The Weekend Shortlist January 22 to 24
Friday January 22
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bands: DJ Rob Swift + Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers + APSE + Venn Diagrams Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Knitting factory
Food: Fette Sau
Drink: Spuyten Duyvil
Accessory: Union Pool
Come celebrate our second anniversary bringing music and entertainment news to NYC as we put on our first show featuring four different handpicked bands that we think you need to hear right now. Performers include turntablist pioneer DJ Rob Swift, indie rock act Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, Shoegazers APSE, and comedy/cabaret act Venn Diagrams. DJ’ing in between sets is DJ Fingerscales.If your feeling German BBQ, you can head over to Fette Sau (fat pig in German), where the owners of nearby bar Spuyten Duyvil have opened up this meat only restaurant serving up some of the best pork and beef in NYC. For drinks, Spuyten Duyvil is a beer lovers dream, with a selection from all over the world, friendly and knowledgeable bartenders and a neighborhood feel, it’s no wonder this place has been so successful. If you’re still ready for more, you must hit Union Pool, where there’s always a band playing, great DJs, and plenty of action.
Friday January 22
This FREE art event for teens, Free Teen Nights: Federico Fellini’s La Strada, will see tweens view this master film and get to discuss it with their peers, filmmakers, curators, and educators. Nearby and delicious, Eatery offers a new American menu that’s asian influenced. Try the Red Curry Chicken Breast over roti pancake, with baby carrots and red curry coconut sauce ($16.95). Valhalla’s minimalist space is chill, letting the 24 brands of beer from all over the world on tap be the main attraction at this bar. While its warm out, waste a little time walking through Central Park, relax, and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. Just watch your step. The working horses tend to leave surprises behind them!
Friday January 22
Psyche outfit Apothecary Hymns take you back to the old school. Think Paul Butterfield Blues mixed with a little bit of country and you get the drift. Joining them are Sacred Harp and Prince Rama. 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.
Saturday January 23
Spoon frontman Britt Daniel plays new songs off the bands new album Transference at the new Sound Fix all by his lonesome self. Plus it’s FREE! 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!
Saturday January 23
Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Bands: Dig Deeper: Darrow Fletcher Get Tickets Here
Show time: 10 PM
Food: Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Dig Deeper welcomes Chicago soul legend Darrow Fletcher back to NYC for his first show here in over 40 years – last appearing at the Apollo in 1969 – this time backed by the Sweet Divines and the Divine Soul Rhythm Band, who will be opening the night with their own set. Ever have Oaxacan food? Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen serves up some fantastic, not exactly Mexican food. Try the smoky flavored Mole Negro, one of the best mole sauces I’ve had in NYC. Before leaving, you must try one of the hot chocolates like the Chiles Y Chocolate. A hint of chipotle without too much heat is a nice kick start for the night. The Gate is a great Park Slope bar with excellent beers on tap and a outdoor courtyard to chill. If time permits, you must, and I mean MUST go to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., a non-profit organization that helps kids with their writing, that’s fronted by a store selling super powers.
Sunday January 24
Punk Record Fair Sunday Jan 24th @ Public Assembly. 70 N.6th Street Brooklyn 12-10pm Get some rare punk & hardcore vinyl from amazing dealers. Before that, a great restaurant on the same block is SEA. Asian inspired from the décor to the food, this huge and gorgeous space serves up a mostly Thai menu from massaman curries to house specialties like Red SEA Duck (Half duck in red vinaigrette-tomato gravy sauce served with stir-fried mixed veggies), SEA is inexpensive and visually impressive for Brooklyn. With an increasing amount of new bars on the block, Zablozki’s is a standout that’s cozy, mostly mahogany, and has great drinks specials. A great stop off if you’re early is Academy Records. One of the biggest vinyl shops in NYC, if you are a vinyl fan, you will be blown away.