Any day of the weekend
Tue May 31 2011
Free Brooklyn Winery tours
Free Brooklyn Winery tours
Adult trapeze classes
At each of these cost-effective sessions at choreographer Elizabeth Streb's studio, instructors show five to ten aspiring acrobats the ropes. Get a taste for flying before diving into a ten-week workshop—or before heading back to a busy workweek. Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 North 1st St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6491, streb.org). Wed, Fri 6:30--8:30; Sat, Sun at various times; $37.50.
Free Brooklyn Winery tours
Every weekend, Brooklyn's only winery opens its doors to show the public how the magic happens. Three times a day, visitors can see the Harvest Room (the main winemaking is done here) and the Barrel Room (where the vino is aged), before sampling one of the newly introduced house wines. 213 North 8th St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-763-1506, bkwinery.com). Sat, Sun 2, 3, 4pm; free.
Out & Active
Ditch the laptop and skip the overcrowded sunbathing-in-the-park clich: Gay fitness-oriented group Out & Active has a variety of affairs planned for the summer, including Pride Paintball (Saturday 4) and Boys, Bikes and Beer in Brooklyn (June 12). Location, time and price vary; visit outandactive.com for more info.
The School for Husbands
Despite the title, you don't have to be a married man to learn two important lessons from this version of Molire's 17th-century comedy. First, hilarity can ensue when an old guy thinks he can nab a hot young thing, and second, you have to wear comfortable shoes when attending a park-roaming show like this one from New York Classical Theatre. Central Park, W 103rd St and Central Park West (212-252-4531, newyorkclassical.org). Thu--Sun 7pm; free. Thu 2--June 26.
Trade brunch lines for a movie with this morning series, which spotlights the work of iconic Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Rashomon) through September. Friday 3 through Sunday 5, catch an early effort by the filmmaker, 1949's noirish Stray Dog, wherein a green Tokyo cop losing his gun results in murder. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771, ifccenter.com). Fri--Sun 11am; $13, seniors $9.
Weekends at 92YTribeca
The varied calendar organized by this downtown center is packed with talks, sing-alongs and other cultural events. Join a pizza-tasting-and-rating tour (Friday 3) led by culinary expert Alexandra Leaf, who'll help you understand the difference between mozzarella di bufala and fior de latte without hitting you over the head with gastro-geek speak, or catch the Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival (Saturday 4). 200 Hudson St at Canal St (212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org). Prices and times vary.
Cinematic excursions in Queens
Enjoy a double (or triple) feature at movie mecca the Museum of the Moving Image, which houses a new 267-seat theater, screening everything from rare animated shorts to series on iconic directors like Terrence Malick. Weekends also offer varying miniseries, such as this weekend's "Making Movies in New York: 1911," and director Q&As. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave at 37th St, Astoria, Queens (718-777-6888, movingimage.us). Fri 4--8pm, free.
Pera taco truck in Central Park
Snack on Turkish tacos from this conveniently parked truck while wandering through the park on a weekend. Popular fillings include honey-lavender chicken ($4.50), or you could try some Turkish meatball sliders, which will make their debut this summer (two for $6). Follow the truck on Twitter (@PeraNYC) for updates on menu specials throughout the season. Tavern on the Green Courtyard, Central Park West at 67th St (peranyc.com). Daily 11am--sunset.
Channel your inner child with a trip to Coney Island. Weekends get crowded, so arrive early—beaches open at 10am. The adjacent boardwalk boasts some of the best people-watching in all of New York. You and your crush can cling to each other for dear life on the Cyclone, challenge each other at carnival games and rate the authenticity of the sideshows, all while filling up on classic treats like funnel cakes and hot dogs. You could spend the whole day meandering along the boardwalk, but wear sunscreen—there aren't many shady escapes.
The Book of Mormon
Bust a gut at this irreverent, profanity-laden Broadway musical from the minds of South Park dudes Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q cowriter Robert Lopez. Just make sure you leave your churchgoing mom at home; despite all of the play's Tony noms, we have a hunch that the ditties in this sharp-as-hell religious satire might offend her just a tad. Eugene O'Neill Theater, 230 W 49th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave; 212-239-6200, bookofmormonbroadway.com; Tue at 7pm; Wed at 2pm, 7pm; Thu at 7pm; Fri 3 at 8pm; Sat 4 at 2pm, 8pm; Sun 5 at 3pm; $69--$142, premium $179--$397.
Prepare to geek out en masse at the weekly late-night screenings at IFC Center and Landmark Sunshine Cinema, where hoots and hollers are often heard as the opening credits roll. Watch the Woodman kvetch about dating a 17-year-old in the ultimate cinematic love letter to New York, Manhattan (Landmark Sunshine Cinema; Fri 3, Sat 4), or a gun-wielding Pam Grier kick some major male ass in the blaxploitation classic (and Tarantino fave) Coffy (IFC Center, Fri 3, Sat 4). Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St between First and Second Aves (212-330-8182, landmarktheatres.com); Fri, Sat midnight; $9.99. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771, ifccenter.com). Fri, Sat midnight; $13, seniors $9.