Here’s what to do in New York City this weekend
America at the Turning Point: Conversations on ‘All the Way’
Sunday, 12 p.m.
New World Stages
340 W. 50th St.
Missing Bryan Cranston on your screen every Sunday night? Get your fix at this daylong symposium, where the actor will be on hand (along with writer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin plus educator and civil rights activist Bob Moses) to chat all things “All the Way,” his new Broadway show about Lyndon B. Johnson’s first years as president.
Creed Bratton Live at Webster Hall
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
125 E. 11th St.
While Creed may be best known for his comedic parody of himself on “The Office,” some may not realize that the “self “ he is parodying was a guitar player for the highly successful ’60s band The Grass Roots. While it’s unlikely that he’ll break out a guitar and belt out “Midnight Confessions,” it’s highly likely that his deranged sense of humor will be at the forefront of this performance.
Story Pirates AfterDark
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
We’ve heard of first-world problems, third-world problems and the like, but first grade problems? A sketch comedy for adults pulled from the notebooks of elementary school kids who write stories about huge issues like the shame of bed-wetting and cooties. These are our future world leaders and these are issues that must be tackled – comedy that gives new meaning to Watergate.
Russ Meyer & Roger Ebert
Friday-Feb. 23, Various Times
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave.
A follow-up to Anthology’s summer Russ Meyer retrospective and a special tribute to the late Roger Ebert, here’s a series of screenings exploring the collaborative work of both Meyer and Ebert. Ebert’s best known as one of the most influential movie/TV critics of our time, but he also provided two screenplays for Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and the lesser known Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens, and contributed to the dialogue in Up! Warning: Russ Meyer’s big breast obsession is very apparent in all of these films.
‘West Side Story’ with Rita Moreno
Feb. 23, 4 p.m.
The United Palace
Hopefully you know the modern-day take on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, where the Montagues and Capulets have been replaced by the Jets and the Sharks – two warring NYC gangs. Show up dressed in a tux or gown and receive a free bag of popcorn at the concession stand. Have your questions ready for a Q & A with the legendary Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the movie. Think they’ll ever remake this with Bloods and Crips?
‘The Karate Kid’ + Q&A w/ John G. Avildsen
Saturday & Sunday, 11:45 a.m.
136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Kick your brunch up a notch with lessons from Mr. Miyagi at Nitehawk’s “Lovers and Fighters” brunch series featuring “The Karate Kid.” Daniel-san must learn to wax on, wax off before he can master the devastating crane kick. Catch a Q&A with director John G. Avildsen via Skype following the Feb. 23 screening. HONK!
FOOD & DRINK
Yoga + Silent Dinner Pop Up
Imagination in Space x Pop Up Yoga NYC
Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
124 Meserole Ave.
It’s the second installment of this foodie/fitness series. First, you’ll take a 60-minute yoga class, then EAT Greenpoint chef Nick Nauman will cook a three-course silent dinner using just local organic ingredients. No awkward small talk here!
Exploring Brown Spirits
Friday, 6 p.m.
Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 E 13th St.
The world of spirits can seem as wide and mysterious as time itself, until you begin to really study its intricacies with a fine-toothed comb. It’s the difference between whisky and whiskey, bourbon and scotch, Armagnac and Cognac that are really as simple as an ingredient or geographic location. Learn about the bases for each spirit, the distillation process and the aging while becoming the most sophisticated drinker at the table. Or maybe the drunkest?
Makers’ Pop-Up Market
279 Starr St., Bushwick
Meet with a gang of NYC’s local food makers and try samples of the best spices, sauces, condiments and more – all small batch, all local plus vegan and non-vegan options. Makers include Bacchanal Pepper Sauce, Brooklyn Delhi, Better Off Spread, The Jam Stand, Cocktail Crate, Plate & Pencil, Mike’s Hot Honey, Gustavo’s Salsa, Fatty Cakes and more. And none of that Lite FM you hear at the local Key Food.
Green-Wood Offers Special Trolley Tour to Mark Black History Month
Saturday, 1 p.m.
500 25th St., Greenwood Heights
Green-Wood celebrates Black History Month with a trolley tour recognizing Green-Wood’s permanent residents who helped change the course of history through their roles in the Civil War, the abolitionist movement, finance, music, the arts and more. Featured on the tour will be Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward, who was the first female doctor in New York, abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and more.
Black Tie & Black Jack to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers
23rd St. and West Side Highway
Gamble for a good cause at this annual fundraiser thrown by Society Ties. Last year they raised over $330,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and this year they plan to raise even more. Enjoy an open bar, buffet dinner, live music and games knowing your money is helping others in need.
Photo Exhibition Opening, A Stroll Through Coney Island Among Friends
Saturday-April 6, Noon
Shooting Gallery/Arts Annex
1214 Surf Ave., Coney Island
Whether you’re there to shoot the freak or an amazing photo, Coney Island’s awe-inspiring ambiance cannot go unnoticed. See the work of five local photographers who shoot Coney Island year-round even when icicles drip from the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel sits idle. Wine will be served at the opening this Saturday.
Our Princess Is In Another Castle: Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
702 Union St., Park Slope
It’s time to party like it’s the early ‘90s with “Street Fighter II Turbo” and “Mortal Kombat 2,” except now you’re actually old enough to drink beers while playing. Get your combos, fatalities and hadokens ready or simply keep pressing the B button—the worst of the worst and best of the best will be rewarded with drink tickets.
Soul Clap & Dance Off Mash Nationals with DJ Jonathan Toubin
Saturday, 11:59 p.m.
61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
Presented by Brooklyn Brewery and MASH, it’s the first ever Soul Clap and Dance Off National Championship. Brooklyn Brewery is flying in winners from all over the country to compete in a late-night dance contest for $1,000. Can you mash potato? Prove it to guest selector and professional partier Andrew W.K., DJ Jonathan Toubin and special guest judges Benjamin Turley & Brent Young (Meathook), Meg Stemmler (Brooklyn Brewery) and Sascha Lewis (Flavorpill).