The Weekend Shortlist March 28 to 30

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Friday March 28

Location: Gramercy, NYC
Band: The Rutles
Show time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Blender Theater at Gramercy
Food: Masala Bollywood
Drink: Rodeo Bar
Miscellaneous: Organique

If you’re a Beatles fan, then you’re well aware of The Rutles, created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes, their fictitious band parodies the fab four’s storied rise and fall. Tonight the band celebrates their 30th anniversary. If you love Bollywood films then you probably like Indian food, and Masala Bollywood have combined the two. With giant Indian film still on the walls, and colorful dishes like the Don Fish Tikka Masala which is grilled fish tikka masala garnished with garlic and creamy tomato onion sauce ($8), the menu is surprisingly $10 and under. Whether you break into dance, that’s your call. More white trash than urban cowboy, the Rodeo Bar offers live music, Tex-Mex food, and daily Happy Hour specials like margaritas for $5 and draft beers for $3. For the health conscious, Organique offers organic food including soups, coffee, omelets, burgers, and sandwiches.

Friday March 28

Location: East Village, NYC
Band: Ghostland Observatory
Show time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Webster Hall
Food: Oyama
Drink: Grassroots Tavern
Miscellaneous: Mudd Cafe

Part rock band, part electronic duo, and the rest stage performance, Ghostland Observatory’s electronic disco rock is sure to be an exciting show. Check out their new album Robotique Mystique, it’s good! With sushi that’s 50 percent off all the time, you might think, “Something’s wrong with that?” but the fish is good and the rolls are inventive, making this one of the best low-priced sushi joints in the city. Though St. Marks all of a sudden lost its charm, Grassroots Tavern hasn’t. This large dive bar has cheap drinks, darts in the back, and old men behind the bar, things a good dive bar should have. Excellent coffee served in a big mug and a healthy menu of food coupled with a year round enclosed outdoor backyard patio make this place a great little coffee shop in the area.

Saturday March 29

Location: Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC
Band: Lez Zeppelin + Me Talk Pretty
Show time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
Food: Shake Shack
Drink: The Hairy Monk
Miscellaneous: Broken Cup Cafe

You can call Lez Zeppelin a tribute band if you want, but this all girl incarnation are a sight to behold and amazing live, having recorded their first album with original Zep producer/engineer Eddie Kramer. Joining them is Me Talk Pretty. Now that the weather is finally getting nice, you can head over to Shake Shake in Gramercy Park, sit under the stars and sink your teeth into one of the best burgers in the city. Yes, it’s THAT good! Any bar called The Hairy Monk is all right by me. While the food is your standard Pub fare, they show sports games and have a decent selection of cheap booze. For a quick cup of coffee if you just want to relax, the Broken Coffee Cup is your place for a good cappuccino.

Saturday March 29

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn
Film: Japanther + The Pharmacy + Pterodactyl + Bongladesh
Show time: 9:30 PM
Venue: Market Hotel
Food: Life Café Nine 83
Drink: Bushwick Country Club
Miscellaneous: Art Land

Drugs and animals seem to be the theme here as Japanther headlines this night, bringing their noise rock to the masses alongside psychedelic punk band The Pharmacy, Brooklyn’s own Pterodactyl, and Bongladesh. While Bushwick is still up-and-coming, so are the restaurants. One of the few so far, Life Café Nine 83 is a great spot for drinks and it has a mostly American menu dotted with Asian and Mexican influences. One of my favorite bars, Bushwick Country Club has some good local and micro-brews on tap, a photo booth, and a white-trash mini-golf course in the backyard patio. Right nearby, actually right across the street from the Country Club, Art Land is a chill bar where local artists show their work, shoot pool and drink like fishes. You gotta love Broolyn!

Sunday March 30

Location: Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC
Band: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret
Show time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Zipper Factory
Food: Market Cafe
Drink: Holland Bar
Miscellaneous: Cupcake Cafe

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret is a group of daredevils, clowns, fire eaters, and sideshow freaks that blend all of the above with vaudeville and burlesque. Not for the faint of heart! For dinner, Market Café is not a bad spot. With an American menu, entrees like the Market Peasant Chicken, with fresh tomatoes, capers, and lemon ($15) is great, though skip the pizzas, they’re grilled. One of New York City’s great dive bars, the Holland Bar offers cheap booze and an oldies jukebox. The space is tight and the drunkards are a plenty here, but what’s a dive bar without a few of these things? Known for creating one of the best cupcakes in the city, Cupcake Café makes dense cakes topped with rich icing. The icing features artistry that Picaso would be jealous of.

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