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BAM will be overrun with films that either delighted you or scared the living crap out of you when you were kid with their series, Puppets on Film. Tonight's installment includes a screening of The Never Ending Story with a Q&A with Allen Oppenheimer (better known as Falcor!) and a Labyrinth Sing Along. Other screenings include The Muppets Take Manhattan, Babe and Mel Gibson flop, The Beaver. [Brooklyn Based]

The New York Comedy Festival is under way with an impressive lineup of comedy heavy hitters including former Paper cover star Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt and Robin Williams. Shows range from Twitter dynamo Rob Delany's return to his alma mater at the Skirball, to special editions of weekly shows like the Gabe Liedman-hosted Big Terrific with Max Silvestri (members of the illustrious Goof Troop). See whose on the schedule and order tickets today!

You can stay in town and still go off into "Deep Space" this weekend.  Your voyage will take you over to a big warehouse at 450 West 14th  Street for an art exhibit curated by Nemo Librizzi and Joseph Nahmad that offers a different look at street art through works by Chilean-born artist Matta and three of New York's most acclaimed artists Futura, Rammellzee and Phase 2. The exhibit opens tonight, November 9th, and runs until December 12th and it includes large-scale works by all four artists.

Rian Johnson's cult-classic Brick, an inspired neo-noir set in a bleak and troubled teen-age world, is the perfect match for a cold, blustery New York evening. The film follows high school student played my Joesph Gordon-Levitt, who navigates the seedy, drug fueled underbelly of his  school to discover who murdered his former girlfriend. It screens tonight at Landmark. [Landmark

Paper Guru interview Afrika Bambaataa celebrates one more year of his Universal Zulu Nation with a city-wide, three-day party at various NYC venues including SOBs, The Gramercy Theatre and the National Black Theater. It would probably be easier to mention who won't be appearing, but are a just a few of the many included in the lineup: Newcleus, S.T.R.A.F.E., Chuck Chillout, Rich Medina, Red Alert Soul Slinger, Nigel Richards etc. etc. etc. For the full rundown of locations, times and performers go here. Also note that Thursday's show at Irving Plaza has been canceled.

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Make your way to Brooklyn for stacks on stacks on stacks of comics during the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. This festival will feature hundreds of comic and graphic artists appearing at evens including film screenings, readings, performances, Q&As and signings with artists including Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, patron saint of neurotic New Yorkers Roz Chast and more. Events will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. [Flavorpill

SupportTheScene.org is hosting a benefit tonight at Greenpoint's Saint Vitus for Hurricane Sandy relief. The lineup includes DJ sets by Neon Indian and Bloody Minded as well as performances from Buke and Gase, Believer/Law and a solo set from Walter Schreifels of Quicksand, Youth of Today and Gorilla Biscuits. All proceeds from the $10 admission go to the Red Hook Initiative. (Saint Vitus will be donating $1 for each Saint Vitus Brew sold.) 8 p.m. Advanced tickets here. [Facebook]

PopRally and Recess collab on an "intervention" at MoMA tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. Eleven artists will interact with the museum's collection using objects and performances including a live restaging of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and agallery tour with giveaway trading cards. Artists participating include A.K. Burns, Molly McFadden, Julia Sherman and more. There's also a musical performance by Cory Arcangel, Howie Chen and Alan Licht. Tickets are here.

MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach is hosting another relief trip to the Rockaways this weekend. Volunteers are asked to bring supplies, wear work boots and to meet at MoMA at 10 a.m. Here is a list of more volunteer and donation opportunities this weekend to benefit the victims of Sandy. 

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Sunday

A reminder that the Olympics of thrifting and drinking, the Brooklyn Vintage Crawl, is going down! We let you know this was coming, and hopefully you've prepared yourself and your closet for a day of bargain hunting and intoxicated purchasing.  

The Diamond has added chili to menu and wants to see if you can concoct a better spiced dished at their Fight the Chill with Chili cook off. Grab your bay leaves, chili powder and jalapenos and get ready to rumble, or, if your there just to sample the goods, remember to show up with the admission fee of $12  -- proceeds will be donated to the Occupy Sandy Relief Fund.  [Brooklyn Based]

Hostess with the mostess Susanne Bartsch is throwing a little bash tonight at Greenhouse for the premiere of Miss Guy's new video for single, "Take It Off" from her new album, Dumb Blonde. Johnny Dynell will be DJing, Kenny Kenny, Amanda Lepore and other nightlife lovelies will be co-hosting and you'll be getting down. 10 p.m.

Ali Forney Center, the only NYC homeless shelter for LGBT teenagers in New York, had its 24-hour Drop-In Center destroyed during Sandy. The Center provided homeless LGBT youth with a supportive, safe environment, medical care and HIV/AIDS testing and there's a benefit to raise funds for reconstruction this Sunday at Industry Bar from 4 p.m.-7 pm. Admission is $20 and all proceeds from the door and bar go to the Center. Contributions up to $50k will be matchedl. More info here.

This edition of the ongoing Spoons, Toons and Booze Saturday morning series at Nitehawk Cinema gets the Thanksgiving treatment, with special holiday-themed episodes of your childhood favorites. [Nitehawk




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