Revolt against the tyranny of restaurant critics and food bloggers — at Battle of the Burger, you choose the winner. The top 20 finalists will have it out for your mouth's amusement this Thursday night, and the Amstel Light is flowing free. Moderate your intake of one or both accordingly.
If you’re vegan, or vegan-curious, The Seed Experience has two days of events to make up your mind, with over 30 speakers to get you motivated, award-winning films and their directors to appeal to the moral side of forsaking meat, vegan restaurants to show how far the movement has come from breaded eggplant and more.
Full Moon Festival 2014 Aug. 8, 4 p.m. Governors Beach Club 1 Carder Rd., Governors Island $30-$125, 212-896-4600 www.fullmoonfest.com
Catch the dance-pop of Delorean beside the soulful electronic sounds of Young & Sick, performing under the powerful influence of the August full moon. Let your inner werewolf out on the beaches of Governors Island and feast on food from some of NYC’s finest, like Tacombi, feelfood and Spur Tree.
Lera Lynn brings her soulful sound to Joe's Pub. Credit: Provided
Lera Lynn Aug. 8, 9 p.m. Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette St. $15, 212-539-8778 www.leralynn.com All the way from Nashville, Lera Lynn comes to NYC to share her take on the Americana genre. Whether she’s stripping down TV on the Radio songs for her own purposes or tearing through her single “La Di Da” from her upcoming album “The Avenues,” her style is deep, dark and powerful.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Watermark Bar 78 South St. $35, 212-742-8200 www.watermarkny.com
Take in the amazing views of South Street Seaport while getting down to some serious P-Funk. Kicking it since the ‘60s, George Clinton and his crew have been one of the most influential groups in soul, funk, disco and music in general. They’re the largest group to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are the true OGs.
New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt Aug. 9, 10 a.m. Open House NYC 1133 Broadway, Suite 802 $30, 212-991-6470 www.ohny.org Go on this Art Deco-themed adventure and learn all about some of NYC’s finest buildings and public spaces. Decipher over 60 clues and post photos to Instagram with your team to earn points and win prizes. Sign up on your own or create a team, just be sure to come up with a really cool name like The Chrysler Building Spires or something.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 9-10, 10:30 a.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Free, 718-767-1776 www.hkdbf-ny.org Now in its 24th year, this festival is the oldest, largest and most traditional dragon boat festival in the United States. Over 120 dragon boat teams compete for cash, prizes and trophies while attendees enjoy traditional Chinese food and performances. Entertainment includes the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks demonstrating kung fu, the Drum Spirit of China and traditional music.
Outdoor Cinema: ‘13 Assassins’ Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City Free, 718-956-1819 www.socratessculpturepark.org Leave the kids at home for this one – cult director Takashi Miike brings this samurai film set in the 19th century during the end of Japan’s feudal era to the big screen. Miike is known for his use of violence, but also his ability to balance it with fine storytelling. Surely the samurai swordfighting will be brutal but amazingly choreographed.
Batman's 75th Birthday Celebration Aug. 13, 12:30 p.m. Bryant Park Reading Room 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues Free, 212-768-4242 www.bryantpark.org Woah! Batman is 75 years old and somehow still protecting the fine folks of Gotham City from the likes of the Joker and the Penguin¬ – shouldn’t they be using walkers by now? Catch comic writer Scott Snyder (author of the first five volumes of “Batman: The New 52”) in conversation with DC Entertainment’s John Cunningham.
The Rockettes will preview this "Radio City Christmas Spectacular!" on Sixth Avenue next Thursday. Credit: Provided
Instead of trying to fight the carols that randomly beset your brain just as the weather is at its hottest, let the Rockettes make you feel like the snow is almost back as they preview their annual “Radio City Christmas Spectacular!” in front of their Christmas home at Radio City Music Hall. Santa will be there too — with snow!
East Ville Hoedown Aug. 16, 2:30 p.m. Webster Hall 125 East 11th St. $50, 212-353-1600 www.websterhall.com It’s a country-themed beer, whiskey, moonshine, bacon and BBQ stomper, taking place on all four floors of Webster Hall. Indulge in the best white lightning, bourbon and whiskeys straight from Kentucky and Tennessee while indulging in genuine Southern fare by Michael Rodriguez – the former pit master from the world famous Salt Lick in Austin, Texas. Dance to live bluegrass, take a pic in the mechanical bull photo booth and bring home a souvenir drinking boot – maybe don’t wear it though.
2014 Mets Concert Series: Boyz II Men Aug. 16, 7:10 p.m. Citi Field 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens $20-$184, 718-507-6387 www.boyziimen.com Boys II Men made you feel funny at your middle school dance while you were slow dancing with your crush at arm’s length, singing along to “End of the Road” thinking you were madly in love. While actually reliving those days would be dreadful, reminiscing with the same soundtrack after a Mets game will be amazin’. (See what we did there, Mets fans?) A rare opportunity to see the old school R&B Grammy-winning crew outside – now as actual men!
French Wine: Discoveries from the Astor Cellar Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m. Astor Center 399 Lafayette St. $79, 212-674-7501 www.astorcenternyc.com Tour the wine regions of France with the owner of Astor, Andy Fisher. With a focus on small-production artisanal wines, you’ll enjoy bottles from esteemed vineyards in Burgundy, Chablis, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. Get a buzz while you learn how these wines are made, which foods pair best with them, and their origin.
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