The weekend's five big events, and what to do after
Thu Apr 29 2010
Wheeling and mealing
1. Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar
If you're anything like us, you like your food tasty, trendy and on wheels. And if the sight of a repurposed mail truck has a Pavlovian effect on you, then you won't want to miss Sunday's extravaganza, where ten of the city's hottest mobile food-slingers will convene at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market to dish up tacos (from Calexico), ice cream (from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck) and other delights. Once you've fueled up, use that momentum to meander up the West Side Highway to Pier 1 Caf, where you can drink off the food coma as you take in Hudson views.
Dream a little dream of...Freddy Krueger
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street opens
Just when you've finally learned to sleep without a night-light, Samuel Bayer's remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street hits theaters. The film not only revives Freddy's story, but also the career of former child-star Jackie Earle Haley, and—oh yeah—also the mass insomnia that plagued nearly every child of the '80s. See it at and then go comfort yourself with pierogi from Ukrainian standby Veselka: It's brightly lit and open 24 hours (in case you're too scared to go to bed). For other theaters and show times, .
Did someone say pig race?
3. The Bamboozle takes over the Meadowlands Sports Complex
While the average age of attendees at this two-day music festival skews somewhat adolescent, there are plenty of reasons for big kids to show up as well. Among them: sets from MGMT, Weezer, hip-hoppers Wiz Khalifa, Wale and Mike Posner. If the music doesn't do it for you, the carnival rides and pig races will. That's right, we said pig races. And if it all gets too overwhelming, you can make it back into the city in time for weekend happy hour.
But I'm working on a novel
4. Toni Morrison at the PEN World Voices Festival
Once a year, the PEN World Voices Festival sweeps into town and makes us want to quit our jobs, hop a steamship, travel the world and finally pen the tome that will catapult us into the realm of the literary elite. (We know, we know, good luck with all that.) To get your intellectual motor running, head to the Great Hall at Cooper Union for this Saturday's discussion between Toni Morrison and South African novelist Marlene van Niekerk, one of the many events on the agenda of this year's festival. Afterward, drown your intellect in mint juleps at Mason Dixon's Kentucky Derby party.
Isn't it sardonic?
5. Janeane Garofalo and Marc Maron at Comix
While the world seems to dish up an endless supply of idiocy, we can breathe easy knowing that comedic warriors like Garofalo and Maron are dedicated to battling the bullshit with their searing stand-up. The two hold court at Comix this Friday and Saturday. Before the show, stop for dinner at Scarpetta, where chef Scott Conant's pastas are no laughing matter.