The Weekend Shortlist January 14 to 16
Friday January 14
Doveman is singer/songwriter and an in-demand NYC keyboardist who’s toured with the likes of The National, Martha Wainwright, Antony, David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto & Yoko Ono. Here he performs his own work and collaborates with Sam Amidon, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton and surprise guests. For an eclectic menu that mixes upscale and down-home food, Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar, a wine bar and restaurant, offers lighter fare including foie gras, cheese plates, caviar, and steak tartare. The Village Tavern is a really comfortable neighborhood bar that’s great for catching sports games or just chilling for a drink, which is what I prefer to do when I’m in the vicinity. Also in the area is Bleeker Bob’s . It’s one of the oldest independent record stores in NYC and the selection is deep. The place looks a mess, but the staff is surprisingly friendly and extremely knowledgeable about what they have.
Friday January 14
Location: Midtown East, NYC
Art: Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography
Show time: See website for schedule; Through April 4
Miscellaneous: Central Park
The exhibition Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography takes a look at the great women who have influenced and changed the art of photography. Works by such great photographers include Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, plus many more. 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!
Saturday January 15
Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Band: The Depreciation Guild Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Rock Shop
Food: Jake’s Barbecue Restaurant
Drink: Brooklyn Social
Miscellaneous: The Coffee Den
The side project of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Brooklyn based The Depreciation Guild blend dreampop with Nintendo beats that takes their music into an 8-bit realm making some beautiful music. For great Kansas City style BBQ, check out Jake’s Barbecue Restaurant where the use of dry rubs, sauce, and slow cooking make for some mouthwatering food. Try the Pulled Pork Platter ($14.50), the Half BBQ Chicken ($12.95) or any number of combinations. A former Italian Social Club, Brooklyn Social still has that old 1930s charm and a great drink menu with mixed drinks falling in the $8 range. As much of a fan I am of Dunkin Donuts coffee, I say skip it and try The Coffee Den. They have a nice selection of coffees from dark to light roasts and even have Gorilla Coffee, one of the best and darkest in the city.
Saturday January 15
Brooklyn based pop/rock trio Elizabeth & the Catapult put out a great album in 2009 called Taller Children and 2010s The Other Side of Zero continues their great songwriting tradition. So catch them before they blow up. For dinner, Fornino offersgreat pizza 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.
Sunday January 16
Teller and Todd Robbins invite Death out to play in Play Dead, a new spirit-shaking Off-Broadway show inspired by “Midnight Spook Shows,” an American institution from the 1930s to the 1970s. As the guide for the evening, Robbins draws audiences into an unknown haunted world full of frightful surprises and diabolical laughter. Dinner before a show like this should be just as awesome. Check out Tortilla Flats. The food is Mexican and delicious, but it’s the insanity within (bingo and hula-hoop nights) that is the real calling for this place. For drinks afterwards, hit the White Horse Tavern, a great bar and the old haunting grounds for Dylan Thomas. If you somehow have time before all of this, stop by Magnolia Bakery for some of the best tasting cupcakes in the city.