From a Day-of-the-Dead-inspired musical procession in East Harlem to a chance to enter some of uptown's typically closed-off landmarks, there's lots of great stuff to check out this weekend. Take your pick from these four standout events:
Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Malcolm X Blvd between W 127th and W 128th Sts
Through Sunday, Oct 20
The 11th annual Congo in Harlem film series kicks into high gear this weekend with photo exhibits, Q&As, and movies that encourage you to learn about the beauty as well as the challenges facing this huge country in the heart of Africa. It all caps off with "Cold Case Hammarskjöld," a documentary investigating the mysterious 1961 death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, a man who was committed to helping newly independent African countries.
Friday, Oct 18-Sunday, Oct 20
This weekend is your once-a-year chance to explore city architecture that isn't always accessible to the public, and uptown's got its fair share of amazing spots. Here's just a taste: the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge, the landmarked Great Hall at City College, and the 1908 Fort Tryon Park Cottage next to the stunning Heather Garden.
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave between E 104th and E 105th Sts
Saturday, Oct 19, 11am-5pm; FREE
El Museo's colorful Day of the Dead celebrations kick off with a musical procession by Danza Azteca Chichimeca that runs from Central Park’s Dana Discovery Center (Fifth Ave and E 110th St) to the museum's courtyard. There's also a calavera paper mask decorating workshop right after. And don't forget to stop by the museum's cafe to see the magical community altar installed by artist Cievel Xicohtencatl.
Harlem Stage, 150 Convent and 135th Street
Saturday, Oct 19 7:30pm-10pm
Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Mumu Fresh brings her powerful lyrics to Harlem Stage, performing material from her recent album, "The Healing."