Here’s what to do in New York City this weekend
FOOD + DRINK
Speed Rack National Finals
Thursday, 5 p.m.
605 W. 48th St.
How quickly and accurately can these “mixtresses” sling a cocktail? Eight finalists and eight wild cards in the all-female speed bartending competition go at it in the final round to see who will be crowned Miss Speed Rack USA 2014. All proceeds go toward breast cancer education, prevention and research.
Papaya King 1 Year Anniversary Party
3 St. Marks Place
It’s been a year since Papaya King opened its doors on St. Marks Place and to celebrate outlasting most other places on the block they’re throwing a bash! In addition to performances from Mustafa Alexander of Steel Drum Vibes, Logan Baldwin and DJ Emulax, the Papaya King Brand Ambassadors will sample frozen tropical drinks and giveaway tons of prizes. Oh, did we mention $1 HOT DOGS? What is this, the ’90s?
The Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2014
New York City
If you like cocktails (you’re reading this, so clearly you do) then you better grab your tickets now because this five-day conference-cum-cocktail party is swinging. Join in a festival that redefines what a cocktail event is supposed to entail from the SWIG n’ SWINE fundraiser at Union Pool to the Cocktails and Comedy laugh/drink fest at The Stand NYC. No dress code, no snobbery, just a love of cocktails and good times.
Oysters & Vodka
Thursday, 6 p.m.
229 Kent Ave., Williamsburg
Need an aphrodisiac but ran out of dark chocolate? You buy the oysters and the crew at Grand Ferry supply you with the vodka, and you’re all set. Discuss sustainable distilling with the folks from Industry City Distillers while slurping down oyster platters with vodka and learning a few things. Not into mollusks? It’s cool, they’ll discount the vodka heavily for you so you can still enjoy the fun.
Select Art Fair 2014
The Altman Building
135 W. 18th St.
A four-day, two-floor, 44-booth art festival with an emphasis on new media, installation, conceptual and progressive works. Featuring all contemporary galleries and print publishers, the fair gives new art a stage to showcase on. And a beer garden can be found on the lower level of the show so you don’t have to walk down stairs after you get drunk.
The Music of the Marx Brothers
Friday, 11 p.m.
254 W 54th St.
Celebrate 100 years of the Marx Brothers with this month-long festival celebrating Chico, Harpo, Groucho, and Gummo. This Friday it’s all about the tunes and zingers as Bill Zeffiro, Gelber & Manning, Marissa Mulder and special guests take us back to the stage shows, vaudeville days and radio broadcasts that supplied us not only with amazing laughs, but amazing music too. Marxfest runs until May 31st throughout NYC.
“Oscillate Wildly” — The Celebrated NYC Smiths/Morrissey Tribute Dance Party
Friday, 10 p.m.
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St.
No matter how far away we get from the ’80s our undying love for all things Morrissey and Smiths-related will never die. DJ Ceremony returns for a night of classic Smiths and Morrissey tracks intertwined with deep cuts and other great Brit-pop classics.
Mother’s Day Burlesque Brunch
May 11, Noon
431 W. 16th St.
Because mom wants nothing more than to see women taking off their clothes this Mother’s Day while gorging on some huevos rancheros, there’s this! Celebrate the golden age of burlesque with three legendary performers: Kitten Natividad, Shannon Doah and New York’s own Jean Idelle. They’ll participate in a Q&A hosted by Jo Weldon, and be joined with performances from modern day acts like Angie Pontani, Jo Boobs and Mr. Gorgeous. Drink up ma, let’s not make this awkward!
Spectacle & Kissing Contest Present: FIST CHURCH
May 11, 3 p.m.
124 South 3rd St., Williamsburg
Do you pine for the old days of NYC’s Times Square before it basically became Disneyland? Or maybe you just miss those Saturday kung fu movie marathons that consisted of poorly dubbed martial arts films you’d never watch otherwise? Either way, sit back in the dark theater and for the tiny fee of five bucks enjoy whatever surprise kung fu movie this crew decides to offer up. Who knows, maybe when you come out you’ll be transported back to 1980s NYC and offered a gold watch for another $5, a second movie for half price, or even get pickpocketed. Here’s hoping!
Bars + Crafts Presents Make Your Own Planter
May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Since making a terra cotta planter using chalkboard paint sober usually involves proximity to children, Bars + Crafts added booze to the equation and made it adults-only. You won’t have to tolerate your neighbor’s bratty child just because you want your own planter with organic soil and seeds, you’ll be drunk with other adults who feel the same way.
2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties: Balkan Beat Box
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
Get down on the great lawn while taking in amazing views, sipping delicious beers and learning the art of the belly dance. Show up early for dance lessons with Dance of Venus, and then shake it to the wild sounds of Balkan Beat Box, featuring members of Gogol Bordello and Firewater. Hope you’ve been doing your crunches!
New York Bike Jumble
Saturday, 10 a.m.
The Old Stone Home
336 Third St., Park Slope
This year’s New York Bike Jumble hits Park Slope with a ton of vendors offering new and used bikes and accessories, plus clothing, collectibles, artwork, overstocks and more. This bicycle flea market has everything from cheapo beater bikes to vintage classics, and gives cycle enthusiasts the opportunity to test ride bikes before buying them. Meet your future two-wheeler.