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The Weekend Shortlist November 11 to 13

Friday November 11

Location: Tribeca, NYC
Bands: Martha Wainwright
Show time: 8PM
Venue: City Winery
Food: Pakistan Tea House
Drink: Mocca Lounge
Miscellaneous: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Yeah Martha Wainwright’s parents are folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and her brother is Rufus, but Martha stands pretty damn tall on her own. At this show she will break out her catalogue of honest to goodness folk drenched pop songs along with a few Edith Piaf covers. If you can’t make this show, she has a residency at City Winery till November 21. 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.

Friday November 11

Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Bands: None More Eleven: A Spinal Tap Appreciation Event Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: The Rock Shop
Food: Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

On the historic evening of 11/11/11, musicians from the rock, pop, soul, metal, jazz, classical, & experimental worlds will present a tribute to the sights, sounds, and smells of Spinal Tap at None More Eleven: A Spinal Tap Appreciation Event. Performers include Julee Cruise, Chris Butler (of The Waitresses), Mike Fornatale (of The Left Banke/The Monks), Joe McGinty (of The Psychedelic Furs/Loser’s Lounge), Weasel Walter, Mike Lerner (of Behold…The Arctopus), The Tall Pines, Kayo Dot, Time of Orchids, Spray Paint Star, and Illuminati. 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 November 12

Location: Greenwich Village, NYC
Bands: Zulu Nation Anniversary Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8:00 PM
Venue: (Le) Poisson Rouge
Food: Koo Sushi
Drink: Blind Tiger Ale House
Miscellaneous: Peanut Butter & Co.

It’s the 38th anniversary of the Zulu Nation and to celebrate, some of the best newest and most legendary figures in hip hop history share the stage. Performers include 9th Wonder, PMD from EPMD, Dinco (Leaders of the New School), Statik Selektah, Boogie Black, Calle Cardona (DJ O Incredible), Bisnelly La Loca, Blu Room Therapy, and The Welfare Poets. A little known sushi joint, Koo Sushi offers affordable and fantastic fish with an impressive number of specialty rolls. For a bar that looks like any other, Blind Tiger Ale House offers an impressive number of beers including draught, bottled, cask and one called Louise’s Bloody Beer. Try it if you dare! If you’re in the mood for some comfort food, Peanut Butter & Co., offers some PB heavy hitters like the Elvis, a PB, banana, and bacon sandwich that tastes better than it sounds.

Saturday November 12

Location: Union Square, NYC
Event: The Awesome 80s Prom
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Webster Hall
Food: Thai Me Up Sandwich Bar
Drink: McSorley’s Old Ale House
Miscellaneous: Mudd Cafe

Relive the best and worst of coming of age in high school at The Awesome 80s Prom. This interactive show is part musical and full-on party as the audience gets to drink, dance and vote for the Prom King and Queen. For eats, check out Thai Me Up Sandwich Bar, a sandwich shop offering Thai sandwiches with 7 Steamed Fried Vegetables and a choice of chicken, veggie, tofu or beef on a baguette with 3 types of sauces for $7. One of the city’s oldest bars, at McSorley’s Old Ale House you can feel the history when you enter as memorabilia, since its beginnings in 1854, are all over the walls. Aside from it being a frat hangout nowadays, it’s worth the trip. You’ve seen that orange Mudd coffee truck parked on Astor Place and on various other streets, but check out their Mudd Cafe on East 9th for coffee and a healthy, vegan, and vegetarian menu.

Sunday November 13

Carlito Carvalhosa. Sum of Days. 2010. © Carlito Carvalhosa

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Art: Carlito Carvalhosa: Sum of Days
Show time: See website for schedule; Through November 14
Venue: MOMA
Food: Eatery
Drink: Valhalla
Miscellaneous: Central Park

In the exhibition Carlito Carvalhosa: Sum of Days, the artist conceived Sum of Days as an environmental and participatory sound installation—a monumental, voluminous construction made of soft, white, translucent material that hangs from ceiling to floor and takes the shape of an elliptical labyrinth. 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!

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