Thinking of hitting the road this weekend? We've got news for you: it's a lot quieter, calmer, and generally more pleasant staying in this city than the highway. But if you're looking for more fun ways to celebrate the start of summer than throwing your own barbecue, here are a few clues. Enjoy the mild weather and slow pace while it lasts!
1. 5 Boro PicNYC on Governors' Island
The kickoff food event on Governors' Island is a two-day fest of twenty food stations, including restaurants Peels, Alobar and Jimmy's No. 43. Jarlsberg Cheese is hosting a Grilled Cheese Cook-Off and Slow Food NYC, a Taco Challenge in individual tents to watch. As a pre-empt to later food events to take place on the island (such as Pig Island), the event looks to be a more low-key spectacle than those – and of course, last weekend's GoogaMooga. Also, there will be several stands pouring Sixpoint beers throughout the picnic lawn.
Get tickets to 5 Boro PicNYC on May 27-28 here.
2. L'Age D'or at Anthology Film Archives
Revisit The Golden Age of surrealist film in this 1930 experiment by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali (the same team who sliced eyeballs in Un Chien Andalou). It's a rare opportunity to view the first full-length film of Bunuel's on the big screen, which was banned in Spain at the time of its release and wasn't shown in the United States until 1976 since its first screening at the Museum of Modern Art in 1933. Find out why cows are sexy and plot lines useless all over again.
L'Age Dor plays Saturday, May 26 at 4:15pm at Anthology Film Archives.
3. Last Weekend of the Whitney Biennial
The 76th Biennial exhibit at the Whitney runs through May 27th, so now's your last chance to check out what the museum has curated as the latest and greatest in American modern art. Take a free tour or catch a performance from one of the featured artists through Sunday, and see what critics are calling a move toward installation and performance-based work from this exhibit.
See calendar of events and info at Whitney.org.
4. Snap Your Fingers to Gypsy Swing
Park Slope's Barbés hosts French guitarist Stephane Wremble on Sunday night. The acclaimed musician scored the theme song to Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and performed recently on WNYC's Soundcheck. His gypsy jazz compositions may bring to mind the music of Django Reinhart, with world influences, but are happening in Brooklyn today.
See Barbés' full calendar for the weekend here.
5. Tour Central Park with Wildman Steve Brill
It's a good time to snatch up spring's leafy greens in the park-turned-produce aisle with Wildman Steve Brill. The New York City horticulturist and foraging tour guide of more than thirty years will be leading an edible wildlife walk of Central Park on Sunday, May 28th. Some free greens along the way might include poor man's pepper (or peppercress), a tasty arugula substitute, and common blue violets, with edible flowers and leaves.
See sign-up details and calendar of walks at Wildman Steve Brill.
6. Burlesque-A-Pades at the Beach
Coney Island celebrates a new season of classic vaudeville acts with the burlesque troupe led by Angie Pontani, Burlesque-a-Pades. Pick up a Nathan's hot dog, sit back and enjoy the show on Friday night at Coney Island's Surf Avenue theater. Some things never do change in Brooklyn.
Burlesque-A-Pades at the Beach tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.