Four chefs will compete in a "Top Chef" Restaurant Wars-style contest to set up a wine bar in 10 hours. Credit: Provided
FOOD & DRINK
Dive In/Drink Up Gowanus Aug. 15, 5 p.m. Various Locations Gowanus, Brooklyn Prices vary, 718-541-4378 www.gowanuscanalconservancy.org It’s Friday night and you’re feeling brave. Why not dive into the grime and slime we call the Gowanus Canal? Seriously though, don’t do that. But definitely indulge in the food and wine scene that makes the Gowanus Watershed area so appealing to foodies and drinkers alike. Participants include al di la, applewood, Dassara Brooklyn Ramen and Dinosaur BBQ. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, helping to fund their STEM-Education Program, Composting Program, and Clean & Green Volunteer Program.
Wine Bar War Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Villain, 50 N. Third St., Brooklyn $75, www.winebarwar.com Want to watch a live version of Top Chef’s Restaurant Wars, but with wine? Next Wednesday, four sommeliers including former Jean-Georges winehound Morgan Harris and Chris Raftery of Corkbuzz will have just 10 hours to construct and open their own unique Chilean wine bars. Their wine, food and design must all evoke Chile, as a trip there is the grand prize. And you could be going too, just for attending.
McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Aug. 16, 7 p.m. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 LaGuardia Place $15-$20, 212-992-8484 www.mcdonaldsnytristate.com McDonald’s rolls out the linoleum welcome mat for NYC’s largest breakdance competition, with eight award-winning dance crews from all over the States going at it in a tournament for a chance to win $3,000. Some cool crew names: Suicide Kingz, Lionz of Zion and Del Fuego Wolfpack, who clearly forgot to put a z anywhere in their name.
"Web Junkie" follows four boys committed to a Chinese "deprogramming" camp for Internet addicts. Credit: Provided
‘Web Junkie’ Through Aug. 19 Film Forum 209 W. Houston St. 212-727-8110 $7.50-$13, www.filmforum.org Two Israeli documentarians got their cameras inside one of China’s 400 notorious military-style “deprogramming” camps for teenagers addicted to the Internet — or as Chinese authorities call it, “electronic heroin.” The film follows four teenagers, some of whom were tricked or forced into the camp, through a bizarre gauntlet of prison life, hospital treatment and drill exercises even as they cling to their online life, which they see as more real than their own.
Syfy Movies With a View: ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’ Aug. 14, Music at 6 p.m., movie at sunset Brooklyn Bridge Park 334 Furman Ave., Downtown Brooklyn Free, www.brooklynbridgepark.org What happens when a modern Mafia hitman follows the rules of the samurai? Catch this Jim Jarmusch flick that incorporates hip-hop, samurai culture and Italian gangsters. Featuring music written and produced by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and a cameo from Shi Yan Ming of the USA Shaolin Temple in Manhattan, this movie is bound to blow your mind – NYC style.
Women of the Seven Seas Surf Film Festival Aug. 16, 7 p.m. Rockaway Beach Surf Club 302 Beach 87th St., Queens Free, www.lavagirlsurf.com Surf’s up after a long day at the beach when these wave-riding women hit the big screen for a night of films about female surfers. Catch "Beyond the Surface," a film that studies the positive changes brought by surfing and yoga across southern India.
Quiet Clubbing $5 Astoria Beer Garden Party Aug. 15, 10 p.m. Bohemian Beer Garden 29-19 24th Ave., Long Island City $5, 718-274-4925 www.quietevents.com Quiet clubbing is all the rage when you have to comply with NYC’s noise ordinance. But the party’s not as quiet as you might think. Three DJs going will spin hip-hop, ’80s & ’90s, and top 40s while attendees don headphones marked with an LED indicating which DJ they’re rocking out to - a good way to find a dance partner.
Short Shorts 3: From Dusk 'til Dawn Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Location TBA, Brooklyn $20-$35, www.bangon-nyc.com No, this isn’t a screening of the classic Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez bloodfest starring George Clooney. But it IS a 12-hour romp featuring an enormous inflated slip n’ slide, a barbecue pit, circus performers, body painting and pancakes at dawn. Plus live sets from Navid Izadi, The Scumfrog, Peter Munch (Futurebound NYC) and more. Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman wearing the shortest short shorts of the night – scissors will be available at the door for those who need to make adjustments.
Madonnathon Aug. 16, 8 p.m. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg $15, 718-963-3369 www.brooklynbowl.com Eleven years of voguing and Madonnathoning is going to burst Brooklyn Bowl at the seams of this tribute show and dance party. Which era of Madonna is your favorite? Dress up and get into the groove as the virgin bride, lucky star, peepshow dancer, geisha glam, cone bra & ponytail, urban cowgirl, Evita, material girl or that English accent phase Madonna, and who knows? You may end up on stage and winning prizes.
90s VS Naught Yacht Party Aug. 16, 11:55 p.m. Luxury Infinity Yacht 40 North River Pier, $40 It’s the naughty Nineties up against the naughty Naughts as DJs duke it out in three 90-minute sets that put the wax to the test – or maybe the MP3s, this is 2014 after all. Look out for DJs spinning hip-hop, dancehall, and other yacht-pumping jams. What decade will win? Will anyone do the Macarena? Will there be a Strokes vs. Green Day battle? Probably not, but that’s OK.
Find your new roommate at SpeedRoommating. Credit: Provided
SpeedRoommating Manhattan Aug. 20, 7 p.m. The Playwright 732 Eighth Ave. Free, 877-257 4944 www.speedroommating.com Looking for a room? Got a room available? Here’s a chance to meet a potential roommate the same way some find a date – but with a little less pressure to gussy up and romance your potential significant other (you know, significant in that they’ll be living with you). And it’s a good way to sort through the psychos and not end up living with Snooki, the Situation or Norman Bates.
Summer Streets 2014 Aug. 16, 7 a.m. Park Avenue, Manhattan Free, 212-639-9675 www.nyc.gov From Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, seven miles of NYC streets will be blocked off for pedestrians to run, walk, bike, take a salsa dancing lesson, eat healthy snacks, climb a 25' wall, fly through the air on a 160' zipline and explore a 179-year-old voice tunnel. Sorry drivers, you’re in the wrong city anyway.
Make sure to dress to impress at this weekend's Jazz Age Lawn Party. Credit: Provided
Jazz Age Lawn Party Aug. 16-17, 11 a.m. Governors Island $35, 646-543-8699 www.jazzagelawnparty.com If you missed it earlier this summer — or just didn’t get enough — Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra return for one more weekend of partying like it’s 1925 on Governors Island. Dress your flapper best and take in dance lessons and contests, a car exhibition, vintage portraits … but who needs activities while the city parades its finery all around you? Bring a picnic (no alcohol) or get period-style grub curated by Jimmy No. 43.
Cocktails & Jazz - Miles Davis Tribute at Analogue Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Analogue 19 W. Eighth St. Free, 212-432-0200 www.analoguenyc.com Take a trip back to 1959, when Miles Davis released “Kind of Blue,” with four hours of free live jazz and delicious cocktails to boot. The Ryo Sasaki Trio will pay tribute by playing songs off the quadruple-platinum album, and attendees who RSVP will be treated to a complimentary tasting of Bombay Sapphire East. You can RSVP at email@example.com.