Friday December 28
Synthpop outfit French Horn Rebellion unleash their infectious 80s influenced electro-pop music at Cameo Gallery. For vegetarians and those not in the mood for meat, Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Vegan CafÃ© offers Pan-Asian cuisine in a relaxed earth-toned environment with a menu featuring veggies, tofu, seitan, and soy. The best thing about Teddyâ€™s Bar & Grill is that itâ€™s just got this great neighborhood vibe thatâ€™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 CafÃ© even has excellent sandwiches and baked goods to snack on before the show.
Friday December 28
Alt-country/punk rock band Lucero hail from Memphis, TN and write sing-along songs about small town life and love, putting a modern edge on classic Americana subjects. See them live for the full experience. For dinner, check out Blue Ribbon, part of the highly rated eateries in the city, youâ€™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, thereâ€™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 December 29
Everybodyâ€™s favorite rock band, Janeâ€™s Addiction bring the hits and some new material off of their newest album The Great Escape Artist. The band are as good as ever and Perry Farrell was surprisingly ripped during their last gig at Williamsburg Park in August, so expect an energetic show. Nearby and delicious, Eatery offers a new American menu thatâ€™s asian influenced. Try the Red Curry Chicken Breast over roti pancake, with baby carrots and red curry coconut sauce ($16.95). Valhallaâ€™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!
Saturday December 29
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 cityâ€™s oldest bars, at McSorleyâ€™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, itâ€™s worth the trip. Youâ€™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 December 30
Location: Midtown East, NYC
Art: Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets
Show time: See website for schedule; Through January 7, 2013
Miscellaneous: Central Park
The exhibition Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets is the first presentation of the Quay Brothers’ work in all their fields of creative activity. Internationally renowned moving image artists and designers, the Quay Brothers were born outside Philadelphia and have worked from their London studio, Atelier Koninck, since the late 1970s. For over 30 years, they have been in the avant-garde of stop-motion puppet animation and live-action movie-making in the Eastern European tradition of filmmakers like Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Svankmajer and the Russian Yuri Norstein, and have championed a design aesthetic influenced by the graphic surrealism of Polish poster artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Nearby and delicious, Eatery offers a new American menu thatâ€™s asian influenced. Try the Red Curry Chicken Breast over roti pancake, with baby carrots and red curry coconut sauce ($16.95). Valhallaâ€™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!