The Weekend Shortlist September 5 to 7

If This is the Crowd Your Band Plays to, then Sign Me Up! Photo by Nick Zinner, from his exhibition It’s OK, Don’t Look at the Road

Friday September 5

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Bands: Fashion Rocks with Beyoncé + Black Eyed Peas + Chris Brown + Mariah Carey
Show time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Radio City Music Hall
Food: Zip Burger
Drink: Subway Inn
Miscellaneous: Kinokuniya Bookstore

Since it’s Fashion Week in Manhattan, what better way to bridge the gap between that and music than for Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, and more to blow the roof off of Radio City. At Zip Burger they prove their point, offering farm-raised, organic, grass-fed meat and poultry, letting you build your own burger with plenty of gourmet toppings. The first time I went to Subway Inn I thought it was completely strange that there was a dive bar off Lexington Ave., in this neck of the woods, but somehow it works. Born in the 30s, this bar has somehow remained, and thank god, as it’s easily the cheapest place in the area for a drink. For fans of Japanese pop-culture, Kinokuniya Bookstore has a large selection of Japanese themed books, videos, CDs, magazines, comics, and stationary.

Friday September 5

Location: Lower East Side, NYC
Band: Sex Mob
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: The Stone
Food: Chickie Pig’s
Drink: Mason Dixon
Miscellaneous: 151

Bringing you jazz with a whole lot of funk and a punk attitude, Sex Mob, led by trumpeter Steven Bernstein are always a party onstage. What sounds like a vegetarian’s nightmare is actually a gourmet pizza restaurant. Chickie Pig’s offers some interesting brick oven thin-crust pies like The Pig’s Fig Pie with fig jam reduction, Gorgonzola, proscuitto, and chives ($15). If you have the desire to ride a bull when you order a pint, then you’re in luck! Mason Dixon offers both. Seriously, you can drink and ride a friggin’ mechanical bull here! For a good time or if your goal is to get trashed, hit up 151. There’s no sign outside, but inside, happy hour is 2 for 1 everyday from 6-10pm.

Saturday September 6

Location: Financial District, NYC
Bands: East Village Radio 5th Anniversary
Show time: 1 PM FREE
Venue: South Street Seaport, Pier 17
Food: Burritoville
Drink: Jeremy’s Ale House
Miscellaneous: Century 21

East Village Radio celebrates its fifth anniversary by hosting one of the best lineups of underground bands playing in one place this summer! Performances include Japanese metal band Boris, hip hopper Devin the Dude, and bands Awesome Color, Vivian Girls, High Places, Flying Lotus, Ólöf Arnalds, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and it’s all FREE. While most people buy hot dogs and grab a beer at expensive restaurants in the Seaport mall, you’ll be smart and head over to Burritoville for inexpensive and delicious California inspired burritos, all under $10. For drinks, Jeremy’s Ale House has a lively crowd and a beer list that will get you a pint for $5 and under. If you get down to the financial district early, check out Century 21. They won’t try to sell you some property, but they have some great designer clothing on the cheap, plus the place is huge to roam.

Saturday September 6

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Bands: Equus
Show time: Saturday at 2 and 8 PM
Venue: Broadhurst Theatre
Food: Pig N’ Whistle
Drink: The Irish Rogue
Miscellaneous: Island Burgers & Shakes

You’ve heard all the fuss surrounding Daniel Radcliffe’s play in London called Equus, where he gets nude and rides a white horse (the animal, not the drug reference!), now the Harry Potter star brings this play to the Broadway stage. Already a Tony Award winner, this may be your chance to see Harry Potter up close and personal. For great Irish food, one of my faves is Pig N’ Whistle in midtown. Serving traditional Irish fare like Steak and Kidney Pie and American. A great Irish pub in Hells Kitchen, The Irish Rogue has live music and sports playing on TVs, so you know this bar will be a party all day. If Irish food ain’t you thing, then head over to Island Burgers & Shakes as the menu is stacked two pages deep of some of the most intense burgers and chicken breast sandwiches on the island of Manhattan.

Sunday September 7

Location: East Village, NYC
Art: Nick Zinner
Show time: Wednesday to Saturday 3 to 8 pm; Through September 13
Venue: Fuse Gallery
Food: Momofuku
Drink: The Village Pourhouse
Miscellaneous: Sundaes and Cones

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner, who moonlights as a photographer has a pretty good ear for music and an eye as well. In his exhibit It’s OK, Don’t Look at the Road, he documents his experience as a musician on the road. If you like ramen noodles and pork, then Momofuku is your spot for food. The Berkshire pork is the best I’ve had and it’s the only place I’ll eat pork period, which should tell you just how good Momofuku really is! What looks like a neighborhood bar to watch sports actually has three more rooms, where you can order food or find a place to smooch! For dessert a little left of the dial, Sundaes & Cones offers eclectic flavors like wasabi and corn and many more flavors that are familiar.

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