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The Weekend Shortlist June 3 to 5

Friday June 3

Location: Upper East Side, NYC
Bands: Bettye LaVette
Show time: 8:45 PM
Venue: Café Carlyle
Food: Barking Dog Luncheonette
Drink: The Auction House
Miscellaneous: Uptown Lounge

Soul singer Bettye LaVette takes the small stage at Café Carlyle as she brings a vast catalogue of soul stirring songs including ones off her recent album Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook. If you love dogs, not hot dogs but real doggies, then you’ll really love the Barking Dog Luncheonette, as the décor features everything with a dog on it. The food, is your regular diner fare with plenty of burger, sandwich, and hot plate options. Grab a drink and feel like you were transported to the late 1800’s at The Auction House. With ornamental red velvet couches, exposed brick walls, and vintage chandeliers, this hidden gem of a bar is cozy. Beautifully designed, Uptown Lounge is a bar and restaurant serving American fare like Apple Peppercorn Pork Chops ($18), while being big enough to stick around afterwards for drinks.

Friday June 3

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bands: Neighbors + Brahms
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Glasslands Gallery
Food: Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Vegan Café
Drink: Teddy’s Bar & Grill
Miscellaneous: Verb Café

Coming up at Glasslands in Brooklyn is an EP release party for BK natives, Neighbors who formed in 2009 and came together following the break up of Stitelman’s former band, Jacksonknife. Joined by Evan Johnson, Brian Harney, Steph McParty and Anne Minor, Neighbors signifies a more focused vehicle for Stitelman’s song writing. “I’ve really been able to sit and work on parts for a long period of time. One song could take four months to write, but as long as I am actively working on writing, something will come out,” he says. And the change in process is clearly evident on Neighbors’ EP on Paper Brigade. Playing alongside Neighbors are Living Days, Dinosaur Bones (Canada), and personal favorite Illuminator…a project fronted by Bryn Bellomy (DC). For vegetarians and those not in the mood for meat, Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Vegan CafĂ© offers Pan-Asian cuisine in a relaxed earth-toned environment with a menu featuring veggies, tofu, seitan, and soy. The best thing about Teddy’s Bar & Grill is that it’s just got this great neighborhood vibe that’s warm and friendly, while also having a great menu of drinks and American bar food favorites like burgers, salads, sandwiches, and steak. A great place to get good coffee, take a seat, and watch the passing hipsters stroll by, Verb CafĂ© even has excellent sandwiches and baked goods to snack on before the show.

Friday June 3

Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Theater: King Lear
Show time: 3 PM
Venue: BAM
Food: ICI
Drink: Moe’s
Miscellaneous: Tillie’s

Sir Derek Jacobi is King Lear. Known to American audiences for his Broadway (Uncle Vanya, Much Ado About Nothing), film (Hamlet, Dead Again), and television work (I, Claudius), the legendary British actor takes on one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles in a major new production of King Lear, from director Michael Grandage and the brilliant team behind six-time Tony Award-winning Red, the renowned Donmar Warehouse. Creating a seasonal menu filled with fresh and locally grown ingredients along with wines from small interesting local wineries, ICI creates innovative dishes like Wild Striped Bass with shitake mushrooms, fennel butter, and fennel slaw ($25). An eclectic bar in Ft. Greene that has absolutely nothing to do with The Simpsons, Moe’s offers a decent beer selection, a neighborhood vibe, and big windows to people watch. For coffee and a place to just sit and relax, Tillie’ss serves a great cup of joe, while consistently having performances, and serving excellent baked goods and vegan food.

Saturday June 4

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Band: School of Seven Bells
Show time: 11:30 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Bowl
Food: Blue Ribbon
Drink: Brooklyn Bowl
Miscellaneous: Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl

With voices like sirens, School of Seven Bells blend vocal harmonies with electronic induced indie rock to make some incredibly catchy and heavenly music. Check out their newest album Disconnect From Desire to see, and hear what I mean. For dinner, check out Blue Ribbon, part of the highly rated eateries in the city, you’ll find southern fare including fried chicken and BBQ, some crazy shakes & floats, and more. For drinks, just walk about 20 feet to the bar where they offer nine draft beers from Brooklyn. Finally, and most obvious, there’s 16 lanes of bowling. While the wait is generally long, where else can you throw a strike and see a great band at the same time?

Saturday June 4

Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Bands: The Rub
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Southpaw
Food: Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

On the first Saturday of every month, a group of DJs known as a class=”news” href=”http://www.itstherub.com” target=”_blank”>The Rub get together and put together mash ups of your favorite artists in a way you cannot believe. The only way to truly understand is to see them for yourself. If you’re an adventurous eater, Chiles & Chocolate serves up some fantastic Oaxacan 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 Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen. 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.

Sunday June 5

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Theater: The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
Show time: See website for schedule; Through July 3
Venue: Playwrights Horizons
Food: Barking Dog Luncheonette
Drink: The Auction House
Miscellaneous: Uptown Lounge

In The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, picture it, Fremont, NH, the late ’60s. A working class dad has a vision of rock n’ roll destiny for his three talentless daughters, convinced they’re his family’s one-way ticket out of hardship and obscurity. But the girls have ideas of their own — and as their father’s ambition turns to obsession, the price of familial obligation becomes all too clear. With all original music inspired by the stranger-than-fiction true story of The Shaggs. If you love dogs, not hot dogs but real doggies, then you’ll really love the Barking Dog Luncheonette, as the dĂ©cor features everything with a dog on it. The food, is your regular diner fare with plenty of burger, sandwich, and hot plate options. Grab a drink and feel like you were transported to the late 1800’s at The Auction House. With ornamental red velvet couches, exposed brick walls, and vintage chandeliers, this hidden gem of a bar is cozy. Beautifully designed, Uptown Lounge is a bar and restaurant serving American fare like Apple Peppercorn Pork Chops ($18), while being big enough to stick around afterwards for drinks.

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