What to do this week in NYC, Aug. 7-14

battle of the burger grilling hamburger best burger nyc
The city’s top 20 burgers as voted by you will compete at the Battle of the Burger.
Credit: Provided

Battle of the Burger NYC
Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
South Street Seaport
19 Fulton St.
$40, www.timeout.com/newyork/battleoftheburger

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.

The Seed Experience
Aug. 9-10, 10 a.m.
82 Mercer
82 Mercer St.
$30-$50, 347-474-0370
www.theseedexperience.com

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.

MUSIC

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
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.

ART

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.

 

CULTURE

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.

FILM

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.

READINGS

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.

rockettes radio city music hall christmas in august
The Rockettes will preview this “Radio City Christmas Spectacular!” on Sixth Avenue next Thursday.
Credit: Provided

Christmas in August
Aug. 14, 11 a.m.
Sixth Avenue and 50th Street
Free, 212-247-4777
www.RadioCityChristmas.com

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!

COMING UP

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.

Rich Dad Education Workshops
Aug. 20-23
Various locations; free
Register at www.RichDadEvent.com

In debt, or just looking for ways to avoid it? These free information sessions taking place in around New York and New Jersey focus on how to become smarter about money and build long-term cash flow regardless of their current financial situations.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands and smashed shops open to looters in the popular tourist area of Baja, Mexico.

National

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million…

By Lehar Maan(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million…

National

LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The LAPD is investigating after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused police of violating her rights when they detained her.

Local

Number of New York City smokers increase, topping…

For the first time since 2007, there are  more than one million smokers in New York City, according to the New York City Department of…

Movies

Newsflash: Corey Stoll is still not a man

In director Shaun Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," Corey Stoll stars as the oldest of four adult children (the others are played by…

Movies

If you don't like Simon Pegg's new film,…

Simon Pegg goes all out in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as the titular psychiatrist stymied by modern life who embarks on a globetrotting…

Arts

Art in Chelsea: Don't miss these 3 galleries

We selected three sure bets for seeing cool art in the galleries of Chelsea.

Music

Robin Thicke blurs lines further with new 'Blurred…

"The reality is," said Robin Thicke about "Blurred Lines" in a court deposition, "Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

NFL

3 things we learned in Jets loss to…

The wheels came off for the Jets, who gave up 21 unanswered points after a brilliant first 20 minutes in a 31-24 loss at the Packers.

NFL

Victor Cruz catches case of the drops in…

The Giants dropped a tough, 25-14, decision to the undermanned Cardinals Sunday in their home opener. And drop was the operative word of the day,…

Travel

World's most hipster cities: Top 5

Travel blogger Adam Groffman tells us his picks for the Top 5 most hipster cities in the world.

Education

The top 5 regrets recent high school grads…

College application season can seem like a blur for many students - as test prep, campus visits and filling out a seemingly endless stream of…

Parenting

Tech execs tend to limit their kids' screen…

You probably got your iPad before Bill Gates's kids did.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing: Daybreaker returns, Ray Rice jersey trade, Sweet…

  Now that Ray Rice is no longer with the Baltimore Ravens — or any other NFL team — after video footage surfaced showing him…