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Hank Willis Thomas’s ‘The Truth Is I See You’ at MetroTech Commons (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

This week, learn about the history of graphic design in the Philippines, celebrate Back to the Future Day, gear up for Halloween with a haunted house and Czech horror, and come to our first event at the Metropolitan Museum.

 Filipino Graphic Design

When: Tuesday, October 20, 7–8:30 pm
Where: Triple Canopy (155 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

This lecture presented by Triple Canopy focuses on a pretty niche topic: the history of graphic design in the Philippines. Graphic designer, writer, and publisher Clara Lobregat Balaguer will discuss certain visual trends of the region (“the popularity of extreme drop shadow,” for example) and historic developments that have influenced local designers, from the country’s freedom from colonialism to its economic development. Her talk is presented ahead of a forthcoming essay that Triple Canopy will publish. —CV

 Talking the Truth

When: Wednesday, October 21, 6:30pm
Where: The New School (66 West 12th Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

The Public Art Fund is hosting a free artist talk with Hank Willis Thomas this Wednesday. His most recent project, The Truth Is I See You in Downtown Brooklyn, reminds us that public art can be thought-provoking, and even comfortable, when it takes the form of a speech-bubble bench. Thomas is known for producing engaging work, and hearing him talk it’s no wonder: he is a smart and inquisitive speaker. The discussion will reflect his broad interests, exploring topics like public versus private space, identity politics, and pop culture. —VR

 Design and the Common Good

When: Wednesday, October 21, 6–7:30pm ($15)
Where: The Museum of Modern Art (11 W 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

“Common good” is an amorphous concept that supposedly describes what benefits everyone. It’s associated with socialism but also brings to mind shady despots from sci-fi flicks. Who gets to decide what is good, let alone common, and for whom? “Is This for Everyone,” a panel discussion in conjunction with the MoMA exhibition This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, will gather designers to discuss how new objects and technologies are actually used by people, for better or for worse. —VR

 Back to the Future Day

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Where: Various

Intrusive advertising? Check. 3D Movies? Check. Hoverboards? Hm, not quite.
Wednesday marks the day that Marty McFly travelled to the future! Expect lots of op-eds about which of the film’s predictions were accurate and which weren’t. Frankly, who cares! Today should be a day of celebrating one of your favorite film franchises (BTTF brings me back to weekends spent watching movies with my family). Screenings of Back to the Future II  (1989) are being held across the city (many of which have already sold out). Unable to celebrate on the day? Brooklyn-based performance space Cloud City is hosting a BYOB BTTF fancy dress party on Saturday night. “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads” ( … because I’m taking the subway). —TM

 Dumbo Haunted Hotel

When: Opens Wednesday, October 21 ($8)
Where: Voorhees Theatre (186 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn)

Since 1999, students at the New York City College of Technology have been putting together a high-tech “theme park–style” haunted house at the Gravesend Inn, an old Dumbo hotel that was built in 1868 — purportedly on the grounds of a former cemetery for some of Brooklyn’s first settlers. Produced by City Tech’s resident theater troupe, the haunted hotel has, in past years, featured thrills like an upside-down room, animatronic skeletons and pirates, a handyman’s “unfortunate dumbwaiter accident,” and a very bloody bathroom. Definitely worth seeing if this creepy inn has any vacancies. OL

 Margaret Mead Film Festival

When: Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, October 25 ($12 per event; $15 for opening and closing nights)
Where: American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & W 79th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan)

The annual Margaret Mead Film Festival, named for the influential anthropologist, kicks off this Thursday with Circus Without Borders, a film on acrobats in the Canadian Arctic and West Africa’s Guinea, both using the circus arts to engage their struggling communities. Through Sunday the festival will host documentary screenings and discussions around the theme of “Thresholds,” among them Avant, on the revival of the Uruguay national ballet; Double Happiness, on the replication of an Austrian village in China; and a tribute to the late Albert Maysles, who once documented an Orson Welles pitch for an improvised bullfighting film. —Allison Meier

 Hyperallergic Goes to the Met

When: Friday, October 23 (free with museum admission; first-come, first-served)
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

This Friday marks Hyperallergic’s first collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art! As part of the institution’s In Our Time lecture series, we’re presenting Liam Young, a “speculative architect” who “operates in the spaces between design, fiction, and futures.” I don’t quite know what that means, but it’s intriguing enough that I’m excited to find out. The talk will be followed by a conversation between Young and the Met’s associate curator of architecture and design, plus refreshments.

 Czech 1980s–90s Horror

The poster for “Vlčí Bouda (Wolf’s Chalet)” (1987) (via Spectacle) (click to enlarge)

When: Friday, October 23, 7:30 ($5)
Where: Spectacle Theater (124 S 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

In honor of October, the scariest month of the year, Spectacle theater is showing Czech horror films from the ’80s and ’90s. One of the standouts is Vera Chytilová’s Wolf’s Chalet (1985), a film that mirrors the US horror flick dynamite recipe of teenagers, isolation, and disaster. Eleven teens are invited on a mysterious ski trip, where they’re pitted against each other by a trio of sadistic adults, and of course, things take a turn for the insane. Wolf’s Chalet showcases the more sinister side of the famous Czech director, known for her New Wave masterpiece Daisies (1966). —GSV

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With contributions by Oriana Leckert, Allison Meier, Tiernan Morgan, Victoria Reis, Gabriella Santiago-Vancak, and Claire Voon

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Jillian Steinhauer

Jillian Steinhauer is a former senior editor of Hyperallergic. She writes largely about the intersection of art...