Here’s what to do in New York this weekend
FOOD + DRINK
Texas Monthly Hosts NYC Pop-up for Annual Best BBQ Issue
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn
345 Adams St., Brooklyn
Texas Monthly brings three of its “Top 50 BBQ Pitmasters” to Brooklyn for a night of all-you-can-eat smoked deliciousness that can only come from the Lone Star State. Be served by Kent Black (Black’s Barbecue), Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue) and Nick Pencis (Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue) as they drop knowledge about barbecuing and have you considering a cross-country move.
NYC Craft Distillers Festival
Saturday, 1 p.m.
The Bowery Hotel
Make like a pre-Prohibition flapper or gent at the first ever NYC Craft Distiller Festival. Taste over 60 craft spirits from over 20 specially curated distillers while swinging to the sounds of a 1920s style jazz band. Distillers include Widow Jane, William Grant & Sons, Anchor Distilling and more.
CITY GRIT Presents: Brooklyn Chef’s Table Cookbook Series
Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
38 Prince St.
To celebrate the release of the “Brooklyn Chef’s Table” cookbook, City Grit pulled a few of its favorite contributors for four nights of delicious food-tasting madness. Chefs include Saul Bolton of Saul, Evan Hanczor of Egg, Justin Warner of Do or Dine and Nate Smith of Allswell. Do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of our stomachs growling just thinking about all that food, then the scale breaking after we eat it all.
The 2nd Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo
Saturday-March 30, 10 a.m.
Penn Plaza Pavilion
401 Seventh Ave.
Spice things up with 45 of North America’s top artisanal hot sauce proprietors all in one place. Meet Chris Caffery (of Trans Siberian Orchestra) who will sign bottles of High River Sauces and Eddie Ojeda (of Twisted Sister) who will also sign bottles of his line of hot sauces. That’s reason enough to go, but also, the Guinness Book of Records will judge PuckerButt Pepper Company’s (yes, that says PuckerButt) “The Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper Eating Challenge.” Feeling hot, hot, hot.
The Music of Paul Simon
March 31, 8 p.m.
881 Seventh Ave.
Celebrate the music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon. A series of artists including Bob Mould, Allen Toussaint, Bettye LaVette and more will play songs from Simon’s catalog backed by house band Antibalas. Net proceeds go to music education programs for underprivileged youth.
The Soundtrack Series: “In Defense of Unpopular Musical Taste”
Thursday, 7 p.m. (doors open)
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St.
Dana Rossi hosts this nostalgic night of stories tied to songs of our past. Guests including Michele Carlo, John Asante, Sharon Spell and Jia Jung defend of some of the worst songs ever to grace the top of the charts. Expect a little “Ice Ice Baby,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and maybe even a little “Blame It on the Rain.” First person to say they don’t know most of the words to at least one of those songs, if not all of them, is a liar.
La MaMa presents The Nerve Tank’s The Maiden
Friday-Apr. 13, Friday/Saturday 10 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m.
The Club at La MaMa E.T.C.
74A E. Fourth St.
Catch this modern-day retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Persephone in a dark trailer-park disco set to the sounds of Admiral Grey. Watch Hades drink himself crazy while the abducted Persephone comes into her own.
A Damn Good ‘Twin Peaks’ Screening
Saturday, 12:15 p.m.
The Paley Center for Media New York
25 W. 52 St.
It was March 26, 1989 in the “Twin Peaks” world when Laura Palmer said to Agent Dale Cooper, “I’ll see you again in twenty-five years.” And here we are! See Q2’s Northwest Passage (a five-hour fan edit of “Twin Peaks”), Lauren Fox and Ritt Henn performing tunes from the “Twin Peaks” soundtrack, and have yourself a cup of damn good David Lynch coffee with a slice of pie we’re sure will be cherry. “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”
Upright Citizens Brigade’s Teen Improv Show
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Upright Citizens Brigade
153 E. Third St.
We all know teenagers can be funny to look at, but can they be actually funny? Well, here’s a night we can all be openly judgmental! UCB hosts a night of teen improv that’s sure to have us laughing one way or another.
Walks of New York walking tour
April 1-April 6
Walks of New York, an extension of the popular Walks of Italy, offers tours of the Met, the Lower East Side, the Meatpacking District, the Empire State Building and more. For its first week, pay just $5 (which will which will go to the American Heart Association) and see the city through an expert’s eyes.