FOOD & DRINK
Nolafunk Crawfish & Music Fest
Friday, 4 p.m.
Governors Beach Club
1 Carder Rd., Governors Island
Enjoy the best of NOLA at way less than half the cost of airfare to actually get there. DJ Logic, High & Mighty Brass Band and more keep the party going till midnight with live music and dancing while you gorge on crayfish platters straight from the bayou. There’s no mention of beignets or Mardi Gras beads, but here’s hoping!
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A 'True Blood' Dinner Party
Saturday, 8 p.m.
306 W. 51st St., $75-$95
Give “True Blood” a proper sendoff by sharing a dinner with a bunch of other undead fiends, sipping on specialty drinks and dressing in costume. That last one is optional, but please dress in costume and take lots of selfies, please?! Creole/Southern “trailer park chic” is the name of the game with dishes like buffalo mac and cheese shots with bacon croutons, Trash Sliders and Frito pie tarlets. Don’t be a wimp, drink true blood … and eat up!
Beach Party Can Jam
730 Classon Ave., Crown Heights
Because beer in a can shouldn’t be good but somehow is, Beerded Ladies have decided to throw this beach-themed backyard bash to celebrate the craft beer can craze. Enjoy $3 can specials from Oskar Blues, Sixpoint Brewery, Two Roads Brewing Co, Downeast Cider and more. This ain't yo daddy's Budweiser, so slap on some beachwear and practice your shotgunning skills.
Gems & Champagne Charity Brunch
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Toshi's Living Room & Penthouse
A little R&B and Champagne to kick off your weekend? Why not? Your ticket gets you tunes, drink specials, a surprise gift and a cake. Drop an additional $39 and enjoy a bottomless brunch – you’ll never be hungry again. Proceeds will help fund the newly created urban youth foundation, Borough. You can have your cake, Champagne, huevos rancheros, and eat them too (guilt free!)
June 29, 5 p.m.
Larkin Cold Storage
47-55 27th St., Long Island City
Get ready for the cheesiest day of your life with all-you-can-eat cheese from some of the world’s best cheesemakers. It’s monger y monger going mono y mono as these cheesy peeps battle it out to see who will be crowned Best Cheesemonger in America. Plus all you can eat beer, wine and snacks.
Monday, 8 p.m.
311 W. 34th St., 212-279-7740
From the time of the chimpanzees when he was a monkey, to when he was where it’s at, with his two turntables and microphone, to his recent “Morning Phase,” Beck has been one of few artists capable of reinventing himself and remaining awesome over the years. Don’t sing "soy un perdedor" at home alone, get your tickets fast!
Del Close Marathon
To celebrate the legacy of improv director and teacher Del Close, UCB continues its tradition of this 390+ show improv festival in his honor, now in its 16th year. Close was an enormous influence on Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Mike Myers — just to name a few — so be sure to catch these improv acts before they make it to SNL, too.
Harlem Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.
Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park West
A multidisciplinary performing and visual arts festival featuring the works of Harlem artists. From dance to theater, to music, celebrate the neighborhood and all it has to offer to offer at this free family-friendly event.
Des:Art - Ice Cream Art Party, Craft Beer Tasting & Swimwear Trunk Show
Friday, 6 p.m.
206 W. 41st St.
No summer party would be complete without swimsuits and ice cream! See artwork by Erica Geralds, experience live painting by Warp, drink craft beer from Jefferson Brewing Company, peep swimwear by Lavaska Mechelle, enjoy free ice cream and indulge in $5 cocktails in your favorite frozen treat flavors. Summer!
TromaDance Film Festival
Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. & Noon
23 Meadow St., Bushwick
Two days of free B-movie madness with the folks who brought you "Class of Nuke 'em High" and "Toxic Avenger." Titles include "Evil Feed," "The Final Member" and an obvious soon-to-be classic, "Night Satan." And don't forget to stick around for the afterparty Saturday night at 10 for live music and dancing ‘til the early morning ($10). Get Troma-tized!