The weekend's five big events, and what to do after
Thu Mar 4 2010
And the winner is...
1. The 82nd Annual Academy Awards
The Oscars are looong, so you probably won't require preceremony or postceremony plans. Instead, you just need the perfect spot to eat, drink and shout at a massive TV. Thankfully, we've compiled plenty of Oscar parties to choose from, including a Bavarian-themed shindig at Pete's Candy Store and a viewing on City Winery's 150-inch projection screen. If none of those options float your boat, consider heading out to Cobble Hill, where the red carpet will be rolled out (literally) at Victorian-styled drinks parlor Clover Club.
See also: TONY's Oscars hub
Down the rabbit hole
2. Alice in Wonderland
Tim Burton's vision of Lewis Carroll's wacky world finally hits the big screen this weekend, with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the massive-headed Red Queen. TONY film critic Keith Uhlich warns us that the goth auteur "is in dispassionate, for-hire mode" for this one (read his two-star review here), so make sure you're at least getting the full-throttle 3-D experience at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square IMAX (1998 Broadway at 68th St, 212-336-5000). From there, you'll be well positioned to stroll over to the UWS outpost of Shake Shake (366 Columbus Ave at 77th St; 646-747-8770, shakeshack.com), Danny Meyer's wildly popular Madison Square Park concession stand.
Read more: The Alice in Wonderland guide to NYC
3. "Charles Addams's New York"
If Tim Burton doesn't satisfy your weekend creep quotient, head to the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St; 212-534-1672, mcny.org) for a look back at the kooky cartoons of Addams Family creator and frequent New Yorker contributor Charles Addams. To get the chills out of your bones, grab one of the 14 seats at Mexican-French fusion spot Itzocan Bistro (1575 Lexington Ave at 101st St; 212-423-0255, itzocanbistro.com). Hopefully you're not claustrophobic—the kitchen opens right out onto the dining room.
Read more: A sneak peek at the exhibit
Wu-Tang killer bees on a swarm
4. Wu-Massacre: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man
Wu zealots are all in a tizzy about the release of cover art and [Gasp] an actual release date for Wu-Massacre, an album from three of crew's fiercest rhyme-slingers (Ghost, Meth and Rae). Catch a sneak preview of what the trio has cooked up on Friday night at Nokia Theatre Times Square (1515 Broadway at 44th St, 212-307-7171). Before the show, get your mitts around a big hunk of meat at 5 Napkin Burger (630 Ninth Ave at 45th St; 212-757-2277, fivenapkinburger.com), where the namesake sandwich features sweet caramelized onions, Comt cheese and herb-infused aioli.
Go west, young art lover
5. The Armory Show
The top art show of the season boasts hundreds of exhibitors and organizations, across two hangar-size forums by the West Side Highway (Piers 92 and 94, Twelfth Ave at 55th St; thearmoryshow.com). Once you've had your fill, head to the rustic cheese-shop-cum-wine-bar Kashkaval (856 Ninth Ave between 55th and 56th Sts, 212-581-8282) for one of the city's best fondues. Order the garlicky Gorgonzola—perfectly gooey and surprisingly mild—before devouring the bittersweet dark-chocolate fondue, a guaranteed crowd-pleaser served with fruit and minimarshmallows.