Here’s what to do in New York this weekend


Warm Up with Whiskey


Thursday, 7 p.m.
Beekman Bar and Books
889 First Ave.
$50, 212-765-7677

There’s nothing better to warm your bones in the brisk February cold than a flight of American whiskeys! Join Pops Culturalists — the New York Pops’ young adult group — for a whiskey tasting that’ll school you on origins and flavor profiles of different whiskeys, while providing you with a sweet early evening buzz at the same time.

The Gluten Free EatUP!

Feb. 9, 1 p.m.
Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
627 Fifth Ave., South Slope
Free, 718-768-0131

Levine’s General Store brings this gluten-free eat-and-meet to Freddy’s for a day of delicious kimchi spiced grilled cheese, gluten-free beer and more! Buy pre-packaged goods, gluten-free sweets for your sweetheart, and indulge in many surprises. A full-on 100 percent gluten-free market is nearly impossible to find, so here’s a great opportunity.

Bar Food Blowout with Dale Talde’s Pork Slope with Maharlika and Jeepney


Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Pork Slope
247 Fifth Ave., Park Slope
$20, 718-768-7675

Chef Miguel Trinidad of Maharlika and Jeepney sets up shop at Pork Slope alongside Dale Talde for a night of delicious Filipino grub. DJ Radical Dads will provide the tunes while Nicky Digital shoots the action. The $20 price tag includes a big plate of food and a “Slippery Slope” – a Brooklyn Lager and a shot of Power’s Whiskey. How many “Slippery Slopes” can you ride before hitting the floor? It’s worth finding out.


City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection

Thursday-Aug. 24, 10 a.m.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
$10 Suggested Admission, 212-534-1672

Explore one of NYC’s greatest art forms through the lens of graffiti photographers who captured tags from the ‘70s and ‘80s??? that have long been washed away. Plus paintings and sketches from many of the original artists like DAZE (Chris Ellis), DONDI (Donald White), FUTURA 2000 (Leonard McGurr), Keith Haring, LADY PINK (Sandra Fabara), LEE (Lee Quiñones), RAMMELLZEE, SHARP (Aaron Goodstone), ZEPHYR (Andrew Witten) and more. But don’t actually tag anything at the museum, that’s not cool.


Brainwave: The Actor Giancarlo Esposito + Neuroscientist Moran Cerf


Saturday, 6 p.m.
Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
$20, 212-620-5000

Actor Giancarlo Esposito (“Do the Right Thing,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Breaking Bad”) chats with neuroscientist Moran Cerf about the benefits of meditation, how it’s changed his personal life, and how it’s impacted his professional career. The conversation will follow a screening of the short “On Meditation,” and is part of a series exploring mind over matter. Jeez, if only Gus Fring was a fan of meditating, maybe all those killings wouldn’t have happened…


The Fourth Annual Athena Film Festival

Thursday-Feb. 9
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
$12-$65, 212-854-1264

The 2014 Athena Film Festival is here to honor amazing women in the film industry, showcasing films that explore women’s leadership in life and fiction. Among the films are “Belle,” “Decoding Annie Parker,” “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” and more. In addition to the films will be Q&As with directors, producers and actors as well as activities for filmmakers.


Paper Jam Small Press Festival

Saturday, 1 p.m.
Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave., Bushwick

If small presses, indie comics, local up-and-coming artists, music and cool spaces are your jam, then you just found a festival for yourself. Curated by Silent Barn’s Ditko! ‘Zine Library, local artists and small presses from all walks of life will be exhibiting their work for your viewing/buying pleasure. The festival part of the day is free while the music part at 8 p.m. is $7, so come strapped with extra cash if you want to see some live music.

Lunar New Year Celebration 2014

Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Music Hall
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
$10, 718-448-2500

Ring in the year of the horse with some hip-hop and traditional Chinese dance, including the Red Ribbon Dance, the Sword Dance, the Double Fan Dance and the Lion Dance. Will there be a horse dance? The humpty dance? We don’t know but let’s hope!  Plus Snug Harbor’s New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden will be open with free admission from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


The Westminster Kennel Club: 138th Annual All Breed Dog Show


Feb. 10-11, 8 a.m.
Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden
711 12th Ave. and 4 Pennsylvania Plaza

Yo dog, are you the Fonz of pooches? You’ve got class, style, charisma and a whole lot of talent? Well then we’re probably going to see you competing this year. During the day at the piers will be breed judging, Junior Showmanship preliminaries and benching — how much can your dog bench? Towards dusk catch the Junior Showmanship Finals, group judging and Best in Show at the Garden. It’s the cutest contest all year.

2013 Best In Show Dog Making Appearance in Union Square

Saturday, Noon
Union Square Petco
860 Broadway
Free, 212-358-0692

Banana Joe, the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club “Best In Show” winner, will be making a rare appearance at the Union Square Petco to meet and pose for photos with his fans. Before they crown the 2014 winner on February 11th, the Affenpinscher wants to remind fans why he beat out 2000 other pooches last year. Don’t expect any autographs, he’s got paws not fingers.


The Pajama Men “Just the Two of Each of Us”

Feb. 11- Feb. 16, 18-23, 7 p.m.
45 Bleecker St.
$29.75-$34.75, 212-533-5470

The Pajama Men bring their hit show from a month-long residency in Obama’s ‘hood (Washington, DC) here for a short NYC run. See Joan the spider-eating woman try to be cool, a girl on the hunt for her missing arm and a king with only 700 years to figure his life out. Watch the clever duo craft these caricatures without the use of any props or costumes, only their PJs.

Pilgrims of the Night

Saturday-Feb. 9, 8 p.m.
CSV Center
107 Suffolk St.
$25-$50, 212-260-4080

What do you do if you’re trapped in a ferry terminal with no food, electricity or cell phone signal in a storm? Something that involves zombie dancing, and tales of adultery and biblical floods. Join the staff of NYC catering company Great Performances (aka 90 Square Arts) for this performance to raise money for The Sylvia Center — a nonprofit that teaches children to cook and eat well. All proceeds will be donated. ZOMBIE DANCES!


Sugartooth’s Sweeter Than Sugar Valentine’s Tour

Saturday-Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m.
Chelsea, email for exact location
$50-$70, 917-856-6761

Don’t spend another Valentine’s at the same old restaurant, eating the same old food, carrying the same old roses. This year take a tour of six of the sweetest dessert destinations, while receiving a lesson in culinary culture, and impressing your date with your knowledge of Valentine’s trivia. Not only will you be filling up on some of the best NYC sweets but you’ll be walking it off at the same time — the tour is a mile and a half! The $70 option allows you to add a beer/wine pairing at the end to really spice things up — leave that cheesy heart-shaped box of candy at home!


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