The Weekend Shortlist May 20 to 22

Saturday May 21

Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Bands: Dig Deeper: The Sweet Divines with Lee Fields Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Southpaw
Food: Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Get ready for a night of soul at Dig Deeper: The Sweet Divines with Lee Fields featuring soul singer Lee Fields and the soul rhythm revue band The Sweet Divines. 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.

Saturday May 21

Location: East Village, NYC
Theater: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures Get Tickets Here
Show time: See website for schedule; Through June 12
Venue: Public Theater
Food: Oyama
Drink: Grassroots Tavern
Miscellaneous: Mud Cafe

Despite the long name, Tony Kushner’s new play The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures explores revolution, radicalism, marriage, sex, prostitution, politics, real estate, unions of all kinds and debts both unpaid and unpayable. With sushi that’s 50 percent off all the time, you might think, “Something’s wrong with that?” but at Oyama the fish is good and the rolls are inventive, making this one of the best low-priced sushi joints in the city. Though St. Marks all of a sudden lost its charm, Grassroots Tavern hasn’t. This large dive bar has cheap drinks, darts in the back, and old men behind the bar, things a good dive bar should have. Excellent coffee served in a big mug and a healthy menu of food coupled with a year round enclosed outdoor backyard patio make Mud Cafe a great little coffee shop in the area.

Sunday May 22

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Theater: Carson McCullers Talks About Love
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Food: Tortilla Flats
Drink: White Horse Tavern
Miscellaneous: Magnolia Bakery

In Carson McCullers Talks About Love, singer Suzanne “My Name is Luka” Vega wrote and performs in this spoken-word musical, taking on the role of famed writer Carson McCullers (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Reflections in a Golden Eye) as she discusses her experiences in art, love and life. 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.

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