The Weekend Shortlist April 29 to May 1

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Friday April 29

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Bands: The Kills Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Terminal 5
Food: Eatery
Drink: Valhalla
Miscellaneous: Central Park

Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince return to form as The Kills. Their new album is filled with rock and blues heavy tracks meant for a large venue like Terminal 5. Joining them are Cold Cave and The Entrance Band. 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!

Friday April 29

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Band: Holy Ghost! Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Music Hall of Williamsburg
Food: Fornino
Bar: D.O.C. Wine Bar
Miscellaneous: Verb Café

NYC electropop outfit Holy Ghost! make some great dance-worthy tracks with pop vocals on their debut self-titled release. Think 80s music but completely updated. Openers are The Hundred in the Hands. What also rocks is finding a decent pizza! Fornino offers just that, 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.

Saturday April 30

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Theater: The Motherf**ker With the Hat
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Schoenfeld Theater
Food: Yoshinoya Beef Bowl
Drink: Rudy’s Bar and Grill
Miscellaneous: Peking Duck House

The Motherf**ker With the Hat is a new high-octane, verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis starring Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Yul Vazquez. Making fast food healthy, Yoshinoya serves bowls of rice, vegetables, and your choice of beef, teriyaki chicken, veggie, or a combo of meats. Super cheap, it’s a favorite spot of mine in midtown. A great dive, Rudy’s Bar and Grill serves up cheap beer by the pint or by the pitcher, and as for the grilling, that includes free hot dogs and popcorn! Though slightly on the expensive side, if you’re in the mood for duck and are a couple or in a group of four or more, Peking Duck House makes some of the best duck you will ever likely have.

Saturday April 30

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Theater: Marie and Bruce
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Acorn Theater
Food: Yoshinoya Beef Bowl
Drink: Rudy’s Bar and Grill
Miscellaneous: Peking Duck House

Playwright Wallace Shawn’s comedic play Marie and Bruce takes a look at a marriage falling apart as Marie (Marisa Tomei) tries to tell her charming and impossibly positive husband Bruce (Frank Whaley) that she’s had enough. Making fast food healthy, Yoshinoya serves bowls of rice, vegetables, and your choice of beef, teriyaki chicken, veggie, or a combo of meats. Super cheap, it’s a favorite spot of mine in midtown. A great dive, Rudy’s Bar and Grill serves up cheap beer by the pint or by the pitcher, and as for the grilling, that includes free hot dogs and popcorn! Though slightly on the expensive side, if you’re in the mood for duck and are a couple or in a group of four or more, Peking Duck House makes some of the best duck you will ever likely have.

Sunday May 1

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.

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