The Weekend Shortlist May 30 to June 1
Friday May 30
Location: Chelsea, NYC
Art: Henry Darger’s Room: Photographs by Keizo Kitajima
Show time: Today thru Sat 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Venue: Andrew Edlin Gallery
Drink: The Half King
Miscellaneous: Café Grumpy
In this exhibition, Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima shows a selection of c-prints that document artist Henry Darger’s one-room apartment in Chicago that he lived and worked in for some 40 years. Cookshop offers American fare blending fresh and healthy ingredients. Try the Five Grain Risotto with Oregon black trumpet mushrooms, crème fraiche, and fried sage ($20). All wood and brick, The Half King is a great bar in Chelsea, minus the attitude its neighboring bars have. Grab a draft beer for $7 or a burger among other great menu items. If you’re fanatical about your coffee, Café Grumpy is your place to get some of the city’s best. The coffee’s are brewed to order and the espresso drinks are out of this world. I highly recommend this place.
Friday May 30
Los Angeles indie pop band The Submarines have been getting their name out there by having their songs appear on cable shows like Nip/Tuck, Grey’s Anatomy, and Weeds. Check them out live before they blow-up. Pukk serves up some delicious vegetarian Thai food. With a futuristic design, plastic and green tint everywhere, the menu offers everything from Pad Thai to Spicy Watercress Duck, only the duck, like all meat here, is made of vegetarian soy. A chill bar to go for a drink and not be bothered with loud, annoying drunks is The Magician. This place, which has no visible name, is across the street from Welcome to the Johnsons. With a southern theme, the draw at Mason Dixon is being one of only two bars in NYC with a mechanical bull. For $10 you can ride it. Expect to be thrown off in 5 seconds, if you can stay on that long!
Saturday May 31
With a new disc out called Do It!, Clinic stay glued to their eclectic indie rock sound infused with surf guitar, making a great new album. For the record, their doctor’s masks still remain on. Joining them is one-man-band BBQ. While equally known as a wine bar as it is an Italian eatery, Inoteca is one of the hipper places to eat on the L.E.S. offering a menu of small items like cheeses that are more about sharing with friends than walking away stuffed. An excellent German beer garden, Loreley offers 12 German beers on tap and a menu of German food items like potato pancakes with smoked salmon applesauce and lingonberries ($15). One of the best cupcakes in the city, Sugar Sweet Sunshine has a menu of 10 different cupcakes daily. Try the “Sassy Red Velvet,” you won’t be disappointed.
Saturday May 31
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bands: Langhorne Slim + Luke Temple + The Builders and the Butchers
Show time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Music Hall of Williamsburg
Food: My Moon
Drink: The Abbey
Folksinger Langhorne Slim is so much more, taking blues and rock and mixing in some punk swagger to create retro sounding songs with soul. Joining him are indie-folk singer Luke Temple and roots rockers The Builders and the Butchers. With one of the best-looking spaces in NYC, My Moon offers a delicious mostly American menu with food like the Tuna Tartar-Yellow fin tuna, tomato jelly, avocado, purple potato chips, chili oil and soy sauce ($12), which makes this place worth the trip. For a drink at a local hang, The Abbey is what you’re looking for. With a TV playing and a pool table in the back, settle in, get one of seven beers on tap and relax. One of my favorite coffee shops to sit by a window and stare out into the sea of Bedford Avenue, Fabiene’s offers exceptional desserts and sandwiches on top of beer and wine.
Sunday June 1
Indie power pop sensation What Made Milwaukee Famous, who oddly enough are based out of Austin, Texas, stop by Union Hall to perform. Joining them are the NYC based Hymns. Taking the pressed sandwich to the gourmet level, Press 195 offers 30 kinds of hot pressed sandwiches that make this place hard to get tired of. One of the more social bars in Park Slope, The Gate is a great bar with a wide selection of local beers on tap and an outdoor patio overlooking the park. A great little dessert and coffee shop, The Chocolate Room has a menu filled with everything made with some form of chocolate. Try the hot chocolate, you won’t regret it.