Location: West Village, NYC
Theater: Puppetry of the Penis
Show time: See website; Through August 30
Venue: Bleecker Street Theater
Food: Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar
Drink: Village Tavern
Miscellaneous: Bleeker Bob’s
Not your ordinary night out at the theatre, Puppetry of the Penis is described as “genital origami” and was created by Simon Morley in 1996 as an art calendar. Since then, it has been turned into a stage performance having been shown in 14 countries, including previously in the U.S. 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.