Sick of Chinese New Year Celebrations, or maybe just getting over last weekend’s Valentine’s Day slump? The staff of INY has hunted down the best events that New York has to offer this weekend, ranging from music, theater, comedy, art and raw, boisterous fun:
The 3rd Annual Celebration of Dr. Dre’s hip-hop legacy. Event will include performances by Nick Hook, Egg Foo Young, and Project Matt.
WHEN: Thursday, February 19th @ 10pm
WHERE: Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
THE DIVINE SISTER
WHAT: Renowned actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend Charles Busch stars in his own play, The Divine Sister, ongoing at the Theater for the New City. The play takes a comic stab at the classic Hollywood film, following the adventures of a group of nuns lead by Busch (in a wig, of course) as Mother Superior in a convent in Pittsburgh. Expect a number of nun-related, racy situations and encounters.
WHEN: Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 8pm. Saturday and Sunday @ 3pm. Ongoing through March 7th.
WHERE: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (at 10th St.)
FREE MUSIC FRIDAYS @ THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
The American Folk Art Museum, one of New York’s true gems, often gets lost in the deluge of quality museums that populate the city. With the unique mission of celebrating “Folk Art” and self-taught artists– both domestic and international– the halls of this exceptional museum truly run the gamut of artistic styles. While it’s collection may not have the clout of museums like the MET or MOMA, the gallery cannot be said to lack personality; it is truly art by the people, and reflects their diversity and character. On top of that, every Friday between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 the museum opens it’s doors to the public for free entry. Come explore the gallery, enjoy refreshments in the café and listen to the free music in the Atrium. This week the acts include Anna K Jarosz, Siobhan O’ Malley, and Alex Greiner & Co.. The Museum is WHEN: Friday, February 19th @ 5:30pm
WHERE: 45 W. 53rd (between 5th and 6th avenues)
SUBWAY:1 to 50th St.
Those looking for something to do that’s both culturally stimulating and involves alcohol, join Jon Gabrus and his hilarious UCB troupe, for a night of “blackout” drinking and laughs. Gabrus is described by the UCB as “a rugby player from Long Island who loves to drink, which is the perfect trifecta for getting into ridiculous and dangerous situations.” Come listen to his hilarious drunken escapades and participate in the drinking-game festivities. His favorite bartender and a few special guests will also be in attendance! 21+
WHEN: Friday, February 19th @ 11pm.
WHERE: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street (at 8th Ave)
What’s cooler than staring blankly at the psychedelic screen saver of your PowerBook while getting lost in the rhythm of Spiritualized? You may be surprised to find a night at the museum is exactly what you’re looking for. On Fridays and Saturdays the American Museum of Natural History hosts the music/media show, SonicVision. The event features a selection of songs by the Flaming Lips, Boards of Canada, Radiohead and others, mixed together by Moby and paired with computer-generated digital animations projected on the ceiling of the Hayden Planetarium.
WHEN:Friday, February 19th & Saturday, February 20th @ 7:30 & 8:30
WHERE: Central Park West (@ 79th St)
POPGUN PARTY SERIES
Enjoy live, ambient lullabies at the PopGun Party Series, hosted by the Glasslands Gallery of Williamsburg. This month, the gallery features performances from the psychedelic-rock music community. Bear in Heaven and Secret Machines will headline the evening. The Antlers’ Peter Silberman told TONY that Bear in Heaven’s “Lovesick Teenagers” is a favorite jam of his; hear it for yourself and decide whether the anxious, swirling track measures up. Visit the website to rsvp for reduced admission
WHEN: Friday, February 19th @ 9pm-2am
WHERE: Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave (between South 1st and 2nd St), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
WEEKEND OF PERCUSSION
NYU’s Steinhardt Classical Percussion Program is collaborating with the Percussive Arts Society to drum up a full weekend of back-to-back musical events and performances. The festivities begin on Friday evening with a Solo Snare Drum competition for those under the age of 30. Saturday and Sunday will feature an all-star cast of artists and percussion ensembles – highlights include Blue Man Group (“Insights, Experiences and Percussion Philosophy”), Christopher Lamb (“A Mixed Bag”), Tommy Igoe (“Groove Essentials”), Ron Samuels (“The Art of Marimba Making”), and She-E Wu (“A Thinking Musician”). Are you ready to feel the beat?
WHEN: Starts Friday, February 19 @ 7pm, all day Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: NYU Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West Fourth St (near Greene St)
COST: Free (but arrive at least 30 minutes early to get an admission pass to all events)
JERSEY SHORE DANCE PARTY
It’s the most buzzed-about MTV reality show to hit cable TV—and this weekend you get to be fully immersed in the debauchery. Now’s the chance you’ve been waiting for to embrace your inner Guido or Guidette: whip out that hair gel and tanning spray, dig out that Ed Hardy t-shirt from your closet, and brush up on that Garden State accent. Whether you’re coming as Jwoww or Snooki, DJ Pauly D or Sweetheart, make sure you’re in full costume—prizes will be given for the best dressed. Looks like we’ve got ourselves a situation. 21+
WHEN: Sunday, February 21 @ 12am
WHERE: Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at Fifth Ave), Park Slope, Brooklyn
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY BALL
An authentic celebration of George Washington’s birthday, straight out of the 19th century. A period dance ensemble will teach and perform country dances, and guests will be allowed to tour the museum before and after the program.
WHEN: Sunday, February 21st @ 1pm
WHERE: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street
Subway: N,W,R,4,5,6 to 59th St./Lexington Ave.
THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT LAUNCH
If it’s retinal stimulation you’re craving, feast those eyeballs on the opening of The Sketchbook Project, an Art House Co-Op that has been sending sketchbooks to artists far and wide and collecting the results. Catch the artist Q&A session from 7 to 8pm on Friday and emmerse yourself in the creative minds behind this original, artistic initiative. Check out the website for more information. thesketchbookproject.com
WHEN: Friday, February 19th & Saturday February 20th @ 8-11pm; Sunday noon-2pm
WHERE: 303Grand, 303 Grand Ave (between Havemeyer & Roebling St), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Looking for a good meal to replenish your energy amidst a weekend of costume parties and drum circles? Check out some of INY’s newly reviewed restaurant pics and make a reservation now!
TRENDY: Yerba Buena Cocina Latina
FULL FOR TEN: Tina’s Cuban
NEWLY OPENED: The Breslin