The Weekend Shortlist December 17 to 19
Friday December 17
With their new album Hurley, Weezer continue their reign as one of America’s best selling bands and their catalogue of music just keeps getting better. Live they are fun and the songs sound just as good as on the album. Arguably one of the top bread makers on the east coast, and good to get gourmet pizzas 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.
Friday December 17
Before he was in Dean & Brita and Luna, there was Galaxie 500, a band which became fairly influential blending minimal musical technique with atmospherics. With Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500, he revisits his past catalogue. Joining him is Cheval Sombre and the Building. What also rocks is finding a decent pizza! Fornino offers just that, wrapped up in an original concept. Serving wood oven burning pizza, the menu is broken up into three generations, the first being your basic pizza ingredients while the second and third go off the gourmet deep end, giving you more than 20 options total. For drinks, the D.O.C. Wine Bar has a homey atmosphere and an excellent wine list of strictly Italian wines and small plates of food. If coffee is your thing, The Verb Café offers not only coffee but sandwiches, desserts, and soup. Chill at a table and write that novel, look for jobs online, or hang with a friend like everyone else there.
Saturday December 18
Location: Upper West Side, NYC
Art: Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork
Show time: See website for schedule; Through February 13, 2011
Venue: Whitney Museum of American Art
Food: Brother Jimmy’s Bait Shack
Miscellaneous: Dylan’s Candy Bar
In the exhibition Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork, the artist features his sculpture work over his 20 year career from the 80s, using materials like sewn cloth, carved human bone, and glazed ceramics. If you’ve got a craving for barbeque, check out Brother Jimmy’s Bait Shack as the ribs, chicken, beef, and pork are all smothered in some amazing BBQ sauce. BB&R, which stands for Blonde, Brunette, and a Redhead is the brainchild of three best friends. What they’ve created is something between a neighborhood bar and a lounge with leather seats in the front and a pool table, photo booth, and video games in the back. Looking more like it came out of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a colorful place to get lollipops, licorice, and all things sugary. Don’t go crazy though, or your sweet tooth might melt here!
Saturday December 18
Probably one of the weirdest films of the 1960s starring The Monkees, who were the television interpretation of The Beatles, HEAD (1968), directed by The Monkees series creator Bob Rafelson, is not the teeny-bopper band vehicle you might think, but an avant-garde carnival with guest stars like Victor Mature, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa and Sonny Liston and a soundtrack including compositions by Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Harry Nilsson and Gerry Goffin and Carole King. 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.
Sunday December 19
Veteran indie rock producer and performer Martin Bisi performs at the Knitting Factory along with Bill Laswell, TALIBAM!, Coyote Eyes, SU. If you’re 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.