The Weekend Shortlist November 6 to 8
Friday November 6
Santa Barbara artist Brad Nack paints reindeer. Not your average reindeer either and in his one day exhibition Brad Nack: 100% reindeer art tour, the man who discovered the band Toad the Wet Sprocket (that’s right, discovered, produced, and managed them) will show off his highly successful paintings of all sorts of reindeer. If you can’t make this one, his work will also be featured at the kevchino.com show on Saturday. With one of the best burgers in Williamsburg, Dumont Burger offers theirs with gourmet toppings, sandwiches, salads, and their amazing mac & cheese. So you consider yourself a beer connoisseur and like to party. You can do all that and eat at Radegast Hall & Biergarten. The Austrian/German menu perfectly compliments the 12 beers on tap and more than 30 German and Austrian bottles at this large beer hall. One of the oldest and best hipster hangout coffee shops, The Verb Cafe offers up excellent coffee and baked goods, a boho vibe, and big windows to watch the days pass while collecting unemployment!
Friday November 6
The ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company presents The Life & Death of Suzy Q, created by choreographer Frankie Martinez who will use the Suzie Q, a fundamental step in several dances to show the state of Latin dance and where it is headed. Nearby, Pakistan Tea House is a buffet style Indian restaurant where you can choose between chicken, meat, fish and vegetables. It’s affordable and very good. For drinks, check out Mocca Lounge. With a funky interior and a menu of Italian inspired fare, it’s also a bar with a large list of coffees with or without alcohol, beers, and frozen shots. Smack dab in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory makes gourmet ice cream flavors like Black Sesame, Ginger, Durian, and more exotic flavors like Taro and Wasabi. Don’t worry, they have the go-to’s like Vanilla, fruits, and chocolate flavors too.
Saturday November 7
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bands: Kevchino.com Presents Sharon Van Etten + Natureboy + Rey Villalobos Get Tickets Here
Show time: 9 PM
Venue: Union Pool
Drink: Union Pool
Music site kevchino.com has put together a great little show featuring Brooklyn songsmith Sharon Van Etten along with Natureboy who is quickly becoming one of indie music’s favorite sirens. Joining them is Rey Villalobos out of Portland whose silky smooth delivery with folky accompaniment is a beautiful sight to see and hear. Spinning between sets will be DJ Scot Bowman of The Sky Report & Kevchino.com. With so much good food in Williamsburg, you should not forget about Chimu. A Peruvian steakhouse right next to Union Pool, the rotisserie chicken and every other dish I’ve had here is amazing, and it won’t break the bank! For drinks, Union Pool is still one of the best bars in town. If you’re single, it’s a goldmine for ass, the drinks aren’t pricey, and the DJs play an eclectic mix of ridiculously good music plus there’s a taco truck outside in case you get the munchies. Not exactly Pinkberry, yet just as expensive, Eks is Williamsburg’s answer to the yogurt fad currently popping up.
Saturday November 7
Location: Gowanus, Brooklyn
Bands: Osso Quartet plus Sufjan Stevens’ The BQE Get Tickets Here
Show time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Bell House
Food: El Viejo Yayo
Drink: Buttermilk Bar
Miscellaneous: The Chocolate Room
Osso Quartet is a NY based string section who have played with the likes of The Polyphonic Spree and The National to Kanye West and Jay Z. Here they play their interpretation of Sufjan Stevens’ electronica album Enjoy Your Rabbit, which will be followed by a screening of Steven’s film The BQE. Keeping the night going, try El Viejo Yayo for dinner. This gorgeous and warm restaurant has an elegant dining room and an affordable menu offering Dominican/Latin cuisine. The outside of Buttermilk Bar may look non-descript, but looks are deceiving . . . just not in this case, as this low-key watering hole is where you can grab a cheap drink in a friendly atmosphere, while playing a board game or two. With a near insane menu of chocolates from coffee and tea to delectable dessert, and even beer, The The Chocolate Room is a great way to end the night on a high note.
Sunday November 8
For all of you carnivores, the Bell House is hosting Brooklyn Beefsteak where meat lovers can eat all-you-can-eat naturally raised aged beef, unlimited McSorley’s Light and Dark Ales, plus there will be bands, eating contests and more. If I were you, I’d starve myself for a few days before hitting this event! If you’re somehow still hungry after this event, try El Viejo Yayo for dinner. This gorgeous and warm restaurant has an elegant dining room and an affordable menu offering Dominican/Latin cuisine. The outside of Buttermilk Bar may look non-descript, but looks are deceiving . . . just not in this case, as this low-key watering hole is where you can grab a cheap drink in a friendly atmosphere, while playing a board game or two. With a near insane menu of chocolates from coffee and tea to delectable dessert, and even beer, The The Chocolate Room is a great way to end the night on a high note.