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Your up-to-the-minute guide to New York City events, restaurants, bars, nightlife, ticket alerts, NSFW ephemera and cat photos.
Last-minute plan: Buffy viewing party at the Way Station
Mon May 23
The folks at Prospect Heights bar The Way Station are no strangers to geeking out over Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So we weren't too surprised when we heard that the watering hole would start hosting a new shindig called Buffy Mondays. Stop by for tonight's first installment to catch screenings of the first two episodes of Joss Whedon's cult series. Then stick around to test your knowledge on the goings on in Sunnydale and tip back a few cocktails. If you're bummed you can't make it, don't worry: The Buffy love fest will return next week (8pm; free).
Photos: Time's Up Doggie Pedal Parade
Mon May 23
Aww, puppies! Cyclists took their (tiny) dogs to the streets on Sunday for Time's Up's Doggie Pedal Parade, which culminated in a party and adopt-a-thon in Tompkins Square Park. Some pups seemed entirely comfortable riding in baskets or custom-designed carts hooked to their owners' rides; others, such as the little guy above, seemed to disapprove of the whole affair. Click through for more adorable photos.
Daily poll: Outdoor smoking ban
Mon May 23
Back in February, only 32-percent of you supported the city's plan to put the kibosh on lighting up in parks, beaches and on boardwalks. Times flies because that controversial outdoor smoking ban, which seemed so far off at the time, went into effect today. Yesterday's results: You picked Annie Hall as your favorite Woody Allen movie. Daily poll: Will you continue to smoke in NYC's parks?customer surveys
Tonight's best parties and nightlife events
Sun May 22
Shelter Construction PartyThe loyal attendees of the seminal soulful-house-and-classics soiree reunite for one last dance at Greenhouse, in anticipation of the opening of its new digs around the corner at 37 Vandam. Body MusicDJ Jesse Mann and his guests spin the sounds at Bembe that budge your bulk, ranging from funk and Afrobeat to disco and house. Addictive Reggae SundayIf you've got a jones for roots-heavy sets of reggae rhythms, DJ Gringo and Japan's DJ Wookee can scratch that itch for you at Sapphire. Tonight's best free party:Le Souk Harem SundayEight years old and counting, Le Souk Harem is still pumping out the electronic-house beats for those trying to hang on to what's left of the weekend. See more things to do tonight
Five things to do today
Sun May 22
MusicLook & Listen FestivalPostclassical queen Missy Mazzoli and her quintet Victoire, Bang on a Can All-Star drum whiz Dave Cossin and the versatile Brasil Guitar Duo perform at the Chelsea Art Museum. RestaurantsChasing Chiles: Kurt Michael Friese talks Chile and Climate ChangeCapsaicin addicts will get a kick out of this talk and tasting dedicated to their favorite peppers at Jimmy's No. 43. Things to do Foraging in Prospect Park with Extreme Locavore Leda MeredithMake like Bear Grylls in the (somewhat) serene environs of Prospect Park by foraging for wild food. BarsBuzzed: A Coffee Cocktail Mash-UpTribeca's Compose joins forces with RBC NYC for this caffeinated cocktail throwdown. EventTimes Up Fourth Annual Doggie Pedal ParadeLeave your Saint Bernard at home (but bring Mr. Pugglesworth!) for this tiny-dog-inclusive bike ride that starts and ends at Washington Square Park. See all recommended events today