Your perfect weekend: What's in store

Scarf down bowls of chili, find out how to start a rock & roll band, or watch a shopping-cart race.

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Idiotarod 2012

Idiotarod 2012 Photograph: Filip Wolak

Hey, so how about that weather? Brr, right? The bad news is that it's not likely to get much warmer over the weekend; the good news is that there are plenty of activities (including some indoors!) to keep you occupied for the next few days. Let's look at a few, shall we?


D.C. punk Ian Svenonius—frontman of bands like Nation of Ulysses, and Chain and the Gang—has penned Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n' Roll Group, a cheeky guide to starting a band. Svenonius will read from the tome at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday; it's probably safe to expect other shenanigans from the musician as well. 


It might be as cold here as it is in Anchorage when the Iditarod happens; but that's where the similarities end between that and the Idiotarod, a goofy event inspired by the Alaskan dogsled race. For the NYC competition, happening on Saturday, teams outfit shopping carts (and each other) based on a theme, then race through the city. Hilarity, predictably, ensues. The race location will be announced the day before; the high jinks will continue at an after-party, to be held at the Gowanus Ballroom.


Warm your chilled, probably-numb self with a bowl of chili during NYChilifest at Chelsea Market on Sunday. More than 20 restaurants will compete, with the winner taking home the Golden Chili Mug. Participants include Talde, Delaney Barbecue and Salvation Taco. Yum.


And there are even more great things to do—27 of them, in fact. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're off to go sip a cup of tea while sitting directly in front of a radiator.


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