Just another hum-drum weekend? There’s no reason it has to be. Instead, kick off your February in a big way by going on an epic NYC adventure!
There’s plenty of fun to be found with performances from Brockhampton and some great soloists, partying to be done at Houston Hall or Studio Square’s Beer Garden, and even plenty of knowledge to be gained with talks on psychedelics and alchemy and even a day length chocolate conference!
Staying in is for weeknights, ya'll!
Friday, February 2
1. Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and Sale (1 pm and Feb 3 @ 11 am, 125 West 18th St)
Eager to wow the crowd this winter? Now’s your chance to seriously up your style game by attending this huge vintage showcase and sale featuring every fashion imaginable. You’re sure to find your perfect wears from classic vendors like 2 Queens Vintage, Fool’s Gold, and Hollywood and Vine!
2. Psychedelics & Shadow Deities (7 pm, 828 Broadway)
In the mood for a Friday night that’s positively otherworldly? Attend this week’s Olio Happy Hour at the Strand Bookstore to catch talks from professors Doc Kelley and Michael Prettyman about these two far-out topics. The event will also feature complimentary beer from presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery, so it’s not all hard-thinking!
3. Four Simultaneous Soloists: A series of performances organized by David Grubbs (7 pm, 159 Pioneer Street)
In this unique multimedia experience, four separate musicians will be dispersed throughout Pioneer Works’ exhibition of Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works, a set of vertical and horizontal installations composed of beams of projected lights.
Concert-goers will be free to visit the different musicians as they please, giving them the opportunity to create a unique artistic experience. If you can’t make it this Friday, you can also check out the show on Feb 16 and Mar 2.
4. Silent Disco Beer Garden Dance Party (10 pm, 3537 36th St)
Want to enjoy a dance club atmosphere without all the headache from the relentless pounding beats? It’s time to check out the latest event from Quiet Clubbing at the Studio Square’s beer garden
Each attendee is given a pair of headphones and the power to control the nights tunes’ volume for themselves or to take them off when they feel like starting a conversation with that sexy stranger. Admission of only $5 also gets you a free shot!
Saturday, February 3
5. Special Installation; Manifestipi (10 am, 1 Bowling Green)
Want to learn a little about another culture and have a lot of fun? ITWÉ Collective, a trans-disciplinary art collective focused on Aboriginal Digital culture, is bringing us just that chance at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
On display will be five futuristic neon-lit plexiglass versions of classic Native American dwelling the tipi, arranged against “quick-paced video projections of Native imagery and a ghostly soundscape.” While this Saturday is opening day, you have until Mar 25 to check it out!
6. Brooklyn Museum: Target First Saturdays (5 pm, 200 Eastern Parkway)
This is the first weekend of Black History Month, and the Brooklyn Museum is ready to kick off the celebrating in a big way. This month’s Target Saturday will be going all out with performances from pianist and soul singer Aaron Abernathy, the Brooklyn-based band The Skins, rapper and multimedia artist Latasha Alcindor, Urban Word NYC, and more!
Also featured will be curator and community talks, a screening of new film “Whose Streets?”, a hands-on art pop up, and even a Black Joy photo booth.
7. Patricia Voulgaris, Nothing Can Stop (6 pm, 29 Ludlow St)
Interested in a unique fusion of photography, sculpture, and drawing? If so, the innovative work of Patricia Voulgaris may be just up your alley. Her one of a kind sculptures use the human body as “a platform to assert agency over and test boundaries of space”, and if you happen to be a particularly high roller, you could even consider buying one.
While the opening reception will be taking place this Saturday, her exhibition will be in place at the Lower East Side’s Rubber Factory until Mar 7, so there’s no reason to miss it!
8. Alchemy & Dream: The Poetry of Matter (5 pm, address available upon RSVP)
If you’re at all intrigued by the idea of alchemy, defined as the “art and science of bringing something to its final perfection," pay attention!
Expert Alchemist Brian Cotnoir, who already has a few respected books on the subject under his belt, will be presenting a talk at the Tahuti Lodge on the subject of “Alchemy And The Poetry Of Matter”, with copies of his new book by the same title available for purchase and signing.
Who knows what power you’ll have once you finish reading?
Sunday, February 4
9. The Breakfast Club (8:45 pm, 308 Bedford Avenue)
Whether you’re a longtime fan of this John Hughes classic or just looking to finally check it out, you’re in luck.
Head to Videology Bar and Cinema in Williamsburg for a high-tech showing off this fun and teen angst filled coming of age story. Their fancy shmancy screening room also offers full food and beverage service throughout each presentation, so its sure to be an enjoyable ride.
And you may as well stick around after the movie, so you can redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off a drink!
10. Houston Hall Super Bowl Party (6 pm, 222 West Houston Street)
The NY Giants may not be in the running this year, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t eager to see who runs away with that Vince Lombardi.
Even if you’re only it for the halftime show or the commercials, you’ll be totally covered with pre-game, post-game, and the main event broadcast on 12 ft screens at Houston Hall, a happenin’ Greenwich Village hangout.
Most importantly, tickets come with a beer open bar featuring 9 unique handcrafted flavors. So even if your team loses, there’ll be plenty of consolation booze.
11. BROCKHAMPTON (9 pm, 17 Irving Place)
It’s never a bad time for some alt hip-hop fun!
Head to Irving Plaza, a Union Square ballroom-style music venue, and check out some tunes from the “internet’s first boy band”.
Led by Kevin Abstract and formed on fan forum KanyeLive, their rockin' crew now has 3 albums under their belt and another on the way. Check out their recent TRL performance for a hint of what you’re in for!
12. Roots of Cacao (10 am, 225 Liberty Street)
Sure, everybody loves chocolate. But how many people can say they truly know chocolate? Get a little closer with Roots of Cacao, a day length conference hosted by the Institute of Culinary Education's Chocolate Lab.
A stellar line-up of chocolate makers, pastry chefs, industry insiders and historians will gather for an unforgettable series of talks, demonstrations, tastings and panel discussions. You’re sure to come away with your sweet tooth satisfied and enlightened.
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