Wednesdays are free of charge all day. (2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx,¬†bronxzoo.com)

Catch free improv at UCB from your favorite comedians (Sundays)

Both Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York
Both Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York offer a selection of free improv comedy performances, but one show at the Chelsea location gives you the opportunity to see some of your favorite comedians for a lot less than their headlining shows. “ASSSSCAT 3000,” which is performed every Sunday at 9:30 p.m. for free, has been known to host special guests (including Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch). Though tickets are complimentary, be sure to get there early — we mean early — as fans line up for hours before the show to snag a seat. (307 W. 26th St., Manhattan,¬†ucbtheatre.com)

Make it big at QED’s open mic (Wednesday-Sunday)

Head to QED Astoria for free open mic
Head to QED Astoria for free open mic nights featuring comedy, poetry, storytelling, music and more. Whether you want to sit in the audience and relax or practice your performing chops in front of a small audience, this is the space to do it. (27-16 23rd Ave., Queens, qedastoria.com)

Tour the Brooklyn Brewery

OK, so the beer isn't free (unless you're
OK, so the beer isn’t free (unless you’re super nice to the ticket takers), but wait in line for a timed, 30-minute tour of the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg — it’s totally free. The scent of beer is complimentary, too. (79 N. 11th St.,brooklynbrewery.com)

Get literary at the Franklin Park Reading Series (second Monday of each month)

This Crown Heights beer garden brings all the
This Crown Heights beer garden brings all the nerds to the yard the second Monday of every month. Both established and new writers will read at this acclaimed and completely free event. Enter a free lottery to win some literary swag or take advantage of $4 drafts during the event. (8 p.m., 618 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, franklinparkbrooklyn.com)

Take a self-guided tour at Pelham Bay Park

Find nature in the Bronx via Pelham Bay
Find nature in the Bronx via Pelham Bay Park’s Kazimiroff Nature Trail, which gives hikers long and short self-guided paths. (nycgovparks.org)

Pacific Rim: Uprising Shows Off New Giant Robots Release date March 23, 2018


The follow-up stars Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie, and the story takes place 10 years after the events of Pacific Rim. The Jaeger program has now evolved and expanded into a massive global defense force after the Battle of the Breach, which comes in handy when the Kaiju threat returns.


It has been ten years since the Battle of the Breach¬†and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The PPDC now calls upon the best and brightest to rise up and become the next generation of heroes when the Kaiju threat returns.Into this is thrust ex-jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost, son of the late Stacker Pentecost, who is given a chance by his adopted sister, Mako Mori to unite with the world and fellow Jaeger pilots to prevent humanity’s extinction.


  • John Boyega¬†as Jake Pentecost
  • Scott Eastwood¬†as Nate Lambert
  • Cailee Spaeny as Amara Namani
  • Adria Arjona¬†as Jules
  • Jing Tian¬†as Liwen Shao
  • Rinko Kikuchi¬†as Mako Mori
  • Charlie Day¬†as Dr. Newt Geiszler
  • Burn Gorman¬†as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
  • Karan Brar¬†as Suresh
  • Ivanna Sakhno as Vik
  • Zhang Jin¬†as Marshal Quan
  • Mackenyu¬†as Ryoichi
  • Shyrley Rodriguez
  • Levi Meaden as Ilya
  • Rahart Adams
  • Zhu Zhu¬†as Juen


Come for the giant robots. Stay for John Boyega attempting to pull off the same mustache Idris Elba valiantly wore in the first Pacific Rim. It’s all good.

New York Comic Con panels to catch

There is a ton of programming at New York Comic Con. We dug through the big list and picked out some cool panels to check out.Image result for New York Comic Con


#BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics

This panel, featuring Cameron Glover, Shauna Grant, Vita Ayala, Zora Gilbert, Fabian LeLay, Tee Franklin and Gail Simone, chats about the need for diversity and how people who feel underrepresented can get their voices out in the world of comics. (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 1A21)

Hulu and Seth Rogen‚Äôs ‚ÄėFuture Man‚Äô

While Seth Rogen won‚Äôt be there, the stars of his new streaming action comedy — Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson and Haley Joel Osment — will be, joined by creators Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and showrunner Ben Karlin for this world premiere screening. On the Hulu show, Hutcherson plays a video gamer brought to the future to save the world. (1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1A06)

‚ÄėThe Orville‚Äô

Learn all about the new sci-fi series, a comedic riff on ‚ÄúStar Trek,‚ÄĚ with stars Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki as well as producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga. (6-7 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.)

Cards Against Humanity: Live!

Join members of the Cards Against Humanity writers room ‚ÄĒ Jo Felder, Julia Weiss, Tom Dyke, Trin Garritano, Alex Cox and Kevin Reader ‚ÄĒ for this live show improvised around the popular and delightfully crude card game. (6:45-7:45 p.m., Room 1A10)

Hulu and Marvel Television present Marvel‚Äôs ‚ÄėRunaways‚Äô

Get a first look at the latest Marvel series ‚ÄúRunaways,‚ÄĚ as show producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television show off some new footage from the Hulu series, which premieres Nov. 21. (7:45-9:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)


‚ÄėThe Tick‚Äô

The cast and crew of Amazon‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Tick,‚ÄĚ including creator Ben Edlund and stars Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman and Jackie Earle Haley, for a panel discussion, Q&A and some surprises. (11 a.m.-noon, Room 1A06)

‚ÄėNinjak Vs. The Valiant Universe‚Äô: Screening & Cast Q&A

Be one of the first to see the new live-action digital series “Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe, the new collaboration between New York comic publisher Valiant Entertainment and popular YouTube series Super Power Beat Down. The panel includes Aaron and Sean Schoenke, Hunter Gorinson, Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani. (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 1A10)

DC Spotlight on Batman

If you see the Bat Signal shining, it’s to get you going to this panel about all things Dark Knight with some of the current crew of writers and artists working on the character, including Cully Hamner, Tom King, Sean Gordon Murphy, Tony Patrick, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. (1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1A06)


World Premiere of ‚ÄėBatman vs. Two-Face‚Äô

The follow-up to the animated movie ‚ÄúBatman: Return of the Caped Crusaders,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBatman vs. Two-Face,‚ÄĚ set in the world of the 1960s ‚ÄúBatman‚ÄĚ series, features the debut of the iconic villain Two-Face, voiced by the even more iconic William Shatner. The panel includes Burt Ward (Robin), Shatner, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic, Rick Morales and Damian Holbrook. (10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)

‚ÄėProfessor Marston & the Wonder Women‚Äô

Director Angela Robinson and stars Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall discuss the upcoming film ‚ÄúProfessor Marston & the Wonder Women,‚ÄĚ a new biopic about William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman. (12:30-1:30 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.)

‚ÄėThe X-Files‚Äô

Get an advanced look at the new season of ‚ÄúX-Files‚ÄĚ with stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi and show creator Chris Carter. (1-2 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)

Celebrating 25 Years of ‚ÄėMortal Kombat‚Äô

‚ÄúMortal Kombat‚ÄĚ co-creator Ed Boon hosts this celebration of the popular fighting game and how the game has evolved through the years. (1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1A24)

Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio

DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio holds court at this chat that’ll give you an insider’s look at how the comics come together and more. Expect some special guests. (2:45-3:45 p.m., Room 1A24)

‚ÄėBatman: The Animated Series‚Äô 25th Anniversary

Join producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett and voice actors Kevin Conroy and Tara Strong for this celebration of the 25th anniversary of ‚ÄúBatman: The Animated Series,‚ÄĚ arguably the greatest interpretation of the Dark Knight on any screen. (4:15-5:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)

These Awesome Blade Runner 2049 Posters Will Be Free at New York Comic Con


New York Comic Con, and nothing says Comic Con like free stuff. Most of the time, free stuff at conventions sucks, but that is decidedly not the case with these gorgeous Blade Runner 2049 posters.

Bottleneck Gallery has teamed up with Warner Bros. to give out these super cool Blade Runner 2049 posters, for free, at its booth (number 2160) at New York Comic-Con, during the final three days of the convention.

Stranger Things‚Äô (Seasons 1-2) Oct. 27 on Neflix

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Stranger Things is set in the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana, during the early 1980s.


  • Winona Ryder¬†as Joyce Byers,mother of 12-year-old Will Byers and teenager Jonathan Byers. Divorced from Lonnie, she relies on her older son, Jonathan, for help.
  • David Harbour¬†as Jim Hopper,¬†chief of Hawkins Police Department. Hopper divorced after his young daughter died of cancer, which caused him to lapse into alcoholism.
  • Finn Wolfhard¬†as Mike Wheeler,¬†son of Karen, younger brother of Nancy, and one of three friends of Will Byers. He is an intelligent and conscientious student and is committed to his friends.
  • Millie Bobby Brown¬†as¬†Eleven¬†(“El”), a young girl with¬†psychokinetic¬†abilities and a limited vocabulary. She befriends Mike, Dustin, and Lucas. It is eventually revealed that she may be Jane Ives, the biological daughter of Terry Ives. She escaped from Hawkins Laboratory where experiments were being performed on her.
  • Gaten Matarazzo¬†as Dustin Henderson,¬†one of Will’s friends. His¬†cleidocranial dysplasia¬†causes him to¬†lisp.
  • Caleb McLaughlin¬†as Lucas Sinclair,one of Will’s friends. He is wary of Eleven, yet befriends her later on.
  • Natalia Dyer¬†as Nancy Wheeler,¬†daughter of Karen, older sister of Mike, and girlfriend of Steve Harrington.
  • Charlie Heaton¬†as Jonathan Byers,the older brother of Will Byers and the son of Joyce Byers. Considered an outsider at school, he is a quiet teenager and an aspiring photographer. He is very close with his mother and brother.
  • Cara Buono¬†as Karen Wheeler,mother of teenaged Nancy, middle schooler Mike, and toddler Holly.
  • Matthew Modine¬†as Martin Brenner,the scientist in charge of Hawkins Laboratory and the experiments performed there. He is manipulative and remote. He and his team are searching for Eleven.
  • Noah Schnapp¬†as Will Byers,¬†the younger brother of Jonathan Byers and the son of Joyce Byers. He vanishes after encountering the monster that escaped through a rift to the “Upside Down”, an alternate dimension, discovered by the Hawkins Laboratory scientists.
  • Joe Keery¬†as Steve Harrington, the boyfriend of Nancy Wheeler. A popular student at the high school, he initially tries to develop a relationship with Nancy and ostracize Jonathan Byers, though he comes to regret the latter.
  • Sadie Sink¬†as Max, a tomboy with a complicated history and a suspicion of those around her.
  • Dacre Montgomery¬†as Billy, Max‚Äôs older stepbrother, who has a violent and unpredictable nature hiding under his charisma

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Plot summary

November 6, 1983.¬†Hawkins,¬†Indiana…

Young¬†Will Byers¬†is cycling home from a disappointing “Dungeons & Dragons” campaign at a friend’s house, when a terrifying figure suddenly appears… Will tries to escape and hide, but he is abducted…

Will’s friends¬†Dustin,¬†Lucas¬†and¬†Mike¬†begin investigating his disappearance; while looking for Will in the¬†local forest, the boys find¬†a girl with a shaved head¬†in a hospital gown, who they let stay in Mike’s basement. They learn her name is Eleven, discovering she has psychokinetic abilities.Will’s mother¬†Joyce¬†becomes transfixed by supernatural events affecting the house electricity – she’s convinced Will is communicating with her. As these strange events continue, she witnesses the same monster that took Will, which threatens her on numerous occasions. Meanwhile, police chief¬†Jim Hopper¬†grows suspicious of the nearby¬†national laboratory¬†after he finds a torn piece of hospital gown outside the lab grounds. Mike’s older sister¬†Nancy¬†attends a pool party hosted by her new boyfriend¬†Steve, begrudgingly accompanied by her best friend¬†Barb.¬†Jonathan, Will’s brother, witnesses the events of the party, taking photos. While alone, Barb is abducted by the Monster.Hopper researches a¬†Dr. Martin Brenner, the laboratory, and¬†a woman¬†who claimed her daughter was taken by scientists. Steve discovers Jonathan’s photographs and destroys them, but an anxious Nancy retrieves the fragments of a photo showing Barb. She goes back over to Steve’s house, to look around for Barb – she briefly sees the Monster run through the woods, scaring her and prompting her to flee. What appears to be¬†Will’s body¬†is discovered in a¬†quarry, however Eleven proves Will is still alive, manipulating several radios to project the sound of Will’s voice. Examining Jonathan’s photo of Barb, Nancy realizes the monster is also visible. Jonathan realizes that Nancy’s description of the creature matches his mother’s: a humanoid figure with long arms and no face. They team up to learn more about the creature, in the hopes of saving Will and Barb. The two teens look around Hawkins, hoping to find the creature and potentially kill it.A suspicious Hopper finds and cuts open Will’s body, discovering it to be fake. He heads to the laboratory and breaks in, finding Eleven’s bedroom and a¬†huge, sprawling gate¬†to¬†an alternate dimension¬†before being knocked out by agents. He wakes up in his own home and finds it bugged. After pulling together all their knowledge and speculation on the supernatural events, the boys search for a hypothetical Gate to the other world, which they’ve now nicknamed the Upside Down.Throughout the season, Eleven experiences a series of painful flashbacks to the experimentation conducted on her by Dr. Brenner at the laboratory. This culminates with a flashback to an experiment in which she was placed in a¬†sensory deprivation tank. Within an¬†altered psychic state, she accidentally opened the Gate to the Upside Down after making contact with the creature. After sharing what they know, Hopper and Joyce track down Terry Ives, learning more about Eleven and Dr. Brenner. Meanwhile, the kids are pursued by Brenner and his team of government agents, narrowly escaping.Joyce and Hopper return to Hawkins, sharing their knowledge of the creature with Nancy and Jonathan. Joyce, Hopper, Nancy and Jonathan contact and eventually find the kids, formulating a plan to make a sensory deprivation tank to enhance Eleven’s powers – this way, she can psychically view Will and Barb without entering the Upside Down. The group break into¬†Hawkins Middle School¬†and set up their makeshift tank there. Using the tank, Eleven discovers Barb to be dead and Will alive, hiding in¬†Castle Byers, his makeshift fort. Hopper and Joyce break into Hawkins Laboratory to pass through the Gate and save Will, but are apprehended by security. Nancy and Jonathan resolve to kill the monster. In the Upside Down, the monster breaks through Castle Byers, taking Will.Interrogated by Brenner, Hopper gives up Eleven’s location in exchange for access to the Gate. Hopper and Joyce enter the Upside Down, discovering the creature’s nest, where an unconscious Will has been strung up with a¬†tendril¬†extending down his throat. After detaching and killing the creature, Hopper and Joyce attempt to revive Will, and Hopper remembers the moment his¬†daughter¬†died – he’s determined to spare Joyce from the same grief. Will is eventually revived, and the three return through the Gate.Meanwhile, Nancy and Jonathan set up a trap at the¬†Byers house¬†before cutting their hands to attract the creature with their blood. Steve arrives, intending to apologize to Jonathan and Nancy following a previous argument. The monster attacks – although Nancy, Jonathan and Steve successfully injure and trap it, it escapes to the Upside Down. Agents storm the school, but Eleven kills many of them, crushing their brains. As Brenner recovers a weakened Eleven, the wounded monster, attracted by the bloodshed, enters the school and attacks Brenner. The boys escape with Eleven and hide in a classroom, but the monster finds and attacks them. Eleven pins the creature against a wall and says goodbye to Mike. In a painful and self-destructive act, Eleven dissolves the creature into a thick mist in which she too vanishes. Will is hospitalized and reunited with family and friends. Hopper is reluctantly picked up by a black government car.One month later, Nancy has gotten back together with Steve, and they’ve both befriended Jonathan. Hopper leaves food in a concealed box in the woods. Will coughs up a¬†slug-like creature¬†in his bathroom sink and has a momentary flash into the Upside Down.

Season 2

The second season will take place around Halloween (October 31) of 1984,about a year after the events of the first season, and will explore the “bigger mythology” of Will’s disappearance, according to the Duffers.¬†Levy described the second season as being about the “determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins” for Will, his family, his friends, and the other residents in the town affected by the events.¬†Will suffers from “some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder” from his time in the Upside Down, and has visions of a “shadow monster” that is reaching down from the sky, and which serves as a “singular threat” that connects the various narratives in the season.Joyce is attempting to help Will deal with it, while trying to date her old classmate Bob to cover up her own emotions. Nancy and Mike are mourning for the apparent losses of their friends Barb and Eleven, respectively;¬†however, Eleven is still alive and is a “major part of the season”, according to Matt Duffer, and her backstory will be explored during the season.¬†Chief Hopper struggles under the weight of having to cover up for the events of the first season to protect Will and Joyce;while some residents of Hawkins will be aware of these events, “certain people…¬†don’t¬†know what happened”, according to the Duffers.The laboratory, as well as the rift to the Upside Down, remains open and run by Dr. Owens. The characters will face “different kinds of horror” in contrast to the monster from the first season.Parts of the season will also take place outside of Hawkins, Indiana.


Stranger Things/Timeline



  • The last person is reported missing in¬†Hawkins, prior to¬†Will Byers¬†in 1983.



  • Project MKUltra¬†is officially sanctioned by the CIA. Experiments begin at Hawkins.



  • The last time a person committed suicide in¬†Hawkins.


Unknown dates

Stranger Things 1x08 ‚Äď Sarah and Hopper reading
  • Sarah Hopper¬†is born to¬†Jim¬†and¬†Diane. She passes away from what is seemingly cancer at a young age.
  • Terry Ives¬†participates in MKUltra while unknowingly pregnant under the supervision of¬†Dr. Martin Brenner.


  • Will Byers¬†is born to¬†Joyce¬†and¬†Lonnie Byers.
  • Eleven¬†is born to¬†Terry Ives¬†and taken by¬†Dr. Martin Brenner.


  • Joyce Byers¬†starts working as a retail clerk at¬†Melvald’s General Store¬†in¬†Hawkins.
  • MKUltra is exposed and halted.


  • Jim Hopper¬†returns to¬†Hawkins¬†and becomes Police Chief.


Unknown dates

Holly Jolly S01-E03 SS 003
  • Eleven¬†breaks a Coca Cola can with telekinetic powers under the supervision of¬†Dr. Brenner¬†in¬†Hawkins National Laboratory.
  • Eleven is forced to kill a cat, but can‚Äėt do it. As she is about to get locked up, she kills two guards with her powers.
  • Eleven is made to repeat words a man in another room is saying, and manages to broadcast them on speakers.


June or later

Stranger Things 1x02 ‚Äď Jonathan and Will Listen to Music
  • Joyce¬†visits¬†Will¬†in¬†Castle Byers¬†and surprises him with tickets to¬†Poltergeist.
  • Jonathan¬†introduces Will to his mix of rock music and they listen to “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.


Unknown dates

The Flea and the Acrobat S01-E05 SS 001
  • Eleven¬†is put in a sensory deprivation tank to watch a Russian spy in another location, and she encounters the¬†monster.

Sunday, November 6

“The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Stranger Things 1x01 ‚Äď The Monster on Mirkwood
  • Eleven¬†goes on a mission to make contact with the¬†monster, and a gate to¬†The Upside Down¬†unexpectedly opens in Hawkins Lab, allowing the monster to pass through.Eleven escapes from¬†Hawkins National Laboratory.
  • The monster escapes¬†Hawkins Lab¬†and kills¬†a scientist.
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  • Will Byers¬†is abducted by the monster.
  • Hundreds of homes in East Hawkins have surges and power outages.

Monday, November 7

‚ÄúThe Vanishing of Will Byers‚ÄĚ

Stranger Things 1x01 ‚Äď Hawkins Lab Scientists Flashlights
  • Joyce Byers¬†goes to the police station to report her son as missing, but is brushed off by¬†Police Chief Hopper.
  • An area of¬†Hawkins National Laboratory¬†is quarantined.¬†Dr. Brenner¬†and other scientists investigate the area and find that the¬†gate¬†is spreading into the lab.
The Vanishing of Will Byers S01-E01 SS 003
  • Eleven¬†walks into¬†Benny’s Burgers.¬†Benny Hammond¬†feeds her and calls social services.
  • Hopper¬†and his team search the woods and find¬†Will‚Äės¬†bike. They go to the¬†Byers hometo investigate further, and Hopper experiences strange noises in the shed.
  • Agents arrive to capture Eleven and¬†Connie Frazier¬†kills Benny. Eleven escapes, killing two agents in the process.
The Vanishing of Will Byers S01-E01 SS 004
  • Joyce receives a phone call where she hears only breathing and growling, and is electrocuted by the phone.
  • Mike Wheeler,¬†Lucas Sinclair¬†and¬†Dustin Henderson¬†search for Will in the woods, but stumble upon Eleven.
Stranger Things 1x02 ‚Äď Eleven brought home to Mike

“The Weirdo on Maple Street”

  • Mike brings Eleven to his home and lets her sleep in the basement for the night.

Tuesday, November 8

“The Weirdo on Maple Street”

Stranger Things 1x02 ‚Äď Eleven's Nosebleed
  • After searching for¬†Will¬†the entire night, the police and volunteers still have no clues, but continue their search throughout the day.
  • Mike¬†stays home from school with¬†Eleven¬†and she recognizes Will in a photo. She demonstrates her telekinetic abilities in front of Mike,¬†Dustin¬†and¬†Lucas.
Stranger Things 1x02 ‚Äď Brenner in the Shed
  • Agents from¬†Hawkins Lab, covering as Hawkins Power and Light, investigate the shed at the Byers’ residence and find material from¬†The Upside Down.
  • Jonathan Byers¬†hangs missing posters at¬†Hawkins High School¬†and travels to¬†his fatherto search for Will.
  • There is an assembly on the football field of Hawkins High School for the disappearance of Will.
  • Benny Hammond¬†is found dead in his diner and it’s been staged to look like a suicide.
Stranger Things 1x02 ‚Äď Eleven explaining the Upside Down
Stranger Things 1x02 ‚Äď Joyce in Will's Room
  • Eleven¬†says Will is hiding, flips the¬†Dungeons & Dragons¬†board upside down and places the¬†Demogorgon¬†game piece on the board to demonstrate that he’s hiding in The Upside Down and the monster is after him.
  • Nancy Wheeler¬†and¬†Barbara Holland¬†go to¬†Steve Harrington‚Äės¬†party, where Barbara, sitting alone by the pool, is dragged into The Upside Down. Jonathan Byers takes pictures from the forest.
  • Joyce¬†receives another phone call with strange noises. The lights intensify and the song “Should I Stay or Should I Go” plays from Will‚Äės room. The¬†monster¬†stretches through the wallpaper and Joyce runs out of the house.

“Holly, Jolly”

  • Barbara finds herself in The Upside Down where she is chased by the Monster.
  • Nancy and Steve have sex and Nancy goes home some time in the night.

Wednesday, November 9

“Holly, Jolly”

  • Nancy¬†discovers that¬†Barb¬†is missing. She goes to investigate around¬†Steve’s¬†house and is scared by¬†something¬†she sees in the forest.
  • Jonathan¬†is revealed to have taken pictures of Nancy and Steve breaks his camera.
  • Chief Hopper¬†and officers¬†Powell¬†and¬†Callahan¬†investigate at the¬†Hawkins National Laboratory¬†and discover that the employees are lying to them. They go to the¬†library, where they discover that Dr. Brenner was involved in¬†Project MKUltra.
Holly, Jolly
  • Joyce hangs Christmas lights all over her house and paints the alphabet on the wall so¬†Will¬†can communicate with her. He tells her to R-U-N, and the monster breaks through the wallpaper.
  • Eleven leads¬†Mike,¬†Lucas¬†and¬†Dustin¬†to Will‚Äės house and claims he‚Äės hiding there.
  • A¬†body claimed to be Will Byers¬†is found in the¬†quarry¬†by state trooper¬†David O’Bannon.

Thursday, November 10

“The Body”

The Body S01-E04 SS 001
  • Eleven¬†makes contact with¬†Will¬†through the walkie-talkie. The boys give her a makeover and go to school to make contact through the¬†AV Club’s¬†ham radio.
  • Nancy and Jonathan look at the photos he took, and Nancy recognizes the monster in a picture of Barb.
  • Shepard, a worker at¬†Hawkins National Laboratory, enters¬†The Upside Down¬†attached to a security line, but is taken by the Monster.
  • Hopper talks to state trooper¬†David O’Bannon, who found “Will’s body” and discovers he’s lying. He breaks into the coroner’s, where he finds that the body is a fake, stuffed with cotton.
  • Joyce sees Will through an opening to The Upside Down in her wall.

“The Flea and the Acrobat”

  • Hopper breaks into¬†Hawkins National Laboratory¬†where he sees the¬†gate.

Friday, November 11

“The Flea and the Acrobat”

  • Will’s funeral is held. His father Lonnie returns to Hawkins, intending to make money from his death through a lawsuit.
  • Hopper finds a bug in his place and teams up with Joyce.
  • Mike, Dustin and Lucas try to locate the gate with their compasses, but Eleven distorts the compasses to lead them in the wrong direction. A fight breaks out, and Eleven knocks Lucas unconscious before escaping.
  • Nancy and Jonathan go searching for the Monster, and Nancy enters The Upside Down.

“The Monster”

  • Nancy returns from The Upside Down. Jonathan sleeps over at Nancy’s place, which Steve sees when looking in her window.

Saturday, November 12

“The Monster”

  • Joyce and Hopper track down Terry Ives. Her sister tells them about Terry’s involvement in Project MKUltra, and her belief that she had a daughter.
  • Nancy and Jonathan purchase weapons to kill the monster. A fight breaks out between Jonathan and Steve, resulting in Jonathan getting arrested.
  • Agent¬†Connie Frazier¬†visits¬†Mr. Clarke¬†at his residence and finds out about Mike, Dustin, and Lucas.
  • Lucas goes out on his own to locate the gate, and follows the false magnetic north indication to¬†Hawkins National Laboratory.
  • Mike and Dustin are cornered by Troy and James and Mike is told to jump off a cliff. They are saved by Eleven in the nick of time, and she breaks Troy’s arm.

“The Bathtub”

  • Mike, Dustin and Eleven flee from the agents that come to Mike’s home.
  • Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Eleven, Joyce, Hopper, Nancy and Jonathan break into¬†Hawkins Middle School¬†and make a sensory deprivation tank for Eleven to use. She finds Barbara dead and Will weakened in The Upside Down, and he disappears as the monster approaches.

“The Upside Down”

  • Joyce and Hopper are caught breaking into¬†Hawkins National Laboratory, but Hopper reveals Eleven’s location and promises to never reveal anything about the agents, and they are allowed to go.
  • Nancy and Jonathan set traps for the monster in the Byers’ home. Steve arrives and they assault the monster with a bat and set it on fire, but it disappears.
  • The agents come to Hawkins Middle School to capture Eleven, but she kills them. The Monster arrives, and Eleven is able to defeat it but in the process disappears herself.
The Upside Down S01-E08 SS 004
  • Joyce and Hopper enter the Upside Down and find Will as a host to a long¬†tendril¬†which Hopper pulls out of his throat and through his mouth. Hopper and Joyce perform CPR on him and he begins to breath. Joyce puts her oxygen apparatus on him and he is brought to¬†Hawkins General Hospital. He wakes up later in the night.
  • Hopper is picked up by a government car.

Saturday, December 24

“The Upside Down”

The Upside Down S01-E08 SS 003
  • Mike, Will, Dustin and Lucas play¬†Dungeons & Dragons¬†in Mike’s basement again.
  • Nancy gives Jonathan a new camera for Christmas.
  • Hopper places Eggo waffles in a box in the forest.
  • Will coughs up a¬†slug-like creature¬†and momentarily phases into the Upside Down.


“MadMax”,¬†“The Boy Who Came Back to Life”,¬†“The Pumpkin Patch”,¬†“The Palace”,¬†“The Storm”,¬†“The Pollywog”,¬†“The Secret Cabin”,¬†“The Brain”¬†and¬†“The Lost Brother”

  • In the fall of 1984, the adventure continues…
Season Two

  1. “MadMax”
  2. “The Boy Who Came Back to Life”
  3. “The Pumpkin Patch”
  4. “The Palace”
  5. “The Storm”
  6. “The Pollywog”
  7. “The Secret Cabin”
  8. “The Brain”
  9. “The Lost Brother”

What is Poerty Slam?

A¬†poetry slam¬†is a¬†competition¬†in which oral poets read or¬†recite¬†original work. Poetry slam began in Chicago in 1984 with its first competition designed to move poetry recitals from academia to a popular audience when American poet¬†Marc Smith¬†began experimenting with existing open microphone venues for poetry readings by making them competitive.The performances at a poetry slam are judged by a panel of judges, typically five, and usually selected from the audience, or sometimes judged by audience response.¬†The judges usually give each poem a score on a scale of 0‚Äď10 (zero being the worst and ten being the best). The highest and lowest scores are dropped and the middle three are kept. The highest score one can receive is a 30 and the lowest one is a zero.

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Youth movement

Slam poetry has found popularity as a form of self-expression among many teenagers. The World Poetry Bout Association sponsored the earliest slam poetry workshops for teenagers, through its “Poetry Education Project” in Taos, New Mexico, in the early 1990s.

In a 2005 interview, one of slam’s best known poets¬†Saul Williams¬†praised the youth poetry slam movement, explaining:

[H]ip-hop filled a tremendous void for me and my friends growing up… The only thing that prevented all the young boys in the black community from turning into Michael Jackson, from all of us bleaching our skin, from all of us losing it, just losing it, was hip-hop. That was the only counter-existence in the mainstream media. That was essential, and in that same way I think poetry fills a very huge void today [among] youth. And I guess I count myself among the youth.

In 2012, more than 12,000 young people took part in an England-wide youth slam Shake the Dust, organised by Apples and Snakes as part of the London 2012 Festival.An Open Letter to Honey Singh, a rap video featuring Rene Sharanya Verma performing at DelhiPoetry Slam, went viral on YouTube receiving over 1.5 million hits.

What is spoken word poetry called?
It is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of¬†word¬†play and intonation and voice inflection. It is a ‘catchall’ which includes any kind of¬†poetry¬†recited aloud, including hip hop, jazz¬†poetry,¬†poetry¬†slams, traditional¬†poetry¬†readings and can include comedy routines and ‘prose monologues’.
What is the purpose of slam poetry?
Slam Poetry¬†is a type of competition where people read their¬†poems¬†without props, costumes, or music. After performing, they receive scores (0-10) from 5 randomly selected judges. The judges can be anyone: they don’t even need to be¬†poets! Scores are awarded based on how much each judge likes a¬†poem.
What are the basic rules of a poetry slam?
Though¬†rules¬†vary from¬†slam¬†to¬†slam, the basic¬†rules¬†are: Each¬†poem¬†must be of thepoet’s¬†own construction; Each¬†poet¬†gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one¬†poem. If the¬†poet¬†goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
When was slam poetry invented?
American poet Marc Smith is credited with starting the poetry slam at the Get Me High Lounge in Chicago in November 1984. In July 1986, the original slam moved to its permanent home, the Green Mill Jazz Club.
How do you write a slam poem?
Penning your own slam poetry isn’t as difficult as it might seem.¬†Follow these quick guidelines and you’ll have a first draft in no time!
  1. Do Your Homework. To know what makes slam poetry effective, you need to see a lot of it performed. …
  2. Choose a Topic. …
  3. Put Your Words on Paper. …
  4. Edit yourself. …
  5. Add a Little Drama.
What is the difference between poetry and slam poetry?
A¬†poetry slam¬†is an event-format, where¬†poets¬†perform (within certain rules and restrictions) and a randomly-picked set of judges choose the winners. “Slam poetry” is simply a term used to refer¬†poems¬†performed at¬†slams. Spoken Word¬†Poetry¬†(or performance¬†poetry) is simply¬†poetry¬†that’s written to be performed.
Where was spoken word founded?
Modern spoken word poetry became popular in the underground Black community in the 1960s with The Last Poets. The Last Poets was a poetry and political music group that was born out of the African-American Civil Rights movement. They used it as a way to promote political ambitions and frustration.
What is the difference between a poet and a rapper?
Many people don’t know the¬†difference between Poetry¬†and Spoken Word. …¬†Rap¬†is a popular art form that slightly resembles Spoken Word, but is very¬†different¬†in it’s sound and culture. Raps focus is on the rhythm, rhyme, and musicality.¬†Poetry¬†is base on word flow and rhyme alone.
What is the difference between rap and hip hop music?
From my understanding¬†Rap Music¬†and¬†Hip Hop music¬†are the same, however Hip Hip¬†music¬†and¬†Rapping¬†are¬†different. …¬†Hip hop music, also called¬†hip-hop,¬†rap music, or¬†hip-hop music, is a¬†music¬†genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic¬†musicthat commonly accompanies¬†rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted
Who invented the poetry slam?
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Who is Marc Smith ?
Marc Kelly Smith is an American poet and founder of the poetry slam movement.

Marc Kelly Smith (born 1949) is an American poet and founder of the poetry slam movement, for which he received the nickname Slam Papi.

Smith was born in 1949 and grew up on the southeast side of Chicago. He attended/graduated Charles P. Caldwell Elementary School and James H. Bowen High School. Smith spent most of his young life as a construction worker, but has written poetry since he was 19. He considers himself a Socialist.


In the book,¬†Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, author¬†Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz¬†describes the influential Smith:

n 1990, the first¬†National Poetry Slam¬†was held in¬†San Francisco¬†(with three city teams attending including Chicago and¬†New York City), and has continued to rotate among cities.The National Poetry Slam currently sees over 80 teams of poets vying for the title.Over the years, Smith has turned down offers to¬†commercialize¬†the slam, including movie offers and bids for corporate sponsorship.Smith says that what he considers to be Slam’s increased commercial exploitation, and¬†Def Poetry Jam¬†in particular, as having “diminished the value and aesthetic of performance poetry.” This, combined with a continuing lack of Slam’s recognition by “big literature festivals and institutions” in America, has led Smith to become more invested in performance poetry in Europe, where he says the “audiences are growing over there. And the aesthetic is growing and evolving.‚Ä̬†Smith has published several books about the poetry slam movement, as well as publishing two books of his own work. He tours extensively, performing his own, blue-collar, Carl Sandburg-influenced poetry and hosting poetry slams. He also tours with a show titled¬†Sandburg to Smith-Smith to Sandburg,¬†which combines the work of both poets with live jazz.

 Marc Smith Books

  • By Someone’s Good Grace, CD 1993, Publisher Splinter Group Chicago
  • Crowdpleaser, 1996, Publisher Jeff Helgeson
  • The Spoken Word Revolution, 2003, Publisher Sourcebooks Publishing, advisor to the book/narrator of CD portion
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Slam Poetry, 2004, Penguin/Alpha Press (co-written with¬†Joe Kraynak)
  • The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, 2006, Publisher Sourcebooks Publishing, narrator of CD portion
  • Quarters in the Jukebox, CD, 2006, Publisher EM Press (www.em-press.com), live and studio tracks, with bands and solo


According to Smith, who once attended a conventional reading with his manuscripts concealed inside a newspaper,

Slam poetry uses this quote as unofficial mantra: The performance of poetry is an art ‚ÄĒ just as much an art as the art of writing it. Often performers of their poems use hand gestures, pace around the stage, and will their voices into excited crescendos only to throw the sounds off a cliff and hang in silence for effect. And it works‚Ķ Impeccably. The silky lulls of Shakespeare‚Äôs sonnets formerly expressed by lovers have been temporarily replaced by these decrees of passionate opinion and emotional reaction.

How does one write this style of poetry?

1) Select a topic of your choice; it can be anything!

2) Choose a rhythm, using city sounds, natural pulses, or your own unique beats.

3) Research new vocabulary words and synonyms to incorporate into your speech.

4) Read your poem aloud, using the chosen beat to communicate your individual message.

                    Poetry Slam Spoken Word

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2016 Harvard graduate Donovan Livingston delivered a powerful, inspirational and poetic speech during commencement. CBSN’s Josh Elliott has more on the spoken word that’s getting attention online.

New York, NY Poetry Slam Events

DATE: November 6, 2017 | 7PM
HOST: Poet, activist, and educator Mahogany L. Browne
MUSIC: DJ Jive Poetic
FEATURED POET: To Be Announced
HASHTAG: #BrooklynPoetrySlam

The¬†Brooklyn Poetry Slam¬†brings together Brooklyn‚Äôs best slam poets for a monthly gathering of words and wisdom, hosted by¬†Mahogany L Browne¬†and¬†DJ Jive Poetic. The Slam is followed by an Open Mic, so come early to sign-up and make your voice heard. As Mahogany says, ‚ÄúThese poets will make you feel things.‚ÄĚ


  • Monday, September 18 | 7PM
  • Monday, October 16 | 7PM
  • Monday, December 18 | 7PM


Mon, November 6, 2017

7:00 PM ‚Äď 9:00 PM EST



647 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

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We know you‚Äôve been waiting for it ‚ÄĒ we‚Äôre (finally!) ready to bring you Urban Word‚Äôs 19th Annual Teen Poetry Slam!

Participate for a chance to:

  • Perform on stage at the legendary Apollo Theater
  • Join our¬†Teen Slam Team and represent NYC at the Brave New Voices National Poetry Festival
  • Win an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco to compete against teens from all over the country

Or, simply attend the Poetry Slam on April 22nd, 2017 at The Apollo Theater

Watch our talented artists compete for a slot on the 2017 Slam Team. Purchase tickets online via¬†Ticketmaster¬†or in person¬†at the¬†Apollo Theater Box Office (M, T, Th, Fri 10AM ‚Äď 6PM;¬†Wed 10AM ‚Äď 8PM; Sat 12PM ‚Äď 6PM). You may also call the Apollo Theater Box Office at¬†212-531-5305.

There are reduced rates for groups of 10 or more, so please contact tickets@urbanwordnyc.org or call us at (212) 352-3495 for more information.


Nuyorican Poets Cafe

For live poetry, visit the Nuyorican, which established itself as a well-known and highly respected poetry venue back in the 1970s. They host a plethora of events that tie into themes of the night, as well as slam poetry competitions. For those who wish to have their voices heard, most Wednesdays (and a few other evenings throughout the month) feature an open mic night. If you want prime seating, we recommend an early arrival, and tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Nuyorican, 236 East 3rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 505 8183

Bowery Poetry Club

The performances at¬†Bowery Poetry Club¬†are never the same. Take in the cozy, intimate atmosphere as you listen to a variety of readings, from¬†open mic nights to slam competitions and music nights. They also offer workshops for aspiring poets¬†and writers¬†who wish¬†to expand the limitations of their craft.¬†The Bowery Poetry Club even offers a ‚Äėsummer camp‚Äô for adults run by Amy Lawless (My Dead), and it‚Äôs called Camp Lawless ‚Äď Summer Poetry & Writing on the Bowery.

 Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY, USA

Brooklyn Poets

Brooklyn Poets¬†is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to create a community for poets in Brooklyn, which they believe is the birthplace of American poetry. This organization offers aspiring poets¬†the opportunity¬†to advance their skills through a network of mentors, teachers, and workshops conducted through their ‚ÄėBridge‚Äė program.¬†Brooklyn Poets offers¬†a selection of events for people to showcase or watch poetry, including their free bi-monthly reading series at various locations and YAWP, a monthly reading workshop at¬†61Local¬†in Cobble Hill.

61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 875 1150

The Poets House

The Poets House¬†offers just about everything a poetry enthusiast could ask for.¬†The library, featuring an¬†overwhelming selection¬†of books, offers its guests the chance to sit in a quiet, comfortable setting, and immerse themselves in poetry with outstanding views of the Hudson River. The Poets House does¬†offer readings throughout the year, including their notable ‚ÄėPasswords‚Äô program, where poets read and discuss the work of other poets. In July, they host free outdoor readings as part of their Showcase Reading Series. Whether you‚Äôre an¬†an aspiring poet¬†or you have experience but are looking for¬†feedback from your contemporaries, they also offer workshops tailored¬†to specific levels and needs.

The Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY, USA +1 212 431 7920

Parkside Lounge

From the outside, this bar is pretty nondescript, but once you enter, it’s a whole different story. One of NYC’s most popular dive bars, Parkside Lounge has quite a bit to offer in terms of entertainment. They have a calendar filled with events, varying from comedy shows to live band performances. They also host The Inspired Word, a performance series that travels around different bars in the city, hosting open mic nights and poetry readings.

Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 673 6270

My Favorite Top Poerty

Because I could not stop for Death (479)Emily Dickinson,¬†1830¬†–¬†1886

Because I could not stop for Death¬†‚Äst
He kindly stopped for me¬†‚Äst 
The Carriage held but just Ourselves¬†‚Äst 
And Immortality.

We slowly drove¬†‚ÄstHe knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility¬†‚Äst

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess¬†‚Ästin the Ring¬†‚Äst 
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain¬†‚Äst 
We passed the Setting Sun¬†‚Äst

Or rather¬†‚ÄstHe passed us¬†‚Äst
The Dews drew quivering and chill¬†‚Äst
For only Gossamer, my Gown¬†‚Äst
My Tippet¬†‚Ästonly Tulle¬†‚Äst

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground¬†‚Äst
The Roof was scarcely visible¬†‚Äst
The Cornice¬†‚Ästin the Ground¬†‚Äst

Since then¬†‚Äst‚Äėtis Centuries¬†‚Ästand yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads 
Were toward Eternity¬†‚Äď

Valentine’s AfternoonMichael McFee

Four lanes over, a plump helium heart‚ÄĒ

slipped, maybe, from some kid’s wrist
or a rushed lover’s empty passenger seat

through a half-cracked car window‚ÄĒ

rises like a shiny purple cloudlet
toward today’s gray mess of clouds,

trailing its gold ribbon like lightning

that will never strike anything
or anyone here on the forsaken ground,

its bold LOVE increasingly illegible

as it ascends over the frozen oaks,
riding swift currents toward the horizon,

a swollen word wobbling out of sight.

Michael McFeeMichael McFee

Michael McFee is the author of numerous poetry collections, including We Were Once Here (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017). He lives in North Carolina.

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

To His Coy Mistress

Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
       But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
       Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 7, 1917, and raised in Chicago. She was the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Children Coming Home (The David Co., 1991); Blacks (The David Co., 1987); To Disembark (Third World Press, 1981); The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (The David Co., 1986); Riot (Broadside Press, 1969); In the Mecca (Harper & Row, 1968); The Bean Eaters (Harper, 1960); Annie Allen (Harper, 1949), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize; and A Street in Bronzeville (Harper & Brothers, 1945).

We Real Cool

Gwendolyn Brooks,¬†1917¬†–¬†2000

                   THE POOL PLAYERS. 
                   SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.
won’t you celebrate with me

Lucille Clifton,¬†1936¬†–¬†2010

Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York, on June 27, 1936. Her first book of poems, Good Times (Random House, 1969), was rated one of the best books of the year by the New York Times.Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

Melvin Dixon was born on May 29, 1950, in Stamford, Connecticut. He received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1971 and a PhD from Brown University in 1975. He published two poetry collections, Change of Territory (University of Virginia Press, 1983) and the posthumous Love’s Instruments (Tia Chucha Press, 1995). He was also the author of the novels Vanishing Rooms (Cleis Press, 1991) and Trouble the Water (Fiction Collective 2, 1989). Dixon taught English literature at Wesleyan University from 1976 to 1980, when he joined the English faculty at Queens College. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984. Dixon died of complications from AIDS in Stamford, Connecticut, on October 26, 1992.Melvin Dixon


Melvin Dixon,¬†1950¬†–¬†1992

Work out. Ten laps.
Chin ups. Look good.

Steam room. Dress warm.
Call home. Fresh air.

Eat right. Rest well.
Sweetheart. Safe sex.

Sore throat. Long flu.
Hard nodes. Beware.

Test blood. Count cells.
Reds thin. Whites low.

Dress warm. Eat well.
Short breath. Fatigue.

Night sweats. Dry cough.
Loose stools. Weight loss.


Get mad. Fight back.
Call home. Rest well.

Don’t cry. Take charge.
No sex. Eat right.

Call home. Talk slow.
Chin up. No air.

Arms wide. Nodes hard.
Cough dry. Hold on.

Mouth wide. Drink this.
Breathe in. Breathe out.

No air. Breathe in.
Breathe in. No air.

Black out. White rooms.
Head hot. Feet cold.

No work. Eat right.
CAT scan. Chin up.

Breathe in. Breathe out.
No air. No air.

Thin blood. Sore lungs.
Mouth dry. Mind gone.

Six months? Three weeks?
Can’t eat. No air.

Today? Tonight?
It waits. For me.

Sweet heart. Don’t stop.
Breathe in. Breathe out.

Yona HarveyYona Harvey

Yona Harvey is the author of Hemming the Water (Four Way Books, 2013). She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hurricane Yona Harvey

Four tickets left, I let her go‚ÄĒ
Firstborn into a hurricane.

I thought she escaped
The floodwaters. No‚ÄĒbut her

Head is empty of the drowned
For now‚ÄĒthough she took

Her first breath below sea level.
Ahhh       awe       &       aw
Mama, let me go‚ÄĒshe speaks

What every smart child knows‚ÄĒ
To get grown you unlatch

Your hands from the grown
& up & up & up & up
She turns‚ÄĒlatched in the seat

Of a hurricane. You let
Your girl what? You let

Your girl what?
I did so she do I did
so she do so‚ÄĒ

Girl, you can ride
A hurricane & she do
& she do & she do & she do

She do make my river
An ocean. Memorial,
Baptist, Protestant birth‚ÄĒmy girl

Walked away from a hurricane.
& she do & she do & she do & she do
She do take my hand a while longer.

The haunts in my pocket
I’ll keep to a hum: Katrina was
a woman I knew. When you were

an infant she rained on you & she

do & she do & she do & she do

Langston HughesLangston Hughes

A poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, Langston Hughes is known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties and was important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Weary Blues

Langston Hughes,¬†1902¬†–¬†1967

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
     O Blues!
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
     Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man’s soul.
     O Blues!
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan‚ÄĒ
     “Ain’t got nobody in all this world,
       Ain’t got nobody but ma self.
       I’s gwine to quit ma frownin’
       And put ma troubles on the shelf.‚ÄĚ

Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
He played a few chords then he sang some more‚ÄĒ
     “I got the Weary Blues
       And I can’t be satisfied.
       Got the Weary Blues
       And can‚Äôt be satisfied‚ÄĒ
       I ain’t happy no mo’
       And I wish that I had died.‚ÄĚ
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
The singer stopped playing and went to bed
While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
He slept like a rock or a man that’s dead.


Jen Benka

fasting in milwaukee    hunger strike protesting    investments
in south africa    army surplus jackets and white armbands 
what do we want when do we want it    end oppression 
pronounced like apart    hate the poet said before 
she fainted on stage    we were all dizzy and weak 
on the church steps    waiting for a ride 
biko tortured and murdered    we rode to the airport 
to greet donald woods who told me    I reminded him 
of his daughter    you have no idea    what is happening 
the absolute evil    that shows its face    in one land 
after the next    as they threw rocks yelling hippie dykes    
we promised each other we promised let’s not let them kill us

Brenda ShaughnessyBrenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, in 1970 and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016).

Last Sleep Best SleepBrenda Shaughnessy, 1970

Life, this charade of not-death.
Amnesiac of our nights together,

overheard talking in some other voice.
The great fruits of my failure:

silk milk pills with little bitter pits.
Who talks like that?  Says we are

ever-locked, leaving everything
petalled and veined the way nature

pretended.  Synthesized within
an inch of its life. O the many faces

of facelessness, breathing in the dark‚ÄĒ
as if we could shape softness itself,

mold it around us like yams mashed
against a trough by a snuffling snout.

Our own. There’s no way out. Born
to such extra, we are born to lose.

No hairy fingers tapering to threads,
grasping for some lost last use.

Once we were hungry on earth,
soon buried like root vegetables‚ÄĒ

to starve the soil as beets do,
growing in our graves.

But now we must remember
our way back to face-to-face,

to eye to eye and hand in hand,
and lock and step and key in hole.

Remembering how not to fall asleep,
we become so desperately drowsy,

and all cells strain to slow to a stop.
All desire to choose otherwise quiets.

No, no one can say we didn’t suffer,
that we weren’t swallowed whole.


O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
   And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
   Though it were ten thousand mile.

The Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore‚ÄĒ
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
‚Äú‚ÄôTis some visitor,‚ÄĚ I muttered, ‚Äútapping at my chamber door‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Only this and nothing more.‚ÄĚ
    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
¬†¬†¬† Eagerly I wished the morrow;‚ÄĒvainly I had sought to borrow
¬†¬†¬† From my books surcease of sorrow‚ÄĒsorrow for the lost Lenore‚ÄĒ
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore‚ÄĒ
            Nameless here for evermore.
    And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me‚ÄĒfilled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
    So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
¬†¬†¬† ‚Äú‚ÄôTis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door‚ÄĒ
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†This it is and nothing more.‚ÄĚ
    Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
‚ÄúSir,‚ÄĚ said I, ‚Äúor Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
    But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
    And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒhere I opened wide the door;‚ÄĒ
            Darkness there and nothing more.
    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
    But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
¬†¬†¬† And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, ‚ÄúLenore?‚ÄĚ
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, ‚ÄúLenore!‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒ
            Merely this and nothing more.
    Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúSurely,‚ÄĚ said I, ‚Äúsurely that is something at my window lattice;
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore‚ÄĒ
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†‚ÄôTis the wind and nothing more!‚ÄĚ
    Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
¬†¬†¬† But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door‚ÄĒ
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door‚ÄĒ
            Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
‚ÄúThough thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,‚ÄĚ I said, ‚Äúart sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore‚ÄĒ
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night‚Äôs Plutonian shore!‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Quoth the Raven ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning‚ÄĒlittle relevancy bore;
    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
¬†¬†¬† Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door‚ÄĒ
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†With such name as ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
    But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
¬†¬†¬† Nothing farther then he uttered‚ÄĒnot a feather then he fluttered‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬† Till I scarcely more than muttered ‚ÄúOther friends have flown before‚ÄĒ
On the morrow¬†he¬†will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Then the bird said ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
‚ÄúDoubtless,‚ÄĚ said I, ‚Äúwhat it utters is its only stock and store
    Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
¬†¬†¬† Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore‚ÄĒ
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Of ‚ÄėNever‚ÄĒnevermore‚Äô.‚ÄĚ
    But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
    Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
¬†¬†¬† Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore‚ÄĒ
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Meant in croaking ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
    This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
    On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!
    Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúWretch,‚ÄĚ I cried, ‚Äúthy God hath lent thee‚ÄĒby these angels he hath sent thee
¬†¬†¬† Respite‚ÄĒrespite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Quoth the Raven ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúProphet!‚ÄĚ said I, ‚Äúthing of evil!‚ÄĒprophet still, if bird or devil!‚ÄĒ
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
¬†¬†¬† Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬† On this home by Horror haunted‚ÄĒtell me truly, I implore‚ÄĒ
Is there‚ÄĒis¬†there balm in Gilead?‚ÄĒtell me‚ÄĒtell me, I implore!‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Quoth the Raven ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúProphet!‚ÄĚ said I, ‚Äúthing of evil!‚ÄĒprophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us‚ÄĒby that God we both adore‚ÄĒ
    Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
¬†¬†¬† It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore‚ÄĒ
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Quoth the Raven ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúBe that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!‚ÄĚ I shrieked, upstarting‚ÄĒ
“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
    Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
¬†¬†¬† Leave my loneliness unbroken!‚ÄĒquit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Quoth the Raven ‚ÄúNevermore.‚ÄĚ
    And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shall be lifted‚ÄĒnevermore!

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†I and my Annabel Lee‚ÄĒ
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
¬†¬†¬†Went envying her and me‚ÄĒ
Yes!‚ÄĒthat was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
¬†¬†¬†Of those who were older than we‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†Of many far wiser than we‚ÄĒ
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
¬†¬†¬†Of my darling‚ÄĒmy darling‚ÄĒmy life and my bride,
¬†¬†¬†In her sepulchre there by the sea‚ÄĒ
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.
When Someone Says I Love You the WholeKaryna McGlynn
room fills up with iced tea,¬†¬†¬†something gives: the sun peels from your window,¬†¬†a sugared lemon,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†whole,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†flaming,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†hanging there‚ÄĒYou tell them they must: puncture your chest with a straw to suck all the empty out,¬†¬†¬†but because they say¬†¬†¬†love¬†¬†¬†they think they can‚Äôt hurt you, even to save your life, which is why you float¬†¬†up¬†¬†up¬†¬†up¬†¬†knocking your curled toes and¬†¬†bedeviled¬†¬†breath¬†¬†¬†hard against¬†¬†the¬†¬†tea-stained¬†¬†ceiling,¬†¬†¬†¬†why¬†¬†you swim¬†¬†sentry¬†¬†over the oxheart that flooded your bed,¬†¬†¬†hollowed you out.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†See it there: big and bobbing wax fruit, sweating with the effort of its own improbable being,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†each burst¬†¬†of wetness a cry to which you are further beholden, a sweetness trained against your own best alchemy‚ÄĒWitch, you can only watch this bloodletting from above,¬†¬†¬†can only amend¬†¬†¬†the deed¬†¬†to¬†¬†your¬†¬†body:¬†¬†¬†¬†see¬†¬† it¬†¬†say¬†¬†it¬†¬†back, see it like a little rabbit with a twist¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†on its neck and wish you could¬†be¬†that, being¬†¬†had,¬†¬†being held,¬†but instead you grow wooden and spin on your back. Propeller?¬†¬†¬†¬†No, there is no getting away from this, and¬†¬†so: ceiling fan, drowning their hushed joy, going¬†schwa¬†¬†¬†¬†schwa¬†¬†¬†¬†schwa¬†¬†¬†¬†in
the  bed’s  sheath of late afternoon light.

A JourneyNikki Giovanni, 1943

It’s a journey . . . that I propose . . . I am not the guide . . . nor technical assistant . . . I will be your fellow passenger . . .

Though the rail has been ridden . . . winter clouds cover . . . autumn’s exuberant quilt . . . we must provide our own guide-posts . . .

I have heard . . . from previous visitors . . . the road washes out sometimes . . . and passengers are compelled . . . to continue groping . . . or turn back . . . I am not afraid . . .

I am not afraid . . . of rough spots . . . or lonely times . . . I don’t fear . . . the success of this endeavor . . . I am Ra . . . in a space . . . not to be discovered . . . but invented . . .

I promise you nothing . . . I accept your promise . . . of the same we are simply riding . . . a wave . . . that may carry . . . or crash . . .

It’s a journey . . . and I want . . . to go . . .


Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.

Still I RiseMaya Angelou,¬†1928¬†–¬†2014

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‚ÄėCause I walk like I‚Äôve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‚ÄėCause I laugh like I‚Äôve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Nikki Giovanni

1943 , Knoxville , TN
Nikki Giovanni

Yolanda Cornelia ‚ÄúNikki‚ÄĚ Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on¬†June 7, 1943,¬†and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1960, she entered Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked with the school‚Äôs Writer‚Äôs Workshop and edited the literary magazine. After receiving her bachelor of arts degree in 1967, she organized the Black Arts Festival in Cincinnati before entering graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.

Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why) Nikki Giovanni, 1943

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can’t catch me

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended
except by my permission

I mean . . . I . . . can fly
like a bird in the sky . . .