The Weekend Shortlist July 9 to 11
Friday July 9
It’s summer and that means free music! So check out the minimalist electro rock sounds of Bear in Heaven when they play at the Seaport with Zola Jesus. While many 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.
Friday July 9
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bands: GAME PLAY: A CELEBRATION OF VIDEO GAME PERFORMANCE ART
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: The Brick
Food: The Lodge
Drink: Hope Lounge
Miscellaneous: The City Reliquary
Celebrate your love for retro videogames at GAME PLAY: A Celebration of Video Game Performance Art where the technology is pushed beyond its limits. For dinner, The Lodge, with décor reminiscent of a log cabin and a menu coming from the same forest, serves comfort food in a warm and inviting setting. For drinks, Hope Lounge is a great stop. Exposed brick and earth tones mingle and the outdoor patio is big. The drink list is deep with beers from all over the world and tonight, expect a DJ to spin classic party jams. You may or may not have noticed The City Reliquary, a small storefront museum that shows artifacts of NYC, including a flashlight collection, but this place is definitely interesting to check out.
Saturday July 10
Location: Midtown West, NYC
Film: Zombo Italiano
Show time: 3 PM; Through July 29
Venue: Museum of Arts & Design
Food: Sullivan Street Bakery
Drink: Rudy’s Bar & Grill
Miscellaneous: The Shops at Columbus Circle
The Museum of Arts & Design presents Zombo Italiano, a film fest celebrating the Italian zombie film movement from 1972-1985. Today, the film Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, directed by Jorge Grau will be shown. Arguably one of the top bread makers on the east coast, and good to get gourmet pizza’s and sandwiches, Sullivan Street Bakery makes exquisite food using ingredients you’d see on the Food Network! More bar than grill, Rudy’s Bar & Grill is like going back to college, minus the books. The beer is cheap and by “grill,” they mean free popcorn and hot dogs. If you have trouble finding the bar, just look for the 6 foot tall fiberglass pig standing outside! To get out of the cold and see what an upper-class mall is like, stop by The Shops at Columbus Circle. Expensive restaurants like MASA and shops like Williams Sonoma are fun to browse through to see how the other half lives.
Saturday July 10
The Set, who showcase up and coming music, comedy, and dance offer up fashion at The Set: HEAT, where some of the hottest new designers will show off their work. Burger joint in the front, upscale lounge in the back, the menu at Pop Burger includes basics like 2 pop burgers for $5 for a quick fix or if your lounging, the likes of tuna tartar with soy truffle jus ($15). The Gaslight Lounge, a great hotspot bar in the meatpacking district, is dark and cozy while affordable for the area. If you don’t know Amy’s Bread, when you order a sandwich at a café or restaurant in the city, ask where they got the bread. There’s a good chance it’s from Amy’s because she’s one of the best bread makers in the city.
Sunday July 11
Location: SoHo, NYC
Art: The Beatles, 1964: Curt Gunther Exhibition and Sale
Show time: See website for schedule; Through July 30
Venue: Morrison Hotel Gallery
Food: Nha Trang
Drink: Naked Lunch
Miscellaneous: La Esquina
In the exhibition The Beatles, 1964: Curt Gunther Exhibition and Sale, the gallery features the first Beatles official photographer, Curt Gunther’s photos of the band first U.S. visit in 1964. Best of all, the photos are for sale! One of the best affordable Vietnamese restaurants in the city, Nha Trang is right near the downtown courthouse, making it a high volume place. Despite that, the food is great and the Pho (rice noodle soup) dishes are $5 and under. Named after William S. Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch is a cool and comfortable bar where local artists usually gather. No shooting up though! One of the best taqueria’s in the city, the Mexican food at La Esquina is authentic and to die for. While tacos will set you back $3, plates are in the $6 to $7.25 range.