You might think you know what you’re doing this Halloween, but unless it involves a candy maze and an edible meat sculpture, you may want to head to our favorite century-old factory building in Maspeth, Queens, instead. Friday, the Knockdown Center is hosting the opening of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” an installation that, true to its name, will involve an actual maze made out of giant wooden planters loaded with Circus Peanut candies in lieu of soil. The maze (a tribute to Batty Langley, a Gothic landscape designer) is just the start of it. The real kicker is the séance involving a shape-shifting, globe-trotting tree trunk.
the knockdown center
By the looks of the awesome trailer above, this will basically be an auto show on crack. Among the “100 carcentricities” are a steamroller, Honda festishists, “scary tow trucks and impressive Lamborghinis,” a Playgirl van and some artists confronting “automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” Music by The Dangles and The Golden Grass from 7pm to 9pm.
Not only did New York get its first taste of the Hump! Film Festival, but on Friday it was introduced to The Lost Lectures. If you haven’t been to installments of the series in London and Berlin, it’s a show-and-tell conducted by a handful of irreverent types at an address that’s only announced to ticketholders a day or two in advance.