Welcome to the weekend! It’s looking like a mixed-bag out there, weather-wise, but fret not: we’ve got plenty to #NYSeeAndDo, come rain or come shine, including classic and contemporary performances, striking rainy-day suggestions, and a long walk through Central Park that benefits more than just your cardiovascular health. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitter and Instagram, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndSo to possibly be included in a future post.
Shake off the stress of the week in a radical way: with a tubular dance party at far-out Webster Hall in the East Village. Of course we’re talking about Saved by the 90s, a rock show from cover band The Bayside Tigers followed by sets from DJ Suga Ray. 90s attire is not required, but strongly encouraged, so pull the baby-doll dress and combat boots or fanny pack and HyperColor t-shirt out of storage and get jiggy.
Cure the Blues
It’s easy to forget how many iconic acts got their starts – and still perform – right here in New York. Case in point: the inimitable Blue Man Group, who are resident artists at the Astor Place Theater. They perform their trippy music, technology, and comedy tonight at 8 p.m., and tickets start at just $59. That’s one cheap (and effective) cure for the blues.
Strike The Rain
The forecast doesn’t look super promising today, with rain apparently on the way. Happily, there are just as many ways to have fun indoors in NYC as there are out! When April showers carry on into May, we suggest getting a group together for a bowling outing. Midtown has three great, centrally located options for you and your crew to get your Lebowski on: Lucky Strike, Bowlmor, and Frames – which is conveniently situated right in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, in case any of your rollers are coming in from the great state of New Jersey.
Trip the Light Fantastic
On the other hand, a little rain can’t stop the music at Electric Daisy Carnival, where world-class DJs (hello, Paul Oakenfold?!) will play day-and-night sets in a colorful fantasyland complete with – as the name implies – carnival rides. The festival set-up includes several bars sponsored by top liquor brands, food trucks to keep you sated and fuel the revelry, body painting, and a scavenger hunt, and admission starts at $129 for one day or $249 for a weekend’s worth of music and mayhem. (Read our interview with Kaskade, Dada Life & Sleepy Tom)
Take a Journey
Tonight’s 7 p.m. show has long been sold out, but the 1 p.m. matinee of Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night just might have a few seats available. Which is pretty unbelievable, given the star-studded cast of Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon, and John Gallagher, Jr. Yes, you read that right. The show also cleaned up in the Tony nominations department, nabbing nods for Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play, and acting honors for three of the four leads. This is one of those shows that you’ll tell people you saw long after it leaves the stage, so drop what you’re doing and go.
Sunday, May 15
Do Unto Others
Since its inception 30 years ago, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $144 million to fight HIV and AIDS. The 10K walk begins and ends in Central Park and includes an after-walk concert by Leon and the Peoples and DJ VIX V. Best of all? Registration is free, meaning that anyone can sign up to participate; even if you contribute nothing more than your presence, you’ll be spending your Sunday morning raising awareness and funds to help others.
Eat to the Nines
Hungry? Starving? Good. Because today’s Ninth Avenue Food Festival is a 15-block smorgasbord of the best eats in Hell’s Kitchen. Every year around this time, Ninth Avenue is closed to traffic for a full weekend, and restaurants, shops, and other vendors pour out of their storefronts and into the street, serving walk-friendly fare perfect for nibbling as you meander in search of your next morsel. There are also crafts vendors and other NYC street-fair favorites, so bring cash – and an appetite.
Run Away with the Circus
Today is opening day for the Big Apple Circus, playing this year’s brand-new show in Queens at Cunningham Park. Their single-ring tent ensures that no seat is more than 50 feet from the action in the center, and this unusual circus is also a not-for-profit organization, hosting outreach programs that bring colorful circus performers to the bedsides of more than 250,000 children in pediatric hospitals annually. With shows at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and tickets starting at just $25 per person, it’s never been easier to join the circus.