This weekend's five big events, and what to do after
Thu Apr 22 2010
Opens Saturday 24
Are you going to Hester Street Fair?
1. Hester Street Fair opens for business
If we learned anything from our years of MTV News being our sole source of information, it's that SuChin Pak knows her shit. The former news anchor is now cofounder of the Hester Street Fair, the hottest food fest of the season, which opens Saturday. An Choi, Luke's Lobster and the Meatball Shop's Daniel Holzman will all be dishing up delights. Postfair, stroll over to the The Sweet Life (63 Hester St at Ludlow St; 212-598-0092, sweetlifeny.com) to cleanse your palate with Pez and other old-fashioned treats.
Still wish you were big?
2. TFF's Outdoor Screening Series: Big
Remember when you first saw Big and vowed to someday live in a tricked-out Manhattan loft with a trampoline and giant gumball machine? Never let go of that dream. Get reinspired this Friday when the Tribeca Film Festival's Outdoor Screening series plays the iconic film at dusk (approx. 8:15pm) at the World Financial Center Plaza. After the screening, prove how grown-up you are over wine and cheese at Terroir Tribeca.
Making an (anxiety) spectacle of herself
3. "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present"
Having a loaded bow-and-arrow pointed at her heart and spooning on the floor of a hippie van are all in a day's work for Yugoslavian-born performance pioneer Marina Abramovic—or at least, they were. Many of her famous exploits are behind her, but MoMA's retrospective will remind you how she earned her artistic stripes: You'll run a gauntlet between two naked models and partake in a staring contest with an Abramovic look-alike. Once you're thoroughly freaked out, walk off the weirdness in Central Park.
Black to the future
4. Comedian Lewis Black at the New York City Center
It's curious how Black's curmudgeonly rants and liberal-leaning outbursts can make us all feel (quite mysteriously) better about the world. While there's nothing soothing about his growly stand-up, there is a clarity to what he says—even if he is foaming at the mouth. Before you head to the New York City Center to bust a gut, steel your stomach with the decadent pain aux trois chocolats at nearby Bouchon Bakery.
Holla atcha boy king
5. "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs"
If you—like most of us—aspire to have your vital organs buried in a golden, jewel-encrusted case, you won't want to miss the opening of the Discovery Times Square Exposition's new King Tut exhibit. Considering this dude died at 19, it's particularly impressive that he had everyone believing he controlled the order of the world. Fools! Check out artifacts from his decadent tomb and then sidle westward for a Tutankhamun-sized chowfest at Daisy May's BBQ USA.