Here’s what to do in New York City this weekend


Sons of the Sea

Brandon Boyd Credit: Brian Bowen Smith
Brandon Boyd
Credit: Brian Bowen Smith

Thursday, 7 p.m.
Irving Plaza
17 Irving Pl.
$30, 212-777-6800

Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd brings his new band, Sons of the Sea, to NYC to present a new lo-fi pop sound. While the sound may stray a bit from Incubus’ more angsty-alternative early years, it’ll still be a pleasant surprise for long-time fans.

Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether

Feb. 2, 4 p.m.
22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
$18-$20, 718-784-2084

It’s the closing of PS1’s Mike Kelley exhibition and there couldn’t be a more appropriate way to end it than with a performance from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and collaborator Jutta Koether. Kelley provided the artwork for Sonic Youth’s breakthrough album “Dirty,” and the two have remained friends since. While it’s unlikely we’ll hear any Sonic Youth tracks, we’re sure the audio/visuals will be outstanding.


Kickoff in Brooklyn: Victor Ortiz vs. Luis Collazo


Thursday, 7 p.m.
Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights
$31.50-$126, 917-618-6100

Kickoff your Super Bowl weekend with these hard hitters as former boxing World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz takes on Brooklyn’s own World Champion Luis Collazo. It’s not football, but it’s much faster paced, harder hitting and no one has to stand outside in the cold to see it.


Speed Dating Game Night

Thursday, 7 p.m.
Franklin Park
618 St. Johns Pl., Crown Heights
$15, 718-975-0196

You got game? Valentine’s Day is coming and no one likes to be alone for the famed February holiday, which not only marks the release of the new House of Cards season, but also sells more cards, flowers and chocolate than almost any other holiday. Check out Franklin Park for a game where you’re not only competing for love but also in games of Pictionary, Taboo and Charades. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up in a game of Twister before the night is through.


Meat Hooked! A Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
The Museum of the City Of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
$16, 212-534-1672

A screening of Suzanne Wasserman’s documentary about the rise, fall and recent revival of the art of butchery. Following the screening will be a discussion with Wasserman, Joshua Applestone (butcher and founder of Fleisher’s Grassfed and Organic Meats) and Bill the Butcher (“Gangs of New York”), moderated by New York Times Dining and Wine section reporter Julia Moskin. You don’t actually think Bill the Butcher is going to be there right? He’s not, he’s been dead for years.

Translating Kafka: A Panel Discussion with Susan Bernofsky, Jay Cantor, Glenn Kurtz, and Peter Mendelsund

Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
Free, 212-998-8660

Franz Kafka, most famous for “The Metamorphosis,” may be one of the most difficult writers to grasp for many reasons – many of his works were printed after his death, incomplete with sections missing, and many he never wanted released at all. Join in the conversation as this panel takes a look at Kafka and his works through a variety of different formats: in English translation, graphic artwork and fiction. If you wake up like Gregor Samsa the next morning, looking like a bug, then maybe you grasp these stories a little too well.


Masonic Mysteries and Secret Societies: An Atlas Obscura Cocktail Gala

Friday, 7 p.m.
Grand Masonic Lodge
4654 West 24th St.

Go back in time when you enter the Renaissance Room of the Grand Masonic Lodge where a barstool has been reserved with your name on it.  Enjoy an open bar featuring cocktails only available in members-only clubs throughout history, and antiques from Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things. Hot Club of Flatbush will provide some 1930s jazz as you drink your way through this mysterious evening of exclusivity.

1st Annual BrisketTown Super Tailgate Bowl-B-Cue

Feb. 2, 4 p.m.
50 N Third St., Williamsburg
$55, $99

Five thousand square feet of pulled pork, pigskin and beer — now that sounds like a Superbowl Sunday we can get behind. No matter what team you’re betting on, one thing’s for sure, you’ll love the BBQ provided by Delaney Barbecue, the booze you’ll be drinking and what is going to feel like the largest living room you’ve ever been in. Your ticket options: The “Linebacker,” which includes your first drink and a three-meat BBQ plate, and the “Quarterback,” which includes the three-meat plate plus unlimited drinks. Oh and for $4999 you can rent out the Skybox for you and 50 friends with couches, an unlimited BBQ buffet, open bar all night, and your own server. Things may get sloppy!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with LUCKYRICE & BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East

Feb. 4, 6 p.m.
China Blue
135 Watts St.
$88, 212-431-0111

New York’s fifth annual LUCKYRICE Festival kicks off with a feast at China Blue in true 1930s Shanghai style. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with fine dining, as renowned chefs and mixologists come together to create the perfect Asian cocktail and culinary experience. Plus festive Shanghai-electric pop music, dragon dances, sparklers, a DIY station for guests to create their own BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East Asian-inspired cocktails and more.


SO INTO THE 90s: A Fanatic Variety Show

Feb. 3, 8 p.m.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater East
153 East Third St.
$5, 212-366-9231

The 90s were a special time – a strange decade that gave us Vanilla Ice, Beavis and Butthead, beepers, grunge, Destiny’s Child, The Phantom Menace, PlayStation, a Major League Baseball strike that canceled the World Series in 1994, and John Rocker. Hosted by Damian Bellino and Anne Rodeman, comedians Amanda Duarte, Naomi Ekperigin and more go off about just how into the ’90s they really are. We suspect someone will be wearing a pair of JNCOs and we expect at least one Tamagotchi sighting.


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