The Weekend Shortlist October 2 to 4


Friday October 2

Location: Gramercy, NYC
Bands: Wax Tailor Get Tickets Here
Show time: 9 PM
Venue: Blender Theater at Gramercy
Food: New York Burger Co.
Drink: Rodeo Bar
Miscellaneous: Organique

France’s Wax Tailor blends hip hop, trip hop, and downtempo to make something that Portishead would be proud of. His recently released album In the Mood for Life furthers his explorations with singers and live instrumentation you can bet will be with him tonight. Taking burgers to the next level, New York Burger Co. builds their burgers with high quality ingredients, delivering a better take on a classic. More white trash than urban cowboy, the Rodeo Bar offers live music, Tex-Mex food, and daily Happy Hour specials like margaritas for $5 and draft beers for $3. For the health conscious, Organique offers organic food including soups, coffee, omelets, burgers, and sandwiches.

Friday October 2

Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Bands: Slavic Soul Party Get Tickets Here
Show time: 11 PM
Venue: Southpaw
Food: Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party bring some serious funk heat at their live shows as Eastern European tradition meets western groove and their new album Taketron fully exploits all that and more. Joining them is Watcha Clan who make electro-worldbeat music that amazes live. 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 October 3

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Event: The Seventh Annual New York Burlesque Festival Get Tickets Here
Show time: 7:30 PM
Venue: B.B. Kings
Food: Junior’s Restaurant
Drink: The View
Miscellaneous: Madame Tussaud’s

The Seventh Annual New York Burlesque Festival will see some of the greatest burlesque performers under one roof shimmy and shake their way into your hearts like it was a 70’s Sexploitation flick. Hosted by Murray Hill, performers include Angie Pontani, The Glamazons, Lux La Croix, Tigger!, Dirty Martini, Gravity Plays Favorites, Hot Toddy, Jo Boobs, Anna Fur Laxis, Violet Eva, Renea’ La Roux and The World Famous Pontani Sisters, DJ Hitman Hearn and live music by Fisherman Xylophonic Orchestra & Brian Newman. While the original Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn is best, this midtown location offers a nearly identical menu of deli sandwiches, diner entrees, and of course soul food fixin’s, on top of some of the best cheesecake in NYC, which is saying a lot! For drinks check out The View . Not the TV show, but the bar high atop the Marriot Marquis. Plus it revolves. If you’re looking for something to do, go to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. Yes, it’s a cheesy tourist attraction, but where else are you going to get a picture with Nicholas Cage or Samuel L. Jackson?

Saturday October 3

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn
Event: MBP Urban Arts Festival
Show time: 1 PM-2 AM
Venue: Castle Braid
Food: Northeast Kingdom
Drink: Life Café Nine 83
Miscellaneous: Stain

Indie book publisher Mark Batty Publisher presents the MBP Urban Arts Festival – a two-part, one-day festival from 1PM-2AM to celebrate the thriving urban art community of Brooklyn & NYC. Skate park, 75-foot graffiti wall painted live, music performances & DJs, photography, art galleries & vendors abound. At night, open bar from Hoegaarden from 10PM – 2AM & a host of hot DJs. $15 door, $10 in advance. For food in this neighborhood, Northeast Kingdom is where you want to go. With a seasonal menu of American cuisine with a culinary twist, like the Beef Bourguignon with herbed dumplings ($17), this place offers a relaxing atmosphere for an artist heavy crowd. For drinks, check out Life Café Nine 83. While it’s THE same Life Café that the RENT musical features in the play, it’s not the same location. This new Bushwick locale also possesses a boho vibe, an Americanized menu of ethnic food, and a fun selection of mixed drinks including martini’s and lemonade cocktails. A HUGE space decked out in old couches, Stain is an artsy bar that looks like an old-school coffeehouse yet serves local wines and beers.

Sunday October 4

Location: Upper West Side, NYC
Event: Glamour Nude Workshop featuring Pornstar Sunny Leone
Show time: 9 PM
Venue: 420 Bar and Lounge
Food: Hummus Place
Drink: Jake’s Dilemmal
Miscellaneous: Alice’s Tea Cup

Learn to take high-end nude photos the right way at this Glamour Nude Workshop featuring Pornstar Sunny Leone, as photographer Gabrio Linari shows you various photo techniques and lighting setups to take that perfect shot, plus he will even be cooking gnocchi for everyone involved! Cheap yet not too heavy, Hummus Place serves up surprisingly great hummus in the uptown version of their original downtown location. More a game room for adults than a sports bar, Jake’s Dilemmal offers more than 50 beers to choose from while you can play pool, video games, or foosball. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Alice’s Tea Cup is as much for adults as it is for kids. Get one of a vast assortment of teas flown in from around the world here or a gorgeously designed slice of cake.

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